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  • * A QUICK TURNAROUND!

    Posted on January 19th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    *      This comment just in:
           Odds for Steadman 1-1. Odds for the field 100-1.
           Yup! That just about sums it up. They were going to “backdoor” him. Oh, my! The games that get played in Lancaster County!
    Have a safe and happy Friday!

    CANDIDATES TO BE JUDGE!

                  

          Two days after stating their names would not be released, State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martiin have released the names of nine of the potential candidates to be a Lancaster County Judge (the 10th candidate has not yet “agreed” to have their name released).
          Just say “no” to District Attorney Craig Stedman and District Judge Jayne Duncan!
    There will be much more coming later today and click here to read the LNP article.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ASK MAYOR SORACE!

    Posted on January 18th, 2018 Becky No comments

    RELEASE THE NAMES! – 2

         Jake Smeltz , State Senator Ryan Aument’s Chief of Staff, is good at his job. And I mean that honestly. He spent close to a half hour on the phone with me yesterday afternoon patiently explaining why State Senators Aument and Scott Martin were not – at least at this time – releasing the names of the 10 candidates they are interviewing to potentially fill a judgeship in the Lancaster County Court.
         And we got specific. He asked if I wanted to “cherry-pick” the names and if there were any names I was specifically looking for. I said District Attorney Craig Stedman for one and made it clear that I was not at all in favor. But I also said I want to see all the names because I might recognize some as attorneys I have some knowledge of, and if I did not recognize their names, I could then research them. And the same obviously goes for every member of the public.
         He said Governor Wolf can pick anyone he wants to but we both agreed with 67 counties in PA, Wolf could not possibly know all the individuals involved in such situations and would look for help in finding a qualified candidate that needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
         Smeltz said some of the 10 candidates have had “judicial screening,” meaning a review and a rating by the Lancaster Bar Association because they have previously indicated they wanted to run to be a judge. He said of those that have not it “may come up” and they may be so “vetted.”
         He also said the Senators in “fairness” had opened this up to “everyone – Democrats and Republicans.”
         He said the candidates will be asked during their interviews, which began today, whether they approve of their name being released to the press and if they do, that will probably happen.
         When he was reminded that we live in a Democracy, he said this is a “Constitutional process” to fill a vacancy until 2019 when the judge position will be permanently filled through the election process.
         Once again, I appreciate the patience and professionalism of Smeltz, but nothing he said came close to convincing me that the names should not be released to the public as they have an absolute right and need to know.
    There will be more on this in the coming days.
       

    **** 

    WHAT IS THE STATUS?

    Posted on the “LanCity Connect” Facebook page yesterday with no answer provided.

         When is someone going to tell the public the status of LanCity Connect? Where is the $4.7 million the city gave and loaned to MAW Communications?
    That and my discussion with Jack Smeltz regarding filling the Lancaster County Judge position will be coming later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LNP GETS SOMETHING RIGHT!

    Posted on January 17th, 2018 Becky 5 comments

    UPDATE – 3:38 pm – I just got off the phone following a long conversation with Jake Smeltz, Chief of Staff for State Senator Ryan Aument. He said Aument and Senator Scott Martin are not releasing the names of the ten candidates for Lancaster County Judge at this time. He did say that their interviews with the individual candidates will begin tomorrow.
    And there will be much more tomorrow.

    RELEASE THE NAMES!

         You could knock me over with a feather! LNP actually does something right! Click here for today’s editorial, “Sens. Aument and Martin: Name the candidates seeking to be Common Pleas judge.”  
         I will follow-up today to see when those names will be released!
    Please check back later today.     

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * ALL I’M ASKIN’…

    Posted on January 16th, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    DISCRIMINATION FOR YEARS!

         Becky, we can go back and forth regarding LNP and never come to much common ground. To blame them for all of the perils which have befallen the minority population in Lancaster going back generations is absurd. I get it. You hate them but nothing is all the fault of a single organization such as LNP.
         I have printed this comment that came in several weeks ago before. LNP has been running these absurd full pages ads for themselves:
          They are the only coverage in Lancaster County! What in the hell are they talking about?
          And as such, they have incredible power. And I plan to make a forceful case that they are to blame for all of the perils that have befallen the minority population in Lancaster going back generations.
         Let’s begin with one of the absolutely most fundamental and most important – the justice system.
    —  They have never questioned the all white juries in Lancaster County. Never!
    —  They have never questioned the huge disparities in bail amounts and the sentences given in Lancaster County courts based on race! Never!
    —  I asked many years ago how an LNP reporter could walk the two blocks from their office to the courthouse, see the diversity in Penn Square, and then walk into that courthouse and see nothing but white and not raise any questions. And it almost goes without saying that every reporter LNP has ever sent to that courthouse was/is white.
    —  I was so shocked by this that in April of 2012 I put in Right to Know requests. Some of the results are below and I plan to put in new ones this year (click here for the original).

         Any decent newspaper with an editorial staff that reflected the diversity of the community they serve would have questioned this years ago. But the owners and top editors at LNP have no desire to change the status quo. They like their staff and the decision makers to be white!
    To be continued…

    ****

    **   Gold digger. Padilla waited till she knew that Reese no longer had her flirtatious replies – than she rips off every tax payer with her gold digging. Absolutely despicable tactic. I hope she lost it all to lawyer fee’s
    Posted as a comment on Lancaster Online under the article about the settlement with former Sheriff Mark Reese.
         This is an absolute lie by an internet troll! There were no “flirtatious replies!”
         This was also posted as a comment:
         I heard what he did was to tell her she was pretty.
         Boy, are you misinformed! Attorney Joshua Voss said in court of the emails Reese sent her: ““They would make Larry Flynt jealous!” That is not overstated!
          This comment on LNP’s Facebook page hits the mark:
          Good for her. She went through enough ridiculousness and tried over and over to have it handled appropriately.
         Exactly. This woman was very brave!

