Pittsburgh City Council divided sharply today before taking the unusual step of opting not to interview 12 nominees to city boards prior to approving them. (P-G, Rich Lord)
It's only the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and the Historic Review Commission. Nothing controversial. ;->
Voting to go without interviews, and then to approve nominees, were Ricky Burgess, Darlene Harris, Mr. Motznik, Tonya Payne and Theresa Smith. (ibid)
So much for those fantasies.
*-UPDATE: F. Dok Harris urges the Mayor to reverse "this dangerous course of action".
**-UPDATE, THE DEUX: Councilman Peduto tweets in righteous indignation:
And as much as I'd like to leave it at that, a full accounting of the record demands that I point out that he tweeted on...
***-UPDATE, THE T'IRD: This is a good commentary by the CP's Chris Potter, and not just because he links to this very post (welcome, Slag Heap regulars!).
But if you're upset at needless delay in the board-appointment process, you're coming late to the party. As we note in a news story on the streets today (online tomorrow), just about every board in the city has at least one member serving an expired term. EVERY member of the Parking Authority has been operating on an expired term. But now, all the sudden, Jim Motnzik is objecting to political "gamesmanship"?
In fairness, all the Parking Authority has to do these days is figure out whether and how to solve the City's entire pensions crisis -- and do so with its unanimously expired board lacking a member of Council as required by law, because -- well, never you mind why we can't let a member of Council on it -- and with Danny's brother Strong Mad at the helm.