Sunday, December 21, 2014

How L&I battles its own past: A conversation with Commissioner Fran Burns

Last week, It's Our Money wrote about Mary Green, a woman in North Philly who had an abandoned rowhome collapsing next door. The Department of Licenses and Inspections was available to help Green -- but Green had given up on calling L&I several years prior, due to inaction.

How L&I battles its own past: A conversation with Commissioner Fran Burns

Last week, It's Our Money wrote about Mary Green, a woman in North Philly who had an abandoned rowhome collapsing next door. The Department of Licenses and Inspections was available to help Green -- but Green had given up on calling L&I several years prior, due to inaction.

On this week's It's Our Money podcast, we call up L&I Commissioner Fran Burns to ask her about how some of her agency's past failed policies (and the reputation it developed as a result) impede the things it's trying to do today.

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