Darlene Harris http://wesa.fm en Land Bank Legislation Passes in Pittsburgh City Council http://wesa.fm/post/land-bank-legislation-passes-pittsburgh-city-council <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After three months of community meetings, <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/concerns-about-land-bank-legislation-aired-city-council">disagreements</a>, and <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/city-councilors-oconnor-and-gross-lay-out-pittsburghs-new-land-bank-plan">compromises</a>, Pittsburgh City Council passed Councilwoman Deb Gross’s land bank legislation Monday morning.</span></p><p>Councilmen Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle have had the greatest concerns about the land bank proposal, but both voted in favor of the legislation.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:50:51 +0000 Liz Reid 27555 at http://wesa.fm Land Bank Legislation Passes in Pittsburgh City Council All City Departments May Soon Accept Credit Cards http://wesa.fm/post/all-city-departments-may-soon-accept-credit-cards <p>This winter, you may finally be able to pay for your ice skating at Schenley Skating Rink or your indoor swim at Oliver Bath House with a credit card.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution Tuesday recommending that all city departments begin accepting credit and debit cards.</p><p>&ldquo;Most governments have already come around to using debit cards and credit cards, but the city (of Pittsburgh) hasn&rsquo;t,&rdquo; said City Council President Darlene Harris. &ldquo;This will bring the city into the 21<sup>st</sup> century.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:46:56 +0000 Liz Reid 17458 at http://wesa.fm Political Commentary on Essential Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/political-commentary-essential-pittsburgh-0 <p></p><p>A former Pittsburgh police detective who served on Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's security detail has been approached by the FBI about using debit cards tied to an unauthorized account at the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union. Will his <a href="http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/former-ravenstahl-bodyguard-im-going-spill-my-guts/nYDTw/">testimony </a>open Mayor Ravenstahl to federal investigation?</p><p>Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris changed her party affiliation from democratic to independent in April. Many wonder if she's planning to <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4072578-74/harris-council-drozd#axzz2VYFN1msF">make a play for mayor</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>And State Representative Jesse White is <a href="http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/4152007-74/district-attorney-county#axzz2VYQgtVGG">under investigation</a> for using a fake online identity to bash his political opponents.</p><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>Guests: <a href="http://triblive.com/news/ericheyl/"><strong>Eric Heyl</strong></a> of the Tribune-Review and <strong>Bram Reichbaum</strong> of the <a href="http://pghcomet.blogspot.com/">Pittsburgh Comet</a> discuss these political topics and more. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:01:57 +0000 Heather McClain 11014 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 Pittsburgh Council Considers Smoking Ban in City Playgrounds http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-considers-smoking-ban-city-playgrounds <div class="field-item even"><p>A bill in Pittsburgh City Council would prohibit smoking in the playground areas of city-owned&nbsp;parks.</p><p>The legislation from Council Members Rev. Ricky Burgess, Corey O'Connor, and Bruce Kraus was held for two weeks on Wednesday so Council could get an opinion from Michael Radley, the Director of Citiparks, before passing the&nbsp;measure.</p><p>Councilman Burgess called it a common sense&nbsp;regulation.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Noah Brode 1945 at http://wesa.fm