Monday, June 22, 2009


I was wondering how this could not have happened already:

A city Stadium Authority board member who criticized two North Shore land deals and an entertainment complex proposed by the Pittsburgh Steelers and a Columbus developer has been removed by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. (P-G, Mark Belko)

Remember that last year, Ravenstahl also removed Council member Bill Peduto from that 5-member Authority board after Peduto attempted organize stakeholders for a community benefits agreement regarding the same development.

"I serve at the pleasure of the mayor and he has the right to replace me," she said. (P-G, ibid)

True that. Which made this August 2007 quote from the Mayor during an Ethics Board meeting / dialogue stand out as odd even at the time:

"Under no circumstances have I, or will I, influence planning commissions or other board and commissions that make city decisions." (Comet)

Although the developer's North Shore Master Plan has been duly approved by the Planning Commission over what were largely public objections, the design for the allegedly "ugly" amphitheater still has a ways to go for approval.


  1. This is a very unfortunate event.

  2. Heavy handed politics, those who disagree, will be terminated. Scapegoats abound. Buyers beware.

    But the Mayor does not interfere with due process. It's Romper Room time. Do..bee...a do bee ..don't bee a don't bee...

  3. Change the politics. Vote for Kevin Ackin for Mayor in November.