Pittsburgh City Council http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh City Council Votes to Continue Funding for Crime Reduction Initiative http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-votes-continue-funding-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 http://wesa.fm Heth's Run Valley Slated for Major Facelift http://wesa.fm/post/heths-run-valley-slated-major-facelift <p>Heth’s Run Valley hasn’t been much of a valley for a while. The area underneath Heth’s Run bridge—a portion of Butler Street between Morningside and Highland Park—had long been a dumping site for industrial waste. City Councilwoman Deb Gross, whose district includes the area, said many of her constituents didn’t even know a bridge was there.</p><p>But that area is slated to get a major facelift, which Gross said has been a long time coming.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:10:16 +0000 Liz Reid 32333 at http://wesa.fm Heth's Run Valley Slated for Major Facelift City to Audit Tax Revenue from Pro Sports, Concerts, Conferences http://wesa.fm/post/city-audit-tax-revenue-pro-sports-concerts-conferences <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh’s professional sports teams are huge drivers of the local economy, but City Councilwoman Natalia </span>Rudiak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in Wednesday’s committee meeting that she’s currently unable to quantify that contribution.</span></p><p>“As we were talking about Act 47, I was talking with constituents and they would constantly ask me ‘How much money do we get out of the stadiums?’” Rudiak said. “To be honest with you, I couldn’t answer that question.”</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:07:22 +0000 Liz Reid 32332 at http://wesa.fm City to Audit Tax Revenue from Pro Sports, Concerts, Conferences Policy Change Will Increase City Pool Access for Low-Income Youth http://wesa.fm/post/policy-change-will-increase-city-pool-access-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 http://wesa.fm Policy Change Will Increase City Pool Access for Low-Income Youth City Council Members Tackle City’s Parking Woes http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-members-tackle-city-s-parking-woes <p>Whether in Lawrenceville, Downtown, the South Side or the Strip District, many Pittsburghers and visitors to the city complain about parking; either the lack of it or the cost of it.</p><p>City Councilman Dan Gilman held a post agenda on the issue Tuesday. Pittsburgh Acting Police Chief Regina McDonald said one of the problems is crowded neighborhood streets.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:15:45 +0000 Deanna Garcia 31505 at http://wesa.fm From Data Sharing To Street Paving, Council Proposes Amendments To Act 47 Recovery Plan http://wesa.fm/post/data-sharing-street-paving-council-proposes-amendments-act-47-recovery-plan <p>The city of Pittsburgh is one step closer to approving its third <a href="https://www.pfm.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Knowledge_Center/Whitepapers,_Articles,_Commentary/Commentary/City%20of%20Pittsburgh%20-%202014%20Amended%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf">Act 47 Recovery Plan</a>, after City Council on Wednesday presented and gave preliminary approval to 17 amendments.</p><p>“They don’t impact anything financial,” said council president Bruce Kraus. “They really are more philosophical in nature, more or less, about how we want to plan the next five years.”</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:13:22 +0000 Liz Reid 31152 at http://wesa.fm With 24 Members And 105 Days Left, Public Education Task Force Holds First Meeting http://wesa.fm/post/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 http://wesa.fm With 24 Members And 105 Days Left, Public Education Task Force Holds First Meeting What Pittsburghers Need To Know About Act 47 http://wesa.fm/post/what-pittsburghers-need-know-about-act-47 <p><strong>What is Act 47?</strong><br /><br />Act 47 is a state oversight program for “financially distressed” cities in Pennsylvania. The state tries to help cities turn around their finances and operations. The name comes from the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act (Act 47 of 1987).</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:28:25 +0000 Eric Holmberg | PublicSource 31064 at http://wesa.fm What Pittsburghers Need To Know About Act 47 City Council Hears From Public On Act 47 Amended Plan http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-hears-public-act-47-amended-plan <p>Pittsburgh City Council members heard from the public Monday about the third amended recovery plan for the city.</p><p>Pittsburgh has been under financial oversight for a decade. The amended plan, aimed at getting the city out of Act 47 status and closer to financial solvency, sets novel goals: to reduce the city’s deficit and debt burden, maintain the fund balance at an appropriate level, increase pension contributions and spend more on capital construction.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:51:17 +0000 Irina Zhorov 31013 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Council Bends Administration's Ear on Public Schools Task Force http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-bends-administrations-ear-public-schools-task-force <p>A relatively small spending bill came before City Council Wednesday, but instead of focusing solely on the measure at hand, the legislators used the opportunity to bend the Peduto administration’s ear on the state of public education in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The bill would authorize the city to spend $20,000 to hire Preston C. Green as a mediator for the Mayor’s Public Schools Task Force. The legislation creating the body, which was passed in October and amended in April, requires a “trained mediator who shall serve as an ex officio member.”