Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue

In the year that has followed the Tree of Life massacre, which left 11 people dead and several others injured, Democratic lawmakers inside and outside of city limits have sought gun control with varying degrees of success. Hoping to understand the causes and the impact it has on the community, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), as a Pittsburgh native and the chair of the Health Committee, called a hearing to discuss gun violence and its impact on public health on Friday. 

From a mental health perspective, Dr. John Rozel, the president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, stressed the importance of understanding that most mentally ill people aren’t violent and that the consequences of experiencing gun violence can last a lifetime.
Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Union organizers all over the state rallied for support for HB 1082, legislation that would provide public sector employees with health and safety protections in the workplace. In Pittsburgh, outside of the City-County building 100 organizers with an assortment of elected officials called on lawmakers to do the same. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: Jay Costa
Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released an audit of the Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund on Thursday. The good news, according to Lamb, is that there’s no sign of missing funds. The bad news: the controller’s office found some bookkeeping issues.      

The narcotics trust fund was established by Pittsburgh City Council in 1985 with the imprest fund following in 1987. Its purpose was to provide a place for money seized in narcotics investigations.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Council votes against establishing Countywide Civilian Police Review Board

Allegheny County Council votes against establishing Countywide Civilian Police Review Board

After a year of discussion, debate, and a tumultuous meeting Tuesday night, Allegheny County Council decided against creating the countywide Civilian Police Review Board by 9-6 vote. 

The push for a review board came after calls for reform throughout the city and the county following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June 2018. 
Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Despite class only having been back in session for two days, Pittsburgh Public Schools is heading into the new school year with another unfavorable audit from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

At the end of May, a number of Pittsburgh Public Schools officials, namely Superintendent Anthony Hamlet landed in hot water over an unauthorized trip to Cuba. A month later, a different audit found that the district had failed to secure roughly $2 million in reimbursements due to poor record keeping. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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