Thursday, July 9, 2015

Something is Fishy at L&I

Philadelphia Republican City Committee
Hon. John J. Taylor, Chairman
Contact:          Joe DeFelice, Executive Director
Phone:             215-756-4158 (mobile)

Something is Fishy at L&I
Philadelphia, PA, July 9, 2015:  After not learning their lesson with the fatal building collapse in Center City two years ago; recent reports out of the Point Breeze neighborhood show L&I’s utter indifference for their own regulations.  A Philadelphia Inquirer story highlighted how last year, L&I, through Commissioner Carlton Williams, permitted a building demolition without proper permits.[1]  “This type of willful disregard of safety regulations puts the welfare of City residents in jeopardy,” stated Philadelphia Republican Party Executive Director Joe DeFelice.

Couple the above, with the shuttering of a Point Breeze Beer Garden for, as reported, no reason at all, L&I continues its cavalier attitude for the rules.  A recent article quoted proprietor of the Point Breeze Beer Garden, John Longacre, as saying, “[Our beer garden] has now received a ‘Cease and Desist’ by order of Philadelphia License and Inspections. When the Inspector came out to inform us, he stated he had ‘absolutely no idea why they were shutting us down.”  Longacre followed up by submitting for a temporary permit anyway, though not required by law, and was told by L&I that they “lost [their] application.”[2]

 These above stories just don’t pass the smell test.  L&I is either crooked or careless, either way, a fish rots from the head down; if Carlton Williams is the man steering the ship, then perhaps, it’s time for a new Commissioner, maybe even one that won’t stink. 



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