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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE — HELLO, PPL — *** BREAKING NEWS *** MAW GETS MORE MONEY!

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 Becky 18 comments

    ALMOST $5 MILLION TO DATE

         I have run out of time today – but I will say that this is now a criminal matter and I will return to that tomorrow.
         The below two excellent comments came in today. What do we do now?

         Gotta wonder whether MAW’s proposal included projected costs to hook up to PPL poles. After all, they are an experienced “public utility”. (not) A couple of RTK requests are in order here, because the city’s paying MAW’s legal fees smacks of a cover up. Officials don’t want anyone to know how *really* bad they f*cked up, so they pay a lawyer – and then its all protected under atty-client privilege. No offense, but Lancaster, PA is one seriously f*cked up city.

         And:

         I am listening right now. They are ALL liars…Trickie Dickie, Pitbull Pat, Same Ole Same Ole etc. I think the MAW deal is one of the dumbest I have ever seen. I think that Danene is way out of her depth. Having said all that, we gave them almost $5 million to date. Are you suggesting that we simply walk away? MAW has no assets and no money and no skin in the game. I think we have to protect our investment, even if it is in the hall of fame of stupid municipal investments. What is the alternative?

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    RESIGN, KRASNE & MURSE!

           

                               Krasne                                         Murse

    —  I have called on LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher to resign multiple times since I published my special report on this site on March 9, 2017 titled, “MAW IS TAKING LANCASTER TO THE BANK” (click here).
         Now, I am calling on Robert Krasne, Chairman of the Board of LNP and Tom Murse, the Managing Editor of LNP and The Caucus, to resign.

    HELLO, PPL!

    — Allentown was all over my site this afternoon and I looked up the IP – 167.155.189.100 – and guess what? It’s PPL! I don’t know if that’s good or bad…
         See their IP come on this site in the screenshot below and below that is the IP put into “whatismyipaddress.com.”

    —   Pat Brogan, Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff, said last night that PPL’s “make ready” requirements would boost the cost of the network [LanCity Connect] by “six figures.”
    —  She also said the estimate on the time required to “work” with the FCC and the law firm is nine months to a year.
    —  Mayor Gray said there is no maximum money amount in their contract with Best Best & Krieger.

    ****    The website for Best Best & Krieger is here.

    Joseph Van Eaton

    ***    This is Mayor Gray’s opening statement regarding Resolution #73:
         MAW Communications has been attempting to work with PPL regarding procedures and charges that PPL has established for MAW Communications to attach fiber optic cable to its poles in the City of Lancaster for the LanCity Connect program.
         These procedures and costs are known as “make ready work” or “make ready charges” and they are significant.
         Unfortunately, negotiations between MAW Communications and – and the administration has been involved in the negotiations – and PPL have been unsuccessful to date. Since efforts to resolve them have proved unsuccessful, our solicitors and MAW Communications and our technical staff view it to be in the city’s best interest to hire specialty counsel to resolve the issues through the Federal Communications Commission rather than in our local courts or the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
         The city’s counsel solicited proposals from two specialized firms  that have a proven track record of success in this area and have dealt with these particular issues in the past. These are D.C. law firms.
         The proposals from these firms are communications [inaudible]. The [    ] law group strongly recommended that we retain Joseph Van Eaton of Best Best & Krieger to represent the city in an effort to resolve the make ready charges and associated work issues with MAW Communications.
         The hourly rate they suggest is $365 an hour which seems to be reasonable. I ask Council to adopt the resolution appointing Best Best & Krieger to be special counsel for the city of Lancaster.
    *
    **   At the beginning of last night’s meeting, city council member Tim Roschel reported for the Public Works Department and said, “At this time I make a motion to add resolution #73 appointing special counsel for the City of Lancaster.”
         The public had absolutely no notice that this was coming.
    *

    Posted by former mayoral candidate Cindy Stewart during last night’s city council meeting on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.

