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  • ** – * EMERGENCY OVER?

    Posted on March 21st, 2018 Becky 2 comments

         Taking a snow break this afternoon. Surprising good news – the shoveling is easier than expected. Light snow and easy to move!

    ** 9:30 am The “world class journalists” at LNP have not even updated their website. They are still saying the snow emergency was over at 8:00 am this morning! Unbelievable!

    *    UPDATE City of Lancaster Tweet this morning:


    (Click here)

         Can anyone explain this? There was a snow emergency declared for last night beginning at 9 pm and ending this morning at 8 am? Really? Is someone on drugs?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 20th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         I stated yesterday that last week was Sunshine Week in Pennsylvania, and LNP ran a quote with their editorials for most of the days of that week. So, instead of typing over and over again how these LNP editors and reporters are unethical, lying, greedy hypocrites, I will just post the evidence below:

     —  From their editorial on Sunday, March 11:
     —  From their editorial on Monday, March 12:
     —  From their editorial on Wednesday, March 14:
     —  From their editorial on Thursday, March 15:
     —  From their editorial on Friday, March 16:
     —  From their editorial on Saturday, March 17:


    *     What has been the financial benefit to LNP through this MAW/Lancaster City arrangement?? Follow the money!!

    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article.
         Yes, why don’t you tell us, LNP? How much money have you made off this arrangement? Why haven’t you told the public the truth?

    OPEN A

    (Click here)

          This is simply unbelievable! LNP has repeatedly and consistently failed to inform and lied to the public about this $5 million dollar disaster.
          From the December 12th, 2017 post on this site (click here for the original):

     Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 19th, 2018 Becky 3 comments


         Following “Sunshine Week” in Pennsylvania, and LNP writing daily editorials about it and the public’s right to know and the importance of the press, they are trying to deny Robert Field of documents regarding the over $9 million dollar CRIZ award to them for their for-profit, off the tax-roles Marriott Hotel expansion.
         As previously published here, High Associates filed a Petition to Intervene on behalf of themselves and LNP (the PSP Partners) to keep him from obtaining the information (click here). So the city is paying a law firm on behalf of LNP to keep information from the public! Does it get any more unethical, hypocritical, dishonest or disgusting than that?
         I will be putting in a Right-To-Know request into the city to find out how much they are paying Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort & Albert LLP to fight Field in court.
         And speaking of law firms, I have not yet received a response from the city for the January invoices from the Washington D.C. law firm of Best Best & Krieger on behalf of MAW Communications. On March 5th I received the below emailed response and will follow-up shortly.
         There will be more tomorrow and a third Right to Know request for the Cohen Law Group the city has also hired to petition to intervene in PP&L’s lawsuit against MAW Communications!



    From, “Documents Finally Released,” (click here)

          The below is the latest in the City of Lancaster’s appeal of Robert Field’s Right to Know request for all the documents regarding the over $9 million CRIZ award to LNP and High Industries (the PSP Partners) for the Marriott Hotel expansion.

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 17th, 2018 Becky 13 comments

    UPDATE 3-18-2018 – I am not going to get involved in the debate raging on Lancaster Online over Help Find Sophie. What I do see is a lot of wanna-be lawyers posting and not having a clue what they are talking about. I just wanted to note that everyone is stating Facebook is free, etc., etc., etc.
         No one seems to know that she also has a website that is not free and her domain name is not free and it’s actually very well done and visually attractive and she has some good ideas (click here)! Now on to more serious news!


    *    Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the Lancaster County district attorney’s office, said the office has received information about the complaints, which are being vetted and reviewed.
    From today’s LNP lead story, “Critics say Help Find Sophie demanded donations before giving information about lost pets,” (click here).
         LNP has found a clickbait story – about animals, of course! What this woman apparently did after years of good service was morally wrong – but illegal?
         Maybe the DA should be looking at MAW Communications and the over $4.7 million they stole from the city and not at Help Find Sophie? Unbelievable!



         On September 25, 2016, LNP ran this quote in their print edition (click here for the LNP article online, “LNP coverage of Manheim Twp. school board earns Pa. NewsMedia Association’s top award”).
         Who is that person who “trusted a reporter enough?” Was it an ordinary citizen or was it then Superintendent John Nodecker who was being investigated for improper conduct and was at the center of the whole “controversy” that began LNP’s coverage?
         If it turns out it was Nodecker, will LNP return the G. Richard Dew Award and apologize to the public for this blatant, disgusting lie?


