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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.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
NATIONAL DISGRACE: We fully fund both sides of an all out war between Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican government
Thursday, January 27, 2011
You would think that the extreme and unusual weather events all over our earth and the specter of an underwater Manhattan Island and submerged Florida would prompt the end of reliance on fossil fuels.
But none of this makes the slightest dent in our pattern of energy use.
What is driving the push of auto makers to electric vehicles, more and more use of solar, wind wave power, geothermal and liquid fuels made from algae lies within the word we use to describe the fuel we convert into energy, fossil fuel. Fuel made by dinosaurs and the plants they ate millions of years ago.
The Chevy Volt To Be Available Nationwide By The End Of 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
“In particular it’s been my pleasure to work with the Coatesville Weed and Seed Steering Committee.
You’re probably familiar with what used to be the “A Team” for Weed and Seed.
About two years ago we decided that we needed restructure ourselves in the wake of some financial difficulty related to that steering committee. And myself the District Attorney’s office as well as a lot of people who are sitting out there in the audience with us, sat down and redrafted our bylaws. And our goal in particular was to make changes that would much more functional efficient steering committee that could really accomplish some things through collaboration for the community. And I’ve empathized collaboration, because what Weed and Seed is, is a partnership of local, state, and social services. It’s a collaborative process that assists in weeding out crime as well as putting in the good things that help a community to improve.
We have a coordinator Allen Smith and I think you are all familiar with him as an employee of the City. And he helps to coordinate the activities that are ongoing with regard to the four subcommittees of Weed and Seed as well as bringing in the community.
And some of the people that I am about to introduce you to are people in this community who work very, very closely with Weed and Seed and who help to get the word out there about the good things that are going on, not just with regard to Weed and Seed but with regard the City and this entire community.
But first I want to tell you about the kind of people we set out to find to participate in our Weed and Seed Steering Committee. We have representatives from the local school district, city government; Interim City Manager Ted Reed serves on that Steering Committee, social and human services and that’s a big part of why I’m here as well as other groups that you are going to hear from; businesses, we have a business owner Tyrone Harley on our Steering Committee. Local politicians; Senator Rafferty has a staff member who serves on the steering committee as well as members of the community of which there are seven.
I want to tell you that State as well as the Federal Weed and Seed program empathizes, and I think this is really important, that we have people who are part of the community working with us.
Let’s not forget the District Attorney’s office as well as the Coatesville Police Department. They are an integral part of weeding out crime asas assisting in the Seeding.
I’m going to briefly introduce our members:
Jim Tice with the US Attorney’s Office
Ted Reed our Interim City Manager
Lt. Rita Shesco, City of Coatesville Police
Cynthia Vickers-Wilson, Chester County District Attorney Office, Deputy District Attorney
Angelo Romeinello Jr. Director of the Coatesville Area School District
Reverend Sherry Compton, Episcopal Church of Coatesville
Tyrone Hawley who is a business owner here in the city (Mr. T’s Auto Coatesville, PA)
Francis Sheehan CEO of the Brandywine Health Foundation
Pastor Randal Harris who is Pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church and he is my Vice Chair."
“Are you going to answer that last question?” Saturday, May 8, 2010 Second Baptist Church, Coatesville, PA; Community Information Meeting
"Lee Bunting Coatesville Youth Initiative, Former Executive Director Brandywine YMCA
Ms. Meg Polvino Chester County Drug and Alcohol
Stephanie Smith Dowridge community resident
Mike Burnham community resident
Pamela Depte community resident
Chaya Scott community resident and Director of the Coatesville Youth Initiative
Bill Shaw Community Resident-Life Transforming Ministries Coatesville, PA
That’s our steering committee.
We also have sub-committees. And our sub-committees are really the gateway into the community and our way of bringing other community members into the community process.