    *****

    WHERE IS STEDMAN?

    A Letter-to-the-Editor of NewsLanc.com (click here).

    *    Why isn’t District Attorney Craig Stedman investigating this fraud? Why has LNP failed to report on this $4.7 million debacle?

    *****

    IS FOR A LITTLE RESPECT!

         Mark Lamont Hill is speaking at the MLK breakfast today. I just learned this. Would have loved to fill him in, prior to his speech, on the hiring history of the LNP which I’m sure has their fingers in that breakfast.
    This comment in yesterday.
         Exactly! LNP is the major reasons for the racism and inequality in Lancaster County!
         And, yes, LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy was tweeting from the breakfast yesterday morning. The most amazing and despicable thing about that – LNP would not hire her own two adopted daughters because of their race. Can you even imagine the hypocrisy?
    WHAT TOOK SO LONG?
         LNP finally put the settlement against former Sheriff Mark Reese –  $125,000 – on their front page and are running it as an “insider” story online (click here). And a comment Jessica Padilla’s attorney made to me involved race and that will be coming.
    SHOW US SOME RESPECT!
          They do not intend to release the names of the applicants “out of respect for those who contacted them,” but said they are “very pleased with the quality of those who asked to be considered,” according to a statement provided by Aument’s chief of staff, Jake Smeltz.
    From today’s LNP article, “10 candidates are in the running to replace Lancaster County Judge Hoberg,” (click here).
         That is unacceptable. This is for a judgeship – normally an elected position. “Respect” has nothing whatsoever to do with this! The public and LNP should demand to know! The article goes on to state:
         No candidates have publicly come forward to announce they are seeking the judicial seat. That includes District Attorney Craig Stedman, who lost a tight statewide race for State Superior Court, in November. Stedman did not return a request for comment Monday.
         Who didn’t see that coming? Absolutely not! Governor Wolf needs to be made aware of Stedman’s terrible record and State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin need to have respect for the public they serve and release the names now!
    Please check back later today.   
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY!

    Posted on January 15th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

    DEMONSTRATE
    FOR JUSTICE!

    (Click here and see below for more details on today’s rally)
    *
         There is a picture of a black woman and a black man on the front page of this morning’s LNP and they are not charged with a crime – it must be Martin Luther King Day!
         It is! And you can watch the entire NAACP’s annual Martin Luther King Service last night thanks to Tony Dastra on his “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). Mayor Danene Sorace spoke and there will be more on that to come.
         The black man on the front page of LNP today is former mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler who also announced the very important rally today at Binn’s Park. Of all days, there could not be a better day to protest State Senator Scott Martin’s horrific bill trying to curtail protests and demonstrations!
         The rally begins today at noon in Binn’s Park:
          The rally will target a bill (SB754), currently being considered in the PA Senate, that seeks to charge protesters for response costs at demonstrations. The Pennsylvania ACLU has already warned against the bill’s “chilling effect” on Constitutionally protected free speech and assembly. The bill’s lead sponsor is Senator Scott Martin (13th District), whose local office is located in Lancaster City.
    Slated Speakers:
    Kevin Ressler (Lancaster Action Now Coalition),
    Shayna Watson (Lancaster NAACP),
    Ismail Smith-Wade-El (City Council, Lancaster Community Action Partnership),
    Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck (LAP, CMCL),
    Andy Hoover (ACLUPA)
    Please check back later today.
  • * 1-14-18 UPDATE – WHY DON’T WE KNOW?

    Posted on January 13th, 2018 Becky 6 comments
    *    The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a very interesting perspective piece recently, “How the news media distorts black families.” (click here).
          From the print edition of Friday’s LNP on page A-6 below, the story about Walmart raising starting wages is accompanied by a picture of two black men; the golf club story is accompanied by a picture of a white man golfing.

    UPDATE 1-14-18

    THE SALVATION ARMY!

         From the “Determination” by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attached to the lawsuit:

    ******

    LAWSUIT IS VERY RECENT!

    **  The below is not an old lawsuit. It was filed on September 10th of 2015. In October of 2014 the EEOC issued a decision which sided with Burgess and opened the door for her suit.
         The case was dismissed on August 24th, 2016 because a settlement between the parties had been reached. I hope to find out how much the county paid.
         I found this case “by accident.” It is absolutely shocking that this went on and the public has no knowledge of it. Absolutely shocking. Why wasn’t the public informed?

    [Editor’s note: As noted by a commenter, I believe Donald E. Shoffstall is repeatedly misspelled in the lawsuit. The lawsuit early on also states that he is “now deceased.”]

    “HOSTILE WORKPLACE”

                          

                             Randall Wenger                            Bailey Tshudy

                                     

    INTOLERABLE DISCRIMINATION

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * REVOKE THEIR PRESS CREDENTIALS! – 2

    Posted on January 12th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    TWO FRIDAY QUESTIONS

          There are a lot of questions this rainy Friday afternoon and two of the big ones are:
    —  Is The Caucus still being published by LNP? Its one year anniversary was the first week in January and their Twitter account and those of the reporters have been basically quiet about it. A newsstand in Harrisburg told me it was not delivered last Tuesday – the normal day for a new issue of the weekly newspaper to be published. How did LNP expect a print only, very expensive publication to survive in 2017/18?
    —  Is “investigative reporter” Susan Baldrige still employed by LNP? Her name has been removed from their “Contact Us” tab and there’s been nothing in writing from her in several weeks. William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP has been zeroing in on Baldrige’s emails with John Nodecker, the Manheim Township Superintendent who was removed for sexual misconduct. Hmmm… 
          I will try to get answers to these and other questions in the upcoming days.
    Have a safe and happy Friday!

    *******

    **   Speaking of Michael Deibert, remember the below article from the front page of LNP’s print edition on January 3rd? Well, the suit did settle on January 9th! Where is LNP’s coverage? Maybe Deibert is overseas hawking his latest book?
          (The article is online as an “insider” story – click here.)

