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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, February 28, 2010

A white nationalist Teabagger movement is sweeping across the nation.

We are in a recession that is called the worst “since the Great Depression”; a recession that could be worsening.

So many people are buying pistol ammunition that it is in short supply.

Joseph Stack, the anti-government anti-tax terrorist who flew his building into an IRS office is a new hero of the “Teabaggers”. Representative Steve King, Republican of Iowa, said this about Stack’s crime; “It’s sad the incident in Texas happened,” he said, “but by the same token, it’s an agency that is unnecessary.

Rick Perry the incumbent running for Governor of Texas suggested Texas secede from the United States. Debra Medina his opponent said, “The tree of freedom is occasionally watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots”, the same thing that was on Timothy McVeigh’s tee-shirt. Timothy McVeigh was a White Nationalist who thought his actions would inanimate an insurrection against the Federal Government.

And, we have a black President of the United States.

Take Dick Armey’s medical insurance lobby sponsored “FreedomWorks” out of the “Teabagger movement” and what you have left are people who want not just less government sponsored health care but no government at all. Take Dick Armey and his health insurance lobby out of the Teabaggers and what is left is; Militia Groups, Christian Identity, Patriot Movement, White Supremacists and White Nationalists.

Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have become Fox News induced leaders of a revived domestic terrorist white nationalist movement that is sweeping across the nation.
Sarah Palin has less chance to be President than Barry Goldwater did but she is part of what seems to be a “Perfect Storm” for domestic terrorism.

When the Teabagger candidates and the Republican candidates who foolishly think they can ride the Teabagger movement lose their elections, the Teabaggers may be driven further toward violent revolution and terrorism.

New York Times
The Axis of the Obsessed and Deranged
Published: February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

I am beginning to think that “Republican” at least “Conservative Republican” is a social disease. Senator Jim Bunning to unemployed; Tough S*#t”.

"Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension, Tells Dem 'Tough Shit"

"Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, is single-handedly blocking Senate action needed to prevent an estimated 1.2 million American workers from prematurely losing their unemployment benefits next month."

"Senator Claire McCaskill said the decision to block the unemployment pay as well as the opportunity to buy health insurance showed how far removed some lawmakers were from the plight of out-of-work Americans." From:

February 25, 2010, 10:03 pm
Bunning Blocks Jobless Aid in Senate

Interested in Lower Merion Laptop Spying Case?

Could the tracking software “LANRev” used by Lower Merion be relatively easy to hack into?

“Of the three network techs employed at LMSD, Mr. Perbix appears to have been the mastermind behind a massive, highly effective digital panopticon.”
The Spy at Harriton High

Network Fingerprint for LANRev Agent

I feel a sort of kinship with this man.

“Madoff Whistleblower Book: Claims He Uncovered State Street Fraud, Thought About Killing Madoff”


I don’t think my life or my family was threatened in the same way as Harry Markopolos. But the frustration he felt feels familiar. In 2005 and early in the “Bloc of Four” regime there was only one other person not in law enforcement who agreed with me that Richard Legree had definite plans to control the Coatesville PD. Most people thought I was nuts to think that someone whose live in son was a major drug dealer and who was once called "The biggest drug pusher in Chester County" could become, in effect, Chief of Police in Coatesville. But he was already the Chair of Area 14 of the Chester County Republican Party.

In 2005 when I told people that Chief Bellizzie was going to be fired and Legree was going to arrange to control the Coatesville Police Department, people said, “Jean Krack would never fire him.” I said, “What makes you think Jean Krack won’t be fired too”.

I believed that Legree might not be Chief but that he planned a new position called “Public Safety Officer controlling the PD, FD and possibly Codes office with Legree as the Public Safety Officer. I actually thought that Jean would go in January of 2006 just a few weeks after John Carnes. I already knew about somebody named “Walker” just not exactly who that particular “Walker” was. I think Harry Walker was not ready in January.

When Matthews took over the Narcotics Department was dissolved and Lt. Gordon, who Chester County DA Joe Carroll said was an essential part of narcotics investigation, was put on administrative leave. Matthews had plans to lay off at least six Coatesville Police officers and eventually many more would leave, to the point where there was only one City of Coatesville officer on duty in this high crime City at a given time. See Matthew’s letter to DA Joe Carroll below. Officers from all over Chester County were called in to assist. And for the first time in about 5 years the money was good again in Coatesville, the money from drug sales.

The plan began to unravel when Joel Fitzgerald, who was a candidate for Coatesville PD, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Richard Legree tried to negotiate a position in the Police Department. Law enforcement from all over Pennsylvania came to support officers in Coatesville and to demand that Matthews shape up or go.

I think that the “forensic audit” now being conducted by the FBI and Chester County Detectives is the beginning. There are a lot of trees to fall before this forest is cleared.

