Bruce Kraus http://wesa.fm en 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 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 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 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 Pittsburgh's New City Council President Focused on Open Communication http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-new-city-council-president-focused-open-communication <p>Bruce Kraus was sworn in as the new President of the Pittsburgh City Council on Monday. Although Kraus has often been allied with former council member and now Mayor Bill Peduto, he vows to be an independent voice in city government.</p><p>Moving forward, he says he's especially interested in bringing more collegiality to a somewhat factioned city council. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:52:34 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22484 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's New City Council President Focused on Open Communication Bruce Kraus Elected President of Pittsburgh City Council http://wesa.fm/post/bruce-kraus-elected-president-pittsburgh-city-council <p>Bruce Kraus said he couldn’t get the old song “It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It’s Spring)” out of his head this morning, as he prepared for the vote that would confirm him as president of the 138<sup>th</sup> Pittsburgh City Council on Monday.</p><p>“It may be the coldest day that the city has seen in the last 10 to 20 years, but in our hearts it is spring, because we are experiencing a true and genuine rebirth,” Kraus said.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:01:19 +0000 Liz Reid 22414 at http://wesa.fm Bruce Kraus Elected President of Pittsburgh City Council Who Will Be The Next Council President? http://wesa.fm/post/who-will-be-next-council-president <p>The first order of business after City Council swears in its newly elected members Jan. 6 is to choose a new president who will run the council for the next two years. The semi-annual election is always fraught with back room deals and unlikely alliances.</p><p>“That vote won’t be decided until five minutes before that meeting,” said Jim Motznik, former Pittsburgh City Councilman (2001-2010) and current District Municipal Court Justice.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 21339 at http://wesa.fm With Council Approval, Red Light Cameras Are Coming to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/council-approval-red-light-cameras-are-coming-pittsburgh <p>Pittsburghers who have a habit of cutting it close when driving through yellow lights may want to make some adjustments.</p><p>City Council passed a bill Tuesday to install automated red light enforcement systems, also known as “red light cameras,” at the city’s most dangerous intersections.</p><p>Councilman and Mayor-elect Bill Peduto said he was supportive of the legislation, and that he had introduced a similar bill several years ago.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:16:17 +0000 Liz Reid 21134 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh to Require Some City Contractors to Offer Domestic Partnership Benefits http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-require-some-city-contractors-offer-domestic-partnership-benefits <p>Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed legislation Tuesday that requires contractors who enter into a contract of $250,000 or more with the city to offer same-sex domestic partnership benefits to its employees.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:11:38 +0000 Jessica Nath 13602 at http://wesa.fm Expanding Domestic Partner Benefits in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/expanding-domestic-partner-benefits-pittsburgh <p>For Pittsburgh city councilman <strong>Bruce Kraus</strong>, the reason he introduced the Equal Benefits Ordinance to council can be summed up in one word: equality.</p><p>“It’s the right thing to do,” says Kraus of the ordinance, which will require private companies contracted with the city for jobs of more than $250,000 to extend benefits to domestic partners, including those of the same sex. “It sends a message of inclusiveness,” he adds. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:29:15 +0000 John Lavanga 13218 at http://wesa.fm Expanding Domestic Partner Benefits in Pittsburgh Same-Sex Benefits Bill Ready for Debate in Pittsburgh Council http://wesa.fm/post/same-sex-benefits-bill-ready-debate-pittsburgh-council <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus believes Pittsburgh has a track record of being progressive when it comes gay rights, and he is about to put his theory to the test.&nbsp;</p><p>Council is set to debate legislation Wednesday that would force all companies doing $250,000 or more worth of business with the city to offer same-sex benefits to its employees.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:00:49 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 13213 at http://wesa.fm Plan for Stronger South Side Police Presence Moves Forward http://wesa.fm/post/plan-stronger-south-side-police-presence-moves-forward <p>For more than a year, political leaders, bar and restaurant owners and community groups had been working on plans to start pairing off-duty and on-duty officers to patrol East Carson Street.</p><p>Currently, 20 establishments along East Carson employ 22 uniformed off-duty police officers to provide door security.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:11 +0000 Jared Adkins 8255 at http://wesa.fm 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