Fred Honsberger of KDKA-1020 interviewed Dr. Kimberly Ellis AKA Dr. Goddess this last Friday.
No, you won't find the audio.
Chris Schultz of Green is Good reports that Dr. Ellis "kicked Fred's [redacted]" so badly that the Hons Man felt he had to hang up.
According to Schultz anyway, Honsberger was not yet prepared to hold a meaningful conversation about the subject -- whereas Dr. Ellis clearly benefited from her exchanges with Char.
Your Comet editor/author was an invited guest on the Mark Rauterkus Program. We suppose it merits your attention.
We have some egg on our faces. During the interview, we opined that our Mayor was perhaps unlikely to attend Friday's negotiation session with Hill leaders. Obviously, Mayor Ravenstahl did attend that session, and was fully engaged. The Comet regrets the false assumption.
Dr. Ellis and the pseudonymous Ed Heath from Cognitive Dissonance had an interesting exchange deep within the Comet comments.
Mr. Heath said,
So, 350 million dollars disappeared because no one wanted to let Don Barden have any part of property around the arena? The Ravenstahl administration is willing to let 350 million dollars worth of investment just evaporate? Meanwhile, Ravenstahl said, during the campaign, that he was at every community meeting, he was in continuous contact with community groups, that the community groups were happy with his level of involvement. African American neighborhoods did vote for Ravenstahl in huge numbers, though I can’t quite figure out why. Ravenstahl now talks like a man who has found a new religion – stinginess – saying that not one dime of anyone’s money will be put in the hands of private citizens. Barden gets to save 350 million dollars and the city gets to renege on any promises it made by claiming the community groups are asking for things never promised and illegitimate anyway. Impressive.
Dr. Goddess later responded,
Ed Heath: You hit the nail right on the head and I actually yelled at both Onorato and Ravenstahl at our April 2007 meeting because of how casually they treated the Barden promise / development rights issue. I told them that the city was broke and that THEY do not have $350 million to spare, so why did they think this was something to sneeze at, by robbing us of a willing investor in our neighborhood who has also demonstrated much more neighborly qualities (even with a CASINO!!!) than any of the other applicants?!! Onorato claimed his hands were tied and that's what sports teams were doing all over the country. Luke sat there silent. And then Onorato promised that something substantive could still come out of this, so they promised to allow for six months to engage in a CBA process. That was a hilarious meeting because Marimba Milliones also told them to "elevate the status of their conversation" because they all broke out in laughter when we mentioned Barden and his promise. Obviously, we didn't and do not find it funny at all.