    Posted on March 16th, 2018 Becky 10 comments


         Judge David Ashwork has ordered oral arguments for March 29th in William Murry’s lawsuit against LNP as he tries to narrow in on who made the illegal recording of the Manheim Township School Board’s Executive Session
         The Judge’s order is immediately below and below that are several screenshots of the deposition of School Board Member Mark Anderson on June 12, 2017. (The full deposition and other depositions are available here – but note that there are 526 pages and it may take some time to load.)
    There will be much more tomorrow.





    *     What a hoot! Thank you for the email with the subject, “From sex educator to sex symbol.” Hmmm…click here for Fig!



         As LNP has been telling us: It is Sunshine Week! And in that vein, there are developments in two local lawsuits: William Murry v. LNP and Robert Field’s Right to Know request for city documents regarding the CRIZ award to LNP and High Industries.
         Let’s let that sunshine in, eh, LNP?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 15th, 2018 Becky 2 comments
    —   Just a reminder that Cassidy and the editorial board had the unbelievable audacity and hypocrisy to publish this on August 31, 2016 (click here):
         Still, there’s a rule of journalistic ethics that we think ought to apply to government officials, too: Avoid not just conflicts of interest, but the appearance of conflicts of interest. Because in the public’s eye, they’re all the same.


    ** Doing some research this afternoon. LIP News will return tomorrow.


    *    When LNP and the Caucus began running their articles about state Representative Nick Miccarelli, I sent the below email to Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Angela Couloumbis who is also being credited in all the articles (the link in the screenshot of the email is here):

         Today, I am sending her and the members of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association the below post (click here for the original of “A TERRIBLY, LYING START…”). I believe that decent editors and reporters find it hard to believe that other supposed editors and reporters can lie like this and be this morally deficient and unethical and disgrace journalism in this manner. And I will continue to let them know that sadly LNP is exactly that and should be thrown out of legitimate news organizations and associations.



          Randy Patterson, city director of economic development and neighborhood revitalization, said the state CRIZ law has strict disclosure requirements regarding conflicts.
    From the LNP article, “Councilwoman urges broader representation on city boards, commissions,” (click here).     
         Patterson (pictured left) is a flat-out liar. Thomas Baldrige voted to give his wife’s then employer, LNP, millions of dollars in CRIZ money for their for-profit, off the tax-rolls Marriott Hotel expansion. That is as clear a conflict of interest as you can get!
         But of course, LNP, the recipient of the money, doesn’t tell the public that! Where’s your journalism code of ethics, LNP?
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 14th, 2018 Becky 4 comments

    * Click here.



    A tweet From LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy yesterday.

         It’s time for you to resign, Cassidy! How does LNP find people who are willing to lie like this? 
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 13th, 2018 Becky 8 comments

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

         After moving the story off their homepage online, LNP has finally “corrected” the story, (click here):
         Geoffrey Opio Jr. faces a burglary charge after allegedly entering a home on Ridgewood Road at 6 a.m. Nov. 13, 2015.


          Jeffrey Chapman waived his preliminary hearing today according to his updated court docket and the Felony3 charge of “Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Causing SBI or Death” will move to Common Pleas Court and his formal arraignment is scheduled for April 13, 2018.
         I most recently covered this in the below reprint from March 10th on this site (click here for the original and the links):


    *    Why don’t you change that sentence to read “Nov. 13, 2015,” LNP? Are you purposely trying to deceive the public? It sure looks that way!



         Geoffrey Opio Jr. faces a burglary charge after allegedly entering a home on Ridgewood Road at 6 a.m. Nov. 13.
         Again (see yesterday afternoon’s post), this is from the LNP article by Tom Knapp, Man burglarizes Lancaster Township home, flees when confronted, but leaves DNA sample behind,” (click here).
         This is the Manheim Township Police Press Release on the CrimeWatchPA website (click here):

