Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC

Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC

In February with the end of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark partnership in sight, Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed suit to prevent the break-up.

From Shapiro’s side, the break-up would create unnecessary turmoil for patients, who could lose access to their doctors and or be forced to pay out of network prices. Furthermore, Shapiro alleged that that UPMC had failed to fulfill its charitable obligations.

Friday, April 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation

After a two hours of testimony from Lawrenceville residents, activists, and the occasional elected official, the Pittsburgh Planning Commission unanimously recommended that Pittsburgh City Council approve proposed legislation for inclusionary zoning on Tuesday.

In recent years areas of Pittsburgh such as Lawrenceville have seen their share of redevelopment. The downside has often been as the cost of living rises, older and less well-off residents have been forced to leave. To confront displacement, Pittsburgh City councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7) proposed an inclusionary zoning measure that would require setting aside 10 percent of affordable housing in any project comprised of 20 units.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

City of Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

Food insecurity is the state of being unable to obtain a sufficient amount of healthy food on the daily basis. Nationally, 12.9 percent of the population are food insecure. In Pennsylvania 12.5 percent of the population fits the category, but in the City of Pittsburgh an alarming 21 percent of residents are food insecure.

The reasons for this are complex and vary from family to family, but after a nearly two hour post-agenda of testimony before Pittsburgh City Council last week, hunger advocates agree it will require a systemic change to address food insecurity in Pittsburgh.

Monday, April 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City of Pittsburgh releases Pittsburgh Equity Indicator report

City of Pittsburgh releases Pittsburgh Equity Indicator report

The city of Pittsburgh released its second annual report on the Pittsburgh Equity Indicators, a set of 80 measures that examine disparities based on race, gender, and/or income in multiple areas to better understand opportunities available to Pittsburgh residents.

“This analysis is a start towards untangling the deep roots of inequality that exist in this city,” Mayor Bill Peduto said.

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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
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