We have a Community Policing Sub-committee and the Co-Chairperson of that is Officer Roger Ollis, Co-Chair John Pawlowski and Co-Chair Lorie Root (Guardian Angles)
We have the Law Enforcement Sub-Committee and the Chairperson there is Detective Gerald Pawling
The Probation Sub-Committee we have a vacancy there because of a change at the County. We have asked a member of the Chester County Department of Community Development to serve as our chair and they are about to appoint a new person.
We also have Prevention Incidents in Street Net and the Chairperson of that is Elder Alinda Eggleston."
Monday, January 24, 2011
Saturday, January 22, 2011
“WEST CHESTER — Pre-trial discussion of a “stop-snitching” video in a Coatesville murder case was put off Friday when the defendant who wants the video suppressed could not appear in Common Pleas Court.”
“Bortner granted attorney Evan Kelly’s request, and set Feb. 11 as the date for arguments over whether the video, titled “The Sequel” and showing Woods and Coatesville crime figure Duron “Gotti” Peoples allegedly discussing having those who cooperated with police murdered, can be used at trial.”
Published: Saturday, January 22, 2011
By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN
A CLIMATE OF FEAR BLANKETS COATESVILLE; that small town in Southern Italy with all the Mafia problems
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2010There is a rumor here in Coatesville that someone’s dad is allegedly saying “We won”
Friday, January 21, 2011
"The ethics commission rules, I won't say we ignored them, I'd just say more or less we weren't aware of them.’
West Brandywine does not retain a solicitor for its regular meetings, Obernier said, because officials there don't think it's worth the cost. ‘Most townships … pay $150 to $250 an hour to have a township solicitor sit in the meeting and guide the board through every little thing. We choose not to pay that and have never had a solicitor sit in a normal township meeting just simply not to pay the money."
FROM:Commission: Official's ethics violation was unintentional
Supervisor OK'd inappropriate payments
Friday, January 21, 2011
By KATRINA DIX
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The news about the MLK Day thwarted terrorist attack in Spokane, WA has finally hit the mainstream news tonight
You would think that news of what appears to have been a major terrorist attack with shrapnel filled shaped IED would have spread like wildfire around the world. What I expected it to be the leading story on all news media early this morning just broke on tonight’s evening news.
January 19, 2011 in News, City
Washington State has 15 potentially violent right wing extremist organizations:
Pennsylvania has 28 potentially violent right wing extremist organizations:
Hate Map Southern Poverty Law Center Pennsylvania
I believe that Corporations being legally the same as living persons is the holy grail of extremist conservatives.
The Washington Post
Wednesday, January 19, 2011; A14
“IF CORPORATIONS must be treated as "persons" for the purpose of campaign contributions - as the Supreme Court mandated last year in the infamous Citizens United decision - why shouldn't they also enjoy "personal privacy"?
This bizarre question is at the heart of a case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The case threatens to weaken an important tool used to hold government and corporations accountable.”
"Growth of the American Republic, the historians Morrison, Commager, and Leuchtenberg describe how in that era 'privilege controlled politics,' and “the purchase of votes, the corruption of election officials, the bribing of legislatures, the lobbying of special bills, and the flagrant disregard of laws threatened the very foundations of the country.”
2010 NOVEMBER 7
by Steve Beckow
Can the people promoting the undoing of the "New Deal" come in the form of University Law Professors?
“The punch line is this: How could we possibly run a society in which corporations did not have some rights of speech and of property?”
Richard Epstein · Sep. 30 at 5:02amAlthough they called themselves “Property Rights” advocates I believe that the real goal of the “Property Rights” movement was to abolish the “New Deal” and that advocating for “Property Rights” against Eminent Domain was a means to an end. I believe that Coatesville was just one of the victims of the “Property Rights” advocates march through local governments in the Conservative Republican “War against the New Deal”.
