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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.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014
By CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN and ERIN JAMES
A York County judge is aiming for a Christmas Eve decision on the fate of the York City School District.
President Judge Stephen Linebaugh said at the conclusion of a hearing Tuesday that he will issue a decision no later than Friday, Dec. 26 on the state's petition to seize control of the district.
"My decision will be based solely upon the law ... and nothing else," Linebaugh said. "And, if I am wrong, I am absolutely certain that I will be corrected."
Monday, December 8, 2014
A few weeks ago, I posted this piece about Charter Schools USA and their attempt to take over the York, PA school district. Charter Schools USA is based in Ft. Lauderdale and is one of the biggest for-profit operators. It's founder and CEO, Jon Hage comes out of the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch Bros., as well as the Foundation for Florida Future, another conservative group founded by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Here's a corporate profile of Charter Schools USA, posted at the Cashing in on Kids Blog.
CHARTER SCHOOLS USA
And this from the York Dispatch...
Attorneys representing teachers, cafeteria workers, parents, state-level education officials - and probably more to come - have filed petitions to join the York City School District in opposing the state's attempt at seizing control from the locally elected school board.
The district's motion alleges that receivership "and the imposition of a district-wide charter school system will fully and unalterably bind the incoming administration to the education policies of the outgoing and 'lame duck' governor for years to come.”
Charter Schools USA has 36 schools in Florida and will be opening more. Its CEO Jonathan Hage is well-connected, and was a member of Rick Scott’s education transition team. He’s closely associated to former governor Jeb Bush as former director of one of his foundations. Hage’s Charter Schools USA gave two separate donations to the RPOF on the same day in January totalling $52,700. The for-profit charter school company gets its money from taxpayer dollars.
The realities of who wields the power and why in determining education policy may be of interests to Floridians. Especially now that the test-based accountability system that was set up to benefit guys like Hage and the Koch brothers has become a political hot potato – even for members of the party they want to support.
How the Koch Brothers and Charter Schools USA Filter Campaign Cash to Florida’s Republican Legislators
Posted on July 28, 2012
THURSDAY, OCT 2, 2014 05:25 PM EDT
Monday, December 22, 2014
The New York Times
By BENJAMIN MUELLER and AL BAKER
Police are often the first target of right wing extremists. Sometimes police are shot by extremists at traffic stops and sometimes police are deliberately targeted by extremists.
“In the past five years alone, from 2009 through 2013, ADL has tracked 43 separate violent incidents between domestic extremists (of all types) and law enforcement in the United States. These incidents include situations in which shots are exchanged between police and extremists (shootouts), situations in which extremists have fired at police but police subdued the extremists without having to return fire, and situations in which officers had to use their firearms to protect themselves against extremists.
Of these 43 incidents, fully 39 of them involved extremists sporting some sort of extreme right-wing ideology. White supremacists took part in 21 incidents, while anti-government extremists were involved in 17 more. An anti-Muslim extremist was involved in one incident (the other four incidents included one with a left-wing extremist and three with domestic Islamic extremists). In these shooting incidents, the extremists shot 30 officers, 14 fatally. Many other officers sustained non-gunfire injuries during some of these encounters.”
JUNE 9, 2014
ADL Extremism & Terrorism
SPLC - Southern Poverty Law Center
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Why is Chattanooga TN called "The Paris of Southeast Tennessee"? - Gigabit-per-second Internet speed
Only a small part of the fiber optic cable under the Lincoln Highway for the traffic signal and surveillance camera system in Coatesville, Caln and Downingtown is used.
Former Coatesville City Manager Jean Krack had the vision to put 50 times more fiber optic cable than needed under the Lincoln Highway between Coatesville and Downingtown in anticipation of a Gigabit-per-second Internet speed.
In 2010 Chattanooga Tennessee became America's first Gig City. Chattanooga has attracted companies like Volkswagen, Olsten and Amazon fulfillment services to create more than seven thousand new jobs and spur dozens of new small and medium-sized businesses.
“Chattanooga rolled out a fiber-optic network a few years ago that now offers speeds of up to 1000 Megabits per second, or 1 gigabit, for just $70 a month.”
By James O'Toole @jtotoole May 20, 2014: 5:53 PM ET
It's time to get the secret out... Chattanooga has an emerging tech scene, a thriving downtown, and a lot of energy and momentum. We want to make it easier for engineers, journalists & founders to see what's happening in Chattanooga and get more information about the movement.
Software is eating the world and the most successful economies of tomorrow are building around this. Our goal is for Chattanooga to be one of these economies and it's time to build the buzz and bring in the talent.
"Residents may not have noticed them, but they were here when they set off pipe bombs, test-fired machine guns and taught bomb-making classes.
They blended right in
‘They look like us. They sound like us. They are us,’ said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Hogan Jr., assigned to coordinate investigations and prosecute cases with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Klansman faces sentencing on weapons, bomb charges
Published: Friday, February 25, 2005
By GINA ZOTTI
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
The Ku Klux Klan Is Boosting Its Numbers by Recruiting Veterans
"We're currently in one of the hottest periods of extremist activity that I have seen in my 20 year career. This blows what we call pre-Oklahoma City completely out of the water and makes it look like a kindergarten picnic." - Daryl Johnson DT Analytics, former ATF and Homeland Security.
"These groups are really interested in returning military veterans. The reason being that the skills of the infantryman are precisely, so they say, the skills that will be needed in the coming race war." - SPLC’s Mark Potak
Monday, December 15, 2014
MORE CASD PDF DOCUMENTS AT:
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
§ 2-402. Qualifications of Manager.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative training or experience with respect to the duties of the office set forth in the Charter. The Manager need not be a resident of the city nor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of appointment but as soon as possible thereafter and within one year shall become and during tenure shall remain a resident of the city unless otherwise specifically authorized by the Council.
Understand that Rawling's promise to live inside of Coatesville was for some reason important to the city council of that time. But I think they ignored what Rawlings did when he worked at other communities.
City Council's incomplete look into Rawling's former employment finally caught up to them: