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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, December 29, 2009

More concerning the Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Coatesville City Council meeting

Read Matt Baker's blog post concerning the Wednesday, December 23, 2009 Coatesville City council meeting:


It adds to the information I posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2009:


Monday, December 28, 2009

No pee fly zones and business flying

Long waits are bad enough; if “Depends” become standard flight wear, alternatives to airline travel will become more desirable. That’s railroad, and business jet travel; something we already have in Coatesville.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Shooting Vicinity of Pennsylvania Ave and Lincoln Hwy Coatesville

There was a report of a shooting on Saturday December 26, 2009 about 8-9pm in the vicinity of Pennsylvania Avenue and Lincoln Highway in Coatesville

The subject was allegedly wounded in leg with shotgun. The subject was transported to a hospital.

Lehr’s gotta go

Andrew Lehr may be competent at Texas hold 'em but we need a good City Solicitor in Coatesville.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Keep checking Karl Marking’s and Matt Baker’s websites

Karl has digitized the entire City of Coatesville Budget and it is online. That is a first ever for the City of Coatesville. Coatesville is moving on up to the 20th Century with a big kick in the behind from Karl Marking.

Matt has a running commentary on the City of Coatesville budget.
Keep going back to them for updates.



Monday’s RDA meeting, Chetty agreement of sale and tonight’s Coatesville City Council meeting

Below is a link to a recording of the discussion and vote on the agreement of sale of the north portion of the Redevelopment Authority of Coatesville’s land called the flats to Chetty Builders. Chetty Builders townhouse development is on the portion of the former G.O. Carlson Steel Company north of the main line stone railroad bridge.

At the very beginning of the discussion it was noted that Chetty Builders asked for a tax abatement and that the RDA “had no ability to grant; that he needs to go to City Council for”.

The only person to question the proposal was RDA member Harry Colon. Mr. Colon’s questions had to do with the site plan and the reasonable expectation of the completion of the project. Without documents it is difficult to follow.

The recording is about 18 minutes. The discussion of the tax abatement is within the 1st minute.
The recording is here:

There was no mention at Monday’s RDA meeting of the Special City Council meeting held at 5:00 pm today.

I believe that there was a quorum of four Coatesville City Council members at this evenings Coatesville City Council meeting. I was told that they were Karen Jorgenson , Patsy Ray, Kareem Johnson and Kurt Schenk. Three Coatesville City Council members were not present. The vote was unanimous with 4 members voting. I do not know what they voted on, but I have a hunch it was tax abatement for Chetty Builders. I believe one more City Council member, Ed Simpson got to the meeting after the vote.

There is a regular scheduled Coatesville City Council meeting next Monday, December 28, 2009. That meeting is usually canceled because of the holidays. That meeting was canceled at December 14, 2009 Coatesville City Council meeting. If the tax abatement requires two City Council meetings to pass, I have a hunch the December 28, 2009 meeting may be reinstated. I'm not sure if the tax abatement includes the County and School taxes.

There was a small note in THE Tuesday December 23rd Daily Local News about the Wednesday December 24th meeting at 5:00 pm:

“PUBLIC NOTICE CITY COUNCIL MEETING The City Council of the City of Coatesville will be holding a Special Meeting. The meeting will be held on Wednesday December 23 2009 commencing at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers City Hall One City Hall Place Coatesville PA 19320. By: Harry G. Walker III City Manager”

This is from the Home Rule Charter of the City of Coatesville:

§ 2-211. Council meetings and procedures.
A. The Council shall meet regularly at least once in every month at such time and place within
the city as the Council may prescribe by ordinance or resolution.
B. At its first meeting each year, the Council shall designate and advertise the calendar of
regular monthly meetings for the remainder of the year. Special meetings may be held on
the call of the presiding officer by providing notice to each Council member at least 24
hours in advance of such special meeting, which meeting notice shall be prominently
posted at the City Hall. In the event of an emergency which makes it necessary to convene
a meeting with less than 24 hours’ advance notice, this requirement may be waived. The
Council shall, in the Administrative Code or other ordinance, adopt rules and regulations
for its meeting which shall be designed to assure full and equal participation in the
deliberations of the Council by all of its members and shall not be inconsistent with
specific provisions of this Charter. All regular meetings of the Council and any special
meetings at which official actions are taken shall be open to the public, and public notice of
such meetings shall be given.

§ 2-212. Agenda.
The Council shall cause to be prepared for each regular meeting an agenda of matters to be
considered by the Council at such meeting, including pertinent background information, which
agenda shall be distributed to the public in attendance at the start of the meeting. The agenda
shall be available prior to the start of the meeting. No official action may be taken on any
matters not included in the announced agenda for the meeting except by an affirmative vote of a
majority of the total number of the members of the Council. The agenda shall include
opportunity and reasonable time for public participation in the meeting.



It looks like Karen Jorgenson and not Robin (Scott) Johnson was the fourth city council member to vote at tonight’s meeting.

Special Coatesville City Council Meeting tonight

I just received word that there is an un-advertised meeting of the Coatesville City Council tonight. I believe it is to approve the Chetty portion of the flats development. I don’t know if Mosaic is involved in this meeting.

If a vote is taken an unadvertised meeting is an illegal meeting.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It will be refreshing to see the law followed

In my opinion the Bush Administration’s handling of the US Department of Justice was heavily grounded in politics and the Bush Cheney doctrine was “screw the Constitution”.
I think that Bush/Cheney flushed Civil Rights down the toilet and allowed White Nationalists to flourish.

washingtonpost.com > Politics
"At Justice Department, Perez vows action on hate crimes
By Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The leader of the Justice Department's civil rights unit has decried a recent spate of hate-crime cases across the United States."

Long Beach Mortgage Company

I looked through hundreds of property records (from the Chester County Recorder of Deeds) in Coatesville while investigating landlords here. I remember coming across Long Beach Mortgage Company frequently. I can’t say any fraud was involved. Some properties did wind up being sold at Sheriff's Sale.

I wonder if anyone that had a mortgage from Long Beach Mortgage Company here in Coatesville has any comments to send to the Huffington Post. Or the FBI.

At Top Subprime Mortgage Lender, Policies Were An Invitation To Fraud
Huffington Post Investigative Fund
| David Heath

“Those who worked inside Long Beach Mortgage echo this sentiment. Kosch, who worked in the same office as Ngo and Blanford as well as the top executives of Long Beach Mortgage, said people on her team - though they couldn't prove anything - were suspicious about the loans executed by some of their colleagues.

'Oh my gosh, they were making a lot of money,' she said.

Sources within the Justice Department have acknowledged that there is a criminal investigation of senior management at Washington Mutual. As of now, however, Ngo and Blanford are the only employees of Long Beach Mortgage or Washington Mutual charged with crimes related to the subprime meltdown.”


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Puppet Lieberman

It’s not the real Joe Lieberman, the puppet of the Connecticut insurance industry. it’s a puppet with the hand inside kind:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Production Begins On Sikorsky S-76D

“The first S-76D helicopter airframe has entered production on the assembly line at Aero Vodochody (Aero) in the Czech Republic in preparation for the customer deliveries planned to begin in 2011. The first S-76D helicopter airframe - serial number 761004 - had its fuselage joined and then entered final assembly at Aero. The fuselage is scheduled to depart Aero in April 2010 for delivery to Sikorsky Global Helicopters facility in Coatesville, PA, where final assembly and completion of the S-76D helicopters will take place. “

More at:

Today’s Daily Local article about abolishing paid firefighters

There is an article in today’s Daily Local News concerning the referendum to abolish the paid firefighters in Coatesville proposed by Miss Patsy Ray and Harry Walker.

City council rejects firefighter referendum
Published: Friday, December 18, 2009

I wrote about a proposed referendum to abolish paid firefighters on December 6, 2009:

“Walker wants paid firefighters out…


We are much safer now that the paid firefighters have some control in Coatesville. But I think that there are still many unanswered questions concerning the volunteer officers in Coatesville and the pandemic of arson fires here.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Walker has a 3 year contract. But where’s the original contract?

