The election is over, and suddenly so is Philadelphia City Council’s unified opposition to casino construction. A package of bills introduced yesterday by lame-duck Councilman Juan Ramos would, if passed, give the city’s blessing to the proposed SugarHouse casino in Fishtown.
The bills, which were introduced by Ramos at Mayor Street’s request, are a sharp departure from Council’s pre-election casino moves. Until yesterday, Council members had unanimously sided with anti-casino forces in vote after vote. They had even voted 17-0 to put the ill-fated casino referendum on the May 15 primary ballot — before courts removed it.