McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

Pittsburgh’s McFarren Street Bridge can look forward to a series of repairs this year, much to the relief of residents. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the reconstruction would be the first done under the city’s Clean Construction guidelines. 

When Peduto still sat on Pittsburgh City Council in 2011, he introduced legislation intended to limit diesel fuel emissions in the air. Under the law any city government construction project over $2.5 million is required to use diesel particulate filters and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in power trucks and other equipment. The McFarren Street Bridge will be the first time since Peduto’s council days that the law will be enforced. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council is finding opposition for its much debated gun control legislation closer to home, from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala. 

In a letter to Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5)— the representative for the neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting occurred — Zappala, a Democrat up for reelection this year, stated that while he understood the desire to curb gun violence, the city lacked the authority to do so. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

The city of Pittsburgh finalized a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Joint Collective Bargaining Committee. It grants raises and other benefits for hundreds of workers in the Public Works Department.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

On most days, the Pittsburgh City-County Building is a firearm-free zone, but on Monday, anyone on Grant Street would have seen a structure surrounded by hundreds of gun advocates.

Many of the advocates were armed with handguns and rifles, and the occasional musket, as they rallied against Mayor Bill Peduto and a package of gun control legislation introduced by Pittsburgh City Council last month.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city councilmembers, joined by Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators, announced a package of gun control legislation Friday. 

The move comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in October which left 11 dead and seven injured, while the official announcement was held on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4), whose district includes the synagogue, said the tragedy was a call to action to not accept gun violence as the norm. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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