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
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
Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Although a deal has already been penned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) to redevelop the former Civic Arena site, the city itself wants to know just what the 28-acre site in the central downtown district is worth.

Legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle (District 6) passed council 6-2 Tuesday and would enlist the help of the city’s Director of Finance to conduct an appraisal of the 28-acre site in the Lower Hill District.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

The city of Pittsburgh has just introduced the next step in its slow grind forward to raise wages for low income workers in the most liveable city. 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sent legislation to city council Monday to mandate any employer with a professional service contract with the city worth more than $100,000 pay their workers $15 an hour. 

“City government has the ability to choose many different factors of who it decides to do business with,” Peduto said. “I can't think of anything more important than having an agreement that the lowest paid workers of those that do business with the city are adequately paid.” 

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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