Saturday, December 31, 2011

Still no New Years WB

  • No First Night! 
  • Why not? 
  • Other cities such as Scranton, and Hazleton have a First Night 
  • Why not Wilkes Barre?

Our Mayor has stated for years it a cost cutting measure. Ok I'll bite, is this the only area we should be cutting, or just the area that benefits him?

I still wondered why? Why is it that other cities like Scranton, and Hazleton can afford such an extravagant Party to Ring in the New Year? AND then it hit me, they “Scranton, and Hazleton" DO NOT have city Credit Cards. They also pay for their own travel expenses. 
  • Say WHAT Bat Man????

In a December 6, 2007 Times Leader article 4 cities avoid ‘card’ games
  • Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta’s approach to the issue is to pay his own way at all times.
  • Pittston Mayor Joe Keating said his city doesn’t have a debit card or a credit card because it can’t afford to use them.
  • “Let me put it to you this way,” Keating said. “I went away to the Pennsylvania League of Cities conference and I paid my own way. We have such a tight budget that we can’t afford credit or debit cards.”

Not The WB: The Citizens Pay All the way!!!!
  • Leighton- Hotel / Conferences - $ 16,574.79
  • Mc Cormick Hotels/- City Employees-   $ 16,964.53    
  • City Council Hotels/Conference fees/  Ryan - $ 68,110.33
  • Murphy’s Hotels/ $ 11,239.69
Total- Hotels/ Conferences total  $112,943.39

So in the end its simple no First Night Wilkes Barre, Not until you Wake Up!!! So with that I will bid, and end to 2011 hearing the famous Tommy Van Scoy jingle in my head:

I’m a lucky Blogger,
hoo-ray, oh boy!
Where's my Diamond Drop,
It came from VanScoy,
My Mayor Stole it,
Took lots of Money too.
King Tommy’s the diamond thief,
Yes, he’s the mayor for you!

Have a Safe, and Happy New Year, and above all else please,

Wake Up Wilkes Barre! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gotham Yet?

In a Times Leader article (He wants to be part of solution in Wilkes-Barre) published back on June 20, 2006 the writer Mark Jones made reference to The City of Wilkes Barre, as resembling "Gotham City". Back then I was still new to the city, and of course I argued, but the truth was we weren’t there yet.

Yet: Now being the word of the day…. Well Wake Up Wilkes Barre “Its Beginning to Look A Lot like Gotham Everywhere you go!!!” Well you get the idea!

Not In Local News:
  • In the past week we have had rocks thrown through the windows of homes where reporters at The Citizens Voice live.
  • 12/26/11 Not 1 but 2 Chinese Food Delivery folks Robbed in broad daylight at Sherman Hills. "SAME DAY"
  • 12/27/11 another Chinese Food Delivery person Robbed @ Sherman Hills. 
  • 12/28/11 You guessed it  another Chinese Food Delivery person Robbed @ Sherman Hills. 
  • AND IN OTHER NEWS: Queen Nails was held up by Gunmen!!! Gunmen who not only robbed the salon but it's customers as well. Took cash, and cell phones!
WOW Gotham Yet???
Where were the Police while all Hell was breaking loose you may be asking? Well if I were them I would be running for my life! 

My recommendation for business owners in The New Gotham City (formerly known as The WB) "Stash the Cash and Save your A$$" should be the new Motto City Wide!!! As I don’t see the crime spree letting up anytime soon.

Stay safe, and as always please "Wake Up Wilkes Barre"

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Did LAG pay or not Part 3

The LAG payment scandal continues!

As you may know many citizens have been asking the question Did LAG uphold their end of the towing contract by making the annual payments of $50,050.00 as called for in "the contract" LAG has with The City of Wilkes Barre?

In an attempt to end the controversy surrounding this debate I asked for all bank records regarding to the alleged payments back on October 11, 2011 and to date The City has been unable, or unwilling to produce them.

Please click links below for more information:

The City Claims: PNC Bank has only sent them dribs, and drabs of the requested deposits, and that the "Pittsburgh Branch" is diligently working on my request. In any case the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has issued a Final Determination in my favor.

So now The City has 30 days from 12/21/2011 to produce those records. As of 01/20/2012 we should be able to end this debate once and for all. 

Wake Up Wilkes Barre

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas "Wilkes Barre"

The Wilkes Barre version!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through City Hall, Not a creature was scheming, not even the Mayor.

The bribes were offered by the cronies with care, 
In hopes that FED’s would soon not be there.

The citizens were nestled all snug in their beds, 

While visions of corruption danced in their heads. 
With This Blogger in ‘handcuffs, all fed up with my crap, 
Tommy just settled in for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lot there arose such a clatter, 

Council sprang from the Dead to see what’s the matter. 
Away to the window they flew like a flash, 
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow 

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. 
When, what to thy wondering eyes should appear, 
But an FBI Agent, with orders to Clear.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick, 

I knew in a moment Governor Corbett was pissed. 
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, 
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

Now Tommy! Now, Marie! Now, JJ! No Pleas!
To Jail with you all, for crimes against thee,
The crooks were all captured, City Hall was Crime Free!

Corbett sprang to his cruiser, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Wishing you and your Family a Very Merry Christmas!

Wake Up Wilkes Barre

Friday, December 16, 2011

City Hall passing up $100,000 a year???

 After many requests by residents all questing how many rental units are located in the City today via the City’s FaceBook Page (City FaceBook Answer) we have the answer, and per the City “There are 8,343 rental units in the city.”

Ok now per the City’s rental ordinance each unit is to have an inspection prior to a tenant moving in and 1 every 2 years thereafter. 

