Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

In a month Pittsburgh City Council members up for reelection will largely have their fates decided in the primary election. The race consists of Democrats facing off with other Democrats. Short of challenges in the general election in November, who takes the primary takes the council seat. But before voters head to the ballot box, Pittsburgh United, a local advocacy group, hoped to give voters a closer look at the candidates.

On Monday night candidates in the races for District 7 and District 9 came together for an audience-driven forum at Repair the World to answer voters’ questions about what they had to offer.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

On the tepid first day of Spring, environmental advocates took to the city-county building stairs in Pittsburgh at Penn Environment’s second annual clean air rally to remind residents and elected officials alike that air quality often makes the city less than livable.

From its smoggy past to its unhealthy, air quality advisory-filled present, the Steel City has its share of air quality issues. Although over the past year the city and Allegheny County have seen progress, Zachary Barber, an organizer for PennEnvironment, reminded the modest crowd of thirty that Pittsburgh’s air quality is still among the worst in the nation. 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Democratic leaders introduce protection for labor unions

Surrounded by labor union organizers, in Allegheny County Courthouse, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) with Senators Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation intended to help workers unionize with greater ease on Thursday.

According to the legislation’s sponsors what’s being called the Workplace Freedom Act protects Pennsylvania workers by strengthening bargaining. 
Friday, March 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Erika Strassburger introduces update to municipal Pittsburgh waste and recycling code

Erika Strassburger introduces update to municipal Pittsburgh waste and recycling code

If Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (D-District 8) has her way, Pittsburgh’s municipal waste and recycling code will see an update of the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords alike within the city. 

Previously within city code there were standards for how residents should dispose of waste and recycling. The legislation Strassburger introduced Tuesday will clarify those standards and add practices to make Pittsburgh a cleaner city.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Peduto issues executive order outlining self-driving car guidelines

Peduto issues executive order outlining self-driving car guidelines

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has had a sometimes fraught relationship with the self-driving car industry. Monday, surrounded by the area’s industry leaders, he put past differences aside to introduce an executive order outlining guidelines for testing self-driving cars in the steel city.

The result of much collaboration, what’s being called the Pittsburgh Principles will act as an agreement between testers such as Uber and Aurora Innovation and the city with regard to the ever evolving technology surrounding autonomous vehicles. One that covers transparency, safety, and environmental guidelines. 

Monday, March 4, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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