Monday, November 24, 2014

We will play water polo on Friday after Thanksgiving

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Obama Varsity Swim Team Calendar

Swim Team Calendar:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Call for action starting

Helpers in Pittsburgh welcome to join with

Executive Head Coach, Swim & Water Polo Camp with Bloomfield-Garfield Corp's Summer Dreamers with Pgh Public Schools

Varsity Boys Swim Coach at Pittsburgh's Obama Academy (formerly Schenley but in Peabody's building)

Women's Water Polo at Carnegie Mellon University

Hear Coach Rauterkus on a recent BBC podcast. Follow link on

For City Kids, Fitness and Technology Literacy!

Hatching crowd-source funding plans via Indiegogo & Kickstarter for early 2015.

For rookies and professionals interested in:
- App making,
- Ebooks,
- Opensource Software,
- LiveCode,
- Computer Programming,
- Raspberry Pi,
- Mindfulness,
- Running, swimming, exercise, fitness, wellness,
- Inter-generational programming, or...
- City Kids and City Life?

Thanks for the consideration.

Call or Text: 412-298-3432
Email: Mark @ Rauterkus . com

Play Water Polo in Pittsburgh on Friday Evenings at the Thelma Lovette YMCA

Click the link above for a one page handout that can be posted elsewhere.

Recent Interview with the BBC. Podcast-like from Pittsburgh, about a swimmer I coached 30+ years ago, Randy Paul

Listen to the 13-minute podcast from across the pond. Be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end as the closing statement come from me too.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fwd: Affordable Care Act, NEW Medicaid, CHIP--- Enrollment Help--Forward OUT


Fwd: Final reminder - Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Conference - Saturday

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Brittney Little <>
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Subject: Final reminder - Students For Liberty Pittsburgh Conference - Tomorrow!!!
To: Brittney Little <>

Howdy y'all,

Thanks again for registering to attend the 2014 Pittsburgh Regional Conference tomorrow at the Duquesne University. It's going to be a fantastic day of liberty and fun with some fantastic speakers from around the world (schedule attached). Be sure to share this event with you friends and bring your friends along (use this link). Join the conversation on Facebook as well!

Here are some pertinent details about the conference, as well as the final schedule for reference:

Conference Location/Logistics
The conference is being held the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. On campus, we will be in the Student Union building in the Africa Room. I have attached a campus map as well. Recommended dress code is business casual or better.

Breakfast and check-in will begin in the lobby at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 15th. The conference itself will run from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided, as well as free drink tickets at the evening social, if you wish to stay all day.

The schedule is attached to this email, take a look at the exciting topics that will be discussed at the conference! We'll have a printed out version of the schedule for you tomorrow, so no need to print one out to bring, this is just for reference.  

Parking guide for the campus.

Evening Social
Pre-conference: 2014 Pittsburgh Liberty Ball - Tickets can be found here. (TONIGHT)
Post-Conference: We're hosting our post-conference networking social at Blue Line Grille, which is located only a few minutes from campus. A map is attached, and we'll have a map in the conference materials folder you will receive the day of, and we'll be walking to the location in groups at 9:00 pm. 

Thanks again for registering to attend. If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to me about anything. My email is I very much look forward to meeting all of you tomorrow!

Sincerely and For Liberty,
Brittney Little

Brittney Little
Mid-Atlantic Regional Director
Seton Hall University
Students For Liberty

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fwd: NEXT TUESDAY 11/18 Planning Commission Hearing on Lower Hill Development

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Hill District Consensus Group" <>
Date: Nov 11, 2014 1:07 PM
Subject: NEXT TUESDAY 11/18 Planning Commission Hearing on Lower Hill Development
To: "Mark Rauterkus" <>

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  Important Alert: The Planning Commission wants to hear from you!
  Lower Hill Development

(Photographer Charles Teenie Harris took this photo in 1969, during the community struggle against Pittsburgh urban renewal in the Lower Hill.)

The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to start the Lower Hill Development. But first, they need approval from the Planning Commission and City Council.

Planning Commission Public Hearing

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 2:00pm

200 Ross Street, 1st Floor Conference Room

Downtown Pittsburgh

If the Penguins do not support the Hill District Community Plan, the Community will not support the Penguins' Plan. Will you join your friends, family, and fellow community to STAND UP for the future of the Hill District?

