2017 Mayor's race
Ben, the League of Women Voters, Allegheny County is a good place to start to learn more about candidates.
Also here’s another article. Darlene deflects from actually saying anything by saying that her transportation vision is what the “community” wants. Meanwhile, when bicyclists show up to community meetings, she literally says that “no one from the community was there, it was just people from the bike community.” her definition of community are the people who agree with her,
her definition of community are the people who agree with her
I recall a public meeting on the East St/Federal St bike lanes last year (or maybe 2015?). Darlene was there, but didn’t speak. There were quite a few people there that were both cyclists and part of her constituency; people who argued in favor of bike infrastructure in their district. So yeah, she seems to only care about those who agree with her.
(also present at that meeting: her future costar, Stu! Little did she know…)
This thread delivers. Really enjoying the commentary on chimpanzees, elephant & camel riding, and political cartoons re: handlebar cam footage.
That said, I did my part and voted absentee.
I’ve only seen this on Twitter — Stu says he’s going to be on KDKA News tonight @ 6.
Tfw you know you’re gonna be on the six o’clock news. KDKA, Andy Sheehan story.
slightly off topic for bikes, but where is this “paper street/steps” in Point Breeze that the person/people were camped out on by Mayor Peduto’s house? the P-G and Trib mentions Hastings but I can’t find it on google maps.
maybe this would be a good new tag.
edit– on google maps I found the wilkins-linden stairs with a nearby neighbor with a kidney shaped pool AND a half court basketball court. but that’s more sq hilly.
Looks like Edgerton turns into stairs for a block between Hastings and Linden. That’s the only one I see on the map that directly hits Hastings, though there are a couple others that run down to Wilkins on the other side of the school.
No idea where that would be in relation to Peduto’s house, though. Never bothered to try to find out where he lives.
Post-Gazette did a 44 minute video interview with Darlene Harris today. http://www.post-gazette.com/video/?v=5426127009001 .
From 29:19-34:00 they ask her “would you eliminate any bike lanes? Would you put a moratorium on new construction?” She gives a rambling and vague answer, griping about how no safety or traffic studies were done (false), griping that “our firefighters just came down Penn Ave and wiped out all the poles” implying that the cause was bike lanes (huh?), complaining that somebody standing on a corner counting cars is not a traffic study, saying that people in the community were not consulted when planning bike lanes (false).
At 42:30: Question: How would you increase suburban tourism to the city? Harris: “I have a lot of friends that live in the suburbs and I will try to find out any other needs but the one thing that they’re having a problem with is bike lanes. Not being able to get to the garage, you have to go up four blocks, then you’ve got to come down a one-way street to even get to a garage. By that time they get disgusted. They said they sit in traffic during the day. Why when they want to go out in the evening or on the weekend that they have to sit. And not even have people in the bike lanes!”
An obvious solution is for these suburbanites to park & ride bikes. Maybe with HealthyRide. Then they could avoid sitting in traffic, and they could address the underpopulated bike lane problem that she imagines.
I went downtown at 10 am last Friday from Fox Chapel, parked in the Grant Street garage, picked up my half marathon packet at the convention center, paid $5 parking fee, and was back home all within 35 minutes.
But I did yell at all the bikers I saw to stay in the damn bike lane! That’s what Darlene built them for.
Unfortunately in her world of alternative facts, no amount of non alternative facts nor logic will away her or her diehard supporters.
Best to rally those who want to sit this election out “because it is just an off year primary” to get out and vote not for Harris.
Second best option is to swing some money to/volunteer for peduto and/or bikepgh.
Interestingly, exactly zero (0) Republicans are on the Republican primary ballot to run (presumably) against Peduto in the fall.
“This thread delivers.” It sure does, and it shows what divisive, scapegoating characters we have challenging the mayor. It would be nice to return to the last election, where the only other serious, qualified candidate in the primary (Jack Wagner) actively solicited cyclists’ votes by getting on his bike and speaking with cyclists on the South Side about his support of improved safety and infrastructure.
In 2013, Wander ran a half-assed campaign for Mayor as the Republican nominee. Anyone with an R after their name will never win the office of Mayor for the foreseeable future, and his commitment to actually Mayoring was suspect (vs. continuing to fly all over the world with his business), but at least the candidates that year (Wagner, Wander) were within the box of normalcy. I fear that 2016 burst open the box, then lit it on fire, then peed on the ashes, and then took a weapon to anything that remained. I hope that out-of-left-field-say-whatever-you-want-alternative-facts candidate isn’t a trend…
Jake Wheatley must be thinking ‘what am i, chopped liver?’