There was some confusion as to when Harry Gordon Walker’s contract was up as City Manager of Coatesville. As I said before it is May 11, 2011 NOT May 11, 2010.

Please note that this is Karen Jorgenson’s copy of Mr. Walker’s “proposed” contract “Upon information and belief, the contract executed by me cannot be located”.

Matt Baker asked for a copy of Mr. Walker’s contract. He finally got one, sort of. Apparently all they could find at City Hall was Ms. Jorgenson's copy of the proposed contract. That proposed contract was approved without alteration:


Two important posts are on Karl Marking's Blog today

One concerns the Norcini junk yard on Elm Street:
A Nightmare on Elm Street

The other is a post about Karl’s very first official letter from the City of Coatesville:
First contact from City as an Elected

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Junk yard on Elm Street Zoning hearing

There is a Zoning Hearing at 6 pm tonight concerning the Norco Auto Salvage across the street from the homes on Elm Street near 6th Avenue in Coatesville.

At the Monday August 24, 2009 Coatesville City Council Meeting Damalier Molina said (as transcribed from my recording of the meeting) that:

“The application submitted was for towing service, salvage and auto repair.” Mr., Molina then read from and quoted the City Code Zoning Ordnance 224-60C(5):


“All automotive parts, REFUSE and similar articles shall be stored within a building or enclosed area.”\

All automotive repair or service activities, except those performed at the fuel pumps, shall take place within a completely enclosed building.
Vehicles shall not be stored outdoors more than five days while waiting for repairs unless such vehicles are completely screened from view; junk vehicles may not be stored in the open at any time.”
Mr. Molina further stated that:
“It is a matter of how the owner has to proceed in his operation. ..If he is going to be dismantling vehicles and selling them for parts then it can be attributed to a salvage yard.”

I think the problem is that a salvage yard and REFUSE from auto repair is not the same thing. They are very different things. Any auto repair shop has discarded parts and sometimes cars that cannot be repaired and those cars and parts are eventually removed to an AUTO SALVAGE COMPANY or JUNKYARD.

Dave Norcini’s letter “to: All concerned citizens (Neighbors) states that:
“I am going to be in the business of buying all scrap metal including aluminum cans, aluminum, batteries, catalytic converters, etc. I will be selling used cars, used and new auto parts including tires and batteries.”
That sounds a lot like a Salvage company or junkyard.

It’s not a problem to have a junkyard within the city limits, just not across the street from residential housing on a property zoned for Light Industrial, not Heavy Industrial.

At the August 24, 2009 meeting, Mr. Walker said, “It did not come to the City as a junkyard.”

Marty Eggleston stated that:
“A message is being clearly sent that their will not be a junkyard there, period.” Marty also said, “The council has a particular procedure and protocol that we must follow… Until we hear from Mr. Molina that a change has to be made right now we will sit as we are until we hear further from him.”

"§ 224-20 Heavy Industry (I-2) District.
Junkyard. [Refer to § 224-60D(5).]

Junkyard. A junkyard is an area of land, with or without buildings, used for the storage of used or discarded materials, including but not limited to wastepaper, rags, metal, building materials, house furnishings, machinery, vehicles or parts thereof, with or without the dismantling, processing, salvage, sale or other use or disposition of the same."

Copy of the letter to neighbors from David Norcini:


Norco Auto Salvage
200N. 6th Avenue
Coatesville, PA 19320

City of Coatesville eCode 360 www.coatesville.org
Chapter 224 Zoning
ARTICLE VII Industrial Districts
Article VII § 224-19 Light Industry (I-1) District.


Article VII § 224-20 Heavy Industry (I-2) District

Does this have anything to do with the junkyard on Elm Street?
Biker bar fight
Those involved are not speaking out about a biker brawl that broke out March 5 at a neighborhood bar.

Details of the fight at Quattro Bar and Grille, 2535 S. 13th. St., are vague as gang members and bar patrons have been mum on what happened that night at 11:24 p.m., Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.
Four men wearing “Road Runner” jackets were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. One had head trauma, but all were in stable condition. A group of Pagans arrived at the hospital to visit the men, Tolliver said.
Another man, a bar patron, was taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition, Tolliver said.
To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It was a very good Christmas for “Shop with a Cop”

85 kids participated in Shop with a Cop this year:

“Coatesville event is in its 7th year. Santa's helpers in blue brighten children's holiday”

By Kathleen Brady Shea Inquirer Staff Writer


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Violence Policy Center “Concealed Carry Killers” Website.

Due to privacy restrictions protecting gun license holders there is no compilation of gun violations by licensed concealed carry holders. I guess that’s how the NRA can boast that people with a license to carry guns are not involved in gun violence. The only way to determine the number of shooting incidents by people with concealed carry licenses are news reports. The Violence Policy Center was originally going to list all incidents of gun violence by people with concealed carry permits but the sheer volume of incidents made it impossible to follow. They only list murders.
“Because most state systems that allow the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviews and tallies concealed handgun permit holder killings as reported by news outlets. It is likely that the actual number of fatal criminal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.”

The web site, CCW Killers, is updated monthly.
There are five categories.

Law Enforcement Officers Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders
May 2007 to the Present

Private Citizens Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders
May 2007 to the Present

Total People Killed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders
May 2007 to the Present

Mass Shootings Committed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders
May 2007 to the Present

Murder-Suicides Committed by Concealed Handgun Permit Holders
May 2007 to the Present

“In 2009, the Violence Policy Center began an ongoing research project to identify killings beginning in May 2007 to the present by individuals with concealed handgun permits. As the result of a massive campaign led by the gun lobby, almost all states maintain a veil of secrecy around those who have been issued permits to carry concealed handguns. Therefore, the VPC is forced to rely primarily on news accounts for reports of killings by concealed handgun permit holders and subsequent legal proceedings.”

“Click on the tally for each category to be linked to vignettes describing the circumstances for each killing, listed by state.”


Also see:
NRA Quietly Winning Battles For Looser Gun Laws
ERIK SCHELZIG | 12/12/09 12:10 AM |


Friday, December 11, 2009

If you combine Blackwater Drones and White Nationalists you get something very scary.

The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation is a major financier of extreme right wing political operations.

Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by

Published: December 10, 2009


Remember that a goal of White Nationalist organizations is to establish a separate all white country within the boundaries of the USA by force if necessary.

Think White Nationalist militia groups and their supporters that wear Timothy McVeigh T shirts with the slogan; "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." now add Blackwater pilotless drones; very scary.

"The last time the political scene seemed this overheated was in 1995, when years of antigovernment rhetoric culminated in the bombing carried out by right-wing antigovernment extremists in Oklahoma City. In the days after the deaths of 168 people there, a USA Today poll found that fully 39% of Americans agreed with the proposition that the federal government had become "so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens."

Whether or not today's rage on the right is motivated chiefly by racism, it seems obvious that violent rhetoric leads to violent action. Words have consequences."
Intelligence Report Southern Poverty Law Center



Erik Prince
AKA Erik D. Prince


Edgar Prince
AKA Edgar D. Prince


Thursday, December 10, 2009

I had a question about Michael Whitlow

I thought that my answer may clear up some things that I know were being said concerning Leslie Smallwood and Michael Whitlow.

Comment; “I was just told Whitlow passed away; is this true?”

December 10, 2009 3:14 PM Jim Pitcherella said...

Attorney Michael Whitlow of Downingtown passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.

The “Bloc of Four” took office in January of 2006.

Well before he passed away, Patsy Ray, Linda Lavender, Lisa Johnson, Kareem Johnson and several other people connected to the Coatesville City Council and Walker Administration were allegedly “regulars” at Whitlow’s office.

