About KW

writer and community organizer

Writing update

April was a busy month for me with Borough Council campaign work, a couple of bigger projects underway at my part-time paralegal job, and some community garden management work at the Keller Street Community Garden. So my Bailiwick News production dropped. Will try to pick it up again in May.

In the meantime, here are the back issues:

Ecological Resilience; Penn State Corporate Corruption; Centre Region Public Corruption

Regional Water and Farmland Threats and Protection Campaigns

VOLUME 1 – September 2016 to June 2017

  • 9.9.16 Bailiwick News – Part 1: Court ruling against Ferguson Township student housing development impacts regional planning.
  • 9.16.16 Bailiwick News – Part 2: Some municipal legislators reluctant to continue investing taxpayer funds in Whitehall Road Regional Park development.
  • 9.30.16 Bailiwick News – Part 3: Municipal leaders quietly wrestling with Whitehall Road Regional Park planning.
  • 10.7.16 Bailiwick News – Local governments need to strengthen and enforce water protections. (Standalone piece)
  • 10.21.16 Bailiwick News – Part 4: Public debate on land development and water protection in Slab Cabin Run watershed continues.
  • 11.4.16 Bailiwick News – Regional planning and municipal zoning as they relate to water, sewer, land use, housing development and population growth. (Standalone piece)
  • 12.2.16 Bailiwick News – Part 5: Continuing public discussion of water protection and land development tensions.
  • 12.23.16 Bailiwick News – Part 6: Water and farmland protection update.
  • 3.1.17 Bailiwick News – Part 7: Whitehall Road Regional Park as a case-study revealing fault lines in regional governing structures.
  • 3.9.17 Bailiwick News – Part 8: Whitehall Road Regional Park planning and financing as a case study in regional governance.
  • 3.24.17 Bailiwick News – Part 9: Non-overlapping Venn diagram circles: design and funding discussions for Whitehall Road Regional Park.
  • 6.6.17 Bailiwick News – Part 10A: The battle for the Slab Cabin Run watershed and the ecological and political future of the Centre Region community.
  • 6.13.17 Bailiwick News – Part 10B: The battle for the Slab Cabin Run watershed and the political and ecological future of the Centre Region.

VOLUME 2 – October 2017 – December 2018

  • 10.10.17 Bailiwick News – A Tale of Two Penn States: continued coverage of Slab Cabin Run campaign (1999 – 2017 background/recap and June 2017 occupation reporting)
  • 12.19.17 Bailiwick News – Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition incorporating, preparing Constitutional challenge to Penn State’s tax exemptions.
  • 2.10.18 Bailiwick News – Reader Editorial: An unflinching look at Penn State’s ugly environmental leadership failures.
  • 2.23.18 Bailiwick News – Economic v. environmental impact: an agonizing neighbor-against-neighbor choice that Centre County citizens should move beyond, into win-win.
  • 3.1.18 Bailiwick News – Upcoming meetings and citizen statements on Nestle proposal.
  • 3.15.18 Bailiwick News – Costello-Boeckel exchange explores need to plan for land development’s cumulative impacts
  • 3.18.18 Bailiwick News – Centre County Infrastructure Security and Public Water: Campaign Updates
  • 3.27.18 Bailiwick News (Morning Edition) – Transcription of Term Sheet between STWA and NWNA, adopted by STWA Feb. 28, 2018
  • 3.27.18 Bailiwick News (Evening Edition) – Contract for the People v. Contract on the People – Alternative Term Sheet Proposal
  • 4.7.18 Bailiwick News – David Roberts Rebuttal to Dan Hawbaker Advertisement
  • 4.8.18 Bailiwick News – Liability for water contamination: Who will pay?
  • 5.1.18 Bailiwick News – April 19, 2018 SCBWA meeting, transcript excerpts
  • 5.7.18 Bailiwick News – State College Borough Water Authority preparing to vote on Toll Brothers April 2018 application for easement to construct sewage pipeline across SCBWA-owned, deed-restricted land.
  • 5.21.18 Bailiwick News – SCBWA May 17 easement vote, UAJA financial/legal liability for public water contamination, and the power to make things better.
  • 6.29.18 Bailiwick News – Spring Creek Watershed Action Plan Updates
  • 7.15.18 Bailiwick News – Nittany Valley Environmental Coalition July 9, 2018 Memorandum to Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority Board regarding Whitehall Road Regional Park Design Considerations
  • 10.4.18 Bailiwick News – The Shit Pit emerges from the shadows at last: Toll Brothers “Cottages” and Whitehall Road Regional Park updates
  • 10.26.18 Bailiwick News – Public comment and exhibits to Centre Region Council of Governments General Forum regarding sewage infrastructure, process (59 pp., 29 MB)
  • 12.21.18 Bailiwick News – “In Re: Whitehall Road Property”

