Theresa Kail-Smith en Pittsburgh City Council Votes to Continue Funding for Crime Reduction Initiative <p>Pittsburgh City Council has approved a measure for a professional service agreement between Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the city for the continuation of the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime (PIRC).</p><p>This comes with a $150,000 price tag, which Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith questioned.</p><p>“I don’t mind funding anything if we see results, but I don’t want to fund something if we don’t see results, and I have not seen results from this program,” she said.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:12:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 33022 at Policy Change Will Increase City Pool Access for Low-Income Youth <p>Swimming pools are the quintessential summer hangout for kids, but when Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith found out children were being turned away because they didn’t have the right kind of pool passes, she decided to take action.</p><p>City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that will repeal a city policy preventing kids with pool passes received through youth groups and other organizations from using city pools during evenings and weekends.</p><p>Kail-Smith said she wasn’t even aware of the policy until some of her constituents complained.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:54 +0000 Liz Reid 32262 at Policy Change Will Increase City Pool Access for Low-Income Youth With 24 Members And 105 Days Left, Public Education Task Force Holds First Meeting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh’s City Task Force on Public Education is set to hold their first meeting Tuesday evening, a little more than three months before they are expected to present their recommendations to Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:57:20 +0000 Liz Reid 31087 at With 24 Members And 105 Days Left, Public Education Task Force Holds First Meeting Land Bank Legislation Passes in Pittsburgh City Council <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After three months of community meetings, <a href="">disagreements</a>, and <a href="">compromises</a>, Pittsburgh City Council passed Councilwoman Deb Gross’s land bank legislation Monday morning.</span></p><p>Councilmen Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle have had the greatest concerns about the land bank proposal, but both voted in favor of the legislation.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:50:51 +0000 Liz Reid 27555 at Land Bank Legislation Passes in Pittsburgh City Council Councilwoman Wants Swift Repurposing of Vacant School Buildings in the West End <p>Finding new uses for vacant school buildings can be difficult.</p><p>According to <a href="">a study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts</a> last year, empty school buildings can cost millions of dollars to maintain and are often sold below market value. The study also found that buildings are easier to repurpose if they have not been vacant for long.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:50:42 +0000 Liz Reid 24601 at Mayor, Council Renew City's Commitment to Summer Youth Employment Program <p>Councilman Ricky Burgess has spent the last few months hammering away at his fellow legislators with regard to the Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:26:25 +0000 Liz Reid 23953 at Concerns About Land Bank Legislation Aired in City Council <p>Pittsburgh City Council had their first opportunity to discuss Deb Gross’s <a href="">proposed land bank legislation</a> as a group on Wednesday. The bill was first introduced on Jan. 14.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:47:22 +0000 Liz Reid 23193 at Pittsburgh's 138th City Council Sworn In <p>Pittsburgh City Council chambers overflowed with elected officials, city employees, community leaders, friends and family as the <a href="">newly elected and re-elected</a> members of the 138<sup>th</sup> City Council were sworn in.</p><p>Natalia Rudiak, Theresa Kail-Smith and Daniel Lavelle all won re-election in their districts in November, while Bill Peduto’s former chief of staff, Dan Gilman, took over the new Mayor’s seat on Council.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:59:10 +0000 Liz Reid 22406 at With Council Approval, Red Light Cameras Are Coming to Pittsburgh <p>Pittsburghers who have a habit of cutting it close when driving through yellow lights may want to make some adjustments.</p><p>City Council passed a bill Tuesday to install automated red light enforcement systems, also known as “red light cameras,” at the city’s most dangerous intersections.</p><p>Councilman and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto said he was supportive of the legislation, and that he had introduced a similar bill several years ago.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:16:17 +0000 Liz Reid 21134 at City Council Approves Minimum Staffing Policy for Police <p>After more than nine months of discussion, Pittsburgh City Council Monday passed a minimum staffing policy for the Bureau of Police.</p><p>The policy authorizes the chief of police to initiate a new class in the training academy once the police force falls to 98 percent of the budgeted union sworn police personnel. The class itself would be equal to 5 percent of the budgeted number of officers.</p><p>The 2013 and 2014 budgets both allot for 892 officers. The Bureau of Police currently has 840 officers, far less than the 874 officers needed to initiate hiring.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:11:22 +0000 Liz Reid 20379 at Police Chief: Proposal for 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="">Unleashing Respect Project</a>, or URP.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Liz Reid 18574 at PPS Board of Directors, City Council Face Off Over School Closures <p>Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith is calling for a moratorium on school closures in the Pittsburgh Public Schools district until the end of the 2014-15 school year.</p><p>She has introduced a resolution in council that would recommend the PPS Board of Directors halt any school closings.</p><p>At a rally in front of council chambers Monday morning, Kail-Smith invited parents, students, teachers, and community organizers to express their concern over a possible fourth round of school closures since the early 2000s.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:49:32 +0000 Liz Reid 18132 at Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Approaches Parking from a Safety Angle <p></p><p>District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith said she might propose forming a task force to tackle city parking issues from a safety perspective.&nbsp;</p><p>In some neighborhoods, like Mount Washington, Smith said parked cars can impede public safety vehicles such as ambulances or fire trucks.</p><p>“We had some issues in my district and other districts where public safety vehicles could not access roads in the time frame in which they would like to have access, and so we want to address parking as it relates to public safety,” Smith said.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:16:57 +0000 Emily Farah 13925 at