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* – UPDATED below with VIDEO from Announcement
To me, those four seem to be major themes on Councilman Bill Peduto’s own new mayoral campaign website.
Bill Peduto was the first elected official to call on the city to seek Act 47 status and was criticized for his stance at the time. Bill understood that the only way to balance the budget was a complete restructuring of city government. In 2003 Bill proposed a series of cost-saving measures to the city budget aimed at restructuring how the city spends money — although these measures were rejected by other city leaders at that time, these amendments eventually became part of the City’s Act 47 Recovery Plan. (Issues)
That includes courage and efficiency right there. It’s a strong argument for leadership chops, if you happen to be enthused about a city on an upswing.
Bill Peduto has also been directly involved in over $2 billion in transformative redevelopment of the city’s East End. Through his 16 years of work representing and working in Council District #8, Bill Peduto has had more experience in transforming Pittsburgh’s economy into a Med/Ed New Economy than any other politician. (About)
This could be trickier. Get ready to see Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s forces raise concerns about gentrification. No, I’m not kidding. Don’t click away…. expect the Ravenstahl team to find exceptions in and reservations about how Peduto applied a “growth” philosophy, maybe through strong surrogates and a fair number receptive to that argument in the community. If there’s one thing that’s always more controversial than development, it’s redevelopment.
Okay, enough. Own words. Enjoy.
UPDATE: Announcement video: