A report by the Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission found the deadly June 5, 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 14 was “a symptom of larger, long-standing problems” with the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.
While the report contains about three dozen recommendations for the city to consider going forward, the largest is splitting up L&I’s functions and placing more emphasis on safety and accountability.
And the city is encouraging everyone to come out and congratulate the Taney Dragons on their success.
If the pontiff does come, an appearance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is not a certainty.
And they say Archbishop Chaput’s comments of optimism don’t affect their planning for the event.
City officials tell concertgoers to dress appropriately for the heat, carry items in a clear bag if possible, and leave the coolers at home.
The airport workers were unhappy because the mayor’s executive order raising their wages does not apply to contracts currently in force, and that means the raises won’t come until the contracts are amended or renewed.
Police say a several people were hanging outside on the fire escape when it gave way and sent them plummeting about 40 feet to the ground.
Jeffrey Lindy, who served on a Philadelphia Bar Association committee studying the plan, says the contract might go to a for-profit law firm that would inevitably cut corners.
At issue is whether the fire commissioner is required to fill budgeted vacancies with firefighters who pass the promotion exam, as the union contends, or whether he can pick and choose.
Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, says the spike in homicides, combined with the raw emotional impact of the Trayvon Martin case, pushed the Nutter administration to verbalize its tactics.
L&I commissioner Carlton Williams acknowledged that the safety standards for the city’s own demolitions — demolitions of city-owned properties — are stricter than what is demanded for private property.
The city was expecting about 1,000 people to show up, but about three times that number were standing in a line that wrapped around the Municipal Services Building, across from City Hall.
A city councilwoman’s anger over delays in renovations to a rec center in her district boiled over Tuesday at a budget hearing.
A federal judge continues to oversee an agreement between the ACLU and the Nutter administration in which the police department agreed to better train officers on the use of “stop and frisk.”