UPDATED * CITY HALL ARSON ON MAY 23, 2018

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*    Both of the below cases against the same officers have settled. I will put in a Right-to-Know request to see if the city paid and how much. And what is the status of Officers Timothy Sinnott and Jacob Bingham? 
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LONDON SUES!

       Dwain Stewart London, Jr., acting as his own attorney, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Lancaster Detective Jessica Higgins, former District Judge Janice Jimenez, Lancaster Newspaper Company (LNP), former First Assistant District Attorney Christopher Larsen and Mayor Danene Sorace.
       Click here for the LNP article, “Leader in Lancaster City Hall arson to serve 3+ years in prison,” and check back later today.

13 Responses to UPDATED * CITY HALL ARSON ON MAY 23, 2018

  1. Anonymous says:

    Jess king for congress !!

  2. baffled says:

    You may want to move this comment to a more appropriate location.

    Hopkins comments about paying for MAW with refinanced bond money got me thinking about the money scam that goes on at the City, without oversight and on the backs of the taxpayers.

    Watch what happens in this meeting at the 40:30 mark https://youtu.be/p6Z05dhxX1g?t=2427

    Hopkins is justifying borrowing $9 million and says that the both stations is “all-in 11.5 million”. This is affirmed by the Mayor who says that the 9 million is “more than sufficient”. Soto then askes where the remaining funding in going to come from and is told from either the water cap (?), reallocation of 2018 bonds or the general fund.

    He doesn’t mention, but the Mayor let’s it slip out that they received $500,000 from the state for this project but were hoping for and still might receive up to $4 million.

    All seems pretty straight forward until you realize a few things.

    Hopkins mentions “project management” and “contingency costs”. The city includes 10% contingency and 10% project management in every estimate, loan and bond issue. For clarity, in this case that would be $1.1 million for project management and another $1.1 million for contingencies.

    Now if you’re paying a consultant ONE-POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS to oversee the project, on top of your engineers, public works department and fire chief, then I’d expect that you should not have many “contingencies”. I’d also like to know where I can get over a million dollars to run a project for 18 months. Sounds like a good gig.

    The truth is, they’re not going to spend any of that $2.2 million. That money is going into a discretionary fund to be used by the Mayors office absent Council oversight and without public transparency.

    Want proof, listen to Hopkins own words. The remainder of the money for this project will come from “leftover money from the 2018 bond issue” or the water cap ( also reallocated), or from the general fund, or whoops from the money the Mayor told us about. The truth is, the 9 million will cover the cost of the stations (as the Mayor said “more than sufficient”) and then some. And then the leftover goes into the pot with 2018 bond issue, and with leftover funding from refinancing, and other bond issues and whatever other funds have been horded off the books. Look for any of this in the 2021 budget on the City’s website. Its not there.

    Maybe I’m wrong. We can easily resolve this if we just compare the financing against what the actual bids were, or against what the construction cost totals are. I watched every single workshop and meeting from August 2019 until this week and despite there being a legal requirement for Council to award those bids, none of those bids have been awarded in a public meeting. We don’t know what the cost of the stations are. Neither does the newspaper. Neither does Council.
    https://www.cityoflancasterpa.com/bids/
    32 bids listed as awarded on the City website. I cannot match any of them with Council action.

    This process is repeated with every project, every bid, every loan and bond issue.

    Finally, the 2018 bond issue that Hopkins referred to is the $118 million the City borrowed in 2018. Actually is was $112 million, but the City added on another $6 million to cover the first couple years payments. Yes you read that right, they took a second loan to pay for the first loan. The mayor does have a re-election campaign coming up after all, so they can’t have those chickens coming home to roost just yet. And it should be noted that this bond was issues just AFTER their bond rating was dropped from A1 to A3 meaning higher rates. The City’s bond rating went down in large part because they’re a quarter of a BILLION dollars in direct debt, and over $400,000,000 in debt if you count all the debt they’ve guaranteed for the parking and redevelopment authority.

    After all that this Mayor has the gall to go on TV and in the newspaper and whine that the City’s financial woes are due to an inability to raise taxes. In the face of rampant wasteful spending she’s trying to sell this as a revenue issues. And she’s asked the state to send in consultants to justify bankruptcy.

    Shameful.

    Given the shell game that being run on Council, I’d expect them to be angry. Or I’d expect them to have questions. Instead we have a President incessantly playing on his cell phone and ordinances prohibiting hunting ?! Soto and Diaz seem to be the only two with the courage to ask anything and neither are endorsed candidate for this election. That should tell you something. That should tell you everything.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for all that you have shared with us. This is frightening.

      • baffled says:

        Frightening, but what is anyone going to do about it ?

        We filled the streets over the summer asking for change, but then we’re going to re-elect the Mayor and the City Council president because that’s what the party says to do.

        This is the danger of a single party system. This is the danger of a newspaper making more money from real estate than from news.

  3. Earl says:

    Don’t be impressed with anything this idiot does ! We’re talking about a guy who bought the gas up the street on camera at Turkey Hill then payed with a credit card ! Him the gas can and car are on video then at the fire . “Dwain” is now what we call a “$hit House Lawyer”. He’s the burglar you shoot and turns around and sues you from prison, he’s lost his taste, he has headaches, and ringing in his ears. Plus you invited him in ! He gets free legal service while you pay $ 250.00 an hour!!!

    Sincerely,
    Earl

  4. Anonymous says:

    3 1/2 years seems like a slap on the wrist for Attempting to burn down a government building. I’m impressed he was able to act as an attorney in the situation. The city will settle LOL

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the city will fight this pretty aggressively. This was a personal attack against the mayor herself and she won’t let it go unpunished.

      • Becky says:

        What in the world? That is ridiculous! Maybe the mayor should clean up her act!

        • Becky says:

          Oh my gosh! I’m sorry! I thought you were replying to baffled and I was baffled. I’m sorry. Unless I go out of comments and to my site (which I just did) I can’t tell who is replying to whom. It’s true and you would think all these web developers could do better!

          I agree. I don’t think London stands much chance at all.

      • Anonymous says:

        If it was a personal attack on the mayor the city car wouldnt have been set on fire too. Dont ignore the facts. The facts are that the mayor and her staff failed to enforce city code and only did out of fear of a lawsuit when Dana died on Ann st.

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