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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, December 27, 2013

Paying your Coatesville Trash Bill-Trash pick up payments can’t be stolen at the window at City Hall.

If you tried to pay your Coatesville trash removal tax in person at Berkheimer in Exton you would discover that they are closed until January 2nd. 

Not to worry, you can mail it. The date postmarked is recorded as the payment date.  

Paying the trash bill at the window at Coatesville City Hall may have been more convenient. But paying the trash removal bill at Berkheimer means cash payments at City Hall can't be stolen. 

A past Coatesville City Council fired Former Coatesville Finance Manager Stacy Bjorhus and Joe Carroll's forensic auditor, Manny Dechter, after they independently discovered that trash removal cash payments went missing. 

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Why does PENDOT leave Oxford PA out of a voter photo ID search?

I needed to go to the Oxford, PA PENNDOT Photo Center. I wanted to make sure it was open.

I looked online. Lancaster, Frazer/Malvern and Media were listed but nothing for Oxford, PA. I knew it was connected to the Wiggen’s Auto Tags. I called Wiggen’s to make sure the photo center was still open for business.

The Pennsylvania Voter ID Law may or may not go into effect.

When you click “Photo ID Card” and put ZIP Code 19363 for Oxford, PA: You get Lancaster, Frazer/Malvern and Media but not Oxford, PA.
  When you click “Photo for your Driver’s License / ID card (must bring camera card)": The Oxford, PA Photo Center appears: It's most likely on the up and up but I'm just wondering if it has anything to do with what happened in the Lower Oxford Polling Place during the 2008 Elections. The Oxford, PA Drivers Photo Center is close to Lincoln University:

Voting Access in Chester County  
"In predominantly white Chester County, Pa., Lower Oxford East Township contains the largest concentration of African-American voters, largely because of Lincoln University, one of the oldest historically African-American universities in the country. 
The township made national news following the 2008 presidential election, when some voters were forced to wait literally all day in pouring rain in order to vote. Many voters had to leave without casting their votes, disenfranchised by inadequate polling facilities. Despite numerous warnings before the election that the cramped polling place would cause problems, the County Board of Elections had refused to change the location of the polling place – a tiny community center that could accommodate only two lines of voters, a small number of privacy booths, and a single ballot scanner. And even after the 2008 fiasco, the Board of Elections rejected a petition to move the polling place to the campus of Lincoln University, where it had previously been located for years."


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Did the Coatesville City Manager violate the Hatch Act at Dec. 9th City Council Meeting?

At tonight's Coatesville City Council meeting, Coatesville City Manager Kerby Hudson held up this campaign poster and suggested voting for Harry Lewis because he's one of us:

I believe that was a violation of the Hatch Act: 

 "State and Local Employees are prohibited from*: 

 1. Using their official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election or a nomination for office. 

 2. Coercing, attempting to coerce, commanding, or advising a State or local officer or employee to pay, lend, or contribute anything of value to a party, committee, organization, agency, or person for political purposes."   

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Reagan made Section 8 Housing a version of South Africa’s Apartheid Homelands. ½ Century later: Change is coming.

Reagan's legacy: "Immoral, evil, and totally un-Christian."
These were the words of Bishop Desmond Tutu, spoken on Capitol Hill at a House hearing in late 1984…
Tutu received an unprecedented standing ovation by the committee. Even Reagan's Republican allies told the South African Embassy they would reluctantly support sanctions if Pretoria did not move to end apartheid.
Reagan was not moved. Over the remainder of his presidency, at least 3,000 people would die, mostly at the hands of the South African police and military. Another 20,000, including 6,000 children, according to one estimate by a human rights group, would be arrested under "state of emergency" decrees….
Later in 1986, Reagan made his greatest demonstration yet that black bodies were "expendable." Congress had finally had enough of the carnage to vote for limited sanctions. Reagan vetoed them. Congress overrode the veto. Reagan proceded to put no muscle behind the sanctions. Mandela remained in jail and at least 2,000 political prisoners remained detained without trial.”
by Derrick Z. Jackson
Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2004 by the Boston Globe
The basis of Section 8 housing is to integrate poor with middle class so that poor people are not isolated in islands of poverty. The Section 8 program was to enable low-income families to live seamlessly interspersed in a cosmopolitan manner among middle class families. Instead of living a segregated life in low-income neighborhoods and needing to travel to another area to interact with middle class people.
Chester County's Section 8 housing is concentrated in Coatesville, in part because the rent allotment per renter is too low for most of Chester County.
President Reagan trashed Section 8 housing when he halved the allotment per family to make Section 8 housing practical only in areas where property values are low. Reagan created a version of South Africa's Apartheid Homelands in the United States. 

“The most dramatic cut in domestic spending during the Reagan years was for low-income housing subsidies. Reagan appointed a housing task force dominated by politically connected developers, landlords and bankers. In 1982 the task force released a report that called for “free and deregulated” markets as an alternative to government assistance – advice Reagan followed. In his first year in office Reagan halved the budget for public housing and Section 8 to about $17.5 billion. And for the next few years he sought to eliminate federal housing assistance to the poor altogether.
In the 1980s the proportion of the eligible poor who received federal housing subsidies declined. In 1970 there were 300,000 more low-cost rental units (6.5 million) than low-income renter households (6.2 million). By 1985 the number of low-cost units had fallen to 5.6 million, and the number of low-income renter households had grown to 8.9 million, a disparity of 3.3 million units.”
 By Peter Dreier
 Developer is Indicted in H.U.D. Investigation
Published: July 13, 1991
The indictment stems from an inquiry begun 15 months ago by a special prosecutor into allegations that Federal grands were steered to politically connected developers during the tenure of Samuel R. Pierce Jr., who was the Housing Secretary for all eight years of the Reagan Administration 
 I believe absentee landlord's influence in Chester County Republican Party politics partly control Section 8 housing and thus control real estate values in Coatesville.
 So here in Chester County we have are three basic groups:
 1. Politically connected slumlords that want property values in Coatesville very low.
 2. Major drug dealers and their supporters among County and State public officials that draw from a pool of poor mostly young black people in Coatesville. Those poor people are held in place by public housing policy. The combination of expendable drug workers and excellent transportation links make the City of Coatesville an ideal place to run a Southeast Pennsylvania drug enterprise. 
3. People who see Coatesville as the economic, transportation and social hub of Western Chester County.
 For one half century the slumlord/drug dealer coalition has been winning.
Part of the concentration of Section 8 housing in Coatesville is the reluctance of wealthy municipalities to accept Section 8 housing.
Below are some of Coatesville City Council President Ed Simpson's comments at Coatesville City Council Meeting on April 26, 2010, concerning subsidized housing and HUD:

“It seems like everything is funneled toward certain geographic areas. And what that does is goes against, I think, everything that HUD stands for which is; to try and eliminate segregation.  But right now what you are doing by funneling into certain areas. You’re basically segregating… I think we need to jump on this.”

Listen to Ed Simpson’s comments here:
There absolutely IS discrimination in HUD housing in Chester County

Change is coming. HUD is waking up from its long sleep:

“As ProPublica documented in a series that ran late last year, the federal government has spent the last 45 years largely neglecting provisions of the Fair Housing Act that require it to take affirmative steps to eradicate housing segregation. The chief way to do that has been to cut off federal funds to communities that act in ways that maintain or increase housing segregation. But HUD never did.”
Until Now:
"The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has accused Dallas, one of the nation’s largest cities, of violating civil rights law through housing practices that discriminated against black, Latino and disabled residents."