Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

Pittsburgh City Councilman seeks to improve the lives of immigrants, refugees

In an effort to make Pittsburgh a more inclusive and welcoming city, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), along with faith-based and nonprofit leaders introduced a six-piece legislative package Tuesday that will make living in the city a safer place for immigrants and refugees. 

“Pittsburgh is a city where all who live, work, and learn here are valued and respected,” said Councilman Gilman. “It is the City of Pittsburgh’s duty to serve and protect all of its residents regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, country of origin, sexual orientation, or status as an immigrant or refugee.” 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Mayor's office swears in LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council

During a Friday morning ceremony, the office of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto swore in 16 members to the newly revised LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council. 

Selected by the Mayor following a public application process, the members will act as a conduit for the LGBTQIA+ community to advise the Mayor and City Council on issues of inclusionary hiring practices and advancement in policies, among other topics that best represent and support the LGBTQIA+ community of Pittsburgh.

Friday, January 13, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed Pittsburgh bike lane advisory board could have impact on statewide guidelines

Proposed Pittsburgh bike lane advisory board could have impact on statewide guidelines

During Wednesday’s Finance and Law Committee of the Pittsburgh City Council, Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) said her proposed advisory board could give Pittsburgh a say in shaping the state’s guidelines on bike lanes. 

In order to address the current trend of increasing bike lanes across the city, the Councilwoman introduced a proposal last week to create an advisory board that will allow biking stakeholders, the administration and residents of the city to work together to decide where the alternative transportation lanes should and shouldn’t be placed. 
Thursday, January 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

Allegheny County Health Board considers mandatory lead testing of young children

The Allegheny County Board of Health met Wednesday to consider a proposal that would require lead testing for young children. 

According to the proposed measure, children between the ages of nine and 12 months and again at two years old, would be required to undergo blood testing to detect if lead is present in their system.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
New Pittsburgh City Council bill pushes for wage equality

New Pittsburgh City Council bill pushes for wage equality

During Tuesday’s Pittsburgh City Council meeting, Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8) introduced legislation to prohibit the City of Pittsburgh from asking for the salary history of job applicants. 

“What you see on job applications, public and private sector is ‘what is your current salary’ or 'history of your salary’ and what that allows new employers to do is perhaps give you a small raise,” said the Councilman. “It seems like a win, but it is still far below what that position, your experience, and your skill set deserve to be paid and what it ends up doing is perpetuating the wage gap that particularly impacts women and minorities in this country.” 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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