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  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** – ** – * “KATZENMOYER CAN’T COMMENT!”

    Posted on May 1st, 2017 Becky 11 comments

    “JOKE OF A SENTENCE!”

         I do not have time to repeat the gross mishandling/preferential treatment given in the Ibram Hanna murder by District Attorney Craig Stedman and his office today. I will – because there is no question that this man who has given blatantly preferential treatment to his political buddies; has failed to solve murder after murder; has lied about police involved shooting deaths and failed to be transparent regarding the officers involved and has shown and allowed an incredible racial bias to go in the Lancaster County judicial system – should not be a Superior Court Judge!
         Today, I am just publishing the comments posted on the “Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office” Facebook page under a link to their press release.

    ********

    ***  How many of these 14 parking tickets do you think Lancaster County Judge candidate Jeffrey Conrad, who is “not recommended” by the Lancaster Bar Association, paid? He paid one. The other 13 were “withdrawn.”
          Is he that “good” of a lawyer or is something else going on?

    *******

    ** Click here for LNP’s, “Mountville teen pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in August shooting death of friend,” taken directly from the DA’s spokesman Brett Hambright’s press release (click here).
         I will do everything in my power to prevent District Attorney Craig Stedman from being elected to a Superior Court Judgeship. The Department of Justice needs to come in and thoroughly clean his corrupt office!

    *   I found the New Era editorial (click here) and it begins with this sentence:
         The seven Democratic members of Lancaster City Council sometimes have been derisively depicted, fairly or unfairly, as “puppets,” whose strings are pulled by Democratic Mayor Rick Gray, the puppet master.
         Isn’t that the truth? This is the only time I ever recall LNP criticizing the Dick who is LNP’s puppet!

    IT’S HER DAMN JOB!

     (Click here – online this is an “insider” story titled, “Lancaster city readies for traffic snarls as 3 big construction projects gear up in Penn Square radius.”)
        
         What do you need to know about this story if you are not an “insider” and cannot read it: Traffic will be a hell of a mess for years to come in downtown Lancaster.
         And “reporter” Tom Knapp states this:
         Charlotte Katzenmoyer, director of public works for the city, said Friday she can’t comment on traffic flow during construction.

    Katzenmoyer

         Well, if she can’t, who can? Isn’t that her job, Tom? Could you press her for answers? The public has a right to know! What is wrong with these “reporters?” Is this a joke?
         Four years ago Mayor Dick give her a supersized raise and said she was so good many other people wanted to hire her! Where are those people now? From one of the only times LNP has ever criticized the Dick there was the editorial quoted on this site below (click here  and after a quick search I cannot find the original editorial on Lancaster Online):

         Whoever becomes mayor better set their top priority as firing this absurd, arrogant and incompetent woman!
    Please check back later today!

  • ** – * VIEW THE BALLOT!

    Posted on April 30th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    CLUMSY KATY?

    **   Well, talk about pet peeves! These people really go after LNP under the story, “Clumsy Katy, a tabby cat with special needs, is looking for a home,” (click here).  Oh, my! Does someone need a chill pill?

    TRULY FAKE NEWS!

    *    My pet peeve today – this ad which is currently running on Lancaster Online and has been for several days. Meryl Streep has been married to sculptor Don Gummer since 1978. This is ridiculous and it may be all over the internet but it is totally fake and should be taken down!

    KNOW YOUR OPTIONS!

         In LNP’s “e-Newspaper” today there is a link to view a sample ballot for the May 16th primary that did not work for me. This link works! Check it out!

  • SORACE: YOU STILL CAN’T WEED MY GARDEN!

    Posted on April 29th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    “DELICATE RESOURCES?”

         Shortly after I posted that I would not let Danene Sorace weed my garden she posted the below on her campaign Facebook page! LOL!
         I told someone recently that I don’t think Sorace is “grounded.” This absurd post exemplifies that even though it’s filled with dirt! I don’t think her dad taught her common sense! Does she have one single plan to improve Lancaster for the average citizen?
         I don’t know what “delicate resources” are but I’m growing some delicious resources in my garden and Sorace is still not allowed to weed it let alone go near it!

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * SECOND INFORMAL POLL

    Posted on April 28th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    A CHILDISH VIDEO!

         Either Dr. Sharron Nelson, who has a Ph.D and is the former Superintendent of the Manheim Township School District, got it wrong(!) or LNP edited her letter incorrectly because the financial information is on the lccca.com Authority website under the category “Library.” So that will keep me busy for several weeks but in the meantime I found the below video.
         This is awful – starting with the man arriving by train(!) to a completely empty station, Mayor Gray making an appearance in a garish yellow bowtie and to the Amish boy at the end. Apparently it was a convention of four people! It is truly awful and childish and wouldn’t make a single person want to come to Lancaster or the convention center!
         I have included a screenshot of Mayor Bowtie from the video. I hope I didn’t ruin your Friday! Have a good and safe Friday and please check back tomorrow.

    CON CENTER CLOSING?

