Another G-20 Summit Update!
As the September 24th-25th G-20 Summit draws nearer,
Although other cities turned down the honor of hosting the G-20 Summit, our illustrious leaders – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and County Executive Dan Onorato – apparently embarked on an ego trip – campaigning to bring the two day event to
No we’re beginning to learn the consequences. Downtown
There will be more than 3,000 law enforcement officers imported from around the district and the country…to deal with the anticipated 35,000 protestors and demonstrators.
Next we have the escalating costs that
Some of this money will come from the federal and state, but the city and the county will have to pick up part of that tab.
Next comes the crucial question – what possible benefits will be derived from this two-day event – other than soothing or further inflating the egos of our local so-called public servants – Luke and Dan – who have unquestioned political ambitions?
Councilman Patrick Dowd is introducing legislation to form a fact-finding committee to determine how city officials agreed – let’s say campaigned – to host the summit and all we have inherited as a consequence. Amen to that!
Is it the thought that the G-20 delegates and their staffs will be so impressed with
In the meantime, let’s hope that the G-20 Summit goes off peacefully and that there will be no major regrets for what sacrifices and citizens of
Robert W. Dickey
Broadcast: September 11, 12, 13, 2009
For Dan Onorato and Luke Ravenstahl this is just another photo opportunity. Collectively, Allegheny County, Pittsburgh City Council and these two homegrown political hacks would not be able to manage a profitable fast food establishment. In the end they will have their 8 x 10 glossy framed pictures to hang on the wall and we will continue to experience a crumbling infrastructure and higher taxes.-Bob , Pittsburgh -Southside
State Rep. Dom Costa from Stanton Heights, is introducing a bill that would create a state receivership to work in tandem with the state Public Utility Commission overseeing improvements at Pittsburg's troubled water and sewer authority. Like Act 47 they would approve budgets, set priorities and decide capital improvements to the system. However IMG Consultants, hired by the city to review PWSA, said that calls for state oversight is premature and could complicate financial maneuvers, with some residents preferring it be handled by local officials rather than under state supervision as was the case in Flint Michigan.
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