YESTERDAY, as municipal unions yelled and screamed their way into City Hall, Mayor Street quietly introduced ethics regulations for Council's consideration.
We'll have more to say about those proposals - and a competing plan from Councilman Michael Nutter - later. But for now it's going to be tough to take any of Street's ethics proposals seriously as long as he continues to stonewall the city about the mysterious $10,000 check he got from West Insurance Group.
The insurance company, which has won no-bid contracts from the Street administration, gave Street the check in 1998. The company says it was for a speech Street, then Council president, gave. Carl Singley, formerly one of Street's closest advisers but now one of his most bitter critics, says the money was a legal retainer. The FBI is now investigating as part of its wide-ranging pay-for-play probe at City Hall.