Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Even as the smog clouds that have characterized the city for decades fade, Pittsburgh continues to have lackluster air quality.

The way to fix this, according to activists, is to start from the top, with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Since July, three environmentalist groups — the Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment and the Breathe Project — have gathered outside Allegheny County Courthouse each Friday with signs, grievances, and the occasional protest song. The events have followed clean air activism that's sporadically popped up since March.

Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

A decade since the enactment of the Clean Indoor Air Act, Allegheny County lawmakers came together to celebrate the law’s passage and call on their colleagues to increase the law’s authority.

When first implemented, the law forbade smoking in public areas, but allows for exceptions — too many as far as some elected officials are concerned.

“This is a matter of fairness,” Rep Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said. “We know the law works, but let’s make it work for everyone.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Residents wary of PWSA rate increases even with promised investments

Residents wary of PWSA rate increases even with promised investments

The Pennsylvania Utility Commission held a public hearing to gauge residents' feelings on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s proposed raise to residential rates Tuesday.

The suggested increase for 2019 is 17.1 percent, which the authority says will fund $74 million in infrastructure improvements and provide $163 million for maintenance and operations.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
In heart of gentrification, Pittsburgh officials propose first use of affordable housing fund

In heart of gentrification, Pittsburgh officials propose first use of affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess (District 9), with Mayor Bill Peduto and community leaders, is attempting to ease displacement in East Liberty after years of redevelopment and gentrification through a projects funded in part by the affordable housing fund.

Announced last week, the proposal comes after a few years of fighting that’s turned the East End neighborhood into a model for what long time, often African-American, city residents fear from the city’s tech renaissance.

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
In Pittsburgh, House Transportation Committee hears testimony on public transit

In Pittsburgh, House Transportation Committee hears testimony on public transit

The House Transportation Committee met at the John Heinz History center to hear about the state of transportation in Western Pennsylvania Tuesday afternoon.

 Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia), chairman of the committee, said that the committee's goal was to get to different parts of the commonwealth to gain perspective on the state of mass transportation and understand what the industry needs the most.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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