          It says twice that the burglary happened in 2015 and even states: “following a lengthy burglary investigation…”
          It certainly was “lengthy,” taking two years and four months. LNP reporter Knapp just states on “November 13” and the only thing the reader can assume is it was committed this past November – four months ago.
         And LNP refuses to correct it. It reads exactly the same in this morning’s print edition. This company which has recently been advertising “world class journalism” and “verified” and “the truth” doesn’t have enough respect for their readers to correct this blatant, huge error!
          And then there is the question of how the police obtained a DNA match two years and four months later. As stated here yesterday, he has no prior adult criminal record in Pennsylvania. It is possible there is a spelling error in a docket entry and I am not finding it – although that is very slim. It is possible he committed a crime in another state and they took his DNA. Or he may have a juvenile record, which is not public, and they took DNA. I do not know the legalities involving juveniles and DNA and will try to get answers.
          And to the best of my knowledge, the photo running with the story is not his mugshot – it is his driver’s license photo. Inmates are not usually photographed with jewelry and a blue background and they have not arrested him! They have a warrant for his arrest.
          So, maybe LNP could have enough respect for their readers to correct the date of this burglary and ask the police how they obtained the DNA match. You can bet a good defense attorney is going to question how it was done and why it took two years and four months to do it!   


    Posted on March 12th, 2018 Becky 9 comments


          Geoffrey Opio Jr. faces a burglary charge after allegedly entering a home on Ridgewood Road at 6 a.m. Nov. 13.
    From the LNP story, “Man burglarizes Lancaster Township home, flees when confronted, but leaves DNA sample behind,” (click here).
         Reporter Tom Knapp should have included that this burglary occurred on November 13, 2015! It is clearly stated in the police press release he rewrote (click here). The release also states:
           Using a DNA sample obtained from the drink container, Opio was positively identified as the person who committed this burglary.
         How and why were they able to match Opio’s DNA? Where and why was it on file? Did he commit a serious crime in another state? Because he has no other charges in Pennsylvania.
          How did they match his DNA? Shouldn’t the police and Knapp tell us?    


    *   From today’s Lancaster City Police Log (click here):
    OCCURRED 3/5/2018 BETWEEN 0400 HRS AND 1329 HRS
    Juan Delvalle,  72, of the 500 block West Orange Street, Lancaster PA believing that there was someone in his apartment and while attempting to manipulate his weapon discharged the weapon.  The bullet lodge in the wall of the victim’s apartment.  Delvalle was arrested and charged with Reckless Endangerment and Criminal Mischief.  



          Yes. And I, as David’s sister, appealed to his [Mayor Gray’s] ‘right hand man’, Pat Brogan, for any kind of help. I was ignored. No return email. Nothing.
    Posted on Lancaster Online by Dave Porter’s sister under the LNP article, ” ‘Tornado Alley’ is closing, owner Dave Porter says; buyer of Ruby Street property may keep backyard basketball court open,” (click here).  
         Is anyone surprised? 
    Please check back later today.  


    Posted on March 11th, 2018 Becky 1 comment


    UPDATE – The Judge in Kenneth White’s lawsuit closed the case on March 6, 2018. Below is the beginning of her opinion in the case and below that is her order. She determined the use of force against White was not excessive and was lawful.


  • *** – ** – * GETTING CATTY!

    Posted on March 10th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


    ***  The attorney for Kenneth White in his federal lawsuit against the Lancaster Police and Officer Todd Dickinson thinks District Attorney Craig Stedman has a list (click here for the original on this site and see immediately below).


    (Click here)



    *    This very sad update today (click here to read the entire message).



           Uh, oh! LNP and I agree! From this morning’s editorial (click here):
          A small step toward that end: Stop feeding feral cats.
          On February 9th of this year, I posted this between two very important unrelated stories that I will come back to later today (click here for the original):
           I had/have a similar situation as the above poster and sadly I have only one piece of advice: Do not feed feral cats. Period.  
         LNP kept their story about a man shooting and killing a cat as a lead story for days online and the number of comments under it are amazing (click here).    
         Jeffrey Chapman, the man who allegedly shot the cat, is due to have his preliminary hearing on the charge this coming Tuesday at 1:30 pm before District Judge Jonathan W. Heisse. He is represented by private attorney Michael Marinaro. Stay tuned!


    Posted on March 9th, 2018 Becky 4 comments


         Thank you for all the recent comments. I need to review them and see where to go from here regarding the rampant corruption in the county. And speaking of State Senator Scott Martin, there was this nonsense in an LNP article today (click here):
         State Sen. Scott Martin, R-Martic Township, began circulating a co-sponsorship memo in the state Capitol last week for a bill that would expand the ability of authorities to charge some children with aggravated assault.

         Martin’s bill would permit those charges for children who become violent with nonsecure youth shelter employees. Current law only allows an aggravated assault charge in those cases for children who are already in the delinquency system, according to Martin’s memo.
         What in the world? Do some real work, Martin! Make people’s lives better! What a bunch of B.S.
    And then there was this (click here):

          Maybe LNP should hold a city water testing and tasting instead! People want real news, managing editor Tom Murse, not this stupid crap!
    Have a safe and happy Friday!