I had wondered (in print) why Linda Lavender and Whitlow were moving what looked like cases of files (they were the type of cardboard boxes used for files) from Representative Tim Hennessey’s office into a car out front of Hennessey’s office. I still don’t know what was in the boxes. I witnessed if myself. Because of the response from Lisa Johnson and Linda Lavender about Whitlow, Lavender and Hennessey’s office; I think I hit a sore spot. I was a little bit concerned about my safety when the two of them followed me (yelling at me) out of the Coatesville City Hall meeting room to take a phone call.

Whitlow’s office was almost a branch of the Coatesville City Hall. The connection with Mosaic Partners is that Whitlow was a partner of Leslie Smallwood in the case that led to her disbarment in 2002.

The fact that he passed away has no bearing on an alleged connection between Smallwood, Whitlow and the City of Coatesville government. The only thing that matters is they knew each other very well. I am not saying that it happened this way but there would have been plenty of time to hatch a plan to develop the flats in Whitlow’s office and like I said some of Coatesville public officials were seen going in and out of Whitlow’s office many times over. Michael Whitlow may have had nothing to do with Mosaic’s plans for the flats; but he could have introduced Leslie Smallwood to the Coatesville Administration and Coatesville public officials.

I discovered that the power plant, the one that we almost had instead of Smallwood’s development, was allegedly discussed and roughly planned by Walker, Lehr and other Coatesville area residents even before the “Bloc of Four” took office. The real money in the power plant comes through the “Coatesville Power Authority” that would need to be formed to sell electricity on Exelon’s lines. The "Coatesville Power Authority" would have local people and power plant people running it. I’m just guessing but maybe Smallwood’s plan was plan B in case the power plant did not work.

Lehr and Walker seemed to deny knowing each other when Harry Walker started as Coatesville City Manager; but they allegedly were partners along with Ed Scrivens, Pat Sellers and Ernie Campos in a plan to renovate Scott Middle School into a trade school in the late 1990’s. The plans collapsed when in April of 2000 the Coatesville Area School District decided not to sell the property.

None of this would be directly used as evidence by a Federal Prosecutor in a RICO case. But it is what investigators call “good to know” information. Maybe good enough for further investigation.
December 10, 2009 5:31 PM


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Redevelopment of Coatesville has begun.

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In spite of the Walker Administration’s foot dragging Coatesville is getting a hotel. The earth is moving for the Marriot Hotel land and the Brandywine Riverwalk has begun.

Redeveloping Coatesville will eventually bring a gross reduction of illegal drug sales in Central and Western Chester County.

I believe that we had political resistance to the redevelopment of Coatesville from those who benefited from the drug business here. Political resistance from those on the take from the drug business is fading and the advocates of Coatesville’s redevelopment are beginning to take root.

I don’t know if Mr. Jaramillo’s projects will turn out exactly as proposed but I do think they will be successful. He is at the ground floor of the development of the last large municipality in Chester County that has not had a major redevelopment. And I think Coatesville will soon be the hot spot in development on the RT. 30 corridor.

We are still in the biggest recession since the Great Depression but Chester County and Southeast Pennsylvania did not sink very much into that recession. I think this area will also be one of the first areas in the USA to begin recovering. That recovery may have begun.

Because of its location along the RT 30 corridor between Exton and Lancaster; Coatesville is in the path of development. The transportation options of a major rail line, a business travel airport that will soon have direct international capability an option for a second North to South passenger rail line and short links to interstate highways make Coatesville unique in Chester County.

The Coatesville Police Department has already recovered from the Legree/Matthews days and the streets are safer here.

The new government taking over in January only has to implement the internationally recognized plans and vision for Coatesville set in motion by the Janssen/Krack Administration, Bart Blatstein, Carl Chetty and Don Pulver. And hire a competent City Manager to bring those plans to life.

Once the drag of the drug business stops and the pressure from legal business takes over; Coatesville will be in position to be the business and cultural center of Chester County. Mr. Jaramillo did indeed make a good investment.

Coatesville can be the major international business spot in Chester County. It can be a smaller version of the Manayunk/Conshohocken area with easy access to rail and road transit and office to aircraft 10 minute access to international business jet travel.

Daily Local News
Developer thinks Coatesville is diamond in rough
Published: Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

There has to be a better way.

Drugs to stay awake for several days in a row are given to our troops with long missions and then they take drugs so to come down when the mission is finished. We give the combat troops anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medication.

When our troops are fully broken they are returned to their families.

The government we are propping up in Afghanistan is allegedly engaged in heroin trafficking. Most of the H probably winds up here; after all the USA uses about ½ of the illegal drugs used worldwide.

The Viet Nam War gave us cheap marijuana and cheap Heroin. Most of the H came in the bottom of soldiers coffins.

Over here on the Wall Street Front, there is a line of coke their next to the secretary on the Wall St. derivative trader’s desk. They do some pot at home to come down from a heavy day of trading.

I think that about ¼ of the US population uses marijuana to deal with stress at the end of the day. A lot of the rest of us use alcohol.

Some of those people may become a statistic on the next USDoJ National Drug Threat Assessment.

At least the Wall St traders can afford health insurance and the combat troops have the VA hospitals. A lot of Americans have no health care for addiction problems; they only have prison time to help with their addiction problems. There are some people in government and nonprofit agencies heroically trying to help with addiction but they are running against the tide.

And the drug dealers and the public officials paid to look the other way keep shoveling in the money.

There has to be a better way.

Op-Ed Columnist
A Fearful Price
Published: December 7, 2009


War on Drugs and Reality - A former employee at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Coatesville is the No. 2 US drug control official

I know some of the players that sell drugs here in Chester County, some in law enforcement and some in drug treatment.

I know more about drug users in Montgomery County. I think that if you could somehow do a surprise drug test for everyone in Montgomery County you would find out that about 25% of the population use marijuana on a regular basis.

I’m not talking about kids here; I’m talking about their parents and grandparents. They are what Narcotics Anonymous would call “functioning addicts”. They are mostly professionals, engineers, doctors, lawyers, almost anyone that does not work at a low level job that requires drug testing. They use at home and the only time the majority have contact with the police is when they get a parking ticket.

I don’t think Montgomery County is unusual. When you overlay the “War on Drugs” on this basic reality of USA society; hypocrisy is an understatement.

The “War on Drugs” may have begun as a noble experiment. I think the “War on Drugs” is now primarily a way for drug dealers and law enforcement to profit from addiction.

The drug dealers and drug gangs came out of Prohibition. Until Prohibition gangsters were only local. Prohibition gave them an opportunity go international and when Prohibition finally came down the gangsters made the switch to narcotics.

We are treating a medical problem called addiction by arresting the addicts. Each time we make the penalties higher for addicts we make the profits higher for the international gangsters that sell drugs. Each time we confiscate a big drug shipment we drive the price and profits up. Most of the arms that growers in South America use come from the USA and the South American drug growers are better armed than the police that go after them.

We made OxyContin a priority drug, I think, mostly to frighten MD’s and made high jacking truckloads of drugs coming out of drug manufacturers profitable for drug sellers. Make it illegal and you make it profitable.

And, because of the corrupting influence of the enormous profits some of our public officials play both sides. (Read-Police, Politics, Corruption-the mixture dangerous to freedom and justice by Col Frank McKetta, retired PA State Police.)

It looks like Vice President Joe Biden and the Obama Administration are coming to grips with that reality. A. Thomas McLellan from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and scientific director of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia was appointed to the government’s No. 2 drug-control official. When he was at the Veteran’s Hospital in Coatesville, PA he developed a universally used measuring stick for identifying alcoholism known as “3-14”:

The New York Times
Addiction on 2 Fronts: Work and Home


Monday, December 7, 2009

Medicare at 55

There are some small businesses that rely on well trained craftsmen. It may take many years to develop a group of employees with the skill level to compete worldwide. Our health insurance industry undermines the profitability of these kinds of companies because of onerous health care insurance coverage for older employees.

