Officials develop response to post-election “collective unrest”

Officials develop response to post-election “collective unrest”

Following what was called “collective unrest” Monday stemming from the November 8 General Election results, state and local official in Pennsylvania have started releasing plans to deal with alleged hate crimes.

Monday, November 21, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Pittsburgh City Council eyeing $1.5 million for police body cameras

Pittsburgh City Council eyeing $1.5 million for police body cameras

Pittsburgh City Council introduced legislation earlier this week that would provide $1.5 million for police body cameras. 


Through a five-year contract with Taser International, Inc, a body worn camera manufacturer and digital management company out of Arizona, Pittsburgh police officers would be outfitted with 550 additional body cameras and cloud storage for the footage. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Councilwoman Rudiak introduces gender equity legislation

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Rudiak introduces gender equity legislation

During a press conference and post agenda meeting Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak (District 4) introduced legislation that would support gender equity in the workplace, city services, public safety and all elements of city government and services. 

In an effort to end discrimination against women, the proposed ordinance adopts language from the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international agreement that supports the principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Rivers Casino agrees to pay $10 million gaming tax revenue to Pittsburgh while state still hashes out gaming fix legislation

Rivers Casino agrees to pay $10 million gaming tax revenue to Pittsburgh while state still hashes out gaming fix legislation

During his 2017 Operating & Capital Budget presentation to Pittsburgh City Council on Monday morning, Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city and Rivers Casino have reached an agreement to keep $10 million flowing into the budget for one year. 


After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled an annual tax that casinos pay to their host municipalities as unconstitutional in September, Pittsburgh and Rivers Casino, housed in the city’s North Shore, have been in talks as to whether or not the city would still receive the vital funds. 

Monday, November 14, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

New Pittsburgh Ethics Board meets for the first time

The newly appointed Ethics Hearing Board of the City of Pittsburgh held their first meeting Thursday afternoon. 

The appointment of the nine-member Ethics Hearing Board is a result of legislation that was passed by City Council last year to reconstitute Pittsburgh’s long-dormant ethics board. 

Previous to the legislation sponsored by Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), the members were appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the members of City Council, and had only met a few times between 2010-2014. 
Friday, November 4, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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