Harrisburg Happening

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Her tenure as "acting" was short

Ms. Shelton returned to the Mid-Atlantic region position in late 2005:

http://www.gsa.gov/gsa/cm_attachments/GSA_BASIC/Focus_Winter_06_R2MTJ_0Z5RDZ-i34K-pR.pdf

22 Comments:

Blogger Aries708 said...

I was also at the meeting at Ben Franklin tonight. Shelton offered no additional information to the GSA dog and pony show. In fact, she merely echoed the "trust me you don't need to know the pesky details of the federal government taking your home" mentality.

Funny, this seems to be happening in other cities as well.
Check out: http://bakersfield.typepad.com/
fired_up/2006/03/questions_shrou.
html

April 18, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I'm not surprised - and she is clearly a hack. She donated $500 to Ridge's campaign and worked for L&I, then donated $2000 to W's campaign.

April 18, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Oh, and welcome to the blog - the place to discuss all things Harrisburg

April 18, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Thanks.

It seems like we both did our research last night on Ms. Shelton.

No one is fighting this battle against the courthouse in a smart, effective manner.

Let the FOIA requests begin I say.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I agree. For one thing, the environmental assessment documents violate the Rehabilitation Act. By color coding everything, people like my color blind husband can't interpret it.

By the way, the GSA is reading this blog - regularly.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Good let them read. They need to know that some of us are capable of using the process constructively.

LOL! You also beat me to the punch by assigning numerical values to the color-coded blocks. Kudos to you.

The whole draft report was NWI: Nebulous with Intent.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Using numbers was the only way I could think of to make any reasonable guess at how the sites compared using their criteria. As I'm sure you noticed, they were very close - and the weight given to any criteria could send the result in any direction. And there's the rub - we don't know the weight. I suggest that be the first FOIA request.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Anyone with any sense for politics should see through the draft report.

What really scares me are the invisible hands moving behind the scenes.

It was very telling that Mayor Reed, Rep. Buxton, and Sen. Piccola were absent.

They did not even send proxies--that speaks volumes, sadly.

US Senators Specter and Santorum are clearly ambivalent about any of this. The only political representation we have on this is Congressman Holden.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I'm not sure why they were absent. I do know there is to be a major announcement by Reed on Friday on midtown development.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Call me a cynic, but I won't hold my breath for the Mayor. I'd rather be wrong than disappointed.

Much like GSA, the Mayor is not known for his fondness for cleansing "sunshine" in matters of the people's business.

So Mayor Reed, come on and prove me a cynic. Which is much better than being a fool.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

It won't be a courthouse annoucement, but a positive development one - that does not involve tearing anything down or displacing anyone.

I agree the Reed crowd should have done more to influence GSA - after all, the city owns quite a few parcels that could be developed into a courthouse project. I think the biggest problem with the whole development/preservation scene in Harrisburg is that there really is no overall plan. In fact, plans are announced on a regular basis, but before they are ready for prime time. Heck, sometimes plans are announced even before the announcer owns the lot in question and even before having approached the owner (for example, the original plans for the Furlow building)

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Well said. Too often folks involved in a project are bursting to let the public know what is happeneing for purposes of getting credit and favorable ink.

This whole courthouse affair, however, has my gut in knots with suspicion that a large part of this story is unfurling without serious public scrutiny.

Now there I go spouting off the obvious.

The Mayor needs to be more vocal. People's lives are hanging in the balance here. He needs to show his concern.

All three sites are terrible picks.
1)The Jackson Lick site affects older folks with health issues. They are extremely vulnerable people without much in the way of income or poltical power. If this is the site, I pray they get something in the way of a better, more modern facility...but it looks grim.

2)The folks at Cumberland Apartments have a pretty stable, safe setting--something not seen very often in low income housing.

3)The more well off 3rd/Forster/Green/North site...well we have a different animal here. They are relatively well off, BUT what about the tax base, the historic homes that people have poured resources and sweat into...or the businesses. the city needs residential neighborhoods like this.

Don't even get me started on the Big Hand of Government here. How not very Republican of the Bush Administration to leave property owners alone.

All three sites stink. And lest we forget the encroachment factor for parking lots/garages that will also creep over homes/property not in the immediate footprint.

Ugh!

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Parking is certainly one of the unstated problems. Where are all these people going to park? Not on the street, and there are no available parking garages.

Where are the relocation plans? If they want Forster and Third, why haven't they come up with a plan for moving the businesses? That at least would keep those tax revenues in the city. It seems to me they could come up with a suggested area as a package deal. The area on the other side of Forster comes to mind - and would revitalize the street.

Where would the Cumberland Court residents go? What a shame to destroy affordable and relatively well-maintained housing, which is in short supply.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Jones1234 said...

Yeah, how ironic that Ms. Shelton was quick to point out that she worked for W, and yet supports the government swooping in on people's HOMES.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

And she invoked his name with messianic fervor.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Jones1234 said...

Right?!?

She just couldn't sit by and listen....blah blah blah

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I've always wondered how Bush manages to surround himself with such loyal boot lickers. I'd bet that there were very few Bush votes there last night. It was almost as if she were rubbing his election victory in the face of a crowd about to be made homeless.

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Ad Hominem said...

I bet that the placement of this courthouse could be influenced through various means.

1) Politicians. Of course they are not stepping in probably to avoid having to take a stand and alienate someone somewhere. The eerie silence of them all scares me.

2) Voters. People can influence their politicians, who can influence the bureaucracy.

3) Lawyers or savvy private citizens. A bureaucracy can be stopped by attacking it with its own regulations or those of another bureaucracy. Like Jones pointed out a while back, the Homeland Security Admin. rules may not allow the building of it at the 3rd and Forster site. I bet a good lawsuit or a few claims made with various agencies could derail any of these plans. Of course that takes real work, dedication, and follow up.

And, perhaps the resident attorney can enlighten me, can’t this be challenged as an eminent domain issue?

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

It can, but the law is pretty clear that it is a taking for public purposes. The big question is how much will it cost. I believe the total amount appropriated is only $34 million for the whole thing, including site aquisition and building

April 19, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Well it was Santorum and Specter who took credit for getting the money to pay for this courthouse.

Isn't Santorum against Eminent Domain taking away private property?

Hmmm...and it is an election year for him as well.

Let's face it, these big talker Republicans pay lip service to their conservative roots and that is it. Whatever happening to getting rid of big government. This courthouse project embodies the hand of big bad government.

Conservative Republicans are everything they have labeled Liberal Democrats as being guilty of.

April 20, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

Just so there is no confusion about what I said about political contributions, here is the link to the information:

http://www.fundrace.org/neighbors.php?search=1&type=name&lname=Shelton

By the way, fundrace.org is a facinging little database - you can see what your neighbors gave to candidates.

April 20, 2006  
Blogger Jones1234 said...

I now love that site. Thanks for the link!

April 20, 2006  

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