    ****

    *     I enjoy this photo from the editorial board’s interview of Sorace. Look at Barbara Hough Roda’s face as she looks at new “investigative reporter” Michael Deibert. Both she and Suzanne Cassidy (far right) are looking at him as if to say, “You thought this was a real newspaper? Oh, no – this is a greedy, lying, corrupt and racist company run by the Steinman family! We tricked you!”
         The back of the head belongs to “reporter” Jeff Hawkes who should just be totally ashamed of his failure to serve and protect the public.

    LNP: SERVING THEMSELVES!

    OUTRAGEOUS OMISSIONS!

          

          LNP does it again (click here for today’s absurd and disgusting editorial about Mayor Danene Sorace)!
         This is just unbelievable! Not a word about the $4.7 million to MAW Communications or the huge settlement with the EPA (which revealed the city was not telling the citizens the truth about the quality of the water) which will cost millions and millions of dollars. 
         The highest and primary obligation of ethical journalism is to serve the public. LNP only serves themselves.
         I have posted two comments which appeared under the original article when LNP “interviewed” Sorace. They later put up a different version of the story as an “insider” article without the two comments.
    Please check back later today.    

  • * HORRIFIC SEXUAL HARASSMENT

    Posted on January 11th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

     *    From July 24, 2017 on this site, “I SPOKE UP,” (click here for the original):   

         Jessica Padilla testified in this morning’s emergency hearing to enjoin Sheriff Reese from entering the Sheriff’s Office. Her federal lawsuit against Reese with the emails attached was introduced and she was asked if they were true and accurate. She said, “Yes.”
          She testified the emails were personal and sexual and all of them were specific to her. “He was thinking of me,” she testified.
         Asked about her reaction when she found out Reese might be returning to the office, she said she “freaked out. I couldn’t believe it. For me, it was like a slap in the face. We didn’t think he could come back.”
    She said she believed it would be “disruptive” if Reese returned and said “anything could happen.” Regarding herself, she said she feared possible retaliation because she said, “we are where we are today because I spoke up.”

    JUSTICE FOR PADILLA!

    Jessica Padilla

         “They are some of the raunchiest emails you will ever read,” Philadelphia Attorney Joshua Voss told a Lancaster court in July about the emails former Sheriff Mark Reese sent to his employee, Jessica Padilla. He was working for State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott Martin trying to force Reese out of office.
         On Tuesday of this week, Jessica Padilla reached a court settlement with Reese in her sexual harassment lawsuit. Padilla’s attorney, Jared A. Jacobson, told me yesterday by phone that the settlement amount should be public information. I hope to have that later today.
          And, yes, they are the raunchiest emails you will ever read.
    Please check back later today.

  • * UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS **** SORACE SNAPS AT DASTRA!

    Posted on January 10th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    —  5:15 pm – I just spoke with attorney Jared A. Jacobson of Jacobson & Rooks LLC who represent Jessica Padilla. The case has settled. There will be more tomorrow.

    —  ADDITIONAL UPDATE There is a question whether Jessica Padilla’s lawsuit against former Sheriff Mark Reese and the County of Lancaster is totally settled. The order signed by the judge yesterday and published below dismisses the County of Lancaster from the suit (see Christina Hausner’s email also below). Does this order also mean that a settlement was reached between Padilla and Mark Reese?
         I have multiple calls in to various parties to obtain an absolute answer to that question. To the best of my current knowledge, the judge’s order indicates that a settlement was reached between the remaining parties to the action. I hope to be able to conclusively verify that shortly.

    *** UPDATE ***

         This email in from Christina Hausner, Lancaster County Solicitor:

    On January 9, 2018, United States Magistrate Judge Henry S. Perkin ordered that Lancaster County be dismissed as a party to the lawsuit filed in federal court last year by Plaintiff Jessica Padilla.   

    Ms. Padilla had in her lawsuit named both the County and Sheriff Mark Reese as defendants, and alleged harm as a result of Sheriff Reese’s sexual harassment.  As soon as the County was notified of Reese’s conduct, the County immediately initiated an investigation, insured that Reese did not return to the Sheriff’s office, restricted Reese’s access to County buildings and email and recovered all County property from him.  Because of the County’s prompt and effective actions, it is appropriate that Plaintiff’s Complaint against the County was dismissed.  

    We are pleased that this litigation is over for the County, and that no additional County resources need be utilized in defense of the lawsuit.  The County will continue its strong commitment to provide a work environment free from discrimination and harassment by providing training and encouraging prompt reporting of any violations of County policy.   

    Any resolution of the lawsuit between Ms. Padilla and Mark Reese in his capacity as a former independently elected official is a matter between those parties and Travelers Insurance Company.  Any resolution will not be with County funds and will not involve County approval.   

    Christina L. Hausner
    Lancaster County Solicitor

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    PADILLA WINS SETTLEMENT

    Padilla

          A settlement was reached yesterday in Jessica Padilla’s federal lawsuit against former Sheriff Mark Reese for sexual harassment. It is unknown if the amount of the settlement will be released to the public.

    *****

    “ONLY FIVE DAYS!”

                    

         City council met twice last night and you can watch both meetings here. The committee meeting was held before the city council meeting. It was rescheduled from Monday night due to the weather.
         New Mayor Danene Sorace snapped angrily at Tony Dastra who live-streams the meetings and ran for mayor as an Independent. “I’ve only been in office five days, Mr. Dastra!” she told him in response to a question about the CRIZ and 101NQ.
         I thought her whole campaign was based on the premise that she was ready to hit the ground running having been on city council for four years?
         Dastra held his ground and for once, there were many members of the public in attendance, opposing the new garage and speaking up.
          Is change in the wind?
    Please check back later today.

  • * – *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * REVOKE THEIR PRESS CREDENTIALS

    Posted on January 9th, 2018 Becky 2 comments

     Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will be back tomorrow.

