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 Last week, Councilwoman Darlene Harris protested the changes as a “political” maneuver.

Pittsburgh City Council approves changes for naming public property

The revised rules approved by Pittsburgh City Council set up a three-member commission but also allow council members to propose names.

about 9 hours ago

Fitzgerald injects diversity into panel to study government

After Allegheny County Council named five white men, Executive Rich Fitzgerald named four woman, including two minorities, to the group.

about 9 hours ago

 “I know if the mayor says, ‘Boo,’ he has five members on council that would say, ‘Do not make this field Ravenstahl Field,’ ” Councilwoman Darlene Harris said.

Pittsburgh City Council ready to change rules on naming of public property

The bill, up for a final vote Tuesday, cuts the number of members on the Commission on Naming Public Properties to three from 11.

2 days ago

 Darlene Harris

City Council candidate drops out of race against Darlene Harris

With Dave Schuilenburg out, Ms. Harris faces Bobby Wilson, Randy Zotter and Mark Brentley Sr., who may be removed in a legal challenge.

5 days ago

Mt. Lebanon commissioner resigns

Commissioner Kristen Linfante informs the board she is resigning due to health issues.

5 days ago

South Fayette board censures member

The censure motion March 18 by commissioner Jessica Cardillo-Wagenhoffer was approved by a 4-0 vote.

5 days ago

Peters hires oil and gas consultant

A hydrogeologist is to determine whether gas and oil exploration can be done in the township and, if so, where.

5 days ago

Murrysville residents oppose Speedway gas station

The Settler’s Ridge Homeowner’s Association doesn’t want Speedway to build on Route 286 near Logans Ferry Road in Murrysville.

5 days ago

North Versailles commissioners hear speeding complaints

North Versailles residents near the new bridge on Greensburg Pike say drivers now speed through the area.

5 days ago

Judge jettisons 2 from council ballot

Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson withdrew from the race for Allegheny County Council after his petitions were challenged.

6 days ago

Finance director fumes after decision to withhold gaming revenue

The Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority denied a request to release millions in gaming revenue the authority has been withholding.

6 days ago

 Bill Robinson

Robinson withdraws, two other Allegheny County Council candidates removed from the ballot

Bill Robinson’s opponents challenged 343 of 358 signatures on his nominating petitions. Among the names: Naomi Watts and "Russel Crowe."

6 days ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Alegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County plead for more time to plan sewer overflow compliance

The mayor said the extra 18 months would enable leaders to come up with a plan that is more environmentally friendly and less expensive.

1 week ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto has contended the project was rife with waste and mismanagement.

Report details $1 million overruns in Pittsburgh-county payroll program

The Peduto administration is scheduled to release a report today on the costs associated with the comprehensive financial management system.

1 week ago

 Pittsburgh city councilman Ricky Burgess speaks Tuesday during a press conference outside of council chambers.  Mr. Burgess introduced legislation that will equip security guards with universal training.

Pittsburgh City Council to consider emergency training for service workers

The law would apply to workers at any building of at least 100,000 square feet.

1 week ago

Trial to begin for man who won appeal in murder case

The state Supreme Court found that the prosecution’s comments on the defendant’s refusal to cooperate violated his rights.

1 week ago

 As many as 80 Pittsburgh police officers could take part in a leadership training program.

Pittsburgh City Council takes up police training bills

As many as 80 Pittsburgh officers could receive leadership training this year through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

1 week ago

 Bruce Kraus

Judge closes harassment charge against Pittsburgh City Council president

District Judge James Motznik ordered both parties to attend mediation.

1 week ago

Former Washington County judge expected to plead guilty today

Paul Pozonsky retired from the bench in the midst of an investigation into the allegations.

1 week ago

Westmoreland County prepares for primary campaign season

Challenges to incumbent Westmoreland County commissioners and nine candidates for judgeships highlight a busy ballot for the May 19 primary.

