Post-Shutdown Economy: Biz Leaders Want Say in Budget Deal

WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of the federal government shutdown, business leaders see a new opening to advance their agenda for a more sustainable economic future in the United States. Business figures who are part of the American Sustainable Business Council are gathering in D.C. this week to push for more investments in education, transportation and renewable energy.

According to Council co-chair Jeffrey Hollender, the founder of the firm Hollender Sustainable Brands, the pain of the shutdown opened an opportunity.

“I think the country and the politicians have been somewhat traumatized by the dangers of not working together and inaction,” he said. “I think this is the perfect moment to change course, and to push ourselves to work together to do what’s good for our country.”

Hollender said it’s vital for Congress to make decisions that will help revive the economy and make the U.S. more competitive globally on a long-term basis.

“We today as a nation, and our government, make investments in things that are not in our long-term interest,” he warned. “So, we invest far too much in fossil fuels like coal and oil, and don’t support renewable energy. Renewable energy is our future.”

ASBC members will use their meetings this week with members of Congress and administration leaders to advocate for an end to fossil-fuel subsidies and to subsidies for agricultural commodities.

The Council is also supporting President Obama’s call for a higher minimum wage, saying it will have a ripple effect on the economy.

“I mean, we live in a country where if you earn the minimum wage, you’re guaranteed to spend the rest of your life in poverty,” Hollender declared. “That doesn’t make sense.”

The ASBC represents more than 165,000 U.S. businesses. The group says the nation’s continuing high unemployment, and under-employment rates are proof that such government austerity measures as the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequester aren’t working.

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Oktoberfest California Market

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Join us for the Fall Edition of the California Markets at Oktoberfest!  Saturday, October 12th from 2pm – 7pm

We’ll have locally made beer from Rivertowne Brewery and Home Brewers from the neighborhood to enjoy!  $5 for a bottomless cup to enjoy a variety of tastes.

In addition, you’re invited to bring your favorite pumpkin recipe to enter our Pumpkin Baking Contest!  We’ll have categories for prizes and judges will announce the winners later in the evening.

Kids are welcome to enter Popular Pittsburgh’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest with a painted pumpkin.  More details about the contest at

Enjoy some holiday shopping with local vendors, good food and drinks, and games!


If you’re a Brighton Heights resident, or like gardening, come earlier in the day from 9am – 12pm to help the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation do their annual fall garden clean-up and receive a comp ticket for a bottomless cup. See the office for details about receiving your ticket.


Much thanks to our local artist, affectionately known as “The Puppet Lady”, Cheryl Capezzuti.  She is loaning us her unique and memorable puppets for our newest community event, the Dance & Drum Puppet Parade during the California Markets.  Check out Studio Capezzuti for more details about her work and the annual First Night in downtown Pittsburgh that she has been organizing.

If you’re interested in becoming a puppet on parade, meet at Studio Capezzuit behind 1509 Termon Ave. at 12:45PM to pick out your puppet.  Then at 2PM and 3PM, meet on California Ave. to exchange puppets and join the additional parades in the neighborhood!

Unsure what we mean? See us at 3269 California Ave. at the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation office to get some assistance!


So Happy to Help Style Truck!

Thanks for the mention! We’re so happy to be a platform for great, innovative retail entrepreneurs to get rolling.  Check out Style Truck’s Facebook and follow Jackee Ging on her retail ride!
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Get ready for some tantalizing tastes from Brighton Heights!

Here’s our list of locals who are ready to fire it up and pour it out for us during Tom Friday’s BBQ & BREW OFF:

Steel City Chicken from Hampton’s International BBQ.
Seoul City Chicken from Stephen Sakalik
Berry Spicy Tofu from Stephanie Stauffer
Original Home Brew by Adam Hnatkovich
Kiwi and Blueberry Brew by Hendreyo’s Brewing
Various varities donated by Rivertowne Brewing



DJ KellyMom is BACK Tomorrow!



Find more info with DJ KellyMom tomorrow at the California Markets
while she handles babies and spins some sweet beats.

Become a vendor at these new kid dance & art lab parties happening in Brighton Heights
on the Last Saturday of the month by emailing her at kelly[at]