Sunday, August 30, 2009

Greater Greater Pittsburgh watch and random things

Just news that is interesting to me... Starting with our friends in WV:  W.Va. Mountaineer casino-track lays off 35 workers. (up to 200 laid off this year)
But not all recent economic news is bad in WV: Morgantown MSA Continues to Show Strong Employment Numbers
From farther afield, but Pittsburgh loses a lot of folks who move to Florida.  A lot are folks moving as they retire, but note the NYT story running now:  After Century of Big Growth, Tide Turns in Florida.  Where are the folks who would normally be moving to Florida going to, or where are they not leaving?

also in NYT, the Fifth Down blog covers: Smart Football With Chris Brown: A Look at Steelers Strategy
and Cleveland.  For those who think there is a mayoral race going on here, I'm not quite sure about that, but there is a rumor going around to that effect.... check out this story on the mayoral race for the Mayor of Cleveland. If I understand the math in the article, the incumbent mayor there has 100 times more money on hand than both of his fall challengers combined. In fact I really wonder if Acklin and Harris are really fighing for the title of who will have spent the most money per vote yet still losing in the history of city politics.  

An update on the future of Lordstown.

A week ago is like an eternity in the whole pension issue here, but I didn't catch that the Philly Inquirer's Joe DiStefeno had some comments on the pension problems in PA, including ours in his column last Sunday.

Random thought for today on the pension situation... I just wonder if the folks at Fitch are at least  feeling silly after their January ratings review.  I just realized that story was not just positive on the city, but also was looking to upgrade ratings on some city water and sewer debt.  This was before the revelations of the variable rate debt fiasco with the PWSA debt.  What's up with that btw?  But the pension news is going to get on people's radar when it comes to things like bond ratings among other things.

It's the last day in August I do believe.  Is the state gaming board going to jump into the spat between the casino and the Sports and Exhibition Authority as reported last month?

and did anyone else notice that once again, the press release telling people about a public hearing on Port Authority changes went out to make Saturday's news.  Exactly as the public relations people tell you to do when you want to minimize coverage.  I thought the whole plan was to approve this at the Port Authority's September meeting, at least that is what I was told. Did things get moved up?
and finally... latest local unemployment rate numbers will be made publicly available tomorrow... keep an eye out.


Anonymous Ken Zapinski said...

The Port Authority sometime ago rescheduled consideration of the system redesign plan from its Sept. 25 board meeting because there's something else going on in town that day that might have made it difficult for the public to get to that meeting...

It's now on the Oct. 23 agenda. And information on the public hearing was distributed to media for publication on Friday. (See the reference in this story:

Monday, August 31, 2009 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

So now the public will have all this time to focus on public comment on September 15th right in the middle of all the G20 crescendo. Everyone who would care is clearly bottled up with G20 planning they can't get out of. Brilliant.

Monday, August 31, 2009 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I still think it looks like a nice plan and (unusually for me), I actually read most of the thing.

Monday, August 31, 2009 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Zapinski said...

The public comment period on the plan runs until 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. People can attend the public hearing on Sept. 15, they can call in, they can submit written comments, they can submit comments via the web interface on the Port Authority web site. I'm pretty sure if anybody wants to read the plan, think about it, and submit a comment, they'll be able to find a few spare moments in the next 29 days.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 10:29:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Ken. NO. that is ridiculous. All right in the middle of the G20 stuff people are supposed to find time to read 230 pages. and why did the only notice go out for entry in Saturday's paper. You are a PR guy sort of (former media person is all I mean). Is is not the case that you try to get stuff in Saturday's news first cycle when you want to minimize exposure, not mazimize it. That Sept 15 thing is going to be just so well known and attended don't you think. NOT!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 10:32:00 AM  

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