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My response to Dan O.

Postby spi on Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:19 pm

We really need to make sure this guy steps up to the mic and supports one of the 3 plans. Preferrably the IOC but man...if they get away with not picking one, how can you call them a leader.


Dear Mr. Onorato,

I really do appreciate your response and your efforts at trying to secure a back up plan should the best proposal for the city not win the license. I was not aware that Harrah’s has committed to the 7.5 million dollar per year portion of the plan. All I have read is that they will negotiate once the Penguins agree. To me, that does not sound concrete.

I want to make sure that I am as clear as possible when I say that I want to know who you think has the best plan for our region. I am not asking you to support the Isle of Capri. I am asking you as the elected official of our region to voice who you support and why. I can see no reason that could possibly convince me that my elected leaders would be living up to the oath of their office by not seizing this once in a lifetime opportunity to tell the Gaming Control Board which plan they think will most benefit the communities they represent for the rest of our lifetimes.

Pittsburgh is on the verge of taking a very big step forward OR a very big step backwards. This is your opportunity to look the public in the face to say that you did everything in your power to influence the outcome.

Will you be supporting one of the three applicant’s proposals before the license is awarded?

Thank you again for you time.

Sincerely,

-


April 20, 2006

Dear Mr. -

Thank you for contacting my office. I have been very public in my statements regarding the construction of a new multi-purpose arena. We need a new facility and we want the Penguins to remain in Pittsburgh. That is why Governor Rendell, Mayor O'Connor and I have been working for months to secure a funding plan to make that happen, regardless of which group is awarded the Pittsburgh casino license.

All three groups have committed to help fund a multi-purpose arena, should they be chosen. Now it is important for us to allow the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to do its job. The Board must conduct financial investigations and background checks, hear testimony and analyze each of the applicants to see which proposal will provide the most economic benefit to our region.

Thank you again for contacting my office. I read all of my email messages, and I do appreciate your input.

Sincerely,

Dan Onorato
Allegheny County Chief Executive
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Postby Sam's Drunk Dog on Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:21 pm

That was a canned response. The are still waiting to hear testimony. Didn't that already happen?
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Postby jmh470 on Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:30 pm

I don't know why Onorato should be obligated to support one plan. All three will help the city.
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Postby netwolf on Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:34 pm

jmh470 wrote:I don't know why Onorato should be obligated to support one plan. All three will help the city.


Part of Onorato's (and O'Connor's for that matter) is to serve the best interests of the people he serves. This decision is HUGE for the region. Simply saying all three will help is not good enough. They have to decide which one is the best. It's a onetime shot; there are no do-overs.

It's not like they can take the license away from one group and give it to someone else if they get it wrong the first time.
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Postby spi on Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:49 pm

Thank you Netwolf.

Not supporting a plan shows that they have no will to lead. It is easy to follow.

As I said in my speal to DO, Pittsburgh is on the verge of moving forward or as we have all gotten used to, moving backwards. If they support a plan and say why, they will have done everything in their power to influence the outcome. The bottom line is that they will not support a plan because the only plan worth supporting is the plan they know wont win.

They are taking the easy way out and unfortunately, I think most of pittsburgh will be to dumb to realize it and accept the status quo for sh!tful leadership
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Postby Pops16 on Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:11 am

I will say this only one time, because I'm likely to have a heart attack talking about this subject too much...

Onorato is a scumbag. He went before the Board and told them it would be irresponsible for him to take a stance or make a decision on any applicant. THEN kicks the legs out from under IOC by telling the Board that the arena, centerpiece of the IOC plan, is a non issue.

He is garbage and should not be considered a public official. I am ashamed he is a local leader.
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Postby bill from turtle creek on Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:54 am

His job is to be a leader, and he should do just that. This whole thing is a political hot potato, though, that he doesn't have the guts to touch. If he backs Capri, Rendell is pissed off at him. And if Capri then loses, he looks very very weak. If he backs FC, and the arena deal goes sour, then he takes the fall for that. There are obviously a lot of reasons why Onorato is not going to endorse any applicant.

My personal feeling is that if he were positive that everything FC is promising will come about, and the arena situation were going to be resolved in a satisfactory manner, then he would back FC publicly. But in his heart of hearts he knows that there are a lot of questions marks associated with their plan, and he doesn't want to be the one held responsible by history, because if he does back FC he gives the Gaming Board the perfect cover for picking FC.
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Postby Pops16 on Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:57 am

bill from turtle creek wrote:His job is to be a leader, and he should do just that. This whole thing is a political hot potato, though, that he doesn't have the guts to touch. If he backs Capri, Rendell is pissed off at him. And if Capri then loses, he looks very very weak. If he backs FC, and the arena deal goes sour, then he takes the fall for that. There are obviously a lot of reasons why Onorato is not going to endorse any applicant.

My personal feeling is that if he were positive that everything FC is promising will come about, and the arena situation were going to be resolved in a satisfactory manner, then he would back FC publicly. But in his heart of hearts he knows that there are a lot of questions marks associated with their plan, and he doesn't want to be the one held responsible by history, because if he does back FC he gives the Gaming Board the perfect cover for picking FC.

Or Ed is telling him to keep his mouth shut if he ever wants the Democratic endorsement for governor.
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Postby bill from turtle creek on Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:37 am

Pops16 wrote:[
Or Ed is telling him to keep his mouth shut if he ever wants the Democratic endorsement for governor.


I'm sure that is part of it. Everybody on this board should be emailing him and letting him know that he's making it very easy for us all to support Jack Wagner instead of him.
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Postby Pops16 on Fri Apr 21, 2006 7:42 am

It was one thing to not endorse any plan in favor of another, it is another to harm ones chances over the others. I think what he did before the PGCB was beyond the pale.
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Postby bill from turtle creek on Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:27 am

Hopefully he is getting a massive number of emails that are telling him that. I sent him one, and got the same canned email response as above from his stooge Megan.
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Postby spi on Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:26 pm

Pops16 wrote:
bill from turtle creek wrote:His job is to be a leader, and he should do just that. This whole thing is a political hot potato, though, that he doesn't have the guts to touch. If he backs Capri, Rendell is pissed off at him. And if Capri then loses, he looks very very weak. If he backs FC, and the arena deal goes sour, then he takes the fall for that. There are obviously a lot of reasons why Onorato is not going to endorse any applicant.

My personal feeling is that if he were positive that everything FC is promising will come about, and the arena situation were going to be resolved in a satisfactory manner, then he would back FC publicly. But in his heart of hearts he knows that there are a lot of questions marks associated with their plan, and he doesn't want to be the one held responsible by history, because if he does back FC he gives the Gaming Board the perfect cover for picking FC.

Or Ed is telling him to keep his mouth shut if he ever wants the Democratic endorsement for governor.


If he endorses IOC and they lose it would not show that he is weak. It would show just how rigged this thing really is. That would make 100% ( not counting Bob O because he is not a leader) of the local leadership endorsing 1 deal and the board saying FU, we dont care what you think. If Onorato endorses IOC, it would be impossible for the gaming board to legitimately choose anyone else.
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Postby Jasmine on Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:04 pm

Pops16 wrote:
I will say this only one time, because I'm likely to have a heart attack talking about this subject too much...

Onorato is a scumbag. He went before the Board and told them it would be irresponsible for him to take a stance or make a decision on any applicant. THEN kicks the legs out from under IOC by telling the Board that the arena, centerpiece of the IOC plan, is a non issue.

He is garbage and should not be considered a public official. I am ashamed he is a local leader.


I couldn't agree MORE, and I've asked myself the same question . . . how am I going to hold up through 8 more months of this [crap]?!!!! :(
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