Monday, March 05, 2007

City Council President wants Temporary Slots Parlor. Okay -- do it in the Convention Center

Doug Shields, D, president of Pgh City Council and candidate for Allegheny County Controller's post (against Michael Lamb, D, and Tony Pakora, D, and Joe Weinroth, R) said that the budget for the City of Pittsburgh is going to have a $10-million hole.

This $10-million amount is what Doug Shields and his fellow big-spenders on City Council counted upon as income from the slots parlor.

In the radio interview, Doug Shields called it a "casino" but it is really just a slots parlor.

From Convention Ce...

The winning slots parlor outfit was granted a license by a state gambling board. However, two challenges to the granting of the license have been made. So, the green light for the building of the slots parlor for the river's edge on the North Side, next to the Carnegie Science Center, has been delayed.

The city's budget expected money in 2007 from this gambling operation. City council sets the budget and has done so in the past with phantom incomes. Gambling incomes were a part of Mayor Tom Murphy's budget in 2006. Money won't come to 2008, at the soonest.

The Majestic Star Slots Parlor on the North Side considered but nixed the idea of building a temporary slots parlor, like in a circus tent. Temporary casinos are still operational in other parts of the country. The risk is that a real building with decent design standards won't ever be completed should a temporary site become operational. The goal isn't to put a new gem onto the river's edge that looks like the I.C. Light Amphitheater.

Now that the Convention Center is empty, it makes great sense to build the temporary slots parlor as well as the permanent slots parlor within the David M. Lawrence Convention Center.

From Convention Ce...

A series of poor thinking is revealing itself in many instances in Pittsburgh.

If I was in office, like Dan Onorato, Luke Ravenstahl, or even on City Council like Doug Shields or Bill Peduto, I'd be making a hard pitch to Don Barden to insist that he move the slots license, short term and long term, into the Convention Center. Sell the Convention Center to Don Barden.


Anonymous said...

Mark seems to have a good idea here. I've walked though the Convention Center and noted that ALL the lights run in the various rooms; EVEN, when it's NOT being used.

At least with the slots parlor in the Convention center someone BESIDES the tax payer would be footing the bill. I love SIN TAXES; such as: gambling, prostitution, etc. At least you have a CHOICE to contribute or not; with property and sales tax we are forced to pay it all.
Paul Mc., in the South Side.

Mark Rauterkus said...


BTW, I have a lot of good ideas.

Feel free to keep posting, even when we don't agree.