The Issues Working Group of the Green Party of Allegheny County wrote a letter to Mayor-elect Bill Peduto.
Green Party of Allegheny County
31 December 2013
William Peduto, Mayor-elect
City of Pittsburgh
5th Floor, City-County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Dear Mayor-elect Peduto:
The Green Party of Allegheny County congratulates you on your recent election. We hope you take this opportunity to make Pittsburgh a special place for ALL of its people. Accordingly, we offer the following brief description of issues that we believe deserve your urgent attention.
We are concerned with how the city builds its economy into one that works for all Pittsburgh residents. We want to see your administration maximize income from our sports teams which have expected and received tremendous economic benefit from our labor and property. We want you to make sure that job availability and city revenues increase from business development in Pittsburgh. In particular, the city government must end the sprawl of corporations masquerading as non-profits, so as to hide from their property and other tax obligations.
In terms of public service, cuts in public transportation and support for the poor and people who are homeless in Pittsburgh have only increased. Also growing are publicized incidents between the Pittsburgh Police and members of the community. We want your administration to fight for increased accessibility and availability of public transportation of all kinds. We want you to increase opportunities and assistance for the growing rate of displaced persons without homes in our community. Like Seattle, make Pittsburgh a nationwide leader in ensuring that every citizen has a living wage.
There must be increased accountability for Police misbehavior at the managerial level, as well as with the day-to-day interactions with residents of our neighborhoods.
Finally, we urge you to use the resources at your disposal to work with the Pittsburgh School Disctrict to reverse the dismantling of Pittsburgh's schools, the destruction of teacher morale, and the bleed to private, parochial, charter and suburban schools.
We will happily join with you in tackling these challenging issues. Your attention to them will be one way to measure your administration's commitment to work on behalf of ALL of the people of Pittsburgh.
With best wishes for your success,
David Hughes, Chair, Issues Working Group
The Green Party of Allegheny County
4037 Ludwick St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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