I was a Coatesville Planning Commissioner. When an alleged death threat did not work; the “Bloc of Four” arranged a different way to remove me from the planning commission. What they might not know is at the planning commission meeting two weeks after the meeting with the alleged death threat District Attorney Joe Carroll waited from before the meeting began until after it was over. If Ernie Campos and/or Richard Legree showed up again he was prepared to charge them with terroristic threats. The alleged threat is in the minutes of the Coatesville Planning Commission meeting May 10, 2006:
According to Ms. Janssen the Janssen family was advised by the FBI not to live in the City of Coatesville. This was because of Janssen’s efforts to remove the drug gangs from the City of Coatesville; the same drug gangs that thrived when Ernie Campos was Coatesville City Council president. Anybody see “the Wire” episode “Amsterdam”? Before Paul Janssen came here there were times when the streets were blocked by drug dealers. It looked like that “Wire” episode.
I wrote this on the “Chester County Cops Blog” DLN on
July 29, 2008 4:02 PM
Jim Pitcherella said...
It was winter time here when I said that this was shaping up to be a violent summer in Coatesville. The response by the Coatesville Administration was a nonchalant smirk. This is one time that I really hate to say, I told you so.
The escalation of violence in Coatesville is an inevitable consequence of what I believe is the “dumbing down” of the Coatesville Police Department by the “bloc of four” city council members and their supporters. The Walker Administration made a decision to cut costs to avoid a tax increase or the utilization of Coatesville’s “rainy day fund”. They cut funds across the board by cutting back on staff (administrators salaries were increased). The biggest staff cuts were in the police department. Not only were the number of officers reduced but the police department office staff was nearly eliminated causing patrol officers to fill in for clerical jobs. Our “chief” Mr. Matthews is still not certified as a policeman in Pennsylvania.
When Paul Janssen took office as the Coatesville City Manager his first task was to make the streets safe. Mr. Janssen searched for and found a police officer that could tackle the task of policing the streets of Coatesville. When Chief of Police Dominic Bellizzie first saw Coatesville he said that the “streets were an open air drug bazaar”. Janssen and Chief Bellizzie modernized and expanded the Coatesville Police Department. Unfortunately the city was plunged into a series of lawsuits concerning a land acquisition dispute. The 30 plus lawsuits directed against the City of Coatesville that the city was forced to win in court nearly bankrupted the city (The City of Coatesville won every lawsuit; I believe that most should have been thrown out as frivolous). However, Chief Bellizzie’s efforts paid off and by 2005 drug dealers could not risk living inside the city limits of Coatesville. In spite of the drag from the lawsuits the city was on the brink of turning over from the wholesale and retail drug distribution center of Chester County into a normal city. And then came the “bloc of four”.
Below is a portion of the resignation letter of former Coatesville Assistant City Manager Tarron Richardson. He refers to the Walker Administration:
“Continued association with the cesspool of corruption and misconduct created by the majority of council and its political appointments may subsequently jeopardize my future professional, personal, and political endeavors. Such inappropriate behavior has caused a mass exodus of city personnel, many who carried with them substantial institutional knowledge of the organization."
The drug entrepreneurs are well aware that the Coatesville Police Force has been in a state of crisis since the “bloc of four” took office. The real winners in the Municipal Election of 2005 in Coatesville were not the Sahas, they were not the “bloc of four”, developers may be unwelcome by the city administration and certainly the people of Coatesville did not benefit by the election of the “bloc of four”. It might have been unintended but I believe the real winners of the Municipal Election of 2005 were the drug dealers
I think that the blame for the violence that we now have here can be placed squarely at the foot of the “bloc of four” and the people that got them elected.
As District Attorney Joe Carroll says; “This is an unprecedented level of violence". The summer is still young. The violence could intensify. It is time for the “bloc of four” to do something positive for their city; they can resign from city council.
I believe that the setbacks in the Coatesville PD and administrative changes in the Coatesville FD by the “Bloc of Four” and the Walker Administration helped to create a perfect storm for arson in Coatesville:
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
"(Coatesville Fire Chief) 'Johnson reported 295 in 2007, while union records show 733. When the union discovered the difference, it complained to city officials, but nothing was done, Poulson said. 'Fire-suppression services are in complete disarray,' Poulson said of Coatesville, adding, 'It's like the perfect storm for an arsonist.". Richard G. Poulson is the attorney for the city's 13 paid part-time firefighters and four full-time firefighters." From "Hiring practices, management of Coatesville Fire Department criticized" -Philadelphia Inquirer
Maybe you should ask all the people in Coatesville that lost their homes to arson in Coatesville if they want Paul Janssen back.
Maybe you should ask all the store owners in Coatesville that were repeatedly robbed at gun point if they want Paul Janssen Back.
Maybe you should ask all the people that were shot on the streets and in their homes in Coatesville if they want Paul Janssen back.
Maybe you should ask the woman that sat on her porch for more than 40 years and now hides behind the bullet resistant barrier of a brick wall if she wants Paul Janssen back.
Maybe you should ask the parents of school children that were brutally beaten by gangs if they want Paul Janssen back.
Maybe you should ask the people who moved their young family to homes here thinking Coatesville was moving up and instead had to fight off the drug gangs on their street and constantly worry about their house being set fire if they want Paul Janssen back.
Maybe you should ask the people whose family members were brutally murdered if they want Paul Janssen back.
I don’t really know if the best thing for Coatesville is to have Paul Janssen as City Manager here or not but with the municipal government that the anti-Paul Janssen "Save our Farm" people installed we have been living a nightmare here in Coatesville.