Saturday, August 18, 2007

Joey King Asks Valid Question

Gets Non-Answer From The City

With all the recent attention focused on the condition of Pittsburgh’s many bridges, Firefighter Union President Joey King actually asked the city a valid and pertinent question: “Which city bridges should fire trucks avoid because of bridge weight restriction concerns?”

The city’s answer to Joey King: “Use your own judgment.”


Let’s repeat that answer to make sure we all digested it properly. The city told Joey King, “Use your own judgment” when asked which city bridges would not safely support the weight of city fire trucks.

Joey said that answer was unacceptable. The Pist-Gazette thinks Joey may have just uttered the first understatement of his entire life.

It comes as no surprise to the Pist-Gazette that the city would not have this critical information at their fingertips. After all, they don’t know the location of all of their sewer and storm pipes. They don’t know how many felons they perchance have in their employ. The mayor’s own staff doesn’t even know where he is half of the time!

Yes, there’s a very long list of things the City of Pittsburgh doesn’t know and that’s because they don’t want to know. The city’s motto seems to be “It doesn’t exist unless we say so.”

But the city firefighters. That’s the surprise. It just seems odd that this one slipped by “In-Your-Face” Joey King. I wonder if the fire department feels a little foolish knowing that some of the money which should have gone to bridge repair over the years instead got diverted into their own pockets.

Hmm……........................................Probably not.


Bram Reichbaum said...

That's a good post -- but we're all wondering, what's your source on this exchange?

Char said...

Heard it on KDKA Radio with my own ears as I was driving around. It was either Marty or that Kevin guy after him.

I waited a couple of days to see if it would show up in the papers or other places. Really surprised it never did.

I have half a notion to ring King up myself to see if he's made any headway on getting an answer. He sounded very pissed on the air.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Perhaps we can look for firefighters with boots at the intersections of bridges collecting money for MS. Then you can ask if the bridge is on the 'safe to cross list.'