* I have to re-run this because it is so apropos today. On March 21, 2017, I ran the below photo with the headline, “IS THIS THE EXACT MOMENT WHEN SOMEONE ASKED FOR THEIR ETHICS CODE?” (click here for the original).
5-30-19 – UPDATE – I am waiting for LNP to tell the public the city of Lancaster is in a financial crisis. LNP has been so busy over the last decade backing politicians who gave them millions of dollars for their convention center/Marriott Hotel and telling people how Lancaster is so much better in so many ways than Reading or York!
And, of course, it’s not good for their tax-free Marriott Hotel business to have the city in financial distress. Will this slow down the convention business? And LNP has for years told the public that everything was great when they should have been holding these public officials accountable and warning the public that the spending was not sustainable.
Now, it has all come to a head. When will LNP tell the public and how will they spin this?
NOT MONEY WELL SPENT!
— Oh, and James Reichenbach and Mayor Sorace, you do not give a $10.3 million dollar tax break to LNP!
Former Mayor Art Morris has taken down his website but you can still read his letter to NewsLanc.com (click here).
— OMG! This post just went up on the city’s Facebook page. Talk about deflection! Skip over the financial crisis part of Mayor Sorace’s report at 41:00 and skip to 50:23! OMG!
— From an LNP editorial on January 4, 2018 (click here):— Listen up Mr. Reichenbach and Mayor Sorace – the city doesn’t give $3 million dollars to a company and then follow-up and give them a $1.5 million dollar loan when the company’s assets are a building in Reading valued at $89,000. Do you understand that concept, Mr. Reichenbach and Mayor Sorace? That’s not a good or wise business move!
**** Council President James Reichenbach spoke briefly after the mayor and thanked the mayor for her “leadership” and said, “we have played by every rule.” That’s a lie, Reichenbach!
*** LNP was there last night! That’s LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher sitting in the photo below with his computer taking notes. LNP must be trying to figure out how to put a good spin on this. After all, they’ve been telling Lancastrians everything is just wonderful for years while happily taking millions in public money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel!
Again the link to the video is here and Mayor Sorace begins her report at 41:00 into the tape.
** Act 47 is a state oversight program for “financially distressed” cities in Pennsylvania. The state tries to help cities turn around their finances and operations. The name comes from the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47 of 1987).
* Mayor Sorace told council that Lancaster is taking steps to enter the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development early intervention program. She said many see this as a precursor to Act 47. She said Lancaster is “no where near” Act 47.
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
SERIOUS FINANCIAL TROUBLE!
Mayor Sorace told city council tonight that the city is close to financial disaster and she loses sleep over the 2020-2021 budget (click here for the mayor’s report which is at the end of the meeting). This is extremely serious – and what is the city doing – putting out a RFP to hire a consultant!
Please check back later today for updates on this very serious developing story.