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School board meeting this Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5 pm. This political parody poster is in honor of Robin Kmetz's banning and is from her favorite movie, Home Alone. She quotes this all the time. I'm looking forward to all the legal maneuvers from the school to avoid releasing the records on her banning. I'm curious who will be resigning next as rumors continue to swirl. See you Tuesday.
Cambria County's version of "The Soprano's" is "The Arcurio's". Remember election day is Tuesday, May 21st. Please vote for me on the Democratic party ticket for Johnstown City Council or write me in as a Republican if you want true change and accountability in government. Thank you.
Next Tuesday, May 21st, is election day. Please vote for John DeBartola for Johnstown City Council. Thank you.
School board meeting tonight at 5 pm. Will Amy discuss the Ethics Investigation?
Corruption is not limited to one department within our local government. Join me on Tuesday, May 7th at 5 pm for the next Greater Johnstown School Board meeting. Last month one member of the board asked me for an apology. I will present them with the letter from the Ethics Commission stating the complaint has been issued. Was it answered? Are the charges serious? Are they not serious? Will the Arcurio's admit to what the charges are and issue a statement? Or will the solicitor state no comment? When government is transparent the people will know the truth. Stay tuned. Better yet, come to the meeting and ask for yourself.
26 days until the election so the people will see if money wins the race. Does money influence politics? Are the people asleep in Johnstown? Or are they tired of the same old bought off politicians beholden to Mr. Moneybags or Bobby's machine?
I love this political parody poster from the movie, "The Birdcage". See you all at the primary on May 21st.
Some background on this poster and how a local PAC dominates local elections: https://www.dailyamerican.com/ourtownjohnstown/how-a-powerful-pac-dominates-local-elections/article_af71c4ba-bf48-11e7-8517-53b91cbf9480.html?fbclid=IwAR0H4K6EvjsbmncgMO9Si5pazpXyIcGMEEwx0PP57XhDLR0CtploVWd2mIg
Now that the State Ethics Commission report is out and Arcurio has 30 days to respond, the citizens will finally get the truth about our corruption locally. This is bringing down an empire, lots of people scrambling to protect themselves, lots of plea bargains. Rumors are circulating that allegedly Amy will be resigning and that allegedly Bobby has pulled every favor he has with certain media for this not to be covered. The real hero and praise goes to former school board President Richard Unger for stepping forward with his diary. Stay tuned as we wait for the response from Arcurio.
Fox 8 News coverage: http://www.fox8tv.com/Video/video.asp?VideoID=27252
I am disappointed in the Court’s decision but I had my day in court and trusted the system worked and will respect it. I continue to believe that the District Attorney should be held accountable as to how she uses the taxpayer’s funds which fund her office. I filed a subpoena on the DA because I wanted to know why does she believe that the arrogance of her position of district attorney makes her above the law to not be transparent in the sense of communicating with her own tax paying and elected public why she should not be saying how this money is spent.
She can give all the excuses she wants but I believe what truly has to happen is she needs to be honest with those who have elected her. In any event, I will continue to watch this office and when I see fit, take appropriate action on behalf of the taxpayers. Check out the news coverage on WJAC TV: https://wjactv.com/news/local/judge-denies-contempt-of-court-motion-against-cambria-county-da?fbclid=IwAR0Aj5Q4LMkxbJBnBjd_ThtY9Z-tUlt9h93wgpAFOIdXvLId9xj7n6wgHMc
Yesterday, I filed these 2 right to know requests. One with the county and one with the city as our investigation into the drug forfeiture, DUI Account and other government spending continues. Originally, Joseph Taranto and I asked for records from 2000 to 2016. With all the lawsuits won, I thought it was time to see what responsive records they have from 2017 to present. Particularly, I want to see what records the Attorney General's Office has since Josh Shapiro is the new head of Cambria County Drug Task Force.
I will start posting the records I received from the county tomorrow for everyone to see the horrible game our DA and Commissioners have been playing. More to come. Stay Tuned.
More on what started this: https://wjactv.com/news/local/johnstown
And another article: https://www.dailyamerican.com/ourtownjohnstown/news/johnstown/city-manager-addresses-misallocation-of-confiscated-cash/article_2447c9f5-f3a1-5b37-973f-3d5ab6e9c5df.html?fbclid=IwAR0GfHSj97l2F9u3_Odk5olCo78oR0fpygmmRW_XUqm7EYeCMuMpvQ7XLcE
Greater Johnstown School Board meeting this Tuesday, February 5, 2018 at 5 pm. Are we going to get answers on the Our Town article with the Ghost Salaries for the Arcurio family and the Teacher's Union Grievance?
Below are documents from the engineering study conducted for the War Memorial I received from a right to know request. You can watch the video in the comments section for my speech with these questions I asked below. I believe the public has a right to receive answers from our government and I will be at the next Commissioner's meeting pressing TV Tom for a statement on 2/14/19 as well as the next War Memorial Board Meeting on 2/25/19 waiting for a response. I was corrected during my speech and told the rate charged to the kids was actually $270 an hour and not $265. Judge for yourself.
"Why do kids pay $265 an hour to the War Memorial for ice hockey? Why does Crown pay only $50 an hour to the War Memorial? After paying $100 an hour for multiple years why after the arrival of the new manager is their rate reduced to only $50 an hour? Was a meeting with CJL engineers had to advise the rate reduction?
On to the East Hills Study:
The first sentence says the data "you provided". Did you provide 3 full years of water, sewer and electric bills for both the arena and conference center? If not, why not? Did you provide a schedule of the times the conference center used the air conditioning for the last 3 years? This should be available because you would assume that you billed for the hours used by them.
So why does it say on page 2 runtime data was not available? Shouldn’t you know based on the conference centers requests and the arenas past needs when it ran? East Hill’s says it’s "imperative better records be kept on run times and Energy use". Why do you have no data?
Lastly, East Hills in their report calls this study, “crude starting point and educated guess“. Is it because you did not provide them with enough or actual and accurate data?
How is this study better or correct in comparison to the CJL study? When all through the East Hills Study it clearly say this is guess based on assumptions? Please tell us all why the CJL study is wrong? Please tell us all why kids and parents and schools (taxpayers in the form of school taxes) are paying $265 an hour? Has any Engineering firms been hired to review and advise a Fair Rate costs that the kids are paying? How can you study just Crown’s rate and not the kids Rate based on utilities?"
The speech is located at: https://www.facebook.com/snowwhite914/videos/10157073300657417/?hc_location=ufi
Check out the latest coverage on WJAC TV News. https://wjactv.com/news/local/da-hands-over-some-forfeiture-funds-documents-but-its-not-enough-activist?fbclid=IwAR2sppXrGvEJbLAbb8cuWJIqEGdXWvO3LquRpRBFQlHtw-Zze8IyUduSWdc
Tomorrow is the deadline for the information the county is to release to me from the 4 lawsuits I won. Will DA Kelly and TV Tom release all the records on overtime, the DUI account, drug forfeiture records, audit information and Judge Kevin Price's records? Or is everything redacted and more games? Or am I going to get an affidavit claiming there are no records. Stay tuned.
I received these letters yesterday, another final 90 day extension of investigation authorized. I wish to thank those that are coming forward with new information as Joseph Taranto and I and many others have spent the last 6 years calling for transparency, openness and an end to the corruption within the Greater Johnstown School District. Stay tuned.
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