It's Not Going Well for the Insurance Industry and Their GOP Spokespersons in Congress

Jerry Brown Subpoenas Documents From Health Insurers

ROBIN HINDERY | 02/25/10 11:02 PM | AP

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Coatesville doesn’t just have a new government

For the first time in about a decade Coatesville residents can serve on City of Coatesville boards, committees and authorities and go to City meetings without being harassed or receiving death threats.

The newfound relief from threats of violence to people who want to serve the citizens of Coatesville instead of a vested interest will go a very long way in bringing Coatesville up again.

The newfound relief seems to have already had an effect on developers interested in Coatesville. Maybe we will get Bart Blatstein back.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Coatesville Interim City Manager's Report Feb. 22

Ted Reed Coatesville's new Interim City Manager's Report for February 22, 2010:

Last night’s Coatesville City Council Meeting might have seemed ordinary.

It was a conventional business meeting with friendly even jovial conversation. It may have seemed like an ordinary municipal meeting:

But for a Coatesville City Council Meeting; a meeting without hate spewing about is extremely unusual. At the height of the Saha “Save our Farm” debacle every meeting was full of hateful anti-government nutcases, drug dealers, drug dealers masquerading as ministers, hateful ministers and a few citizens hoping for a better Coatesville along with media reporters that braved the hostile environment. At times we had as many as 5 police at the Coatesville City Council meetings for security.
At last night’s meeting Ben Bruton had this to say:
Ben Bruton
“When I bought here, we were encouraged by what we saw here in Coatesville and my daughter who is 22 months old pulled this out from under the couch the other day and I just thought I’d bring it in… This shows the future of Coatesville 5 years ago. Prior to some things that happened.

I truly hope that someday we can get something like this again to where we’re sitting in these Council Chambers and around these Chamber walls are pictures of could be and what the vision of Coatesville is again.. I applaud you Mr. Reed for sharing with us these reports. Everything was so close to the chest before, if that’s the right word for it and nothing was shared with the public.

And what I’ve seen in the few months since some changes have been made; the sharing from this side of the table to what’s out here is tenfold better… I appreciate it and I hope we can get back to visions like this; to where the rest of Chester County is jealous of what we have to win going down here in Coatesville.”
You can listen here:

When I left the building, it occurred to me that I was unconcerned about someone outside waiting to assault me. It was a comforting feeling that holds promise for a good future in Coatesville.

The item Ben Bruton pulled out form his couch was an illustrated map of Coatesville’s planned revitalization. This document was as close as I could find to it:

Also see:
A new boss for city
Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010


About the arrest of a suspected Ninos Locos Mexican Street gang member

Federal immigration officials arrest reputed gangster in West Chester
Suspect linked to Mexican street gang Ninos Locos



The federal "Trigger Lock" law provides for prison terms of 10 years or more for convicted felons who are caught with a gun.

During the Matthews/Legree Coatesville Police Department debacle Coatesville was overrun by competing street gangs. Among the gang graffiti were SUR-13, Surenos, MS-13, Bloods and Crips.

The graffiti could be imitation and not actual gangs. However some real gang members have a problem with imitators. MS-13 gangs are said to kill imitators as though they are rival gang members.

The Bloods and Crips are California gangs that are now nationwide.


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That's John Pawlowski with the spray bottle removing the SUR-13 Graffiti

SUR-13/Surenos is a Mexican derived gang. MS-13 is a much bloodier Salvadoran derived gang. MS-13 and SUR-13/Surenos are now linked and both can be considered MS-13.

MS gang members will also use the Spanish word “Sureno” (Southerner) to identify themselves. Sometimes Sureno is abbreviated to SUR. These terms make reference to the fact that MS gang members like to claim they are from Southern California as opposed to Northern California, and are rivals with Northern California gangs. Often, this rivalry is taken outside the state of California. Additionally, MS-13 maintains rivalries with the 18th Street gang and the Latin Kings.
POLICE LINK The Nation's Law Enforcement Community MS-13
From a previous Coatesville Dems Blog post:

“SUR-13 members tried to make a connection here in Coatesville last year. I believe that the 3 SUR-13 members that were arrested by East Fallowfield Police were a part of a group in Virginia and Maryland. An older man with 1 and 3 shaved eyebrows was in a Coatesville Laundromat at about that same time. Investigations lead to the breakup of that SUR-13 group. I have not seen any new SUR-13 graffiti since then.”From:
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The United States of America is the top user country of illegal drugs.

