The story focuses on L&I, the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections, that allows tragedies like this to happen every few years as the "hidden cost" of doing business in the city. The corruption at L&I, and the politicians who have enabled it, have been a hot topic on this blog:
"I Came Here To Speak For Dead People"-- former L&I Commissioner Bennett Levin takes City Council on a 20-year journey through a trail of dead bodies and entirely preventable catastrophes that began with the Merdian fire.
Contractors Run Amok While L&I Promotes Commerce -- more lack of accountability and scandal at the city's worst agency.
L&I Snoozes While Demolition Site Across The Street From A City High School Becomes A Land Fill; Then A Bloody Crime Scene -- A 19-year-old is murdered at a notorious neighborhood dumping ground.