Pittsburgh City Council members jockey for presidency 'Council should not be a department of the new administration,' said Mr. Peduto. 'We need to have as much independence as the [fiscal overseers] if we're going to remain a relevant voice.'Sorry. City Council has become less and less meaningful -- thanks to pushes from Peduto. Peduto wanted the overlords. Now Peduto wants to be with as much independence as the overlords. Peduto wants to be equal with the overloards.
The vote to remain relevant happened when the overlords were invited into this city. The last relevant vote council took was to give up its power and accept the oversight boards. The reason that the overlords were called to the city is because city council and the mayor miss-managed public funds. The overlords were called to Pittsburgh for good reason.
The overlords are goiong to need to see good reason to depart and it is the job of city council to prove that it is relevant again. That is my call. I'll be running for city council to prove that council is again a relevant voice -- and it is necessary for the city to thrive again.
I want to help push the oversight boards out of town by doing a great job with the budget and democracy. We need to fix ourselves. We need to heal the city -- in acts, deeds and determined leadership from all elements of the city's population and political systems.