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Gizzard Complaint Leads to Shut-Down

Here's some news from our friends at CDPH:

South Side Fast-Food Restaurant Closed By City Health Department
No Hot Water to Wash Hands, Clean Utensils

A complaint about green chicken gizzards has led to the shutdown of a fast food restaurant on the South Side.

JJ Fish & Chicken, 11858 S. State, was ordered closed today after Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors found no hot running water, no certified food manager on duty and other health violations.

The inspection was triggered by a customer who called 311 to complain of becoming ill after eating chicken gizzards that were allegedly green on the inside. No evidence of spoiled food was found today by CDPH inspectors.

The restaurant also was cited for a poorly maintained outside garbage container, an exit door with gaps that allow access to rodents and insects, and a broken three-compartment sink (water leaking from one compartment to the next).

The enforcement action was the 247th time in 2008 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for violations of the Chicago Health Code. Representatives of JJ Fish & Chicken will have to explain themselves at an administrative hearing on February 5 and pay fines expected to total $2,500.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or any other licensed food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to report it by calling 311 or visiting www.cityofchicago.org.

Ethics 404

Does anyone else find it fitting that the page on the City of Chicago Web site for the 30th Annual Government Ethics Law Conference currently returns an error page? Here's the cached page.

Appendix to the City of Chicago study, "Cultural Landcape of Chicago"

Pretty interesting maps in here.

Chicago Nature and Wildlife Plan: a strategy to enhance natural habitats within the City of Chicag

Who knew we had one? This is from 2006. See also Chicago Nature Areas Directory.

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Weiner's Circle loses its ability to operate as a hot dog stand

Below is some news from our friends at the Chicago Department of Public Health. In retrospect, it appears that this contrarian, CAPS-FILLED rant on Citysearch was prescient.

Lincoln Park Restaurant Shut Down By City Health Department

No Hot Water, Food at Unsafe Temperatures

A fast food restaurant in the Lincoln Park neighborhood was shut down today after Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) inspectors discovered critical food safety violations.

Wiener’s Circle, 2622 N. Clark, was shut down after inspectors found no hot running water on the premises----meaning that food handlers were unable to wash their hands in an acceptable fashion and that food utensils and equipment could not be washed safely.

The restaurant also was cited for food found at unsafe temperatures---two pounds of cooked onions were found at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, well below the required 140 degrees. Restaurant management was ordered to discard the onions.

Today’s inspection was a re-inspection of December 12, when CDPH inspectors ticketed Wiener’s Circle for an overflowing outside garbage container.

The December 12 inspection was triggered by a customer who called 311 to claim that the restaurant had a rodent infestation. No evidence of rodent activity was found in either inspection.

The enforcement action was the 245th time in 2008 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for violations of the Chicago Health Code. Representatives of Wiener’s Circle will have to explain themselves at an administrative hearing on January 22 and pay fines expected to total $1,000.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or any other licensed food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to report it by calling 311 or visiting www.cityofchicago.org.

City of Chicago 16th Ward Map w/ Precincts

Here ya go.

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Sewage resolved in Seattle, KFC on Gilman reopens

KFC #73 located at 555 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah was re-opened for business by a Public Health food inspector on Dec. 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm after confirming that the reason for closure (sewage overflow) had been resolved, cleaned up and safe for both employees and customers.

Funding Commitment to a Predevelopment Loan for the Cornerstone at Japantown Project Approved by the San Jose City Council

Here's some news from the December 9, 2008 meeting of the San Jose City Council.

Recommendation: Adopt a resolution reclassifying $200,000 of the project’s existing funding commitment to a predevelopment loan to Cornerstone at Japantown, L.P., or its designated affiliate, to finance predevelopment costs for the 53-unit Cornerstone at Japantown townhomes located at 851 North 10th Street and 899 North 10th Street, to be made available to extremely low-, very low- and low-income households. CEQA: Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDC07-025). Council District 3. SNI: 13th Street. (Housing) Resolution No. 74702 adopted.


You can view the entire meeting synopsis here.

CTA launches RSS feeds for every train and bus line

RSS Feed_1229466218100 Probably the best thing to come out of the launch of a new Web site for the Chicago Transit Authority is an RSS feed for every train line and bus line in the system. It's a veritable orgy of orange icons -- you can subscribe to all sorts of breakdowns:

This is a really big step forward for the CTA. They tell me that they have also changed their operations considerably to support this service. They now have six full-time External Customer Communication Coordinators who work inside the CTA Control Center. Each of these statuses are updated manually by these people, who work alongside the Rail Controllers who are working to respond to any service outages or other issues in the system. These two functions -- dealing with issues and communicating the current status of an issue to customers -- used to be performed by the same person at the same time.

Now that they have the technical and operational infrastructure to support these feeds, the only thing I'd like to see is more. More information about each bus and train. Certainly Facebook and Twitter have made a certain subset of the population deeply accustomed to being updated about the most inane things. I'd certainly be open to being updated about every time a bus that I'm interested in gets into an accident, contains a passenger who is shot and killed, has one of its bus stops moved due to a scaffolding permit issued by the city, and so on. Hell, I'd even be interested in knowing that my bus got some gum cleaned off a seat.

Look for these feeds to be pumped into their appropriate CTA Tweet feeds soon.

Newly constructed apartments all over the place in New York City

Now that Shaun Donovan, New York City's housing commissioner, has been picked to head the Housing and Urban Development, here's to hoping that there will be lots more quality housing to be had all over. Here's some new stuff available from them as of today:

NEWLY CONSTRUCTED SENIOR CITIZEN APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN THE TURTLE BAY SECTION OF MANHATTAN

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 18 affordable housing rental apartments under construction at 228 East 46th Street in the Turtle Bay section of Manhattan. This building is being constructed through the Inclusionary Housing Program of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).

NEWLY CONSTRUCTED APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN THE OCEAN HILL SECTION OF BROOKLYN

L&M Prospect Plaza LLC is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 150 affordable housing rental apartments now under construction at 467 Howard Avenue in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn. This building is being financed by the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal's Homes for Working Families program (HWF), New York State Housing Finance Agency and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

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NEW CONDOMINIUM APARTMENTS FOR SALE IN MANHATTAN

Applications of interest are now available for 18 new condo apartments being constructed in the Harlem section of Manhattan at 2280 Frederick Douglas Blvd. This building is being developed through the Negotiated Sale Program of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development with the assistance of the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation and the Housing Partnership Development Corporation.

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ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
CTA Tweet: Unofficial Twitter tracker for the Chicago Transit Authority.
CityPayments: Database of all vendors, contracts, and payments that have been posted by the municipal government of the City of Chicago
Wesley Willis Art: Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.

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