Allison Troy: Living in Manheim Township has helped me become more connected and rooted to my own values than ever before. As a working parent raising a young child, I am dedicated to creating the best future possible for the next generation of Township residents. It is clear that the Board of Commissioners will soon make decisions that have the power to change the very landscape of what this Township IS, and could affect residents’ quality of life for generations to come. I want our community to reflect our deeply held values of kindness, fairness, and equality. I am running for the Board of Commissioners because it is imperative that the voices and the values of the community have a seat at the decision-making table.
Barry Kauffman: I have deep roots in Lancaster County, with my ancestral family arriving here in 1717. Our involvement in the community over the past three centuries is what leads me to be concerned about the direction in which we are moving. The lack of apparent concern for the “long-game” for our community, the seemingly relentless march toward developing every square inch of the land, is vexing. I am troubled that we have not adequately considered, much less planned for, quality of life concerns such as open space, transportation, infrastructure, or impacts on our education systems. I believe that must change. Changing direction will require smart, observant and innovative approaches to Manheim Township governance, including establishing decision-making processes not dominated by special interests. This will require a commitment to understanding our past, reaffirming our community values, and a willingness to explore new approaches and new methodologies for solving problems as we move forward. ... See MoreSee Less
Question: Do you support ending unjust cash bail policies? What policies would you implement to reach this goal?
Hobie: The biggest problem with our nation’s broken criminal justice system, including here in Lancaster County, is that the system is putting people in jail who pose no danger to anyone. Under the cash bail system, people who commit nonviolent offenses, like drug possession or other petty crimes, are made to sit in prison while awaiting trial unless they have the means to bail themselves out. This system is costly and doesn’t serve anyone. In reality, the present cash bail system results in one criminal justice system for those with financial means, and another system for poor people and working people who are living paycheck to paycheck. This isn’t “equal justice under the law.” Cash bail for petty offenses exploits people who are desperate to get out of jail and accept guilty plea deals under the duress of incarceration.
I will eliminate cash bail for all petty offenses, where the alleged crime doesn’t require a jail sentence if convicted. Pre-trial detention in Lancaster County wastes taxpayer dollars and unnecessarily disrupts the lives of the accused. Bail should be used only as it was intended: to ensure the appearance of the individual in court. ... See MoreSee Less
Tonight, the Historical Commission will be hearing a revised plan to replace the Roburrito’s building with high-rise senior apartments. As a community, it’s our responsibility to ensure that development that happens in our city benefits all of us, not just those who can afford luxury condos. Our elected officials need to consider who lives here, who will benefit, and who will suffer from such development before they approve this project. Make your voices heard by coming to the meeting tonight at 6 PM. ... See MoreSee Less
If you have a story about struggles around housing and development in Lancaster County that you'd like to share, please do so here: lancasterstandsup.org/housing
This is not a solution (and I wish I'd found out about this earlier-- I'd have gone to the meeting.) "Memory care" and similar are so that insurance will pay the bills. This is not a "seniors will be able to walk to market and enjoy our retail space" building.
Also it's ugly and too tall for N. Prince. Ick. Who do I write to?
I'm a senior who can't afford a luxury condo/apartment. Lancaster needs affordable housing. High-rises are also ugly and a high-rise building will stand out in "quaint" Lancaster as a major sore thumb. "Mixed use" buildings also suck... people living above stores and offices, listening to human and vehicular traffic surrounding their living spaces all day. Lancaster more and more is resembling the urban and strip-mall blight I thought I left behind when I moved here.
There's already a high rise senior apartment within a few blocks.
My grandfather used to live there.
Why do we need a 'luxury' version?
And what happens when they can't sell enough luxury apartments? Then it's a huge blight on Lancaster or they demolish it again.
It's hard for me to separate the need to demolish vs. the concept that this is housing people would need.
We need affordable senior housing in Lancaster County
There is a crisis in Lancaster for affordable housing. This sounds like gentrification.
Assisted living and memory care in an urban setting? Why?
Can the now abandoned St. Joseph Hospital be repurposed for senior living instead?
Wow they held it the same time as the cannabis town hall? Sneaky
Amanda Bakay for City Council: I believe that all Lancastrians have a right to live, and remain in quality, affordable housing. Rising housing costs is an issue that affects both renters and homeowners and there are number of things that a member of City Council can do to ensure that our housing crisis does not get worse.
