Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Labor organizers and elected officials rally for expanded OSHA protections

Union organizers all over the state rallied for support for HB 1082, legislation that would provide public sector employees with health and safety protections in the workplace. In Pittsburgh, outside of the City-County building 100 organizers with an assortment of elected officials called on lawmakers to do the same. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: Jay Costa
Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released an audit of the Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund on Thursday. The good news, according to Lamb, is that there’s no sign of missing funds. The bad news: the controller’s office found some bookkeeping issues.      

The narcotics trust fund was established by Pittsburgh City Council in 1985 with the imprest fund following in 1987. Its purpose was to provide a place for money seized in narcotics investigations.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County Council votes against establishing Countywide Civilian Police Review Board

Allegheny County Council votes against establishing Countywide Civilian Police Review Board

After a year of discussion, debate, and a tumultuous meeting Tuesday night, Allegheny County Council decided against creating the countywide Civilian Police Review Board by 9-6 vote. 

The push for a review board came after calls for reform throughout the city and the county following the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. in June 2018. 
Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Auditor General DePasquale criticizes lax accountability and spending in Pittsburgh Public Schools travel audit

Despite class only having been back in session for two days, Pittsburgh Public Schools is heading into the new school year with another unfavorable audit from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

At the end of May, a number of Pittsburgh Public Schools officials, namely Superintendent Anthony Hamlet landed in hot water over an unauthorized trip to Cuba. A month later, a different audit found that the district had failed to secure roughly $2 million in reimbursements due to poor record keeping. 
Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania

Democratic legislators hold hearing on the use of force in Pennsylvania

Over a year after the shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr, the ripple effect from the teenager’s death continues to be felt. On Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood where he lived, Rep. Ed Gainey (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) gathered advocates and lawmakers from across the state to discuss legislation that would prevent police officers from using lethal force in the course of making arrests. 

As it stands the commonwealth gives officers a great deal of flexibility in when to use lethal force. If passed, the legislation - already controversial in its infancy - would only permit shooting if it’s necessary to protect an officer or others from imminent death or injury. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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