Friday, April 30, 2004

Blunders - cut from the plan on parks

Heinz Field is on prime property and is used 15 times a year. Extra
escalators built in 2004 cost an amount equal to the entire Citiparks

PNC Park, built on prime property, is used by a team that isn¹t able to win. The new, glorious field attract fewer fans than Three Rivers Stadium. Opening day at PNC Park in 2004 came with 1,000 unsold tickets. Closing day at Three Rivers Stadium came despite a $30-million pubic debt.

Do not build a horse race track in the city. Fish in Pittsburgh have a better place to swim (new Zoo and Aquarium ) than the kids. Next we¹ll give horses a better place to race than our kids.

Close Pitt Stadium and say it was used only a few times a year -- if you overlook its offices, state of art strength and conditioning facilities, medical support for all sports, daily band practices, intramural venue, walking track, Track & Field venue, WPIAL, City and PIAA playoffs, graduations.

Do not rush to build a merry-go-round in Oakland and vacate 170 parking spaces in Schenley Plaza. Push for bike lanes and pedestrian bridges, not more cars parking on the street.

Don¹t close the Civic Arena. People don¹t go to the Circus and Disney On Ice wishing for luxury boxes.

[412] NEWS -- Parks Position Paper + Five Week China Peace Tour

Hi Friends and Reds, (Yep, "Reds," .... please read on)

#1) Version 1
#2) Paper editions
#3) Public domain
#4) Parks-Positions-Noise at CLOH.Org
#5) PCTV 21 show airs in May

#6) 6:30 pm, June 17 at South Vo Tech High School library
#8) 6 pm, July 9, concert --> This IS America!
#9) Hire Tom Murphy, letter to editor, http://op-ed.CLOH.Org
#10) Best news, essay wins $500. PG link to Erik's photo.

#11) China trip
#12) Playing well with others. Father to father.
#13) Thanks
#14) Opt out if you must, on your own.
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Version 1 of a 100-plus page document, Pittsburgh's Parks, Recreation
and Pools -- a position paper, is now online in PDF format:

To save the pain of reading from a computer screen, or taxing your
printer, feel free to pay for photo copies and get a paper version yourself.
Two source are available for duplication.
One is with Mary Beth at the City Clerk's office, 5th floor, City-County
Building, 412-255-2138, very near to City Council and Mayor's office.
Another copy is at Copies On Carson, 1315 East Carson Street, South
Side, voice = 412-481-4875, fax = 412-481-4890.

The position paper can be freely copied, reused, or whatever as its
release is with a "copyleft license" -- not a copyright. Consider it a
contribution to the public domain.

Let's not debate if the document is ready for "prime time" -- yet. But,
do debate the ideas. Act 47 Coordinators, I.C.A./Oversight Board and many
others from the School Board and beyond, are thirsty for solutions.
Your edits and input is welcomed:
Parks-Positions-Noise at CLOH.Org

Our past community gathering at the National Aviary will be replayed on
PCTV 21. Stay tuned.

The next open community meeting is slated for the last day of school, at
6:30 pm, Thursday, June 17, at the library of South Vo Tech High School.
Within the position paper, the South Vo Tech site is a keystone for a new
Sign-up now at http://Play.CLOH.Org.

Save Our Summer reaction with 1-page PDF, 44k, handout is:

At 6 pm on Friday, July 9, 2004, we're going to host a Benefit CONCERT
at Club Cafe, http://S6.CLOH.Org. Theme: "This IS America!"

My recent letter to the editor in City Paper, re-posted at:

The best news of all, a proud dad moment!

Erik, my son, won an essay contest for Black History Month and got a
$500 prize frm National City. His photo was in the PG last week:

We are headed to CHINA for five weeks. My two boys, 6 and 9, two
graduate students, my wife and I are going to Beijing (home of the 2008
Olympics), Chengdu, and Hong Kong.

Global Coalition for Peace, a non-profit peace organization has been
getting parents from distant parts of the world together to support each
other in the goal of raising peaceful world citizens. Mother-to-Mother for
Peace and Nonviolence began with an overseas partnering of American and
Muslim mothers. As the program spread, others from around the world became

Dads, take note. Two fathers, Dave Blackman, of San Diego, and Mark
Rauterkus, of Pittsburgh, PA, aim to launch an initiative geared to fathers.
Our family travels are going to kick-off the program.