    **   It was just suggested to me that LNP is using MAW Communications (LanCity Connect) for their broadband service! How much money has MAW given to LNP? Why was this sign in the LNP boardroom when they interviewed Lloyd Smucker in August (click here)? What was MAW “sponsoring?”

     

    — 8:29 am – LNP just made the story an “insider” story online and deleted the two comments that were under under it!

    CONNED AGAIN!

    WHERE IS THE $4.7 MILLION?

    From today’s LNP print edition on page A-3 (click here to read it online).

         It was “nice” of LNP to prove my point without a single doubt yesterday in their “interview” of new Mayor Danene Sorace. There was not a mention of one of the biggest cons in years and the city’s mismanagement of millions of dollars given and loaned to MAW Communications. 
         The only thing that surpasses it recently is the city’s “gift” of millions of dollars in CRIZ money to LNP for the truest con – their convention center/Marriott Hotel expansion.
         As a commenter states under the article on Lancaster Online: “Their “press” credentials should be REVOKED!”
         Actually, they should have been revoked years and years ago.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH!

    Posted on January 8th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    COMPLETE FRAUDS!

         That was one of the most ridiculous and sickening things I have seen. These LNP editors and reporters break every code of journalism ethics in this country every single day.
         Oh, and “congratulations” to Michael Deibert (pictured far left below), like everyone else in the photo you are a complete fraud!
         There will be more tomorrow!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    HYPOCRISY DOUBLED!

         Oh, this is rich! The LNP “Editorial Board” is going to interview new mayor Danene Sorace (click here)! The woman who led the charge to give racist LNP millions of CRIZ dollars for their Marriott Hotel expansion to make sure she got into the mayor’s office.
         Will they ask her about MAW Communications (see the comment below posted under the LNP story, “Why cable bills are rising again and what can you do,” (click here)?  Will LNP tell the public how much money they received from MAW Communications to “sponsor” their “Concerts on King” series?

     

    ***

    ABSOLUTE HYPOCRISY!

    ***

         Tweets from LNP Opinion Editor Suzanne Cassidy yesterday.

         Has there ever been a bigger hypocrite? If Trump knew about LNP, he would put them at the top of his “Fake News” list!
    Please check back later today.

  • LNP: BUYING OFF POLITICIANS &

    Posted on January 7th, 2018 Becky No comments

    RAPING TAXPAYERS!

         …they [The Steinman family and their company, LNP] are buying off politicians and raping taxpayers.
    Part of a comment into this site under the post “SNOWY SHADES OF GRAY!” below.
         That is exactly what the Steinmans are doing and they have been doing it for years! They are by no definition or any code of journalism ethics a legitimate media outlet; they are a greedy, corrupt, lying and racist company that is masquerading as a news organization to cover their filthy and illegal acts.
         And in the coming days, I plan to prove that without a doubt.
  • SHUT IT, BARRY!

    Posted on January 7th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    & A POLITICAL VORTEX?

         This site kindly and respectfully requests Barry in Winnipeg cease and desist immediately from discussing weather conditions in Winnipeg, Canada or he will face fire and fury from us in the states.
         The good news: There is light at the end of the vortex and Trump is “a very stable genius!”
         Oh, happy Sunday! Please check back later today.

  • * WHERE IS THE MONEY MAW & LNP?

    Posted on January 5th, 2018 Becky 6 comments

     —   It is cold and I also have one. Be warm and safe and please check back tomorrow!

    CONNECTING THE DOTS…

          One of the four principles of journalism from the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists (click here).

         Where is the truth about MAW Communications and LanCity Connect, LNP? When are you going to inform the public of the truth?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * SNOWY SHADES OF GRAY!

    Posted on January 4th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    ACT INDEPENDENTLY

         The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.
    From the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics (click here).
         One of those four principles, and one named in every Journalism Code of Ethics in this country, is below. LNP is breaking this basic principle every single day!

    ******

    *    From the editorial:

    HE GAVE LNP MONEY!

         Today’s LNP editorial from the print edition (click here to read it online).

         What former Mayor Rick Gray did was give LNP money, money and more money. They should have titled this, “Our Money Years.” What a disgrace! Where’s your journalism code of ethics, LNP?
    Please check back later to day.

  • ** – * THE CLONE IS IN!

    Posted on January 3rd, 2018 Becky 2 comments

    — Preparing for the storm! LIP News will be back tomorrow. —

    VALIDATING TRUMP!

    **   Shouldn’t an “internationally acclaimed author and journalist” have more than 4071 twitter followers – especially since Michael Deibert is obviously a prolific tweeter?
         And he tweets about how important journalism is and slams Trump constantly – and yet, he is working for a “news organization,” LNP, that validates Trump’s statements about a dishonest press. And he tweets repeatedly about racial equality and he is working for blatantly racist LNP?
          Does he need the money that badly that he is willing to go against everything he claims to believe in or is something else going on?

    CAN YOU HELP, TOM?

    Posted on NewsLanc’s Facebook page under an article stating the city released some of the records requested by Robert Field but not all.

         Can you help, Tom Murse, editor of LNP and “The Caucus?” Can you investigate why they won’t release the documents? Can you help?

    ****

    LEGENDS?

    Michael Deibert

         You can watch last night’s mayoral inauguration of Danene Sorace, Rick Gray’s clone, on Tony Dastra’s Facebook page (click here). There is almost no change – Randy Patterson, Charlotte Katzenmoyer and Patrick Hopkins are still in. Pat Brogan will be out in March and Matt Johnson will take her place as chief of staff. Cheryl Holland-Jones was voted in to remain as the city treasurer.
         Three new council members were sworn in and James Reichenbach (Mr. “thank you” and “plight of the tuk tuk”) was voted in as council president.
         In the next week I will be filing Right-to-Know requests for the amount of money the city has spent on the D.C. law firm they hired to “fight” PP&L and also the Lancaster firm representing the city against Robert Field of NewsLanc who requested documents regarding the city and the CRIZ award to LNP and High Industries for their Marriott Hotel expansion.

