Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues

City Controller Michael Lamb blamed the city’s increased realty transfer tax for sluggish revenue numbers in the first half of 2018 Tuesday.

“It was an unnecessary increase that has been counterproductive to affordable housing,” Lamb said at a press conference. “We’re fighting to keep families in this city and the tax is an added hurdle in the way of enticing new people into town.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Former assistant Allegheny County DA, public defender to challenge Zappala in 2019

Former assistant Allegheny County DA, public defender to challenge Zappala in 2019

Former Allegheny County assistant district attorney and chief deputy public defender Turahn Jenkins is challenging incumbent DA Stephen Zappala for his seat in 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of the death of Atwon Rose Jr. who while unarmed was shot in the back by an East Pittsburgh police office. While Zappala is seeking a murder charge against the officer, a history of poor police-community relations has led up to Jenkins' announcement.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to allow city to regulate new modes of transportation

Pittsburgh City Council Monday passed an ordinance that would amend City Code and give the Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure the authority to regulate mobility and transportation that takes place on public ways.

Monday, July 2, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to support diversifying the construction force

Pittsburgh City Council passes ordinance to support diversifying the construction force

At the end of May, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced two executive orders intended to diversify the city’s construction workforce. The orders created a project labor agreement requiring thatcity-managed projects that cost $500,000 or more have minority employees make up 12 percent of their workforce, and also established aa Workforce Development Fund. City Council Tuesday passed legislation that seeks to ensure the push to gain more minority workers lasts beyond Peduto’s time as mayor.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Police shooting of unarmed black teen brings up questions of legal jurisdiction

Seventeen year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer June 19 while running away during a traffic stop.

Rose was unarmed, and as the video of the shooting circulated in the aftermath of the Woodland Hills High School senior’s death, his death sent shockwaves throughout Pittsburgh proper as Rose’s family and advocates demanded answers that officials couldn’t immediately provide.

Sunday, June 24, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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