Also see:
The Rise of Sur 13
By Andrew Eways, Maryland State Police
Published: 07/21/2008

Monday, February 22, 2010

AGENDA CITY COUNCIL MEETING Regular Meeting Monday February 22, 2010

"Items for Discussion

1. Boards and Commissions

a. Pension Board
b. UCC Appeals Board
c. Civil Service Commission
d. Zoning Hearing Board

2. Parking Strategy of Harmony Street

3. Solid Waste Invoicing Proposal

Regular Action Items

1. Receive and consider CZOP/Spector Inc. for Professional Engineering services for the year 2010

2. Receive and consider CMX for Professional Engineering services for the year 2010.

3. Receive and consider Thomas Comitta Associates services for the year 2010.

4. Receive and consider First Reading an Ordinance authorizing the City of Coatesville to enter into an Agricultural Lease for the Conti Property owned by the City according to certain terms favorable to the City and further authorizing the property by Resolution for terms approved by City Council prior to the growing season for any year the City wishes to continue the lease property consistent with procedures governing contracts

5. Receive and consider First Reading an Ordinance amending Chapter 201, Article III, of the Code of the City of Coatesville to (1) reflect a change in title from “Emergency and Municipal Tax Services Tax” to “Local Services Tax” as provided by Revisions to the Local Tax Enabling Act; (2) Raise the exemption amount of the tax from $600 to $12,000; and (3) add additional provisions in accordance with revisions to the Local Tax Enabling Act

6. Receive and Consider First Reading an Ordinance amending Chapter 203, Article VII (Business Privilege Tax) of the Code of the City of Coatesville to conform with revisions made to the Local Tax Enabling Act, 53 P.S. 6924.01, et.seq. and provide for a higher exemption

7. Receive and consider First Reading an Ordinance amending Chapter 203, Article I of the Code of the City of Coatesville by amending Section 203-4(A)(6)"

"§ 203-4 Taxes imposed.

The following taxes are imposed for general City purposes:


Vending machines.
On each vending machine installed for use within the City of Coatesville where such machine is located in the right-of-way: $35 per year or portion thereof.
[Added 12-19-1996 by Ord. No. 1039-96]"




"General Petraeus fights back against the cowardice and dishonor of Dick Cheney":

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pat Sellers, the original "Teabagger"?

On Primary Election Day of 2005 in Coatesville’s Ward 4-2, Pat Sellers stood next to Kurt Schenk wearing a straw hat with tea bags hanging from the rim. Pat Sellers was Kurt Schenk’s campaign manager. Maybe Pat Sellers was the original "Teabagger".

Nancy Hannum and Pat Sellers sat together in animated conversation at a hearing in Chester County Court in 2005 where Bill Chertok was challenging Kurt Schenk’s Democratic write in votes for the May 2005 Primary. The Court decided in Bill Chertok’s favor and Schenk would not be running as a Republican and Democrat in the November 2005 Election.

The hearing contested Kurt Schenk’s Democratic voter “write in” votes (Schenk is a Republican). The Election Day vote was a “tie vote” between Kurt Schenk and Bill Chertok. But was some of the voting done after the Election? At the hearing we discovered that Voter Services was “Administratively Punching” voter’s ballots well after the election. They were punching ballots that may have been written in for a candidate but not punched.

The County Commissioners also serve as the Election Board. No members of the Election Board including Andy Dinniman, the longest serving Commissioner in the history of Chester County, had any idea that Voter Services was changing ballots to reflect what they considered a voter’s intention.

“Administrative Punching” of Ballots was discovered when the votes in Bill Chertok’s election were recounted in the courtroom. If not for Bill Chertok contesting the count we still would not have any knowledge of “administrative punching”

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Concerning the “American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property” & Rachel Maddow

I was watching the “The Rachel Maddow Show” Thursday evening. She mentioned an organization that gave me a “flash from the past”.
Rachel Maddow said:

”The one bad experience that I had at CPAC was a guy Yelling at me and getting up in my face and being sort of physically threatening after making a bee line through a crowd directly at me to hand me this flyer. And I said, thank you, who are you? And he yelled right in my face; "we're normal people, what about you! It did not in fact seem like normal people, but more specifically he was from an organization called “Tradition Family and Property” whose booth I sought out later. They say it would be unclean to have gay people in the military and they have this neat-o Welsh looking crest."

“Tradition Family and Property” has a Chester County link of sorts:

The American Society for the Defense of
Tradition, Family and Property

by Norman Fulkerson

It is about the fox hunting exploits of Nancy Hannum. Ms. Hannum was a proud supporter of the Saha “Save our Farm” campaign.

From the “About Us” page of the The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property:

“The TFP handbook Revolution and Counterrevolution by Plinio CorrĂȘa de Oliveira masterfully traces the historical and philosophical roots of this single cause: a phenomenon called the Revolution.”

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Timothy McVeigh has a sequel.

The IRS has long been a Target of Antigovernment Extremists
McVeigh believed bombing the Mariah Federal Building in Oklahoma, City would have a domino effect and begin a White Nationalist insurrection across the US and Canada.

There were several failed “copycat” bombings. The building destroyed by Joseph Stack was actually a target of a bomber that acted shortly after Timothy McVeigh's terrorist attack.

Terrorists are not just from the Middle East, they can live next door.

