Ravenstahl expresses his confidence. (P-G, Timothy McNulty)
There is also policy. There are intriguing notes on his posture towards non-profits and foundations, to say nothing of intergovernmental cooperation.
On consolidating the city and Allegheny County governments, the mayor said he would only be supportive if a merger saved money and improved government services. So far, information suggests, if anything, that consolidation may trigger duplicative police, planning, garbage collection and other municipal services, he said.
"I'm willing to have any discussion that makes sense. I'm willing to talk about city-county consolidation. I have not said 'no' to that but I have not had any blueprint put in front of me that makes sense. It just doesn't," he said.
We are operating one of the most Byzantine, massively overbuilt regional government models on the planet. It is a constant drain on our region's resources and growth. It has been studied unto death for millenia.
That doesn't make it easy -- but there are surely ways of doing this right. There is only so much low-hanging fruit in Wilkinsburg.
You are waiting for someone to hand you a "blueprint?" How about putting together a plan of your own? At least Mark DeSantis has a vision.
Mixed bag from the Trib columnist Eric Heyl today.
DeSantis campaign manager Mike Bauer quickly emerged. He talked to me long enough to tell me he didn't have time to talk to me.
Then he rapidly loaded the signs into the vehicle and sped off to distribute them to DeSantis supporters.
This is an accurate slice of life. There are an eerie number of Mark DeSantis for Mayor signs out there -- and they are cropping up in peculiar locations.
Ravenstahl's ongoing lurch toward Belushiism certainly has played a pivotal role in keeping the DeSantis campaign afloat.
Here and elsewhere, the author falls prey to the worst kind of Lupinacciistic Potterism.