New firings and more FBI searches at the Sheriff’s Office. Isaiah Thompson writes about the latest developments, including a practice that involved some cases where payment for properties bought at sheriff sales was delayed for months.
Federal law makes it difficult for local officials and the public to get information about the safety of railroad bridges, viaducts and other rights-of-way. Isaiah Thompson looks at disclosure in light of last month’s derailment over the Schuylkill River.
A company whose insurance license was revoked for alleged misappropriation of nearly $1 million continues to hold a lucrative, and recently expanded contract with the city to do work around sheriff sales, AxisPhilly has found. Isaiah Thompson reports on a firm called Aracor, Inc.
The number of people being turned away from emergency shelter in Philadelphia has tripled in just three years, despite data that shows the number of homeless has remained steady. Isaiah Thompson reports on a troubling trend.
If you’re not sure what to make of the vote by Philadelphia’s City Council to approve amendments to create a city land bank, you are not alone. Isaiah Thompson explains what the bill does and does not do. it is due for final passage this week.
On the eve of a deadline to pass a land bank bill before Council recesses for the holidays, Council President Clarke is enlisting groups to oppose a bill he’s said he supported for the better part of a year. His office is busy assembling a small army to come to Council tomorrow and testify against the land bank bill as it stands now.
When Council convenes for its second-to-last session for the year tomorrow, all eyes will be on Council President Darrell Clarke, who faces his most direct public challenge since he took leadership of the city’s legislative body. The challenge is this: The President has spent the better part of a year pledging support for a land […]
On Thanksgiving eve, Council President Darrell Clarke advanced amendments to the long-anticipated land bank bill that includes changes supporters of the bill have called “deal-breakers.” Isaiah Thompson has details.
In the wake of the scandal involving the lax reign of former Sheriff John Green, the city and the new sheriff office agreed that all the office’s contracts must go through the Law Department and Controller first before being executed. We have uncovered evidence that agreement is being violated. Isaiah Thompson reports.
Three years ago, John Green was ousted as Sheriff for running an office riddled with incompetence and cronyism. A complete overhaul was promised. Instead, the old cronies were replaced by new cronies. Part One of this series by Isaiah Thompson focuses on sheriff’s sale advertising.
AxisPhilly has confirmed that FBI’s recent raid on the Office of the Philadelphia Sheriff was targeting activities that took place after Sheriff John Green left office in 2011. We are following developments.
Axis Philly plans to build on the work of the last year by offering occasional stories about open data and public information resources in Philadelphia — both the resources that public offices do make available and the information they don’t.
J. Scott O’Keefe is a lucky man. He got a seat on Municipal Court without running for election. Now, he is about to get a seat on Common Pleas Court, even though he withdrew as a candidate in the primary. How could this happen? It helps to have friends on Democratic City Committee. A full explanation follows.
AxisPhilly offers a new tool for interested citizens to track down the millions of campaign funds that flow to City Council members. The interactive tool shows both where the money came from and who gave, information not available through other public sources.
City officials said Town Watch volunteers would be present the first day of the new school year, to ease the concerns of parents whose children were attending new schools for the first time. We have a report from West Philadelphia.
The only conspicuous thing about Courtroom 478, located along a dark stretch of hallway in an obscure corner of Philadelphia’s City Hall, is the knot of people you’re likely to find standing outside of it, crying.
In case you haven’t heard, Philadelphia is undergoing the largest and most drastic overhauling of its real estate tax system ever. There are a number of hurdles, deadlines, and dates that accompany this process. Here, in a nutshell, they are.