Corey O'Connor http://wesa.fm en 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 Councilors O'Connor and Gross Lay Out Pittsburgh's New Land Bank Plan http://wesa.fm/post/city-councilors-oconnor-and-gross-lay-out-pittsburghs-new-land-bank-plan <p>Earlier this year <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2014/01/14/gross-introduces-land-bank-legislation">District 7 Councilor Deb Gross </a>introduced legislation to <a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/landbanking/amendments">develop a Land Bank in Pittsburgh</a>. The system would operate as a repository for <a href="http://www.pcrg.org/programs/vacant-property-working-group-vpwg/">properties that often have little prospect of redevelopment.</a></p><p>District 5 Councilor Corey O' Connor is a supporter of the concept. He and Councilor Gross say the idea is to create a system to get abandoned properties publicly inventoried and marketed for re-use by neighbors, community groups, developers or realtors. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:11:59 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26646 at http://wesa.fm City Councilors O'Connor and Gross Lay Out Pittsburgh's New Land Bank Plan Proximity to Downtown & Oakland Makes Hazelwood Prime for Revitalization http://wesa.fm/post/proximity-downtown-oakland-makes-hazelwood-prime-revitalization <p>The history of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood predates the Revolutionary War. White settlers arrived in the 1750’s, tore down towering Native American burial mounds and used the stones to pave a trail that became Second Avenue.</p><p>By the middle of the 20th century it was home to more 30 thousand people and several thriving businesses. Today its population has dwindled to 5,000 residents and roughly a quarter of them live in poverty. With Mayor-elect Bill Peduto focused on Hazelwood because of its proximity to downtown and Oakland, it looks to be prime for development. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:24:43 +0000 Nick Frost 21140 at http://wesa.fm Proximity to Downtown & Oakland Makes Hazelwood Prime for Revitalization Seldom Used Parking Ordinance Causes Confusion in Squirrel Hill http://wesa.fm/post/seldom-used-parking-ordinance-causes-confusion-squirrel-hill <p>After living in his Squirrel Hill home for 18 years, Dr. Jeff Freedman was surprised to receive a letter from the <a href="http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/bbi/">Bureau of Building Inspection</a> asking him to acquire a Certificate of Occupancy.</p><p>When he visited the specified location said to provide the certificate, he was told the document was unattainable. Thanks to a 1958 <a href="http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/09/11/some-city-residents-being-fined-for-parking-in-their-own-driveway/">ordinance </a>in Squirrel Hill, many residents are finding parking tickets on vehicles parked in their own driveways. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:49:39 +0000 Katie Blackley 17204 at http://wesa.fm Seldom Used Parking Ordinance Causes Confusion in Squirrel Hill Councilman: Pedestrian Flags Could Make Busy Intersections Safer http://wesa.fm/post/councilman-pedestrian-flags-could-make-busy-intersections-safer <p>If you’ve visited Austin, Salt Lake City, or Seattle lately, you may have noticed bins of brightly colored flags near busy intersections. They’re meant to help pedestrians cross the street more safely, especially at night or in bad weather, when visibility is low.</p><p>Now, City Councilman Corey O’Connor wants to bring the idea to Pittsburgh.</p><p>“A pedestrian could grab a flag, put it out in front of them as they’re walking, and it’s just another way to alert drivers that you’re attempting to cross the street,” he said.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:50:18 +0000 Liz Reid 16751 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Council Bill Would Repeal Mayor's Special Expense Fund http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-council-bill-would-repeal-mayors-special-expense-fund <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor introduced a bill Tuesday to repeal a 1995 law that set up a special "imprest fund" from which the mayor could withdraw up to $10,000 at a time for travel expenses.</p><p>O'Connor said he is not suggesting that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl or any other city leader used the fund illegitimately. Rather, he said his legislation simply requires the mayor to file for travel expenses via the same process used by all other city employees.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:30:59 +0000 Noah Brode 7525 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