The anti-tax terrorist that rammed his plane into the IRS office Austin, TX is going to be a Teabagger & White Nationalist hero. 'Stormfront.org the Discussion board for pro-White activists and anyone else interested in White survival." is now churning in hero worship of Joseph Stack the IRS bomber.

This is alleged to be part of Josephs Stack's 6 page rant:

"I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of **** at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along."

The last extremist bomber we had in Chester County was David Wayne Hull:
"But, the whole idea behind terrorism is to terrorize. ... It’s psychological. It isn’t necessarily always the body count. It’s what you’re doing to them psychologically, Bullets, bombs, bloodshed and the Bible. That’s the only way we’re gonna to win this,’ he preached before the ceremony. Anybody who goes down to their death fighting for this great cause, it’s a one-way trip to heaven.’ Hull was recorded as saying. Hull, 41, of Washington County, was found guilty of seven of 10 charges after a trial in May. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret Picking. Hull was defended by W. Penn Hackney.”
The IRS is a traditional target of the Radical Right. So far Stack appears to be a "lone wolf", but the investigation has just begun.
“This attack comes amid the absolutely explosive growth of the right-wing militias and the larger antigovernment ‘Patriot’ movement, which includes thousands of so-called tax protesters who believe the federal income tax is illegal” said Mark Potok, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project. “There is a populist rage out there about what is seen as the coddling of rapacious elites, like the mortgage bankers who kept receiving multimillion dollar bonuses, even as working Americans seem to keep losing more and more.”

Southern Poverty Law Center:


Man angry at IRS crashes plane into building

Associated Press Writer


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lower Merion School District, PA Defendant in Class Action “spying by webcam lawsuit” 1800 students and their immediate family members.

Class Action Complaint
"77. As the laptops at issue were routinely used by the students, their friends and family members while at home, it is believed and therefore averred that many of the webcam images captured and /or intercepted consist of minors and/or their parents in compromising or embarrassing positions, including, but not limited to , in various stages of dress or undress."

“1...Invasion of privacy, Theft of Plaintiffs’ private information and unlawful interception and access to acquired and exported data and other stored electronic communications in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, The computer Fraud Abuse Act, the Stored Communications Act, §1982 of the Civil rights Act, The Fourth amendment of the United States Constitution, the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act and Pennsylvania Common law."

"2. Unbeknownst to Plaintiffs and the members of the Class, and without their authorization, Defendants have been spying on the activities of Plaintiffs and Class members by Defendants’ indiscriminant use of and ability to remotely activate the webcams incorporated into each laptop issued to students by the School district. This continuing surveillance of the Plaintiff’ and the Class members; home use of the laptop issued by the School district, including the indiscriminant remote activation of the webcams incorporated into each laptop, was accomplished without the knowledge of Consent of the Plaintiffs or the members of the Class.“

The class action includes the student body of both high schools, approximately 1800 students. In addition the class action includes each high schools immediate family member.

Sean Tobin of Fox news states he was able to speak to a Harriton High Teacher who did not want to be identified that allegedly told him that a lot of teachers are aware that the laptops can be remotely operated and the teachers turn them around to a wall or blackboard to prevent being photographed. The teachers are allegedly aware that they can be monitored.


"Is Lower Merion spying on students inside their home? LM official responds"



Official: FBI probing Pa. school webcam spy case

The Associated Press

Posted on Sat, Feb. 20, 2010


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

“What if you decide to classify hospital infections as terrorists?”

John Stewart-The Daily Show
Do you know anyone who got an infection at a hospital? I have a feeling nearly everyone in the USA does.

We lost Congressman John Murtha most likely because someone forgot to wash their hands or properly disinfect instruments.

When I flew in a Cessna 172 at a small airport in Virginia our pilot used a checklist strapped to his leg. He was a retired USAF Colonel that flew supersonic fighter jets. Pilots use a checklist before every takeoff. They did not use checklists until Boeing instituted them for the WWII B-17 bomber.

It’s time that Doctors and Nurses use a checklist.

Safe Patient Project-End secrecy, save lives.

The Dirty Truth: Spread the Word, not the Germ:


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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Are Developers like Bart Blatstein still interested in Coatesville?

At a Coatesville Planning Commission meeting; Ray Iacobucci told us that Baker Properties was pushing them to have final approval for their development in 1995 before the ‘Bloc of Four” took over. Iacobucci had a 6 person team working on their development on the north hill of Coatesville. It received final approval by Coatesville City Council on December 28th of 2005. Mr. Iacobucci allegedly was told that if they did not have final approval before the “bloc” took over Baker would take a $2M loss and leave Coatesville.

Chetty was stuck. He already had $6M invested in Coatesville and was forced to stay. Don Pulver’s hotel was needed in the hotel market regardless of how close it was to Coatesville, so it could go forward.

