Chris Potter http://wesa.fm en Do Peduto's Appointments Reflect Diversity of the City? http://wesa.fm/post/do-pedutos-appointments-reflect-diversity-city <p>Mayor Bill Peduto appointed 45 people to serve on 11 boards, authorities, and commissions in the City of Pittsburgh Monday. The <a href="http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/5723976-74/board-authority-members#axzz2wQ3mt2yB">appointments</a> are said to represent the most diverse class in the history of the city.</p><p>Pittsburgh City Paper Editor Chris Potter says many of the new appointees are <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2014/03/17/peduto-announces-45-new-appointments.html?page=all">notable</a> for the experience they bring to the city’s leadership.</p><p>He’s looked at previous mayors like Bob O’Connor, who also boasted a diverse administration, and says Mayor Peduto is matching up well. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:13:11 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26191 at http://wesa.fm Do Peduto's Appointments Reflect Diversity of the City? Why Does the Pittsburgh Police Residency Requirement Matter? http://wesa.fm/post/why-does-pittsburgh-police-residency-requirement-matter <p>A group of Pittsburghers gathered in the Hill District two weeks ago to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman and to show their disdain for the American legal system. Commander Rashall Brackney was one of the officers who patrolled the demonstration.&nbsp; The protestors spoke with Brackney throughout the evening, and it became evident that she had personal connections with many of the men and women sitting in the street.&nbsp; She negotiated with the group on many issues and the protest continued peacefully.&nbsp;</p><p>City Paper Editor Chris Potter wrote in his op-ed <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2013/07/18/trayvon-martin-demonstration-hits-close-to-mayors-home">“Hitting Home,”</a> that “her ties clearly helped defuse tensions on Centre Avenue that night.”</p><p>Brackney is a resident of the city of Pittsburgh and Potter points to this fact as an important element of the peaceful demonstration that night.&nbsp; She had connections in the community in which she lived and therefore was able to deal with a potentially tumultuous situation in a calm manner.&nbsp; But the <a href="http://www.pittsburghpolicefop.com">Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) </a>in the city of Pittsburgh says that lifting the standing residency requirement for officers would make recruitment and retention easier, but many taxpayers feel differently.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:55:01 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13947 at http://wesa.fm Why Does the Pittsburgh Police Residency Requirement Matter? Michael Lamb Dropping Out of the Race: What Happens to the Dem's Endorsement? http://wesa.fm/post/michael-lamb-dropping-out-race-what-happens-dems-endorsement <p></p><p>Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb withdrew from the city's mayoral race Monday and endorsed former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner.</p><p>So what does that mean for Lamb's Democratic Party endorsement? Does it fall by the way-side?&nbsp; Does this mean committee-people are free to publicly back anyone they wish? Pittsburgh City Paper Editor, <strong>Chris Potter</strong> gives us the details of Lamb's announcement. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7143 at http://wesa.fm Michael Lamb Dropping Out of the Race: What Happens to the Dem's Endorsement?