So let’s do the math shall we?
  • 8,343 units inspected once every other year for a fee of $35.00 each inspection.
  • 8,343 x $35 = $292,005 every 2 years. That is the amount of revenue that should be expected by that Department RIGHT?
  • In 2010 that depart only brought in $42,080
  • In 2011 the City only budgeted for $40,000, and to date we got $38,085
  • So 2010, and 2011 $42,080 + $40,000 = $82,080 looks like the City is giving up $209,925??????

These examples do not provide any provision for licensing fees, nor do they include the change of tenants inspection. This is simply based on the biannual inspection called for in the ordnance posted below, along with the City’s General Fund Ledger. 

If we know how many units are in the City then we should know who’s not getting inspected RIGHT?
  • Why the FREE pass?
  • Why only budget for $40,000 when our potential is over $100,000

I am left wondering who at City Hall would simply give up on over $200,000.00 in revenue every 2 years or $100,000.00 annually, and why?

Wake Up Wilkes Barre

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


According to the Times Leader: Rental re-inspection fee considered City Council will be taking up the issue of rental inspections, and attempting to raise the fees assessed on ONLY the GOOD law abiding landlords. 

As we all know the city has NO idea how many rental properties are in The City, and it would seem they could care less.

The issue at hand MORE FEES….

  • Why doesn’t The City know how many rental units are in The City?
  • Is this yet another unlawful tax?
  • Does rental inspection violate the Fourth Amendment?

In the case of (Roy Dearmore et all V. City of Garland, Nov 2005) resulted in a U.S. District Court ruling that warrantless demands for entry into privately owned homes was unconstitutional.
  • The Fourth Amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
  • Wake Up City Council:
Instead of attempting to put the squeeze on the good landlords, why doesn’t The City do something about the landlords who don’t ever follow the rules? 

Could it be that investigating how many rental properties are in The City would be too time consuming, or is it that we are just to laze? In either case Ignorance is Bliss. 

I know you could just ask Crime Watch they have a better idea of who’s doing what in Wilkes Barre then The City could ever hope to.

Wake Up Wilkes Barre

Friday, December 9, 2011

The King’s Revenge

Our fine City Hall renegades are at it again. In their latest attempt at retaliation or intimidation they are fining Betsy Summers the Libertarian Party candidate that ran against the KING in the November general election.
  • According to the city’s Department of Code Enforcement, Summers was fined $500 for operation of a rental unit without a license and $500 for not having a property manager. WOW, Really a property manager, when Betsy right lives across the street.

This from the same city that sees nothing wrong with living in Mountain Top, and holding a seat on City Council, but yet fine a good resident for not employing a property manager when she clearly doesn’t need one.

Lessons to be learned here if you tell the truth, or cross King Tommy you will be punished.

Wake Up Wilkes Barre, You could be NEXT!!!!!

Click link below for source information. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How ethical is the PA Ethics Commission?

It is clear that our Mayor did in-fact violate the The Pennsylvania State Code of Ethics namely the Conflict of Interest section:

  • "Conflict" or "conflict of interest." Use by a public official or public employee of the authority of his office or employment or any confidential information received through his holding public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of himself, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated. The term does not include an action having a de minimis economic impact or which affects to the same degree a class consisting of the general public or a subclass consisting of an industry, occupation or other group which includes the public official or public employee, a member of his immediate family or a business with which he or a member of his immediate family is associated.

So I have to wonder with the Mayor signing not 1 BUT 14 Executive Orders hiring his own children and that is 14 clear violations what in the WORLD is there to even investigate? Wake Up Ethics Commission!

Perhaps I am just a simpleminded county bumpkin here but I was also under the impression that if you violate a law you are then charged with a crime, but after living in The WB I am now beginning to realize "The Law" only applies to regular folks like you, and I, and certainly not to Corrupt Politicians with friends in HIGH places. “Apparently in Harrisburg”!!!

Wake Up Wilkes Barre

Click links below for source information

In the letters below I wonder what the state was really trying to say? 

Allow me to translate:
  • September 15 letter: We know King Tommy did wrong, and are working on his punishment!
  • September 30 letter: King Tommy called in a favor, and as his buddy I will do my best to squash this investigation.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Wrecking Ball on Sullivan Street?

After much controversy, “ok mostly by me” in the article (Calling on our DO NOTHING, City Hall, Yet again!) published 11/11/11. 

It would appear that the Rotten, Stinking, Dilapidated, Burned out mess that is once again a home for the godforsaken riffraff that troll our city in search of these abandominiums as they call them will be coming down.

The questions are:
  • What about the separation process?
  • Will I be involved in decisions that may possibly cause a problem for my home?
  • Will the contractor reface, weatherize, and seal my roof, and soon to be exterior wall once the attached property is removed?
  • What will happen next?
  • When will the wrecking begin?

Well based on the contract I would say NO based on the highlighted section,


I can only assume they “Stell Enterprises, Inc.” are referring to my property in this section, as those things wouldn’t be needed on a demolished property.

It should be noted that I have been given assurances from Mike Simonson at City Hall that this will all be taken care of, and I sure hope so, as this has been a nightmare to say the least.

What I can say is that Mr. Simonson has been nothing but helpful in this whole ordeal, and he seems to be genuine. I do feel comfortable working with him at this point, and I only hope that doesn’t change as time goes on. 

I must admit that my dealings with City Hall in the past have not always been pleasant to say the lease, but like I said "Mike seems genuine", and well only time will tell.
  • What’s next for Sullivan Street? 
  • That remains to be seen, but whatever happens lets hope it’s in full compliance with our zoning and planning office.

 Wake Up Wilkes Barre: The squeaky wheel gets the grease!

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