NEWS FLASH- There is no such thing as age discrimination; it’s the cost of insuring anyone 55 to 65 years old that throws some older people out of work. A 55 year old man is going to be very costly to have on the payroll even if he never was sick or saw a doctor.

If you are in a business that takes 20 years of training to develop necessary skills, it’s very hard to respond to sudden changes in employees. It’s essential to keep the employees that you have. If it’s a 5 person company with one employee in his 30s and the rest in their 50 and 60 and insurance cost zooms up; the only choice may be to close the business. That is exactly what has happened in many businesses of this type.

Canadian or overseas companies where health insurance is not a cost of doing business have taken up the customers of those former US companies.

Lowering the qualifying age of Medicare to 55 would help to keep the businesses of those type that are left, in business.

"Senate Dems May Open Up Medicare To Pacify Progressives"

First Posted: 12- 7-09 12:37 PM | Updated: 12- 7-09 04:06 PM


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Progress on the Coatesville Courtyard Marriot Hotel and Brandywine River Walk

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Here are three views of the work now in progress at the site of the Marriott Hotel in the City of Coatesville. The truck is moving earth from the Marriot Hotel site to the site of the Brandywine River Walk in Coatesville on the former Carlson Steel Company. The trucks will be moving the earth from the Marriot Hotel site to the Brandywine Riverwalk site for about two weeks. The trucks come down and back First Avenue about every 5 minutes. I couldn't get in a good position for a photo of the Brandywine Riverwalk Site.

"Governor Rendell Breaks Ground on $36 Million Hotel, Office Tower; Says Coatesville's Revitalization Underway"

COATESVILLE, Pa., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Coatesville's ongoing revitalization will be strengthened by the construction of a new hotel and office tower, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today while helping to break ground for the $36 million project.


At Saturday’s ceremony Rendell mentioned that there was originally $4.5 Million in grants. It's now $3.5 Million. So we kind of owe you a million, Ha, Ha.
I think this was a dig at Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker for letting about $1 Million in grants expire. Harry looked a little embarrassed at the time.

As far as I could tell the only Councilperson elect invited was Jarrell Brazzle.

Walker wants Paid Firefighters out. The Coatesville Paid Firefighters honored by the Crime Victims' Center

“The Referendum to do away with the paid firefighters; I would be totally against that…” Councilperson elect Joe Hamrick at the Coatesville City Council Budget Workshop on Monday November 30, 2009.

Listen here:


“The center selected the Coatesville Professional Firefighters Association Local No. 3790 of the International Association of Firefighters to receive its annual John J. Crane Allied Professional Award.”

City firefighters honored for work during arson crisis

Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009


The Walker Administration is proposing a referendum to remove Coatesville paid firefighters.

How much more would homeowners pay for homeowner insurance in Coatesville without a paid firefighters? How much more property would be lost and how many more lives would be taken if Walker’s plan is carried out? Maybe most importantly would it encourage a new round of arson?

There is something concerning the Coatesville arson fires that’ not talked about at Coatesville City Council Meetings:

It’s the record keeping during the period when the volunteers kept records of fires in Coatesville.

Ask how many arson fires there were in Coatesville. The answer that will come back will be something like “more than” or “about” or some kind of vague answer. That’s because the records of fires by the volunteers are allegedly incomplete.

Could any of the arson fires have been prevented if all the arsons had been reported in a timely manner and the ATF brought in sooner?

Did the Governor need to lay down the law to the Walker Administration on one Sunday morning? If so why? Was the Walker Administration reluctant to declare an emergency that would bring in the PA Fire Marshal and ATF?

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."

"Hiring practices, management of Coatesville Fire Department criticized"

Source: Kathleen Brady Shea Inquirer Staff Writer

"On Jan. 17, 2001, police responded to a domestic dispute involving a man in camouflage gear waving a semiautomatic pistol. As two officers approached the Caln Township residence, a shot was fired "in such a manner as to place individuals in danger," court records said. Less than four years later, the person who shot the gun, Kevin Johnson, was hired as an assistant fire chief in Coatesville. His hiring is an example of Coatesville's weakness in screening"
Published on 2009-03-28, Page B01, Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA)

See my post:


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lisa Johnson, Tim Hennessy's Legislative Aide and sister of Coatesville City Council Member Kareem Johnson Arraigned on Drug Charges

She is the sister of Coatesville City Councilperson Kareem Johnson. I once called Rep. Hennessey’s office "City Hall East" because of the time Patsy Ray spent there.

Johnson, Lisa Legislative Aide - Hennessey, Tim (Coatesville Office)

Ms. Johnson is a Member of the Chester County Republican Committee in Area 14 (Coatesville)


The charges are related to John Clayton Tinson

Docket Number: CR-0000343-09

Criminal Docket


Date Of Birth: 08/01/1963
Sex: Female

Bail Type: Unsecured
Bail Status: Set
Bail Amount: $5,000.00
Bail Percentage:
Status Date: 12/03/2009
Posting Date
O/S Amount: $5,000.00

# Charge Grade Description Disposition

Schedule Date Event Type Status
12/03/2009 02:45 PM Arraignment
01/06/2010 09:00 AM Preliminary Hearing


A little bit more background:
The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA

Aid in murder case lessens sentence for Coatesville man
David 'Science' Johnson to serve time for aggravated assault

Thursday, July 2, 2009
By Michael P. Rellahan, Staff Writer


The next round of arrests in Coatesville could be a “Bloc Buster” event.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How Coatesville can become an Entitlement City

At Monday’s Coatesville City Council Budget Workshop, Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker explained how Coatesville could become an Entitlement city and how the Coatesville could get grants directly instead of depending on the largess of the County and the State.

Coatesville is not an Entitlement City. Cities like Reading, Lancaster, Wilmington and other nearby cities are Entitlement cities. They get grants directly from HUD (Housing and Urban Development) and Brownfield Economic Development.

Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker:

“They (other cities) don’t have to go through the state; they don’t have to go through the county. The primary source of the money is normally Redevelopment block grants. That’s tied to HUD 108 and its tied to the Brownfield Economic District. They (grants) are a major source for redevelopment, economic development, anything. They are very broad purposed. But we don’t have access to it. We go through the County even though it’s based on our demographics. In other words if you’re a rich community you don’t get any of that money. It’s based on low income demographics. Although we have half the low income demographics in the county we get zero access to the money except for the largess of the county.

We have to become an Entitlement City. We are probably about a thousand people shy of the population numbers we need to qualify Coatesville as an Entitlement City. If we were just a little but larger, we would be able to break out and be able to get that money. And your budget problems would frankly go away.”

We need about 13,000 people. The last count was at the 2000 Census. We may already have 13,000 people. There is hope.

“HUD goes by the Census numbers. The 2010 Census will determine our population. We need the cooperation of people during the Census. Some people don’t open doors; there are a lot of problems. We need to cooperate in Coatesville as much as possible and get those (population) numbers bumped up as high as they can be. Because it affects funding not just in being an Entitlement City but is affects your funding across the board.”

You can listen to Mr. Walker here;
The first voice is Robin (Scott) Johnson:

We are now down to one codes officer plus the Director of the Codes Office

Coatesville really needs about six codes officers. And Magisterial Judges who don't dismiss most of the citations. We might have a Judge like that is more thoughtful now.

Right now Coatesville is slumlord heaven. I wonder which slumlord has most favored slumlord status.

The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA
Codes officer busted for coke
John Clayton Tinson was fired in 2005, rehired in June and arrested Nov. 19
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It looks like someone is planning a referendum for the Fire Department

This is Joe Hamrick talking to the Coatesville City Council at the Monday, November 30th Budget Workshop Meeting.

Joe does not like the idea of doing away with the professional fire fighters.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Was Pat Sellers a tea bag hat trend setter?

