Peduto chief of staff Kevin Acklin announces resignation

Peduto chief of staff Kevin Acklin announces resignation

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, Kevin Acklin, announced his resignation Thursday during a budget hearing before city council regarding the budget for the Office of the Mayor.

Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

Pittsburgh city controller's audit finds two years of missing records on city repairs

A new audit from Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb found two years worth of missing costs from the department in charge of repairing city buildings. 

The missing information, which covers 2014 and 2015 in the Department of Public Work’s facilities division, along with the department’s habit of purchasing materials like lumber or roofing supplies in bulk, created an environment that could encourage theft, according to Lamb. However, the audit found no evidence that any had taken place.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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
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