Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning

Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning

Flanked by residents and affordable housing advocates Pittsburgh Councilmember Deb Gross announced inclusionary housing legislation Tuesday morning. In an ever-changing city, activists and elected officials have struggled to find a way to help the most vulnerable residents keep their homes when businesses move in and prices go up. 

When speaking of Lawrenceville, the neighborhood the legislation is focused on, Gross told press conference attendees that the development has unfortunately come at a price. 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

After a December fire damaged pollution control equipment at Clairton Coke Works, the air quality suffered so much that the Allegheny County Health Department issued an advisory to residents in the area to limit their time spent outdoors. Although residents remain frustrated about the perceived lack of transparency on the county’s part, for Pittsburgh environmental groups another cause for anger was that by continuing to operate despite the damaged equipment U.S. Steele--the facility’s owner--is violating the Clean Air Act.
Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

At Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ (D-District 1) request on Tuesday,  Pittsburgh City Council heard from a panel of gun advocates, legal experts, and elected officials for added perspective on their much debated gun control legislation. However, after almost three hours that evoked high emotions and little reconciliation, the only thing clear was that both sides of the gun debate in the Steele City feel that they’re under attack.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

With a consent decree preventing a separation between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark expiring in the summer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced legal action to amend the existing agreement by compelling them to continue their business relationship.

In 2014, after years of a drawn out break-up that would have spelled the end of access to UPMC doctors for Highmark patients and caused UPMC health members to pay out of network prices, the state intervened and put in place a consent decree meant to ease the transition in place. While, it didn’t erase the tension entirely, it preserved health care access for some patients. However, the decree was only designed to last five years. Should the health providers part ways, Shapiro said during his press conference, patients across the commonwealth would suffer.

Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces criminal charges against the PWSA

After a year of what many praised as progress, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Friday he’s filing 161 criminal charges against the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.
When the state’s Department of Environmental Protection discovered elevated lead levels in city water in 2016, Pittsburgh was ordered to replace 7 percent or roughly 2,400 lead lines per year. Since 2016 the city has since been replacing lines throughout the city.
Monday, February 4, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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