The first time I saw a hat with tea bags hanging from the brim was on Pat Seller’s head on election day in Coatesville for the “Bloc of Four”. He might have been a trend setter.

Pat Sellers has entered the 2010 the 6th District Congressional Race.

I wonder if Sellers will ask Larry Pratt to support him like Pratt did the last time Pat Sellers ran for Congress in 1996.

From the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal

Lancaster, PA Thursday April 11, 1996

“House hopeful charged in fight with teenager Coatesville school board president scuffled with daughter’s boy friend

Sellers, an electrical worker who trails his opponent in the race, has also come under fire recently for seeking the support of Larry Pratt, a former aide to presidential candidate Pat Buchannan.

Pratt is executive director of Gun Owners of America. He left the Buchanan Campaign after the media reported on his ties to the Ku Klux Klan and the white supremacist group Aryan Nation.

Pratt has indorsed Sellers and will be the keynote speaker at a fund-raising dinner for Sellers next week.

Sellers said the allegations against Pratt are untrue and that he sought Pratt’s support because of his expertise on gun issues.”

The entire article is here:

The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA

‘Sellers enters crowded field in 6th District race

GOP candidate's platform champions 'sound money' policies”

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

By DAN KRISTIE, Staff Writer


Also see:

‘Armed and Dangerous (The NRA, Militias and White Supremacists are fostering a network of right wing warriors)”

Rolling Stone Magazine/November 2, 1995

By Leonard Zeskind


I have found prejudice here towards Jews.

But it’s mostly insignificant.

There are probably less than 1000 people here in Chester County who think that “Hitler was right”.

Anti-Semitism seems to be elevated among the upper class in Chester County. When they talk about “blood lines” it’s not just horses. It might be significant that many of Chester County’s upper class are Anglophiles; even to the point of dressing up.

The New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist
A Jew in England
Published: November 30, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009


Our home grown Christian Reconstructionists like Jerry Falwell have their own “Christian narrative”. They both believe the “great Satan” is Jewish.

Christian Reconstructionists like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson discard theology as too intellectual. They even say Jesus was not Jewish. They are our own version of Osama bin Laden. That’s our home grown terrorist’s common bond with Islamic terrorists. I think the most extreme of the tea bag people are much more dangerous than Islamic terrorists. They are not in Afghanistan or Pakistan; they are right here in Chester County, PA.

November 29, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist
America vs. The Narrative


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Operation Thanksgiving

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.


Monday November 30 2009 - 2:00PM City Council Chambers - One City Hall Place - Coatesville PA

You are cordially invited to attend a public information meeting specifically relating to the proposed City of Coatesville 2010 URBAN CENTER REVITALIZATION PLAN UPDATES.

The Department of Community Development (DCD) administers the Community Revitalization Program. The Urban Centers Revitalization Planning program is one element of Chester County's Landscapes 21st Century Fund. Urban Centers are required to review update and expand Action Plans within the Urban Center Revitalization Plan (UCRP) and relate to Chester County's initiative to revitalize its urban landscapes. Urban Centers must review and if warranted update and expand the action plans of the UCRP. Urban Centers must identify UCRP accomplishments with particular emphasis on results achieved through Community Revitalization Program funding.

The meeting will focus on revising and expanding high priority actions. Consistency with the UCRP identified set of goals and objectives for the four key topics of economic development housing infrastructure and transportation and public facilities and services will be discussed.


If you build new sewer systems, developers will come.

That’s the common wisdom and it’s usually correct. Because the economy might not come back for a few more years development might be deferred but it will come someday.

If you could carefully go from one farm or rural property to the next and talk to their owners you might find that many of them have some sort of arrangement like a “right of first refusal” with a developer. You might even find that some operating farm land is owned by a real estate speculator or developer. I think that will be the case anywhere within 10 miles of Rt. 30 between Coatesville and Lancaster.

The type of development in our farmland and fields has usually been single family homes. I’m not sure that there will be home buyers that need or want a single family home with 4 or more bedrooms. An average family of 2 adults and 2 children is long gone. The primary reason the turn from large families to small families is that it is now very likely that children will survive their parents. A majority of homeowners and renters in Chester County have no children and the baby boomers are looking to downsize.

Projected demographics for southeast Pennsylvania point towards more people looking for townhome or condominium design homes with minimal upkeep by the home owner. They will pay more for homes that have short access to public transit, shopping and entertainment.

The only wild cards in the demographic deck are new immigrants. They may want to buy single family homes designed for families with children or they become “Americanized” and decide a large family is not needed. Immigrants are significant. Pennsylvania has a mostly constant number of residents for several decades. Without immigrants Pennsylvania would have lost population numbers. Another possibility is that improved economies and opportunities may draw immigrants back to their native countries.

There is an alternative to building houses on farmland; that is utilizing existing municipalities. For instance, Coatesville already had the water and sewer capacity for 20,000 residents before Pennsylvania American rebuilt its sewer plant. Coatesville now has about 11.000 residents. Coatesville has an Amtrak Station and will have SEPTA train service with a planned extension of the R5 Line. That’s room for new homes for about 9,000 baby boomers and young professionals without children. The existing single family homes in the countryside that the baby boomers don’t need or want anymore could be purchased by those immigrant families looking for a home with room for a family. I only know about Coatesville but I believe that other established municipalities have room for condo and townhome development for baby boomers and young professionals.

Right now most of the undeveloped land in Chester County that is flat or cheap to develop has a "right of first refusal" or is already owned by a real estate developer or real estate speculator. If we do not utilize our existing municipalities for new development, the rolling countryside of Chester County will be only be seen in photographs in history books.

If you think our little communities and their part time attorney can stand up to the area wide, nationwide and international property owners (developers) and their squadron of attorneys and a deck of Commonwealth Laws stacked in the property owners (developers) favor; I got a bridge to sell you.

Sewage plant raises sprawl fear
Conservancy lobbying against expansion of facility

Sunday, November 29, 2009


The hands off policy towards corporations by the Bush Administration

When does “extreme leniency” end and public corruption begin? How many former employees of corporations were working in the Bush Administration’s regulatory agencies “regulating” their former employers corporations.

How much of Monsanto’s chemicals do we eat? It’s in potatoes and potato chips too.

This is just the beginning. It takes a while to “weed out” the Bushie corporate implants. We lost a lot of good FBI Agents and USDoJ Attorneys during the Bush Administration. It takes a while to get the FBI and USDoJ back into fighting shape.
washingtonpost.com > Business

Monsanto's dominance draws antitrust inquiry
Patented seeds are go-to for farmers, who decry their fast-growing price

By Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 29, 2009


Friday, November 27, 2009

What do you call 60,000 lobbyists at the bottom of the ocean?

It looks like the Obama Administration did not put them at the bottom of the ocean but kicked them out of the White House.

News flash, corporations never want competition. The goal for all corporations is a monopoly for their product. The more we can keep them out of government the better it is for ordinary people.
“Lobbyists pushed off advisory panels
White House initiative to limit influence could affect thousands”
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 27, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

In order to understand how we got the “bloc of four” you need a little background.

There is a certain former Coatesville resident who is a well know political activist. He was pivotal in the election of the “bloc”. He was alleged to have threatened to “burn down” the Hutchinson Church in Coatesville.

I believe that this person and his followers wanted Coatesville, which is sometimes referred to as the black municipality of Chester County, to have the worst possible city council and black government. He can now use Coatesville as an example for recruitment.

If you are looking for White Nationalist or White Supremacist extremists and you live in Chester County it’s a short drive.
Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not just infrastucture for jobs but centralized green infrastructure to compete worldwide

This article from Brookings Institute is somewhat parallel to what we are doing here in Chester County in green businesses. We have a foundation of a centralized infrastructure here. Remember that the City of Philadelphia was once an industrial powerhouse and a major port in the USA.