VOLUME 3 – January to December 2019

  • 1.17.19 Bailiwick News – Reader Editorial: On the lack of enforcement tools within the proposed Spring Creek Water Resource Management Plan
  • 1.30.19 Bailiwick News – August 2013 citizen petition re: high-rise zoning; UAJA’s “rigorous justification” for EDU policy.
  • 2.6.19 Bailiwick News – Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors seeking bump-out of Regional Growth Boundary and Sewer Service Area by 935 acres, for developers to convert farmland and forest to housing.
  • 2.14.19 Bailiwick News – Addendum to Feb. 6, 2019 Bailiwick News: University Area Joint Authority review of DRI application; citizen activism; critical analysis
  • 3.3.19 Bailiwick News – Benner Township Supervisors mull weakening watershed protection in Spring Creek Canyon; Halfmoon Township DRI Update
  • 3.8.19 Bailiwick News – Benner Township Supervisors respond to public concerns about Spring Creek Canyon overlay zoning repeal proposal.
  • 4.4.19 Bailiwick News – Spring Creek Canyon conservation: updates and public comments to Benner Township by Trout Unlimited and ClearWater Conservancy.
  • 4.5.19 Bailiwick News – Musser Gap to Valleylands Project (PDF 81.2 MB due to color maps)

Civics

VOLUME 3 – January to December 2019

Penn State Corporate Corruption

VOLUME 3 – January to December 2019

Centre County Judicial System Corruption

2017 Centre County District Attorney Race; DA Stacy Parks Miller Controversies; Beta Theta Pi Prosecutions

VOLUME 1 – September 2016 to June 2017

  • 12.16.16 Bailiwick News – Part 1: 2017 District Attorney race highlights prosecutor accountability to voters, jurors and defendants.
  • 1.6.17 Bailiwick News – Part 2: Digging into the original criminal allegations made against District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller.
  • 1.20.17 Bailiwick News – Part 3: Centre County court texting controversy and the PA Right to Know Law.
  • 2.5.17 Bailiwick News – Part 4: Are the prosecutor-judge texts tuna casserole recipes and cat pictures? Late January filings to block independent review suggest the answer: No.
  • 4.21.17 Bailiwick News – Part 5: Weighing competing values: government secrecy, individual privacy and public accountability.
  • 5.8.17 Bailiwick News – Part 6A: Timothy Piazza, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Penn State Inter-fraternity Council, Pennsylvania investigating grand juries and the Centre County court credibility crisis.
  • 5.13.17 Bailiwick News – Part 6B: Critical analysis: Piazza’s death, the Centre County court credibility crisis, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, corporate Penn State profiteering, and possibilities for change.

VOLUME 2 – October 2017 to December 2018

  • 4.19.18 Bailiwick News – Catching up with former District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and her lingering impact on the Centre County justice system
  • 4.20.18 Bailiwick News – PA Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Petition for Discipline regarding former Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller
  • 7.10.18 Bailiwick News – Beta Theta Pi prosecutions and Tim’s Law: dilemmas in balancing individual liberty with public safety (‘Due Process and Alcohol Abuse in Centre County’ Series Part 1)
  • 8.8.18 Bailiwick News – Summer 2017 Beta Theta Pi Preliminary Hearing (Part 2)
  • 9.5.18 Bailiwick News – Pro se Motion to Intervene, Motion for Access to Judicial Record and Memorandum of Law (Part 3)
  • 9.19.18 Bailiwick News – Correcting false narrative of Beta Theta Pi events (Part 4)

VOLUME 3 – January to December 2019

  • 2.27.19 Bailiwick News – Six-year disciplinary investigation of former Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller concludes with one-year law license suspension. Part 1 of series.
  • 3.11.19 Bailiwick News – Parks Miller v. Shutt: Update on civil litigation regarding alleged breach of fiduciary duty.
  • 3.27.19 Bailiwick News – Former DA Stacy Parks Miller, the attorney disciplinary process, and the grand jury judge. Part 2 of series.

Public Finance

Miscellaneous

Bailiwick News Underground

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