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City Housing Inspectors Fired

POSTED: 05:28 PM ET, 07/15/2008 by Derek Kravitz

The firing of more than half of the city's housing code inspectors is shaking up a department that, in many cases, failed to protect tenants in dangerous apartment buildings, The Post's Debbie Cenziper reports.

The firings follow a Post series, "Forced Out," published in March, which found that the city's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has overlooked bad conditions in many cases, then granted permission to the landlords to turn rent-controlled apartments into condominiums.

The city's 34 housing inspectors, who are charged with ensuring that rental properties are clean, safe and well-maintained, have faced criticism for failing to cite landlords for shoddy conditions or following up when problems are noted. The lack of enforcement came at a time when tenants across the city complained that landlords were allowing buildings to fall apart to empty rent-controlled apartments and convert to condominiums.

In a statement, Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs chief Linda K. Argo said inspectors were given more than 14 months to receive certification from the International Code Council, the "industry standard" licensing group.

"From day one of my tenure, my goal was to professionalize our inspections division through streamlining operations and increased training," Argo said. "This was not the outcome we had hoped for, but the goal remains the same and we must keep moving forward."

The employees have 15 days to appeal the decision and the agency said they "plan to minimize disruptions to the inspections unit," which performs more than 40,000 inspections a year. An "intensive" recruitment campaign to fill those inspector jobs will begin Oct. 1, officials said.

By Derek Kravitz |  July 15, 2008; 5:28 PM ET D.C. Region
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Karl Rove shares a mentor with Jeff Gannon - Morton Blackwell. It seems that Jeff also is a graduate of the Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism - a conservative propagandist training school that was founded and is run by Blackwell and that operates on an $8 million annual budget which comes from God knows where.
http://www [dot] leadershipinstitute [dot] org/02TRAINING/001BJS/001BJS.cfm
The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism trains hundreds of "Jeff Gannons" every year according to a Philadelphia newspaper. These Jeff Gannons will be reuniting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport for the Republican National Convention.

Cancer-causing chemicals are one of the techniques used by the administration, the RNC, the Bushies, Tom Delay, and the Karl Rove crowd to stifle dissent, obstruct justice, obtain business advantage through crime and promote false religious dogma.

Chlorinated Tris, one of the three most commonly used flame retardants, is considered harmful by several international and national health and regulatory agencies. Although arson is one of the primary techniques used by the Bush mafia, (and covered up by authorities in Florida) the flame retardant is more harmful than flames because it is invisible. The Bush mafia prefers to use covert methods and although Bush loves creating smoke screens for the gullible to fall for, Chlorinated Tris can be used more covertly than flames.

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