Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

If Pittsburgh Fire Chief Daryl Jones had it his way, every home in the city would have a sprinkler system. But for now, he’d settle for them being required in all high-rise buildings.

“One of my duties is to reduce the risk of fire to citizens and visitors as well as the firefighters in the city of Pittsburgh,” Jones said while testifying before city council Monday evening.

His advocacy for a fire-sprinkler requirement comes after a high-rise fire claimed an elderly woman’s life two years ago. But despite Jones’s insistence that installing sprinkler systems is the only way to ensure safety, the roughly hundred people who filled council chambers for the public hearing remained unconvinced.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Auditor General unveils “A Safer Pennsylvania: A Community Approach to Firearm Safety” special report

Auditor General unveils “A Safer Pennsylvania: A Community Approach to Firearm Safety” special report

At a press conference on Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a special report on firearm safety which outlines several new ways in which Pennsylvania can curb deaths and injuries from firearms without changing existing state laws.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Judge rules against “opening Pandora’s box," confirms Tomlinson win

Judge rules against “opening Pandora’s box," confirms Tomlinson win

A Bucks County Court of Common Pleas judge ruled against a challenge to state absentee ballot rules by Rep. Tina Davis's (D-Bucks) Senate campaign Monday, confirming incumbent Sen. Tommy Tomlinson's (R-Bucks) razor thin reelection.

The suit asked Judge Jeffrey Finley to decide if the General Assembly “clearly, palpably and plainly violated” the state constitution's free and fair election clause with the tight turn around for absentee applications and the ballot themselves.
Monday, November 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philly neighborhood rec center awarded state, city grants

Philly neighborhood rec center awarded state, city grants

Tracey Jordan envisioned a Brooklyn-style park in her neighborhood of Philadelphia. Thanks to help from the city and a state grant, the “mayor of Southwest Philadelphia” will be able to bring her community together in an inviting space.
Monday, November 26, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

At Mayor Bill Peduto’s request last week, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority released a plan outlining what the next 12 years had in store.

As the city prepares its budget, water authority representatives testified to Pittsburgh City Council Monday of their plans for a billion dollars in infrastructure investment, which could require adding additional debt to the authority's balance sheet.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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