Longtime readers know that I normally refer to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl as "Lil Mayor Luke," but tonight he's Lil Lord Luke. From the Post-Gazette:
In a New Year's Eve surprise, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl this afternoon vetoed prevailing wage legislation passed unanimously by city council 10 days ago. Council President Doug Shields called a special 6:30 p.m. council meeting in an effort to override the veto, but fell one vote short of the needed six.Bob Mayo tweeted:
Coming at the end of council's two-year session, the timing of the veto was apparently meant to leave council no chance to vote to override. The complex legislation to guarantee hotel, cafeteria and building maintenance workers at future city-subsidized development sites wages equal to the average of their peers citywide would have to be reintroduced next year, under a new council.
Councilor Bill Peduto tweeted the following:
(For an explanation as to why some councilors betrayed their earlier vote, see Potter's blog on the race for Council presidency here.)
I'll just say here what I tweeted earlier:
This is the kind of move you'd expect from someone who deliberately waited until 3 weeks *after* an election to announce his separation.
Long Live the King.
(Can't get rid of 2009 -- or this whole fakakta decade -- soon enough.)