"The concept that they are being silenced almost offends me," said Solicitor George Specter. (P-G, Rich Lord)
Well, it's a challenging occupation. We are glad Specter has not yet been officially offended.
Mr. Burgess said he will ask the State Ethics Commission to decide whether the members did anything wrong in hiring Mr. McGough, and to advise them on how to proceed. He also will introduce, or support, legislation to have council hire its own lawyer -- a concept that has been bandied about for years.
Again with the State Ethics Commission. Would it be appropriate to file for state oversight as an Ethically Distressed Municipality? Do we need an Ethics Recovery Plan?
"When we broke it down, there were obvious inequalities as to how the paving services were to be distributed," Kraus said. "According to the numbers I have, I'm next to last and (Councilman Patrick) Dowd is first." (Trib, Jeremy Boren)
Apropos of nothing, of course.
Councilman Ricky Burgess said he is not sure politics played a role in the roughly four miles of streets his district in the northeastern corner of the city are due to have paved. Council District 9 is last in Kraus' analysis.
"I think the streets are bad all through the city, not just in my council district. We have potholes everywhere," Burgess said.
Ever the peacemaker. Yet how might his constituents interpret this same data?
Citing his consolidation of six of 10 county row offices and the merging of five 911 suburban call centers into one central location in Point Breeze, [Onorato] said that many small communities should look to "functional consolidation of services" as a way of streamlining government. (P-G, Tom Barnes)
This is a good approach. It sounds like a full-time job (maybe for several dozen municipal diplomats), but it addresses the regional de-fragmentation that would be necessary to make any city-county consolidation a bit more equitable.
An attorney for former Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle agreed to increase the amount of restitution his client owes the city to cover two plane tickets she purchased to fly to Las Vegas with her mother. (Trib, Team Effort)
Good. Because that was weird.