Michael Lamb http://wesa.fm en City Lost More Than $70,000 In Bad Checks In 2013 http://wesa.fm/post/city-lost-more-70000-bad-checks-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since 2008, the city of Pittsburgh has lost more than $380,000 from checks returned by banks, due to non-sufficient funds or other problems.</span></p><p>Controller Michael Lamb announced the losses at a press conference Wednesday, saying he had just issued recommendations to the Department of Finance about how to fix the problem.</p><p>Chief among his recommendations: compile a list of all the points of entry for payments by check coming into the city.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:12:27 +0000 Liz Reid 31955 at http://wesa.fm City Lost More Than $70,000 In Bad Checks In 2013 Debt Is Down and Spending Is Up, Says Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb http://wesa.fm/post/debt-down-and-spending-says-pittsburgh-controller-michael-lamb <p>There’s good news and bad news.</p><p>That was the message from city of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb Wednesday, as his office released its <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/controller/PAFR_2013/index.html">2013 Popular Annual Financial Report</a>. Lamb called the report the “layman’s version” of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which was released early this year.</p><p>The good news, said Lamb, is that the difference between the city’s liabilities and its assets shrunk by $4.1 million in 2013, to $423.8 million. In 2007, the gap was close to $600 million.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:07:09 +0000 Liz Reid 31579 at http://wesa.fm Debt Is Down and Spending Is Up, Says Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb Controller Lamb: Pension Board Vote Was 'The Right Decision for Pittsburgh' http://wesa.fm/post/controller-lamb-pension-board-vote-was-right-decision-pittsburgh <p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb said Thursday’s board vote to lower the pension fund’s projected rate of return was good financially for the city.</p><p>The fund’s assumed rate of return was lowered from 8 percent to 7.5 percent after a 5-2 vote led by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's allies. Supporters of Mayor-elect Bill Peduto then accused Ravenstahl of political maneuvering.</p><p>Ravenstahl was opposed to lowering the rate during most of his tenure.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:55:50 +0000 Tim Camerato 21348 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Public Works Doesn’t Know What Equipment It Has, Audit Shows http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-public-works-doesn-t-know-what-equipment-it-has-audit-shows <p>When auditors from the Pittsburgh City Controller’s office went to Public Works storage yards this summer, they found some equipment was missing, but they also found equipment that was not on any list.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb said he does not think there was any criminal intent. Instead, he thinks it was just a matter of not properly using the right management systems.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:31:03 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20761 at http://wesa.fm City Controller Releases Police Secondary Employment Audit http://wesa.fm/post/city-controller-releases-police-secondary-employment-audit <p>City of Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb released Tuesday a performance audit of the secondary employment procedures utilized by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.</p><p>The audit is just one part of a larger bureau-wide audit. Lamb said he wanted to release this portion early due the ongoing changes and public interest in secondary employment procedures.</p><p>The report takes a hard look at Cost Recovery Fees, or CRFs, which until recently, were not codified in city law.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:36:04 +0000 Liz Reid 18175 at http://wesa.fm Cash Management at Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Control Found Lacking http://wesa.fm/post/cash-management-pittsburgh-bureau-animal-control-found-lacking <p>As part of a series of audits of departments within the city of Pittsburgh, Controller Michael Lamb has released a report on the Bureau of Animal Control. It found that the department&rsquo;s cash management practices could lead to misappropriation of funds and a lack of ability to detect such a problem.</p><p>&ldquo;Basic record keeping, bookkeeping type problems are what we&rsquo;ve seen,&rdquo; Lamb said. &ldquo;We have not suggested that there&rsquo;s been theft. What we&rsquo;re suggesting is that we need a better system of record keeping.&rdquo;</p><p>There are 10 findings total:</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:05:20 +0000 Deanna Garcia 17824 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Projected to Finish the Year with Budget Surplus http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-projected-finish-year-budget-surplus <p>The city of Pittsburgh is on track to finish 2013 with a budget surplus, according to the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) released by Controller Michael Lamb.</p><p>The earlier, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), showed the city ended 2012 with a surplus in excess of $20 million. Lamb also gave an update on how the city is doing so far this year.</p><p>Citing a national report out this week, Lamb said this year the Pittsburgh region is experiencing moderate growth, while many other parts of the nation are experiencing slower, modest growth.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 01:46:22 +0000 Deanna Garcia 13353 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Parking Revenue Up, But Concerns Remain Over Meter and Scrap Inventory http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-parking-revenue-concerns-remain-over-meter-and-scrap-inventory <p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has released an audit of the Pittsburgh Parking Authority — and found a bit of a mixed bag.