While my wife is teaching a course to M.D.s, we'll be tourists with a
goal of playing well with others.

Rose Lord, organizer of Global Coalition For Peace network, said, "We
hope the Rauterkus trip to will be the first of many Peaceful Parenting
Tours. Others taking a family vacation, whether in our own country or
abroad, can become a grass-roots ambassadors for peace.

The Dad's message is simple: Thanks for playing. Peaceful partenting
tour promotes playing well with others. See our journal and learn of the
parent-to-parent efforts for peace and nonviolence:

The boys (ages 6 and 9) and I are tourists. Meanwhile my wife is
traveling to teach a four-week course to Medical Doctors in Western China.
We'll hit the road with some games under our arms, a digital camera, and an
attitude of fun involvment. We'll take the time to visit parks and swim
pools. We'll share treats, such as pins and stickers. A note of thanks for
playing together gives the journal and trip more purpose.

The real press release is due upon our return and the completion of the
online journal. Journalists can reach Rose Lord for information at
412-655-3063 or rose at

Thanks for taking an interest. Thanks for the dozens who have helped so
far with the release of the document. Thanks for the help in the future as

This infrequent email blast is full of open community invites for you to
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Mark Rauterkus http://Play.CLOH.Org http://DSL.CLOH.Org
xCoach at http://CLOH.Org
412-298-3432 = cell
412-481-2497 = voice mail

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Would you hire this man? Please? (Pittsburgh City Paper)

Would you hire this man?
Re “A Case of the Runs” [Potter, April 15] :
When one can’t move an agenda, it is time
to resign. Tom,Murphy needs to not only
not run, but he needs to step aside, now.
Pittsburgh hired Tom Murphy to be a
steward and operate our programs, places
and public services. When he chooses to not
do his job by closing swim pools, rec centers
and such, Murphy is choosing to get in
the way. His abandonment of stewardship
means he must go now.
However, the real wild card is the corporate
community. One top executive at
PNC, Mellon, Federated or even
FreeMarkets should do the right thing: Go
to Tom Murphy and offer him a corner
office, secretary, parking spot, hefty salary,
long-term contract, travel budget and some
nifty job title. And the deal might need
shorter gigs for Tom Cox and a few others
[in the Murphy administration] . Murphy
needs to be yanked off of Grant Street
before the tar and feathers arrive. And the
yanking must stem from some in the
Allegheny Conference circle. It might take
$200,000 per year for a decade.
Upon Murphy’s departure, I’ll be the
first to float a petition to rename both the
Liberty Bridge and Liberty Tunnel after
him. Motivating a move takes more carrot
and sticks to sway his ego.
South Side


Thursday, April 15, 2004

[412] FRIENDS of a feather, gathering on Sunday at National Aviary

Media Release and Invitation

Hi Neighbors, Friends and Flock-mates,

You're invited to an open community meeting at 2 pm on Sunday, April 18
under the tent in the Rose Garden at the North Side's National Aviary,

Pittsburgh's Community Cable Station, PCTV 21, http://PCTV21.Org, is slated
to record the presentation, speakers and free-flying discussions as we
ponder our community and issues of:

Closed (or opening?) outdoor swim pools;
Closed (or opening?) Recreation Centers;
Closed but should open indoor ice rink;
Summertime opportunities for kids of all ages;
Citiparks, County Parks and Rec Department, and more.

At 2 pm, some volunteer activist will join me to conduct a briefing and make
a public delivery of a 100-plus-page POSITION PAPER. Media, press and guest
are welcome, of course.

At 3 pm, an open community discussion takes flight. We'd love for you to
attend and offer your opinions and observations.


If you are interested in helping with editorial refinements and content
contributions for the position paper prior to its release (and beyond)
please email:
Hawk at CLOH.Org

If you are interested in speaking and assisting at the meeting (and beyond)
please email a brief bio of yourself to:
Crow at CLOH.Org

Anyone can attend the event, but please try to register in advance. See the
links at http://Play.CLOH.Org.

