Friday, July 06, 2007

Mayor Luke Starting to Crack


Tony Norman must be eaves-dropping on the conversations of Highland Avenue and me. Yesterday, Highland and I discussed the city's unhealthy obsession with Hizzonor's golf game. Both of us had listened to Marty Griffin's interview with Mayor Wunderkind (Luke Ravenstahl). I must say its always a pleasure to hear a local politician get defensive [listen to the interview here]. The Mayor skipped a carnival council meeting regarding the police promotions to go golfing. Hizzonor's defense - that mayors never attend these sessions - holds water. Frankly, I don't care if Hizzonor missed the meeting because he was standing on top of the downtown Hilton knocking a box of Top Flites into the Ohio River with a piece of lumber.

The bigger issue is that his $9,000 round at the Mario Lemieux charity tourney was paid for by city-succubus UPMC. Fuck the ethics violations. Now I don't mean to go on a rant here, but UPMC's grip on the machinations of Pittsburgh appears to be tightening during the reign of the Boy Mayor. It's bad enough that Barbara Mistick, member of the city's planning commission and self-appointed interior decorator says the UPMC's sign upon the Steel Building will "enhance the skyline." Yo, Babs. If architects Harrison & Abramovitz believed a garish neon billboard would have added to the building's brio they would have included it in the original construction. The skyline is not a Christmas tree. No more "twinkles," Babs.

So Babs and the other members say there was no pressure from the Mayor's Office to overturn the original ruling that banned the sign. Fair enough. But what about UPMC's gigantic profits? Their reluctance to contribute to the city's staggering deficit?

Okay, glad I got that off my chest. Back to the interview between Marty and Luke. One of the most unbelievable moments came when Luke said this story was politically motivated. He blamed Trib reporter Jeremy Boren, former mayoral adversary Bill Peduto, current mayoral adversary Mark DeSantis, and President Bush. I'm starting to think that the golden boy might not be up to the task. Right, Tony?

For more coverage of the Bogeygate, visit the Burgh Report.

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