Harrisburg, PA – City council turned down the posposal for Eastern University to lease unused space in the City Hall building.
This was an opportunity for the city to rent out space in the basement of the city government property, and Eastern University offered to spend $600,000 on building renovations.
Of the rejected deal, Harrisburg resident Anthony Harrell says: “City Council I am with you on this, the mayor sprung this on you and the citizens, and he already had it set up!”
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse responded: “We are going to take taxpayer dollars to help fix a building instead of potholes and playgrounds, and to me, it was a no-brainer, and we should have moved forward with a partnership with Eastern.”
Beau Brown, a 17 year commercial real estate veteran says he can help Eastern University find an alternative site.
He was in favor of the proposed deal, and stated in the past that it seemed like Eastern U and the administration worked hard on the feasibility exercise to locate at city hall.
Brown stated that despite prior disagreements with the administration – he believes that he could serve both the client and the city’s interests by finding a site where the city can still benefit directly or indirectly.
This was a clean partnership proposal and it shouldn’t fall to the back burner.
Let’s work together to find a beneficial alternative.
Dauphin County released evidence today to the plaintiff, Timothy Rowbottom, in his case against Karl Singleton, Senior Advisor to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse.
On May 09, 2017, around 9 p.m., the plantiff alleges that Mr. Singleton threatened the man in a physically intimidating manner, and alluded to knowing his home address. This incident occurred in the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel during the 2017 Mayoral debate. Singleton and Rowbottom were both in attendance at the debate event that took place that evening in the 2nd floor Ballroom.
When Rowbottom attempted to serve the Harrisburg Police department today, he was told “No” they can’t accept the supoena.
When asked to put it in writing, HBG PD complied and accepted the supoenas for more evidence.
Harrisburg City Solicitor Neil Grover also attempted to withhold evidence when he aggressively approached the plaintiff in city hall recently.
In a similar politically motivated threat, it’s also been alleged that the defendant Karl Singleton physically threatened Dauphin County Commissioner Jeffrey Haste after an informal meeting several years ago. That particular incident was broken up by other county officials who were present.
Harrisburg, PA – “The announcement that Amazon would build a $5 billion facility supporting 50,000 jobs immediately lit up social media. Some local citizens and officials suggested that the sprawling, for-sale Harrisburg State Hospital grounds off Cameron Street would be a perfect fit.” – theBurg
However, varying political agendas almost squashed the deal before it gained traction. An essential component of the proposal requires cooperation between Harrisburg Mayor and the president of the Regional Chamber, among other opposing forces.
David Black, president of Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and CREDC initially said: “Harrisburg is too small to put in a bid, but I do think there’s an opportunity to put in a bid with partners in York and Lancaster.”
Harrisburg City Councilman Westburn Majors expressed motivation to engage local government and private entities together in this process. “It is my hope that the administration can work with the county, the commonwealth, local business groups such as the Chamber, CREDC, etc., to determine if putting in an application is something that they would consider,” Majors said.
Brandon Flood and Beau Brown, who are both active in local & state politics, also engaged in the social media conversation. Brown expressed deep interest and insight into the potential Amazon deal, and began drafting preliminary concepts for a proposal in front of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Meanwhile, Bruce P Weber (HBG City Director of Finance) who is very active on social media, often echos the perspective of Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The tone of Weber seemed to brush off the Amazon deal as a no-go.
Jennie Jenkins makes an excellent point that preparing and proposing to Amazon executives would serve as a terrific protocol for organizing forces in Harrisburg, and potentially bringing future investment to the region.
Beau Brown flips the script on Weber when he compares former Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed to the short-falls of the current administration. The City of Harrisburg was transformed under Mayor Steve Reed. He had an unmatched love for Harrisburg and equal drive & determination to get results.
A bold proposal was made by Beau Brown, who offered free services to help draw 50,000 Amazon jobs to Harrisburg. Brown published an advertisement for his proposal stating that in fact Harrisburg can fulfill the requirements, and the posting was circulated around on social media.
Perhaps Harrisburg leaders and CREDC heard the calls of the community, because within 2 weeks, a new twist to the story was reported by Pennlive on 9/25/2017 when David Black says: “We’re pulling apart the RFP Amazon issued to see what we need.”
Harrisburg will partner with Lancaster, York, Cumberland & Lebanon counties to fulfill the metro requirement of the RFP.
