Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess http://wesa.fm en Peduto's Early Retirement Plan for City Employees Hits a Snag http://wesa.fm/post/pedutos-early-retirement-plan-city-employees-hits-snag <p>A City Council vote on Mayor-elect Bill Peduto’s plan to <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-floats-early-retirement-some-city-employees">incentivize the early retirement of roughly 400 city employees</a> has been delayed once again, and may even have hit a major snag.</p><p>Councilman Ricky Burgess wants to tie the bill to increased funding for the <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/personnel/pittsburghpartnership/psyep">Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program</a>, or PSYEP.</p><p>Burgess said it’s a matter of priorities.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:24:45 +0000 Liz Reid 20136 at http://wesa.fm Police Chief: Proposal for Training, Partnership Program 'Improper' http://wesa.fm/post/police-chief-proposal-training-partnership-program-improper <p>Tensions ran high Tuesday as members of Pittsburgh City Council met to wrestle with the issue of community-police relations.</p><p>Up for discussion were three bills sponsored by Councilman Ricky Burgess, one of which would authorize the city to spend up to $150,000 on a police-community partnership program called <a href="http://unleashingrespectproject.org/">Unleashing Respect Project</a>, or URP.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Liz Reid 18574 at http://wesa.fm Residents Voice Concerns About Police Misconduct, Racial Profiling http://wesa.fm/post/residents-voice-concerns-about-police-misconduct-racial-profiling <p>Pittsburgh residents brought their concerns about police misconduct to City Council Tuesday during an open forum.</p><p>Concerned citizens brought up many issues, including a lack of diversity on the police force, racial profiling and overly aggressive policing in communities with high crime rates.</p><p>Rashad Byrdsong, president and CEO of the <a href="http://www.ceapittsburgh.org/">Homewood Community Empowerment Association</a>, said law-abiding citizens of his community are stuck in a difficult situation.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 01:21:01 +0000 Liz Reid 16702 at http://wesa.fm City Council News With Noah http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-news-noah <p></p><p>Legislation to change the powers of the <a href="http://cprbpgh.org">Citizen Police Review Board</a> is up for a final vote on Thursday. &nbsp;Currently, the CPRB&nbsp;reviews new police policies&nbsp;<em>after</em> they are implemented, but the new legislation would alter this system resulting in the board reviewing &nbsp;policies&nbsp;<em>before</em> they take effect. Sponsoring Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who originally wanted to publish an abridged version of the police rule book&nbsp;until it was found to be against state law, says he's hoping to use the CPRB as the "eyes and ears" of the public regarding police policies.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:23:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 9850 at http://wesa.fm City Council News With Noah