     *   The Lancaster County Convention Center has no events listed after April (click here). Will they be closing down because of the demolition of the three buildings on King Street (see the post immediately below)? When will they reopen? Who will continue to be paid if they are closing for an extended period of time?
         Dr. Sharron V. Nelson, Chair of the Lancaster Convention Center Authority, recently had a Letter to the Editor of LNP in which she stated (click here):
         Our financial reports are posted on the website for public review.
         I went all over their website this morning – I believe I opened and checked every single page – and I did not find any financial reports! Where are they hiding? If anyone knows please let us know and I will also try to contact the authority. The website address Nelson gave in her letter and the one I searched is lancasterconventioncenter.com.   

    ******

    RESSLER TAKES THE LEAD

    Kevin Ressler

          Mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler has taken the lead in the number of “likes” on his campaign Facebook page. As of 7:10 am this morning, the three Democratic candidates are as follows:
    Kevin Ressler:    1,184
    Norman Colon:   1,178
    Danene Sorace:     848
         Republican candidate Cindy Stewart has 240 likes and Independent Tony Dastra has 184.
    Click here for the March 16th informal poll on this site which had Colon in the lead and please check back later today.
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS *** – ** – * SORACE: YOU CAN’T WEED MY GARDEN!

    Posted on April 27th, 2017 Becky 15 comments

     “NOBODY CAN STOP US!”

         Apparently LNP and High Industries (PSP Partners) thought they could jump the gun and begin work on their Marriott “expansion” after every mayoral candidate except Danene Sorace criticized their receiving CRIZ money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls project. That way they figure no one can stop them! They are so wrong!
         This is not going to stop some of the main proponents/liars behind this from going to jail and forcing LNP and High to return the money! The vote by the CRIZ Board was illegal and they are not going to get away with this thievery! Period.
         Stay tuned. And when is LNP going to tell their readers about the major, major traffic changes below?

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    CAROLE OR DANENE?

     **    I always get a little nervous when I find people using two names. According to her father’s obituary, Danene Sorace’s given/legal name is Carole Danene Sorace (click here). In 2014 she donated to Mike Sturla’s campaign using “Carole” (see below and the address is hers and click here for the original). If she uses “Danene,” why would she donate under the name “Carole?”

    #PBJ?

       Oh, my heavens! Give it a rest already, Danene! The last I checked you are a “self-employed consultant.” That means, unlike the other candidates, your days are free and you desperately want that mayor’s salary!
         I think MAW Communications could use a consultant to improve their image – why don’t you check it out?

    SORACE: ONE BIG WEED!

         …That indicates she [city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace] has demonstrated that “I am willing to roll up my sleeves and do the hard work,” she said. She sweats the details, “really getting in the weeds,” and would be ready to lead on Day 1, she said.
    From the LNP article, “Lancaster mayoral candidates talk leadership in on-air debate at Radio Centro,” (click here).
         That is the most ridiculous thing I have read. Let’s count the weeds:
    —  The vote by the CRIZ Board to give LNP millions for their Marriott “expansion” was illegal! What about that does Sorace fail to understand? She and the other city council members were copied in on an email from the State Attorney General’s office and there will be more on that coming.
    —  MAW Communications. Did she really get into the weeds on that one? What research did she do before she presented two resolutions to city council to loan/give this company $3 million dollars? What financial information did she review? What questions did she ask? Patrick Hopkins said the following (click here):
       “Based on conservative extrapolations of rollouts elsewhere, MAW is projecting an initial customer base of 4,000, followed by 2 percent annual growth.”
         Where else has MAW rolled out? In what cities and on exactly what dates? Tell the public now, Sorace!
    —  She puts herself out there as a feminist and concerned with women’s issues. Why does she support a police chief whose ex-wife has written a book stating he beat her for years?
    —  Why has that police chief failed to diversify the Lancaster Police department? Why do 80% of the police officers live outside of the city?
    —  There are 20 unsolved murders in the city under Mayor Gray. Is that acceptable to Sorace? Why aren’t these murders being solved? Why aren’t shootings and stabbings and robberies and property crimes being solved? Who is holding the police accountable?
    —  Why aren’t the safety coalition cameras being used to solve these crimes? Why does the public never see images from these cameras? Why do the families of murder victims have to beg for the camera footage of those murders? Who is now in charge at the “safety coalition?” Why doesn’t the public know?
         That is the beginning of the list and there will be more coming. I wouldn’t trust Danene Sorace to weed my flower garden!
    Please check back later today.

  • *** BREAKING NEWS *** & STUHLDREHER DECEIVES THE PUBLIC!

    Posted on April 26th, 2017 Becky 13 comments

    POLICE CHASE WILLIAMS

    Imir Williams

         Imir Williams was spotted at the Water Street McDonalds early this afternoon (click here for LNP’s, “Manheim Borough man with history of domestic violence against ‘Amish Mafia’ star wanted in new domestic violence incident”). The police were called and a chase ensued. He was last spotted at the corner of Prince and Conestoga Streets. That was at 2:30 pm and there has been no report of an arrest on the police scanner as of 3:30 pm.

    A WHOLE LOT GOING ON!

          You can watch last night’s full city council meeting on this Facebook page (and you can click here to read LNP’s version that was buried on page A22 in the print edition). Thank you Independent Mayoral Candidate Tony Dastra for livestreaming these city council meetings. Finally, people have some idea of what their government is doing – and not doing!
         Yes, Giant filled the evening but LNP “reporter” Tim Stuhldreher left completely out of his article that former Mayor Art Morris was there about the CRIZ and no, councilman James Reichenbach, the CRIZ Board does not need your input! You have done enough damage already by rubber-stamping the illegal CRIZ vote on the Marriott! Every one of these city council members needs to be replaced and investigated.