         From the just released “2017 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – City of Lancaster,” (click here to read the entire report):

    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 8th, 2018 Becky 23 comments



           Back to this morning’s post and Benchmark Construction – It seems odd that they are one of the highest donators to Lloyd Smucker’s campaign this year because they were also the highest donors to Mayor Danene Sorace’s campaign!
         From the May 30, 2017 LNP “insider” article, “Analysis: Lancaster’s Democratic mayoral candidates spent $6.54 per vote in primary,” there is this (click here):        
         She received 16 donations of $1,000 or more, by far the most among the three candidates. That includes $11,500 from a half-dozen donors affiliated with Benchmark Construction Co., the workplace of her husband, Christian Recknagel.
         And this graphic:      Robert A. Brandt Jr. and Michael A. Callahan are the presidents of Benchmark Construction.
         How do you possibly reconcile Sorace and Smucker? Could any two politicians be more different?



    **   “The state of Minnesota hereby adopts a policy of zero tolerance of Arie Luyendyk Jr. from season 22 of The Bachelor,” reads the document. “It is state policy that every person in the state has a right to live free from the presence of Arie Luyendyk Jr. in the state.”
    (Click here for the “People” article.)


    *     This heavily cropped photo of Scott Martin in a hot tub is for “Ida” (see the comments under “JUDGE THIS!” – click here).



        It doesn’t get much better than this! And these women did the only smart thing and unplugged “her.”

          From the top contributors to Lloyd Smucker in 2018 (click here). Where have we heard of Benchmark Construction before? Hmmm…

          LNP has a lot of job openings (click here). Their ad for the General Assignment Reporter includes this:
         Solid understanding of news writing, journalistic ethics and story structure.
         What is LNP’s code of journalistic ethics and why don’t they publish it? Do they have one? How can anyone who works for LNP have journalistic ethics?

          LNP has filled one position. Sigh…
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 7th, 2018 Becky No comments

    We are still getting slammed in Philly! LIP News will be back tomorrow.


    **   For the February 13, 2018 Lancaster City Council Meeting the following two new members were absent:
    —  Ismail Smith Wade-El
    —  Chris Ballentine

         For the March 5, 2018 Lancaster City Council Committee Meeting the following two new members were absent:
    —  Ismail Smith Wade-El
    —  Janet Diaz



    *    The one video the city has on their new YouTube channel is the Neighbor to Neighbor Forum and it features new city council member Ismail Smith Wade-El among others. Wade-El has missed two city council meetings and he was only sworn into office in January.
         There was a very long city council committee meeting on Monday which is available on Tony Dastra’s “See-Thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page (click here). Very important topics were discussed and people nominated for very important positions (the Zoning Board, the CRIZ Board and the Lancaster City Human Relations Commission, etc.) but Wade-El was not there.
         This is disturbing and I will start keeping track of attendance at these meetings.



          The City is now on YouTube (click here). Will city council and CRIZ meetings and others be posted? Stay tuned!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 6th, 2018 Becky 17 comments


         What I know is this: When District Attorney Craig Stedman has his candidate Facebook page up to be a Superior Court Judge, there was some fancy fundraising event for Stedman and he and John H. May were pictured there together looking very chummy and the caption stated May was the president of the Lancaster Bar Association.
         And I said hmmm. Because I had just been looking up May and his law firm with District Judge Bruce Roth and I stumbled upon May’s lawsuit against John Yelcick and I wrote about it on this site (click here for “15 DAYS IN PRISON – YELCICK REVISTED”).
         And now I see in May’s bio that he used to work in the District Attorney’s office and he used to be a law clerk for Judge Madenspacher who gave Yelcick his 15 day sentence and I wonder if they worked a deal for that ridiculous and disgusting sentence (click here and it is the younger John H. May). A jury and the court would be much more sympathetic and award more money since Yelcick only spent 15 days in jail for his horrific crimes.
          Can Lancaster be that corrupt? With LNP as it’s “watchdog,” and never questioning the white, powerful and elite – sadly, yes, it can.
          There will be more tomorrow and there are also excellent comments under this post. 




