Mayor Luke Ravenstahl posted a message on the city's official website this morning defending his record -- and his whereabouts.
Ravenstahl admits he has not been in the spotlight often but argues that is the nature of transitioning out of office. He then says he'll be writing more on his accomplishments since taking office in 2006 in the 2 1/2 months he has left:
"Because some are apparently more committed than ever to focus on the negative, I believe it's my responsibility to remind people just how much we've achieved during my tenure as Mayor," he writes.
The full message is below:
As my time as Mayor of the great City of Pittsburgh winds down, I think it's important to spend some time reflecting on all that's been accomplished under my leadership over the last seven years. While there's been a lot of discussion recently about my whereabouts, make no mistake – I've been focused on, and doing the business of, the City. Granted, these days people aren't approaching me as often as they once did regarding long-term issues or public appearances, but that's the nature of transition. Don't confuse the transition process with a lack of commitment to completing what I started over 7 years ago. We get work done every single day and our City government continues to deliver the high level of services that residents have grown to expect from my administration. While some would like you to conclude otherwise, I continue to make daily decisions about City government and am very much engaged with those in my administration. In short, my vision continues to be implemented, and when viewed in its entirety our body of work is quite impressive.
One thing that hasn't changed is my vision for the city. Pittsburgh's past, present and future are based on years of work by my administration. I've spent the last 7 years with one goal in mind – to make Pittsburgh an even greater place to live, work and visit. I believe we've accomplished that. Crime rates are down, our population is growing, our budgets are balanced, Pittsburgh has returned to the national spotlight, and new jobs and developments can be found throughout Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and Downtown.
These things did not happen overnight and they did not happen by accident. They happened because so many of us are passionate about Pittsburgh and have dedicated the last seven years to building partnerships to make them happen.
Because some are apparently more committed than ever to focus on the negative, I believe it's my responsibility to remind people just how much we've achieved during my tenure as Mayor. So, over the next 2 ½ months, I'll be highlighting just a few of the successes of my administration. I hope that you'll join me in reflecting on how far we've come, and in celebrating the Pittsburgh of today, America's "Most Livable City."
Please check this site for updates or follow me on twitter @mayorluke to celebrate the growth of the city we all love.