Pittsburgh City Council mulls over public safety funding

Pittsburgh City Council mulls over public safety funding

In the City of Pittsburgh, the Department of Public Safety exists to provide safety and security for residents in the city through the work of the Bureaus of Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and Animal Care and Control. As Pittsburgh City Council mulls over the proposed 2020 budget, they held a hearing Thursday to discuss the funds allocated for public safety.

Of the total proposed budget, 40 percent - $242 million - is put towards public safety. The money will be divided with $115 million for police, $87 million to fire, and paramedics with $24 million increasing from the 2019 budget.

Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Black residents call for reparations at Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearings

Black residents call for reparations at Pittsburgh City Council Public Hearings

At the request of a handful of residents Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing to discuss the case for reparations to black Pittsburgh residents Wednesday afternoon.

For the hearing’s first speaker and founder of the New African Independence Party Khalil Raheem, reparations means using a formal apology, policy changes, or even cash to address the barrier’s created by systemic racism.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

Pittsburgh residents support Pittsburgh City Council Inclusionary zoning legislation

For years as prices have gone up, longtime, lower-income residents have been forced out in the wake of redevelopment. From tax credits to a slew of initiatives from the Housing Opportunity Fund, in Pittsburgh, elected officials and affordable housing advocates alike have struggled to quell displacement.

One of the methods used in combating the consequences of gentrification is inclusionary zoning. In the form of legislation sponsored by Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross (D-District 7), in Lawrenceville, a neighborhood that has become synonymous with gentrification, housing developers would soon be required to set aside ten percent of affordable housing in any project consisting of at least 20 units.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education

After much discussion Pittsburgh City Council authorized the acceptance of a $410,000 grant geared at educating citizens on autonomous vehicles by a 7-1 vote on Tuesday.

This comes after council opted to delay the grant’s authorization when environmental, disability rights, and labor union organizers voiced considerable concerns over the possibility of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

In chambers filled with hopeful supporters and angry opponents, after months of debate Pittsburgh City Council passed its controversial and possibly unconstitutional gun legislation, Tuesday, by a 6-3 vote. 

After months of tense public hearings, grieving constituents, post-agendas, and the looming threat of lawsuits against the city by gun advocates, in 60 days following Mayor Bill Peduto’s signature, the ordinances that ban assault weapons and their ammunition as well as allow courts to confiscate firearms from residents deemed an “extreme risk” will enter the books. But there’s a catch. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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