State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

State Supreme Court to review Pittsburgh's paid sick leave, safety training ordinances

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday stating it will review two ordinances passed by Pittsburgh City Council that were struck down by lower courts.  


One of the ordinances, passed by council and signed by Mayor Peduto in 2015, requires businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Pittsburgh City Council wants to know the worth of former Civic Arena site

Although a deal has already been penned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and Sports & Exhibition Authority (SEA) to redevelop the former Civic Arena site, the city itself wants to know just what the 28-acre site in the central downtown district is worth.

Legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle (District 6) passed council 6-2 Tuesday and would enlist the help of the city’s Director of Finance to conduct an appraisal of the 28-acre site in the Lower Hill District.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

City-appointed consultant releases final recommendation for restructuring Pittsburgh's Water and Sewer Authority

The consulting group tasked with finding a possible restructuring solution of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its final report Monday.

In the fifty-page “Restructuring Assessment” document, Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) recommends transferring oversight of PWSA to a newly-created Pittsburgh Public-Infrastructure Trust, governed by a Board of Trustees, which in turn would name a Board of Directors to oversee PWSA operations. Both bodies would be independent of city government, and would set water and sewer rates under the oversight of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Monday, November 27, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County have "effectively" ended veterans homelessness

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County have "effectively" ended veterans homelessness

Officials said Tuesday that close to 600 homeless veterans have found housing in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County since 2015 thanks to a national program.

Pittsburgh and the county joined veteran advocacy groups in 2014 to create the Pittsburgh Rapid Results Homeless Veterans’ Boot Camp, consisting of service providers across the country to put systems in place to find permanent housing for veterans.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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