PA Weekly for the week ending February 3, 2017

PA Weekly for the week ending February 3, 2017

PA Weekly is a glance at Capitol happenings that as covered by the reporters of Pennsylvania Legislative Services. 

Friday, February 3, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition releases its Peace and Justice Initiative Report

Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition releases its Peace and Justice Initiative Report

In an effort to ensure equitable improvements in the quality of life for African American residents in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition (PBEOC) released a 61-page Pittsburgh Peace and Justice Initiative report Thursday outlining ways to accomplish just that. 

The coalition, consisting of state Representatives Ed Gainey (D-Sheridan) and Jake Wheatley (D-Hill District), Allegheny County Councilman DeWitt Walton (District 10) and Pittsburgh City Councilmen Rev. Ricky Burgess (District 9) and Daniel Lavelle (District 6), came together to examine and measure six-key areas of quality of life: public safety, affordable housing, family outcomes, business and organizations, education, and employment. 
Thursday, February 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman calling for state investigation into city's water supplier

In light of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s flush and boil water advisory issued Tuesday for about 100,000 of its customers due to a contamination precaution, Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) is calling on the state Attorney General and Auditor General to conduct an independent investigation into the city’s water supplier. 

“I am so sick of PWSA and all of the issues with PWSA,” said the Councilwoman following a council meeting Wednesday. “Since I’ve been here we’ve had issues with billing, issues with communication, lead in the water, and now this. We need an investigation into PWSA and we need to make some very strong steps moving forward.”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh controller wants more information about Uber's self-driving cars

Pittsburgh controller wants more information about Uber's self-driving cars

In an email sent to Mayor Bill Peduto on Tuesday, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb asked the mayor to make clear what terms, if any, have been negotiated with the ride-sharing company Uber concerning data collection while the company’s autonomous vehicles are being tested and used on city streets. 

“I support your efforts to bring new jobs and industry to Pittsburgh and you are correct that the relationship between the City and Uber must be a ‘two way street',” wrote Lamb in the letter. “Unfortunately, to this point, the relationship with Uber appears to be a one way limited access highway.”
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

Pittsburgh City Council passes safeguards for immigrants and refugees as state battle over sanctuary city punishment continues

After President Donald Trump instituted an executive order last week temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-Majority countries, Pittsburgh City Council reasserted that Pittsburgh is "a city for all" by passing a six-piece legislative package on Tuesday aiming to make the region a more welcoming place for immigrants and refugees. 

“I could have never guessed when I introduced these bills where this country would be just two weeks later,” said Councilman Dan Gilman (District 8), prime sponsor of the package. “Today, more than ever, I think that it's essential that this council stand up and send a message not only to the residents of Pittsburgh and the people of the country, but to the people of the world that your voice can be heard and that this city is a welcoming city that builds bridges, not walls.” 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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