Bill Peduto http://wesa.fm en Live Well: National Health and Wellness Program Launches in Allegheny County http://wesa.fm/post/live-well-national-health-and-wellness-program-launches-allegheny-county <p>When he was sworn into office in January, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto tipped the scales at 240, the heaviest he’s ever been. Since then he’s dropped 12 pounds and has pledged to lose another 38 as a part of the Live Well initiative that he launched today alongside Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Mayor </span>Peduto’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> non-profit and faith based manager Betty Cruz, Mayor </span>Peduto’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> shows how passionate the Mayor’s office is about this program.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:33:08 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 27671 at http://wesa.fm For Peduto, Better Government Means Open Government http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-better-government-means-open-government <p></p><p><em><strong>Peduto's 100 Days:</strong> Wednesday marks Mayor Bill Peduto’s 100th day in office, so we’re introducing an occasional series looking at the new administration’s progress toward promises made by candidate Peduto.</em></p><p align="center"><strong><em>* * *</em></strong></p><p>When Mayor Bill Peduto was a City Councilman representing District 8, he went back to school to get a master’s degree in public policy and management.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:27:48 +0000 Liz Reid 27616 at http://wesa.fm For Peduto, Better Government Means Open Government Sen Teplitz: Get Out and Stay Out of Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/sen-teplitz-get-out-and-stay-out-act-47 <p>Act 47 was introduced by the Pennsylvania state legislature in 1987 as a means of helping financially distressed cities recover and avoid bankruptcy. 27 years later, several municipalities that were placed under Act 47 oversight have never rebounded.</p><p>State Senator Rob Teplitz (D – Dauphin) hopes stronger legislation would help these municipalities have their distressed status removed, while at the same time preventing other municipalities from entering Act 47.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:26:51 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 27552 at http://wesa.fm City Makes Push for $30M Grant for Larimer http://wesa.fm/post/city-makes-push-30m-grant-larimer <p>A small army of Larimer residents and city officials went on the offensive Thursday in an effort to convince the federal government that Pittsburgh is worthy of a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.</p><p>“I want to win this,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who met with a small group of HUD officials early Thursday before turning the effort over to his representatives.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:56:58 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 27003 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Lands Highly Regarded Candidate for Planning Department http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-lands-highly-regarded-candidate-planning-department <p>The City of Pittsburgh has landed a highly regarded candidate to head the Department of City Planning.</p><p>Ron Gastil formerly served as planning director for Seattle and director of the Manhattan office for the New York City Department of City Planning. He said he is excited about the new administration.</p><p>“One that has a combination of real commitment to neighborhoods, and a big picture vision,” Gastil said. “It is also a city that is excited and believes that you can plan your built environment and plan your communities, and address questions of sustainability and equity.”</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:22:44 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 26996 at http://wesa.fm Paving Season Starts, But Without Enough Money To Address All Bad Roads http://wesa.fm/post/paving-season-starts-without-enough-money-address-all-bad-roads <p></p><p></p><p>As warmer weather approaches, city crews are ready to start paving some of the most problematic streets in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto said following one of the worst winters in the last 20 years, roads have been left battered. But standing alongside the pothole-ridden Brookline Boulevard, he said road conditions can also be blamed on years of city budgets under-funding infrastructure.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:58:41 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26911 at http://wesa.fm Paving Season Starts, But Without Enough Money To Address All Bad Roads Do Peduto's Appointments Reflect Diversity of the City? http://wesa.fm/post/do-pedutos-appointments-reflect-diversity-city <p>Mayor Bill Peduto appointed 45 people to serve on 11 boards, authorities, and commissions in the City of Pittsburgh Monday. The <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5723976-74/board-authority-members#axzz2wQ3mt2yB">appointments</a> are said to represent the most diverse class in the history of the city.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Chris Potter says many of the new appointees are <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/03/17/peduto-announces-45-new-appointments.html?page=all">notable</a> for the experience they bring to the city’s leadership.</p><p>He’s looked at previous mayors like Bob O’Connor, who also boasted a diverse administration, and says Mayor Peduto is matching up well. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:13:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26191 at http://wesa.fm Do Peduto's Appointments Reflect Diversity of the City? Pittsburgh Appeals Panel's Police Residency Ruling http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-appeals-panels-police-residency-ruling <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is appealing an arbitration panel's decision that its police officers can live outside the city.