Auditor General Will Audit PPA Employment Practices, But We Still Need a Performance Audit

(Photo: Post-Gazette / Darrell Sapp) Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene Pasquale will conduct an audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's employment practices, report Julia Terruso and Claudia Vargas, following a sexual harassment scandal that led to the resignation of Executive Director Vince Fenerty. Continue reading

Council Report Card: Week of October 2nd

In which David Oh proposes selling the Philadelphia Parking Authority for scrap (with a big question mark for what state action would be required); Bill Greenlee proposes making it harder for employers to base your future earnings on your past earnings; and Jannie Blackwell upzones some land right behind 30th Street Station for the Schuylkill Yards district. Continue reading

Brady: Seth Williams Probably Not Getting Dems' Support in 2017

Incumbent District Attorney Seth Williams got some more bad news today as Congressman Bob Brady, chair of the Democratic City Committee, told Chris Brennan that the party is unlikely to endorse Williams as the party's nominee in the 2017 primary. Continue reading

Wolf and Kenney call for PPA audit after Council declines

("Really, dude?" Photo: Newsworks/WHYY) A day after a majority on City Council voted down a resolution to audit the Philadelphia Parking Authority, Mayor Jim Kenney and Governor Tom Wolf each released public statements calling for an audit, the Inquirer reports. Continue reading

Darrell Clarke Tries to Hide Council Votes Against PPA Audit

Council President Darrell Clarke pulled an unusual procedural move yesterday to hide the votes of Councilmembers who opposed a Parking Authority audit, reports Ryan Briggs. Continue reading

Disgraced PPA Boss Vince Fenerty Resigns, Receives Giant Pension

After the Parking Authority board did an about-face and announced they would fire Vince Fenerty instead of barely punishing him after discovering he had sexually harassed two employees, Fenerty announced he would resign instead of getting fired. Continue reading

Uber X Will Be Illegal Again in Philly Starting This Weekend

Jim Saksa at PlanPhilly notes that while the law temporarily legalizing ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft in Philadelphia doesn't officially lapse until tomorrow, Harrisburg already went on recess Wednesday so there isn't going to be a last-minute fix. Continue reading

Uber X Will Be Illegal Again in Philly In Two Days

  Uber X and other ride-hailing services will be illegal again in Philly in just two days, as a state law that temporarily legalized the service during the DNC is about to expire. Continue reading

WIN: Parking Authority Fires Vince Fenerty After Pressure From Electeds, Advocates

(Photo credit: Olivia Exstrum | Philadelphia Inquirer) The Philadelphia Parking Authority board has fired Executive Director Vince Fenerty, according to the Inquirer's Chris Brennan.   Continue reading

Obama to City Council: Don't Increase Parking Requirements

(Obama doesn't even think South Philly needs parking minimums | Carolyn Kaster, AP Photo) Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's bill doubling parking requirements for apartment buildings has been having a rough time since we first wrote about it two weeks ago. Continue reading