In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

A Will of Council introduced Tuesday in Pittsburgh City Council to re-locate a clean needle exchange program in the city turned the focus on the state’s prohibition to allow such places to exist. 

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP), a nonprofit organization that provides health services to injection drug users, is moving one of its three locations to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in the neighborhood of East Liberty with the hope of expanding their reach and their services. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
New partnership offers free Uber rides to victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh

New partnership offers free Uber rides to victims of domestic violence in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh City Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) announced a new partnership Tuesday afternoon between ride-sharing company Uber and the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh to provide free ride for victims of domestic violence needing to get to safe shelter. 

“As Pittsburgh moves to a new economy and brings in new economic partners, we have to work together to also recognize the importance of corporate and social responsibility and making sure that we’re reaching out to the people of our communities when they need it most,” said the Councilman. “This partnership will enable victims to arrive at the shelter safely and free of charge.” 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed Pittsburgh bike lane advisory board could have impact on statewide guidelines

Proposed Pittsburgh bike lane advisory board could have impact on statewide guidelines

During Wednesday’s Finance and Law Committee of the Pittsburgh City Council, Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) said her proposed advisory board could give Pittsburgh a say in shaping the state’s guidelines on bike lanes. 

In order to address the current trend of increasing bike lanes across the city, the Councilwoman introduced a proposal last week to create an advisory board that will allow biking stakeholders, the administration and residents of the city to work together to decide where the alternative transportation lanes should and shouldn’t be placed. 
Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council members push forward amendments to the 2017 budget

Pittsburgh City Council members push forward amendments to the 2017 budget

After two days of deliberations, Pittsburgh City Council has set forth a preliminary list of amendments to be included in the city’s 2017 Operating and Capital Budget. 


Most notably, the council voted in favor of pulling $285,000 from the city’s street paving fund to put towards Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding that was zeroed out in the Mayor’s 2017 budget proposal. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes conversion therapy ban for LGBTQIA+ youth

Pittsburgh City Council passes conversion therapy ban for LGBTQIA+ youth

Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the practice of conversion therapy of LQTBQIA+ minors in the city. 

Sponsored by Council President Bruce Kraus (District 3) and Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), the bill prohibits all mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation or gender identity or expression conversion efforts with a minor. 
Tuesday, December 13, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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