    Stuhldreher

         There are excellent comments in under the post immediately below. It looks like someone took the hour or so necessary to research MAW Communications and realize they are a fraud! Imagine that! Stuhldreher, who wrote glowing article after article on LanCity Connect and MAW and didn’t check a single “fact” he used needs to resign now! There is no excuse for deceiving the public this way. No excuse whatsoever!
    Please check back later today.

  • * AFTERNOON UPDATE – PIPE DREAMS?

    Posted on April 25th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

    *    According to the LNP article, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why,” Hopkins said this to city council (click here):
         The loan terms will allow the city to take over the fiber network outright should MAW default, Hopkins said. It could then hire another firm to manage it.

         Lancaster also would have liens on MAW’s other assets and LanCity Connect revenues and potentially could recover other MAW revenues in the event the company folded while still owing the city money.

    FIBER INFASTRUCTURE
    AS COLLATERAL?
     

         You may have seen this article about a podcast on LNP (click here). On the left is Brian Kelly of MAW Communications. When I googled him, I found him with the following titles in the last two years: MAW’s corporate strategist; MAW’s operations director and MAW’s specialist in human integration. Hmmm…

         I listened to the podcast and as I was about to transcribe one of the many worrisome comments in it, I found that the whole podcast had already been transcribed (click here). The really disturbing comment is when Patrick Hopkins says this towards the very end:
         Let’s say for whatever reason something happens that the operation is not successful, there’s a loan that we’ve made to MAW but the city of Lancaster has the fiber infrastructure as collateral.
         Can anyone tell me what that means? How is that “collateral?” Collateral is defined as “something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in the event of a default.” How would a possible fiber infrastructure repay the city for a $1.5 million loan to MAW for them to use as operating capital? Could MAW sell that to a bank to get a loan?
         A screenshot of the full statement by Hopkins at the end of the podcast is below.     

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    IS MAW UNDERWATER?

         This comment in yesterday:
          I think I’m missing something as usual. I believe I read that a chunk of the MAW millions loan was being appropriated from some type of city water account. We now have the concrete water lines crumbling outside of M’ville. I think Ms Charlotte stated that they are crumbling before the city anticipated it and there is no money right now to replace the miles and miles of concrete lines. So there is no “water” money to replace the mains but a few million to lend to this, what sounds like a fly by night, internet company.
         That is an excellent, excellent point! From the LNP article, “$3 million in funding proposed to underwrite residential rollout of LanCity Connect broadband,” there is this (click here):
         Under Hopkins’ [Patrick Hopkins’] recommendation, MAW would receive a $1.5 million loan to use as operating capital.
         An additional $1.5 million would fund about 1,500 residential connections, roughly the number of city residences who have pre-registered for the service.
         The  working  capital loan would come from the city’s general fund and the  residential connection subsidy from the water fund, respectively, Hopkins said.
         And from the same article, the city has already spent $1.7 million from the water fund on the project:
    So far, the city has spent more than $1.7 million on the network, which is being built by Reading-based MAW Communications.

         The city plans to use it for remote water meter reading, to serve the Lancaster Safety Coalition’s security cameras, and other uses, and it was worth building for those purposes alone, Hopkins said.
         Almost all the money came from the city’s water fund, because of the planned meter-reading use.
          And this:
         The subsidies for connection costs are expected to be ongoing.  The money would come from funds the water fund saved through refinancing.
          That must be one huge water fund! You would think they could fix the pipes!
          And Hopkins had the arrogance and unmitigated gall to tell me he doesn’t have the financial information on MAW Communications and he wants to give/loan them over $3 million more dollars (see the story immediately below)!
         Of course, everyone likes the idea of a super fast, super cheap internet provider. But is Lancaster’s nothing but a pipe dream?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – CLEARLY DEFIED THEIR OWN BYLAWS!

    Posted on April 24th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    EPITOME OF ARROGANCE!

          So whose custody are they in? Isn’t this the epitome of arrogance. Oh, we are supposed to believe that there are no records. My bad.

    Hopkins

         This excellent comment came into this site when I printed the below response by Patrick Hopkins to my Right to Know request for the financial information for MAW Communications (click here for “WHERE’S THE MONEY, MAW?”):
          After a reasonable search I have determined that the above-referenced requested records do not exist within my custody, possession or control. Please be advised that this correspondence will serve to close this record with our office as permitted by law.
         It is indeed the epitome of arrogance that is demonstrated by all of the major administrators under Mayor Gray and every single rubber-stamping member of city council.
         I appealed his arrogant reply this morning and received the below beginning of the official notification of appeal by the PA Office of Open Records. Let the “fun” begin! I will come back to Randy Patterson, city council and the CRIZ tomorrow and also click here for the special report by LIP News: “MAW IS TAKING LANCASTER TO THE BANK!”

    A BUNCH OF CROOKS!

    Patterson

         Below is an email I received from Randy Patterson on October 18, 2016. No where in the CRIZ bylaws does it say the spouse has to have an “ownership” interest! No where!
         Susan Baldrige is listed as an “investigative reporter” for LNP. Enelly Betancourt is the Editor of LNP’s publication, La Voz Hispana.
         Who are these CRIZ Board members? Do they or Randy Patterson have even a basic grasp of what ethics and conflicts of interest mean? Why did they blatantly defy the CRIZ bylaws? There needs to be an investigation – now!
    Please check back later today.

