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Old 11-07-2007, 09:27 PM
 
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Whew, just got back from a one day trip up to Burlington Vermont following the election party at DeSantis HQ's on Election night. I was pretty dam bummed thinking about the results while on the flight this morning. But heading back tonight I had better thoughts. Thanks Mark for your time and effort for such a noble cause. Your love and internal desire for Pittsburgh's success is clear. Your strength in the debates, your teams strength in getting the word out, and the constant pressure on Luke and the party overall really did shake things up for the first time in well decades. You actually introduced a fresh thought to Pittsburgh. 'It's time to be business savy' and deliver the goods that will allow the city to move forward out of it's financial mess. The seed has been planted. Young professional's, students and others have bought into the idea. The upside for recruitment is huge. We now have a 100% legit strategy in place for improving the city and region. And the platform for the future is now and ready to grow. I know your not going to just fade away after a sincere effort. The merging of city and county functions is a deep desire of your's and like the best politicians you want to present the facts to the public to allow them to make the best choice. You have said your going to push forward to help get your idea of minority business start up support underway. These are very real and intensely vital elements for the success of Pittsburgh. And your the energy behind it. We know how stubborn Pittsburgh is. It showed in the election. It show's in our loyal support for our sport's teams and it comes from the era of industrial blood and sweat. And while it seems so negative now, that same energy can be turned into a huge positive. I'm sure I'm not the only one saying this. But I'm ready for round two. The punches get harder in the next rounds and I think we are a full round contender. So as you continue to work for the benefit of the city, a lot of us stand ready to help in any way. In the near future or a little further down the road for the next round. Either way these seeds of effort you are planting will be the crop of success for Pittsburgh and the region. A huge thanks to Mark DeSantis...

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Old 11-08-2007, 04:50 PM
 
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I agree 100%!
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:13 PM
 
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I think Mr. DeSantis really put the squeeze on the mayor. Although the mayor won by a landslide, did he truly? The number's weren't that impressive for him considering democrats outnumber republicans in Pittsburgh 5 to 1.

I can't say I'm exactly disappointed that a Democrat is in officer considering I am one, but I really do appreciate DeSantis a lot for putting up a good fight which will hopefully encourage the mayor to act and do well - because he knows, if he doesn't, Pittsburgh just might go republican!!!

I think this whole campaign was good for the city.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:10 PM
 
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Great words and I agree.. Checks and balances helps the system work better and we need in this city.
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Old 11-09-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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Thanks Mark for your time and effort for such a noble cause. Your love and internal desire for Pittsburgh's success is clear. .
I'd like to extend my thanks to, coming from a devout Democrat. I am pro Democrat through and through but voted for Mark myself. I'm afraid there are to many Dems in the city that were to proud to vote for a Republican. Ravenstal is a joke, and every time he is caught in one of his "star struck" affairs, I'm going to laugh at him and his supporters just like I do/did for George Bush and his supporters.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:02 PM
 
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Ravenstal is a joke
He's really not, though. I mean, he's not the BEST candidate, and maybe DeSantis would have been or could have been better, but Luke Ravenstahl has done good for the city. Like I've said, he's balanced the budged two years in a row, going on a third. He's implemented some really great tax relief for residents interested in buying into one of the city neighborhoods or upgrading their own homes in those neighborhoods. He is extremely encouraging of LEED certified construction, in fact, he's now convinced the Casino investor to go green, he created the 3-1-1 line, he's reduced the expenses that the city pays into health care costs by over 15 million dollars, and his best idea to date is the capital asset buyback program aimed at turning vacant lots and abandoned houses from eyesores into revenue-generating properties.

I mean, he does some immature BS, and I'm not CRAZY about him, but I don't think calling him a joke is accurate, either. He takes a lot of unnecessary and unfair heat for no other reason than his age.

Here are some other things he's done that I'm not really all that familiar with or they don't give specific examples.

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He extended the city's garbage collection to Wilkinsburg, a move that has helped both sides. He has streamlined the process for Downtown development and has made a point of improving the city's relationship with legislators in Harrisburg.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:07 PM
 
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He's really not, though.
He is; he reminds me of todays professional athletes, most likely very good at what they do, but forgetting, no matter if they want to be or not, they are in the limelight. I hope in the next two years the Dems come up with someone much more mature and viable.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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He is; he reminds me of todays professional athletes, most likely very good at what they do, but forgetting, no matter if they want to be or not, they are in the limelight. I hope in the next two years the Dems come up with someone much more mature and viable.
Well they may come up with someone better, I'm not against that. But in terms of pure track record, he hasn't done terrible.

When was the last time the city had a balanced budget?
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:14 PM
 
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Well they may come up with someone better, I'm not against that. But in terms of pure track record, he hasn't done terrible.

When was the last time the city had a balanced budget?
Don't know, only lived here a year.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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Don't know, only lived here a year.
It's been a long time, let's put it that way. lol.
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