So how about 150?
About 150 people chanted, sang and yelled beginning about 8:30 a.m. in the fifth-floor lobby of the City-County Building, Downtown.
"We're here to ask the mayor to change his development policies," said Sam Williamson, a representative of the Service Employees International Union. "The purpose of development is to help people, not corporations." (Trib, Adam Brandolph)
Are "development policies" an issue that the local media is adequately equipped or inclined to explore? I know where my money will be.
"There was a lot of screaming and yelling today..."
*-UPDATE: My bad, the Trib alone did run something:
"I have no idea what they want with the exception of a color piece of paper they gave us months ago asking us to insulate the windows in their homes," Kass said. (Trib, Jeremy Boren)
Kass used the very same line at a fateful Stadium Authority meeting almost a year ago. If part of the problem is that he "has no idea what they want", he could always meet with them, which is something he has religiously refused to do for well over a year.
Of course, I have some sympathy for the man. It's not a corporate chair's job to lead negotiations, maintain civil harmony and ensure that development improves city neighborhoods. That is a mayor's job. Not the state legislature's job, but a mayor's job.
**-UPDATE: F. Dok Harris issues a statement supporting the protest and asserting that in his mayoral administration "it will be a priority to guarantee good jobs in all publicly-funded developments" (LINK)
***-UPDATE: Mayo tweets, read from bottom to top:
I'm guessing we'll get a comment today at about 4:45. (**WRONG: We got lengthy comments at about 2:20) Am hoping somebody photographed the chained-in mayor's office. (**YES: Several.)
****-UPDATE: In the Mayor's absence, mayoral chief of staff and URA chairman Yarone Zober answered media querries in response to these developments in the Mayor's Conference Room. Video is up here.
Also, while this was occurring, over a hundred protesters packed the fifth floor at 2:00 PM for Round 2 of Demanding to See The Mayor. Reportedly at some point Council President Doug Shields swung open the doors to City Council chambers with the announcement, "Your government is ready to listen." Thereafter began an impromptu unofficial hearing participated in by Shields, Bruce Kraus, Darlene Harris, and Bill Peduto chief of staff Daniel Gillman, in addition to representatives of the coalition.
COVERAGE: WPXI, WTAE, KDKA, Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, City Paper web-only, 2PJ's
ANALYSIS: Pgh Is A City
*****-UPDATE: Okay-quality VIDEO of the councillor's Wildcat Hearing is up here. You've got to admit, Gillman kind of stole the show with his brief remarks.