Just as a follow up, I called the offices of Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and that of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to inquire about my previously ignored questions. I opted not to confront them at the Steel City Stonewall Meeting which was probably a mistake on my part, however given their ongoing broken promises on these questions, it would probably have served no purpose.
Remember this from Rich Lord's article about the Club Pittsburgh pay for play?
It's our prerogative to meet with who we want to meet with,” he said. “We want to try to help businesses grow here, stay here, expand here, and that was no different” for Club Pittsburgh.
“Nothing was done for those individuals that wouldn't be done for someone who sent a random letter to our office,”
I guess it is their prerogative to not meet with me and avoid answering my questions. Still, it is worth the ask.
In case you forgot:
My LGBT related question submitted for Onorato's cyber town hall meetings was not answered. I was informed by his staff that they would send me an individual response. To the best of my knowledge, no one who submitted an LGBT related question received a response. Bram from The Pittsburgh Comet reported that he did receive an individual response to a question on an unrelated topic. I have tried to contact the Chief's office repeatedly with no luck.
My follow up questions on the Mayor's LGBT Advisory Council were submitted to Deputy Chief of Staff, Kristen Baginski, and Press Secretary, Joanna Doven. Baginski promised at the meeting to get me one specific answer. Doven asked for my cell phone number and never called. She recently told me she would be in touch when the “woman in charge” of the project returned to the office. No follow up.
Folks, if they sent me unsatisfactory answers or answers I disliked, that would be one thing. IGNORING our questions suggests that the pay for play suspicions are right on the money.
Nobody wants to play with me. Sigh.