    *****

  • HOW DARE LNP? ZERO ETHICS!

    Posted on April 23rd, 2017 Becky 9 comments

    DESTROYING JOURNALISM
    & LANCASTER COUNTY!

    From this site on September 25, 2016 – Thomas Baldrige and Susan Baldrige are pictured and the amount is now $9 million! (Click here for the original.)

     From the front page of today’s LNP print edition.
     *
          How dare LNP sponsor this? How dare they include the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry? Where is LNP’s journalism code of ethics? Will they bring it to the debate? Will they publish it?
         Please send Executive Editor Barbara Hough Roda questions – lot’s of them! Ask her why LNP is raping the public! Ask her if she has any ethics or decency at all!
         Click here for ” Lancaster city Democratic mayoral debate set for May 4 at The Ware Center.” Email Roda at broda@lnpnews.com.
    Please check back later today.   
          
          
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? WHY HAVEN’T THEY BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE?

    Posted on April 21st, 2017 Becky 6 comments

    TRUTH TO POWER!

          Mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler nailed the truth again last night. From the LNP story, “Lancaster mayoral candidates talk leadership in on-air debate at Radio Centro,” he is quoted as follows (click here):
         As a board member of the nonprofit Assets, tackling poverty “is work I’ve been doing,” he said. He said that Sorace did not make poverty an issue on council for three years and that Gray didn’t address it until pushed by the release of F&M’s report.
         “You can’t be led; you have to lead,” he said. “The next mayor can’t wait three terms before being told there’s a problem.”  
         Exactly! After pouring money into the downtown and directly into LNP’s pockets, Gray and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace suddenly became concerned about poverty when an F&M study said their spending had widened the divide in the city.
         Sorace must go!

    A HUGE PROBLEM!

                   

         Johnson [Matt Johnson] noted he is the grandson of former city police Chief David Rineer. Under his administration, officers had to live in the city. Now, 80 percent don’t, he said, calling it “a huge problem.”
    From the LNP article, “City Council candidates touch on poverty, diversity, policing in NAACP debate,” (click here).
         How does Mayor Gray explain this? Why hasn’t he been asked? How do the city council members explain this? Why haven’t they been asked? How does Police Chief Keith Sadler explain this? Why hasn’t he been asked?
    It is Sadler who talked about the diversity of the
     city and supposedly why he wanted to move here when he was hired. It is Sadler who on promotional videos for the police department talks about the diversity of the city. 
         But it is Sadler who has failed to diversify the force – and that is unacceptable. It is also totally unacceptable for Mayor Gray and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace to sit by and let this happen.
    Please check back later today.

  • * WHERE’S THE MONEY, MAW?

    Posted on April 20th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    RAMPANT NARCISSISM!

    Hopkins

    Patterson

    Katzenmoyer

        

         The response from Patrick Hopkins is truly one of the stupidest, least transparent and egotistical things I have read in a very long time and I will be appealing. When narcissistic Mayor Gray and his narcissistic staff finally leave city hall, there is going to be one huge mess to clean up!
         This is a very busy week for me on a personal level so please be patient as posting will be sporadic for the next several days.

    NOBODY KNOWS NOTHING!

         After a reasonable search I have determined that the above-referenced requested records do not exist within my custody, possession or control. Please be advised that this correspondence will serve to close this record with our office as permitted by law.
    Respectfully,
    Patrick Hopkins
    Business Administrator / City Open Records Officer
     
         This was the response I received yesterday to my Right to Know request for: “All financial information including financial statements and the full financial portfolio/file collected and reviewed by the Lancaster City Council on MAW Communications in Reading who are contracted to provide LanCity Connect to Lancaster.”
         Well, isn’t that just amazing? It looks like the level of stupidity, denial, deceit and downright illegal actions in city hall have reached a climax!
    Please check back later today.

     

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – LNP: NEVER QUESTIONS THE POLICE!

    Posted on April 18th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

     LNP: TOTALLY
    FAILING THE PUBLIC!

         It is one of those days when I am in total disbelief and so angry that it is difficult to type. There have been three huge incidents with the Lancaster City Police Department and District Attorney Craig Stedman in the last two weeks and LNP remains silent and fails to protect the citizens and hold these public “servants” accountable.
    1.  District Attorney Craig Stedman gave an absurd press conference regarding the police shooting death of 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez in January and refused to name the officers involved. LNP has been silent.
    2.  A man was shot outside the Final Fade Barber Shop on N. Plum Street Friday night and all the public knows is that the shooter apparently stayed on the scene and was arrested and released. That is all the public knows. LNP took three days to report the shooting and has not followed-up at all.
    3.  A very disturbing event took place on Easter Sunday with the police awakening and apparently harassing a homeless man sleeping in a city park. The charges lodged against him could keep this mentally ill man behind prison bars for years. LNP promised a follow-up and there has not been one.
         Every editor and reporter at LNP should resign for failing to do their most basic obligation – protecting and informing the public.
         There will be more on these cases later; today I am turning to two other news sources:
                                                                             (Click here)

          Lancaster Police Sgt. Ray Corll is currently scheduled to be sentenced by President Judge Dennis Reinaker on May 12th.
    And:

    (Click here)

          Robert, no one asks this disgusting “news organization” anything. They just hand them money so they stay in office and keep their cushy city jobs! The corruption in Lancaster is just unbelievable!

