About three weeks ago (Trib):
"I think it's overkill," said Kyra Straussman, the commission's vice chairwoman. "I think (UPMC) can get what they need out of a smaller sign."
About ten days ago, as reported this morning (P-G):
The three members who originally voted against the sign all said yesterday that they were not pressured by UPMC or the mayor's administration to change their positions ... Kyra Straussman did not attend the second meeting because of a family matter.
And now, late-breaking, c/o the P-G's Diana Nelson Jones:
The Urban Redevelopment Authority today confirmed the hiring of two community-development specialists who have made their marks in East Liberty and the South Side...
... Kyra Straussman, a co-founder of Cool Space Locator and member of the city's Planning Commission, has been named real estate director...
... Ms. Straussman will earn $87,700.
As the editorial said this morning, "None of this sounds very good."
How else might the URA be exhibiting friendship toward UPMC? Also from this morning's Rich Lord piece:
Council, for instance, is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether the city should act as a pass-through for a $10 million state grant toward expansion of UPMC's Shadyside cancer treatment complex.
It is on the URA's recommendation that Council is being asked to approve this scheme, according to council minutes.
Why would the City of Pittsburgh be so generous with taxpayer money to an organization that tries so hard to continue offering almost nothing in return, during our desperate hour of need?
We have no earthly idea.