Moving Target and Recent Victories:
Corporate, foundation and civic communities of Pittsburgh have been
buzzing and chirping to 'Save Our Summer.' The goal of $850K is targeted,
but all involved understand this is a short-term, one-time fix. My approach
and role is to call for solutions beyond a "new band-aid upon an old

So, friends of a feather, even if you consider yourself more of a buzzard,
hummingbird, pigeon, flamingo, eagle or free-ranging skeet that slipped away
from the NRA event, .... thanks for your attention and feedback hoots.

Admission to The Aviary is NOT gratis on the Sunday the 18th. However, a
three day weekend of no-charge admission to the Aviary is coming in the
weeks ahead. In the past, the Aviary hosted a weekend of no charge
admissions, but that was during the NOW CANCELLED Childrens' Festival. More
details on Sunday from the Aviary's spokespeople.

Feel free to forward this message or leverage the one-page PDF, 72kb,
handout for your friends and contacts.


Mark Rauterkus http://Play.CLOH.Org
xCoach at http://CLOH.Org
412-298-3432 = cell

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Saturday, April 03, 2004

Resignation Chatter

Mayor's offer of RESIGNATION accepted from one of harshest critics

Front page headlines on April 3, 2004:
Mayor says he'll resign if critics do

Trib story by Dave Brown
PG story by Timothy McNulty

by Mark Rauterkus
posted to Op-Ed.CLOH.Org on April 3, 2004

I am one of Mayor Murphy's harshest critics. On many occasions in the past seasons I've suggested to Tom Murphy, in person and in public, that his best course of action should be his resignation, for the good of the city. My Post-Gazette letter to the editor ran in August 18, 2003.

I didn't think Mayor Murphy would be able to hold onto his job into the start of 2004. I was wrong. I'm often optimistic.

Mayor, I'll take you up on your offer.

If Tom Murphy resigns from the office of mayor, City of Pittsburgh, I too will resign. I will not chase him to his Butler County home and hurl insults. Nor will I try to yank the plug to his swim pool nor shutter his local gym space.

As a sign of good faith on my part, and with splendid anticipation of a looming Tom Murphy resignation, I will resign for the month of May, 2004. I will resign my role as critic by NOT going to City Council Chambers and injecting public comment, nor will I rant to the Oversight Board, nor County Council, nor any neighborhood agency meeting, nor stand outside PNC Park with pickets, nor display the red-lettered, "FIRE MAYOR MURPHY" sign in my office window. Furthermore, I won't call radio talk shows nor push petitions at the UPMC City of Pittsburgh Marathon, nor hound veterans and officials before and after the Memorial Day gun salutes at monuments around the South Side. I won't do any of those activities, for the month of May. I promise.

My websites, and CLOH.Org, and email blasts to more than 6,000 contacts, won't wane however.

Furthermore, should Tom Murphy resign from office, I promise to craft a petition calling for some significant structures to be renamed. Tom Murphy should leave with a statue and a place on the map so as to never forget the legacy and persona.

I think a fitting remembrance would be a name change for the Liberty Bridge to the Mayor Tom Murphy Bridge. This tribute to Tom Murphy could be a continual reminder as his administration made great strides in removing true liberty in Pittsburgh.

Let's also support the notion of renaming the Liberty Tunnel as the Mayor Tom Murphy Tunnel. The name switch highlights Murphy's vision and hard-decision attitude.

It is time for Pittsburgh to turn its directions. The light at the end of the tunnel is coming closer. New intersections await. Fitting too are the stoplights at both ends of the both the Liberty Tunnels and Bridge. They represent Murphy's multiple terms.

We are waiting for the light to change. I'm thirsty and long for the future. I want to resign my critic's role and instead, foster civic healing.

In other news:

Mark Rauterkus, his wife, Catherine V. Palmer, Ph.D., and their two children are traveling to China for five weeks starting May 1, 2004. Palmer, the Director of Audiology at UPMC's Eye and Ear Institute, is to teach a four-week course to MDs in western China.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Was doing groupware before its time

We used Groupware, a utility to keep track of friends and events. Others were invited to join in by just picking a username and password and then they were added to the server too.