Politics - Local

  A early morning view of the Golden Triangle from the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower.

Planning commission backs legislation to add 'affordable' housing to Pittsburgh’s development policies

The legislation is meant to encourage the construction of more housing for poor and working-class people.

about 21 hours ago

 “I came to the decision on my own,” Mark Patrick Flaherty said of the decision to run for Allegheny County controller.

Flaherty announces bid to regain old job as Allegheny County controller

Mark Patrick Flaherty will battle Chelsa Wagner for the Democratic nomination for controller, a job he gave up to run for county executive.

about 21 hours ago

Flaherty to announce bid for his old job as Allegheny County controller

Mark Patrick Flaherty, who quit to run for executive four years ago, will challenge Chelsa Wagner for the Democratic nomination.

2 days ago

Pittsburgh City Council to vote on budget

The proposed 2015 operating budget calls for nearly $516.6 million in revenue, up nearly $28.5 million from this year.

2 days ago

 The city council removed Downtown Pittsburgh from the parking plan entirely and will hold off on South Side night enforcement.

Pittsburgh evening street parking charges delayed

The city, however, still plans to increase meter rates in several neighborhoods. Time of enforcement won’t change for now.

1 day ago

 The playground at Wightman Park in Squirrel Hill is well-used but outdated.

Pittsburgh’s Wightman Park upgrade discussed

City Councilman Dan Gilman initiated the first in a series of community meetings recently to discuss and plan the park’s future.

2 days ago

 State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

Metcalfe's daughter to run for Butler County commissioner's seat

Lisa Metcalfe, 28, daughter of a prominent conservative state legislator, will seek a Republican nomination next year.

5 days ago

McKeesport holds the line of property taxes

McKeesport property owners will have no new tax increase next year. The city council unanimously approved a $19.2 million budget on Dec. 3.

6 days ago

No tax increase in Dormont for 2015

Council also adopted a $7.44 million budget for 2015.

6 days ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto, left, greets President Obama during Mr. Obama's April visit to Pittsburgh. Mr. Peduto was invited to address the president's daylong summit on early childhood education to speak about the city’s work in pre-K education.

Pennsylvania loses in competition for federal preschool grants

The U.S. Department of Education said 18 states, but not Pennsylvania, will share more than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants.

6 days ago

 "When there’s a lot of friction, you need lawyers to handle that,” said Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto's chief of staff.

More lawyers pushed for Pittsburgh’s building code battle

Kevin Acklin, Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, says the city must fix the code enforcement system.

1 week ago

 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf, left, embraces Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald during Mr. Fitzgerald's re-election bid announcement event Thursday at the IBEW Hall, South Side.

Fitzgerald seeking re-election as Allegheny County executive

Democratic leaders from the state House and Senate came out in support of Rich Fitzgerald’s re-election announcement event.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh City council examines proposal to reorganize building inspection

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to move building inspection from Public Safety to a new Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections.

2 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Two public hearings planned for Pittsburgh budget initiatives

Up for discussion are Mayor Bill Peduto’s proposed millage increase and a plan to begin a registration program for rental properties.

2 weeks ago

 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner (pictured) and Executive Rich Fitzgerald are seeking re-election next year in a low-key primary.

Few local challenges expected in Allegheny County's 2015 primary

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and Executive Rich Fitzgerald are seeking re-election next year in a low-key primary.

2 weeks ago

 Peters council members David Ball, left, James Berquist, center, and Frank Arcuri power through Monday's meeting in power was lost due to heavy winds.

Power outage doesn't stop Peters council's action

With winds howling outside up to 40 mph, the power went out about 15 minutes into Monday’s meeting.

3 weeks ago

No tax increase for Peters property owners next year

A $10.7 million surplus is expected at end of this year.

3 weeks ago

Tentative Irwin budget calls for 1.5-mill tax increase

A resident with a home assessed at the median value of $15,350 would pay an additional $23.14 in taxes if the hike is approved in December.

3 weeks ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Councilwoman, union criticize Mayor Peduto’s plan for Pittsburgh Building Inspection

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to make the city’s Bureau of Building Inspection, now part of the Department of Public Safety, its own department.

3 weeks ago

 In another criminal case scheduled for March 2, A.J. Richardson and his wife, Felecia Richardson, are charged with making more than 100 unnecessary phone calls to Allegheny County’s 911 dispatch center.

Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate released on parole

Common Pleas Judge Anthony Mariani vacated a three- to six-month jail term for Abdula Jamar “A.J.” Richardson, 38, of Sheraden.

3 weeks ago

 The education task force has one final meeting with Mayor Bill Peduto that is yet to be scheduled and is to deliver a report by the end of the year.

Education task force to become Pittsburgh commission

The task force faced problems identifying its mission and goals, members said.

4 weeks ago

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County join hands to find 
shelter for homeless veterans

The goal of the initiative is to have all veterans off the streets by the end of 2015.

4 weeks ago

Pittsburgh City Council set to eye valet service fees, fines increase

The ordinance raises the fee for a valet parking operator licenses from $100 to $200, though the fee for renewing licenses will remain $100.

4 weeks ago


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