County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

County Council hears from community about countywide police review board

After narrowly passing an ordinance to pursue a countywide citizens’ police review board by an 8-6 vote in July, Allegheny County Council has continued to examine the topic at a string of public meetings. 

Even at the third of the four allotted public meetings Thursday night, the prospect of the board still evoked strong emotions from both law enforcement and citizens.

The push for a review board came after weeks of calls for reform throughout the Pittsburgh area following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June. 

Friday, September 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

After a tense meeting Tuesday night, Allegheny County Council approved an ordinance that could lead to the creation of a countywide citizens’ police review board.

The legislation allows for County Councilman DeWitt Walton (D-Hill District) and Paul Klein (D-Point Breeze) to hold up to four meetings to gather info that will later be used to create the review board.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials call for ethics reforms

In the wake of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed “Citizens First” ethics plan, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner has proposed similar reforms to be enacted at a county level for candidates and officials.  Controller Wagner’s suggested reforms, similar to Gov. Wolf’s, focus on ethics, transparency, and campaign finance. 
 
Measures would include a gift ban to county officials and staff, placing limits on campaign contributions and making the records publicly accessible, and requiring county officials to disclose outside sources of income.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Airport activism for transparency largely confined to social media

Airport activism for transparency largely confined to social media

Nearly 150 people were interested according to Facebook. 15 said they were going. 

But only two actually showed up Tuesday night to voice their concerns of a planned renovation of Pittsburgh International Airport to Allegheny County Council. 

The “speak out” was organized David Allinder, a Pittsburgh resident who runs a publishing company based in Wheeling, WV. 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Allegheny county is spending within its means for 2017, but issues like the opioid crisis and the fate of transit funding in Harrisburg could cause trouble for a future balanced budget. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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