Rethinking the Way on Infrastructure

Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program
Robert Puentes, Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program
The Hill



Ronny Suber addressing the Coatesville City Council concerning the sentence of Robert Tracy
And Coatesville City Council President Marty Eggleston’s answer:

I think the investigations are not over and there may be more to come.

Finiance Report City of Coatesville November 23, 2009

A reading of introduction of the Finance Report by Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker is here:


The Preliminary Budget of the City of Coatesville for 2010 was presented by City of Coatesville Director of Finance Stacy Bjorhus.

Her report is here:


There will be another work session for the 2010 Budget on December 30, 2009.

In my opinion we have our first qualified Director of Finance in almost 4 years.

City plans property tax break


Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Daily Local News:

Coatesville OKs 2010 budget with tax cut
Chester County Reporter
by Allen Davis
Staff Writer
Posted: Tuesday, 24 November. 2009; 12:30 p.m.


For me the "tax break" is about $10 per month. For most Coatesville homeowners it's less.

Princeton Green Presentation at the Coatesville City Council Meeting November 23, 3009

An overview of Environmental Management Systems was presented by Ms. Kirven Talone of Princeton Green. Ms. Talone’s presentation was very well done.

An audio recording of her presentation is here:

This is the Princeton Green Website:

This is the ZigBee Smart Energy Division page:

This is the “BigBelly solar trash can” website:

John Pawlowski was honored for his service to the community

At the November 23, 2009 Coatesville City Council meeting Patsy Ray presented a plaque to John Pawlowski of Coatesville, PA for his service to the community.
You can listen here:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Just like the Limerick-Skippack-Collegeville area; "Police snip suburban pot farm"

Except that up there the drug scene is an unusual potpourri of Hippies, South Philly mob, Skinhead/White Nationalists and functioning addict business professionals.

Police snip suburban pot farm
Daily Local News
Published: Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009


Monday November 30 2009 - 2:00PM City Council Chambers - One City Hall Place - Coatesville PA

You are cordially invited to attend a public information meeting specifically relating to the proposed City of Coatesville 2010 URBAN CENTER REVITALIZATION PLAN UPDATES.

The Department of Community Development (DCD) administers the Community Revitalization Program. The Urban Centers Revitalization Planning program is one element of Chester County's Landscapes 21st Century Fund. Urban Centers are required to review update and expand Action Plans within the Urban Center Revitalization Plan (UCRP) and relate to Chester County's initiative to revitalize its urban landscapes. Urban Centers must review and if warranted update and expand the action plans of the UCRP. Urban Centers must identify UCRP accomplishments with particular emphasis on results achieved through Community Revitalization Program funding.

The meeting will focus on revising and expanding high priority actions. Consistency with the UCRP identified set of goals and objectives for the four key topics of economic development housing infrastructure and transportation and public facilities and services will be discussed.


Friday, November 20, 2009

500 pound property gorilla

If they haven’t already; I think the East Brandywine Board of Supervisors will soon realize that in Pennsylvania school boards are the 500 pound gorillas of property law. Pennsylvania school districts can override almost all municipal property laws. The school district can get whatever it wants.

As far as traffic; the school district is responsible only to the first intersection in either direction.

I was never to a Brandywine meeting but my guess is that the school districts attorney’s outnumber the townships about four to one.

East Brandywine officials to approve DASD plan

New Downingtown middle school envisioned for 128 acres at intersection of Bollinger Road and Route 322

Friday, November 20, 2009
By ERIC S. SMITH, Staff Writer


Voters are angry not just at what Bush/Cheney did to us but at the Obama Administration for a continuance of Bush/Cheney policies.

Putting the original New Deal regulation of Wall Street back is not enough.

We need accountability from Wall St. Billionaires. A good start might be to accelerate the prosecution of people from Bear Sterns, “Goldmine” Sacks, AIG and others. And with real prison terms.

Paul Krugman- The Big Squander-NYT:


Thursday, November 19, 2009

A small glimpse into vehicles of the very near future

The number of vehicles on the world’s roadways will double between 1990 and 2025.

A few years ago the Montgomery County Planning Commission was predicting gridlock of the entire county. Japan now has the largest traffic jams and is also the farthest ahead in developing technology to deal with it. Europe is not far behind Japan. By 2050 China and India will have 1.1 Billion cars; more than all the cars on the road right now. Gridlock is becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

Some people in Coatesville and probably in a lot of other localities only look back and seem to feel things will always be the same. That’s an extremely unpractical assumption. This video is an interesting glimpse into about the next 10 years of traffic and what we might be driving.

The most effective way to move large numbers of people is public transit. But until something better is devised many people will need to rely on single occupant vehicles to get to public transit.

Discussions about transportation are significant for Coatesville residents because in the near future the most desirable neighborhoods in Chester County will be near to railroad stations. And Coatesville is ideally positioned to take advantage of commuter and interstate rail transportation.

This video is about one technology to deal with traffic called “narrow track” vehicles. It is a convergence of motorcycle and automobile technology.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


How the redevelopment in Coatesville and the RDA proceeds depends very much our local and world economy.

China is now the economic engine of the world and could increasingly be the center of worldwide economic production. We now have several local companies shipping goods to China. Remember that the Chester County G.O. Carlson Airport will have direct flight international capability soon. A more equitable trade climate with China could make Coatesville a very popular place to locate businesses that trade internationally. That high rise office tower proposed by Bart Blatstein might go back in the plans for the “flats” in Coatesville.

It is possible for the USA to catch up to China, Europe and developing countries. But we had decades of cutbacks in education and economic production while the rest of the world carried that torch of free enterprise that was lit here in the USA. Even 8 years of “Change” might not get us back on track. Until then the “one word” for today’s graduates is not “plastics” it’s China.
See David Brooks column in today’s New York Times:

A recording of the joint RDA Coatesville City Council meeting is here:
Some Patsyisms from last night’s meeting:

Miss Patsy, “We need to be realistic and not make something like a dream that somebody can’t reach. We need to take something… This whole redevelopment has been put on a high thing now we need to bring it down to where we’re human and we’re economic that we can see what we need to put in.”

Ms. Karen Jorgenson, “But part of what’s going to happen, Miss Ray, is that as properties are sold and… the principal will go down and so perhaps at the end of the five years what will be left for the city do deal with is; the properties will be sold and what ever the remaining balance is the city really has to absorb.”

Miss Patsy, “That’s a pipe dream, but I’m OK with your pipe dream. I just don’t see it happenin.”

Does Miss Patsy think; as Dick Saha once said, “it will never happen” because she doesn’t want to see Coatesville redeveloped?

The first voice is Coatesville RDA Chair Joe DiSciullo
The 2nd voice is Coatesville City Council Member Miss Patsy Ray
The 3rd voice is former RDA Member John Pawlowski
The 4th voice is the RDA's attorney Pat O'Donnell
The 5th voice is the Coatesville City Council's attorney Andrew Lehr
The 6th voice is RDA Member Jack Burkholder
The 7th voice is Coatesville City Council Member Ed Simpson
The 8th voice is Coatesville City council Member Ms. Karen Jorgenson
The 9th voice is RDA Member Harry Colon
The 10th voice is Coatesville City Council Chair Marty Eggleston
The 11th voice is City Council Member Kareem Johnson
The 12th voice is Coatesville City Council Member Kurt Schenk

Friday, November 13, 2009

Senator Dinniman’s legislation would make it harder to have a corrupt school board.

Corrupt and politically ideological school boards can have a negative effect on education, property values and the legal expenses of school districts. For instance parents do not want to live in a school district where creationism is taught in place of science.

I believe there is a larger problem with public corruption within school district administration in Pennsylvania. I do not think that public corruption in Pennsylvania school districts is extraordinary; I believe that public corruption in Pennsylvania school districts is common.

There are too many school districts in Pennsylvania. There are far too many school districts in Pennsylvania for any law enforcement agency to investigate one by one.