<br /><br />The appeal to Allegheny County Court puts on hold last week's ruling that would let officers live within 25 miles of the City-County Building. The ruling means officers could live throughout the county and in parts of six neighboring counties.<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:42:19 +0000 The Associated Press 26114 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Remain Under Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-remain-under-act-47 <p>With the thanks of Pittsburgh’s mayor, Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced that the city would remain under the controls of Act 47.&nbsp;</p><p>Pittsburgh entered into distressed-city status 10 years ago, and the Ravenstahl administration had argued in 2012 that enough progress had been made to release the city from its bonds.</p><p>“While Pittsburgh continues to take considerable steps in its efforts in stabilizing the city’s financial position, many conditions that originally led to the distressed determination have not been alleviated,” Corbett said.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:58:19 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 25816 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Remain Under Act 47 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 to Begin Mediating Talks Between UPMC and SEIU http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-begin-mediating-talks-between-upmc-and-seiu <p>Mayor Bill Peduto said in a press conference Tuesday that he is beginning talks with UPMC and SEIU, in attempt to resolve the ongoing labor dispute at the non-profit healthcare organization. &nbsp;</p><p>Peduto said he will begin by meeting with both sides individually to see where they are at, before bringing all parties to the table.</p><p>“Right now, this is the most pressing issue that I have, because it affects not only our economy, but our peace,” Peduto said. “It hits on all the different things we talk about when we build a next Pittsburgh.”</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:32:52 +0000 Liz Reid 25355 at http://wesa.fm SEIU Protesters Heed Peduto's Call to Leave UPMC http://wesa.fm/post/seiu-protesters-heed-pedutos-call-leave-upmc <p><strong>Update 12:07 p.m.</strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:21:54 +0000 Mark Nootbaar & The Associated Press 25307 at http://wesa.fm Peduto and Auditor General Lobby for Statewide Pension Reform http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-and-auditor-general-lobby-statewide-pension-reform <p>State Auditor General Eugene Depasquale joined Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday to announce recommended reforms addressing the $6.7 billion of underfunded municipal pension liabilities in Pennsylvania.</p><p>According to Depasquale, 47 percent of municipalities in Pennsylvania are considered distressed when it comes to their ability to fund employee pensions. As a solution to this statewide concern, Depasquale issued 13 recommendations for state legislators to enact.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 25049 at http://wesa.fm 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 Youth Employment Focus of Pittsburgh Task Force http://wesa.fm/post/youth-employment-focus-pittsburgh-task-force <p>A 12-member task force has been assembled by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto with a goal of expanding job opportunities for the city’s high schoolers.</p><p>Specifically, the group has been tasked with overhauling the Summer Youth Employment Program.&nbsp; Last year the program employed more than 300 residents between the ages of 14 and 21.</p><p>Stefani Pashman, chief executive officer of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, is among the members.&nbsp; She said although the program is strong, it has plenty of room for growth.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 24782 at http://wesa.fm New Education Task Force Adds City Voices to School System http://wesa.fm/post/new-education-task-force-adds-city-voices-school-system <p>Mayor Bill Peduto has appointed a 21-member task force which will take a look at public education in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The group includes elected officials, education leaders and others.</p><p>“We’re bringing together everybody,” said Peduto spokesman Tim McNulty, “unions, foundations, city council people, school board members and probably the coolest thing, three high school students who are going to be full voting members in this task force’s recommendations.”</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:48:23 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24776 at http://wesa.fm Second Pothole Blitz Underway in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/second-pothole-blitz-underway-pittsburgh <p>Thanks to the break in wintry weather this week, Pittsburgh Public Works crews will conduct another pothole blitz.</p><p>Thirty crews will be out each day filling some of the city’s worst craters.</p><p>“Negley Run will be closed on Monday,” said Mayor Bill Peduto. “It’s past the point of being able to be patched. It’s going to be milled down to the concrete and will remain that way throughout the rest of the winter. We’re also looking at a couple of other areas that have been hit hard like Brookline Boulevard and Second Avenue.”</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24667 at http://wesa.fm Second Pothole Blitz Underway in Pittsburgh Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-seeks-puc-rule-change-make-room-lyft-uber <p>In recent weeks, two ride-sharing services have launched in Pittsburgh – Lyft and Uber.</p><p>Both offer paid rides available through a smart phone app. Shortly after their launch, the Pittsburgh Transportation Group, which owns Yellow Cab, <a href="http://http://wesa.fm/post/taxi-operators-push-legal-challenge-ride-sharing-service-lyft">asked Mayor Bill Peduto</a> to pass an ordinance cracking down on such services. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission made a similar request of Peduto.