Friday, September 21, 2007

Cops and robbers

Good for Mark DeSantis for leaving Downtown to talk about a good bread-and-butter issue in the neighborhoods. (Thanks to the Pittsburgh Comet.) And why am I not convinced that we really need to spend more than a half-million dollars to re-open the West End police station?:

Reopening the station in January won't carry a high cost, said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, because the building is already operating as a station for motorcycle, traffic and bicycle officers.

Yet, Deputy Police Chief Paul Donaldson said the station will require seven new sergeants, two detectives and one crime analyst. Those salaries total $564,560, but the cost and additions won't necessarily improve police response times even though it's the main complaint from West End residents who have lobbied for the station's return. ...

Statistics show overall crime in the West End did not increase after the station closed in 2003, and there's some evidence that suggests cities both larger and smaller than Pittsburgh can function with fewer stations. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Lexington, Ky., Raleigh and Tampa have fewer police zone stations per capita compared to Pittsburgh.

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Blogger Schultz said...

See JP, I told you DeSantis was serious about getting out in the neighborhoods. This weekend we will be in the 14th ward. We still have a lot of ground to cover and could use your help, and the help of anyone else who wants to change Pittsburgh.

I'm not sure if you got the message I left on one of the blogs but there was a technical issue with their website when you tried to submit your contact information. They basically had an entire week where they lost any input to their website.

I haven't been able to find your email address so shoot me an email me if you'd like to volunteer or help us in any way that you can.


1:59 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

That's good, but the 14th Ward is Peduto country. I'm looking for him to get out to places like Carrick, Brookline, Allentown, etc. Like where he held this recent news conference.

7:05 AM

Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

I would think the mexican war streets, for example, are ripe for the plucking.

3:17 PM

Blogger Schultz said...

Agreed. FYI - He will be in Beechview this weekend.

9:56 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Now you're talking.

8:20 AM

Blogger EdHeath said...

There is a reasonable sort of debate on this topic going on over at Matt Hogue's blog.

If they are re-tasking the West End station from traffic to general, don't they need any leftenant’s or a commander? And why seven sergeants? Maybe the cops have been running a shadow Zone 4 station, a station in exile, just waiting for the right moment to move in. Perhaps they can wade ashore from the Monongahela somewhere.

6:52 AM

Blogger Schultz said...

I love how the burghosphere was collectively screaming for more policy announcements from Mark DeSantis, and now that he has announced, what is IMO a very strong economic development proposal, where are all the kudos, analysis, and opinions? Is it because its difficult to knock anything he said earlier today?

I can't find anything I do not like about it. I think his minority entrepreneur plan is something that can truly make a difference around this town.

10:08 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...


I've just been too busy, but from what I've read, it seems like a sound plan, and I'm happy to hear him repudiate all the failed redevelopment schemes of previous administrations.

8:44 AM

Blogger Schultz said...

Okay - email me so I can drop a DeSantis for Mayor sign off at your house.

11:25 PM


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