R. Daniel Lavelle http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's 138th City Council Sworn In http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-138th-city-council-sworn <p>Pittsburgh City Council chambers overflowed with elected officials, city employees, community leaders, friends and family as the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/gilman-rudiak-smith-lavelle-gain-voter-approval">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 http://wesa.fm Food Banks Plead for Piece of a Diminishing Federal Funding Pie http://wesa.fm/post/food-banks-plead-piece-diminishing-federal-funding-pie <p>Representatives of more than a dozen local food banks and other public service organizations made their annual plea to Pittsburgh City Council for <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/community-development/cdbg">Community Development Block Grant funding</a> on Tuesday.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/">Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank</a> asked for $200,000, which is consistent with what they received in years past.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:45:04 +0000 Liz Reid 20094 at http://wesa.fm Bill to Create Registry of Abandoned Properties in Pittsburgh Advances http://wesa.fm/post/bill-create-registry-abandoned-properties-pittsburgh-advances <p>A bill to create a registry of abandoned properties in the city of Pittsburgh received preliminary approval in City Council Wednesday and is expected to receive final approval next week.</p><p>Councilman Daniel Lavelle introduced the legislation in July and said there are more than 400 foreclosed, bank-owned properties in the city.</p><p>“It’s really an attempt to make sure that properties that have been foreclosed on and are now abandoned by banks are maintained to a set of standards in accordance with the city code, so that they don’t become a drag on the neighborhood,” Lavelle said.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:50:23 +0000 Liz Reid 16761 at http://wesa.fm The Black Middle Class Experience in Pittsburgh: A Public Dialogue http://wesa.fm/post/black-middle-class-experience-pittsburgh-public-dialogue <p>On Wednesday, March 20th 90.5 WESA’s daily public affairs program Essential Pittsburgh hosted a Public Forum on the Black Middle Class in Pittsburgh. Inspired by a <a href="http://www.pittsburghquarterly.com/index.php/Regional-Indicators/african-americans-in-pittsburgh-the-newcomer-experience.html">Pittsburgh Quarterly article</a> by journalist Ben Schmitt, the forum addressed the history and current experiences of the Black middle class in Pittsburgh. Listen to our broadcast of the forum and leave a message at 412-256-8783 letting us know what you think!</p><p><em>Taking part in the discussion: journalist <strong>Ben Schmitt</strong>,&nbsp;President and CEO of the <a href="http://ulpgh.org/">Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh </a></em><em><strong>Esther Bush,</strong></em><em> Pittsburgh City Councilman <strong><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district6/welcome">R. Daniel Lavelle</a></strong> and <strong>Candi Castleberry-Singleton</strong>, Chief <a href="http://www.upmc.com/media/experts/pages/candi-castleberry-singleton.aspx">Inclusion &amp; Diversity</a> Officer (CIDO) at UPMC</em> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:57:08 +0000 Heather McClain 7165 at http://wesa.fm The Black Middle Class Experience in Pittsburgh: A Public Dialogue