Please tell the Planning Commission to Vote:

to the Penguins' Plan

to Affordable Housing for Low-Income Families

Click here to learn more about the Lower Hill Development
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fwd: FW: Public banking on the march !!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "John Hemington" <>
Date: Nov 11, 2014 4:08 PM
Subject: FW: Public banking on the march !!
To: "John Hemington" <>

Hello All,


This is a reminder that there will be a meeting of the SW PA supporters of Public Banking this coming Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Library on Mt. Washington.  The street address is 315 Grandview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.  As the e-mail from Mike Krauss (below) reminds us, there is much that is new and exciting on the push for public banking, not only in Pennsylvania but also all around the nation.  Now is the time for us to gather, review what has been happening and plan for action in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania.  We hope that you will be able to attend on Saturday and that you will be able and willing to assist in this exciting project. 


On another note, I have been advised that parking is at a premium on Mt. Washington in the vicinity of the Carnegie Library (as it is most everywhere on Mt. Washington) so come prepared to walk a bit to the Library.


John, JT and I are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.





From: [] On Behalf Of Mike Krauss
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 3:07 PM
To: Mike Krauss
Subject: Public banking on the march !!



November 11, 2014

Dear Friends of Public Banking:

Not quite one month after our Philadelphia conference and the earlier conference in Santa Fe, and the energy of those events and the growing support for public banking is palpable.

The video of the Philly conference is about edited and will be up on the web site in perhaps a week.

The coming year will see the creation of more than one public bank here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in this nation.

An expanded working group has formed in Philly, met already and will meet again on December 3rd  to plan the next steps to keep building the necessary  political will and begin the task of identifying the most useful legal framework for a public bank in that city. A special thanks to Conni Bille and Stan Pokras for moving that forward.

A similar working group will convene in Pittsburgh on the 15th of this month – this Saturday – to take similar steps. Thanks here to John Hemington, JT Campbell and John Leonard.

One task we have proposed for the Pittsburgh area team is to assist in the planning for a webinar to be broadcast from that city to college campuses and students, not only in our commonwealth, but nationwide in conjunction with the Public Banking Institute.

Led by our senior banker advisers, we will request the opportunity to meet formally with the PA Association of Community Bankers, many of whom are beginning to understand the utility of public banks to their struggling industry.

We daily gain new allies among mayors and city council members: in Reading, Allentown, Philly and Pittsburgh, as well as Boston, Rochester, Washington, DC,  Durham,  Chattanooga, Brunswick (GA), Phoenix, Seattle, Tacoma and elsewhere.

A national non-partisan public banking caucus of elected officials is in formation, and here in Pennsylvania we are now planning a briefing for legislators and staff in Harrisburg when the legislature reconvenes after the inauguration of the new governor.

How can you help?

1)      We need funding to see this work through to the creation of one or more municipal public banks in our commonwealth in the coming year. Our Pennsylvania Project has been granted formal status by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation, and you can make a tax deductible contribution via Pay Pal at or send a check to Pennsylvania Project , Inc./ 2019 Edgely Rd. / Levittown, PA 19056 / Att: Christina.

2)      Reach out to your PA state senator and representative, and ask them to become familiar with public banking, so that as we build locally we can also create allies at the state level.

3)      Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

4)      Send a copy of this email to your own list of friends and colleagues. Ask them to visit the web site:

If you want to contact legislators or send a letter to the editor, please let us know and we can forward to you a sample email/letter to legislators, and a sample letter to the editor. Please contact our student intern, Remi Bradkovich at

Finally, the holidays approach and many of you will have sons and daughters (or grandchildren!) home from college for the holidays. 

Ask them to visit our web site.

We are working for their future!



Mike Krauss

Chair, the Pennsylvania Project

Founding Director, the Public Banking Institute

Skype: mikekrausscomments

Net neutrality

Good info for Congress Critter.

Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Varsity Boys Swim Coach, Pittsburgh Obama Academy
Head Water Polo Coach, Carnegie Mellon University Women's Club Team
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
412 298 3432 = cell