More about Mr. Epstein here:
“The regulatory takings movement appears to have its origins in the libertarian school of legal thought associated with the University of Chicago and epitomized by professor Richard Epstein. Epstein's 1985 book, Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain, provided the impetus for a regulatory takings legal and legislative strategy. It is useful to examine Epstein's writings, for although proponents of regulatory takings legislation invariably argue that the scope of such laws would be finite, Epstein openly asserts that his position on regulatory takings "invalidates much of the twentieth century legislation," including the National Labor Relations Act, minimum wage laws, civil rights legislation, virtually all government entitlement programs, and quite possibly Social Security. In fact, Epstein proposes to challenge the entire New Deal as "inconsistent with the principles of limited government and with the constitutional provisions designed to secure that end."
For instance, Epstein argues that minimum wage laws are ‘undoubted partial takings, with all the earmarks of class legislation, which requires their complete constitutional invalidation.’ Under regulatory takings doctrine, employers forced to pay a statutory minimum wage higher than wages set by free market forces suffer from a government takings of their property. ‘Collective bargaining,’ Epstein asserts, ‘is yet another system in which well-defined markets are displaced by complex common pool devices whose overall wealth effects are in all likelihood negative and whose disproportionate impact, especially on established firms, is enormous.’
…Also, if the state takings statutes now on the books are upheld by the courts, we may well find ourselves on the slippery slope toward the rollback of the New Deal advocated by Epstein. For, once regulatory takings doctrine is ruled constitutional, there is little to prevent its application beyond wetlands and wildlife protection to minimum wage laws, civil rights statutes, and other public interest legislation.”
by Tarso Ramos
Swiss Banker’s WikiLeaks might be “good to know” information for law enforcement intelligence officers tracking money laundering
“In a news conference at London's Frontline club, Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer gives what he says are details tax evasion by the rich and famous to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, before flying home to stand trial over his actions”
“Mr. Elmer, who previously provided documents from his former employer to national tax authorities including the Internal Revenue Service in the United States, said he had turned to WikiLeaks to “educate society” about what he considers an unfair system that serves the rich and aids those who seek to launder money.”
“The man in the street needs to know how this system works,”'he said, referring to the offshore trusts that many “high net worth individuals” around the world use to evade taxes."
By RAVI SOMAIYA and JULIA WERDIGIER
Published: January 17, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
South Africa Reconciliation:
Sunday, January 16, 2011
In a letter dated "May 17, 2007" former Coatesville Police Chief Matthews announced to District Attorney Joe Carroll that he was laying off 6 Coatesville officers. Sensing their jobs were at risk, 14 police officers left on their own. I believe the arson fires were a direct result of loosing those officers.
Our Chester County District Attorney’s office is doing an excellent job. The DA candidates are top notch. Why the infighting?
Saturday, January 15, 2011
It looks like Barry Cassidy may be seriously looking to take a pay cut to be the next Coatesville City Manager
From today's Phoenix
Friday, January 14, 2011
Below is my transcription of the comments of Keith Gargus. I sometimes make mistakes in transcription so listen along:
“It was common knowledge both on the government side and the sales side that three years software was an end-run against open bids and it was also a sucker play basically, usually unethical. I am not saying that happened here but no one has disproved it or explained how they came to the determination to pick this particular software and in particular, this particular deal.
It isn' free because I think there is a number, either $8,700.00 or $7,800.00 for training. So it’s not free. And that same thing training; no one talked about who is getting trained, but I suspect that the consultants are being trained. And what happens when you train a consultant, he becomes a friend, he’s the person you work with. In essence he becomes indispensable and he becomes an employee. So whether you like it or not or you had any intention you are going to have a hard time getting rid of the person in a year.
One of the really uncertain things is the fact that you are not you are not going to enter the cities finances and full system simultaneously. What that’s going to do is basically everything is going to be in this new system. If you decide you don’t like it or you decide to go back to the old system you’re not going to be able to.
There are a lot of things that you need to consider here before you go very much further. If this system is not what you want. The other thing is, that disturbed me is he (Mr. McKensie) admitted or I think, one of the city council people brought it up; that the statements looked exactly like the old system from three years ago that we abandoned. Well it likely is the same system and again I’d welcome the administration to refute what I am saying.
