Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dark Matter

So I really said to myself: I really have nothing today.  Then I just scan the news and see this: Pittsburgh's fiscal overseer 'in the dark'

What Jeremy can get into in the few column inches he was given is just the tip of the iceberg.  How long has the ICA been around?  How much has its cumulative budget been? And in all that time, with a constantly rotating set of board members,  it has had one steadfast consistency in the form of its sole executive director from inception.  You would think that given the incessant financial imbroglios that are defining city politics of late, our Felix Rohatyn would be one of the most well known folks in town.. if not one of the most important.  Yet in all his tenure I do believe the only extensive interview of him has come from..  well.. he whom trouble seems to find.

My only quibble with Jeremy's piece is that in talking about the unimplemented TriData study of the city's Fire Bureau, it really deserves mention that there was even another uber-expensive previous study of the Fire Bureau commissioned by the ICA and then completely ignored by them and everyone else with no meaningful explanation in the public record. It's all just strange.


Anonymous BrianTH said...

There is a common second part to that mushroom analogy which is much more colorful.

Thursday, July 28, 2011 1:18:00 AM  

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