Councilmembers question money spent on outside law firms

Councilmembers question money spent on outside law firms

Weeks after being sworn into Pittsburgh City Council, Councilwoman Erika Strassburger (District 8) made good on a campaign promise.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city council delays vote on building codes over accessibility concerns, moves ahead with contracting oversight

Pittsburgh city council delays vote on building codes over accessibility concerns, moves ahead with contracting oversight

Pittsburgh City Council delayed three bills on city building codes Wednesday after hearing from nearly two-dozen disability advocates — some themselves disabled — concerned about the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections’ adherence to the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

To fend off displacement, councilman suggests deed restrictions on city-owned land

In response to growing concern from residents about displacement should Amazon make Pittsburgh its second home, Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) proposed legislation Tuesday placing deed restrictions on between 15 and 20 properties in Hazelwood.

With the former steel mill site of Hazelwood Green seen as a likely Amazon Headquarters location, O’Connor said the properties would be left to lower income residents to help keep them in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

Worried about displacement, Pittsburghers demand to see Amazon bid

With signs demanding transparency, community investment, and their very own ‘Alexa’ more than 20 community organizers and concerned residents gathered in front of the Pittsburgh City-County Building to ask that elected officials release their much discussed Amazon HQ2 bid to the public Wednesday.

Pittsburgh along with Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and over a dozen other cities, is competing to land Amazon’s second headquarters. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
With Arizona death in rearview mirror, PennDOT introduces plan to regulate autonomous vehicles

With Arizona death in rearview mirror, PennDOT introduces plan to regulate autonomous vehicles

In light of a fatal accident in Arizona last month involving an Uber autonomous vehicle, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced a plan to increase safety regulations for self-driving vehicles in the commonwealth Monday.

“We value the contribution that companies and other entities engaged in autonomous vehicle research and deployment bring to Pennsylvania, but we can’t ignore the concern, and safety always comes first,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said at a summit in Pittsburgh on self-driving vehicles.

Monday, April 9, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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