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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA
I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Politics has changed since Nick Hanauer made his TED talk: “Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming” Now it’s beware plutocrats the fascists are coming.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
In the weeks preceding a local election in Coatesville PA my blogs are viewed by Russians. Look at the stats on my blogs. On May 16, 2018 the Russian views collapsed. This has happened since 2016.
This is from Coatesville Dems Blog "Monthly View":
This is a more normal "Audience" for Riverseeker Blog on the "Daily View":
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Threats, bullying, and revenge in Coatesville politics. Organized crime in Chester County, PA ain’t what it used to be. Mafia shoes formerly worn by Chester County Republicans don’t fit on Democrats. And they’re out of style anyway.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Friday, October 19, 2012
As late as the early 2000s Richard Legree could allegedly manipulate Chester County's legal system and ease the pain of a drug soldier who got caught. That's long gone.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Theodore S. A. Rubino, 77, a self-made millionaire and the predominant power broker in Chester County Republican politics for two decades until he was convicted of extortion in 1977, died yesterday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He had lived in Malvern.
Mr. Rubino, who entered politics as a Malvern Borough councilman in 1955, was chairman of the Chester County Republican Party for 12 years and chairman of the county commissioners for seven.
He rose to prominence at a time when county bosses could wield considerable power, said William Lamb, the current head of the county’s GOP…..
Although Mr. Rubino had held no official position in the county GOP since 1977, his tight reins on the county’s political patronage system can still be felt.
“You need only look around the courthouse today to see how many people’s careers Ted helped,” Lamb said, adding that for the last decade Mr. Rubino ”had been a friend and an adviser.” The county GOP considered him to be the party’s chairman emeritus, Lamb said.
Senior U.S. District Judge John B. Hannum, whom Mr. Rubino succeeded as county GOP chairman in 1964, said: “He was an exceptional man and a great friend. He had been sick a long time, though, and maybe this is a blessing.”….
The son of an Italian immigrant quarry worker, origins that helped him maintain an easy rapport with the county’s rank-and-file voters, Mr. Rubino considered himself an anomaly among the fox-hunting gentry who controlled the county before him.
“This is real WASP country,” he once said. “Somehow, I just never belonged.”
Despite never being fully accepted by the county’s Republican traditionalists, he did acquire power and wealth.
And controversy frequently followed him.
Through real estate speculation, his ownership of the Knickerbocker Landfill near Malvern and his association with a Paoli insurance firm, Mr. Rubino, a lifelong bachelor, was a millionaire by the early 1970s…..Mr. Rubino’s first public troubles began in 1970, when state officials reported that hazardous wastes had been dumped, apparently illegally, at the landfill he owned with his brother. Knickerbocker was closed for a week in 1971 but was not shut down permanently until 1979, despite efforts by local environmental groups to have it closed sooner…..
Public controversy also swirled over the state’s $1 million purchase of part of his landfill for a stretch of the Route 202 bypass.
Though the legal division of the state Department of Transportation cleared Mr. Rubino of any wrongdoing in the case, public outcry caused enough pressure that he decided not to seek re-election to his county commission post in 1975.
Still, he was re-elected that same year as party chairman without opposition.
Then, in 1977, Mr. Rubino pleaded guilty to having extorted $6,400 from architects who were awarded a $130,000 contract to convert a former West Chester hospital into a county government annex….
As part of Mr. Rubino’s plea agreement, prosecutors read into the record statements that the FBI had taken from businessmen and politicians who had dealt with Mr. Rubino. They indicated that he had established set prices for those doing business with the county, ranging from milk supplies to the leases on court offices. Some of the money went to the county GOP.
As vice president of the Huggler Insurance Agency of Paoli, Mr. Rubino also received commissions from county contracts that he personally directed to the agency.
in the shadow of paoli hospital
Thursday, May 10, 2018
What about Servicemaster's level of service for custodial services to schools?The Chester County Health Department found dirty rags on water fountains, moldy air vents, odors, unknown liquid…
Several years ago the Bethel Park School District in Pennsylvania voted to contract with ServiceMaster, a $1.5 billion multinational corporation, to provide custodial and maintenance services to city schools. The School Board took this step because it believed it would save money. Within days, 25% of the district's unionized janitors got pink slips from the city, only to receive job offers from ServiceMaster to do the same work at half the wages. Service-Master cut other costs as well, including preventive maintenance on expensive city equipment. By the time the ServiceMaster contract was up for renewal, Bethel Park had discovered the real costs of contracting out: dirty schools, destroyed equipment, and low morale among poorly-paid workers. The school district dropped the contract, having learned the hard way that contracting with a profit-making corporation raises costs while weakening public control over service delivery.
