Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Audit of Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund finds poor bookkeeping, but no major impropriety

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released an audit of the Pittsburgh Police Confiscated Narcotics Proceeds Trust Fund and Imprest Fund on Thursday. The good news, according to Lamb, is that there’s no sign of missing funds. The bad news: the controller’s office found some bookkeeping issues.      

The narcotics trust fund was established by Pittsburgh City Council in 1985 with the imprest fund following in 1987. Its purpose was to provide a place for money seized in narcotics investigations.
Friday, September 6, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Allegheny County DA draws challenger ahead of November election

Come November, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala will have an independent challenger in the form of longtime public defender Lisa Middleton.

Touting a progressive platform and a grassroots campaign, at her campaign kickoff Thursday night, Middleton told attendees that it was time for change in Allegheny County.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation

To the glee of affordable housing advocates and chagrin of some real estate developers, Pittsburgh City Council passed an ordinance requiring developers to allocate ten percent of any Lawrenceville project featuring 20 units or more for affordable housing by an 8-0 vote on Wednesday. 

“This is really a historic moment, this is one of the major items that was suggested by our affordable housing task force and I think that we were able to apply the right tool to the right neighborhood needs,” Gross said. 
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects

This week both the City of Pittsburgh and the state took steps to invest in affordable housing. At the state level that meant five Pittsburgh low-income housing developments were awarded tax credits. On the city’s part, the Urban Redevelopment Authority approved several Housing Opportunity Fund’s initiatives for implementation around the city on Thursday.

Over the past few years, as Pittsburgh has become a more attractive location for redevelopment, in neighborhoods like East Liberty and Lawrenceville older and less affluent residents have found themselves unable to afford the places they’d long called home. 

Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Two casinos roll out online sports books

Two casinos roll out online sports books

Parx Casino and Rivers Casino launched their online sports books Thursday, following testing during the week.  
 
Joining PlaySugarHouse.com which launched at the end of May, this brings the total of digital sports betting options in the state to three. Pennsylvania has featured only brick-and-mortar books since the first one opened at Hollywood Park in November 2018. 
Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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