</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:14:30 +0000 Liz Reid 30397 at http://wesa.fm Peduto: City's Financial Situation Is 'Grim But Solvable' http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-citys-financial-situation-grim-solvable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s not going to be easy.”</span></p><p>That was Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s primary message to City Council and the public Tuesday morning, as he shared details of the Steel City’s dire financial situation and challenged his colleagues in city government to help find solutions.</p><p>The address coincides with Tuesday night’s public hearing on the city’s financially distressed status, an event organized by Act 47 coordinators.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:20:42 +0000 Liz Reid 29145 at http://wesa.fm Peduto: City's Financial Situation Is 'Grim But Solvable' Pittsburgh Controller Releases City Council Audit http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-controller-releases-city-council-audit <p>Some Pittsburgh City Council members are shelling out funds on advertisements and “self-promotion” instead of community needs, according to an audit released today by Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb.</p><p>The audit, which covers 2011 through 2013, recommends that council members develop policies regulating the use of discretionary funds, or “walking around money.” As part of the city’s 2014 budget ($480.9 million), each council member gets $8,000 in annual unrestricted funds.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:02:07 +0000 Michael Lynch 28784 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council Honors WYEP For Its 40th Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-honors-wyep-its-40th-anniversary <p>Pittsburgh City Council has proclaimed Tuesday, April 29, 2014 to be “WYEP 40<sup>th</sup> Anniversary Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak and Council President Bruce Kraus jointly sponsored the resolution.</p><p>“Growing up here and growing up in a working class neighborhood … before the days of the Internet … part of the way I would find out about innovative music and bands and different cultural experiences was through WYEP,” Rudiak said.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:59:56 +0000 Liz Reid 28404 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council Honors WYEP For Its 40th Anniversary What Can You Do With $1.8 Million? Repave 11 Miles of Pittsburgh Streets http://wesa.fm/post/what-can-you-do-18-million-repave-11-miles-pittsburgh-streets <p>With $1.8 million, you could buy half a million Big Macs, 3,500 iPad Airs or four Lamborghinis.</p><p>Or you could use it to repave an additional 11 miles of city streets in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto’s Chief Operations Officer, Guy Costa, said the city scrutinized the 2014 capital budget to find an additional $1,781,298.58 that can be used for street resurfacing.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:34:43 +0000 Liz Reid 28397 at http://wesa.fm What Can You Do With $1.8 Million? Repave 11 Miles of Pittsburgh Streets Pittsburgh City Council Says Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Is Discriminatory http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-city-council-says-ban-blood-donations-gay-men-discriminatory <p>Pittsburgher Dan Burda’s partner of eight years, Rohn, passed away from a heart attack this year. Like many families of the recently deceased, Burda and his loved ones wanted to donate Rohn’s skin, tissue and organs to someone who needed them.</p><p>But they were not allowed to do that because of a long-standing FDA ban on such donations from any man who has had sex with a man.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:51:45 +0000 Liz Reid 27549 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh City Council Says Ban On Blood Donations From Gay Men Is Discriminatory Burgess Introduces Priority Communities Initiative for Redevelopment of Troubled Neighborhoods http://wesa.fm/post/burgess-introduces-priority-communities-initiative-redevelopment-troubled-neighborhoods <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess has introduced four pieces of legislation that he said will help spur development in some of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods.</p><p>One piece of legislation would create the Pittsburgh Priority Communities Commission, a body that would be tasked with creating comprehensive redevelopment plans for six to eight neighborhoods that show the most potential for an economic resurgence.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:08:02 +0000 Liz Reid 25034 at http://wesa.fm City Looks to East Liberty Model for Transit-Oriented Development in Homewood http://wesa.fm/post/city-looks-east-liberty-model-transit-oriented-development-homewood <p></p><p>Homewood, once the home of Andrew Carnegie and George Westinghouse, has had more than its share of economic troubles in recent decades.