Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Sanctuary city advocates petition before Pittsburgh City Council

Dozens of advocates filled the Pittsburgh City Council chambers Wednesday during a public comment period before council members in an effort to spur officials to designate Pittsburgh as an official sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

The public comment period was brought to city council by a petition campaign driven by Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition. Public forums in front of city council can be triggered by petitions with 25 collected signatures.

Pittsburgh Sanctuary City Coalition’s petition requests that city council pass legislation that would codify Pittsburgh as a so-called “sanctuary city”, which would make it illegal for any city agencies and the Pittsburgh City Police to collaborate with U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). There is no drafted legislation to designate Pittsburgh as a sanctuary city currently in city council.

Thursday, July 13, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gov. Wolf on revenue negotiations: “I’m very optimistic that we will get to a good outcome”

Gov. Wolf on revenue negotiations: “I’m very optimistic that we will get to a good outcome”

While Wednesday marked the first day since the General Assembly left Harrisburg without sending Gov. Tom Wolf a revenue package to balance the $31.99 billion budget that lapsed into law earlier in the week, Pennsylvania’s executive told reporters that he remains optimistic such a plan can be reached in short order.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Fellowship program could bring help to Pittsburgh's Facilities Optimization Plan

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on legislation that would bring in mid-level professionals to help aid in a plan to re-invest in city-owned facilities.  


Council could vote as soon as Tuesday of next week on funding for a Fellowship Participation Agreement with FUSE Corps, a non-profit organization that helps aid local governments on various civic projects, to allow three individuals help carry out Mayor Peduto’s Facilities Optimization Plan. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
VIDEO: Gov. Wolf joins Clarion university to announce opioid treatment certification program

VIDEO: Gov. Wolf joins Clarion university to announce opioid treatment certification program

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney and others to announce Clarion University’s online Opioid Treatment Specialist certificate program.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council holds preliminary discussions on tax exemptions for developers

Pittsburgh City Council held a post agenda meeting Tuesday on preliminary discussions on programs aimed at stimulating commercial and residential development in several targeted city neighborhoods.

Much of the dialogue at the meeting, headed by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), centered around the necessity to construct comprehensive tax exemption programs for real estate developers that fit into the current – and future – conditions of Pittsburgh’s economy and demographics.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
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