    Prince

          And who is the law firm of Prince Law Offices P.C. who represented MAW Communications in the December 12th hearing before a judge in Allentown? Unbelievably, they still have a Right-to-Know case against the city of Lancaster and it has to do with guns! And apparently the Lancaster Police think it’s okay for a bar owner to fire a shot in a crowded bar on New Years eve! Imagine that? Oh, and attorney Joshua Prince won a case against D.A. Craig Stedman in the Superior Court of PA! The irony!
           And is author Michael Deibert a legend in his own mind? Why is he employed by LNP as an “investigative reporter?” Hmmm…
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** -*** -** – * INAUGURATION TONIGHT

    Posted on January 2nd, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    CORRUPTION EVERYWHERE!

    Sorace

         When is District Attorney Craig Stedman going to open an investigation into MAW Communications and fraud? Will the State Attorney General’s Office get involved?
         How will the City of Lancaster recoup the millions of dollars they have given and loaned to MAW? When will we learn how much MAW paid in hush money to LNP to keep them “quiet?” Will LNP apologize and give the money back to the public? Will the top editors resign?
          If you go to tonight’s inauguration, you might want to ask new mayor Danene Sorace and the city council members who said “aye” to this absurd and utterly disgusting debacle those questions! There will be much more tomorrow.

    *****

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    “UNSAFE”
    “REMOVING”

         The below is an email response from Paul Wirth, media spokesperson for PP&L, following a phone conversation we had this morning. He also confirmed the court Agreement I posted yesterday is valid and true. 

    ****

    Becky – here is a response to your questions. Paul.

    PPL Electric Utilities is moving forward under the terms of the court agreement. 

    MAW has attached wires to PPL’s poles for the LanCity Connect project. 

    MAW did so without authorization from PPL. 

    Some of these attachments are unsafe. They are hazardous for PPL line crews, and for the public. 

    We will be removing these unsafe and unauthorized pole attachments.

    Hundreds of other companies have followed PPL’s routine pole attachment process to successfully build communications infrastructure.

    MAW’s refusal to do so puts the LanCity Connect project at risk.

    ******

    ***  Finally, here it is – “Lancaster restaurant employee fires gunshot inside bar at New Year’s Eve event,” (click here).
             Thank you to the commenter under the post below who brought this story to our attention!       

    ** LNP just went up with this “insider” story (click here). Actually, 325 people have signed it and you can read and sign it here. This is another case where the mayor and city council don’t give a hoot what the public thinks. In the last city council meeting, Randy Patterson treated the garage as a done deal. Completely, absolutely done! Tell these crooks to stop now!

    *    This comment in from “huh?” several days ago in response to a commenter’s question about Tony Dastra’s qualifications to be the new City Treasurer:
         Interested, I get the feeling that Becky’s support of Dastra is not personal or an insider deal. I get the feeling that Becky’s support is more on the order of anything is better than the usual insider cast of characters.
          Given a position of respect, Dastra could learn while he earns. It may sound naive but it is preferable to me than another person with foregone conclusions and a puppet taking the treasurer spot. The lifers like Brogan and Patterson have had free reign for too long and no one that they have to answer to.

    Dastra

           That pretty much nails it. I don’t think the City Treasurer really does that much – apparently being on the Pension Boards is their biggest duty – besides “signing” checks. The job is part-time and pays $8,500. We have to get someone new and honest in there to learn and keep an eye on these crooks. Yes, I said “crooks” and there will be much more on Brogan, Patterson, Hopkins and Katzenmoyer later today.

    *****

    CHANGING OF THE GUARD?


    (Click here)

         According to the last city council meeting, following the inauguration of the new mayor and city council members, they will vote for the new Lancaster City Treasurer.
    Please check back later today.

  • * NOT THE WAY TO START A NEW YEAR!

    Posted on January 1st, 2018 Becky 13 comments

    “ALL WORK WILL CEASE”

    *     I received a transcript of an Agreement between PPL Electric and MAW Communications made in a hearing on December 12 before the Honorable Edward D. Reibman in the mail (thank you). It looks legitimate but I will absolutely confirm it tomorrow. Several points from it:
     —  MAW was represented in the hearing leading to the Agreement by attorneys Eric E. Winter and Jeffrey A. Franklin of the law firm of Prince Law Offices P.C. If you recognize that name, there’s a good reason! There will be more on them to follow and your money is being used to pay their bills.
    —-  The “Agreement” reads in part:
         All work will cease pending further approval from PP&L. So that means no new attachments, no splicing work of any kind will be permitted on anything that attaches to a PP&L pole.
         With regard to exigent safety issues, we have agreed that as identified by PP&L, MAW will have two business days to respond with either approval of proposed work for exigent safety issues, or an objection.
          If an objection is provided by MAW, it will be referred to the PUC’s electric safety personnel who will make a kind ombudsman decision on whether or not there is a safety issue that requires the work proposed by PP&L.  PP&L has agreed to consider remediation, as opposed to full removal of facilities, but they retain the discretion to remove regardless of disagreement.
          PP&L has committed to starting to provide feedback on all identified poles by the end of this month, the last business day of this month, the 29th, and intends to provide a full feedback on all identified attachments by January 15th. If weather, or the number of attachments is great enough that they need additional time, they will provide notice and communicate with the other parties in the matter.

    *****

    MAKING LNP MONEY!

          Have mercy! Imagine waking up to a New Year and seeing this on the front page of today’s print LNP?  What Mayor Gray did was give money and more money and more money to LNP!
         Happy New Year and if you have to read this piece of crap, click here!

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR! – 12-30-17 UPDATE – AFTERNOON UPDATE – LNP: ALWAYS LYING!

