Friday, January 13, 2017

City Rubber Stamps ONE Million Bucks for Guard Insurance

One may wonder why the city would be so eager to give away a million bucks to a company owned by “billionaire investor Warren Buffett” (according to the Times Leader), especially at a time when the city just hit taxpayers with the maximum tax increase allowed by state law.

In the same meeting: The city council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance that raised property taxes by 19.7 mills to balance the mayor’s $47.1 million general fund budget for this year. The increase raised the millage rate to 141.33 mills.

Mayor Phony Gorge who NEVER attends council meetings, and said at the beginning of his term that he wouldn’t, found it necessary to attend this one to ensure Guard got what they wanted!

Gorge, who made a rare appearance at the meeting, said he supported the $50 million project “2,000 percent” on account of the 400 to 500 new jobs it would create and he wanted to keep the company owned by billionaire investor Warren Buffett in the city. Other states are also pursuing the company, George said, adding, “I’m not going to lose it.”

Why? Why is this so important? What’s the connection?

Well, let’s see:

Guard Insurance was founded by Kingston residents Judd and Susan Shoval. YES the same Judd Shoval of CityVest. You may recall CityVest as the group that took some 6 Million Dollars of taxpayer moneys to restore the Hotel Sterling, they did such a great job it was later knocked down by the taxpayers at a cost of $600,000.00

City Council Chairwoman Beth Gilbert is an employee of Guard Insurance, now before you go jumping to conclusions; The Citizens Voice reported “Council Chairwoman Beth Gilbert said the proposal took her by surprise, even though she works for Berkshire Hathaway Guard.”

The Mayors daughter Amy works there!

You may recall the city’s former spokes joke Liza Prokop, she also found a home at Guard Insurance following her illustrious career spinning half-truths for the city.

Now certainly I’m not saying all these coincidences are anything more than just coincidences, after all the company was founded by CityVest’s Judd Shoval, and currently owned by billionaire Warren Buffett, so I ask you, does this deal pass the smell test?

City resident Bob Kadluboski didn't seem to think so when he said at the council meeting “Why is it every time these big deals want something, they come to me to pay for it,” Kadluboski asked, and added “I just think this is a slap in the face to the taxpayers,”
  •  Kadluboski is RIGHT it is a slap in the face for ANY council-member to approve giving a billionaires company a Million Dollars and seconds later demand an already struggling city population pay even more in taxes, while the mayor's buddies get pay raises.  

Wake Up Wilkes Barre


Friday, March 25, 2016

Loose Chief of Police, TROUBLE says Union!

According to yesterday's Citizens Voice Newspaper, Union leaders forwarded a letter to Mayor Tony (The Phony) George, blasting his choice for police chief, Marcella Lendacky, on behalf of the members of the Wilkes-Barre Police union, and although the letter had been designed as a last-ditch plea to George to reconsider his promotion of Lendacky,  “It’s our belief her swearing in was a preemptive attempt to get ahead of this letter,” said union leaders.

In The Letter:
  • Lendacky has created a “toxic” work climate at police headquarters to the point rank-and-file officers lost faith in her and dread coming to work.
Come on union people, just because she leaked all your business to Wake Up Wilkes Barre over the past several years does NOT make her "toxic", or does it?
  • A majority of us have given her a chance throughout her career. We know who she truly is. We know her lack of ability and we know the internal and external destruction that our department will face.
Okay so you knew she was the loose lipped Lendacky....
  • Since Lendacky became chief, community policing efforts have been eliminated, preventing officers from consistently working the same beat and getting to know the people in the neighborhood, the letter said. Another change, the letter claims, is that two members of the Neighborhood Strike Team — previously assigned to high-crime areas — now follow the city street sweeper to alert illegally parked cars to move.
OK, this one here is all councils fault.... They wouldn't allow mayor George to raise taxes to cover all his political payback positions he created the second he was sworn in, so now he forced into creative fundraising in order to keep the city solvent. 
  • Lendacky has even told officers to “stay out of” the troubled Sherman Hills Apartments complex “because they don’t pay taxes.
In other words, you POOR bastards are worthless. Indigent people aren't worthy of police protection... 
  • The letter notes at least six grievances have been filed against Lendacky and that she was subject to several formal complaints, including one by an officer who is a minority who accused her of “inappropriate, offensive comments.
So she's a racist bitch also?
  • The union’s letter made it a point to note that their complaints have nothing to do with Lendacky being the first woman police chief in the city’s history. Lendacky is one of only three women in the department.
  • “We take offense to this,” the letter says, noting many officers served under female supervisors without a problem in other departments and in the military. “Having a female in charge of the police department is not offensive or even novel to many of us.”
  • The letter ends with a request for George to appoint a “true leader” instead of Lendacky.
So we know the letter isn't sexist, and mayor George's response?
  • “They are going to have to get used to her being chief. I’m not changing my mind,” George said....
Well there you have it folks, all I can say: WAKE UP WILKES BARRE, you voted for this ass.


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