Phila. City Council Presses Ahead With New Structure For L&I OversightDespite the plea for delay from the mother of a woman killed in the 2013 Market Street building collapse, the proposed charter change got City Council committee approval.
City Council Eyeing More Regulation For Curbside Vendors in PhiladelphiaCity 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.
Phila. L&I Pushes Back Against Councilwoman's Plan For Street VendingThe 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.
Panel's Findings on Fatal Market Street Building Collapse ReleasedWhile 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.
Report Will Recommend Split-Up of Philadelphia's L & ISources 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.
Phila. Agrees To Better Compliance With State Gun Control Regulations 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.
Philadelphia Unveils New Required Construction Site SignageThe new rule comes in the wake of last year's building collapse on Market Street that killed six people.
Former Philadelphia L&I Official Charged With FraudDominic Verdi is charged with using his position to extort additional sales for a beer distributorship he co-owned.
Ogontz House That Collapsed Had L&I, Tax Problems, City Official SaysPublic 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.
Grand Jury: No Provable Criminality In 2012 Deaths of Two Phila. FirefightersDA 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.
Phila. L&I Cites Owner of Building in Weekend Fatal Fire Escape CollapseA 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.