Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

General Assembly Democrats gather in Pittsburgh to discuss policing policy

In light of the death of Antwon Rose Jr. in a June police shooting, Democratic lawmakers from all over the commonwealth listened to testimony from law enforcement officials, consultants and social justice advocates Tuesday with the weighty goal of improving policing and community relations. 

However, after three hours of testimony that left legislators with more questions than answers, the road to reform looks to be a long one.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Wagner launches offensive against Gov. Wolf on education

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner accused Governor Tom Wolf of cutting funding to public schools in a press conference Thursday morning.

Friday, July 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

Allegheny County Council votes to begin public input on potential countywide police review board

After a tense meeting Tuesday night, Allegheny County Council approved an ordinance that could lead to the creation of a countywide citizens’ police review board.

The legislation allows for County Councilman DeWitt Walton (D-Hill District) and Paul Klein (D-Point Breeze) to hold up to four meetings to gather info that will later be used to create the review board.

Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

City Controller Michael Lamb blamed the city’s increased realty transfer tax for sluggish revenue numbers in the first half of 2018 Tuesday.

“It was an unnecessary increase that has been counterproductive to affordable housing,” Lamb said at a press conference. “We’re fighting to keep families in this city and the tax is an added hurdle in the way of enticing new people into town.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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