Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting group tasked with finding a possible restructuring solution of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its final report Monday.

In the fifty-page “Restructuring Assessment” document, Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) recommends transferring oversight of PWSA to a newly-created Pittsburgh Public-Infrastructure Trust, governed by a Board of Trustees, which in turn would name a Board of Directors to oversee PWSA operations. Both bodies would be independent of city government, and would set water and sewer rates under the oversight of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County have "effectively" ended veterans homelessness

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County have "effectively" ended veterans homelessness

Officials said Tuesday that close to 600 homeless veterans have found housing in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County since 2015 thanks to a national program.

Pittsburgh and the county joined veteran advocacy groups in 2014 to create the Pittsburgh Rapid Results Homeless Veterans’ Boot Camp, consisting of service providers across the country to put systems in place to find permanent housing for veterans.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Bill placing PWSA under PUC oversight to be signed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation putting the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the control of the Pennsylvania Utility Commission is heading to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.

After making its way through the legislative, which started in early June, House Bill 1490 sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Bradford Woods) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Carrick) passed the full House Monday 189-5.
Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

The city of Pittsburgh has just introduced the next step in its slow grind forward to raise wages for low income workers in the most liveable city. 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sent legislation to city council Monday to mandate any employer with a professional service contract with the city worth more than $100,000 pay their workers $15 an hour. 

“City government has the ability to choose many different factors of who it decides to do business with,” Peduto said. “I can't think of anything more important than having an agreement that the lowest paid workers of those that do business with the city are adequately paid.” 

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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