PittsburghJack's Place: Luke is walking the walk

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Luke is walking the walk

The city has hired a firm to help it identify sponsorship opportunities, which is an innovative way to raise revenue without raising taxes. Other cities and public entities have utilized this unique option to raise needed funds with much success. (Also see here)

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl deserves credit for injecting fresh ideas into his gameplan. It's refreshing to see some real action for a change. Instead of conducting study after endless study and commissioning report after report, seemingly without anything new or real ever getting done -- something that used to be the norm here in Western Pennsylvania -- our mayor is moving forward and we are seeing some new ideas being put to the test. Luke is actually walking the walk, not just talking the talk. This, my friends, is one of the greatest benefits to having a young visionary in the mayor's office. And why Ravenstahl deserves our support in the May primary election. Pittsburgh needs to keep the Ravenstahl ball rolling.

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At 11:11 AM, Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

If other cities are doing the same thing -- then it isn't that unique.

It is a common sense plan. It makes sense.

But, I don't like the plan being put into the hands of a private corporation that is out of state.

The plan's idea go to Les Ludwig, a former candidate for mayor. Les talked about this for years. YEARS. Talk about frustration.

This plan from Ravenstahl, of $.5 to $1M per year is about 5 to 7 times less than what Les had already lined up years ago.

Luke -- too little and too late. And, with the wrong players.

I'd love to see a Pgh Park District -- democratically driven -- make these types of efforts for the good of the community.

At 3:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mark's right about this action taken by the mayor being anything but "unique". I think even Motznik was talking about this way before Luke did.

In the local blogosphere, most of those critical of the mayor's actions, back up criticisms with facts. I've seen little evidence of people 'trashing' the mayor.

People who are watching closely and are criticizing gov't., at any level, are to be treasured. I wish more people would care this much about how our elected officials are governing.

In a previous post I wrote that Rende needed reprimanding, regardless of whether or not he was the worst offender on the force. By this I did NOT mean that other, worse offenders, shouldn't be investigated & also disciplined.

The integrity of the police force is not about politics & who's friends with the mayor or Cathy McNeilly, etc.

The mayor should've done a national search for a chief & the Public Safety post - bring in some people without baggage for goodness sake! Lord help us, these newcomers may even have brought an innovative idea or two with them.

You keep alluding to the fact that there may be worse offenders on the force - may I suggest that you contact the mayor & give him any info. you have. Voters will appreciate it if he starts cleaning up the force & other departments, in a non-political way, investigating political patronage & nepotism cronies that lurk throughout.

I'm curious about your ardent support for the mayor.

Maybe I'm missing something, I'd appreciate hearing more on the innovative actions the mayor's taken & his vision.

I'm not being snide, I actually want to know.


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