Phila. Dept. of Licenses & Inspections
City Council president Darrell Clarke calls them “entrepreneurs,” those folks who set up a folding table on a sidewalk to sell everything from handbags to CDs to incense.
The city’s Department of Licenses & Inspections says street vendor spots are assigned by a neutral lottery, not by a neighborhood group, and L&I would have no way to control what could be subsequent chaos.
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.
Sources have confirmed that a task force report, created in the wake of last year’s fatal Market Street building collapse, recommends splitting Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses & Inspections into two separate entities.
The settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia by gun-carry advocates will force police and other city officials to more strongly adhere to state law in a variety of gun-related matters.
The new rule comes in the wake of last year’s building collapse on Market Street that killed six people.
Dominic Verdi is charged with using his position to extort additional sales for a beer distributorship he co-owned.
Public records show property taxes on the house haven’t been paid since 2008. The property had been cited six times since 2007 by the city Department of Licenses & Inspections.
DA Seth Williams says that after an investigation that lasted nearly two years, the grand jury concluded it could not recommend criminal charges against anyone in this case.
A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Department of L&I says the firm that owns the building at 2145 Locust Street has been cited for allowing an unsafe condition at the building.
Testifying was Nancy Winkler, the city treasurer, and her husband, whose daughter Anne and five others died last June when a building demolition at 22nd and Market Streets went awry.