Peduto issues executive order outlining self-driving car guidelines

Peduto issues executive order outlining self-driving car guidelines

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has had a sometimes fraught relationship with the self-driving car industry. Monday, surrounded by the area’s industry leaders, he put past differences aside to introduce an executive order outlining guidelines for testing self-driving cars in the steel city.

The result of much collaboration, what’s being called the Pittsburgh Principles will act as an agreement between testers such as Uber and Aurora Innovation and the city with regard to the ever evolving technology surrounding autonomous vehicles. One that covers transparency, safety, and environmental guidelines. 

Monday, March 4, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district

DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district

Since 2013, the Wilkinsburg School District has been on Pennsylvania’s financial watch list. According to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale despite the additional oversight the district entered into a risky tax collection agreement that cost saddled them with even more debt.

“My audit found the school district bundled its delinquent real estate taxes into a payday-type loan, which is akin to gambling with public money,” DePasquale said. “That deal should never have happened.”

Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Local activist launches campaign for Allegheny County Council

Local activist launches campaign for Allegheny County Council

Liv Bennett had been approached about running for office before, but despite her years of activism, she feared she wouldn’t be taken seriously. After a summer of organizing for police reform in Allegheny County in the wake of Antwon Rose’s death, she decided Allegheny County Council needed new blood for things to really change. Tuesday night she kicked off her campaign for the District 13 seat.

Thursday, February 28, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces anti-pregnancy discrimination legislation

Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces anti-pregnancy discrimination legislation

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Erika Strassburger announced legislation on Tuesday seeking to amend the city code to ban employment discrimination against pregnant individuals, their partners and those seeking pregnancy.

The legislation gives pregnancy its own class in existing work anti-discrimination law and would extend protection to parties involved before, during, and after gestation and would apply regardless of whether a pregnancy resulted in a live birth. Strassburger said an explicit protection was necessary to ensure pregnant workers and their employees understood their rights and responsibilities in the workplace as many federal regulations allowed for loopholes. 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

Pittsburgh’s McFarren Street Bridge can look forward to a series of repairs this year, much to the relief of residents. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the reconstruction would be the first done under the city’s Clean Construction guidelines. 

When Peduto still sat on Pittsburgh City Council in 2011, he introduced legislation intended to limit diesel fuel emissions in the air. Under the law any city government construction project over $2.5 million is required to use diesel particulate filters and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in power trucks and other equipment. The McFarren Street Bridge will be the first time since Peduto’s council days that the law will be enforced. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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