Former Philadelphia Parking Authority director Vince Fenerty gave his top five executives significant raises in the months leading up to a sexual harassment scandal that made major headlines and led to Fenerty’s resignation, according to the Inquirer. Read more »
The driver for the Republican senator talks the PPA agent out of giving him a ticket for being parked illegally. (Note that the Counter Terrorism truck in the back had nothing to do with this exchange. It was just driving by.)
If your car is parked in a no-stopping zone in Center City, you will, no doubt, get a $51 ticket. Your car might even be towed. But if you’re a Republican senator of the United States, well, the rules are apparently just a little bit different.
On Wednesday evening, as I was in Center City to cover the protesters surrounding the Republican retreat at the Loews Hotel, I saw a Philadelphia Parking Authority agent working his way up the 1400 block of Sansom Street. (Yes, the same PPA that has long been a Republican patronage haven in Philadelphia.)
As he lumbered along, the agent encountered an illegally parked orange Jeep Wrangler JK. It was in a clearly marked no-stopping zone across the street from the side entrance of the Union League. (Yes, the same Union League that has been a Republican stiff-shirted haven for many years.) Read more »
L: Auditor General Eugene Depasquale | R: Former PPA Director Vince Fenerty
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he will investigate what he called an “excessive” six-figure payout for the former head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, who resigned last year after reporters revealed he had been accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment. Read more »
If you hate the robbers known as the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) and its conspiratorial kangaroo court known as the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication (BAA) as much as I do, you’ve got to read and circulate this article — especially since it might earn you and thousands of other victimized drivers millions of dollars in total.
I won a big trial this month against the PPA/BAA in a real court, i.e., the Court of Common Pleas, which is presided over by real judges who had been real lawyers who had attended real law schools (unlike the non-legally trained patronage-infested bureaucratic hacks in the PPA/BAA).
As a result of my major victory, the PPA/BAA might have to refund a whole lot of unlawfully confiscated money to you all. How much? Let’s do the math: Although it’s unclear exactly how many $51 “bus zone” parking tickets the PPA issues each year, let’s reasonably estimate, for example, approximately 100 daily from just Monday through Friday, which equals 500 weekly and 26,000 yearly. And, for the sake of easy computing, let’s apply this to a ten-year period (although it’s certainly much longer). That means the PPA/BAA could owe drivers who were victimized like me a total of more than $12 million! Read more »
Anyone in Philadelphia who has ever had a car towed illegally is getting the chance to speak out. Read more »
The Philadelphia Parking Authority lost almost $700K during the six-day SEPTA strike earlier this month, largely through efforts to alleviate commuter stress by offering grace periods at expired parking meters and discounted parking rates, among other accommodations. Read more »
Philly’s ride-sharing war is no more. On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf legalized ride-sharing across Pennsylvania with his signature on Senate Bill 984.
“This bill puts an end to any question about these companies operating in our Commonwealth, especially in Philadelphia,” Governor Wolf said in a release. Read more »
The Pennsylvania Senate yesterday voted overwhelmingly to approve legislation that would, with Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature, make Uber and Lyft legal in Pennsylvania. Read more »
A bill to legalize UberX and Lyft in Pennsylvania permanently is reaching the final stages in the state legislature this week. The bill can’t come soon enough for the ride-hailing companies, which have endured a two-year battle for the right to operate in the city. They experienced temporary success this past summer when Act 85 granted them a grace period set in place largely because of the Democratic National Convention in July and the SEPTA Regional Rail service suspension. Read more »
City official Clarena Tolson will lead the Philadelphia Parking Authority as interim director following the resignation of Vince Fenerty, who was recently discovered to be the subject of two sexual harassment accusations that some board members claim they had forgotten. Read more »