To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

In response to growing concern from residents about displacement should Amazon make Pittsburgh its second home, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) proposed legislation Tuesday placing deed restrictions on between 15 and 20 properties in Hazelwood.

With the former steel mill site of Hazelwood Green seen as a likely Amazon Headquarters location, O’Connor said the properties would be left to lower income residents to help keep them in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation to monitor spending

Pittsburgh City Council introduces legislation to monitor spending

Two Pittsburgh City Councilmembers are proposing legislation to better monitor city spending in the midst of ongoing legal problems and growing concern over a police contract.
Tuesday, March 27, 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
Pittsburgh council passes entrepreneur loan program, rejects tax code contract

Pittsburgh council passes entrepreneur loan program, rejects tax code contract

Pittsburgh City Council finished off some business Tuesday, passing a bill originally introduced by Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) to provide seed funding to entrepreneurs as well as rejecting a bill to hire an outside law firm to look over the city’s tax code. 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

An argument over paid sick leave in Pittsburgh is instead turning into a fight over the rights of Pennsylvania municipalities, one that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have a large say in. 
 
At a rally outside the doors of Pittsburgh city council Thursday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilmen Corey O’Connor (District 5) and Ricky Burgess (District 9) and a group of local activists, all gathered to promote the filing of legal briefs with the state’s highest court. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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