    *******

    WHY IS LNP JUST
    LEAVING IT ALONE?

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the story, “Lancaster police officers punched, stabbed with pen during incident at Farnum Park,” (click here).

         Where is the follow-up, LNP? Are you going to ask Mayor Gray or Police Chief Sadler or the city council members why the police thought it was a priority to have this homeless man “clean up” his campsite in the park on Easter Sunday?
         Where is this follow-up story, LNP?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * 4-17-17 UPDATE *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Posted on April 15th, 2017 Becky 15 comments

    NOT A GOOD OL’ WHITE BOY!

    (Click here)

         There are so many disturbing aspects to this story about a homeless man on Easter Sunday and I will come back to them tomorrow. According to his docket – his bail was set a half-a-million-dollars cash – that’s right – $500,000.
         I guess he should have been a good ol’ white boy! On October 29 of 2014 I published the below (the original is here).

    *******

    *   The man who was shot is Ortiz J. Angel. Social media accounts say he was shot by a “friend.” 

    4-17 UPDATE

    YES, A MAN WAS
    SHOT FRIDAY NIGHT!

    (Click here)

         And the police and LNP don’t tell the public until late last night. Unbelievable!
    Please check back later today.

    SHOOTING AT FINAL FADE?

         There was intense police activity after what is believed to have been a shooting at the Final Fade Barber Shop at 605 N. Plum Street in Lancaster last night.

  • COLON HAS SOME EXPLAINING TO DO!

    Posted on April 13th, 2017 Becky 2 comments

    NO ANGELS?

    Colon

         The governor Friday suspended Norman Bristol-Colon, 31, after Bristol-Colon’s [sic] supervisors learned of a crash involving the vehicle, a white Chrysler Cirrus sedan, that occurred just after midnight Dec. 20.
         …In an accident report filed by Bristol-Colon, he blamed foggy weather, a wet roadway and defective brakes on the car for the crash. He also stated the truck was illegally parked and said the car was traveling 55 mph, 10 mph less than the speed limit.
         A report filed by Northwest Regional police said the weather was clear, the road dry, the car’s [sic] brakes did not fail and the truck was legally parked, news reports state.
    From the 2007 LNP article, “County man suspended after accident in state vehicle,” (click here).
         How much do we know about mayoral candidate Norman Bristol Colon? He owns a home in Lancaster Township and was shown in city council minutes as living there in September of 2015. When did he move into the city?
         What exactly is The Progreso Group, that he is president of and described on their Facebook page as a “consulting agency” (click here). Why don’t they have a website? How does he earn a living with a Facebook page with 200 likes?
         There will be more when this site returns from Spring break on Monday.   
         And not to leave out another mayoral candidate – who does this? An angel on her shoulder? Really? Uh, oh! She’s a “consultant” too! Hmmm…
         Have a great holiday and please check back on” Monday!
     *
  • AFTERNOON UPDATE * DEJA VU

    Posted on April 12th, 2017 Becky 6 comments

    HOW TO GET $3 MILLION PLUS!

         I received the below two pages  in response to my Right to Know request to the city for, “A copy of the amended application from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and Penn Square Partners to the Lancaster CRIZ Authority for the Marriott Hotel project that Randy Patterson discussed before the city council at their meeting on March 28, 2017.”
         I apologize the print is so small. The originals came that way and I did not have time to enlarge them but will in the future. There will be more tomorrow and then LIP News will go on Spring break and return on Monday, April 17th.
    ***
    * The Convention Center events calendar from today through the end of April (click here):

    *

    WE HAVE ANOTHER “GAP!”

         Folks, we have a (gasp!) gap! Yes, a gap! This is so reminiscent of the original convention center. Remember when Mayor Dick “filled” a twenty million dollar gap (if you don’t – see the video below)? One of those items was “naming rights” to the convention center in the amount of $1 or $2 million dollars. That hasn’t happened!
         Yes, LNP and High (Penn Square Partners) have another gap – and they want you to fill it. How do they get an additional $3 million plus of your money? They write a one page request/demand for it! Amazing. So simple! The beginning of their request is below. The rest will come later today.

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    Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster (“Lessor”)
    and Penn Square Partners (“PSP or “Lessee”)
    Marriott Hotel at Penn Square Addition (“Project”)

    Expanded CRIZ Request
    March 16, 2017

    Need

    The Project cost has increased substantially over previous estimates. Project cost increases have come to light as a result of recent bids based on construction documents (now approximately 95% complete). The new total Project cost is $39,431,938, which represents an increase of $5,873,505 over the previous estimate provided to the CRIZ Authority (Authority). The new total cost of $39,431,938 already reflects value engineering measures which have been taken without diminishing the value of the asset. Given these cost increases, PSP has evaluated the Project budget to identify additional opportunities to close the gap through an expanded CRIZ investment. The CRIZ expansion request is briefly described below.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – * DUMP STEDMAN & SORACE!

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    HEY, TOM,
     HAVE $6 MILLION ON US!

