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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – *** – ** – * A TRAGEDY UNFOLDING! – 2

    Posted on June 22nd, 2018 Becky 7 comments

    CHAMBERS CAN STAY!

    6.  MARIE CHAMBERS AND HER FAMILY SHALL BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN AT 549 SOUTH LIME STREET, AND DEFENDANT, DWAIN S. LONDON, SHALL IMMEDIATELY APPLY FOR REGISTRATION OF THE PROPERTY AS A SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DWELLING UNIT.  THE CITY SHALL IMMEDIATELY INSPECT SAID PROPERTY, AND UNLESS THE CITY FINDS LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS, SHALL ISSUE A CERTIFICATE OF USE AND OCCUPANCY, WHICH SHALL BE IN EFFECT PENDING REMEDIATION BY MR. LONDON OF ANY OUTSTANDING NOTICES OF VIOLATION. THE PROPERTY WILL BE OCCUPIED BY MS. CHAMBERS AND HER FAMILY, PURSUANT TO A LEASE TO BE NEGOTIATED WITH MR. LONDON.
    BY THE COURT:  DAVID L. ASHWORTH, JUDGE

         This is from a second order issued by the Judge today (click here for his full order on the Prothonotary’s site and there will be much more tomorrow including a huge, outrageous lie by the city). Good for Ms. Chambers and her attorney for taking action but what about the other 50 to 60 homeless ex-tenants?

    JUDGE DENIES CHAMBERS

         In an order issued today, Judge David L. Ashworth has denied Marie Chambers’ Motion to Intervene (see immediately below and click here for the original document and here for her Motion to Intervene published on this site).

    ***   2:45 pm – I just tried to call the Community Action Program (CAP) at 717-299-7301 to see how many of Dwain London’s ex-tenants they have actually placed and where all of these people are currently living. According to this LNP article:
        So far, 21 individuals or families who lived at London’s properties have contacted CAP and 18 have entered the Navigation program, its director, Regina Begley, said. Of those, she’s had initial meetings on nine enrollments totaling 14 people, she said.
         I entered #2 to go to their directory per their voicemail and input her first name as directed followed by the # sign. Regina Begley “was not found.” So I exited the directory and held on as instructed for the receptionist. The phone rang at least 15 times and I hung up.

    *****

    **   This comment in this morning and it is so excellent I am moving it to the front page – and – would you please write for LIP News?!:

    All we need to do is ignore

    1. A former tenant of Dwain London explicitly documented in 2015 that City Officials were made aware of the code issues and illegal rooming house situation. One property was even deemed to be an illegal rooming house in this tenants “eviction” case. This former tenant also contacted local news agencies.

    2. Dwain London was well connected at minimum with the previous City Administration, likely the reason for no previous enforcement action. He was appointed to the Board of Director’s of the City’s Human Relations Commission. This appointment was voted on by several current council members and I believe Mayor Sorace when she was on council.

    3. This entire enforcement action was a huge “Cover Your Ass (CYA)” operation after it appeared a tenant was killed in a fire due to unsafe code violations.

    4. Despite City claims that all tenants have been provided with extensive assistance in procuring alternative permanent housing, a current tenant issued a public legal notice indicating that the assistance has been wholly inadequate and is resulting in her families homelessness. This is despite having full-time employment. The city argued she never had a legal agreement with Mr. London and is therefore provided no renter rights under the law.

    All the lying is disgusting. If no one can grapple with the truth, this shit is going to continue to happen and continue to get worse. I will have respect for the city if they ever show some honesty in dealing with these tough issues.

    The issues are tough, dirty, and there aren’t easy solutions, but pretending that there are is doing no one any good.

    ****

    *    London told LNP that Ashworth was very fair and explained things clearly. He said he learned a lot.
    From the LNP story.
        What a load of BS! LNP should be embarrassed to even print this crap! How long has London been doing this?

    WHERE ARE THEY?

          What happened to the people displaced by the city and Mr. London?
    Posted on Lancaster Online under today’s story, “In court, landlord Dwain London pledges to end ‘shared housing’ rentals,” (click here).
         What a ridiculous, childish story with very little information! And what did happen to the 50 to 60 people who were “displaced?” Where are they? Where did they spend last night? Does anyone care?
          And there is not a mention of Marie Chambers who filed a Motion to Intervene so her family would not become homeless. What happened to her?

    Please check back later today.

     

    7 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – *** – ** – * A TRAGEDY UNFOLDING! – 2”

    1. Hoho Haha, well looky at that this was all just a big misunderstanding. Dwain London wasn’t a slumlord, he just didn’t understand the rules. The City and courts acted fairly and justly and Lancaster has found permanent housing assistance for all the displaced persons. Lancaster seems to be an incredibly pleasant city where I can’t wait to hold a National Convention! Frankly, we should count our lucky stars we have such dedicated city officials. I hope they give out some awards at the next council meeting to recognize a “Job Well Done” to everyone at the city involved!

    2. All we need to do is ignore

      1. A former tenant of Dwain London explicitly documented in 2015 that City Officials were made aware of the code issues and illegal rooming house situation. One property was even deemed to be an illegal rooming house in this tenants “eviction” case. This former tenant also contacted local news agencies.

      2. Dwain London was well connected at minimum with the previous City Administration, likely the reason for no previous enforcement action. He was appointed to the Board of Director’s of the City’s Human Relations Commission. This appointment was voted on by several current council members and I believe Mayor Sorace when she was on council.

      3. This entire enforcement action was a huge “Cover Your Ass (CYA)” operation after it appeared a tenant was killed in a fire due to unsafe code violations.

      4. Despite City claims that all tenants have been provided with extensive assistance in procuring alternative permanent housing, a current tenant issued a public legal notice indicating that the assistance has been wholly inadequate and is resulting in her families homelessness. This is despite having full-time employment. The city argued she never had a legal agreement with Mr. London and is therefore provided no renter rights under the law.

      All the lying is disgusting. If no one can grapple with the truth, this shit is going to continue to happen and continue to get worse. I will have respect for the city if they ever show some honesty in dealing with these tough issues.

      They issues are tough, dirty, and there aren’t easy solutions, but pretending that there are is doing no one any good.

    3. O and dont forget that pdf that was uploaded with names of city officials priceless!

    4. I cannot believe the city filed “trial memorandum” against Marie Chambers after referring her to CAP program.

      I cannot believe there isn’t more outrage from the citizens of Lancaster. 60 people are displaced. People we can reach out and touch.

    5. I can’t either but the Judge took care of her. What a day. The Judge’s order denying her Motion to Intervene went up this afternoon about 3:00 pm and then his second order specifically allowing her to stay went online at about 3:30 pm!

    6. Why don’t Lancastrians seem to care? I mentioned this story to a relative and they said that the newspaper said that all the people were taken care of. That’s the impression they came away with.

    7. Im glad she can stay & I agree with Ida all the way! And with huh? also.