Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- Safehouse, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit attempting to open a supervised injection site in the city, is close to reaching a settlement with the Department of Justice. Safehouse has undergone a years-long court battle to open a site where drug addicts could be safely monitored while they used in order to cut down on the overdose deaths plaguing Philadelphia. However, the "crackhouse statute" barring any building from distributing drugs has made the site illegal but with a change in leadership in the White House it appears that the DOJ might be more open to allowing such sites.
- Nine nominees for the role of commissioner of Philadelphia's new Citizens Police Oversight Commission were introduced virtually on Monday. The new oversight board will be able to initiate its own investigations, with or without a formal complaint, and will have a say in the punishments of officers found guilty of misconduct, unlike the previous oversight apparatus.
- Some environmentalists and local officials have called for Philadelphia Gas Works to switch from fossil fuels to geothermal energy, but is that feasible? Well, many buildings in Philadelphia, like Ronald McDonald House and the city’s police academy, already use geothermal energy for heat. Geothermal energy is considered by some to be safer, provides better air quality and costs more or less the same as fossil fuels.
- The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state's budgetary watchdog, was pleased to find that compared to two years ago, Philadelphia is spending 13% less on overtime. The group credits the city's new systems for managing overtime for the decrease. With less money being spent on overtime, more money can be sent on city projects to assist the community.