Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
On the “Watch List”:
•The Steve Bucar-Steve Zappala fight. Pittsburgh's new public safety director and Allegheny County's district attorney are off to a rocky start in a dispute over how to best present suspects' photos to eyewitnesses. Mr. B. says he learned of a new policy by reading the Trib. Mr. Z. says he sent Mr. B. an email days before. It's time to iron this out over coffee. The public, and justice, are being disserved by this very public spat.
• Pittsburgh's garbage. The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy once again is recommending that the city, still in state receivership and plagued with systemic budget deficits, consider doing what most communities do — privatize garbage collection. And this time, it stresses, no poison pills should be allowed to rig the process. That's what happened previously. The savings could be in the millions of dollars. The time has come. Again.
Laurel: To Dollar Bank. It finally has called out Pittsburgh's Urban Redevelopment Authority for “shirking good public stewardship” in its attempts to block the sale of the insolvent August Wilson black cultural center to a private entity. The bank, which holds the center's defaulted mortgage, criticizes the URA for “actions wholly inconsistent with its stated purpose and mission” — including the creation of jobs and expanding the tax rolls. Exactly.