Metroblogging Pittsburgh: Propelling Pittsburgh The official bylaws of the Commission say that we're not supposed to reveal Commission business to the media without the Chair's permission (that'd be the Mayor), so I'm going to confine myself to vague generalities.Okay, if the Mayor came into the meeting with no preconceived notions about what should be done and what should NOT be done, then how do you explain the first part of the post -- not revealing business of the Commission.
Of course there were preconceived notions.
Of course the notions were about teaching the people in the group that they had better march along and follow orders.
On the flip side, thanks for taking off the muzzle and posting to the blog. You've done well.
When you meet again -- get that code of silence taken off the charter of the commission. Or, some other person will have to run the the Ethics Hearing Board and spank those that talk. Or, spank the members of the group for being so mindless as to agreeing to the silence.
For the record, Ravenstahl is NEVER serious about soliciting ideas from me. There has NEVER been a hint of follow through from him.
Here is a major question. Is it ever okay to have government silence others, be they whistle blowers, commission members, or employees.
If so, when.
You all are doing the work of the public. You should have everything in the public domain.
If you want to have secret elements at meetings and approval to speak, then operate in the private sector. Join forces and start a business. Then it won't be anyone's business but yours. This effort, with the Mayor there, within the walls of our house, must be open, honest, and free.
Our kids need one thing above all else -- Liberty. A propel commission that aims to better our shared public spaces and public process must have full rights for all.
If that doesn't get them to hate you, then you can call for a vote. Call for a non-binding straw poll on each committee.
Move the agenda with democracy.
If you can do those things -- I'll smile as there might be some hope that my children will be able to grow up in Pittsburgh and have a city worth living in.