Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Shhhh! Secret!: The South Fayette School Board has rejected the Trib's Right to Know request for documents related to the cost of a proposed high school expansion. Never mind that it discussed the material in a public meeting, it claims it doesn't have to release the information to the media because it is “pre-decisional.” Previously, board President Leonard Fornella refused to release it, chiding the reporter seeking it as “a novice who won't understand it.” Public schools. Public money. Public information. What's South Fayette hiding behind its board president's arrogance?
Where does it end? Two developers seeking to build apartments and parking spaces on two SouthSide Works parcels say they need city tax incentives to make the project work. But critics remind that the complex, part of a tax-increment financing district, already has been publicly incentivized. As the Allegheny Institute's Eric Montarti notes, “The public has done its part.” Taxpayers should not be exploited as venture capitalists anymore.
A breather: The Pittsburgh Pirates are struggling at the All-Star break, just having finished a 2-4 road trip. The Bucs are in fourth place in the National League Central Division with their 49-46 record, 3 1⁄2 games behind Milwaukee. The Pirates return to action Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Pittsburgh is a talent-laden team and a return to the fundamentals could do it wonders.