Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday: The Dissonance Continues

Solicitor George Specter said he had not seen that code provision invoked in his 21 years with the city, and people could balk if asked to testify under oath, potentially leading to contempt proceedings. (P-G, Rich Lord)

Why balk?


"Political pettiness has been surrounded around me since the day I got here," she added. Who's behind it? "If any of us don't believe that Sala ain't still behind the scenes ... You've always got him, behind the back, trying to maneuver, whatever." (Early Returns)

Bloggers can be so ungenerous.


During a meeting last week with state legislators, bar owners and restaurateurs, Mr. Onorato said he would consider legalizing poker machines and other gambling devices in Allegheny County bars and taverns to create tax revenue that would allow the county to eliminate drink tax. (P-G, Karamagi Rujumba)

Tavern owners are our hero.


"How can we compete?" said Westman, who will serve his last day as director on Wednesday. "We can't fill positions and if somebody does come to work for us, they may be at the bottom of their class and have some problems getting a job elsewhere." (Trib, Allison M. Heinrichs)

We could start taxing property based on current assessments.


Board member Sherry Hazuda questioned whether it would make more sense to keep Schenley open while fixing it as opposed to shutting it down. (Trib, Bill Zlatos)

Way to move the chains, Sherry Freaking Hazuda! That May '07 primary is looking better and better every day.


COMET CORRESPONDENCE: You know the Comet agrees with you, Ruth Ann, it's just that we are so much more concerned about the skullduggery occurring slightly to the south and east. Run those colors up your mizzen-mast, and there's a whole fawning blog post with an Ella Fitzgerald video in it for you.


  1. Come on, Comet! Everyone on Grant Street knows that the air quality shakeup is the DIRECT result of the Lorish Road mess where Flynn and his crew tried to take the money to fund road improvements. It was a huge embarassment and Flynn's still trying to get that money for the road. Check with ADB on this one.

    Here is the answer, you supply the question: The $8,100,000 in the Clean Air Fund goes back into the County's general fund.

  2. Well, of course we know all about the Lorish Road mess. It had to do with, um, pigeons. Right?

    Okay you got us, had no idea what you were talking about. Guess it's this:

    Q: What happens if and when Allegheny County cedes regulatory responsibility for regional air quality to the state DEP altogether?

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