|The Australian; news.com.au|
Everybody loves parking fo’ free! Several like the idea of the City staying in the black.
… [N]oting the need to generate additional revenue, council President Darlene Harris said she wants to return nighttime enforcement to the seven neighborhoods. At a budget hearing last week, Mrs. Harris told David Onorato, the authority’s executive director, to prepare for the additional hours.
However, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Councilman Bill Peduto, neither of whom attended the hearing, later said they would prefer to keep the citywide enforcement cutoff at 6 p.m. (P-G, Joe Smydo; h/t Chris Potter)
Bill Peduto’s June 2011 open letter (all things being equal) provides a fairly good historical review for beginners of how pension funding and parking rates came to be linked. There is a lot of disagreement over the precise method, but there was general agreement between those two individuals and much of Pittsburgh at that time that the public parking system needs to increase revenues for the sake of crushing pension obligations.
So now are we to understand we’re out of the woods?
Or do we have other, more grand solutions to the pensions crisis in mind — ones which will not include significantly increased parking revenue as a serious component? Pittsburgh awaits.
A word care of the liberal and excellent Keystone Politics:
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BONUS CONTENT: By popular demand, here is some good news care of Luke and Co.:
Mr. Ravenstahl, Google, the University of Pittsburgh and other partners today will announce plans for the “Steel City Codefest,” a competition to develop the coolest, most-useful apps for city residents, businesses and visitors…
The competition is an outgrowth of PowerUp Pittsburgh, his initiative to grow the city’s tech economy. (P-G, Joe Smydo, II)
The fact that Google’s offices lie in Bakery Square in Larimer underscores this event’s status for many as a Ravenstahl coup. For the record Peduto has also for some time cast himself as a hero of Bakery Square, though not of every decision made along the way.