Pa. redistricting maps still don't follow Constitution

May 3, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: PennLive.com

TA he latest Pennsylvania House and Senate redistricting plans merit a C, which is certainly an improvement over the F they received before.

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May 4, 2012
 
District 45 Problems

New developments don't always fulfill promise of creating new jobs

(updated 5/2/2012 8PM ET)

www.ThePittsburghChannel.Com

Millions in taxpayer dollars spent.

Thousands of new jobs promised.

But as Channel 4 Action News' Paul Van Osdol found out, they don't always add up to a successful equation.
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Dennis Davin, Allegheny County's economic development director, acknowledged the shortfall, but told Van Osdol, "We think we're going to get there."

The county also has high hopes for an old steel mill site in McKeesport, where $2 million were spent cleaning it up.

But four years later, nothing's there.

To get to the location, drivers have to travel down a narrow brick-lined street, go under an old bridge and across railroad tracks.

"It is accessible. It's accessible right now," said Davin.

One man told Van Osdol the property is hard to find. "There's only one way in. That's probably the biggest problem," he said.

Allegheny Institute's Eric Montarti said public officials need to do more homework before spending millions of taxpayer dollars on development projects.

"If the promises aren't fulfilled once the announcement of the project is made, there's really nothing that can be done," said Montarti.

Solobay has since filed legislation to force companies to keep promises made when they accept taxpayer money for jobs.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47270304/ns/local...

Brewster of District 45 abused enough government money. 

Brewster supports repeat offender (so called Solicitor) examples to society offenses. Repeatedly, money is abused on knowing failure projects. Example: A fly over ramp to a nearly vacant industrial area. Millions toward a hardly accessible steel mill area. Paying a city solicitor recently charged with DUI at .196 toxicoligy. The same J.(John) Jason Elash owed, may still owe  the IRS. 

Irresponsible, the population of McKeesport has declined steadily. McKeesport has lost the most population of all Alkegheny Couny. Brewster now senator of the 45th district was McKeesport mayor for eight years. He is the mostly responsible for the loss of population in McKeesport.

Many reasons for his district to be moved are available. Ignoring the disabled on the record in his own city can be located. Several newspaper articles may be found. One newspaper article has a judgment from a judge against Brewster. For any results, a disability group for rights had to be contacted! The disabled in Mckeesport letters to McKeesport city hall ignored previously.
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May 4, 2012
 
Fantastic job, indeed.

>>>>>Additional ly, Ms. Mamas said in court filings that city Solicitor Jason Elash repeatedly ignored phone calls and letters from her in 2008 and 2009, then failed to show for a December committee meeting.
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...

>>>>>Mr. Elash said Mr. Robertson and Ms. Stokes had a falling out after the settlement, and they refused to sit on a committee together. Mr. Robertson said he was never asked to sit on a committee by Mr. Elash or anyone else from McKeesport.
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May 8, 2012
 
McKeesport Solicitor John Jason Elash Faces DUI Trial
By William Peacock, Esq. on 
May 1, 2012 3:12 PM

A local municipal official faces a criminal trial resulting from a January DUI, after waiving his preliminary hearing on Monday morning, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. John Jason Elash is the Solicitor for McKeesport and has held similar positions with a number of towns over the course of his long legal career. A Solicitor is essentially a jack of all trades attorney for the city that researches and advises them on legal issues and regulations.
According to the Post-Gazette, Elash was leaving the inauguration party for Mayor Michael Cherepko when he crashed his SUV into a building in the 700 block of Route 48. After being taken to the hospital for a head injury, his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.196, which is more than twice the legal limit. He was also cited for speeding.
If he is convicted of a highest-level BAC (0.16 or higher) first time DUI offense, he faces some pretty severe penalties. The charge carries a minimum of 72 hours in jail, with a maximum of six months.
Because he was in an accident, he probably won't get the minimum penalty. There is also a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 and a 12 month license suspension, plus alcohol education classes and possible court ordered alcohol treatment.

http://philadelphiaduiattorneyblog.com/2012/0...

Favoritism with judges is at issue. Don't expect John Jason Elash to be punished. McKeesport officials and friends are held to a far lower standard than the average citizen.

