Bill Peduto has taken the mystery out of the mayor’s office.
His predecessor, Luke Ravenstahl, refused to provide information about what he did all day, and his whereabouts sometimes could not be determined for long stretches of time. City residents didn’t appreciate playing “Where’s Luke?” — a variation on the popular children’s books “Where’s Waldo?” in which the challenge is finding the main character.
That game is over.
Every weekday morning, usually before 10 a.m., Mr. Peduto’s complete work schedule for the day is posted on the city’s website. At pittsburghpa.gov, under the section for press releases on the mayor’s office tab, the public can read the list of individuals, businesses or other organizations that will be meeting with the mayor each day and the hours when Mr. Peduto will be working in his office on the fifth floor of the City-County Building. The schedule includes public events that he plans to attend, including those held on evenings and weekends.
A look at the lists demonstrates that Mr. Peduto is keeping the same busy schedule that was characteristic of his tenure on city council, well into the evening on most days of the week.
Posting the details of his day is more than a convenient way to demonstrate his work ethic. He is keeping his campaign promise to change the way the mayor’s office does business, in a way that makes it easy for taxpayers to hold him accountable.
Mr. Peduto is not the first big-city mayor to take this approach, but it sure is a welcome change from the status quo in Pittsburgh.