Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”:
• The Missing Stuff Caper. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has called on the FBI to investigate items that turned up missing from his office in the transition from the Luke Ravenstahl administration, including glassware and pottery. An attorney for the former mayor balks at the suggestion of any impropriety. And unless any of these items were transported across state lines for immoral purposes (ahem), one has to wonder if requesting FBI assistance is overkill.
• Winter. March is expected to roar in like a snow-covered lion this weekend. Patience, folks; the calendar really is on spring's side.
Laurel: To Bill Peduto. He has followed through on his promise to crack down on freebie parking. Under the Ravenstahl administration, 271 passes flooded the city. But this week, Mr. Peduto cut the number to 29. And of those, only 11 will be unrestricted. All will be subject to stricter oversight. It's a smart move, financially and politically.
Lance: To the PUC. By golly, says the state Public Utility Commission, we simply can't have folks out there offering people innovative ride-sharing services to get from here to there without some kind of regulation. PUC boss Robert Powelson says his agency has a responsibility to ensure that services such as Lyft and Uber operate under the same standards as taxi companies. (What, lousy service?) Extrapolate Mr. Powelson's illogic to, say, a bread-sharing service, and you'll fully understand Big Government's hubris.