District 45 Brewster hired John Jason Elash years ago. Brewster is terrible for a senator, he left the city he mayoress for eight years destroyed!
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May 8, 2012
 
Frustration floods McKeesport council chambers

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 
McKeesport Daily News
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:18 a.m.
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012 

With some attendees shaking their heads and others leaving the room, an air of frustration filled McKeesport council chambers Wednesday evening as city officials continued arguments on the topics they've debated for months.
After council approved the revision of a previously tabled service agreement for solicitor J. Jason Elash in a 5-2 vote, with Councilors V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery and A.J. Tedesco dissenting, council president Darryl Segina sidestepped Robert's Rules of Order by commenting on the matter after a vote was cast.
Segina said there were private reservations about Elash's appointment as solicitor, despite a unanimous vote in January. Those reservations have increased among some council members and the public since DUI charges were filed against Elash after a single-vehicle accident on Jan. 22.
"The only thing we can do, and what we did, is negotiate the contract," Segina said. "The beginning contract only stated the retaining fee (of $1,500 per month) and $75 an hour. In the one we just passed, there was more."
Elash's service agreement outlines his scope of services as defined by McKeesport's Home Rule Charter and adds a personal conduct clause that charges him to uphold the city's reputation. It notes that his employment will be terminated if convicted of any alcohol-related offenses for incidents occurring after March 1, 2012.
Tedesco asked if the contract defines whether Elash is an employee or a professional contractor, specifically asking if his services require a W-2 or 1099 federal tax form. He noted that the question was not intended to spark further controversy, but rather to clarify a matter of record-keeping that city officials will resolve in coming days.
"Council approves the solicitor, and the mayor executes the contract on behalf of the city," Mayor Michael Cherepko said. "It's a non-bidding contract ... for professional services. Council doesn't have a say as long as it's within the budget."
Cherepko said he extended a courtesy in compromising with council in the development in Elash's contract. That statement led to bickering between Cherepko and Walker-Montgomery, when he told her the matter was "nothing to smirk about."
Walker-Montgomery said the mayor didn't know what she was laughing about, and he should not call her out on an assumption. Both parties were silenced by Segina's gavel as they told one another to watch their mouths and educate themselves.
http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmckeesp...

(McKeesport Council Meetings)
Council meetings in McKeesport are held the first Wednesday of every month. 7PM at 201 Lyle Blvd. Highway side entry, 2nd floor.(15132)
BP Gas station is across the street.
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May 8, 2012
 
Frustration floods McKeesport council chambers - Allegheny

By Jennifer R. Vertullo 
McKeesport Daily News
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:18 a.m.
Updated: Friday, May 4, 2012 

With some attendees shaking their heads and others leaving the room, an air of frustration filled McKeesport council chambers Wednesday evening as city officials continued arguments on the topics they've debated for months.
After council approved the revision of a previously tabled service agreement for solicitor J. Jason Elash in a 5-2 vote, with Councilors V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery and A.J. Tedesco dissenting, council president Darryl Segina sidestepped Robert's Rules of Order by commenting on the matter after a vote was cast.
Segina said there were private reservations about Elash's appointment as solicitor, despite a unanimous vote in January. Those reservations have increased among some council members and the public since DUI charges were filed against Elash after a single-vehicle accident on Jan. 22.
"The only thing we can do, and what we did, is negotiate the contract," Segina said. "The beginning contract only stated the retaining fee (of $1,500 per month) and $75 an hour. In the one we just passed, there was more."
Elash's service agreement outlines his scope of services as defined by McKeesport's Home Rule Charter and adds a personal conduct clause that charges him to uphold the city's reputation. It notes that his employment will be terminated if convicted of any alcohol-related offenses for incidents occurring after March 1, 2012.
Tedesco asked if the contract defines whether Elash is an employee or a professional contractor, specifically asking if his services require a W-2 or 1099 federal tax form. He noted that the question was not intended to spark further controversy, but rather to clarify a matter of record-keeping that city officials will resolve in coming days.
"Council approves the solicitor, and the mayor executes the contract on behalf of the city," Mayor Michael Cherepko said. "It's a non-bidding contract ... for professional services. Council doesn't have a say as long as it's within the budget."
Cherepko said he extended a courtesy in compromising with council in the development in Elash's contract. That statement led to bickering between Cherepko and Walker-Montgomery, when he told her the matter was "nothing to smirk about."
Walker-Montgomery said the mayor didn't know what she was laughing about, and he should not call her out on an assumption. Both parties were silenced by Segina's gavel as they told one another to watch their mouths and educate themselves.
http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmckeesp...

(McKeesport Council Meetings)
Council meetings in McKeesport are held the first Wednesday of every month. 7PM at 201 Lyle Blvd. Highway side entry, 2nd floor.(15132)
BP Gas station is across the street.
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May 8, 2012
 
Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server....

The Mission of the Office of Open Records is to implement and enforce the state’s Right-to-Know Law and serve as a source for citizens, agencies, public officials and members of the media in obtaining public records of their government. As part of that mission, the Office of Open Records has developed a “Citizens’ Guide” that will provide a basic overview of the Right-to-Know Law.

FAQS
Can a request be denied because the requester is not a citizen of Pennsylvania?[Section 102] 
No. Any legal resident of the United States can request a record, including a person with a green card.
http://openrecords.state.pa.us/portal/server....

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