The “Bloc of Four” and the Walker Administration is the primary reason redevelopment crashed and burned in Coatesville. I believe stopping the redevelopment was the reason the some of the “bloc of four’s” handlers put them in office. The gas fired power plant was allegedly in the planning stages in alleged meetings at the Whip Tavern before the election of the “bloc”. The real money would have been in the “Power Authority” that would sell power over Exelon’s lines. Richard Legree was alleged to say “Patsy may be dumb and crazy but she takes orders”. But that’s another story that involves the drug business in Coatesville.

It is my understanding that if a developer did have some interest in Coatesville; when they saw Patsy Ray in person all interest in developing in Coatesville allegedly vanished.

Now that we have a government that’s interested in moving the City forward instead of praying, building power plants and cutting back on police and fire protection; Bart Blatstein might be interested. The only thing is; the commercial loans have dried up and commercial lending may be nowhere near bottom yet.

Teabaggers driven by fear and armed with firearms and explosives are brewing up a 2nd Civil War

The White Nationalist extremists have a near depression and a black President to feed on. They are using century old propaganda of the KKK and Nazis slightly modified to appear contemporary.

Our primary terrorist threat is not from Saudi Arabia it’s from your neighbor.
I have a sinking feeling the coming elections could turn violent.

"Tea Party Movement Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right”

“And in Indiana, Richard Behney, a Republican Senate candidate, told Tea Party supporters what he would do if the 2010 elections did not produce results to his liking: ‘I’m cleaning my guns and getting ready for the big show. And I’m serious about that, and I bet you are, too.”

More at:


Sunday, February 14, 2010

USA organized crime, I mean banking rocks.

Nicky Scarfo tried to get in on the action but he was outclassed by the masters of deception on Wall Street.

“Wall St. Helped to Mask Debt Fueling Europe’s Crisis”
New York Times
Long live the Regan Revolution! The one that inspired Nicky Scarfo and Oleg Deripaska


There is more; put "Scarfo" into the search box on Coatesville Dems Blog

The Chester County Chamber is going to, Dubai?

I know it as an international money laundering and arms smuggling center. I guess it’s more than a global center for terror funding, money-laundering, drug money and mafia cash.

County chamber offering trip to Dubai

Daily Local News
Published: Sunday, February 14, 2010


Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Snow Diver"


"Snow Diving" at Coatesville Flower Shop
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Updates on the Middletown Gas Generating Station Explosion

Investigation into Middletown power plant explosion

From Hartford Special Interests Examiner:


Keep in mind that the Middletown plant is located in a sparsely populated area. The Gas power generating station in Coatesville would have been located in the center of a densely populated city.

Gas generating Power Plant EXPLODES in Connecticut, we almost had one in the middle of Coatesville



Gas firm petitions for 'quick taking'
Company asks court's permission to begin pipeline work on 36 properties


Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Cheney’s Terrorists"

"In the days and years following September 11, 2001, Vice President Cheney stood out as the chief architect of a calamitous approach to U.S. foreign policy that resulted in a weakened United States and the recruitment of a new generation of terrorists dedicated to anti-American jihad. The Bush-Cheney contribution to terrorist recruitment is clear from the numbers: In 2000, there were 423 international terrorist attacks. The Iraq War heralded a sharp spike in terrorist attacks, which continued with a 607 percent average yearly increase. Eight years later, there were 11,770 international terrorist attacks, as the terrorists birthed by the Bush-Cheney policies grew up."
Excerpted from:

Cheney’s Terrorists
February 9, 2010
by General Donald Edwards

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Identification of Truss Construction

At Monday’s Coatesville City Council Meeting Coatesville Firefighter Jim Lentz brought up the ordinance of the Coatesville City Code proposed by former Coatesville Chief Francis Pilotti regarding the identification of truss construction in buildings.

It could save the lives of firefighters.

That ordinance has not yet been implemented.

“There are currently no occupancies in the City that are identified with a truss placard.

The system would be used to identify roof or floor trusses with a metal sign that costs about $8 each. If applied correctly, the builders would be responsible for these in the future.

The ordinance which is on-line under section 115 of the code needs to be amended to include language to post a residential development or subdivision in a manner that does not take away from the appearance of someone’s home. Street signs at the entrance/exits would work well.

We need to get this in place while we still have personnel that have been around long enough to remember where we might find this type of construction. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to identify where these features exist.”

Jim Lentz, Coatesville Firefighters Union

Huge Safety Issue


“fire-resistive buildings will withstand an intense fire for a considerable time, while non-combustible buildings with truss roof construction can fail in just a few minutes once the fire attacks the truss space.”

Truss Issues
NFPA Journal, Mar/Apr 2009 by Klaene, Ben, Sanders, Russ
A modern building technique can mean greater risk for firefighters.

§ 115-8.1 Identification of truss construction.

