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Councilman Henon Grills ‘Bad Neighbors’ At Committee Hearing

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By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon continued his “Bad Neighbor Initiative” by grilling city landlords during a joint committee hearing last night.

Here at St. Bernard’s School hall, an informational hearing, put together by Councilman Bobby Henon.

“Will continue to hold these hearings to show these negligent landlords that we mean business and the status quo is no longer acceptable.”

A number of landlords were subpoenaed, only a handful appeared, including Dave Della Croce. He owns dozens of properties in the city and was called out on 100 violations, most involving trash.Coun

“We drag the trash to the curb on the trash day, the night before where it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon when we’re done work and they’re not supposed to be out until six or seven.”

He says it’s easier logistically to pay the fine than take the trash out at the right time but Henon said that was unacceptable.

“Trash does matter and the quality of life in our neighborhoods decreases the value of our houses.”

Part of the Initiative allows residents a chance to identify bad landlords and neighbors online and through a City Hall app Henon’s office developed.

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