A P-G article by Gabrielle Banks reads as well-nigh an endorsement of acting Sheriff Mullen, in the three-way primary for Sheriff of Allegheny County.
Anthony Costa: PROS – Wants to review overtime violations, pursue a less hostile work environment. CONS – Named Costa.
Damon J. Brown: PROS – African-American with international military experience as a police trainer, describes self as “humanitarian.” CONS – Yucky allegations of domestic violence.
William P. Mullen: PROS – Wants to restore honor and dignity to the sheriff’s office. CONS – Hand-picked by predecessor, who wears ankle-bracelet as a condition of house-arrest.
The P-G’s Ann Belser reports on Dan Onorato expressing “a little frustration in trying to govern and constantly having the judiciary block us as we try to deal with a home rule government.”
At issue are rulings on property tax assessments, and on a ballot referendum on the office of county Sheriff.
County Councilman Dave Fawcett, R-Oakmont, said the decision should be appealed. The office, he said, “was created during the time of Thomas Jefferson when they felt that every office in the land should be elected to avoid tyranny.”
Editorial Aside: Actually, we haven’t warmed to tyranny.
A P-G Editorial lauds the Oak Hill development compromise struck between Hill District leaders, and the University of Pittsburgh and the Mayor’s office, as a model for citizen action for other communities.
Editorial Aside: Maybe we should have given this more play. (You see? We can self-flaggelate just like the Old Media!)
Two good reads on the TRIB opinion page. Columnist Eric Heyl speculates on the subway tunnels and fancy eateries popping up on the North Side in light of “the post-apocalyptic atmosphere the North Shore typically assumes from the final Steelers game until baseball season begins in April.”
Also, a dynamic duo representing the Allegheny Institute darkly contemplates the use of RAD money to save public transit. We can not find any actual recommendations in the piece, however, unless they are well-buried.
VisitPittsburgh says in the Pgh Business Times that we didn’t lose a step with the Convention Center collapse, and:
[CEO Joe McGrath] said he believes revenue generated once Don Barden’s casino opens in 2008 will lead to a hotel adjoining the convention center in the future.
P-G columnist Brian O’Neill is irritated by the county property tax assesment appeals process. Editorial Aside: Pay your taxes and enjoy your home.
The TRIB’s Jason Cato reports that we’ll still definately get to elect a county sheriff. There are three Democratic candidates: Acting Sheriff William Mullen, Anthony “Tony” Costa, and Damon J. Brown.
We met Damon Brown, ever-so-briefly, at a candidates meet & greet at the Pittsburgh League of Young Voters. He handed us a small card that highlights his experience:
* University of Pittsburgh Police Dept
* Pittsburgh Police Dept
* United Nations Civilian Police in Kosovo
* Police Trainer in Iraq, Dept of State
* Police Trainer in Afghanistan, Dept. of State
According to the card, his priorities are efficiency, accountability, safety, and continuous training. In the photograph, he is looking smart in a United Nations military beret.