Brown says that this is an opportunity to get face-time and build rapport for Harrisburg in front of one of the most powerful corporate owners in the world. Also, this experience will serve as excellent practice for pitching our region to investors. He also makes the point that proposing to Bezos would only be to the potential benefit of Harrisburg and the entire region. We should not pass up such an opportunity, as we are negotiating with an unpredictable entrepreneur, not a legislative body with strict rules to follow.
Beau Brown is uniquely qualified. He has a Reed-like drive and passion for the City of Harrisburg. Brown’s advocacy for the city is evident through the multiple published reports and editorials that have appeared in the Central Penn Business Journal, including this following article where Brown lays out a road map plan to land a deal such as the Amazon headquarters.
If Harrisburg and regional leaders are serious about this huge proposal, Brown’s negotiating and real estate experience should be utilized in making this deal.
Here, in a rare moment of clarity, Weber comes to his senses and recognizes the brilliance and potential in Brown’s proposal:
As reported by Newsweek, AntiFA is now considered a Domestic Terrorist Organization by the FBI and DHS:
In Harrisburg, PA, local city leaders have organized a forum to spread awareness for citizens to “Know Your Rights.” The panelist include a great cast of folks, other than one name that stands apart from the rest. This individual is a known AntiFA leader and has spewed Anti-Police rhetoric throughout town. Chris Siennick advises criminals how to manipulate law enforcement officers, and the criminal justice system.
This forum will be held in Harrisburg on September 27:
Chris Siennick is a known AntiFA leader who openly corresponds and organizes with violent AntiFA crews from Philadelphia:
Those protests were organized by Siennick and resulted in a police horse being stabbed with a flag pole, and police being sprayed with skin irritant chemicals.
It prompted Police in Harrisburg to request an additional $65,000 for riot gear:
Siennick is proud to admit that he is a paid agitator:
Siennick’s closest associates are anti-government extremist:
Host of the Harrisburg Hope event, Brandon Flood claims that no side show will take place under his watch. He also cites Siennick’s victim mentality going into this forum, and mentions that this list of panelist “may be augmented by one or two folks.”
Here is a collection of recent anti-Police rhetoric, more violent references will be released over time:
Siennick has no respect for the tough job of Police:
Siennick offers a $200 bounty for his followers to shoot down a HPD police drone:
Siennick also tracks and broadcasts the whereabouts of our HPD and their family members:
Update: In following up with this story, the individual who filed the complaint also has had his RTK request and subpoena for evidence intentionally withheld by city solicitor Neil Grover. Grover allegedly confronted the individual in an aggressive manner, and then told him he’d never give him the records. More RTK requests were filed immediately by the citizen.
Harrisburg, PA – In a motion recently filed by Timothy Rowbottom against the senior advisor to Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse, Karl Singleton has been named in a $12,000 civil suit for threatening life of the Mayor’s constituent.
In a written statement by the plaintiff, it has be alleged that on May 09, 2017, around 9 p.m., the defendant, Mr. Singleton threatened the man and alluded to knowing his home address. This incident occurred in the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel during the 2017 Mayoral debate. Singleton and Rowbottom were both in attendance at the debate event that took place that evening in the 2nd floor Ballroom.
The plaintiff believes this was a politically motivated threat.
Sean M GuayThe ‘Resistance Movement’ emulates the tactics of black bloc, and has aligned with the terrorist of AntiFA. It is a threat to American freedom.
Such a shame that so-called citizens of Harrisburg would display pride in being aggressively disruptive.
Carrie FowlerIf you think the resistance movement is a threat to American freedoms, then you don’t understand how this country was built.
Sean M GuayThis country was not built by aligning with terrorist.
Carrie FowlerWhat do you think the monarchy thought of our founding fathers? You need a history lesson.
Robert BrandtSeriously Carrie Fowler, did you just compare our founding fathers to ANTIFA?? LMFAO!! And I saw a pic you posted awhile back with you supporting ANTIFA so spin more spin doctor.
Sean M Guay:You all (the resistance) missed that while you were busy sympathizing with AntiFA, spreading hatred about America and our President.
Carrie Fowler: I will spread hatred about and for Trump till the day I take my last breath. He does not represent me or 58% of this country. He is a national embarrassment.
