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Convention center audit to include firm with Onorato ties - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review An engineering firm with ties to Allegheny County's top elected official will be among companies scrutinized by county Controller Mark Patrick Flaherty in a forensic audit of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center's construction and collapses.This is smoke. This is typical Pittsburgh.
Flaherty is forming a team of experts to review the center's design and structural failures, spokeswoman Pam Goldsmith said Wednesday. The audit will be completed in nine months, she said.
The audit is taking place as the insurer for the city-county Sports & Exhibition Authority prepares to notify certain companies that they will be blamed for the Feb. 5 collapse of a beam supporting the second-floor loading dock.
The noise of this audit comes after the news of the past audit that has NOT been released or even completed.
We've got nothing but a house of cards and a massive white elephant.
The Convention Center is not being used to its potential. It can't be used to its capacity. The overall project was stretch that the taxpayers must pay to build and upkeep for decades to come -- if not a century.
However, I had a way to get us out of the quagmire.
The Convention Center should be sold. The Convention Center would be fine place for a slots parlor. Mr. Barden should own it, manage it, upkeep it, and pay taxes on it as well.
The city, county and its authorities need to sell off public ownership of various assets such as the stadiums and the convention center.
RAD tax incomes to these facilities should stop. The RAD tax needs a major overhaul.
As City Controller, I'll do a performance audit on the entire RAD tax legacy and account for our priorities. And, I'd offer solutions.
This audit from the county controller about building specs, subcontractors and donors to politicians is a joke. It is not going to uncover anything of substance.
The fix is to cut our losses and end all public subsidization of these boondoggles.
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Update at 10:15 am:
Onorato is on KDKA Radio with Marty G. Onorato said that the article is much about nothing. Dan is right this time. The audit and efforts are nothing much.
"My county manager has a masters degree from CMU. These are the kind of people you want in county government."
The donations are going to everyone, because they are allowed.
Onorato has nearly $2-million in his campaign bank account now.
Onorato said, "When you raise $3-million, no one person dominates your fundraising... No one sticks out. If they get mad and leave, it doesn't stick out. I don't have an appearance problem.
Political influence is given out by Dan Onorato. He is in the process with the governing issues and political issues.