AB469: Forced Privatization of School Services and Free Rent for New Businesses?, I linked to a fact sheet (pdf) regarding privatization of services within public schools and why it’s not a good idea. ServiceMaster is referenced over and over again, noting the problems the schools had with that particular company:In my post,
Democrats are becoming the power-brokers in Chester County. So of course convicted former (CASD) Superintendent Richard Como gives money to the Democrats selection for state rep.
Maxwell hits Williams over Como donation
May 9th, 2018 · 1 CommentBy Mike McGann, Editor, The Times
Friday, October 14, 2011
WEST CHESTER >> Richard Wallace Como, the former superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, was found guilty of multiple counts of felony theft Friday for a scheme he concocted to purchase commemorative championship rings for members of the high school’s football team.
By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News
Monday, May 7, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
In 2015 there was a question: What is it going to cost to have ServiceMaster come in?” WE NOW KNOW THAT IT’S $280,724.50, a 14 month contract. Are there kickbacks to individuals in the Coatesville Area School District?
The district is looking to outsource its custodial and groundskeeping services to Tennessee-based company, ServiceMaster. The proposed agreement with ServiceMaster would allow about 60 custodians and six groundskeepers to maintain their jobs in the district, at market wages, and to receive benefits including a 401K package, according to the district.
Negotiations remain ongoing between the district and the Federation Union, which represents the custodial and groundskeeping staff, about the terms of the outsourcing plan. The Federation Union’s contract with the district expires on June 30.
During the public comment section of the meeting, Sharon Ross questioned the validity of the savings that are expected to come from the district outsourcing its custodians. ‘I know you’re hoping that the custodial contract is not renewed, and that there will be outsourcing,’ she said to the board. ‘The question is: what is it going to cost to have ServiceMaster come in? What happens in following years when they increase their charges?”
By Lucas Rodgers, firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 05/13/15, 6:56 PM EDT | UPDATED: ON 05/13/2015
The Coatesville Area School District assumes all but the administrative costs and salaries of Servicemaster employees:
Ronald Kabonik answer why salaries declining & costs increasing. Answer, because of services contracted through ServiceMaster.
The Coatesville Area School District recently voted for a new contract with Service Master.
Daily Local News
I think every school superintendent in PA knows there is a plethora of techniques for stealing public funds embedded into the Byzantine bureaucratic structure of educational facilities in PA. I beleive Servicemaster may have taken advantage of this.
Sometimes paper and digital records aren’t enough to prove a crime was committed. White collar crime requires people with interview knowledge, people with forensic accounting knowledge, people with knowledge of bureaucratic structure and other possibly scientific knowledge pertinent to the private or public entity is needed. It’s not like possession of so much narcotics equals so much prison sentence.
2 Coatesville investigated by BDO
This case is about Coatesville school district in Chester County. Accounting firm BDO (2014) investigated the Coatesville school district where two directors where suspected of fraud in the athletic department. The scope of their report is specifically limited to the application of forensic accounting procedures. As might be expected from an internal investigation conducted by an accounting firm, investigators filled the investigation report with numbers and charts. Obviously, investigators applied their forensic accounting knowledge in this investigation. While others had already revealed the fraud in the Acar case, this investigation started at an earlier stage where there was only suspicion of fraud. From a contingent perspective, forensic accounting knowledge was thus much more important in the Coatesville investigation than in the Acar investigation.
By means of numbers, BDO (2014) tried to make a case of surprisingly low athletic department revenues and surprisingly high athletic department expenses. These surprises created suspicions of fraud directed at the superintendent Richard Como and former athletic director James Donato. If investigators had applied legal knowledge in this investigation, they would probably have looked more at organizational structure and authorities of both Como and Donato. If investigators had applied behavioral and interview knowledge, they might have succeeded in reconstructing the past by getting Como and Donato to tell them what really went on in terms of revenue collection and expenditures.
The core message from all cases is that a contingent knowledge management approach is needed in internal investigations. The situation should determine what kind of knowledge to apply in a specific investigative challenge. Legal knowledge seems to dominate many investigations, where forensic accounting knowledge and management consulting knowledge might have been more appropriate.
Forensic accounting knowledge, business knowledge and detective knowledge is often more appropriate for the purpose of reconstructing the past. The application of legal knowledge can easily result in a report of investigation focusing on formal procedures and bureaucratic improvements.
Table 2 presents a comparison of the cases discussed from a knowledge management perspective. The table lists knowledge applied versus knowledge needed. It comes as no surprise that law firms as investigators mainly apply legal knowledge independent of critical issues at hand in the investigation. Similarly, auditing firms apply mainly auditing knowledge independent of critical issues in the investigation.