          Yes, that is exactly what it means and this is simply unbelievable and unconscionable!

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

      COUNCIL OUT OF CONTROL!

         City council tonight approved hiring a law firm at $365 an hour on behalf of MAW Communications in their fight against PPL. This is unbelievable. They have already paid MAW $4.7 million and now they are paying a law firm on MAW’s behalf with no maximum limit on their spending! And the internet service that was promised will be delayed for months and months if not forever!
    Please check back tomorrow morning.

     

    18 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE — HELLO, PPL — *** BREAKING NEWS *** MAW GETS MORE MONEY!”

    1. Corrupt – YES. Stupid – YES. Keystone Cops – YES. Having said all of that, it might be the best move they can make at this point. With almost $5 million on the line, shouldn’t they protect this ill-advised investment, potentially colossal mistake?

    2. NO! Have you listened to the meeting?

    3. Sorry to be short, talking, but I’m listening to the tape. They have hired a DC law firm to fight the FCC!!! This will take months and months and cost thousands and thousands of dollars (and Lancaster will probably lose)!

    4. Oh, and Pat Brogan lied and lied!

    5. I am listening right now. They are ALL liars…Trickie Dickie, Pitbull Pat, Same Ole Same Ole etc. I think the MAW deal is one of the dumbest I have ever seen. I think that Danene is way out of her depth. Having said all that, we gave them almost $5 million to date. Are you suggesting that we simply walk away? MAW has no assets and no money and no skin in the game. I think we have to protect our investment, even if it is in the hall of fame of stupid municipal investments. What is the alternative?

    6. My bottom line question is this:

      Where did they find this company and who was the person in the city government who promoted them and convinced the city to hire MAW?

      There is a company that goes by the name of TING that has been serving cities with the same sort of internet etc. service. Here is an article about them going into Charlottesville.

      I wonder how much municipal money the various cities have given to Ting to accomplish what MAW is attempting in Lancaster? And I wonder if Ting would have any sort of comment on what is going on in Lancaster?

      Becky, perhaps you might want to contact them and ask them what they think of what is going on here… Maybe instead of dumping good money after bad, the city could start over, eat its losses, and bring a company with a proven track record on board.

      Here’s a story. Ting has a website.

      https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/z4mqj8/a-domain-name-company-is-starting-a-mini-google-fiber-to-compete-with-comcast

    7. City should join PPL as plaintiffs.

    8. When will LNP’s ‘The Caucus’ focus on corruption in Lancaster County???

      HaHaHaHa!!!!!!!

    9. Sounds like a mess up there. This is exactly what happens when you dont have a competent and competetive news media in your market – an uninformed electorate elects retards. It may be time for a state takeover in Lancaster, like Jersey did to Atlantic City. Of course, PA is bankrupt, too. And corrupt. I think you all are f*cked. But hey…the Amish are happy. And that’s all that really matters.

      [* Editor’s note: I’ll let your name stand this time as this is simply unbelievable! 🙂 ]

    10. Gotta wonder whether MAW’s proposal included projected costs to hook up to PPL poles. After all, they are an experienced “public utility”. (not) A couple of RTK requests arein order here, because the city’s paying MAW’s legal fees smacks of a cover up. Officials dont want anyone to know how *really* bad they f*cked up, so they pay a lawyer – and then its all protected under atty-client privilege. No offense, but Lancaster, PA is one seriously f*cked up city.

    11. Has the newspaper reported on this yet?

    12. Nope! And Tim Stuhldreher was there the entire time. I imagine there are a lot of meetings going on at LNP!

    13. Isn’t it ridiculous how all of these ventures have the LNP’s finger in the cookie jar it seems? In a town where the newspaper isn’t anything BUT a newspaper, it would be reporting on this loud and clear so that residents would know what their city council is up to.

      It’s been very clear that the money that MAW has received from the Lancaster taxpayers is being “recycled” in various ways through the LNP?