I have to say, I’m remiss in forgetting about Rep. Wheatley’s candidacy, and his support of biking and walking. I wonder if his campaign was overshadowed by the strength of the Peduto and Wagner campaigns, and the circus of the A.J. Richardson candidacy (whose various criminal convictions may or may not prevent him from mailing in an absentee ballot from state prison). I guess that’s all another reason it would be nice to go back to 2013.
Well, Jake, if you find a way to go back there, let me know.
Someone started a Tumblr page of Darlene Harris’ quotes:
Well, Darlene’s campaign seems to have found money, somehow. Earlier today we received a call at home from her, in which she “humbly” asked for a vote, then proceeded to an extended rant about Peduto. (A version of which you will also find in the League of Women Voters candidates pamphlet.) Yes, bike lanes are one of his sins. But most of her time was devoted to blaming Peduto for the PWSA fiasco.
As you may recall, French firm Veolia was hired in July 2012 to improve PWSA’s performance. I’m not sure why, but it’s safe to say that those promoting it would have asserted that a “private company” would know how to eliminate “waste”. One of the ways they did this was to fire half of the people in the inspection lab. After all, why should they waste money on tracking water quality?
A year and a half later, Peduto gets elected mayor. (And a year after that, Veolia’s contract ends and they move on; while the now all-efficient PWSA stumbles on, into the current morass.)
But according to Harris, Peduto was personally responsible for the inspection lab firings! She even singles out one unfortunate’s story (“a 23 yr veteran!”, if I recall). I would expect some basic honesty from a candidate, not blatant lies. This woman has nothing of substance to offer; she is not qualified to be a mayor. Strange things have been happening in this country, but I hope that Pittsburgh voters make the right choice. Neither of which should be Harris.
If Harris loses and remains a council member, I am ready to give money to whoever runs against her next time. And so should you. We need competent people in local government. Ones who respect the rights of all citizens. The Harrises have had their day.
I don’t think there’s any reality where Bill Peduto loses tomorrow. That the challengers are making an issue of bike lanes and a situation that the mayor apparently doesn’t control indicates there is little about his job performance that they can criticize.
Now, imagine waking up Wednesday morning and finding that, unexpectedly, Darlene Harris’s appeal to old time Pittsburghers who hate bike lanes has given her a narrow win.
I spend my days getting angry about politics on a national level, but local politics probably have a bigger bearing on my day to day quality of life…
Remember to vote, 7a-8p. Especially in pgh. The more Harris gets crushed the higher the potential that someone will see this as a signal that’s she’s vulnerable and will challenge her in city council elections next go around.
She has no shortage of people challenging her in her district–in fact, last time the problem was she had too many people challenging her; more people voted against her than for her, as I recall, but they split the vote between two candidates running against her, so she still ended up with a plurality.
I voted today!
I did not vote for Darlene Harris. I mean, like, if any of you were wondering.
Even if she could arrange a free elephant ride. You know, to check out their ears to make sure they’re well cared for?
Perhaps someone should ride Darlene Harris and check her ears to make sure she’s well cared-for.
Not volunteering. Nope. Wlaaah! ;^P
(sorry. couldn’t stop that one before it escaped…)
Depending what you mean by ride. It may be a serious short straw best 4 out of 7 situation
AP has called it for Peduto:
The Associated Press has called the Pittsburgh mayoral race for Mayor Bill Peduto. Barring an unprecedented upset, he will serve a 2nd term.
— PublicSource (@PublicSourcePA) May 17, 2017
… for all the details. Peduto won.
Since there are no Republican candidates, does that mean he will continue to be mayor for sure?
unless someone mounts a very effective write-in campaign for the fall election. Or, he withdraws from the ballot for some reason.
In reality, 99.99999% chance he’s mayor in the fall.
And Darlene Harris placed THIRD, with 5,052 votes to Welch’s 6,693. I like to think that at least some of that is due to Stu’s video. Good work!
Plus that crazy phone message from her where she implied it was Peduto’s fault there is lead found in the local water.
This might seem at bit distant: Harris, representing District 1, will be up for reelection in 2019. Unless she decides that it’s time to retire. She did in fact receive only 47% of the primary vote in 2015. But note that this was 2,022 out of 4,300 votes. Bobby Wilson, the runner up, received 1,419. A difference of 603 votes.
District 1 is in the northern part of the city, above the Allegheny and the Ohio. It includes many routes familiar to Pittsburgh cyclists and no doubt home to a number of them. While I live elsewhere, I find biking in District 1 enjoyable. As a resident of the city I think it’s important that District 1 elect someone whose cares about the city. After all, the city is the sum of its districts, and hopefully more.
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