    *   For some reason(!), LNP has kept Lloyd Smucker’s opinion column as a lead story for several days now (click here). Former LNP reporter Michael Deibert went after Smucker hard yesterday on his Twitter account. It is so wonderful this man had the sense and decency to leave unethical LNP and tell the truth!
         And Steinman Communications is one of those sycophants who have repeatedly donated to Smucker because he wrote the CRIZ legislation for them and they received millions of dollars. And LNP has this nasty editorial today: “Christina Hartman crossing borders to run for Congress smacks of carpetbaggery,” (click here).
         Well, everything LNP does smacks of being greedy, unethical and corrupt. Hartman knows she can’t win with LNP constantly backing up and promoting the disgusting Schmuck! Good move, Hartman!     




    (The headline from the front page of LNP’s print edition today. Click here to read the “insider” story online.)

         What in the world? I may have an answer – John H. May, Esq. – President of the Lancaster Bar Association (pictured right).
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 5th, 2018 Becky No comments



    *    Named vice chairman [of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County] for 2018 and 2019 is Robert M. Krasne, chairman and CEO of Steinman Communications, parent company of LNP Media Group.
    From the January 2, 1018 LNP article, “Fulton Financial’s Wenger named chairman of EDC for 2-year term,” (click here).
         Get off the board, Krasne! You have no business being on it!
         And why didn’t LNP go to the EDC for a loan for your for-profit, off the tax-roles Marriott Hotel expansion instead of taking over $9 million more dollars from the taxayers? Absolutely disgusting!



         Unfortunately because the LNP is involved in so many for profit, private sector businesses that also include the city, the courts, and even law enforcement (the cameras around town), they will NEVER broach anything wrong, corrupt or below board that any of these entities might engage in.
         It is even impossible to find out how MAW came to be known to the city to enter into a contract with them.
         The city is essentially being run and tax monies looted by a cabal. And when the newspaper is a part of that corrupt organization, citizens are f*cked.
    This comment in under “A SMALL TELECOM UTILITY” below on this site.
         Exactly! Their tagline should be “Always Money!”
    Please check back later today.    


    Posted on March 3rd, 2018 Becky 14 comments

    OH, IT FELL!

         On a somewhat lighter note, this just cracks me up and I suppose copy editors are a thing of the past.
         LNP reporter Konstantine Fekos states a tree “reportedly” fell on a house right above a picture of the huge tree on the house (click here). He is a ridiculously bad reporter and writer!
         Speaking of reporters, LNP is looking to hire several, so if you can do as well as Fekos, by all means apply (click here). And my sympathies to the owners of that house!



    *    Jordan Russell was sentenced to two years of probation. That is correct – two years of probation.
         Both men were charged with the following:
    —  1 count – F3 – Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Structure
    —  1 count – M2 – Recklessly Endangering Another Person    
         For an unknown reason, the District Attorney’s Office withdrew the felony charge for the discharge of a firearm at both of their preliminary hearings.
         So in a negotiated plea deal, Russell pleaded guilty to  the lesser charge and received a sentence of two years probation. He is at least prohibited from owning a firearm and can have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family.
         According to his docket, it is not clear whether Ronald Brown intends to plead guilty this coming Tuesday or go to trial on April 16th.
         Why did the District Attorney’s office withdraw the more serious charge in both cases? Is it because, as posted under the LNP article, Brown’s mother is a retired cop?
         Their charges were light, their bail amount was very light (neither one has spent a single day in jail), the more serious charge was withdrawn for some unknown reason and two years probation is also very light especially considering the LNP article states they had done this previously.
         This is part of a comment posted under the LNP story:
         Please take off your rose tinted glasses. Do you really think if these were two Black kids, they’d have bail set at $5000? One of the shooters has a mommy who’s an ex-Warwick Township cop. You don’t think that factored into this butt kissing bail? This is White privilege at it’s finest.
         This has to stop! This has been going on in Lancaster County for far too long! And District Attorney Craig Stedman wants to be a judge? Absolutely not! Justice must be equal but Stedman doesn’t seem to understand or abide by that basic principle!
         I will follow-up on the outcome in Brown’s case.


          Jordan Russell below pleaded guilty in a negotiated plea deal on February 9, 2018 before Judge Merrill M. Spahn. Would anyone like to guess his sentence?
    —  Click here for the June 26, 2017 LNP article, “2 charged with shooting into Lititz home” and here for the original of the below on this site.
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on March 2nd, 2018 Becky 7 comments
    *    There is late breaking news into this site from a commenter (thank you!) – and I have verified it – that Penn B. Glazier has recused himself from the custody hearing between Amber Martin (wife of State Senator Scott Martin and the Lancaster County Treasurer) and her ex-husband Gerald Green. The topic was raised in the comments on this site several days ago (click here).


