Pittsburgh City Controller unveils financial transparency program

Pittsburgh City Controller unveils financial transparency program

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb unveiled a new and unprecedented way for Pittsburghers to have access to the city’s spending payroll information and employee demographics.

“This platform brings a new level of transparency to City government and makes the information more user-friendly and available for the public’s use,” Lamb said.

 

Monday, April 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Metcalfe crafting impeachment resolution against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Metcalfe crafting impeachment resolution against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

The push for gun control in Pittsburgh has been met with wariness from gun advocates since the idea began gaining real traction in December. However some guns rights activists have taken their anger over newly signed gun control ordinances to court, in the form of lawsuits and even criminal complaints against Pittsburgh City Council and Mayor Bill Peduto. But as of yesterday, Peduto in particular is facing backlash not just from residents but from the state legislature, in the form of an announcement by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) that he is drafting a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against the mayor.
Thursday, April 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow

To the relief of gun control proponents and ire of gun advocates, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto signed City Council’s much debated gun control legislation into law Tuesday. For the law’s supporters, in the aftermath of the Tree of Life massacre, the regulations that include an assault weapons ban with accessories as well as allowing the confiscation of firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” is long overdue.

But, there’s a major hitch, as state law prevents municipalities from passing gun control measures. Which is why, with the ink barely dry on the new laws and shortly after the signing, organizations such as Firearm Owners Against Crime, the Firearm Policy Coalition, and the Firearm Policy Foundation followed through on threats made in public hearings and council meetings and filed a lawsuit against the steel city.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Despite less visibly smog-filled air, Pittsburgh and areas that surround it continue to struggle with air quality. Aside making lists of worst places in the nation air quality-wise, a Christmas Eve Clairton Coke Works fire reminded residents and elect officials alike of the threat pollution poses to the most vulnerable in the city and in Allegheny County.

This week U.S. Steel announced that it had completed its repairs, but worries linger. After a post-agenda on air quality called by Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5), it’s clear the county has a long way to go where air quality is concerned.

Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Tags: healthair
Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

In chambers filled with hopeful supporters and angry opponents, after months of debate Pittsburgh City Council passed its controversial and possibly unconstitutional gun legislation, Tuesday, by a 6-3 vote. 

After months of tense public hearings, grieving constituents, post-agendas, and the looming threat of lawsuits against the city by gun advocates, in 60 days following Mayor Bill Peduto’s signature, the ordinances that ban assault weapons and their ammunition as well as allow courts to confiscate firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” will enter the books. But there’s a catch. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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