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  1. Introduction
  2. Open Letter to the Board of Trustees
  3. University's Response to Open Letter
  4. Response to University
  5. YouTube Documentary
  6. Preuniversity Settlers
  7. Oakland Bill of Rights
  8. Declaration of Freedom
  9. Problems
  10. Solutions
  11. Actions
  12. UPMC
  13. PITT
    SempleFest
  14. Jul. '09
  15. Aug. '09
  16. Sept. '09
  17. Oct. '09
  18. Origin of SOUL
  19. WPXI - Group talks trash
  20. National Disgrace
  21. Gratitude
  22. Support Letters
  23. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  24. Pittsburgh City Paper
  25. Media - Broken Trust?
  26. Feb. '10
  27. Jun. '10
  28. Done Deal?
  29. Mayor's Reply
  30. Pitt Fireworks
  31. Pitt Fireworks
  32. Pitt Fireworks
  33. Aug. '10
  34. Sep. '10
  35. Letter to Legislators
  36. Letter to Chancellor
  37. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  38. A Call for Compassion
  39. WPXI Coverage
  40. Human Dignity
  41. Letter to the Editor
  42. SempleFest
  43. Request for Apology
  44. The Shame of a University
  45. Firebombs Must End
  46. Call To Action
  47. Fireworks Press Release
  48. Shadow on the Lawn
  49. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Article
  50. Right-to-Know Law Testimony
  51. University Impact Aid Law
  52. Proposal University Impact Aid Law
  53. Nordenberg Must Resign
  54. Allegheny County Council Testimony
  55. Time for New Leadership Message
  56. Time for New Leadership Testimony
  57. Class-Action Lawsuit?
  58. Nordenberg Must Resign Paid Message
  59. Time for A New Beginning
  60. Letter to the Editor
  61. Letter to the Editor
  62. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  63. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article
  64. A New Paradigm
  65. In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Casciato
  66. Symbol of Domination
  67. Revised University Impact Aid Proposal
  68. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  69. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  70. Community Objectives
  71. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  72. City Planning Commission Testimonies
  73. Letter to Chancellor Patrick Gallagher
  74. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  75. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  76. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  77. End The Shame
  78. Pittsburgh City Council Testimony
  79. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  80. Letter to Chancellor Gallagher
  81. Decimation of an Urban Community
  82. Syndicate
  83. 18 Questions
  84. Dishonest Public Position

Time For A New Beginning

City Council Testimony
April 2, 2013

The time has come for a new beginning for the community of Oakland.

Recently the city of Pittsburgh filed a lawsuit challenging the tax-exempt nonprofit status of UPMC. This same act of courage must be initiated against the University of Pittsburgh. This university has amassed billions of dollars in wealth, but no Pitt administrator has denied the fact that they give back to our community in direct funding the pitiful sum of less than two dollars of a student’s tuition fee.

Members of this council had the opportunity to be heroes for the people of Oakland when Pitt’s administrators came before you for approval of their Master Plan in hearings on May 6 and May 12, 2010. Instead of seizing the chance to protect your communities and constituents, you allowed yourselves to be victims of this dominating institution.

Councilman Peduto, when you chaired the committee for those hearings you were fully aware that your constituents in North Oakland did not want any Pitt dormitory expansion in that neighborhood, yet you allowed Pitt to expand its dormitories on South Bouquet Street in South Oakland. Incredibly, the May 12 hearing regarding a Master Plan, something that will impact our community for generations, lasted approximately one minute.

Councilman Kraus, you live in the South Side neighborhood but also represent South Oakland. Sadly, you did not attend either of those two crucial hearings to lend your voice to protect the community of South Oakland.

Councilman Lavelle, you represent West Oakland where the expansion of Pitt and UPMC near that neighborhood has resulted in housing units falling from approximately 1,700 to 200, and population declining from 5,300 to 1,800 in the last 30 years. You attended the hearings, but you asked no questions about how Pitt’s continuing expansion plans would impact our community.

Councilwoman Harris, you had a meeting with Chancellor Mark Nordenberg on the morning of the May 6 hearing, but the only concern you voiced at that hearing was wanting to know where on Pitt’s map were the Board of Education and Schenley High School.

I suggest that all of you obtain copies of those hearings and you will notice a glaring omission. While you were aligning yourself with Pitt’s administrators against our community, they in turn were deceiving and manipulating all of you by omitting the truth that there might be a massive 559-bed dormitory expansion on Fifth Avenue. That expansion is now nearing completion.

Our grassroots movement will continue, as will our efforts to not permit Pitt administrators to dictate how we in our community are going to live. We have once again called for the resignation of Chancellor Mark Nordenberg in messages yesterday and today in The Pitt News. Members of this council and the mayor will have to search their own consciences as to what actions they should take to create a new beginning for the community of Oakland

Carlino Giampolo

Update: On June 28, 2013 Chancellor Mark Nordenberg announced that he is retiring on August 1, 2014. It is our hope that the chancellor will move his retirement date forward to the present.

 

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