Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday: All Together Forward

"Certainly, the governor and his vocal support of Hillary Clinton is something that will be taken into account, but it won't make my decision for me," said Ravenstahl, who said both campaigns are lobbying him but he hasn't met either candidate. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)

The mayor comes off as totally reasonable in this article.


Allegheny County is kicking around its air-quality standards.

City Councilman William Peduto, in a statement read by his spokesman, Dan Gilman, said the county needs a local program to ensure the clean air and water resources that are "a necessary part of developing a new economy for the 21st century." (P-G, Don Hopey)

So he's just going to continue being right, and everybody is just going to continue piling on him. Is that the plan?

(Trib science beat writer Allison M. Heinrichs covers the same important story, sans the Peduto angle.)


Great news:

In recognition of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary and the Pittsburgh Public Schools' efforts to boost academic achievement, the Senator John Heinz History Center is admitting city school groups for free through Dec. 31.

School Superintendent Mark Roosevelt and Andrew Masich, history center president and chief executive officer, will make the announcement at 11 a.m. today at the Strip District museum. (P-G, Joe Smydo)

Speaking of which,

Another in a series of community forums on the Pittsburgh Public Schools' high school improvement efforts will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow on the 31st floor of the Regional Enterprise Tower, 425 Sixth Ave., Downtown. (P-G, Team Effort)

If you care about the whole Schenley thaing, you should probably go.


A scheduled vote on Councilman Ricky Burgess' legislation to cut the number of take-home cars from 59 to as few as eight was postponed. (P-G, Team Effort)

Well, we can all afford to cool off a bit.


The Penguins are exploring the potential for a hotel to serve as a line mate [ugh] to the planned $290 million arena.

Team officials have requested proposals from hotel developers to gauge interest in such a project. It would be built on the east side of the former St. Francis Central Hospital, which is slated for demolition.

"We're exploring a number of options to develop a piece of land adjacent to the new arena. One of those options may potentially be a hotel," Penguins President David Morehouse confirmed yesterday. (P-G, Mark Belko)

Respectfully, sirs and madams of the Penguins -- how about a large-scale parking facility?

This would eliminate the need for quite so much surface parking -- which in our opinion can be tantamount to topographical blight. To house more of the requisite parking spaces within the same multi-level structure is surely to open up some intriguing possibilities.


  1. "both campaigns are lobbying him but he hasn't met either candidate"

    Reasonable or just looking for a photo-op?

  2. Probably doesn't want to get off on the wrong foot with the next President of the United States.

    Tracking his inclinations will get more interesting as April 22 approaches.

  3. As I'm sure you noticed, several of Ravenstahl's staffers are VERY open in their support for Obama. That wouldn't be so if he was planning on openly supporting Clinton; he may stay neutral to avoid any potential vindictiveness on the part of the Clintons, just in case she pulls off a miracle and actually becomes president.

  4. Actually, I had not noticed that. I HAD noticed one of them playing what would seem to be support for Obama VERY close to the vest. However, in the final analysis I'm sure you are correct about neutrality and the reasoning behind it.

    Then again -- it's fun to speculate about what the Shields for Obama / Payne for Clinton dynamic might say in this regard.