As Pittsburgh city council passes circus animal training regulations, Shriners send in the clowns

As Pittsburgh city council passes circus animal training regulations, Shriners send in the clowns

Lions and tigers and bears were on Pittsburgh city council’s agenda Tuesday when it approved a ban on the use of bullhooks and other instruments to train wild or exotic animals in the city.

The resolution, sponsored by City Council President Bruce Kraus (District 3), passed 6-3, with dissenting votes from Councilwomen Darlene Harris (District 1), Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Deb Gross (District 7).

For Kraus, the passage marked the end of a year and a half long push to pass the ban, which he saw as a moral issue.

“There’s a clear shift in the conversation in how we abuse animals in forms of entertainment,” Kraus said of the bill, looking at similar to bans at other levels of local governance, from city to county to state.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council finalizes realty transfer tax increase to fund affordable housing

Pittsburgh City Council finalizes realty transfer tax increase to fund affordable housing

Nearly a year to the day Pittsburgh City Council first authorized an affordable housing trust fund, it has finally been funded.

In a mid-day vote, City Council approved a staggered raise of the realty transfer tax, a one time fee paid by home buyers, by a 7-2 vote.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Dan Gilman named new chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto

Dan Gilman named new chief of staff to Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman is Mayor Bill Peduto’s new chief of staff. 
 
Peduto made the announcement in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. Gilman will finish out his term as District 8 representative, which includes Shady Side, Point Breeze and North Squirrel Hill among others, before taking over the position on January 3, 2018. 
 
“It’s an incredible honor to be asked to serve in this role to the mayor of your city,” Gilman said after a city council meeting Tuesday. 
Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

Lawmaker continues quest to regulate tattoo parlors, tongue splitting

An adage often attributed to Albert Einstein says, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

 

However, in early December, Rep. Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny) proved that sometimes persistence pays off after his decade-plus quest to try and regulate tattooing, body-piercing, and corrective cosmetic artists finally received a committee vote.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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