School district budgets can be extremely difficult to navigate. Extortion and payoffs can be well hidden. Funds can be transferred to private accounts within the labyrinth of a school district budget. It It is too easy for school administrators and school builders to have a cozy relationship.

The only recourse the public has to root out public corruption within school districts are whistleblowers. Most people who have information and are potential whistleblowers within school district administration are well aware that no matter what the outcome they will never get a job in a Pennsylvania school district again. In the absence of a whistleblower it is very difficult for investigative reporting by news organizations.

I propose that Pennsylvania moves to a 6 school district state; Western North, Western South, Central North, Central South, Eastern North, and Eastern South. It would then be possible for the Attorney General of Pennsylvania or the USDoJ to investigate public corruption in Pennsylvania’s school districts.

The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA
Dinniman introduces school board legislation
Bill would ban school board candidates
from running in primary elections

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I feel that there is insufficient oversight of Veterans that are placed in homes in Coatesville.

One “discovery” at Joe Carroll’s community meetings in Coatesville was that some Veterans are allegedly robbed at an almost regular basis on the streets of Coatesville.
I also think that the Veterans Hospital needs to look more closely at the situations of veterans placed in Coatesville area homes.

Also see;
Our Veterans Deserve Our Thanks and Our Service
Rep. Joe Sestak
U.S. Senate Candidate, 31 Year Navy Veteran
Posted: November 11, 2009 10:40 AM

The Moonie (Washington) Times

A lot of people probably do not know that the Regan Administrations and Bush Administrations main news rag “The Washington Times“ is owned by Moonies.

The Unification Church and Rev. Sun Myung Moon‘s business empire is being transferred to his children. That transfer of power seems to need the presence of armed guards at the Washington Times building.

"Washington Times Beefs Up Security As Internal Turmoil Continues"
Jason Linkins
Huffington Post

Did Modena’s former Mayor Theresa DiLibero ever live in Modena?

In the investigation of Barry DiLibero’s residency it was discovered that The DiLiberos never lived at 40 North Brandywine Avenue in Modena.


“In 1997 DiLibero and his wife moved into 105 South Brandywine Avenue. On May 15, 2000, he registered to vote using an address of 40 North Brandywine Avenue, Modena Pennsylvania. According to Detective Lynch’s testimony, that address is a significant distance across town form 105 South Brandywine Avenue. DiLibero admits that he and his wife never lived at that address. His explanation for how 40 North Brandywine Avenue ended up on his May of 2000 voter’s registration again damages his credibility. In his deposition, admitted into evidence as C-59 at pages 102 and 103, he explains that a good friend of his helped him finish building the house at 105 South Brandywine Avenue. That he was always talking about. DiLibero speculates that caused him to use 40 North Brandywine Avenue for his voter registration address in 2000. The house was finished and the DiLiberos moved in during 1997.”

Commonwealth vs. Barry DiLibero is here:

As I live in Coatesville, PA I do not have an interest in the DiLiberos. I do have an interest in false voter registrations and false addresses of public officials in Coatesville. I believe several present and past public officials whose office required residency lived elsewhere.

In canvassing the city it was discovered that some voter’s addresses do not exist. That is there is no building there. Some voters, even voters who never miss an election, are registered at a business or church that has no facilities for residence. Voter Services is aware of the names and addresses.

A voter from the precinct has to protest a voter’s residency. It is not an easy process. As you can see it is even more difficult to remove someone holding office in a municipality that lives elsewhere.

When a public official makes a false claim for residency I believe that it is usually to gain influence and that influence is for personal financial gain. I believe that it is public corruption.

Residency issues plague political couple
Monday, July 20, 2009
By Michael P. Rellahan

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Barry DiLibero civil Action

1. On November 6, 2007, DiLibero was elected to the office of Township Supervisor in West Vincent Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
2. West Vincent is a Second Class Township.
3. The Second Class Township Code provides in pertinent part: that Supervisors shall reside in the township from which elected and shall have resided in that township continuously for at least one year before their election.
4. Respondent was a resident of East Fallowfield Township, residing at 105 South Brandywine Avenue from 1997 through November 6, 2007.
5. Respondent was ineligible to be elected to the office of Township Supervisor in West Vincent Township on November 6, 2007.
6. Respondent is ineligible to remain in the office of Township Supervisor in West Vincent Township.

Based upon the foregoing, the Court enters the following Order:

NO. 08-94792




Nidholas J. Casenta, Jr., Esquire, Peter Hobartr Esquire and
Gerald P. Morano, Esquire, on behalf of the plaintiff
Anastasia Filopoulos, Esquirer on behalf of the defendant

AND NOW, this 9th day of November, 2009, it is hereby ORDERED and DECREED that judgment is entered in favor of plaintiff, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ex rel Joseph W. Carroll, District Attorney of Chester County and against defendant, Barry DiLibero, and defendant is hereby REMOVED from office as a Township Supervisor of West Vincent Township.
proceeding to be paid by defendant.


Trust Fund withdraw Monday and most likely once more on Nov.16 at RDA /City Council meeting

I think that once the trust fund is near zero people like Ernie Campos, Al Baxter, Harry Walker, Eddy Scrivens and Andrew Lehr will lose interest in Coatesville.

“At the end of October, the fund had $21.9 million. The $1.5 million withdrawal and a potential $7 million could bring the fund down to approximately $13.4 million.” Daily Local News Coatesville Roundtable

More at:


Posted by Jim Pitcherella at 6:04 AM
Labels: Public Corruption

Monday, November 9, 2009

Important issues on tonight’s Coatesville City Council Agenda

Regular Action Items:

1.Receive and consider for Second Reading and Adoption an Ordinance to authorize the withdraw and use of principal of a City Reserve Trust Fund.

2.Receive and consider an Ordinance amending Chapter 224-Zoning, Article XIV-Signs to provide uniform standards for the location, spacing height, setback, lighting and other regulations of signs within the City of Coatesville.

3.Receive and consider a Resolution authorizing creation ad-hoc Coatesville Leaders United for Emissions Reduction Committee.

I wonder what Harry “I don’t have to tell you that” Walker will have to say?

See Matt Baker's site for more information:

Sunday, November 8, 2009


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On First Avenue in the City of Coatesville construction has begun on the site of the 125-room Courtyard Marriott Hotel. It is on RT 82 (First Avenue) just south of the RT. 30 intersection. The construction is for infrastructure only at this time.

Oliver Tyrone Pulver Corp. began the construction because the funding for the site infrastructure was about to expire and not beginning would have set the construction back five years, effectively ending the project.

The construction for the hotel could begin years from today but it could begin sooner than anticipated. The need for a hotel in the Coatesville area may actually be greater now than it was three years ago. The prospects of obtaining financing for the hotel building may be good.

Patsy Ray ran a write-in campaign.

I don’t know where the idea that Ingrid Jones ran unopposed for Coatesville's Second Ward came from. Patsy Ray ran a write-in campaign. She got 20 votes.

Patsy Ray ran on her record. The only campaigning she did was on Election Day.

You can see her campaign finance report here:

Patsy Ray’s financing came from the Coatesville Unity Committee.

Patsy Ray and a group of about a ½ dozen of her supporters sat on one side of the stairway leading to Coatesville’s Second Ward Polls urging voters to write-in Patsy Ray’s name as City Councilperson for Coatesville’s Second Ward.

A Daily Local News article about the Coatesville City Council election is here:
New council members discuss city's future
Published: Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

About the hearing for homicide victim Pierce Elliot Rivera in Judge Davis’ Court on November 5, 2008

“Charges in both of the Coatesville cases were dismissed by Coatesville District Judge Robert Davis on November 5, 2008 due to an apparent "lack of prosecution" (ie. the officers and/or witnesses apparently failed to appear).”

West Chester Unplugged v.2.0

Posted: 06 Nov 2009 04:23 PM PST

November 5, 2008 was during time that Walker, Matthews and Legree ran the Coatesville PD. I don’t know the whether the witnesses or the police did not show up. I wonder if there would have been a different outcome if Legree had not been in the mix and we lost one half of the Coatesville PD.