</p><p>According to data available from <a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/dcp/snap/published_data.htm">PGHSNAP</a>, Homewood had a population of nearly 31,000 people in 1940. By 2010, that number had decreased 79 percent to 6,442. In 2009, the median income was just under $20,000, and in 2010, 46 percent of residents were living under the poverty level.</p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Liz Reid 24856 at http://wesa.fm City Looks to East Liberty Model for Transit-Oriented Development in Homewood County Councilman Asks For $15 Million For August Wilson Center http://wesa.fm/post/county-councilman-asks-15-million-august-wilson-center <p>Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson (D-Hill District) is asking for $10 million to $15 million in capital funds from the city and county to bail out the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fate-august-wilson-center-open-question">financially strapped August Wilson Center for African American Culture</a>.</p><p>About $7 million would be used to pay off the center’s unpaid bills, including its mortgage, and keep the facility, which is facing liquidation. The legislation was introduced in County Council by Robinson who did not respond to a request for comment for this story.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:29:23 +0000 Michael Lynch 24775 at http://wesa.fm Councilman Dan Gilman on Being a Millennial in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/councilman-dan-gilman-being-millennial-pittsburgh <p>Councilman <a href="http://dangilman.com/biography/">Dan Gilman</a> is no stranger to Pittsburgh City Council.</p><p>From his college days as an intern, to his 10-year stint as chief of staff for now-Mayor Bill Peduto, Gilman is familiar with the city’s political atmosphere.</p><p>Now serving the residents of <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/district8/councilman-dan-gilman">District 8</a>, he is one of the council's youngest members.</p><p><strong>Dan Gilman on Pittsburgh's Millennial Generation: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Katherine Blackley 23879 at http://wesa.fm Councilman Dan Gilman on Being a Millennial in Pittsburgh City to Implement Nighttime Transportation Solutions Along Carson Street http://wesa.fm/post/city-implement-nighttime-transportation-solutions-along-carson-street <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to City Council President Bruce Kraus, between 15,000 and 20,000 people stream out of South Side bars, venues and pubs around 2 </span>a.m.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> every Friday and Saturday night.</span></p><p>That creates public safety problems and significant transportation issues, Kraus said, which is why for the last two years he’s been working with the Responsible Hospitality Institute, or RHI, to find ways to manage the nightlife economy in the city.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:17:14 +0000 Liz Reid 24664 at http://wesa.fm City to Implement Nighttime Transportation Solutions Along Carson Street City Council Declares Tuesday Feb. 18th Marcus White Day http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-declares-tuesday-feb-18th-marcus-white-day <p>Marcus L. White, Jr. would have turned two years old on Wednesday.</p><p>But when he was just 15 months old, he was killed when someone fired shots into a family picnic on East Hills Drive.</p><p>In his honor, City Council declared Tuesday, February 18, 2014 to be “Marcus Lamont White, Jr. Day” in the city of Pittsburgh.</p><p>Around three dozen of Marcus’s family, friends, and supporters crowded into Pittsburgh City Council chambers for the proclamation on Tuesday.</p><p>Among the speakers was Andre Scott, the cousin of Marcus’s mother, Jameela Tyler.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:18:21 +0000 Liz Reid 24609 at http://wesa.fm City Council Declares Tuesday Feb. 18th Marcus White Day Councilwoman Wants Swift Repurposing of Vacant School Buildings in the West End http://wesa.fm/post/councilwoman-wants-swift-repurposing-vacant-school-buildings-west-end <p>Finding new uses for vacant school buildings can be difficult.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Philadelphia_Research_Initiative/Philadelphia-School-Closings.pdf">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 http://wesa.fm Mayor, Council Renew City's Commitment to Summer Youth Employment Program http://wesa.fm/post/mayor-council-renew-citys-commitment-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 http://wesa.fm City Council Grills New Peduto Appointees for Legal and Tech Teams http://wesa.fm/post/city-council-grills-new-peduto-appointees-legal-and-tech-teams <p>Mayor Bill Peduto’s nominees to head the city’s legal and tech teams came before City Council Wednesday.</p><p>The mayor has tapped Lourdes Sanchez Ridge to be the next city solicitor, while Debra Lam is his choice for the newly created chief innovation and performance officer position. As part of that position, Lam would also be in charge of City Information Services, but she said it’s not primarily a technology position.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 19:18:50 +0000 Liz Reid 23557 at http://wesa.fm City Council Grills New Peduto Appointees for Legal and Tech Teams Concerns About Land Bank Legislation Aired in City Council http://wesa.fm/post/concerns-about-land-bank-legislation-aired-city-council <p>Pittsburgh City Council had their first opportunity to discuss Deb Gross’s <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/14/gross-introduces-land-bank-legislation">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 http://wesa.fm