Amy Thomas: NJ DHS listed AntiFa as domestic terrorists. Aligning with them when your seeking a position in the public school system board…what message does that send to the children, their families and the tax payers? Fine, you don’t like Trump but to associate with domestic terrorists? Wow
Sean M Guay:AntiFA assaulted a police horse, harassed civilians and police in the street around 3rd and Forester, blocked traffic and sprayed a chemical mixture at police in Harrisburg on June 10.
Carrie Fowler, you are a current school board director elect, and as a ‘leader’ in this community, the citizens of Harrisburg must look to you for guidance.
Will you publicly condemn the violent activities of AntiFA and any person associated with them?
Amy Thomas Carrie Fowler, Do you condemn AntiFa? Simple question.
Carrie Fowler: I do support them (AntiFA) for their efforts to stand against hate. Am I a member? No. On that Saturday (June 10) in question Antifa were the only ones protecting the hate from walking down our streets and there was absolutely NO violence. Do I stand by everything they do ? No.
I am not tolerant of Trump and his hate. Not for one minute. I will expose him every chance I get. I will call him out every chance I get
Now have fun twisting my words to fit your agenda. I put action behind my words. I make mistakes just like everyone else, but when I do I admit them, learn from them and move on a better person.
Brittney Parker:Carrie Fowler I think it’s pretty interesting you say you will never tolerate hate, and then a few posts above this one you say you will spread hate for Trump till you take your last breath.
Of course, we all know you’re ok with facism and hatred as long as it’s someone or something you disagree with, am I right?
I don’t even like Trump, haha, I didn’t vote for him and left the GOP over it. But trying to claim the moral high ground on tolerance, diversity, and love while bragging about spreading hatred is pretty far out.
Apparently, Carrie Fowler was busy sympathizing with Antifa members, and while she was caught up in passionately spreading hatred of America and our President, she conveniently missed all the relevant national news about the violence and hatred that was caused by Antifa in Harrisburg on June 10, 2017. Recently, Fowler has become the Democratic mascot, making appearances on behalf of the party at every protest cause in the Pennsylvania State Capital.
Direct Link to the posting that was deleted (we have all screen shots) as soon as the connection to Siennick and AntiFA was established:
The White Knights issued the following WWF style challenge to AntiFA, which has been called racially derogatory, outright offensive, with similar intolerance that is comparable with the tactics of the AntiFA thugs.
*Warning – Explicit Content:
Update: It is believed that since the release of this video, AntiFA has backed off of their threats to show up in Gettysburg with no permit.
Harrisburg, PA – We have been receiving continuous information, raw data, emails, photos, comments, evidence, and many other parts and pieces of Harrisburg’s hidden and suppressed past.
Our apologies to those whose information has not yet been displayed. Much time is needed to research, analyze, interview and to make conclusions.
One by one, these documents and other evidence will be released.
The public can decide what to make of it.
Here is the latest review of Gloria Martin Roberts Team’s involvement with Harrisburg’s trouble:
Elected LT to City Council & Mayor-7th link/ 4th link
Elected GMR to City Council- 4th link
Running GMR’s campaign-1st link
Firm has been paid out 2.4 mil by HBGSD & HA- 4th link
Former Reed Ally-worked on Campaigns-4th link
Counsel for HBGSD during 1997-1999/2001-2005-4th link
Was HA counsel from 1997-2002
Was counsel to HBGSD & HA at the same time
2007-2010 Served as chairman & CEO of the board of the HA-10th link
Violated Section 1103(a) of the public official & employee’s act
By participating in the hiring of a member of his law firm through the HA & again violated Section 1103(a) when he signed checks for Bruber-individual he got hired by Torres the then E.D..Ellison is equity partner at firm so directing any business to is in violation, as if the aforementioned signing of checks to said individual.- Paid $2,297 settlement-8th link
Was forced to resign from chairman of HA as a result of the violations-9th link
While on the board of school control(appointed by Reed) approved more than 100$ million relating to bonds.-9th link
Many controversial bond deals(including bonds related to the incinerator) were made while he was the City Solicitor-9th link
Tax liens- while Ellison and Rhods/Sinon represented CASD, the district ‘sold millions of dollars in delinquent property tax claims to third parties’ A poor business venture- they lost money. HA made $30,000 in fees from 2005-2007 from the sale of said items- 2nd link
Coatesville Area SD 2002-2013 collected 7.7 million from services- 11th link
