Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting

Outside of the Tree of Life synagogue, the site of an anti-semitic massacre last year, six lawmakers, flanked by survivors of the shooting, announced a package of legislation geared towards addressing hate crimes in the commonwealth Thursday afternoon.

Within the city, from the massacre itself to reports of nooses around dolls, lawmakers such as Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said they were increasingly concerned about the intolerant climate. Frankel told onlookers that is why it was time for a legislative action to protect vulnerable populations.
Friday, May 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh high school students call on city council to invest in affordable housing

Pittsburgh high school students call on city council to invest in affordable housing

Since 2017 the City of Pittsburgh has had an unorthodox method of deciding the fate of a portion of future budgets. From 25 of the city’s best and brightest high school students, Pittsburgh City Council hears a recommendation on portion of the budget should best be spent. This year, after a rigorous application process and a crash course in local government the students requested that council allocate $125,000 of the 2020 capital budget towards a community land trust.
Thursday, May 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Health Department petitions to join environmental groups in suing US Steel

Allegheny County Health Department petitions to join environmental groups in suing US Steel

As of Friday afternoon the Allegheny County Health Department has joined local environmental groups in the federal lawsuit against US Steel. 

At the end of April PennEnvironment and the Clean Air Council announced they’d move forward with a lawsuit against US Steel for violating the Clean Air Act at its Pittsburgh area plants. Within the lawsuit the organizations allege that the company endangered residents’ health by choosing to operate without pollution control equipment. 
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak

Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak

The Allegheny County Health Department announced the county was on high alert following reports of four additional cases of measles on Thursday night.

The cases are all in one family and consist of two unvaccinated children and two adults, one of whom was unvaccinated. With the exception of one of the adults, the family members aren’t county residents and were visiting from abroad. 

Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Controller releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Pittsburgh City Controller releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Due to fluctuations in the stock market and purchases made, the City of Pittsburgh has had a complex year financially. However, despite some losses, Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb reported during his release of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report that the city is in good shape, fiscally speaking.

According to the report, Pittsburgh ended 2018 with $3.3 million in its general fund surplus. This is a decrease from 2017 surplus.  During the Wednesday announcement Lamb attributed this in part to the $26 million the city transferred from the general fund to pay for capital projects. Despite the lower surplus, Lamb maintained that the city having a surplus was a sign of the city’s good position. 
Thursday, May 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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