District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council is finding opposition for its much debated gun control legislation closer to home, from Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala. 

In a letter to Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-District 5)— the representative for the neighborhood where the Tree of Life shooting occurred — Zappala, a Democrat up for reelection this year, stated that while he understood the desire to curb gun violence, the city lacked the authority to do so. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Darlene Harris to face two primary challengers for Pittsburgh council reelection

Veteran Pittsburgh Councilwoman Darlene Harris will be facing not one, but two challengers for the opportunity to represent the Steel City’s North Side come May 21.

After a few candidates stepped forward, only to fade away due to scandal or reconsideration, Harris, a Democrat, will be challenged with Chris Rosselot, a former aide to US Sen. Bob Casey, and repeat challenger Bobby Wilson, who ran against Harris in 2015 and 2011.

Harris — first elected in 2006 — is an official whose sometimes contrarian personality has earned her critics inside and outside of city council. Many an article has been devoted to her public quarrel with Council President Bruce Kraus (D-District 3), or her tendency to block her critics on social media.
Friday, January 11, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

Pittsburgh, Public Works employees finalize contract

The city of Pittsburgh finalized a five-year contract with the Pittsburgh Joint Collective Bargaining Committee. It grants raises and other benefits for hundreds of workers in the Public Works Department.

Thursday, January 10, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions

Wolf issues executive order curbing state carbon emissions

Governor Tom Wolf announced a preemptive strike against climate change via executive order in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Believing that climate change poses a significant risk, Wolf wants to see state operations reduce their carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The order sets three goals, non binding upon the completion of his final term as governor in 2022.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

Gun advocates protest Pittsburgh’s proposed firearms restrictions

On most days, the Pittsburgh City-County Building is a firearm-free zone, but on Monday, anyone on Grant Street would have seen a structure surrounded by hundreds of gun advocates.

Many of the advocates were armed with handguns and rifles, and the occasional musket, as they rallied against Mayor Bill Peduto and a package of gun control legislation introduced by Pittsburgh City Council last month.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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