      Why wouldn’t the newspaper report on this very important and potentially very costly turn of events? Hiring out of town attorneys with no cap on expenditures on something that MAW should have certainly had OK’d beforehand and that the city should have investigated before awarding them the contract?

      Will the mayor dump money into MAW coffers before he leaves in the same way that Smithgall dumped a ton of money into the ballpark before he left?

    14. Luke Murray East Hempfield Police broke into girlfriends house and threatened her. He gets to resign!!
      Police Department Resignation: The Township has received the resignation of Officer
      Luke Murray effective October 23rd
      . Motion was made by Mr. Brubaker and seconded
      by Mr. Bingham to accept the resignation of Officer Luke Murray effective October 23,
      2017.

      He gets to resign and keep his benefits/ retirement!!

    15. This is more than just “dumb”. No one in power does anything this “stupid” and expensive unless there is something in it for them. The answer to “What do we do now” is follow the money.
      Clearly, MAW had no qualifications to, even, bid for a job like this, and somewhere down the line – if not from the very beginning – the procurers of contracts for the city had to have figured this out.
      The fact that they were not vetted speaks volumes. A secretary for the city would be put through tougher ropes than this fly-by-night company was.
      So…Question number one: What was the hiring process? Was the job put up for bids Did the city follow the MPC in its awarding of the contract? Who were the losers? What were there qualifications? Was the bid awarded to the least expensive bidder? If not, on what did the city base its choice? Start digging. Google names together and find common threads/people/relationships. There is a reason for everything.
      If anything was not followed to the letter of the law, it is null and void. Was there public notice? Input? Isn’t there an inspector general in PA? Check individual backgrounds/criminal history…etc. Obtain statements of financial interest from the State Ethics Commission on every single public official involved for every relevant year. If there are no statements, that, in and of itself, is a violation of state reporting requirements for publicly paid employees – elected or otherwise. Look on state and federal websites for civil lawsuits, bankruptcies, etc., against individuals (or their spouses). Vet every single piece of info on MAW’s website. They claim other installations? Where? They claim to be a “public utility”. Check the PUC. Report them to the PUC, if applicable. Find a lie. If there is one, there are more. There are bodies buried somewhere. They, simply, have to be exhumed, and all of this is a good start. God, I love investigative journalism! Too bad they don’t do any of it in PA, anymore.

    16. Double Anonymous

      Does anybody know how corrupt is the head of the Police Chiefs Association (West Hempfield) who convinced County Commissioners to encrypt police radio dispatch communications because a member of the media might give out “sensitive personal info” like a social security number? Yeah…that happens ALL the time. Or because police might get “ambushed” by someone listening to a scanner? Not, bloody, likely. Or, because the info might be “inaccurate”, so the police need to “vet” it for “irresponsible” members of the news media.
      Translation: We will tell you the information we want the public to know, and withhold the rest, when we are good and ready, after WE sanitize it, and vet out any misconduct, because it is the only way we can do damage control from all the “bad press” that we blame for our lousy public image since Ferguson, and the advent of citizen journalism.

    17. Several things.

      First, “OMG!” I agree with you. I have asked from the beginning when the MAW deal seemed sketchy as to just how they were chosen and who brought them to the attention of the powers that be to hire them.

      Second, Double Anonymous, spot on about this whole encryption thing. Ferguson has been used as an excuse by Stedman when he wants to protect cops from scrutiny and make his own job easier in that he doesn’t have to deal with confronting the consequences. We know how he and his “junior almost a lawyer” Hamdim rush to scenes of incidents when it involves a high level favorite son or daughter OR can be used as a “lesson” on just how awful certain groups of people can be.

      And the encryption… what a sack of shit idea.

      It ALWAYS benefits those in power to remove the rights of the powerless.

    18. Pugliese ain’t clean. Dirty cop who associates w/other dirty chiefs. (protects) Rank & file hates him. 90% of bad cops are turned in by good cops. Corll, Graeff, Boerdentown, NJ Chief, etc…