Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday: Diving In!


I love it when anything winds up in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. They deserve their very own leitmotif.

Lamar Advertising, based in Baton Rouge, filed suit on Wednesday, asking Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to void the legislation passed by an 8-1 vote of City Council on Dec. 19. Lamar claims the ordinance is critically flawed by procedural errors and violates its First Amendment rights. (Trib, Bob Bauder)

First, I will have to check to see if I know any good civil rights lawyers.

Second, I was just thinking about the Kamins, I forget why. I was thinking they're always reliable to go stately forth and deliver an old-fashioned, "This is a violation of the most shocking caliber! Not since colonial Boston have we seen such an affront to economic liberty!"

"This bill was a compromise," said Councilman Patrick Dowd, a co-sponsor. "Lamar was involved with this. None of us got what we wanted, including me." (ibid)

If Dowd was in the majority on this one and the City enacted it, I'm sure it's fine. Legally speaking. The City as a whole brings its A-game to carefully vet politically charged things -- it's most everything else that might potentially be problematic.

Expect this law suit to take a long time. A very very long zzzzzz.......


Now on to things that are crucial:

Moody's and Standard & Poor's both said they are convinced the city has attained financial stability in recent years. City officials credited the upgrade by Moody's from an A1 negative to A1 stable rating and Standard and Poor's BBB negative to BBB stable rating to their trip to New York City last week where they met with agency representatives. (Trib, Bob Bauder)

It's like the Ravenstahl team is just toying with the competition. Here you go, up and took our Spiffy New Council to New York City, New York City did we mention, and together won the confidence of the world's most powerful investors. Saved us a small fortune.

It's early, but they're so good at this.

It's also a data point in favor of the proposition that the Great Midnight Pension Solution was for real, for real -- or that Wall Street doesn't actually know what we did. Or doesn't care to understand. Or knows better than the vast majority of us.


Onward! By car, foot or bicycle.

[State Rep. Dan] Frankel said he had seen evidence of "the inklings of a bipartisan solution" to provide more funds for transportation projects. (P-G, Len Barcousky)

So expect service cuts somewhat more mild than the draconian ones now placed on the table. The same thing we get every year. The chances of a new subway "spine line" extension from Downtown to Oakland being announced in 2012 are ... steady, let's call it? (For a passing glance at the political calculus, see link.)

"The Port Authority's problems were created locally, and they should be solved locally," [Gov. Corbett spokes] Kevin Harley said. "For years, generous contracts and high management salaries, combined with unrealistic pension costs, have strained the system to the breaking point. Gov. Corbett wants to see the problem solved, but the Democrats, who have controlled Allegheny County for all but a handful of the past 80 years, will have to do their part." (ibid)

I'm sorry Mr. Republican conservative sir! We don't deserve decent public transportation! The only way to save mass transit is to destroy it, Outbreak-style! Bus drivers don't deserve to be able to afford to put their kids through some college and to retire, simply because they can be relied upon for years upon decades to pilot hulking and sometimes bending vehicles safely in this weather and through this terrain! Just don't hit us in the food stamps again, m'lord! #cringe


If you've spaced out on Null Space because property assessments ain't your thing, 1) shame on you for six weeks and 2) you may not fully appreciate the tale of the purple-coloured river.

Maria of 2PJ's highlights some of the adversity facing Mitt Romney v. 10.4.11. It's like, he's a been a robot, right? Perfectly performing mechanics, this is common knowledge? Only now we actually, finally can see him shorting out. "Inquiry cannot be responded to with standard reference to free market ideology, can not be responded to with an appeal to military might or Divine right, cannot be resolved by an attack on incumbent, must account for own existence [whir, click] frank lack of empathy, er, horrible awkward joke, er, irrationally simple lies, clueless, clueless, Error Message 657" and frozen.

Here is Occupy Pittsburgh's legal page in regards to their matter with some bank -- I think it's Bank of America? -- including all court filings, hearing transcripts and a slightly dated but still usable FAQ.