"I said [to the caller], 'I'd like you to give Mr. Ravenstahl a message that I don't appreciate him supporting a non-endorsed candidate,' " she said. "Where's the loyalty to the Democratic Party?" (P-G, Lord and Carpenter)
I actually want Mayor Ravenstahl to be able to support whoever he wants. I want everybody who chooses to get involved in Democratic Party politics to be able to support whatever Democratic candidates they desire. And I definitely don't want Karen Waight of Beechview to confuse The Democratic Party with her non-transparent, incestuous clique.
Hopefully this is just another in a long series of death rattles for 19th century politics.
Mr. Coghill, the mayor added, "would be a great ally of ours as we continue to grow the city," so he's backing him with calls. (P-G, ibid)
That I happen to have a handy response for.
Cry me a river: the nonprofits used last night's candidate forum to grandstand over how they should continue being treated like the Lords of Dogtown.
"Nonprofits make a contribution every day to the city and fulfill critical services so that government doesn't need to," Bucco said. (Trib, Bill Zlatos)
Yes, and a select few of them accumulate tens of billions of dollars in revenue without contributing to the schools systems, infrastructure systems, and public safety systems which support them. You know who else contributes to the city every day? Lots of people.
I have zero sympathy. The economy is just as bad for the public sector. People who want "respect" should pay their taxes.
Mr. Ravenstahl said his administration is considering reviving and increasing a little-noted provision in the city code that requires developers to spend 1 percent of the budget of large building projects on public art. "We'll commit to increasing it," he said. (P-G, Rich Lord)
Wait, we have a community benefits agreement baked into our city code? And nobody's suggesting it's extortion? What else do we have hiding in our city code that is wonderful and completely ignored?
Aside from the Zoning Code, that is.
Ms. Robinson pointed to the April 4 Stanton Heights shootings of three police officers, before which a call-taker at the merged countywide 911 center failed to pass on information that there were weapons in the house, as an example of the downside of consolidation.
"When you consolidate services just to save a buck, you wind up with a debacle like April 4," she said. (ibid)
WHAO! That's ... well, for starters, I don't at all mind consolidating services to save a buck if it's managed well. I'm not into the Onorato-Ravenstahl-Nordenberg vision of consolidation either, but Carmen's proposed of rule-of-thumb is way too change-averse.
That's for starters. I don't want to prejudge the connection she has drawn in that statement because she might know, but jeez louise.
I think Jalapeno Hanna just blew the P-G endorsement with that one.