         LNP has suddenly gone from it’s glowing reports on MAW Communications regarding their knowledge, expertise and vast experience in the industry to calling them a “small” company apparently under attack by big, mean PP&L! From this morning’s article:
          Then, in December, PPL sued MAW, saying the small company had installed equipment on PPL’s poles without authorization.
         Well, MAW did just that and should have obviously known better. And since when are they “small,” LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher? I reported back in March of 2017 that MAW owns a building in Reading valued at $89,100 (click here). Shouldn’t you have realized a long time ago that they were “small” and lacked knowledge, expertise and experience? Shouldn’t you and your editors have been honest with the public and told the truth? Isn’t that your jobs?
         Billy Weisser, who spoke to city council twice and has done more research than the entire Gray and Sorace administrations (and LNP), and who has been completely ignored by LNP, went under this morning’s LNP article and laid out the truth and I strongly suggest you read his comments.
         LNP’s failure to truthfully inform and protect the public on this over $4.7 million dollar debacle is absolutely shocking! And they ran a new full page ad for themselves in today’s print edition and state this:
         LNP is committed to being the best community newspaper in America.
         Oh, do they have a long, long way to go because as of right now they are among the worst in America and it can be argued that they are not a newspaper at all but a greedy, corrupt, lying and racist company posing as a “media organization.”
         Those are strong words but they are deserved and there will be much more in the coming weeks.
         Have a safe and fun Friday on this wild and stormy night.         



           LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher uses the adjective “small” for MAW twice in today’s small article, “Lancaster files ‘petition to intervene’ in PPL lawsuit over LanCity broadband network,” (click here).      
          Never before in all of his numerous glowing stories about MAW has he ever referred to them as “small!”
          How small is MAW?
    Please check back later today.  


    Posted on March 1st, 2018 Becky 7 comments

           Just a reminder that I recently published a Petition to Intervene filed by High Industries on behalf of themselves and LNP (the PSP Partners) to fight Robert Field’s Right to Know request for information regarding their over $9 million CRIZ award for the Marriott Hotel expansion  (click here).
          I will work on getting these documents and any other updates on the PP&L v. MAW case from Lehigh County.



       …The parts of Sorace’s comments that bother me are her references to MAW providing the fiber optics for the cameras, street lights etc. I think that is the first anyone has heard of MAW doing anything else but broadband for the city. My gut feeling is that it is b.s. and the real problem is the 5 mil they handed over to a kid who hangs in his parents’ basement, basically. Otherwise the city would have deflected criticiam by saying MAW “did a great job on this and that”, and you can bet MAW would have touted it on its website, p.r. material, etc. Why wouldn’t they.
    Part of “Anon’s” answer to “Bill” under the comments on “A PETITION TO INTERVENE” below.
         I agree! Why didn’t we know this before? This is outrageous! And why is this such a “problem?”
         City Administrator Patrick Hopkins said this according to the LNP article, Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why,” (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.
         So, if it’s that easy – just hire another – legitimate – firm to manage it!
         These people are outright liars!



          This excellent comment in last evening:
          Anon, please correct me if I am off-base. The fact that the intervention is third party, is the one thing that gives me some hope that the City is beginning to move in the correct direction of distancing themselves from MAW. They may be beginning to finally realize the magnitude of trouble they are in and are beginning to not trust MAW 100%. I generally support this action as necessary to protect the taxpayer.
          There are other parts of the Mayor’s remarks regarding accountability for this waste of taxpayer money that seriously disappoint me though. Her assertion that they knew this would be a rocky road from the start seems disingenuous at this point, considering City Officials are on the record on multiple occasions billing this project with MAW as a slam dunk and seriously downplaying any risk. They also consistently denied in the past that the city has any stake or anything to lose in these legal proceedings.
          Finally, I am still severely disappointed she made no direct statement distancing the City from MAW. This only leads me to speculate that the City may have coerced/encouraged/directed MAW to make unauthorized attachments. The longer it takes for the City to separate from MAW, the more likely I believe this is.

    — “There is minimal risk in loaning money to the telecom company partnering with Lancaster on its fiber-optic broadband network, a city official said.” –
    Click here for, “Official: It’s not risky for city to put up money for LanCity Connect broadband, and here’s why.”       