1 week ago

Mt. Lebanon revises assessment appeal criteria

The municipality has been criticized for appealing property assessments only on homes sold in certain years.

1 week ago

Steel Valley not expected to raise real estate taxes for 2015-16

The preliminary budget projects expenses at $31.4 million and revenue $30.2 million. The district’s fund balance will cover the difference.

1 week ago

Penn Hills addresses conditions at rental properties

Rental property owners will have to register with Penn Hills and designate a property manager if they live more than 15 miles away.

1 week ago

City council candidates face ballot challenges

Mark Brentley and Randy Zotter face challenges to their appearance on the City Council ballot.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh school board candidate's eligibility is challenged

Three candidates are running for school board in District 6: Samuel Hurst, Moira Kaleida and Tracy Link.

1 week ago

 Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Colville says  he will not raise funds or accept campaign contributions for his upcoming primary for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court.

Colville won't take contributions in Superior Court bid

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert J. Colville said rules about judges avoiding outside influences could mean campaign money.

2 weeks ago

 County Councilman Bill Robinson

County Councilman Bill Robinson’s election papers for primary are challenged

The chair of the organization making the challenge calls petitions “the most egregious attempt at subverting the process I’ve ever seen.”

2 weeks ago

CMU grads are turning to crowdfunding to start new political party

The Direct Democracy Party would allow constituents’ votes to determine the course of their representatives.

2 weeks ago

 A Public Works Department worker brushes snow off the walkways at Point State Park in January.

Pittsburgh Public Works Department’s customer service criticized in report

Pittsburgh officials say they have addressed many shortcomings in an audit by Controller Michael Lamb, who said the department was slow.

2 weeks ago

Election filing deadline reveals no major surprises

Former city councilwoman Twanda Carlisle seeks to election to City Council seat despite previous conviction.

3 weeks ago

 City Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith is frustrated about the decision by Pittsburgh Public Schools not to take an offer of $200,000 for the old Schaeffer School building in Crafton Heights. The school closed several years ago.

Pittsburgh councilwoman scolds school officials on stalled Schaeffer building sale

The Pittsburgh Spice and Seasoning Co. wants to buy the 26,780-square-foot former Schaeffer school building in Crafton Heights.

3 weeks ago

 Mark Patrick Flaherty, center, smiles inside IBEW Hall on the South Side, where he received the Pittsburgh Democratic Party’s endorsement for the office of county controller over incumbent Chelsa Wagner.

Democrats endorse Flaherty over incumbent Wagner in Allegheny County controller’s race

Mark Patrick Flaherty defeated incumbent Chelsa Wagner by a vote of 942 to 774 for endorsement in the May 19 primary election.

3 weeks ago

Allegheny County Democrats endorse candidates

It’s the first big step in choosing their municipal and judicial candidates.

3 weeks ago

 Deer in Mt. Lebanon on Feb. 20. The municipality is preparing for a deer cull in six parks to thin the population out.

Mt. Lebanon deer cull begins Monday night

Commissioners voted last month to pay a company $500 per deer up to $75,000 to remove about 150 white-tailed deer by the end of March.

3 weeks ago

Wagner questions ethics of controller opponent Flaherty

Controller Chelsa Wagner questions opponent Mark Flaherty’s ethics, his campaign calls her desperate.

3 weeks ago

Peters to update clearances for volunteers to comply with state law

The law, Act 153, was signed in October. It applies to anyone who has direct contact with children.

3 weeks ago

 Solicitor John Rushford said the resignation of Dormont borough manager Jeffrey Naftal was a personnel matter.

Dormont manager abruptly resigns

Jeffrey Naftal's resignation was effective Feb. 26, according to a two-paragraph letter to council members.

4 weeks ago

 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.

Fitzgerald's top political foes face stern challenge

A new political committee is working with the Allegheny County executive to replace fellow Democrats who oppose his policies.

1 month ago


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