Xavier Garcia-Molina for City Council: While I recognize that there are limitations to the powers of city council, assuming the position of councilman ensures that not only will there exist a vote that’ll always prioritize the needs of community members in city government, but one that recognizes the trauma and the history all community members bring to the table. As a councilman I strive to be of aide in bringing this community together so that all that live here now, and all that will join our community in the future, will mutually benefit from the progress we are bringing forth.
Jaime Arroyo for Lancaster: As a Lancaster City Councilman, I want to positively contribute to the decisions that are affecting the residents of our community. I want to make sure that they are being heard and that we are making decisions to help them thrive here, not push them out. In order for us to see equitable development, quality housing and safe neighborhoods in our city, we need people who lived the Lancaster experience and have the knowledge and background to make decisions that allow everyone to prosper. ... See MoreSee Less
We are devastated to learn of the death and destruction that occurred in New Zealand, and we wish them comfort and peace in this unspeakably difficult time.
As a community, we must stand together against the hatred, bigotry, and racism that caused this horrific terroristic killing spree. There is no place for those views. We must give no attention, platform, clicks, views, or excuses to those who propagate threats against our friends and neighbors. Instead, we must uplift the hurting communities and soundly rebuke the tactics used to keep us divided. It's up to us to ensure we focus on strengthening each other and give no fuel to the terrorists who seek to destroy.
If you can, donate to a charity located in New Zealand and reach out to check on a neighbor. ... See MoreSee Less
We are gearing up for a listening canvass to talk to our neighbors about how to build a better community that works for all of us! Your support is crucial to train and support our canvassers. Can you give $10 right now to help with costs to equip and send out our canvassers? lancasterstandsup.org/donate... See MoreSee Less
US Senator Pat Toomey has signaled that he could be convinced to vote in favor of a resolution to stop Trump's bogus national emergency. It's up to all of us to remind him of his duty as a Senator and his values as a representative of Pennsylvania. Call his office or send him a message to express that we will stand with our immigrant and refugee friends against this racist power grab. Call him at (202) 224-4254. ... See MoreSee Less
Sophie, you are a wonder! Thank you for all you're doing! The organizing and your enthusiasm are so imporant!
Go Sophie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Sav!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you for fighting the good fight. Never give up. The Light is winning
We NEED more, better, achievable paths for refugees and immigrants to find safety, shelter, settlement and if they wish, citizenship. Mass deportation and incarceration is not the answer. America is for ALL OF US.
Thank you for standing with immigrants!
Yes! I am Lancaster and I support immigrants and refugees!!!
Every day. I am glad to have voted for Jess King. If I had voted for this hate-monger, big $$$ taker, I would be ashamed.
BREAKING: The House has PASSED HR1 "The legislation includes a national expansion of early voting, redistricting reform, making Election Day a federal holiday, automatic voter registration and stricter disclosure rules for a bevy of political activities. One particular ethics provision would mandate presidential and vice-presidential candidates to publicly disclose 10 years of tax returns — a nod to Trump’s refusal to do so despite decades of precedent."
All states require that you be a United States citizen by birth or naturalization in order to vote in federal and state elections.
Why don't you also add language that deleting voter registries and stealing and throwing away early ballots is illegal as well.... you know the Republican's weapons of choice in Georgia and South Carolina. You're a spineless partizan hack Congressman Schmucker.
Lloyd has bought into the scare-mongering, gaslighting, flat-out-lying tactics of the Trump administration. All aboard this sinking ship eh Lloyd Smucker?
So for this issue, which is already covered by existing statute, Smucker and other GOP have no problem adding language-yet when gun safety legislation comes up, “We already have rules! We mustn’t add more rules!!!!! Second Amendment!”
What about the Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments?
It's a solution in search of a problem that doesn't exist, Lloyd!
Screw you Lloyd.
Why do they say tht about illegals voting?
Any excuse to keep from having to do the job of governing.
I did not see anything pertaining to "immigrants" in the post. I did however see "illegal Immigrant" in the post. Nice liberal twist on words though.
Serious question, because I'm stupid. Are undocumented immigrants allowed to vote? I'm confused.
Lloyd, Lloyd, Lloyd, there you go again with your incredibly stupid fallacy logic.
They don't HAVE the right to vote now. Solution with no problem.
Vote him out
Yep that’s how you won lol
Thow the racist out.
Then we should not take their tax money
Smucker, allowing you to breathe devalues our country you low-life POS.