[Added 7-22-2002 by Ord. No. 1198-2002]
Except as provided in Subsection C below, the owner of a building or structure containing truss construction in any form or manner shall install and maintain a truss emblem in a location so specified by the Fire Department. The location will be designated as close to the main entrance as possible and at a height not more than five feet above the floor level. These emblems will be provided by the Fire Department at a cost determined by resolution by City Council and listed in Chapter 108 of the City Code.
The owner and/or developer of a residential subdivision or multifamily occupancy shall install and maintain a truss emblem within the public right-of-way or within the common elements areas as so determined by the Fire Department.
Single-family dwelling units or semidetached dwelling units containing not more than two dwelling units shall be exempt from installing and maintaining the truss emblem.
The Fire Department, with approval of the Fire Chief, shall determine the exact location for the designated location of such truss emblem and keep such record on file in the Fire Department along with the application being filed in the property file in the Codes Department at City Hall.
The provisions of this section shall apply to the owners of existing buildings or structures having truss construction but such owners shall have six months from the effective date of this section to comply.
The truss emblem will be a triangle in design with a white background with the following letters marked in red in the inside: (F) floor truss construction, (R) roof truss construction, (FR) floor and roof truss construction.

Huge safety issue for firefighters

Jim Lentz President of Coatesville Firefighters Union had comments on the vacant property ordnance being considered by the City Council.

Vacant properties in Coatesville can be a public safety issue.

“They also pose a safety issue for first responders. They pose huge safety issue to the City Firefighters.”

"And the reason is as these buildings go unattended for years on end.. As you well know these buildings are attached or close to other ones, it becomes an issue when we have to stop fires from spreading from structure to structure. Usually without hesitation we put firefighters in these buildings with a calculated risk and if we have this ordnance in place it would make our lives safer and easier if we are able to have a true calculated risk by knowing what these issues are.

We have to go into these structures to prevent fires from spreading from structure to structure. Usually without hesitation we put firefighters into these buildings
If fire fighters pull up to a building at 2 o’clock in the morning that building should have something on it to say if it is secure or not secure.

I can support an annual or bi-annual inspection program for vacant properties. I assure you that is in the paid firefighters job description and we would be more than glad to help the Codes Department at what means possible with these inspections at whatever level the City deems fit…Whatever language you put in there; have it differentiate between a rental home that’s vacant for three months vs. the building at 7th and Chestnut that has been boarded up for 10 plus years.
And the reason is, it you take a building like the one at 7th and Chestnut, that building should be placarded. If the Firefighters pull up in front of that at 2 O’clock in the morning there should be something on that building that tells us the building’s stable; the building’s not stable. The building burnt before and there is a sign on it that says there is already a hole in the roof or maybe the second floors unsafe. So the Firefighters know what they can and can’t do at a moment’s notice.

The placard system wouldn’t cost the City peanuts, couple of cents. It is enforceable through the City’s Codes and Fire Department. It would also provide an inventory, a ready inventory in the fire truck, in the computers with the Police Department and the Codes Department so we know who to call when these buildings are open, which we find so often. The Police have huge issues as well going into these places when there’s vagrants in them and people living in them illegally. I think with a good joint effort between all departments we can make the City safer.

I can’t stress enough the importance of getting a pro-active system in place here in the City of Coatesville from now into the future. Whatever I can do to help you guys or the Fire Chief or the Codes Director; I would be more than glad to help you.

We have an ordinance in place that past Chief Francis Pilotti established that recognizes truss roof construction. You may not be aware that truss roof construction is a killer for firefighters. And the reason is the structure it acts differently under the heat of a fire than conventional construction. We have an ordinance in place now that allows us to, the City; to placard certain buildings under certain conditions specifically to identify this type of construction so that we don’t kill our firefighters. That ordinance has not been in place since the day it was put in. And, in my opinion it needs to be updated again to 2010 standards. While we are working on the safety thing if we could come up with a placard system at the same time we could work on a placard system for the truss construction and over a year of two’s time we could get everything up and running smoothly."

"Identification of Truss Construction"


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

“They knocked my neighbor over” PennDOT plow troubles on Main Street

Ms. Khadjah al Amin was speaking about her neighbor who was shoveling his sidewalk on East Lincoln Highway in Coatesville when a PennDOT plow knocked him over with snow.

“I shovel my sidewalk and as soon as we finish PennDOT comes right down and puts 2 feet of snow back on my sidewalk. If we are not allowed to put it on the street why is Penn Dot allowed to put it on my sidewalk?“

If you don't shovel you sidewalk you get a fine from the City of Coatesville, but after Ms. al Amin shovels 2 feet of snow from her sidewalk PennDOT plows go by so fast that they plow the snow back on her sidewalk and she has to shovel all over again.

If she shovels her sidewalk and while she is away on a business trip PennDOT plows the icy snow from the highway back on the side walk Ms. al Amin has to pay a fine.

"I don't have a problem shoveling my property but I don't want to shovel the same 2 feet of snow 4 or 5 times”

Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking:

"We would like Penn Dot to be a little more sensitive and go a little more slowly so that the snow is not pushed onto the sidewalks."

