Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”:
• Pittsburgh city government. By all accounts, the Peduto administration inherited a nightmare of operational dysfunction from the Ravenstahl administration. In some cases, the left hand not only didn't know what the right hand was doing, it didn't even know a right hand existed. It was no way to run a city. Here's to fixing the mess. But that will take time and patience.
• A Heinz Field deal. The Steelers say they're optimistic about reaching a deal with the Sports & Exhibition Authority in a dispute over who should pay what for a $30 million expansion of the heavily taxpayer-subsidized football stadium. A trial set to begin Monday has been postponed until May 19. Uh-oh. Taxpayers should put their wallets in a lockbox.
Laurel: To Jim Ferlo. The state senator of Highland Park says what everybody is thinking but, for some reason, has been afraid to say: It's time for the state attorney general and auditor general to take a more active role in the mess that is the August Wilson black cultural center. Both offices seem to be nibbling around the edges of the facility's insolvency when they should be actively investigating and auditing for any possible improprieties.
Lance: To Bob Macey. The Allegheny County councilman, a Democrat of West Mifflin, clearly is violating the county code of conduct and ethics by simultaneously working part time in the McKeesport office of state Sen. Jim Brewster. Yet, the council's solicitor signed off on the conflict of interest. Mr. Macey says he'll challenge the rule if need be. But he should do the honorable thing and pick one job. And to Solicitor Jack Cambest, this admonition: A loosey-goosey rule is no rule at all.
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