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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AMBER STRAZZO WAS “NOT AVAILABLE!”

    Posted on March 11th, 2019 Becky 9 comments

    HAVE A BACKUP!
    HOW HARD IS THAT?

          Going forward, the plan is to livestream all of council’s meetings, including committee meetings. Strazzo [city communications and marketing manager Amber Strazzo] had previously livestreamed some city meetings and special events, but the city had not committed to a regular schedule.
          …To provide the service, the administration recently bought a camera and related equipment, costing around $2,800, Strazzo said.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster city begins regular livestream of City Council meetings,” (click here).
          Meanwhile, there are no two ways about this topic: We applaud Lancaster officials for arranging to livestream City Council meetings. It’s a win for transparency and for making local government proceedings available to more residents.

    From the second-half of an LNP editorial shortly after the above article (click here).
           And yet, last Monday night’s very important city council committee meeting was not livestreamed because Amber told me in an email that she was “not available.” Then have a backup person or two or three! How hard is that? This is ridiculous and the city council members should absolutely ensure the city livestreams these meetings.
         There will be more tomorrow.
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    **   A couple of quick notes today as there is so much going on:
    —  Haverstick’s brother, Fritz Haverstick, is an attorney at the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office.
    From the LNP story, Lancaster County DA’s office won’t say how law firm will be paid,” (click here).
          They are talking about Matthew Haverstick and the Philadelphia law firm, Kleinbard, that is representing DA Stedman. The article details many of the cases they have handled for Republicans across the state but LNP does not tell you that Kleinbard also represents William Murry in his ongoing lawsuit against LNP!
         And there is a viral story about Fritz Haverstick and very bad behavior that has been going around for more than a year…
      LNP has rehired reporter Dan Nephin who they laid off over two years ago. In fact, he has this morning’s lead story in print about Sears closing. Nephin is thrilled and Tom Knapp, who was fired by LNP, posted this on Nephin’s Facebook page:

    $1,590 GONE!

    *    Barton retired in November and received three pension payments before the board’s ruling. The ruling means the city overpaid him by about $1,590, Hopkins said.
         Barton is not obliged to return the money because the city was at fault in paying it, the board said.
    From the LNP story last week, “State board says Lancaster can’t bypass firefighters’ union to tweak retirement rules,” (click here).
         I wrote about this almost a year ago and it is below. City council discussed this and discussed this and Patrick Hopkins carried on and said an actuarial accounting had to be done in these situations and he changed the actuarial number from one meeting to another!
         And now we learn the city is out $1,590 because of all of this. Granted that’s not much but it just shows the incredible incompetence of these people. And there is no livestream of this latest meeting available. There will be much more on that to come and the original of the below is here:

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    THERE IS NO VIDEO OF
    LAST WEEK’S CITY COUNCIL

    COMMITTEE MEETING!

    From the front page of today’s LNP print edition.

         Oh, yes, when no one is watching corruption goes wild! So today, we’re moving from the county and DA Stedman to the city and Patrick Hopkins and more. Let the sun shine in!
    Please check back later today.

     

    9 responses to “AFTERNOON UPDATE ** – * AMBER STRAZZO WAS “NOT AVAILABLE!””

    1. It’s more than ironic that AP story comes out now and is carried front page by LNP. Well, duh!

    2. Not to mention all the potential legal fees expended fighting the firefighter’s union.

      The city’s solicitor is clearly incompetent as well.

    3. It appears that the city taking over livestreaming the council meetings is as bungled as the city itself.

      Perhaps Dastra should return with his coverage. Why? To test the powers that be. If they discourage him or tell him not to do it because they are… Well that might give some insight on their intentions.

      I’m actually surprised that one or more local activists haven’t taken up the slack to fill the void created by Dastra’s absence.

    4. Amber is not available for anybody unless it involves the mayors approval. That girl will back the city blindfolded. Shes another undercover racist on the low. You becky are for the people. She is not going to be available for you anytime soon lol.

    5. where is this viral story you speak of? I can’t find it.

    6. Sorry – it’s viral around the courthouse. I had confirmation of it from an attorney several weeks ago so I will publish it in the next day or two.

    7. Miss Tony 🙁 . It is incredible what he did for so long, as it was no doubt exhausting, likely felt underappreciated, and was a large expense on personal funds. But it was hugely valuable for the public.

      City should pay him a stipend to perform this service.

    8. What a coincidence! I just filed a bar complaint against Fritz Haverstick today! Where can I find the viral story about him? I need to see it.

    9. Amazing that Lancaster County AND city taxpayers pay for 24-hour a day MANNED surveillance to have their privacy invaded anytime they go out in public in Lancaster, but the city can’t pay for…or, even, figure out how to professionally, consistently broadcast their meetings. Say what?

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