    Posted on December 29th, 2017 Becky 10 comments

    LNP: ALWAYS LYING!

         On page A-14 of today’s print edition, LNP has the unmitigated gall to run a full page ad for themselves (screenshots of the top and bottom of the page are below). “World-class journalism” my butt! Oh, my heavens, these people are liars!
         Have a great New Year and please check back on Tuesday, January 2nd for the 10 biggest lies LNP has told this past year!

     

    ***

    UPDATE – 12-30-17  – There is an excellent Letter to the Editor in LNP today about MAW Communications and LanCity Connect – click here for “City residents deserve answers.”

    ***

    THE MOST BASIC
    QUESTION: UNANSWERED!

          Based on conservative extrapolations of rollouts elsewhere, MAW is projecting an initial customer base of 4,000, followed by 2 percent annual growth, Hopkins [Patrick Hopkins the Director of Administrative Services for the city] said.
    From the LNP article in March by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why,” (click here).       
         Where has MAW “rolled out” before? I asked this question months ago and a Lancaster City resident asked this question of city council in their 12-19-17 meeting. Why doesn’t the public have an answer to this simple question? Exactly when and where has MAW “rolled out” before, LNP and Stuhldreher? Could you ask Hopkins and mayor-elect Danene Sorace who is the finance chair of city council?
         Wouldn’t you want to know that before you loan a company $1.5 million of the taxpayers money on top of paying them another $3.2 million? Where is the answer to this obvious, basic question, LNP and Stuhldreher? Isn’t that your job?
    *******    

    RING THEM OUT!

         LNP – your “community newspaper,” has lied to you in the last two weeks about the quality of the water in the city of Lancaster and the millions of dollars the city has mismanaged regarding stormwater overflow, and they have lied about MAW Communications who has received $4.7 million dollars to install an internet broadband connection for the city that is at a standstill and going nowhere.
         When you ring in the New Year, ring out this racist, corrupt, greedy, lying and unethical company! Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * WHO HOLDS THE POLICE ACCOUNTABLE?

    Posted on December 28th, 2017 Becky 1 comment

    PUBLIC HEALTH AT RISK!

         The lawsuit by the U.S. against the City of Lancaster is part of the Consent Decree Mayor J. Richard Gray signed on November 28th. What LNP did not tell you in their story (see yesterday’s post below) is about the lawsuit and how damning it is in stating over and over again how often Lancaster violated EPA standards for years and years.
         And in the scariest fact, I am reprinting paragraphs #96 and #97 from the suit that state that important health information was withheld from the public. This is outrageous and needs to be fully investigated! How can LNP ignore this?
         Below the paragraphs is a warning sign from Appendix D to the decree that now has to be posted by the city in overflow areas.
         There will be more tomorrow. If you follow the links in the EPA press release immediately below, you can read the Lawsuit, the Consent Decree and all of the Appendices to the suit and decree.

    ***

    *    The EPA Press Release (click here):

    FEDERAL-STATE SETTLEMENT WITH CITY OF LANCASTER, PA. TO CURB DISCHARGE OF SEWAGE AND OTHER POLLUTANTS TO CONESTOGA RIVER

    PHILADELPHIA (December 20, 2017) The city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania has agreed to comprehensive measures to end discharges of untreated sewage and other pollutants to local waterways from the City’s combined storm and sewage system, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) announced today. 

    The settlement, which was filed in federal district court in Philadelphia resolves a simultaneously filed complaint brought by the Department of Justice on behalf of the EPA and PADEP, alleging the discharge of untreated sewage into the Conestoga River in violation of the Clean Water Act.

    Under the settlement, the City of Lancaster has agreed to implement measures to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows, or CSOs.  These include improving pump stations and reduction of flow through a comprehensive long-term plan to improve the ability of the entire system to handle flow.

    “We are proud of the close collaboration between EPA and PADEP over the course of these investigations and negotiations,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.  “This settlement, which will improve local water quality and protect human health, was achieved in large part because of the strong cooperation between our two agencies.”

    “This outcome is good for the people of Lancaster and everyone that uses the Conestoga River,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Reducing sewer overflows makes our streams and rivers cleaner and better places for fish, wildlife, and people.”

    The Clean Water Act complaint, filed with the proposed consent decree, alleged unlawful pollution discharges caused by numerous overflows of untreated wastewater from Lancaster’s combined sewer system.  This system carries rainwater runoff, domestic sewage, and industrial wastewater in the same sewer pipes to a wastewater treatment plant, where it is treated before discharge to a water body. 

    During periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt, the water volume exceeds the system’s capacity – causing combined sewer overflows.  The City has five CSO outfalls, which overflowed at least 392 times in the past five years, discharging nearly 3.8 billion gallons of untreated, polluted water into the Conestoga River, a tributary of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. These CSOs contain not only stormwater but also untreated human and industrial waste, toxic materials, and debris. 

    The settlement between the Department of Justice and the city of Lancaster resulted from several years of investigation of alleged violations by EPA and PADEP, followed by extensive federal-state negotiations with city officials.

    The city of Lancaster will pay a $135,000 civil penalty, split equally between the U.S. and Pennsylvania, and implement a $1.8 million supplemental environmental project.  This project involves the restoration of a 1,350-foot segment of a local waterway called Groff’s Run that will reconnect wetlands to the Conestoga River, protecting water quality and reducing localized flooding. 

    For more information on CSOs, visit http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=5.


    The consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval.  The consent decree is available for review at
    www.justice.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html.

