January 17, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Even as talks continue in the Capitol about privatizing wine and liquor sales, the state Liquor Control Board has selected a new chief to oversee its day-to-day operations. The board on Wednesday appointed John E. Metzger as acting executive director, replacing Joe Conti. The position has been vacant since August. Metzger has worked for the board for four years and is its supply chain director. Among Metzger's responsibilities are directing the LCB's administrative and business operations, managing its executive team, and working with its three-member board to come up with new strategies and initiatives to improve the agency.
January 29, 2013
In at least one respect, Joe Conti, the (sort of) outgoing head of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, is the perfect man for the job: We can't seem to get rid of the LCB, and we can't seem to get rid of Conti, either. Conti is serving his last week as the alcohol monopoly's CEO, but he and the agency have already seen to it that his retirement party will presage a throbbing hangover. Two weeks after he leaves his $156,000-a-year post, The Inquirer reported last week, Conti will be eligible to return as a very costly temp.
January 27, 2013
It's sorry for not puttin' a foot in your mouth Subway is apologizing that its "Footlong" sandwiches fell short of expectations. The world's largest fast-food chain faced widespread criticism last week after a man posted a photo online showing a "Footlong" next to a tape measure that showed the sandwich to be just 11 inches. Subway said Friday that it's redoubling efforts to "ensure consistency and correct length" in all its sandwiches. In a statement Friday, Subway expressed "regret" for "any instance where we did not fully deliver on our promise to our customers.
January 20, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is resigning his $156,000 post, even as Gov. Corbett prepares to make his most aggressive move yet to privatize the wine and liquor stores it runs. Joe Conti's letter of resignation was submitted Friday, according to a lawyer who is familiar with his decision and spoke on condition of anonymity. The lawyer said the LCB had agreed to let Conti return on a contractual basis temporarily to assist with the transition to a new chief executive.
June 21, 2012 |
Only in Pennsylvania would an effort to privatize an archaic state-run liquor system dry up the same week public officials got caught accepting gifts from vendors and using wine as a weapon. Lording over who gets to buy Yuengling when, where, and in what quantity has been a nonstop party for political heavyweights. Underage drinkers plan their beer bashes via text messages, but officials at the Liquor Control Board are so drunk with power, they use state e-mail servers. Thanks to the Inspector General's Office, we now know that VIPs at the PLCB go to Phillies and Union games for free.
June 20, 2012 |
HARRISBURG — The push to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania is on the rocks — for now. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, privatization's champion in the legislature, conceded Tuesday that he did not have enough support in the House to get the measure approved before lawmakers' summer break. He vowed to try again this fall. "Right now, we can't get it over the goal line," said Turzai (R., Allegheny). "Consumers are expecting it. But to get to the sweet spot to garner the support in the House is going to take additional work.
September 21, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's wine kiosk era quietly went off-line Tuesday morning. That is when officials from the state Liquor Control Board made the last call to pull the plug on the remaining 21 wine vending machines in supermarkets scattered across the state. The reason: a dispute over money with Simple Brands L.L.C., the Conshohocken company that owns the machines. The LCB contends that Simple Brands owes nearly $1 million for expenses incurred setting up the kiosk program.
August 5, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The state Liquor Control Board's one-year experiment with wine kiosks may soon be coming to an end at a supermarket near you. The LCB claims the Conshohocken-based contractor that provided the kiosks owes the state nearly $1 million. The contractor disputes this. But the liquor board has warned that if its differences with Simple Brands L.L.C. can't be resolved within the next 45 days, it will "cease all kiosk operations," according to letters between the board and the company obtained by The Inquirer.
December 7, 2010 |
All 20-plus employees of the Liquor Control Board's warehouse store in South Philadelphia - the state's largest - were dismissed Friday over what the LCB's chief executive called "widespread financial irregularities. " Joe Conti declined Monday to specify the nature of the allegations that followed an internal audit several months ago, pending further investigation. Sources said workers at the low-slung warehouse at 23d Street and Washington Avenue in Point Breeze - at which many of the region's bars and restaurants buy wine and spirits - were suspected of selling products to some regular customers in a fashion that was off the books.
May 15, 2008 |
CHUCK Stone was legendary in these pages for, among other things, his role as the man to whom fugitives would turn when they were ready to submit to authorities. My goals aren't so lofty. I'd be content to play peacemaker between a prodigal wine-lover and his former employer in an effort to expand the selection available to those of us who like to imbibe here in Pennsylvania. I think I'm well- suited to play King Solomon. Jonathan Newman was a law-school classmate of mine at Penn.