Wednesday, June 07, 2006

It's my new arena... No! It's MY new arena...

The lovely political infighting has begun. Accoding to this Post-Gazette article, Allegheny County Council has officially criticized the county Chief Executive Dan Onorato. What did Mr. Onorato do? He asked Gov Rendell to advance money to start the arena-building process now. Read the full article here.

My take on this is that if it's simply County Council trying to put the brakes on this to see where the slots license will fall, then that's great. However, I've seen too many of these types of things in the Pittsburgh area to think that it's anything other than a "mine's bigger than yours is" type of deal. This is going to drag into quite a little mess before anything gets built, if everyone has to try to take control of the situation. You'll have Mr. Onorato, Mr O'Connor, Pittsburgh City Council and Allegheny County Council all trying to show they have the grandest... er... vision (??) for the proposed arena. If you can keep calm, it might be kind of funny. In fact, since we're talking about funny things, and you've read all the way to the end of this article, I'll give you this link. It's the type of thing we tend to see a lot of here in Pittsburgh... (and if you're unsure of the implications of the article, just leave a comment and I'll be happy to spell it out more clearly - it's really quite funny).

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