Friday, January 29, 2010
Say your good-byes. The hospital will be closing on Sunday January 31.
As a side note, once again, County Councilman Chuck McCullough has stepped up to the plate to represent the disenfranchised. He really is a guy you hate to hate.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
In 2001, council approved legislation mandating a $9.12 an hour wage plus health insurance, or $10.62 without, for virtually every worker whose job was paid, supported or subsidized with city money. "Everywhere that our shadow falls, we will ensure that workers receive a living wage," Mr. Burgess said yesterday.
But City Council then added a caveat that the rule would only take effect after Allegheny County adopted similar rules. County Council narrowly rejected an ordinance, rendering the city legislation dormant.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
"[T]this morning in council, Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus reintroduced a bill to limit bars on the South Side, after a similar bill was rejected last month by an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge.This latest legislation is intending to prohibit all new restaurants from opening on the South Side. Because of the previous limit on alcohol licenses, many previous restaurants had already discovered that it was more profitable to move and sell their alcohol licenses. The most recent and egregious example is Bruschetta which shuttered its doors to re-open as Villa, quite possibly the largest square footage of physical bar in all of the South Side.
Mr. Kraus said the new version of the bill would change city zoning rules to prohibit all new restaurants in the Carson Street corridor, whether or not they offered alcohol. According to the city Law Department, he said, if the bill is "alcohol-neutral, it will be held up by the courts.""
If this legislation passes, not only will no new restaurants open, many restaurants will close to follow the suit of Bruschetta. The South Side needs a balance of restaurants, bars, shopping, grocery stores, etc. Without excessive punishing legislation, this will happen.
Instead, I recommend that Councilor Kraus follow the results of the hospitality study that he commissioned. Work with local businesses instead of attempting to squash new business, and we will have a vibrant community.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
But let's look further back on 2009:
1) Mayor Ravenstahl handily won both the Pittsburgh democratic primary and mayoral election.
2) Pittsburgh hosted the G-20 Summit.
3) 3 Innocent women and 3 police officers doing their jobs were heartlessly murdered.
4) The city became ever more bike-friendly with bike racks and more trails.
5) Unfair property assessments were rejected by the courts yet again.
6) The Pittsburgh Promise helped pay for tuition for lots of Pittsburgh students.
7) Grocery stores in Pennsylvania are starting to sell 6-packs. Is this the beginning of the end of the PLCB?
8) I had a good time in Cleveland.
9) The Steelers won the Super Bowl, and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, celebrated by much destruction and parading.
10) I went to Peru, Argentina, and Alaska over a period of 4 months this year and still managed to keep this blog alive.
All in all, it wasn't such a bad year, but here's to hoping next year is better.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Not surprisingly, Rich Orlando, President of TDN Money Systems, "the largest supplier of electronic table games to the state's nine casinos", does not want live table games.