    ANOTHER UNSOLVED
    MURDER IN THE CITY

         Austin J. Peters has been added to the “UNSOLVED MURDERS” tab above. The 22-year-old was shot and killed in the city on December 10th. This makes the twenty-first unsolved murder in the city under Mayor Gray.
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** WHO IS GOING TO JAIL? – 2

    Posted on December 27th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    U.S. FILES SUIT DEC. 19

          What I know to this point: On December 21st, LNP ran a story by Ad Crable on the front page of the print edition (see below). It ends with the three paragraphs that are also below.
         If Gray signed a consent agreement on November 28th, then why did the U.S. file a suit on December 19th – portions of which are below (click here for the suit on Pacer).
         There will be more on this story as it develops. Crable’s story is online as an “insider” story titled, “Lancaster city fined $135K, will end decades of polluting Conestoga, Chesapeake Bay,” (click here).

    —   A portion of the “Effluent Limitation Table of Violations” attached to the lawsuit as Appendix A is below.

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***    

    Portions of the U.S. lawsuit against the City of Lancaster, filed in Federal Court on December 19 are below.

    *******

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    *   Well, the commenter mentioned in this morning’s post sent in a comment as I was publishing that they will no longer be reading or commenting here.
         —  We have declared a truce so this post has been edited!

    ******

    PAYOFF MONEY? – 2

         Becky, we can go back and forth regarding LNP and never come to much common ground. To blame them for all of the perils which have befallen the minority population in Lancaster going back generations is absurd.
    Part of a comment into this site yesterday.
         I absolutely disagree. There will be more on this to come – actually a permanent post that will be coming to this site.
         Also questioned in the comments was my statement that Tom Baldrige broke the state ethics code. The letter from Robert P. Caruso is reprinted below and there will also be more on this (click here for the original post on this site). This is not over!
           And what is LNP’s relationship to MAW Communications? This was the Schmuck (see yesterday’s post) in the LNP Board Room in August (click here for the original). Why is there a huge “ad” behind him saying “Sponsored by LanCity Connect?” What the hell is going on? Who is going to jail?
    Please check back later today.    

    *******

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – RACISM IN LANCASTER COUNTY…

    Posted on December 26th, 2017 Becky 22 comments

    THE FIX IS IN ALRIGHT:
    LNP AND THE SCHMUCK!

         Just look where the money has gone back to the cash cows who use the system so they do not use there own money. Where are the start up companies who were going to fix blighted properties not properties worth multi millions THE FIX IS IN. I am sure U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker never had plans for his bill to give CRIZ money to make the rich richer.
    Posted as a comment under LNP’s story, “Task force recommends grant, loan programs to make CRIZ more available to small businesses,” (click here). 
         Oh, my! You are right about everything except Smucker’s intentions! He wrote the CRIZ directly for LNP and as a result, the Schmuck has received nothing but good press from them! It’s a deal Lancaster County officials are very used to: do favors for LNP and they will do favors for you in return!
         That’s the reason they started “The Caucus,” so they could extend their power and influence and get even bigger favors from those in Harrisburg. See immediately below on this post about the CRIZ!     

    “A NUMBERS GAME”

     ***   I can’t speak for their hiring practices but the reality of it is, in my opinion, they do not attract a great deal of minority applicants. Lancaster is still a provincial community that, for a number of reasons, has never supported a strong and abundant minority based middle class. It is a simple numbers game. It does not make it right but it’s just the way it is. If you want to argue that LNP should recruit qualified individuals that better represent the diversity of Lancastrians then that is a different discussion.
    Part of a comment into this site this morning.
    —  LNP tried the same explanation years ago. A commenter said they had been to a presentation by former LNP reporter Cindy Stauffer at least eight years ago. They asked her why there were no minorities at LNP. Cindy’s answer: none had applied. That is absolute nonsense and a flat-out lie.
    —  If there is no “strong and abundant minority based middle class” in Lancaster it is because of LNP!
         I will address this issue further in the coming weeks. I have had this site for over 14 years and I have been stating almost daily for 14 years that LNP is racist – and it’s obvious and evidenced every single day – and quite simply and matter of factly, they are racist and it is reflected everywhere in the county as a result.

    OVER $9M TO LNP!

       This article was also on the front page of this Sunday’s print edition.

    **    Guess what LNP and the Caucus: Over $9 million of taxpayer money has gone to a for-profit, racist company in Lancaster for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion! 
           Where is your story? Where is the outrage?

    ******

    LNP WILL NOT
    GIVE MINORITIES
    “ONE GOOD JOB!”

    **   A quote from another front page story today by veteran LP reporter Jeff Hawkes and an “insider” story online, “Poverty rates in Lancaster County inch up in 2016, higher than most of Pennsylvania’s bigger cities,” (click here).

         Of course, Hawkes does not address the obvious, ironic and disgusting fact that LNP will not give minorities “one good job.”

    Baldrige

         And then Hawkes goes on to quote none other than Tom Baldrige, who pays himself $262,000 a year as the CEO of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, who broke the state ethics law to vote to give racist LNP, his wife’s employer, millions of CRIZ dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. And the Lancaster Community Fund gave the Chamber millions of dollars to renovate their new building.
         And a commenter into this site doesn’t think that everything is a grand conspiracy among an elite few? Oh, yes it is – led by LNP!

    BEGINS AT LNP!

         A tweet from LNP’s new “investigative reporter and investigative team leader,” Michael Deibert who has the front page story in today’s print edition and an “insider” story online, “‘Everything kind of fell apart’: Demographics surrounding poverty in Lancaster County shatter myths,”(click here).     

          Then why are you working for one of the most racist companies in Lancaster County? Where is the “tolerance and pluralism” at LNP? Will you be doing an investigation and an exposé into LNP’s discrimination in hiring for over 50 years and its impact on the community? Have you taken a good look at your co-workers?
    Please check back later today.

  • HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    Posted on December 22nd, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    A GRAND CONSPIRACY?

         The bottom line is I obviously read her site. I do think she addresses topics that need to be discussed. But not everything is a grand conspiracy among an elite few.
    Part of a comment into this site from “Interested” several weeks ago.
         Actually, in regard to LNP, I believe you are wrong and everything they do is self-serving instead of serving and protecting the pubic and holding officials accountable which is the definition and purpose of journalism. I will present that case next week and the actions being taken to hold city council members accountable.
         It’s a very busy season, of course, and I ran out of time to answer the same commenters question earlier today under the below post about Tony Dastra and the city treasurer position and that will also come next week.
         Have a wonderful holiday and LIP News will return on Tuesday!

