We all pay taxes. Dunkin’ Donuts pays taxes. Dollar Bank pays taxes. Going to court to ensure that a profitable enterprise pays the taxes that they owe is nothing like robbing someone at gunpoint, it is like instructing them to “make their bed” or “put some pants on already.”
Be that as it may, it took Pittsburgh one full year, and Lord knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney fees, only to see the case get tossed out at the first technicality. We might appeal the decision, but legal appeals are not quite like picking up dice and throwing them a second time. The judge had a sound enough rationale, it would almost certainly be further waste.
We could file new challenges against each of UPMC’s hospitals. Aah, that’d be sweet! Continue reading →
A hundred or so Northsiders filed into a church basement last Thursday to take part in the 5th of six community forums designed to gather input on selecting a new Chief of Police.
The cherubim and seraphim of Mayor Peduto’s office were on hand to welcome us at the door. Upon signing in and receiving a name tag, one of them informed me, “You’ll be at Table One!”
The meeting process was led by Consultants for a Dope Democracy the Program for Deliberative Democracy, housed at CMU. Sometimes when it comes to community development, a group like Michael Baker Corp. fills such a role, but this seemed like something new.
After introductions, each table would engage in “small-group deliberations” among themselves, culminating in Continue reading →
The Interim board of the City of Pittsburgh’s new Land Bank held their fourth meeting on Thursday July 17.
For the fourth occasion, despite the tidalwaves of attention land banking merited during debate, only three or four spectators were in attendance. Even most officials in City Hall seemed unaware of the off-peak deliberations in Council chambers.
The Interim board is charged with devising proposed policies and procedures for the City Land Bank, and submitting them to Council for approval.
Each Council member appointed one member to that board, resulting in the following cast of characters: Continue reading →
In this election for Governor, Democratic challenger Tom Wolf bounded out to as huge an early lead as imaginable. If a Tortoise and the Hare fable is what it takes to make this look like a “race” against incumbent Republican Tom Corbett, we had better use it.
Given both the candidate and the administration’s pride in backing LGBTQ rights and all the crowing about government diversity, it’s a fair question.
It’s also a darn tricky one.
The first difficulty is in the timing of when to ask it and to expect a useful answer. When is the new administration fully assembled enough to do so? That’s been the precise trouble in gauging whether or not there has yet been enough progress in the police bureau. In that instance Continue reading →
Mr. Lamb provided reporters with an invoice for a $17,384 high-definition projector, speaker system, Blu-ray player and accessories for the Parks and Recreation Department’s conference room. (P-G, Robert Zullo)