The last thing that I want to say is: I am very disturbed about the fact that our financial consultant is making a financial consultant’s wage, what ever that is, and no one will tell us. But I suspect that after talking to current software people it’s probably the equivalent to about three quarters of a year salary. So you have to make the determination that do you want this guy at this consultant fee indefinitely while maintaining our financial officer to stay home at $80,000 or do you want .. And I welcome someone to refute me."
I also attached a recording of The City of Coatesville’s Financial Consultant Donald McKensie. The City of Coatesville’s Financial Consultant is presenting February and January’s expense and quarterly budget and year to date budget. The other voice is that of Coatesville City Manager Harry G Walker. The city council members received a document to follow along. There were no questions asked.
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Klansmen operating in Parkesburg, PA were arrested and later convicted:
"Residents may not have noticed them, but they were here when they set off pipe bombs, test-fired machine guns and taught bomb-making classes.
They blended right in
‘They look like us. They sound like us. They are us,’ said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Hogan Jr., assigned to coordinate investigations and prosecute cases with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Before international terrorists took the spotlight, there were men like Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, a domestic terrorist executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001, for the attack that killed 168 people and wounded hundreds more
‘To effectively combat terrorism, whether international or domestic, what you need are human sources -- spies, informants,’ explained Hogan. ‘They need to penetrate into the terrorist organization on a long-term basis.’
Obtaining such inside information was critical in convicting David Wayne Hull -- a self-declared Imperial Wizard of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who operated a "cell" in western Chester County -- of a number of weapons charges, witness tampering and a charge of instructing others how to use a pipe bomb in furtherance of a federal crime.”
Published: Friday, February 25, 2005
By GINA ZOTTI
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Coatesville City Council-AMENDING: Police Pensions, Firefighters Pensions, Personnel Policies and the Licensing of Contractors
The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA
City code correction made under ex-chief
Thursday, January 13, 2011
By KATRINA DIX, Staff Writer
I can’t say if the City of Coatesville’s former City Solicitor Andrew Lehr was consulted concerning Mr. Matthew’s contract or Chief Canale’s contract.
One difference between Mr. Lehr’s working style and Coatesville City Solicitor John Carnes working style was to me, visually apparent. Nearly every instance when Mr. John Carnes is asked a question he takes the time to look among the 40 lbs. or so of legal documents he brings to every meeting. Understand that I’m only going by memory here; but as I remember it much of the time Mr. Andrew Lehr appeared to be winging it.
Not particularly concerning the items voted on; but I believe a lot of stuff, mostly about “cash flow” concerning the old Coatesville Administration and old Coatesville Council is brewing under the surface, kind of like a volcano.
The discussion and voting concerning Chief Canale’s pension plan are a part of the recording below.
FROM THE COATESVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF JANUARY 10, 2010
The Action Items in this recording are:
"2. Receive and Consider a Second Reading and Final Reading an Ordinance of the City of Coatesville, Chester County Pennsylvania, amending Chapter 35 of the Administrative Code, which is entitled “Personnel Policies,” to revise certain definitions contained therein, and to revise provisions of the code concerning job qualifications, transfer of employees, disciplinary actions and appeals, hours of work and benefits, and replacing all other Ordinances, or parts of Ordinances, in consistent therewith
3. Receive and Consider First Reading and Ordinance amending Chapter 84, “Building Contractors”, Licensing of” of the General Laws of the City of Coatesville, narrowing the application of a licensing fee to contractors engaged in Commercial Construction, providing for the registration of all contractors engaged in business within the City of Coatesville for the purpose of providing insurance certificates, defining the term registration of contractors, providing for the establishment of the application requirements and fees, and providing for penalties for violations.
4. Receive and Consider Resolution amending Coatesville Firefighters Pension Plan
5. Receive and Consider Resolution amending Police Pension Plan
6. Receive and Consider Police Pension Plan – Plan Revision Guide"Here is a recording of the entire discussion and voting:
Employee policy firefighters police pension.mp3