Planning commissioner ducks meeting for Pitt game - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "Planning commissioner ducks meeting for Pitt gameIf I'm appointed to the Pittsburgh Ethics Hearing Board, I won't cut out of any meeting to go to a Pitt basketball game. I might skip out of the country to attend the Olympics. So, I pledge to only skip meetings for multi-sport, international contests. I swear.
Mayor Ravenstahl should ask for his resignation.
We have too many pressing issues in Pittsburgh to let the slackers rule.
I did leave a note and follow-up with an email to Mayor Ravenstahl about my willingness to serve on the Ethics Hearing Board, should I be invited. That appointment could do a lot for 'diversity' -- as I'm not a member of the clergy nor a lawyer nor of the D party.
Then the news has this quote from a guy who does NOT give a quote, but gives this gem:
"I don't think it's appropriate to come to my office without an appointment," said Reidbord.
It is still a free country, pal. To show up to an office to ask a question and get a quote is not a crime.
The problem is that the developers morph into politicians as politicians encroach the tasks associated with that of developers. I'd like to get it straight. I'd love for developers to develop and stay the heck out of the way of matters of governance. And, I'd love for those in government to not play the role of 'developer.'
The last line of the article asks: "The public's voice should be heard every step of the way," he said. "Who do the commission members serve, the public or special interests?"
The commission members serve the needs of the special interests. Well, some of them do. Some may not.
Give this guy the boot!
If we had what I have asked for for years -- retention votes for board members -- we'd be able to vote this guy out. They get appointed. They are not accountable. It would be simple to have the politicians appoint these board members and then have their respective names put on the ballot at various periods for votes -- either YES (to retain) or NO (to dismiss). There would be no need to campaign. There would be accountability.