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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.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
- By Evan Brandt
"The idea of locating in a classic, walkable downtown was appealing to the company,” Bamford said.“Proximity to restaurants, the TriCounty Performing Arts Center, public transportation and convenient parking factored into their decision, as did plans for expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail and the continued growth of Montgomery County Community College in the borough,’ Bamford said."
Coatesville is positioned to change from the drug depot of Chester County to a livable town. There is a near tsunami of developments coming towards Coatesville including the train station, Marriott Courtyard Hotel, the Velodrome and the rumor of expanding the GO Carlson Airport from a business jet facility to a UPS or Fed Ex hub.
What concerns me is the new Coatesville City Manager's insistence on laying off police to "Bloc of Four" 2008 levels. A new crime wave and / or arson wave would cause housing and commercial development to just skip over Coatesville and leave us by the wayside.
I think we should maintain the present number of police officers by using the water company sale funds. New residents and new businesses in Coatesville will over time increase our tax income. But if a new crime wave comes we would not get those new residents and businesses.
If there is another 2008 police layoff induced crime wave the shopkeepers in Coatesville that had a gun to their head while their stores were robbed and did not close up might decide to leave Coatesville. Residents that located here expecting the redevelopment of Coatesville could move out. And Coatesville could be caught in a downward spiral of less money for police, more crime, and taxpayers moving away, less tax income, less money for police, more crime, and tax payers moving away and on and on.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I think things are changing in Chester County in regards to Republican control of, well, just about everything in Chester County.
I think that what happened with the Downingtown court was an, “I can get away with this”, the party will protect me attitude. But I believe that "protected class of people" attitude is part of the same attitude of control and of protection of Republicans that I believe protects some players in the drug business.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
Did Councilman Jarrell Brazzle actually say he was concerned about a train falling on the Velodrome?
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Philly-area district judge charged with misconduct
Feb. 15, 2012, 3:44 p.m. EST
I think Kathleen Brady Shea's article shines the most light on the arrest of Judge Rita Arnold:
Monday, February 13, 2012
Coatesville, PA 00000
Saturday, February 11, 2012
“Coatesville has long been the primary coke supplier for Philly’s western suburbs. Local teens who move the crack bags and act as corner lookouts call their hometown ‘Cook Cokeville.”
“With a collapsed economy and shrinking middle class, Coatesville, Pa., represents small-town America. Now, the cocaine market is the only industry that's booming. Is this our nation's future?”
Thursday, February 9, 2012
"Britton said signs of dogfighting may include an inordinate number of pit bulls being kept in one location, dogs who are chained and seem unsocialized; and dogs with scars on their faces, front legs and hind end and thighs."
More at "Pit bull mauled in dogfight found on side of Chesco road"
02/09/2012 10:24 AM
By Kathleen Brady Shea
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Keep an eye out for the signs of fighting dogs above.
Put it up on SeeClickFix if it looks like a code violation or animal control violation.
If you are sure they are being trained as fighting dogs call Tom Hogan at the Chester County District Attorney's office.
If you don't yet use SeeClickFix, go to:
"City of Coatesville Joins SeeClickFix Family"
“Persistent poverty is America’s great moral challenge, but it’s far more than that.
As a practical matter, we can’t solve educational problems, health care costs, government spending or economic competitiveness so long as a chunk of our population is locked in an underclass. Historically, “underclass” has often been considered to be a euphemism for race, but increasingly it includes elements of the white working class as well.”
February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
If you opt out of a sprinkler system on a new truss built home you have less than 3 minutes to get out of the burning structure.
This video compares a truss built home collapse with a frame built home collapse
The truss build home collapsed in 5 minutes.
The frame build home stood up 20 minutes.
"The Florida Legislature in 1993 passed a law requiring all new buildings three stories and above to be built with fire sprinklers installed. While it took some developers time to adjust their construction plans and specifications to include fire sprinklers and take advantage of these building code allowed tradeoffs, today this progressive law meets with little opposition because the construction cost savings far out weigh the added expense of installing the fire sprinkler. In most cases, the building can be built at a much lower cost per square foot with the fire sprinkler
system and taking advantage of the code allowed tradeoffs, and often the dollar cost
savings per square foot of construction is substantial (Advantage, 1997).
"What has the fire services so mystified is the reality that these fire deaths can
be reduced by an estimated 82% if new technology residential fire sprinklers were
installed along with the smoke detectors (Ruegg, 1984). Using the 10-year average
of U.S. fire deaths from 1985-1994 of 5,770 fire deaths per year, an 82% reduction
means that over 4,700 people a year during this period would have survived the fire