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Shall Pittsburgh have Open Government?
ittsburgh's decline over the past decades has been due, in large part, to bad policy and mis-management by elected and appointed public officials. Pittsburghers have suffered and are continuing to pay for things which have been occurring behind our backs.
Why has this happened? It's been difficult, if not impossible, for residents to learn what has been going on inside City government in a timely manner. When we only find out after it's too late, we can't object or even give informed consent. Consequently, we've been unable to hold our public officials accountable.
What can we do about it? Pittsbugh's new mayor is committed to conducting government openly. We can best facilitate his goal by passing the Open Government Amendment to Pittsburgh's City Charter (printable flier). To do that, a referendum will need to be placed on the November 2014 ballot. This will require circulating an Initiative petition between June 17, 2014 and August 5, 2014, upon which we must collect 9,000 valid signatures from people registered to vote in the City of Pittsburgh (we'd like to get 15-20,000 just to be safe).
How can you help? If you're a Pittsburgh voter and you're willing to sign a petition to put the Open Government Amendment referendum on the ballot, let us know now, before the short 7 week long petition period begins. Your name will be added to a list of fellow Pittsburghers who've pledged to sign. From this we'll create a list of pledging signers who live near you. Then a volunteer -- possibly you or one of your neighbors -- can collect signatures without any hassle using the official referendum petiton when it's time to sign next summer.
Your signature and any other assistance you can give will help to make the Open Government Amendment possible.