    —  “The city is not a party to the matter, nor are we involved.” –
    Click here for, “State regulator investigating dispute between PPL and MAW over LanCity Connect broadband.”


    Posted on February 28th, 2018 Becky 10 comments


         Now there is yet another law firm being paid by the city of Lancaster on behalf of MAW Communications. I will put in Right to Know requests to find out how much the city is paying the Pittsburgh based Cohen Law Group.
         Mayor Sorace did not answer any of the outstanding questions regarding this over $4.7 million debacle last night and I will come back to that tomorrow.


    *** BREAKING ***


    **   Michael Deibert, who recently worked briefly for LNP and was covered on this site multiple times, has this article today on (click here). This man could bring real change to Lancaster County. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

    *        Mayor Sorace’s statement to city council last night:
             I have four topics that I want to address tonight. The first is LanCity Connect.
           In December of 2017, PP&L filed a complaint against MAW Communications regarding MAW’s attachments on poles within the city of Lancaster. This action halted the first phase of deployment of the community broadband project aimed at connecting the Southwest, Southeast and Northwest parts of Lancaster city.
            While many people may know MAW as a partner in our LanCity Connect broadband program, their footprint in Lancaster goes much deeper. A significant portion of the city’s crucial infrastructure, traffic signals and safety cameras, for instance, is connected by fiber-optic cable installed and/or maintained by MAW. Providing city services via fiber-optic cable allows for more efficient delivery of those services and saves the city precious resources, time and money.
            In order to allow the city to protect our interest in these pole attachments, I have authorized our solicitors and the Cohen Law Group to file a petition to intervene in the case currently pending in Lehigh County. Since this matter is in the court system, I can’t respond to any questions about the details of the case or issues that may have been mentioned in the press. Just know that every story has two sides and my decision to intervene guarantees that our counsel can be made fully aware of all developments and can work actively to protect the city’s interest.
           When we started investing in community broadband, we knew that this was going to be a rocky road. We believed then, as we do now, that community broadband is in the best interests of the residents of the City of Lancaster. Access to high speed, high quality and low cost internet services is no longer a luxury. It is a 21st century necessity. Local control of that necessity ensures that no one is left out or left behind due to income, the neighborhood in which they live or the trends of the tele-communications industry.


    *** BREAKING NEWS ***


         Mayor Danene Sorace announced at the end of last night’s long city council meeting that the city is going to petition to intervene in PP&L’s lawsuit against MAW Communications. She said, “every story has two sides.”  The city continues to inexplicably throw good money after bad but this will certainly make the law firm happy and line their pockets further! Unbelievable and there will be much more later today.
               How does City Administrator Patrick Hopkins have an actuarial report done that goes from $7,000 to $8,000 within a month when the figures don’t change? Does he know when he’s lying and when he’s telling the truth?
          And one of the city council members actually voted “Nay” last night as the members cast a vote sure to annoy the fireman’s union just as their contract comes up for negotiation.
          You can watch the entire city council meeting on Tony Dastra’s livestream here.
    Please check back later today.   


    Posted on February 27th, 2018 Becky 16 comments


         School board member Menno Riggleman criticized the inclusion of Darwin’s theory of evolution — which he believes is “outdated” — in the Elizabethtown school curriculum. And said homosexuality, on “a conservative end, on an ethical end,” is “still sin.” He added, “Is it any different than a couple living together that aren’t married? No, it’s not any different.”
         To any journalist — not just a student journalist — those quotes, from an elected official, would be interesting and newsworthy.
    From the LNP editorial linked to in this morning’s post.
         And yet, you don’t think that elected official State Senator Scott Martin, who runs on family values and avid Catholicism, secretly divorcing his first wife, secretly remarrying her, then secretly divorcing her again and then marrying another elected official, Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Green (now Martin), who had also just divorced her husband, is newsworthy? You don’t think the public should know or is their another totally unethical reason for your silence?
          And the editorial goes on to say this:
         A good student newspaper can serve the same important watchdog role that a community newspaper can.
         Don’t even try it, LNP! Tomorrow we’ll take a look at MAW Communications and LanCity Connect and everything LNP has purposely failed to tell the public that they absolutely need to know! These editors just lie!


    **   ROUND TWO: The custody battle is back on between Lancaster County Treasurer Amber Martin (now married to State Senator Scott Martin) and her ex-husband Gerald Green. She filed a custody complaint on February 5, 2018. Click here for “GREEN VS. MARTIN” on this site.


