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Oh dear, it's that time again...

Time to write to your City Council Representative!

First, read this:

City Council majority sets new direction

It keeps all of the city's 32 pools and 19 recreation centers closed. That's a relatively easy call in January, but come Memorial Day, people will be clamoring for chlorine and water.

Then go here:

Pittsburgh City Council

And don't just write to your council person: write to all nine. Tell them ALL why you think this sucks.

And hey - just 'cause the Mayor's Office said it wasn't their fault doesn't mean we shouldn't make it their problem.

Pittsburgh Mayor's Office Service Center

What I wrote to the Mayor's Office:

I cannot BELIEVE you are once again talking about closing all of the city's pools. I'm so angry, I hardly know where to begin.

I paid $20 for a pool tag that was supposed to be good until June 1, 2004. If you close the Bath House before then, you plan on giving me a refund, right?

And just where should I go to swim then? My bathtub? Oh, I know, I should regain my senses and move back to Chicago, where I had three pools in my neighborhood, all of which were free to city residents. That was what we paid our taxes for, after all.

This is beyond absurd. I'm embarrassed to live here.

I've never voted Republican, but if a Republican says they can keep me swimming, you better believe I'll vote for them next time around.

The Mayor's Office Replies:

Subj: RE: Mayors Service Center Request Form

1/5/2004 8:03:05 AM Eastern Standard Time
From: "Hanna, Dolores" <dolores.hanna@city.pittsburgh.pa.us>

To: "'Hopita@aol.com'" <hopita@aol.com>

City council made the decision to close all of the pools, the original budget from the Mayor kept 12 pools open.

Dolores Hanna, Supervisor
Mayor's Service Center
Office of the Mayor


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 5th, 2004 07:52 pm (UTC)
The bnottom line is that Mayor SMurphy fucked up the city's finances from his inauguration. Sophie left the city with a surplus, and Smurphy squandered it on pet projects and corporate welfare designed at creating more minimum wage service jobs (do you think all these sports and retail establishments pay a living wage?). He also fucked up relations with the State by having our state representitives sneak the stadium funding as a rider to a bill already circulating rather than sending the proposal to the State House and Senate floors. The state has snubbed us on all but basic funding since.

I'm sorry that your swimming pool was the victim of the latest round of cuts, but somebody had to put the Mayor in his place. I hope they *do* reopen the pools though. My kids will be driving me crazy(er) if they have nowhere to go this summer

Jan. 5th, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC)
Well, don't just hope that they reopen the pools ... go to the website and let them know how you feel.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease ...
Jan. 5th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, Mam
Will do post haste. Just no more cliches. :)
Jan. 5th, 2004 09:54 pm (UTC)
Id write my city council, but we dont have one, and Im not sure they would care about pittsburg if we did.
Jan. 12th, 2004 10:33 am (UTC)
Dear Concerned Citizens:

City Councilman Doug Shields would like to thank you for taking the opportunity to contact our office over the past few weeks to express your concerns regarding the 2004 budget. Doug is happy to report that the following services and amenities will remain open this coming year:

Mellon Park Tennis Center (Tennis Bubble)

BIG League Sports (Youth Sports Leagues)

Oliver Bath House (Swimming Pool & Community Center)

Please feel free to call or write Doug's office with any questions or concerns.

Gabe Mazefsky

Administrative Assistant

Doug Shields' Office


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