Daniel Lavelle 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 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 City Councilman Lavelle Calls UPMC's Use of 14th Amendment in Lawsuit 'Offensive' http://wesa.fm/post/city-councilman-lavelle-calls-upmcs-use-14th-amendment-lawsuit-offensive <p>A few dozen union members, civil rights activists, elected officials and others gathered at Freedom Corner in the Hill District &nbsp;Wednesday morning to protest UPMC’s use of the 14<sup>th</sup> Amendment in its lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh.</p><p>The lawsuit says it is unconstitutional for the city to challenge its tax-exempt status because of its due process and equal protection under the law.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle said he felt shocked and bewildered at UPMC’s legal technique.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:15:07 +0000 Erika Beras & Michael Lynch 11305 at http://wesa.fm