Civic Arena en City Council News With Noah <p></p><p>Legislation to change the powers of the <a href="">Citizen Police Review Board</a> is up for a final vote on Thursday. &nbsp;Currently, the CPRB&nbsp;reviews new police policies&nbsp;<em>after</em> they are implemented, but the new legislation would alter this system resulting in the board reviewing &nbsp;policies&nbsp;<em>before</em> they take effect. Sponsoring Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, who originally wanted to publish an abridged version of the police rule book&nbsp;until it was found to be against state law, says he's hoping to use the CPRB as the "eyes and ears" of the public regarding police policies.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:23:50 +0000 Katie Blackley 9850 at City Council News With Noah City Pursues $20M Grant to Lay Green Groundwork for Civic Arena Redevelopment <p>The demolition of the Civic Arena wrapped up in March of 2012, and a broad stretch of parking spaces now occupies the space where the Igloo once stood.</p><p>Now, the gears of redevelopment could soon begin to turn for the 27-acre site in the lower Hill District, as Pittsburgh City Council is moving legislation to apply for a $20 million federal grant for the project.</p><p>On Wednesday, Council unanimously approved the legislation necessary to apply for the so-called TIGER grant, readying Hill District Councilman Daniel Lavelle's bills for final passage on Tuesday.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 14:14:48 +0000 Noah Brode 9618 at Pittsburgh City Council This Week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval to Councilman Ricky Burgess's bills to reform the police bureau's domestic violence response policies.&nbsp; One bill pays for training under the "Maryland Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program," and the second bill changes the city code to reflect the new policies. A final vote comes <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_832176487" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Tuesday</span></span>.</p><p>When receiving a 911 call regarding domestic violence, responders must ask the callers a series of questions to determine the risk of imminent harm to the victim. Afterward, the officers must offer to call a women's shelter to help the victim. Mon, 13 May 2013 15:55:31 +0000 Noah Brode & Heather McClain 9436 at Pittsburgh City Council This Week City Council Update with Noah Brode <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>90.5 WESA reporter Noah Brode gives us a weekly update on funding approval for Pittsburgh's Bike Share program. And we'll discuss plans for the first steps in the redevelopment of the Civic Arena. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:03:25 +0000 Heather McClain 6099 at City Council Update with Noah Brode