Propel Pittsburgh is back again…
|February 21, 2011||Posted by committeegrrl under Blogs, Pittsburgh|
From today’s Post-Gazette - Ravenstahl shakes up youth panel – Mayor Luke Ravenstahl continues to show his commitment to young Pittsburgh by talking about the Propel Pittsburgh commission.
This time the mayor is removing himself from the commission and making it smaller 15 people instead of 35.
While I would love to be excited about the Propel Pittsburgh commission actually meeting – this does look like some sort of PR attempt from the Mayor’s office.
The PG interviewed Anthony Smulski Jr. – former Vice Chair of the commission.
- “However, he said organizers repeatedly struggled to get all 35 members to a meeting, even though they applied for the slots, went through interviews and promised to serve.”
- According to the City’s website – only 21 of the 35 spots were ever filled – the city lists 14 of those (10 of which were to be appointed by the mayor) as vacant.
- “In theory, it was a great idea,” Mr. Smulski said of the commission structure. “In practice, it was hard to execute.”Mr. Ravenstahl missed some meetings, too, he said.
- “Membership is limited to city residents, so Mr. Smulski, who moved from the North Side to the south suburbs, no longer is eligible.”
Also fascinating that the city still hasn’t updated the Propel Pittsburgh page on their website.
If we blog about it the mayor will talk about it… if only it were that easy. But it is interesting to note that this announcement comes just a few weeks after a blog post about the Propel Pittsburgh commission was posted on a Pitt Students blog – The Publius Foundation - here (Progress Pittsburgh linked to it here and the PG’s Early Returns linked to it here).
Also fun to note – Matt Hogue (the blogger formerly know as the Pittsburgh Hoagie) left the following comment on the post on The Publius Foundation:
Screenshots of Propel Pittsburgh Websites: