Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Come November, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will have an independent challenger in the form of longtime public defender Lisa Middleton.

Touting a progressive platform and a grassroots campaign, at her campaign kickoff Thursday night, Middleton told attendees that it was time for change in Allegheny County.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Clairton residents and advocates have conflicted feelings on US Steel settlement

Clairton residents and advocates have conflicted feelings on US Steel settlement

At the end of June, the Allegheny County Health Department announced it had reached a $2.7 million settlement regarding the 2018 enforcement order levied against US Steel. In hopes of transparency as the agreement is finalized, the department and company allowed for a period of public comment. However, if a public hearing held this week was any indication, Clairton residents and clean air activists are torn about whether the agreement is what’s best for the community.
Thursday, August 1, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
PWSA reports lower lead levels thanks to chemical additive

PWSA reports lower lead levels thanks to chemical additive

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Friday that thanks to orthophosphate, lead levels in drinking water have decreased.

Since April 2019, the water authority explained, an additive called orthophosphate was introduced to coat the pipes and prevent lead from seeping into the water. Months later, test results show it’s been successful in lowering lead levels however; lead levels still remain above the federal threshold. 
Monday, July 29, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation

To the glee of affordable housing advocates and chagrin of some real estate developers, Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance requiring developers to allocate ten percent of any Lawrenceville project featuring 20 units or more for affordable housing by an 8-0 vote on Wednesday. 

“This is really a historic moment, this is one of the major items that was suggested by our affordable housing task force and I think that we were able to apply the right tool to the right neighborhood needs,” Gross said. 
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council hears from experts on the pros and cons of self-driving vehicles

Pittsburgh City Council hears from experts on the pros and cons of self-driving vehicles

From self-driving cars being testing in the city to the much debated Mon-Oakland shuttle service, the City of Pittsburgh has been ready and willing to invest in a future fueled by Highly Autonomous Vehicles. But after a post-agenda called by Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7), advocates and experts advised the city to put the brakes on before making any serious commitments to self-driving cars.

Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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