Allegheny County moved one step closer to a court-ordered property reassessment when the state Supreme Court denied the county's request for more time before it must reassess. (Trib, Mike Wereschagin)
It's terrible that not every county in Pennsylvania is presently under a similar court order to make its property tax system equitable and constitutional, but hey! I guess Allegheny County will just have to count itself wildly fortunate! Thank goodness for the judicial branch of government.
There is new movement in the ever-present War on Potholes:
Councilwoman Darlene Harris traveled to Ohio to look at Akron's new RE-HEAT system, which Harris said could reduce the cost of trucking and labor by up to 50 percent while speeding up the street-paving process. (Trib, Matthew Santoni; see also P-G, Rich Lord)
It doesn't quite excite me as much as does data-driven, politics-neutral resource allocation, but hey! Anything which might increase efficiency is worth looking at.
The upcoming G-20 Summit in PGH is continuing to alarm some folks:
Many expressed anger that city and national officials haven't briefed them on security plans for streets near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, which will host the event. More than 3,500 delegates and journalists — in addition to the protesters — are expected to descend on Pittsburgh. (Trib, Kim Leonard)
I do sympathize, but hey! I can't reproach anybody in this instance. This was going to be a wild ride from its conception, and the disruptions should be well worth the herculean citywide effort. Let's just try to suck out the good and mitigate the bad.
And never fear! There shall be signs! (P-G Multimedia, Nate Giurdy)
The signs will be green, which is symbolic, and will have "Welcome" written on them in a bunch of different languages, which is appropriate. That's just super. I guess seeing as how we needed to hang something on a few billboards and over vacant buildings, and someone actually had to design the poor things, now we have to crow about them. Well, let me emphasize -- and this is no easy task -- you didn't screw it up. Kudos!
Nielsen said some heads of state will "want to do something different than everyone else" and go to a special restaurant or store. The security perimeter would move with them. One restaurant owner said Wednesday he was told Obama plans to visit Big Mama's House of Soul restaurant in the Strip District. (Trib, Greenwood & Boren)
That is a stellar idea. I recommend the sweet potato pie.
"This is a special year for us, and I think people may be losing sight of that. I hope to go there and in some ways be able to celebrate the great job we did last year, which we never really got to celebrate as a community, but this year, for the first time, the convention is very focused on action, trying to figure out how to get more people mobilized and hearing updates on the best practices that came out of this cycle." (P-G, Mackenzie Carpenter)
There are best practices?!? And here I was, thinking we were all making it all up as we went along! Pittsburgh Comet coverage of Netroots Nation and Right Online starts right now.