Sunday, December 04, 2011

Hidden mandates not terribly hidden

Just in passing I note the PG article parsing possible defense industry cutbacks on Allegheny County.   The neuron it sparks is one of the ignored vestiges hidden in the City of Pittsburgh Code of Ordinances where in section 204 - Powers and Duty of the Mayor you can find this perpetually ignored mandate:

The mayor shall present an annual report on the tax monies paid per capita and the citizens of the City of Pittsburgh to the federal government that is allocated to military spending. The report shall include an analysis of the impact of the military budget on the City's economy in relation to jobs and social services. The mayor shall advertise this analysis in two prominent daily newspapers in the City
Yes, it was once complied with.

But the bigger point it always gets me wondering is whether it is possible for a bottoms up revision of Pittsburgh's Home Rule Charter and code? A Constitutional convention of a sort.  It there were student lawyers out there needing a project like this, could one calculate what percentage of the verbiage in the entire city code are really effective these days?


Anonymous MH said...

Speaking of sticking it to the man, I'm wondering if yurts are going to push BNY over the edge on their lawn guests?

Sunday, December 04, 2011 8:53:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...


Young upwardly-mobile resident transients?

Sunday, December 04, 2011 8:55:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Yurts are great. I want a yurt, somewhere near a state forest out on 30 or something.

Anyway, I think building one downtown might be the excuse to given for clearing the encampment.

Sunday, December 04, 2011 9:09:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I guess I need to spend more time in Mongolia:

Sunday, December 04, 2011 9:11:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

They have a teepee in Lincoln so maybe it will be ok.

Sunday, December 04, 2011 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

Occupy Lincoln? as in Nebraska? No way?

Sunday, December 04, 2011 9:43:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...


Sunday, December 04, 2011 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

They have yurts you can rent in Cook's Forest right on the Clarion River...stunning views. Pretty efficient and practical. And the prices are excellent.

Maybe we can rent one for a week and have a Nullspace Retreat? Connect with nature sorta thing....

Sunday, December 04, 2011 10:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So that's where the 81B goes.

Monday, December 05, 2011 9:06:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Every one you meet on the internet in a serial killer who tries to lure people to the county.

Monday, December 05, 2011 5:48:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

It does make me wonder whether the number of Shadyside residents who have been to Lincoln, Nebraska is higher or lower than the number who have ever visited Lincoln Park, or Lincoln Place for that matter....

...or can identify where either the former or latter is located?

Monday, December 05, 2011 6:24:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

The universities did trade athletic directors.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:09:00 AM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

Geesh MH, I try to set up an environmental confab to save the Mother Earth from the rapacious corporations and I get accused of being a serial killer.....

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everybody on the internet is a serial killer or into credit card fraud. Nobody has asked for my PIN yet.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:11:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

That was me.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011 9:11:00 PM  

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