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Busy Little Beavers at the Chicago Department of Public Health

Three restaurants in two separate press releases today. Summary, for the get-me-to-the-gross-out crowd: infestation of fruit flies at Lalo's, unclean hands at Artemio's, and cockroaches and too-hot deserts at Dong Ky.

Two Restaurants

Shut By City Health Department
Health Code Violations Will Not Be Tolerated
 
Two restaurants remain closed today after being shut down Tuesday afternoon by inspectors from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH).
 
Lalo’s, 1960 N. Clybourn, was shut down after CDPH inspectors discovered non-compliance with an August 31 order to eliminate a fruit fly infestation.
 
Artemio’s Tacos, 4918 W. Irving Park, was ordered closed after CDPH inspectors discovered the restaurant operating without hot water. Additionally, the restaurant was cited for mouse feces in a non-food storage area.
 
The enforcement actions were the 145th and 146th times in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for Health Code violations.
 
Representatives of both restaurants are scheduled to attend administrative hearings in October and pay fines expected to total $500 (Lalo’s) and $750 (Artemio’s).
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

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North Side Restaurant Shut By City Health Department
Health Code Violations Will Not Be Tolerated

A North Side restaurant was shut down Wednesday by inspectors from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH).

Dong Ky, 4877 N. Broadway, was shut down after CDPH inspectors a clogged three-compartment sink, live cockroaches in the kitchen, and homemade desserts at unsafe temperatures.

The restaurant will remain closed until it has corrected all violations and passed re-inspection.

The enforcement action was the 147th time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for violations of the Chicago Health Code.

Representatives of Dong Ky are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing on October 22 and pay a fine expected to total $1,750.

Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures > September 5 - 7, 2009

The 145th Street Bridge over the Harlem River will be completely closed on Saturday and Sunday from 12:01 am to 7:00 am to permit continued testing of electrical and mechanical equipment and operation of the movable swing span. Motorists and pedestrians may use adjacent bridges.

Stone Street between Coenties Alley and William Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm through November 30 for a pedestrian mall.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
- Park Avenue between East 128th Street and East 129th Street in Manhattan will be closed northbound Saturday and/or Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm to facilitate Con Edison construction activity.
- The following streets in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the West Indian Children's Day Carnival and Parade: St. John's Place from Kingston Avenue to Franklin Avenue; Franklin Avenue to President Street; President Street to Brooklyn Museum.

The following streets will be closed on Sunday:
- Stanton Street from Allen to Ludlow Street in Manhattan will be closed from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm on Sundays until September 13 for the Lower East Side BID Weekend Walks.
- Myrtle Avenue between Clinton Avenue and Emerson Place in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sundays until September 27 for the Move About Myrtle Weekend Walks.
- 6th Avenue between 42nd and 56th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Brazilian American Cultural Center Inc-Avenue of the Americas Festival.
- Broadway between Waverly Place and East 14th Street in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Greenwich Village Chamber of Commerce-Broadway Street Festival.

The following streets will be closed on Monday:
- Lexington Avenue between 34th and 42nd Streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the Manhattan East Community Association-Lexington Avenue Festival.
- The following streets in Brooklyn will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade: Carnival: Eastern Parkway between Utica Avenue and Plaza Street East. Parade Start: Eastern Parkway and Howard Avenue. Route: Eastern Parkway from Howard Avenue to St. John's Place; St. John’s Place to Flatbush Avenue; Flatbush Avenue to Empire Boulevard.
- 30th Avenue between 29th and 41st Streets in Queens will be closed from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for the 30th Avenue Business Association Street Festival.

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8:00 am and breakdown must be completed by 7:00 pm.

This information will be available on the DOT web site at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/wkndtraf.shtml

Actual Civic Legislation, Actually Being Published, Reviewed, and Debated, Right Here in Chicago

Take a look at this post from the Reader's Ben Joravsky, helpfully subtitled "Mayor Daley proposes watered-down 2016 oversight to replace Manny Flores's oversight compromise".

Basically it chronicles a development at City Hall yesterday, whereby Alderman Manny Flores introduced a draft ordinance requiring strict oversight of the activities of the Chicago 2016 Committee, including details on spending, donations, and other operations of this key city agency.

Mayor Daley, having gotten wind of the tough provisions in the ordinance, introduced his own ordinance with no requirements for detail.

Flores then put together a handy chart if you want to see which version you prefer.

A key point, from my perspective, is on the level of detail to be disclosed. The Flores ordinance calls for "all expenditures" to be reported, the Daley ordinance references "a financial report". When presented with the choice of detail or aggregate, it's best to choose detail. If I can download an Excel spreadsheet of all bank activity for a given month, I'm guessing Chicago 2016 can, too. Half-measures avail us nothing.

But let's take the time to realize where we are:

  • A thoughtful Chicago alderman published a draft ordinance requiring real oversight of the activities of an entity working on our behalf-- looking to spend our money
  • The Mayor got wind of it and took the time to publish his own oversight ordinance
  • We're paying attention to actual legislation that will reach the Council floor. Political leaders-- Mayor Daley included, to his credit-- are taking the time to compose and publish their thoughts
One day at a time.

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