on Thursday, March 06, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Mayor Michael Nutter held his annual budget address this morning amidst tightened security, stemming from fears of a repeat of the union protests that interrupted last year's speech. But Council chambers were silent as Nutter spoke. Police had allowed only a small stream of union workers into the hall, with the condition they stay silent and carry no placards.
The mayor's speech largely focused on concrete issues: the growth of the city, the decline of crime, strong private investment in construction and his planned spending for the coming year. But the two most pressing issues of the day — education funding and the future of the Philadelphia Gas Works — were largely left to speculation.
Seeking warmth, Chicharron, a chihuahua, snuggles with Violet, a white pit bull, in this photo taken Feb. 19 in Neal's home studio in Southwest Philly. Readers may recognize his dogs. Violet was on the cover of City Paper's Summer Fun Guide last year and "Cheech" was the model for our 2013 Gift Guide.