                

                          Daniel Betancourt                        Thomas Baldrige

          When you go to GuideStar, this is the mission statement given for Lancaster’s Community First Fund (click here).
          Oh, really?
          Both Daniel Betancourt, CEO of Community First Fund,  and Thomas Baldrige, CEO of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce,  are on the CRIZ Authority Board and both of their wives are employed by LNP. And they both recently gave LNP millions of dollars for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion!
          And from LNP on March 28th of this year, Betancourt gave his buddy Baldrige over $6 million dollars (click here for the article pictured below). How’s that mission statement working for you, Betancourt?  

          And from today’s LNP (click here for the article):

           How much corruption is there in Lancaster? Unbelievable! To be continued…

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    STILL WAITING?

    *    On a lighter note today, on February 9th of this year I published the below (click here for the original and there’s also good stuff on DA Stedman there). Oh, happy day! They are now open! What a culinary adventure and delight!
         I’m still waiting Mayor Gray…

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    LIABILITY CONCERNS?
    YOU BET!

         Ressler criticized Sorace, a councilwoman, for halting a City Council motion that would have funded police body cameras. That was at District Attorney Craig Stedman’s request, due to legal liability concerns, Sorace said.
    From the LNP article, “Mayoral candidates seek to define ‘Lancaster values’ at debate,” (click here).

         Yet another huge “error” by District Attorney Craig Stedman and city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace. So, why do the police in York have body cameras?
    Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ALONG CAME A SPIDER?

    Posted on April 10th, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    DIFFERENT “SOULS”
    & DIFFERENT STORIES

           He  [DA Stedman] got angry when I asked if De La Torre had any complaints in his file saying he did not know and that it is not relevant. 
    From the account of DA Stedman’s press conference on the police shooting death of Gregory Bayne on this site (click here).
         Stedman said one thing I agree with in his Friday press conference: “We are fighting for the soul of our nation.”
         Yes, we are, but Stedman and I are on different sides of that fight and there will be much more on that to come. But he made a point in that press conference of saying that he had checked on the background of the officers involved and there was nothing but one officer who was noted for having two car accidents.
         When I attended Stedman’s press conference on the police shooting death of Gregory Bayne, I had a copy of a long and angry citizen complaint against the Lancaster Police Officer who shot and killed him, Jose De La Torre, on my person. Stedman told me that was not relevant. That unbelievable answer still amazes me today.
         And these public officials just lie and lie and change their stories and no one questions them. No one! I want a different “soul” and country than Stedman.

       You can watch the full video of Friday’s press conference here.

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    LNP’S PRIORITIES?

         This five sentence spider story has been on Lancaster Online’s home page (as a major story!) longer that the DA’s press conference regarding the police shooting death of 18-year-old Jose Rodriguez.
         Unbelievable! 
    Please check back later today.

  • * TO TELL THE TRUTH!

    Posted on April 9th, 2017 Becky 4 comments

    CAN YOU SAY “SWITZER?”

         LNP reporter Tom Knapp commenting on Lancaster Online’s Facebook page.

         No, Tom, the poster is correct. The police did investigate themselves. You need to tell the public the truth, Tom! It’s in every journalism code of ethics in this country.  You are to tell the truth!
    Please check back later today.

  • * STEDMAN…

    Posted on April 8th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

         From an article in the LNP print edition by Tom Knapp titled, “DA declines to name officers in shooting death of 18-year-old; Cites increasing violence on police; only says they are white males.” 

    *    Of course they were white males! How many black and Hispanic officers are on the streets of Lancaster?

    NOT JUSTIFIED TO BE DA!

     

         I hope Jose Rodriguez’s family sues the Lancaster City Police – it is the only way the truth comes out in these situations.
         Rodriguez was shot and killed because he would not take his hands out of his pockets – from the LNP article (click here):
         Did Rodriguez know they were police officers in the car? And if the police had been parked in Manheim Township and a white 18-year-old came up to their car would they have done the same? Would he be dead?
         There is this on the DA’s Facebook page:
         I saw Blanding Watson of the NAACP come out of the room with the family prior to the DA’s press conference to the “press.”
         Is Watson going to issue a statement regarding this? Is he going to do one thing about this 18-year-old being killed or is he going to sweep it under the rug the way he has in the past? If he doesn’t make a public statement regarding this, he should be removed by the NAACP.
         I was not “allowed” into the DA’s press conference yesterday and neither was a young man who said he was a “citizen” and wanted to know how an 18-year-old man ended up dead. That alone tells me that DA Stedman was not telling the truth and there will be much more on that later.
         And one of LNP’s Jonas Fortune’s tweets has me totally shaking my head:
         Following an over two month “investigation,” Stedman doesn’t know if anyone was manning the cameras? He’s on the Board of Directors of the Safety Coalition and he doesn’t know (click here and see the second from last on the list below)?
         That statement by itself is enough to end his term as the District Attorney of Lancaster County.
  • DA STEDMAN GIVES A SLANTED PRESS CONFERENCE…

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 Becky 3 comments

    TO A SLANTED PRESS!

    (Click here)

         Look at the size of that LNP headline. Unbelievable! I have a lot to say about this but it has been a long day and it will come tomorrow.

  • OVER TWO MONTHS LATER…

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 Becky 7 comments

    WHOSE LIVES DO WE VALUE?

