Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Q to County Executive at the first town hall


have not heard anything from the nonprofit group to be working on the parks

Q for Dan:

What about that nonprofit group you named to work on the Parks. Are
they doing anything?

Well, my question got asked. Dan hit it out of the park with a lot of hype and he sustained the uncertainty.

His answer in a nut shell: Yes. Lots is happening. Wait and see.

We've been waiting.

Dan Onorato held meetings in the parks. It was great, a year ago. But those meetings had little to nothing to do with the Parks Foundation. The Parks Foundation wasn't at those meetings. There have been no people named to the parks foundation. Who is on that board? When do they meet? Where are the minutes? What is the plan that we've been told about? Does the Parks Foundation have a web site? Does it have an email?

Dan said that interviews were being conducted for the Executive Director of the Parks Foundation, but where was the position posting for that position? Were ads posted?

The draining and dredge of the North Park Lake is not a project from the Park's Foundation. There won't be any coaching involved with kids in terms of the work at lake in North Park.

Mr. Onorato, I'm not satisfied.

Parks are important. We all realize that. Likewise, actions in parks are what is needed.


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Onorato discusses the future during his first Webcast
By Tim Puko
Thursday, January 15, 2009

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From Seattle to Jacksonville, Fla., to Woodland Hills School District, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato talked about towns around the country to explain his vision for the county during his first-ever cyber town hall meeting this morning.

Onorato took eight questions during the video session broadcast live on the Internet. He talked for about 30 minutes on subjects including mass transit funding, local government consolidation and property reassessments.

"These municipalities are out of money," he said after a high school student at Pittsburgh's University Prep at Milliones sent in a question about consolidation. "They can't just keep going to the taxpayer for more money to keep their little fiefdoms up."

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Towns should be consolidated along school district lines, Onorato said, using the 12 communities that share Woodland Hills School District as an example.

The county also should emphasize funding for mass transit, he said, adding that sales tax hikes in Denver and Seattle for airport-bound rail lines would not be accepted here.

This is supposed to be the first of several Web-based meetings, Onorato and his staff members said. They want to vary the meeting times so more people can watch. The next meeting will likely be in the evening so people can watch after work, Onorato said.

Video from this meeting will be posted at the county's Web site.

Tim Puko can be reached at or 412-391-8650.
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County executive holds first cyber town hall meeting
Thursday, January 15, 2009
By Karamagi Rujumba, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato this morning appeared in his first cyber town hall meeting, answering a series of questions ranging from Port Authority funding to city-county merger and the county's base year property assessment system.

Held in the fourth-floor Gold Room of the County Courthouse, the 30-minute session, started at 8:30 a.m. and was streamed live on the county's Web site.

Mr. Onorato answered 31 questions from county residents, mostly laying out his administration's record on property taxes; funding of the county parks and his plan for a light rail transit system. He also continued to defend his implementation of the much-debated drink and car rental taxes.

The cyber town hall, which was recorded by students from the School of Communication at Point Park University, will be accessible online through a link on the county's Web site.

"I think it went well," said Mr. Onorato, who also appears on KDKA Radio once a month on an hour-long "Ask the County Executive" show.

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Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Rauterkus:

Thank you for your email. We appreciate your interest in the cyber town hall meeting. While the County Executive was not able to answer every question due to time constraints, we did receive your question and will send a response in the coming days.

If you were not able to join us, this morning the cyber town hall
meeting will be archived on the County's web site.

Thank you again for contacting our office and for submitting your


Megan Dardanell
Office of the County Executive