Listen to the exchange here. The order of speaking is Coatesville City Council President Ed Simpson, Ms. al Amin, Karl Marking and Coatesville Public Works Director, Don Wilkinson:

Also see Coatesville City Council Vice President Karl Marking's post;
"Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!"


Coatesville City Manager Harry Walker terminated and Wayne (Ted) Reed hired as Interim City Manager

Coatesville City Council Meeting February 8, 2010

"We hereby resolve to terminate the Services of Harry Walker as City Manager. Whereas the City through its City Council has given notice of intent to take action to remove Mr. Walker from his position as City Manager on January 4, 2010 in accordance with Section 2-403 of City Charter. And whereas the City has determined that he is an employee at will and the City can terminate him for cause or no cause and whereas the City has determined that it has no further need for the services of Harry Walker as City Manager it hereby terminates the services effective immediately."

Vote was 5 yes 1 no. Ms. Jorgensen was the no vote.

The next Action Item was to hire Wayne (Ted) Reed as Interim City Manager:

"We resolve to approve the Contract to hire Wayne G. (Ted) Reed as Interim City Manager."

Vote was numinous to approve hiring Ted Reed as Interim City Manager.

A recording is here:

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Gas generating Power Plant EXPLODES in Connecticut, we almost had one in the middle of Coatesville

“ Witnesses said the explosion at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown, Conn., 15 miles south of Hartford, occurred at 11:17 a.m. in a thundering convulsion of flames and smoke seen for miles around and felt as far away as cities and towns on the shore of Long Island Sound, 30 miles away.’

At Least 5 Dead, 12 Hurt in Connecticut Power Plant Blast

The power plant in Middletown, Conn is located in a remote area.
The power plant that PPL proposed in Coatesville would have been located in the center of a city of 12,000 residents.

From; FPL Energy-Questions and Answers about the Proposed Coatesville Energy Center
4. Q. Will the proposed power plant pose a danger of explosion?
A. The risk of a gas explosion at a power plant such as the one proposed by FPL Energy is extremely small.


From Daily Local News-blogs-Coatesville Roundtable-
FPL Energy fact sheet
Here's a link to a copy of the FLP Energy literature titled "Questions and Answers about the Proposed Coatesville Energy Center."

It was distributed to the audience at the last City Council meeting by Fourth Ward Councilman Kurt Schenk.
Labels: city council, Flats, FPL Energy
posted by Daily Local at 10:26 AM 9 Comments

See twitter for updates:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

There is nothing new about right wing extremists infiltrating the Chester County Republican Committee.

To my knowledge that’s been going on for about 2 decades. I believe that it’s one reason we got the disastrous “Bloc of Four” government in Coatesville. The ordinary news media is just becoming aware of what I believe is the “Christian Reconstructionists” moving into main line Republican political committees. I wonder if “Keystone United” (skinheads) and the Pagans are going to come in and help out the GOP in Chester County in this election.

More traditional “Eisenhower Country Club Republicans” are vaguely aware that “something” is wrong about many of the Republican candidates. That’s why the Republicans lose here whenever there is a large voter turnout.

What happened to the Republican Party here is a very sad thing.

"Alexander tops straw poll for GOP in 156th District
Party leaders weigh support for primary"

Saturday, February 6, 2010
By DAN KRISTIE, Staff Reporter


Also see:

“Just politics or hate group”


Thursday, February 4, 2010

“The Director of National Intelligence did not criticize the Administration in any way”


February 3, 2010

"The article published by Politico today regarding testimony of the Director of National Intelligence before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is inaccurate and irresponsible. The DNI did not criticize the Administration in any way - the assertion that he did is simply wrong.

The DNI stated that the combination of reality and politics regarding the December 25 attempted terrorist attack is surprising and that the Intelligence Community is trying to bring intelligence and law enforcement to bear on those who threaten our country. To suggest that his statement is a "blast" at the White House distorts words clearly spoken and seeks to create a conflict where none exists."
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

What about State Constable J. Clayton Ayers holding two elected offices?

Just reading the article in today’s Daily Local News concerning Theresa DiLibero:
Ex-supervisor's wife to take ARD program
Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010
Daily Local News


What about elected State Constable Clayton Ayers holding another elected office as a Modena Councilperson?

Didn’t Richard Legree’s two elected offices set the case law stating that two elected offices could not be held in Pennsylvania?



Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Colorado Springs- the results of a Jesus oriented religious extremist government

The religious right screwballs that control Colorado Springs know the Kingdom of Christ is just around the corner so who needs police, firemen or streetlights?
Vigilante Christian Taliban militia groups could patrol the streets Colorado Springs in place of police.

Great tourist attraction:
Nearby ski areas could have Hitler ski nights complete with burning crosses.
Loss of city services

Colorado Springs cuts into services considered basic by many
By Michael Booth
The Denver Post

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14303473#ixzz0eUPCRLo8

Elementary school child in handcuffs?