     

  • ** – * COUNCIL WILL VOTE ON JANUARY 2

    Posted on December 22nd, 2017 Becky 3 comments
    **   Are you still keeping your house and internet connections in your name only, Cheryl Dum Markle (click here and see the screenshot below from Ron Harper’s blog)? That’s not going to work this time! Are you proud of the over 1,700 filthy, disgusting comments you have sent into this site? Do you keep track of them on your refrigerator? Does it bring joy into your life?
         Didn’t you learn the definitions of harassment and stalking years ago when your husband was convicted of those crimes involving a former girlfriend? Do you have a single brain cell in your head?
          Their comment into this site yesterday:
             The screenshot from Ron Harper’s blog:

    *******

    *   Last evening serial stalkers Cheryl Dum Markle and Steven Markle posted the below on Lancaster Online under the story about Mayor Gray and city council. This time they posted as “Joe Smith – nutty.” That’s probably because Steven Markle’s own nuts are the size of peppercorns.
         Someone, I assume LNP, took it down. I am not Kirk Brown. And in a comment into this site yesterday that will be posted shortly, these two are just absolute trash and filth.

    *******

    WHAT A TREASURE!

         Tony Dastra makes his case to be the Lancaster City Treasurer at last night’s special city council meeting. You can watch all nine candidates here.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * OVERDOSING IN THE DJ’S OFFICE!

    Posted on December 21st, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    THAT IS YOUR JOB!

    **   Missing from this report…mention of a well-spoken and rather eloquent member of the public that rose during this meeting and asked some rather detailed and intelligent questions regarding MAW. MAW is the Reading-based outfit that has been given almost $5 million in public City funds, to-date, to construct the City’s broadband network. The project has been plagued by delays and is now in complete standstill while PPL sues MAW and asks them to remove infrastructure installed to date, the State investigates MAW and the City hires a $365/hour lawyer to help defend MAW and its investment. Clearly Council had no interest in taking up the issue and was SILENT following this taxpayer’s remarks. This project is not going anywhere. These are real dollars teetering on the edge. While the speaker thanked this same “reporter” for bringing the issues to light, my question is why isn’t the press asking the very same questions that he did? That is your job!!!!!
    A comment on Lancaster Online under the LNP article by “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher, “Mayor Rick Gray bids farewell, City Council passes 2018 budget,” (click here).
         When you think LNP can’t go any lower, they just do. Yes, it is his job! This is an absolute betray of the public trust and proof that this lying, greedy, corrupt and racist company is not a news organization. There will be more tomorrow.       

    *****

    *    There is a special city council meeting this evening at 6:00 pm in city hall to interview candidates for city treasurer. Hopefully Tony Dastra, who live-streams the city council meetings and who is also in the running to be the treasurer, will live-stream it. LIP News will cover it briefly tomorrow and then go on holiday break until Tuesday, December 26.

    MEETING A CON MAN!

         Jeremy Walsh is clever and charming and also a con man, a drug-addict and wanted by the police for several burglaries and thefts (click here). My story of my encounter with him in September is below. Was I ever in physical danger? I don’t think so. Was I foolish? Yes. Was I embarrassed? Unbelievably so.
         There will be more serious news coming later today.
     *
          I was in Lancaster on September 19th to cover a trial in the Lancaster County Courthouse in the morning and then go to a preliminary hearing at District Judge David P. Miller’s office in the afternoon for Michael Dayquan Baker.
         I went to the public library on Duke Street over a morning break in the trial to use their computers since my cell phone and laptop were locked in an attorney’s office. I met Jeremy outside. He was pleasant, well spoken, looked clean and neat and said he had just come into Lancaster and was staying at the Water Street Rescue Mission but didn’t like it.
         I told him I was covering a trial and had to get back to the courthouse. He said he used to be a reporter.
         I came back to the library when the trial broke for lunch – and there was Jeremy. He asked what I was doing next and I mentioned the preliminary hearing. He said he had nothing to do and could he come along? I almost said “no,” but then I thought I might learn some interesting things from Jeremy and we would take a cab so I was not worried about my physical well being.
         The cab driver told us he had been in Lancaster County Prison – he didn’t mention the nature of his crime – and we had a great trip to the DJ’s office talking about all the corruption in Lancaster and I exchanged phone numbers with the driver at the end of our trip.
         The DJ’s office was very crowded and we sat on a bench next to each other. We had been there for about a half-hour when the trouble began. After playing with his I-Pad and talking to a little girl who was there with her parents, Jeremy’s head began to nod. He took something out of a small tin can – like a chewing tobacco can – and swallowed it.
         I decided it was time for me to move and I went into the DJ’s courtroom so I wouldn’t miss anything and to get away from Jeremy who stayed behind on the bench.
         I peered my head repeatedly around the corner and saw the nodding was getting worse. Finally I looked out and Jeremy was laying flat on the bench out cold.
         This caught the eyes of the constables and one said, “Oh my God! He’s overdosing in the District Justice’s office!”
         And then, of course, it happened. The biggest constable I have ever seen in my life – I mean huge – pointed to me in the courtroom and waved his finger for me to come to him.
         “Are you with him?” he asked. I said I had just met him at the Duke Street library a couple of hours ago.
         There was now a circle of Constables around us and he asked incredulously, “And you came here with him?”
         I took a deep breath. I collected my thoughts. “We came in a taxi,” I said.
         “Oh,” every Constable said at once, “They came in a taxi.”
         I’m not sure what happened next but apparently Jeremy was not truly overdosing and they woke him up and kicked him out. I never saw him again.
         There will be more on Michael Dayquan Baker coming after the holidays!