Friday, December 14, 2007
The Mayor of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh's Hill District.
"I do not support, for example, cash payments to any organization or individual in the Hill District. I want to be clear with that."
Presumably, Mayor Ravenstahl means to include community development corporations (CDC's) and the such, some of which have been involved in the success of projects like the Oak Hill Development complex and others.
The subject changes to the Pittsburgh Promise and education for a while around 2:30.
Marimba Milliones of the Hill CDC later asks of Mayor Ravenstahl whether he is committed to "joint sign-off".
Ravenstahl at first says, "It's not my decision to make personally."
As he expands on this, he suggests, "I don't know if both these organizations are going to agree." We believe he is referring to factions within the One Hill CBA Coalition.
As Milliones further clarifies and inquires, Ravenstahl later says "I'm there" on the issue of joint sign-off.
There was also something of a disagreement as to whether or not funding the Hill CDC towards the development of a Master Plan ought to be described as a "cash payment," either to the organization or to Ms. Milliones herself.
(again, h/t Revelations, which is "appalled" and soliciting comments. Also filmmaker Chris Ivey. LINK)
(for background on the City Planning meeting that preceded this neighborhood meeting, see the Comet at LINK.)