    *    The below is from a recent post on Preston Harper’s (previously known as Ron) Facebook page. Bill Keisling is a noted author (“The midnight ride of Jonathan Luna”) and writes occasionally for on corruption in Harrisburg.
          Bill, this is only one small example of LNP “protecting” Martin because of the convention center/Marriott Hotel!



    (Click here)

          We admire the student journalists at Elizabethtown Area High School for taking a stand for journalistic independence.
    From today’s LNP editorial linked to above.
         LNP opinion editor Suzanne Cassidy (pictured left) should receive an award for being the biggest hypocrite in Lancaster County. Actually, let’s be clear: She’s the biggest liar in Lancaster County!
         LNP breaks the independence clause in every code of journalism ethics in this country every single day!
    Please check back later today.


    Posted on February 26th, 2018 Becky 5 comments


    (Click here)
         He is a rising star! Our community is so lucky to have him.
    Posted on Lancaster Online under the article about Tony Dastra.
         Yes, he is a rising star and wonderful! There is a city council meeting tomorrow night at 7:30 pm and hopefully he will be there to live-stream it!
         It is only because of Dastra that we know that city resident Billy Weisser has now twice addressed city council knowledgably about MAW Communications and LanCity Connect and his excellent questions have never been answered and LNP has completely ignored the fact that he spoke and the questions he raised.
         And speaking of MAW, the following Right to Know request was emailed to the city today:
         A copy of all invoices received and a ledger of all payments made to the Washington, D.C. law firm of Best Best & Krieger for their work on negotiations between the city, PP&L and MAW Communications (LanCity Connect) regarding the attachments of MAW Communications’ equipment on PP&L poles after the date of February 9, 2018 (which is when you state you received and later emailed me on February 14th the December 2017 invoice from Best Best & Krieger).
         There will be more tomorrow.

    *     Now that Michael Deibert is no longer employed by LNP and thus I have respect for him, I will follow his very interesting Twitter account (see yesterday’s post).
         Meet him this Friday at 7pm at the Community Mennonite Church at 328 W. Orange Street in Lancaster.



         From today’s LNP print opinion page. What an interesting juxtaposition! Since Stedman is the top law enforcement officer in the county, maybe LNP should demand answers from him regarding the encryption of police radio broadcasts!
         There will be more later today.
     Click here for the online LNP editorial, “Encryption of police radio broadcasts is now a reality in Lancaster County, and still wrong.”      
    —  Click here for Stedman’s “special column,” “Proposed Pennsylvania law would grant victims the constitutional rights they deserve.”       


    Posted on February 25th, 2018 Becky 1 comment

    *    If I thought Deibert had the slightest chance of being able to tell the truth at LNP, I would be devastated by his departure. But as long as the Steinman family owns LNP, there is not a chance that they will change their racist, corrupt, greedy and unethical business ways. They are not a legitimate news organization!



         Book author and possibly worthy of the title of a “world-class journalist,” Michael Deibert is no longer named as an LNP “investigative reporter” under their “Contact Us” tab. In their alphabetical listing shown below, Deibert is no longer listed.
         Am I surprised? No. Click here for my post from just last week about LNP and “world-class” journalism.



    Posted on February 24th, 2018 Becky 3 comments


         From the “City of Lancaster, PA Government” Facebook page (click here).


    Posted on February 23rd, 2018 Becky 5 comments


    (Click here to watch the press conference.)

         The Central York School District has been closed for the last three days because of threats. The officials have not decided if they will open on Monday.



    *    I am going to briefly switch to national news. My Facebook feed was clogged in the last few days with posts like the above. They were all coming from someone I knew briefly many years ago. He posts twenty or thirty of them a day.
          And last night I had enough. If someone you know is posting this trash tell them to get mental help and unfriend them! Seriously. It is disgusting and they need to be told that this is not acceptable and decent people will not abide it.



         Oh my Sweet Lord. Your current President now wants to arm teachers to stop school shootings. According to his own estimate, the number of armed teachers would total more than the sum of all police officers in the US! And his party just cut funds for school security officers. Meanwhile your DA wants to become a Judge. Maybe he should insist that every citizen of Lancaster County must carry a handgun to cut down on crime! He’d get backing from the NRA. Perhaps the Amish could get a waiver and just carry pitchforks. And on it goes in the Keystone State…
    This comment in from Barry in Winnipeg last night.
         And on it goes…
    Please check back later today.