Friday, November 6, 2009

After almost 8 years of neglect the USDoJ has restarted investigating financial fraud.

“There are currently mortgage fraud-related charges pending against approximately 500 defendants in federal mortgage fraud cases around the nation. The cases concern both mortgage schemes designed to defraud mortgage lenders and “foreclosure rescue schemes” which prey on distressed homeowners.”

“Florida’s Mortgage Fraud Surge was launched in late January 2009 in response to the epidemic of mortgage fraud throughout the state, which began during Florida’s real estate boom earlier this decade. To address this wide scale problem, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in both its Tampa and Jacksonville Divisions, began a nine-month intensive effort to identify, investigate, and prosecute mortgage fraud in all of its forms.”

“The surge investigation completed on October 31, 2009, and announced today is the first phase of a continuing effort to investigate and prosecute not only mortgage fraud professionals and other individuals who have engaged in multiple fraudulent mortgage transactions, but also larger organizations and even financial institutions.”

Mortgage Fraud Surge Investigation Nets More Than 100 Individuals Throughout Middle District of Florida
Part of the Justice Department’s Ongoing Initiative


They are sill hiring people with experience or training in various financial industries. Actually within limits whatever your current occupation is the USDoJ may be interested in hiring and training you to work within the USDoJ.


Republican Health Care Plan:

It can easily be summed up;

1. Patients die quicker
2. Health care costs less

New York Times Editorial
The Republican Health Plan
Published November 5, 2009

Republicans don’t matter.

The Obama Administration will be judged on how it tackles the medical insurance fat cats and the Wall St. fat cats by Democrats and Independent voters, Republicans don’t matter.

The Republican base is mostly old white men. It is a decreasing base. The Republican Party becomes more irrelevant as time goes by.

Jobs and health care are related. When real people lose their jobs their health care and the health of their families goes too. So death by insurance company is on the increase. It looks like at best, the job market will stay flat for several years.

Obama could be a one term president. But Republicans shouldn't get excited. The odds of a racist Republican White Separatist extremist like Palin winning the presidency in 2012 are about 10,000 to one.

As the cloud of depression lingers, I think the White Nationalists among the teabaggers will grow restless and start blowing up Federal buildings again. I think we are in for some really tough times.

Paul Krugman has been batting nearly 1000 on his opinion of the economy. It ain't for nothing that he won the Noble Prize. The Anzio analogy is a good one:

Op-Ed Columnist
Obama Faces His Anzio
Published: November 5, 2009


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some Democrats are celebrating the one of the three nationally talked about elections; I’m not, I want Ike back.

It's the one in the heavily Republican NY 23 Congressional District where Democrat Bill Owens Beat Republican Doug Hoffman. It is a Republican stronghold where a Democrat has not won an election for almost 150 years. Nationally known Republican extremists campaigned heavily for the Republican Candidate in that congressional district.

Those Democrats are cheering because they see the Democratic victory in upstate NY as a bellwether forecasting that Republican Party can't win a major election. It's now a continuously shrinking Republican Party that is at war with itself. The extremists are winning. The new Republican Leadership is composed mostly of James Dobson, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee; all three-Christian Reconstructionists.

There is no room at all for John McCain in the Republican Party leadership. The Republican Party National Leadership as it now exists is devoid of moderates. Going from less extreme to most extreme there are a few Republican conservatives, extremist Republicans, Christian Reconstructionists and White Nationalists. Christian Reconstructionists could be described as a Taliban like Christian group. White Nationalists want a white’s only nation.

It may now be impossible for the Republicans to win a major election.

I don’t know if reasonable voices in the Republican Party can stop the rush to extremism. It's not only redneck areas. Extremists can win local school board elections and small municipal elections in Chester County and other areas where you can find intelligent life. They are establishing themselves in local Republican Committees across the USA. It might be good for Democrats in the short term but catastrophic for the USA in the long term.

I want the Republican Party of 60 years ago back; The Eisenhower Republicans. It looks like that will not happen for at least a decade if ever.

I want a Republican like Ike because if you scratch the surface of the "Tea Baggers" you will find Skinheads and very well armed Militia Group members among the extreme and even more extreme. I think there are a lot of people with the identical views of White Nationalist Timothy McVeigh among the Tea Baggers. I think we are heading into a dangerous time of domestic terrorism.

I would rather have a strong Republican Party made up of sane moderate people than a very easily defeated Republican Party made of insane extremists. I think the Republican Party is well in its way to being not only a danger to itself but to all of us.

There are some people among the teabag groups that cheered for Timothy McVeigh when he blew up the Mariah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

With Regard to Tuesday’s Election in Coatesville and Residency.

I'm not sure if the lawsuit contesting the Vincent Supervisor Barry DiLibero brought by Joe Carroll will have an effect on other disputes of this kind. Unless the person involved acquiesces, it is a near impossibility to successfully challenge residency for political purposes. I hope that because of District Attorney Joe Carroll’s efforts it becomes easier to remove public officials who are required to live in a municipality or district and do not live in that area.

One example is the residency of James Clark. He is still running for District Justice in Coatesville’s District Court 15-1-03. The residency requirements for Coatesville’s District Court 15-1-03 is in part of Coatesville and South Coatesville. Mr. Clark lives in Thorndale. In a court document in Chester County President Judge Ott’s court Clark gives his address as 3401 Sylvan Dr., Thorndale, PA 19372. He claims a rental property in Coatesville as his address.

Clark was not on the ticket but ran an extensive and expensive write in campaign in the Primary Election and again in yesterday’s General Election. He got very few votes. But that is not the issue. I believe there are several people holding or that have held public offices in Coatesville and around Chester County that do not live where they say they do. No one challenges them because they understand the possibility of winning in court is almost non-existent. I believe that there are many people holding public offices all across Chester County that do not live where they claim to live.

I believe that every instance of claiming to live where you do not is an instance of public corruption. It is very hard to set a price on that kind of public corruption but I believe the total cost to the public countywide could be in the millions of dollars.

I attached James Clark’s most recent campaign document for the General Election. I believe it contains several outrageous statements:

Below are my notes from a hearing in Judge Ott’s courtroom on Friday April 20, 2009:

“I thought that Democratic Attorney John Carnes presented overwhelming evidence including several court documents and Clark’s drivers license that Magistrate Judge candidate James Clark lives in Thorndale. Clark had two relatives that claimed he lived at the address in Coatesville’s Second Ward that he listed on his petition. Clark said that even though a court document from October has Thorndale as his residence and driver’s license residence as Thorndale, he lives in Coatesville.

I understood Clark to have said that his driver’s license and his court documents residence is really his business address and his real residence is in Coatesville. Hmmm.

Even at the place he said he lives in Coatesville, he was only there a few months. State Law says that candidates for Magistrate Judge needs to reside at least a year at the residence on the ballot. The proceedings concerning James Clark were a little confusing to me but I believe that one of Clark’s relatives who is a Republican collected most of his signatures on both Republican and Democratic sides. Clark might not be on the ticket for multiple reasons.

I wondered why Andrew Lehr was sitting right in front of me in the first spectator row. I found out when Lehr conferred with Clark and a woman named as his daughter, Shania London in the hallway. Is Clark a spoiler to Greg Hines? Lehr left when Clarks hearing was over.”
See Clark’s court document here:

Concerning the residency case in West Vincent Supervisor Barry DiLibero:
Married politicos share a residency problem

Published: Monday, July 20, 2009

Also see:
Friday, July 31, 2009
I am posting this for District Attorney Joe Carroll.
For some reason his comment to did not go through. It is in reference to my posting "Concerning the residency case in West Vincent Supervisor Barry DiLibero"
Married politicos share a residency problem.

Prosecutor: Official playing a 'shell game'
Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009