While working at Rhoads & Sinon the firm represented CDSD. Ellison served as Insurance defense counsel and solicitor for CDSD. The firm billed CDSD 189,527$ for 1,064.52 hours of which- ‘The records also show that attorney James Ellison billed the district for an hour for an interview he gave to Patriot-News reporter Mary Klaus. The firm also billed the school district for an e-mail it sent regarding a Right-to-Know request the bus drivers sent to the school district.The firm also billed the school district for research it did on defamation after Epstein wrote an article on a blog. It also billed the district for reviewing a draft denial of a Right-to-Know request’- 12th link
As a result of the combination of Linda Thompson making good on a campaign promise and Ellison giving bad legal advice; Rhoads and Sinon was ordered to pay $250,000 of a $2.4mil settlement with Gerald Kohn. Harrisburg SD paid $125,000. The rest was paid by insurers. Linda Thompson didn’t pay a cent- 4th link/ 6th link/ 7th link
James Ellison activity on Board of Control
Ellison Rhoads and Sinon largest donor to campaign during Linda Thompson election
2010-1 year left of mayoral control of Harrisburg School Board, Linda Thompson appoints Gloria Martin Roberts to Board of Control
Gloria Martin Roberts fired solicitors, hired James Ellison and hired & Rhoads and Sinon
Previous solicitors billed 1.2mill over 5 years/ Ellison proceeded to bill over 500k in less than a years time- he got into documented legal trouble for similar behavior with Central Dauphin SD and Coatesville SD. His actions with HbgSD were never scrutinized.
Ellison acting as Solicitor, Kohn, ended up costing millions
For services rendered to Board of Control-checks rarely itemized. We have examples of the checks. The checks were signed by GMR and invoiced by JE
Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Papenfuse has defended the City of Harrisburg against the label of being called a ‘warzone’.
This warzone description first was used to reference the Sinkhole Disaster block of S. 14th Street, in 2014, and more recently it was used by Trump after his visit to the city in 2016.
Of President Trump visiting the city, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said: “I hope he will look around and understand that he needs to do more than rally his supporters. He needs to listen to and speak with those who didn’t vote for him.” – Washington Post
This statement was made as Mayor Papenfuse organized a counter-protest, specifically targeting the President of the United States of America.
It’s unfortunate that Mayor Papenfuse would make this stand against the President, at a time when the City of Harrisburg is still counting on the Federal Government for much needed disaster relief funding, as well as the fate of a proposed Federal Courthouse lingers under the hand of President Trump.
Now, Mayor Papenfuse has been referencing the statistics which he says support a reduction in reported crime. However it doesn’t feel that way in the streets, and does not align with the earlier sentiments of the Chief of Police in Harrisburg.
It is concerning that these statistics are complied based on data from a broken police computer system.
In fact, it was the Chief of Police who himself described Harrisburg when he said it “looks like Beirut.” That was his statement regarding a 30 round shots-fired incident, resulting in one man injured, on the 1400 block of Market Street.
Some time has passed since that event, and our hats go off to the great work of the Harrisburg Police Department, however crime is running rampant in our streets, and the constant shots-fired after dark, and daytime shooting events can feel commonplace.
Today, while campaigning around the area of 15th & Calder, it was Harrisburg city councilman Ben Allatt, who experienced first hand the violent fouls of the drug trade that has run rampant in our city.
It remains to be a discouraging fact that our police computer and reporting system is inadequate, as pointed out by Jennie Jenkins in the Mayoral Debate. This system was developed through a lowest bidder contract, and it has not satisfied the needs of the department.
Due to the shortcomings of this computer system, it is difficult to determine the accuracy of our city’s crime reporting.
In regards to the excessive neighborhood crime, Bruce P. Weber, Finance Director for The City of Harrisburg said: “Crime is down, but still too high, esp. as it relates to illegal drugs and guns.”
Bruce has recently become the most vocal supporter of Mayor Papenfuse and his ideologies.
He later attempted to clarify his crime facts by making a rather ambiguous statement about how the city hasn’t been able to find any solution the to the gun and drug problems that are plaguing our neighborhoods:
In follow up commentary regarding the inadequacies of our police computer system, Bruce Weber elaborated on his earlier remarks by saying that in his opinion, “All data reported is true. The slow data throughput has nothing to do with the actual data reported.”
We continue to received conflicting messages from our leaders in the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.