Pittsburgh, Allegheny County celebrates two days of inaugurations

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County celebrates two days of inaugurations

In the high-ceilinged auditorium of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Oakland, introduced by short films trumpeting success from high rankings on LGBTQ rights to the newly ubiquitous bike lanes, Bill Peduto was sworn in for his second term as mayor of Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon. 


The veteran East End politician’s inauguration capped 24-hour flurry of ceremonies starting Tuesday night that swore in three new elected officials to Pittsburgh and Allegheny county councils as well. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
As Pittsburgh city council passes circus animal training regulations, Shriners send in the clowns

As Pittsburgh city council passes circus animal training regulations, Shriners send in the clowns

Lions and tigers and bears were on Pittsburgh city council’s agenda Tuesday when it approved a ban on the use of bullhooks and other instruments to train wild or exotic animals in the city.

The resolution, sponsored by City Council President Bruce Kraus (District 3), passed 6-3, with dissenting votes from Councilwomen Darlene Harris (District 1), Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Deb Gross (District 7).

For Kraus, the passage marked the end of a year and a half long push to pass the ban, which he saw as a moral issue.

“There’s a clear shift in the conversation in how we abuse animals in forms of entertainment,” Kraus said of the bill, looking at similar to bans at other levels of local governance, from city to county to state.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

City residents commend and criticize Pittsburgh climate plan at open forum

At an open forum Wednesday night, around 50 Pittsburghers shared concerns and gave praise to the city's climate action plan to City Council. 

The draft report, originally released in September, is the city’s third iteration of a plan to address climate change and other environmental issues on a city-wide level. 

The plan includes calls to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, divest the pension fund from fossil fuel industries, and reduce transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swears in new City Clerk

Pittsburgh City Council swore in Brenda Pree as the newest City Clerk on Tuesday, much to the dismay of two Councilwomen.  


Councilwomen Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) and Darlene Harris (District 1) were the sole negative votes on the nomination of Ms. Pree, a Mississippi native, citing their disapproval of proper consideration of Pittsburgh locals, especially long-time Deputy Clerk, Kim Clark, an African-American woman.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Philadelphia Councilman introduces legislation to ban “conversion therapy”

Adding on to state and local proposals already being floated, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (District 1) introduced on Thursday a proposal that would ban so-called “conversion therapy” from being practiced on LGBTQ youths within the city.

 

“Conversion therapy,” also known as “reparative” or “ex-gay” therapy, is a practice whereby a mental health professional tries to alter a person’s sexual identity or sexual orientation.

 

According to a statement, the ban would not apply to mainstream therapies that facilitate support or acceptance of LGBTQ identities, social support or identity exploration, or that address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices.

Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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