Friday, October 28, 2005

'Ban hurts profits' -- Scalped by City Council's ordinance

City council passed an ordinance in the spring that is now before the judges. The public is taken to the courts again. The legal bills mount.

The same saga is sure to play out again with the issue of 'aggressive panhandling.' The folks are council will tighten the noose of freedom around a group of 'little people' so as to help the 'bigger people.' The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

The scalper smack down was to benefit the Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. The more recent smack down aids those who own curbside cafes, symphony goers, and the cultural district.
'Ban hurts profits' - 'From a public safety standpoint, we need to make sure it's a controlled environment out there,' DaPra said.
Solution: We need to craft city ordinances that make everyone happy. And, this does not mean we'll get everyone "at the table" to be happy as I understand that everyone is never able to get to the table.

Furthermore, and most of all, the laws need to made so as to extend freedoms, not curtail them.

Finally, we have real troubles with the understandings and enforcements of freedoms. With freedom comes responsibility in equal measures.

So, we'll have guys on the street with 40-plus citations racked up for bad behaviors. The law enforcement is lax to a point of hopelessness.


Anonymous said...

Scalper tells judge: Ban hurts profits

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By Staff reports
Friday, October 28, 2005

An Allegheny County judge plans to rule next week on a request by a group of ticket scalpers to temporarily halt enforcement of a Pittsburgh ordinance that limits ticket-reselling around the North Shore sports stadiums.
Common Pleas Judge Paul F. Lutty Jr. heard testimony Thursday from one of the scalpers, as well as officials from the Steelers and Pirates.

City Council in April created a 23-by-30-foot ticket-reselling zone on a corner between PNC Park and Heinz Field. It is surrounded by a much larger no-scalping zone in which no one is allowed to buy or sell tickets to stadium events.

Gary Adams, 51, of Sheraden -- the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in May -- testified that being confined to the zone has hurt business. He and attorney Eric Jobe said the ordinance unfairly targets scalpers while allowing other vendors to roam freely.

"This was enacted to satisfy the greed of the sports teams," Jobe said.

Pirates vice president Dennis DaPra and Heinz Field executive director James Sacco testified that complaints from fans have decreased since the ordinance was implemented.

"From a public safety standpoint, we need to make sure it's a controlled environment out there," DaPra said.

If Lutty approves the emergency injunction the scalpers seek, Jobe said they will seek a permanent ban on the ordinance.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Then there are the times that the sports team officials help and want scalpers. The teams want to work together -- when the teams get their way. Many in this game know that the team officials are talking out of both sides of their mouths. In front of a judge or in front of city council they'll say XYZ. But then on game day, it will be ABC.