Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tuesday: It Is What It Is

Pittsburgh must pay nearly $148,000 to lawyers for police Cmdr. Catherine McNeilly, in relation to her federal whistle-blower protection lawsuit, according to an arbitration award handed down Friday and released yesterday. (P-G, Rich Lord)

This would have been a reasonable answer to those "biggest mistake" questions -- constitutional rights are pretty popular.

The suspension came three days after she accused Ravenstahl's former top aide Dennis Regan of improperly meddling in police disciplinary matters. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)

Alternately, that very appointment would also have been a fine answer.

Pokora said the best solution would be for the state Legislature to pass a revenue-sharing law that makes the state responsible for reimbursing the city for property taxes it doesn't receive from nonprofits. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)

Who reimburses the state when it goes bankrupt?

"I think we all agree that we have to have a solution on nonprofit contributions," said Mr. Ravenstahl. "If it's revenue sharing, and that's what the state is willing to consider, then that's something we'd be willing to talk about." (P-G, Rich Lord)

Yes! He's willing to talk about it, provided they're willing to consider it.

Mr. Ravenstahl said that if the community lists a supermarket as a top priority in the ongoing planning process for a new arena and adjacent development in the neighborhood, then it would be "a very reasonable goal ... over the next five years." (P-G, Rich Lord)

If they list it as a top priority (at the expense of development funds, loan programs, and other uppity community initiatives), then maybe. The sheer pro-active leadership of it all is making our eyes streak with tears.

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