               

          Lancaster County District Attorney and Superior Court Judge Candidate Craig Stedman has a press conference today concerning the police shooting death of Jose Rodriguez on January 24th of this year. Will LNP tell the public that his chief county detective and investigator on the case, Kent Switzer, retired from the Lancaster City Police Department in January of 2016 after 30 years of employment? Will Stedman name the officers involved?
         There is a mayoral forum tonight in the Southern Market Center at 100 S. Queen Street from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on “Lancaster Values.” Click here for their Facebook page and look for the link if you want to send in a question for the candidates.
    It’s going to be busy! Please check back later today.

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – ** – * A WEEK LATE…

    Posted on April 6th, 2017 Becky 8 comments

    RESSLER:
    A STRONG RESPONSE!

    Kevin Ressler

          Mayoral candidate Kevin Ressler just posted the below strong response to LNP’s article on his Facebook page (click here).
         There is a mayoral forum tomorrow evening on “Lancaster Values” at the Southern Market Center from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. I am told all five candidates will be there. It is free and open to the public and if you can’t attend, Ressler will be livestreaming it on his Facebook page.
         As a commenter on Lancaster Online posted earlier today: “Pack the room!” Tell them there must be change – now! 

    ***********    

    Seeing this article really bothers me. Just like you, I pay 100% of my taxes. The Marriott deal only pays 10% of their taxes so why should our tax money go to Marriott Headquarters in Bethesda, MD? It’s time our taxes develop Lancaster, PA. 

    I offer a few simple, alternative ideas: 

    • How many small businesses in Lancaster could $9 million dollars help provide real thriving wages and economic opportunity to Lancaster citizens?

    • Offer money to a concrete company whose plan is to pave these pothole ridden streets.

    • Bring in a solar company and create a fund to subsidize installations on homes and tie it to the grid to power street lighting.

    • Fund a drug rehab center to fight the scourge of K2 and Heroin. 

    But if you’re going to give them more money, how about start here: 

    A guarantee that the Thaddeus Stevens/Lydia Smith museum is completed from the first unfinished project before a single brick is torn down or laid for the new tower.

    • A guaranteed thriving wage for employees or subcontracting employees of the Marriott/Convention Center before a single brick is torn down or laid for the new tower.

    • Special discount rates for county non-profit organizations to host events at the convention center for their fundraisers or events since we are giving the Marriott yet another special discount rate on taxes. 

    Folks, we can do better projects. At the least, shouldn’t we be getting better deals? Instead of letting our representatives phone it in, it’s time for new representation. I invite you to vote for me, Kevin Ressler for Mayor on the May 16th Democratic Primary. It’s time for actual ideas and a stop to stagnation in Lancaster City.

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    **   “Rednek” sent in a comment that most of the comments on Lancaster Online under the article are negative. Actually, at this point – all of them are. And many are excellent! Yes, there is a Mayoral forum tomorrow and people need to pack the room! There will be more on that later today.

    TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH!

    *    Apparently city council member and mayoral candidate Danene Sorace thinks being photographed with Mayor Dick is good for her campaign (click here).
         Is she just totally out of touch or what? How much of the taxpayer’s money has she thrown away on LNP’s Marriott Hotel “expansion” and on MAW Communications in Reading?
         What is her relationship with LNP? Right after she voted to give them $5.6 million in CRIZ money, she went to them to announce her candidacy for mayor. This is such a huge, unbelievable conflict of interest and raises not only ethical but legal questions!

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    LNP TELLS THE PUBLIC
    THEY WILL STEAL $9 MILLION!

    (Click here)

          No, LNP will not get another $9 million! Run these greedy, racist crooks out of this county!
         From the story:
         The increase is due to “a new scope of brand requirements” from the Marriott corporation…
         Pay it your damn selves, LNP, you lying pieces of crap! And kick every city council member and Randy Patterson, Patrick Hopkins and Charlotte Katzenmoyer out of office! Better yet, put some of them in jail!
    Please check back later today. 

  • AFTERNOON UPDATE – I’VE GOT A TIP!

    Posted on April 5th, 2017 Becky 11 comments

    THE CAUCUS:
    INVESTIGATE THIS!

    The Caucus “reporters/investigators” from left: Mike Wereschagin, Paula Knudsen, Tom Murse and Brad Bumsted.
        
         Just a reminder that below on this post are the voting CRIZ Authority Board Members. Apparently LNP and High Industries (also known as the Penn Square Partners) can just walk up to the board members and say: “Uh, oh! Our costs for the for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion have increased since our original estimate and we need $3.4 million more of the taxpayers money! And the board just gives it to them!
         If you see any of these board members, try asking for over $7 million and see what happens!
         From the Agenda for their March 28th meeting (click here):
         Amazing and completely unacceptable and there will be more on this later.
         The following two Right to Know requests were faxed into the City of Lancaster yesterday:
     
    —  A copy of the amended application from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and Penn Square Partners to the Lancaster CRIZ Authority for the Marriott Hotel project that Randy Patterson discussed before the city council at their meeting on March 28, 2017.
     
    —  All financial information including financial statements and the full financial portfolio/file collected and reviewed by the Lancaster City Council on MAW Communications in Reading who are contracted to provide LanCity Connect to Lancaster.
     
       
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    NOTHING MORE WASTEFUL!

