Petition Circulators needed

We are currently in the midst of the official petitioning period.   OpenPgh.Org is looking for more petition circulators, both volunteer and paid.   To help make sure the Amendment referendum gets placed upon the fall ballot, we need to collect thousands of signatures and are progressing to do get them with a team of circulators now.   However, we can always use more help, and we are providing an opportunity to everyone to earn some money for taking your time.

If you are interested in circulating a petition, either as a volunteer or paid canvasser, please call or text Celeste Taylor at (412) 639--8380 or Greg Schaffer at (412) 335-4232 or use our contact form to email our Canvass Coordinator with your contact information.   He or his assistant will be happy to quickly get you started.

Angry Top-down Politics vs Real Bottom-up Change

The 2016 election cycle is one in which political dissatisfaction has dominated.   Both major parties have had challengers who have expressed a determination to shake up our country's governance.   This has attracted former non-voters to engage in the political process for their first time.   While the selection of our country's leader can have a "huge" impact and deserves the efforts of those involved in the process, an exclusive focus upon the top office risks continuing the top-down nature of the system, which is the bigger problem.

The Open Government concept

“Open data” is currently a popular topic.   By making more public data available for citizens to analyze, it becomes possible for them to better identify ways to improve the effectiveness of public policy and government programs.   In doing so, open data offers an important contribution to transparency, however only a small, technologically astute minority of the public has the ability to process much of the raw public data.   Though a number of people with the necessary skills are striving to make the raw data usable by the general public, it's not the whole answer.

Pittsburgh Open Government Amendment

Synopsis

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ew Article 6 -- The Amendment deletes the present Article 6: Community Advisory Boards which is now irrelevant because City Council abolished all of the City's Community Advisory Boards, effective December 31, 2000.   In its place, the Amendment will substitute a new Article 6: Open Government which expands upon the recent Open Data legislation passed by City Council, providing greater opportunities for public participation in the governance of the city, including an ability for individuals to be notfied about legislative and administrative actions before they occur and assuring that Council and the Mayor give more attention to resident's input.

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