On Topic With Bill Peduto http://wesa.fm en Mayor Bill Peduto on Act 47 & Selecting a New Police Chief http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-bill-peduto-act-47-selecting-new-police-chief <p></p><p>In the past decade, Pittsburgh has accomplished much: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303612804577533112214213358">East Liberty</a> was revitalized, the river fronts were beautified, and it's received many accolades from the press, including the United States’ <a href="http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/news-brief/its-official-pittsburgh-most-liveable-city-us">most liveable city</a>. Through all of this, however, the city was in a precarious financial position.</p><p>For 10 years Pittsburgh has been under <a href="http://pelcentral.org/what-we-do/local-government/act-47/">Act 47</a> oversight for distressed municipalities. For all its improvements, the city has yet to implement a comprehensive financial management system to address legacy costs of debt, pensions, post retirement benefits, workers compensation along with a financially viable long-term capital plan.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto asked Gov. Tom Corbett in January to keep Pittsburgh under Act 47 state oversight for financially distressed municipalities, saying that while city finances have improved, more economic reforms are needed.</p><p>Last week the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, one of two oversight boards for Pittsburgh, called for the city to reduce services by 20 percent. Peduto responded to this while explaining how difficult it has been to get the city’s finances in order. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:38:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30743 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Bill Peduto on Act 47 & Selecting a New Police Chief Mayor Bill Peduto Responds to Pittsburghers' Transportation Questions http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-bill-peduto-responds-pittsburghers-transportation-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From potholes, to public transit, to bike lanes, the possibilities of transportation reforms in Pittsburgh are endless. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of a monthly conversation with Essential Pittsburgh, Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> explained his vision for better transportation and who he's working with to make those plans possible. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:12:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25728 at http://wesa.fm Mayor Bill Peduto Responds to Pittsburghers' Transportation Questions Peduto Seeks Quality Over Speed in Filling Public Safety Positions http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-seeks-quality-over-speed-filling-public-safety-positions <p></p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto said he is not rushing to fill two of the most high profile vacant positions in the city: public safety director and police chief.</p><p>In a <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/monday-rundown-mayor-pedutos-administration-vision-pittsburgh">Monday interview with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer</a>, Peduto said it is more important to find the right person for those positions than it is to get them filled right away. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:28:13 +0000 Liz Reid 24921 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Seeks Quality Over Speed in Filling Public Safety Positions