         I’ve got a tip! Call or email The Caucus, LNP’s new publication that is “casting light on Pa. government waste and fraud through relentless, independent investigative reporting,” and ask them to investigate LNP getting $7 million more in state gifts for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Expansion. I can’t imagine anything more wasteful that that! Call or email them today!
    Please check back later today.
  • * 4 – 4 – 17 UPDATE * THE CITY “LOANS” $3 MILLION DOLLARS!

    Posted on April 3rd, 2017 Becky 9 comments

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

    ABSOLUTE FRAUDS!

         4-4-17 UPDATE – Unbelievable! Simply unbelievable! The article to the left is on the front page of Lancaster Online this morning (click here). It is time the country knew about these absolute frauds!
         Yesterday’s headline about the $3 million dollars was for Lancaster’s loan to MAW Communications in Reading and not this latest steal by LNP of another $3.4 million of the public’s money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott “expansion.” I didn’t know about it because – surprise – LNP did not tell the public!
         LNP is not a news organization: They are a greedy, racist company that has run the county of Lancaster for years for their own profit and the white elite they favor. They are, as Donald Trump labeled the press, some of the most dishonest people in the state if not the country.
         And all of their employees know it – and are no longer “protected” by claiming to be members of the legitimate press.
    Coming later today: How to stop these bastards!
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    — $3.4 MILLION MORE!

    LNP: YOUR
    COMMUNITY THIEVES! – 2

          During last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Randy Patterson, the city’s Director of Economic Development & Neighborhood Revitalization, stated the below. Of course, LNP is one of the Penn Square Partners along with High Industries.

    Patterson

         This was not reported by any news media, including obviously, LNP! This is simply unbelievable! I don’t have words for this greedy racist business pretending to be a news organization. Well, I have some words but I can’t print them! I did say previously that Patterson will likely end up in jail – and I mean that.
         You can listen to the full city council meeting here. And Patterson had even more so say and that will come tomorrow.

          The CRIZ Authority met this afternoon to review an amended application from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster and Penn Square Partners for the Marriott Hotel project. They’ve completed their construction design and their negotiations with the Marriott and the price of the project has gone up from their preliminary estimates so they are asking the CRIZ Authority to pick up a piece of that – approximately $3.4 million in addition to the $5.6 million that’s been committed so far. They’ll be picking up approximately seven million of additional cost through their equity investments and through the Redevelopment Authority financing that will be paid by Penn Square Partners as lease payments to the Authority.
         The use of additional increment based on the change in the legislation is what the hoteliers are requesting so to keep this a little bit simple, um, the current hotel creates an increment under the new legislation so the hotel tax is being paid by the current hotel creates an increment so the applicant has asked to use a portion of that – 70 percent of that amount – without changing that amount through the term of the financing so it will always remain the same $417,000 thousand dollars a year that will be used to pay additional debt service.

     

    *    As noted here yesterday, Sheriff Mark Reese filed his Preliminary Objections to State Senators Scott Martin and Ryan Aument’s lawsuit on March 31st (click here).
         He argues that they do not have the capacity to sue him. And there is no attorney’s name mentioned for Reese – he signed the documents in what is apparently his true signature and not an electronic version!

    LNP: TOTAL FAILURE 
    REPORTING THE NEWS!

    Three of the top five stories on Lancaster Online as of 7:30 am this morning (and no eEdition of today’s paper available).

         The entire Lancaster Police department was in Brandon Park last night following the shooting. According to the police scanner, there were no units available for other calls in the city such as an assault call and suspicious activity. The city was left unprotected.
          The Manheim Township Prom story is now three days old and the comments are closed and this has proven to be a poorly researched, slanted article that does not tell the full story by any means. Shame on LNP! It is nothing but clickbait.
         And I am coming back to the outrageous “insider” story on LanCity Connect later today.
    Please check back later.

  • ** – * PLAYING GAMES AT LNP?

    Posted on April 2nd, 2017 Becky 5 comments

    **   I was planting pansies to forget the picture of Mayor Dick I saw in today’s paper. Horrors! Anyway, time got away from me. LIP News will be back tomorrow morning!

    DOES DAD KNOW?

    *     A comment also came in that LNP closed the comments online under Knapp’s Manheim Township sob/clickbait story. But on Facebook under the article, the father of the girl, posted this:
         Not only does Manheim Township have a longstanding rule that dropouts cannot attend the prom – and her date was denied re-enrollment for some reason – but he also has a criminal record – Public Drunkenness (see yesterday’s post) – he would have had to put on his application according to the girl’s own father!
         And today, LNP starts their dreadful prom coverage with none other than the Manheim Township Prom! Oh, the irony!
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    WHAT HAPPENED
    TO NEWHOUSE?

    Newhouse

         Was Kara Newhouse dumped by the LNP so that if Murry can prove his allegations they can shirk responsibility and lay the blame at her feet?

    This question in yesterday under the post immediately below.
         I don’t know exactly what is going on with Newhouse because LNP still seems to be running her Podcasts. But William Murry and his attorneys revised their complaint against LNP and on the Sheriff’s Return of Service this is what is noted (click here):
         Also notice that they are still using Sheriff Reese’s electronic signature on this form! And there are developments in the same law firm’s (Kleinbard LLC) suit against Sheriff Reese!
    Please check back later today.