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:33:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24620 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Seeks PUC Rule Change to Make Room for Lyft, Uber PA Auditor General to Scrutinize Pittsburgh Public Schools http://wesa.fm/post/pa-auditor-general-scrutinize-pittsburgh-public-schools <p>Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale was in Pittsburgh with Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday to announce an upcoming audit of Pittsburgh Public Schools.</p><p>DePasquale said the audit is part of a larger statewide effort based on a new three-tiered system that ranks schools based on financial risk.</p><p>“We are starting our first wave of high risk audits, and Pittsburgh is our first high risk audit for the Western part of the state,” DePasquale said. “That’s not just because of the size of the city, but simply the financial challenges that the city school district is facing.”</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:12:56 +0000 Liz Reid 23446 at http://wesa.fm Peduto's Severance Incentive Plan for City Employees Moves Toward Final Council Vote http://wesa.fm/post/pedutos-severance-incentive-plan-city-employees-moves-toward-final-council-vote <p>Mayor Bill Peduto’s plan to incentivize some city employees to voluntarily leave their positions is at last moving forward in City Council.</p><p>“This has been a really great collaborative effort between council and the administration,” said Council Budget Director Bill Urbanic. “We were allowed to work very closely together to come up with the proper changes and clarify exact what the intent was.”</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:15:27 +0000 Liz Reid 23191 at http://wesa.fm With Peduto's Support, Rudiak Introduces Open Data Bill in Council http://wesa.fm/post/pedutos-support-rudiak-introduces-open-data-bill-council <p>With the support of Mayor Bill Peduto, City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak has introduced legislation to establish a comprehensive open data ordinance for the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>If the bill passes, Pittsburgh would join New York City, San Francisco and more than a dozen other cities that have embraced public data sharing.</p><p>Rudiak said in a news conference Tuesday that the ordinance would go above and beyond the current Right to Know law, which requires that government agencies provide information to the public upon request.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:38:03 +0000 Liz Reid 22809 at http://wesa.fm Why Mayor Peduto Wants Act 47 to Stay, for Now http://wesa.fm/post/why-mayor-peduto-wants-act-47-stay-now <p>In 2003, the city of Pittsburgh was operating under a debt burden of more than 20% of its operating budget. Pools and recreation centers had to close and hundreds of city employees, including police officers were laid off.</p><p>Pittsburgh was declared financially distressed and placed under <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financially_Distressed_Municipalities_Act">Act 47 oversight</a>.</p><p>As the local economy has stabilized, former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, along with Act 47 coordinators have said the city is ready to be released. But Pittsburgh's new Mayor Bill Peduto is asking Governor Corbett to keep the city under Act 47 oversight to allow his administration to work on a final recovery plan. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:42:55 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22651 at http://wesa.fm Why Mayor Peduto Wants Act 47 to Stay, for Now Mayor Peduto Adding Ranks to City’s Public Safety Agencies http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-peduto-adding-ranks-city-s-public-safety-agencies <p>Pretty soon there will be more police officers, firefighters, paramedics and building inspectors on the ground in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto announced this week he has authorized one class of police officers to begin training in March followed by another class in the fall, with the possibility of a third, one class of firefighters to begin as soon as possible and the hiring of more paramedics.</p><p>“Right now, at this moment, we need police officers, we need firefighters, we need medics and we need building inspectors,” Peduto said. “We’re making that our priority for hiring.”</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 17:58:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22589 at http://wesa.fm Peduto to Gov. Corbett: Pittsburgh Should Remain Under Act 47 Oversight http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-gov-corbett-pittsburgh-should-remain-under-act-47-oversight <p><em>Updated 3:53pm 1/8/2014</em></p><p>The City of Pittsburgh has been under Act 47 state oversight since 2003. Back then, Pittsburgh was operating with a debt burden of more than 20% of its operating budget, pools and recreation centers had to close and hundreds of city employees, including police officers, were laid off. In late 2007, former Mayor Luke Ravenstahl along with Act 47 coordinators said the city was ready to be released. Even at that time, then Councilman Bill Peduto said the city wasn’t ready.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:06:58 +0000 Deanna Garcia 22521 at http://wesa.fm What Will Peduto Do for Art in Pittsburgh? http://wesa.fm/post/what-will-peduto-do-art-pittsburgh <p>During former mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s term, he created ArtPGH, which is part of a 25-year comprehensive plan for the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>ArtPGH encourages public art in the city and involves artists in designing public space.</p><p>It seems as if Bill Peduto has some artistic shoes to fill, but the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) thinks he is already making great strides.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:37:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 22474 at http://wesa.fm