Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council proposes bills to help city homeowners, new and old

Pittsburgh City Council is considering legislation that could make first-time homebuying in the city a little easier and help alleviate some longtime homeowners from the perils of gentrification and property maintenance.

Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2), introduced three separate bills Tuesday that fall in line with measures laid out under the Affordable Housing Trust Fund passed a year ago, but would provide a better operational framework.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh legislation offers free child care for city employees

Pittsburgh legislation offers free child care for city employees

In an effort to make childcare more accessible, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and City Councilman Dan Gilman have sponsored legislation that would provide free child care to city employees on days that Pittsburgh Public Schools are closed but city offices remain open.  


“Data shows that family-friendly workplace policies reduce costly turnover and boost productivity,” said Gilman, who plans to introduce the legislation at Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting. “By offering at-work child care to our employees, the City is investing in its employees and ensuring that we continue to provide a high level of service to the residents of Pittsburgh.”  

Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

At an open forum Wednesday night, around 50 Pittsburghers shared concerns and gave praise to the city's climate action plan to City Council. 

The draft report, originally released in September, is the city’s third iteration of a plan to address climate change and other environmental issues on a city-wide level. 

The plan includes calls to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, divest the pension fund from fossil fuel industries, and reduce transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday stating it will review two ordinances passed by Pittsburgh City Council that were struck down by lower courts.  


One of the ordinances, passed by council and signed by Mayor Peduto in 2015, requires businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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