</p><p>First, the good news: Lamb said the Parking Authority is mostly in compliance on their contracts and have good policies and procedures which are largely followed. Plus, revenues are up from 2012 amounts.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:46:11 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12466 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Parking Revenue Up, But Concerns Remain Over Meter and Scrap Inventory Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb http://wesa.fm/post/cloak-dagger-sword-sorcery-picks-michael-lamb <p>When Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb isn't busy minding the city's books, he's reading history and genre fiction.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 6857 at http://wesa.fm Cloak & dagger, sword & sorcery picks from Michael Lamb Michael Lamb Dropping Out of the Race: What Happens to the Dem's Endorsement? http://wesa.fm/post/michael-lamb-dropping-out-race-what-happens-dems-endorsement <p></p><p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the city's mayoral race Monday and endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner.</p><p>So what does that mean for Lamb's Democratic Party endorsement? Does it fall by the way-side?&nbsp; Does this mean committee-people are free to publicly back anyone they wish? Pittsburgh City Paper Editor, <strong>Chris Potter</strong> gives us the details of Lamb's announcement. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7143 at http://wesa.fm Michael Lamb Dropping Out of the Race: What Happens to the Dem's Endorsement? Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-mayoral-candidates-offer-opinions-gun-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday more than 100 events, organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, hoped to bring attention to the country's gun violence policies</span>.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty of those events were in Pennsylvania, including one in the Hill District, organized by advocacy group </span><a href="http://www.ceasefirepa.org/" target="_blank">CeaseFirePA</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:40:28 +0000 Emily Farah 6946 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidate Wants More Neighborhood Engagement http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-mayoral-candidate-wants-more-neighborhood-engagement <p>Under a Michael Lamb administration the Pittsburgh Office of Neighborhood Initiatives would be renamed and have its powers expanded.<br><br>Lamb, a Democratic mayoral candidate and current City Controller, announced that if elected he would rename the department the Office of Neighborhood Engagement.<br><br>The current Office of Neighbor Initiatives oversees projects like Green Up Pittsburgh, an initiative that works to create green spaces out of vacant lots, and Operation Weed and Seed, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve neighborhood safety.<br> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:51:01 +0000 Tim Camerato 6795 at http://wesa.fm Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off http://wesa.fm/post/six-dems-pittsburgh-mayor-face <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sparks did not fly but the six remaining Pittsburgh mayoral candidates did begin to outline some of their platform planks Sunday in a forum hosted by the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.&nbsp; It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:06:27 +0000 Emily Farah 3472 at http://wesa.fm Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off The Race for Mayor of Pittsburgh Continues Without Ravenstahl http://wesa.fm/post/race-mayor-pittsburgh-continues-without-ravenstahl <div class="field-item even"><p>With Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s <a href="http://wesa.fm/2013/03/01/pittsburgh-mayor-ravenstahl-ends-reelection-bid">announcement that he is withdrawing from the campaign</a>, the race for the mayor’s office has, for now, become a two-man contest but neither candidate believes their tactics over the next three months will change&nbsp;much.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb, who along with Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto, is running for the mayor’s&nbsp;office.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 1953 at http://wesa.fm Why Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl Ended His Reelection Bid http://wesa.fm/post/why-pittsburgh-mayor-ravenstahl-ended-his-reelection-bid <p>Just 11 days after launching his reelection bid, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced he is no longer seeking a second full term. In front of a room packed with reporters, Ravenstahl said he began his political journey ten years ago as an ambitious and determined&nbsp;23-year-old.</p><p>“The city I ran for office to represent in 2003 no longer exists,” he said, “it’s so much different today, it’s evolved into a bigger and better place, it’s become a place that’s recognized as America’s most livable, it’s become&nbsp;better.”</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 1941 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Controller Wants Receipts from Secret Police Account http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-controller-wants-receipts-secret-police-account <div class="field-item even"><p>The ongoing investigation into possible business and spending malfeasance in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has uncovered the existence of an account at a local credit union that might have been used to hide spending from public scrutiny.&nbsp; Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has sent a request to the Mayor’s office asking for receipts supporting all transaction involving the&nbsp;account.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:17:51 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 1513 at http://wesa.fm