Phila. Officials Scrambling as School District Real Estate Sell-off FaltersAt a Council hearing this morning, school district COO Fran Burns said seven of the 27 buildings have buyers, and the rest are not likely to bring in as much as had been hoped.
Phila. Lawmakers Move Toward Allowing Advertising on School Buses and BuildingsPhiladelphia school district chief operating officer Fran Burns told Council's Rules Committee that passage of the bill doesn't guarantee that the district will follow through on putting ads in schools.
Council, Probing Deadly Center City Demolition Collapse, Hears From L&I Alums Two former heads of Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections offered differing views on whether L&I has lost sight of public safety.
Hundreds of Philadelphia Newspaper Honor Boxes Labeled For ConfiscationGraffiti and the overall condition the metal boxes are the reasons the city has posted orange confiscation notices on hundreds of honor boxes in Old City and Center City, which follow code 9-211 of the Philadelphia code.
Officials Say Philadelphia's Buildings Are Built To Take A QuakeFran Burns, the commissioner of Licenses and Inspections, says there are complex regulations in the city's construction code regarding potential earthquakes.
Officials Address Blight With Germantown Residents Philadelphia's licenses and inspections commissioner, during a tour of a Germantown neighborhood, assured some frustrated homeowners that the city was dealing with 'nuisance' properties that bring the whole block down.

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