The Gang of 250 are glued to their computers.
The temperature spiked again later in the meeting when Urban Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Pat Ford came to the table. Mr. Dowd on Tuesday called the agency's failure to pass an annual budget until mid-March "unethical."
"Reasonable people can disagree," Mr. Ford said. "But how can I be productive in working with you, councilman ... when, councilman, you use words like reckless, irresponsible, inflammatory, unethical, immoral and illegal?" (P-G, Rich Lord)
Harold Hayes has some video on KDKA. It does seem to get a little over-the-top in there. Jon Greiner has more at WTAE. Our feeling is that Council still has to grow into television, even as it is confronting odorousness.
WPXI does not think this is significant news. That is where most of Pittsburgh is, in all likelihood.
"We had 52 vehicles. We increased it to 61 when we were supposed to reduce it to 29," said Peduto, who joined Councilman Bruce Kraus, Burgess and Dowd in supporting the legislation. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)
That is a fact.
"I don't believe there's ever been [a vehicle] acquisition list this large," said city Finance Director Scott Kunka. "The mayor has been beating the bushes to try to find funds." (P-G, Lord and McKinnon)
Speaking of legislators being given a hard time:
The code, introduced at the [school] board's agenda review meeting yesterday and scheduled for a vote at Wednesday's legislative meeting, would require board members to "respect the confidentiality of privileged information" and refrain from making "misleading, confusing or deceptive statements."
It would require members to discuss constituent complaints with Mr. Roosevelt before taking them public; refrain from making disparaging remarks about one another; and avoid "unauthorized activities on the board's behalf."
It also would require members to "accept the will of the majority" once a decision has been made, even if they disagree. That language could dampen board member Mark Brentley Sr.'s continuing criticism of a 2006 round of school closings. (P-G, Joe Smydo)
What is it with executive power?