Something about an elementary school child allegedly put in handcuffs in Coatesville School District. Just a rumor so far; It allegedly concerns something about two cigarettes found on school bus.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I’m watching PBS Frontline “Growing up Online”- “Geeks are normal now”

The show is very odd at least as I write this; in this point of the show seems to be entirely anti-computer game. I have no interest in computer games. To me table games are only a way to talk to people. So I have no idea what they mean by computer game addiction.

Now, while I’m writing this, the program is into education. The education I received was designed to allow me to function in work environment of repetitive assembly line jobs. I never had a job that was repetitive for more than 3 months.

I remember my father telling me to get good grades in school. He also said that you could not learn everything by reading books you need practical knowledge so you can do things. I spent most of my working life in a small 5 person dental lab. That lab was the first to create dental implants in the USA. Some German engineers would stop in to the lab now and then tagging along with the sales reps of the company they worked for. They said we were different than other Americans, “you guys read directions”. I guess reading helped me to “do things”. We were sort of different in the professional building the lab was in; our professional neighbors complained of “excessive laughter” coming from the lab.

Maybe Monks (bookworms) who could read were the “geeks” of the 1500s. When Heidelberg high speed press was made “bookworm geeks” became normal. What’s different about now is that you can be a reader and an author and a painter and a photographer and a filmmaker and a musician and distribute it instantly worldwide.

I had a car accident yesterday. My Nissan Maxima is in the shop being repaired. I could care less if it went over a cliff and crashed and burned at the bottom. Just don’t let anything happen to my BlackBerry.

Back to the show; it's on to predator drone pilots "going" to war.

Joe Carroll’s successful action could become a roadmap to follow.

I’m referring to a roadmap to follow for removing a public official because of unlawful residency.

Ousted official lacks permit to occupy his property
Published: Monday, February 1, 2010-Daily Local News:


It’s not only Barry DiLibero. There is also former Modena Mayor Theresa DiLibero:

1 / Perjury/Election Code (25§3502)
2 / False Swearing-Mislead Public Servant (18§4903§§A2)
3 / Unsworn Fals Auth Written Stmt (18§4904§§A1)
4 / False Statement/Under Penalty (18§4904§§B)
5 / Unlawful Voting (25§3533)


When a public official makes a false claim for residency I believe that it is usually to gain influence. I don’t have a personal interest in West Vincent Township or even Modena. But I do believe that the City of Coatesville has and has had a slew of public officials that lived elsewhere holding offices that required residency.

Coatesville is a tightly knit community. I drive around town and just observe. When you know people looking around makes a difference. You don’t follow the money here as much as follow the connections between people. I ask around about who is related to who. What people were friends as children; what organizations they belong to and so on. The answers to all of those questions combined with court records, deed records, criminal records, public statements and news articles can bring lots of pieces to the big puzzle together.

Maintaining the elaborate fiction that is sometimes needed to claim to live where you do not can take a lot of effort. More effort to maintain the illusion of residency usually means a bigger payoff for maintaining that illusion. There is a pot of gold to be found.

You can learn a lot just by following the connections between people in Coatesville; but maybe not enough to convict in a Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization trial. You need a money trail. Maybe the Chester County detectives and FBI forensic audit into the finances of the City of Coatesville will put some dollar signs to those connections between people.




“I’m not saying these guys, I’m just saying in general — but in every organized white-collar crime, you have to have a group of people bound by relationships that everybody believes are indestructible,” said Mr. Antar, 62, who was the chief financial officer of the Crazy Eddie discount electronics chain and the cousin of its namesake, Eddie Antar, who was also convicted of fraud.
Being tight-knit — normally considered a plus for any group — “that can work both ways,” he said. Cautioning again that he was speaking hypothetically, he added: 'When the F.B.I. gets a good grip on a guy who belongs to a network like that, it’s like, they can pull the string and the whole thing unravels.”


Monday, February 1, 2010

Just looking for information about other stuff and came upon this:

"United States District Court
Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:99-cv-03346-CN

represented by

WASHINGTON , DC 20005-4661

PHILA , PA 19106-2208

And this from Avvo - http://www.avvo.com:

“See sanction details This lawyer has been cited for professional misconduct by a state disciplinary authority.”
“New York Suspended
2006 02/06/2009
Dist. of Columbia Suspended
2005 10/02/2009”

We were already aware of this:

Admitted: 1981; Elkins Park (Pennsylvania)
Disbarment - 176 N.J. 506 (2003)
Decided: 6/20/2003
Richard J. Engelhardt for Attorney Ethics
Respondent failed to appear
The Supreme Court of New Jersey held that disbarment was the only appropriate discipline for an attorney who was disbarred in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for knowingly misappropriating clients’ trust funds in the amount of at least $139,500.


I can’t find anything like suspension or disbarment for Leslie Smallwood’s co-counsel Coatesville Attorney Michael Whitlow in the case for which she was disbarred; but then he is a Chester County Attorney.