In 2008, I remember speaking with residents of Fairywood about that neighborhood becoming the farm zone of the city, producing our food locally on the large plots of land remaining there. They said that although they might need some younger residents to really make it happen, they were definitely interested in the idea.
Now that urban agriculture is clearly delineated in the City Code, and young persons are looking to move back into the city, it makes sense for any and all neighborhoods to take up farming. It is a sustainable enterprise.
Thank goodness the Committee's votes were cast on paper rather than in electronic machines. Recounting was possible! Mr. Ceoffe should accept the vote as cast, and save his indignity for non-recountable votes cast - such as in our general elections.
Mrs. Harris may not have broken voting rules, but she definitely wore her Wagner regalia - t-shirt and buttons - in full sight as she paraded into the inside of polling places where voters were casting votes, and she said the name of her candidate while inside, thus breaking the rules of electioneering within polling places.
Did anyone check her poll-watching certificate to see whether she was even allowed into the precincts? I know many of them checked mine! Those who did not know me had to ask for whom I was watching, as my campaign items were covered up while inside.
One thing one generally does not see at the outsides of the 14th Ward precincts is the bullish sort of campaigner familiar in other areas of the City. You know the type - big, burly men, getting in voters' faces and insisting that their candidate is sure to win, shoving slate cards (sometimes even fake slate cards) in their hands, and warding off other campaigners as they open the polling place door.
I do not remember ever having seen one of those campaigners working on behalf of any candidate for whom I have voted; and I do not live in the 14th Ward. I'd like to think, and certainly hope, that the public nowadays goes to the polls knowing for whom they intend to vote, rather than being told by Committeemen or anyone else at the entrance to the polling place.
This gives us a group of people who know Pittsburgh from the ground up, and Pittsburghers from the top down. Good for Bill Peduto, good for Pittsburgh.
Thank you, Charlie. So therefore, the British company is presumably able to make more than we do, in order to promise a little over one and a half times as much on average per year (without inflation figured in). Not knowing what the program is costing us to administer, I'm just guessing, but it seems that we should be able to improve ourselves to that level, and keep the works in-house.
The only bidder promises "$34 billion over 20 years," which includes the keno that could provide $150-195 million a year. No mention of what we are netting right now, even though one would think that would be the first thing the state would be touting - now we make X but with this deal we'll make Z. Why does this sound like a rehash of Mayor Ravenstahl selling parking to Wall Street? (Remember that - $450 million now, although the value over those 50 years could be $4 or 5 billion we'd be giving up?) And the proposed outsourcing company may have all sorts of ways to reinvent the wheel, even if we don't know what the consequences of any of them could be. Incoming Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is correct - it needs to be completely vetted - but can we count on re-creating the Governor's numbers being a part of the "legislative process"? The Auditor General should be involved, too. And so should we all. Once an executive comes up with a scheme, it behooves *everybody* to vet it, in every direction.
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