QUESTION EL PARKING AUTHORITY: PPA Goes CYA

DAILY NEWS: A week after the Daily News raised questions about the size of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s auto fleet, the agency has asked 18 of its mid-level managers to give up the car keys. The Parking Authority issued a news release yesterday, saying that it expects to save $400,000 next year by limiting the number of managers permitted to take company cars home for the night, and by postponing the purchase of 18 parkingmeter.jpgnew sedans and SUVs. The authority also projected $1 million in savings from a reduction of 10 management jobs through attrition and retirements.Last week, the Daily News reported that, since going under GOP control, twice as many executives were permitted to take authority vehicles home for the night – although so far, the authority has not provided any of the fleet records requested by the newspaper. The announcements followed recent stories in the Daily News and Inquirer describing the authority’s soaring payroll, double what it was when Republicans took control of the city’s parking agency in mid-2001. MORE

INQUIRER: In response to growing public pressure, the Philadelphia Parking Authority yesterday announced “initial” measures that will save it an estimated $1.4 million next fiscal year. The savings will come from reducing through attrition the well-larded ranks of the agency’s administrative employees, and from taking away the personal vehicles of at least 18 managers and reassigning them for use in the field. “These new measures are steps in the right direction that are part of our continued commitment to doing the best and most efficient job possible,” authority executive director Vincent Fenerty said in a statement. MORE

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