Wilkes-Barre city is under way with it's newest scam - The STRIKE ONE POLICY. It certainly sounds good - but is it?
I was at the Strike One Appeals meeting tonight.
Result: Adam Peters, an excellent landlord, has his means of living taken away until MARCH. He lost 4 -0.
OBSERVATIONS: Police NEVER notified him that a non-tenant (as opposed to the actual female tenant) had been arrested for drugs. Can anybody please tell me how Adam is supposed to know the personal habits of this man?
FRISK THIS MAN? ILLEGAL
FOLLOW HIM? This would be STALKING
VIDEOTAPE INSIDE PREMISES? ILLEGAL
This ONE STRIKE LAW becomes very complicated given Wilkes-Barre's selective protection of certain drug houses. Chief Gerard Dessoye had an interest in one.
The landlord who filed complaints received nothing but retribution for the many complaints she made.
So, please Mrs. Leighton and Dessoye, how does one go about discerning between the good and bad drug houses?
IF A LANDLORD REPORTS THE WRONG HOUSE - HE COULD BE KILLED! Is this really their job?
Is the city giving any TRAINING on how to spot the right house... or do we just assume landlords can act as their own FBI agents. There is grave danger associated with turning in drug dealers.
Slander: Adam Peters, an excellent tenant, has been slandered.
Bill Vinsko: Vinsko is on record (Aug 22) for saying he would help landlords. Well he didn't lift a finger for Adam Peters.
The review board was made up of all appointees. In other words, it was a kangaroo court.
Adam Peter's home was condemned (technically) for having faulty smoke detectors (after the police raided them looking for drugs).
SELECTIVE ENFORCEMENT? How many other buildings do you know that were condemned for having dead batteries in smoke detectors... after the police raided it it?