Former Harrisburg financial watchdog Jack Wagner points out Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto's most obvious failing: that Peduto hasn't. hit. hard.
enough on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
His chief rival in the race, Councilman Bill Peduto, is part of a legislative body that has not provided “a check and balance” on Ravenstahl, Wagner said. (Tribune-Review)
As mayor, I will use every tool available to combat blight in our community. I will begin by appointing a qualified Chief to the Bureau of Building Inspection, a position that has not been permanently filled for five years. Working with a qualified new Chief of BBI, my administration will implement the recommendations made by independent audits conducted in 2008 and 2012 to make code enforcement a more user-friendly process. (Bill Peduto #59)
If you voted in Pittsburgh Policy Idol, you might have remembered that.
So this is more of the usual misleading white noise from Wagner for Mayor.
Wagner is making a loud and hammy demand to fill a vacancy. Filling vacancies is a demand this Administration, which flocked to Wagner over Peduto (or even Michael Lamb!), is prepared to handle. Aside from that, Wagner insists all problems in local government stem from the "absenteeism" of one man, the Mayor himself -- whose penchant for the occasional fishing excursion is riotously notorious, we grant. But the Comet begs to differ. The corrosive problem is a City government which since the days of Mayor Davey Lawrence is habituated to extend comfort and aid to some of those within, surrounding and dear to it -- hence, to the very powerful. It resists change. It insulates itself from the demands of taxpayers-at-large and from non-connected constituencies. It wins by cutting horrendously expensive or seemingly minor backroom deals, by not posing uncomfortable questions and by cleverly eluding its accountability to street-level working men and women.
Peduto is talking about broadcasting weekly meetings with all the Department heads. That's accountability.