In this week's Monday Memo: "Confronting Our Water Challenges Head On" Podcast | April Polling | Yard Signs -- You Know You Want One! | Allegheny County Labor Council Endorses the Mayor
In episode three of "Talking Pittsburgh w/ Mayor Peduto," the Mayor talks about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how Congress needs to take it slow when it comes to trying to reform the healthcare act. He also discusses current issues with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and what that means for the safety of Pittsburgh’s drinking water, including the City's partnership with Peoples Gas and PWSA to provide free point-of-entry filtration systems to reduce lead levels in our drinking water. Listen in by clicking here for this 11 minute podcast.
While we can be grateful that President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress failed at this attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the AHCA -- which if it had passed would have meant the loss of health insurance for millions -- that does not mean that the fight is over.
In the second installment of the "Talking Pittsburgh w/ Mayor Peduto" weekly podcast, Mayor Peduto discusses the impact President Trump's newly proposed budget will have on our City and his meeting with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the National League of Cities' education committee. Find out what will become of critical programs like the Summer of Earn and Learn by clicking here to listen to this six minute podcast.
Breaking records, Team Peduto submitted 3, 939 signatures to qualifying the Mayor to appear on ballot. That number is nearly 16 times the minimum number required to qualify! Importantly, it includes signatures of supporters from every neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh. This also exceeds the number of petitions submitted by the Mayor's 2013 campaign by nearly 1,500 signatures.
The Mayor's support continues to grow across the City. This Sunday, Democratic Party leaders from all across the city voted to endorse Mayor Peduto for re-election. This victory -- 60% of the vote total -- included supporters from neighborhoods all across the City.
We have some initial polling numbers in, and we wanted to be sure to share some of them with you. Voters in Pittsburgh generally feel the city is heading in the right direction (68% vs. 22% who disagree). Voters have a strong, positive assessment of Mayor Peduto (74% vs. 15% negative) and he has a job approval rating of 63%.
Beginning this month, our re-election campaign staff is working in full swing out of our newly opened campaign office at 4314 Penn Avenue. Our team reflects and deeply believes in a city that is diverse and inclusive -- a Pittsburgh that works for everyone. They also love the City and are working together to help keep Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh.
If you are a certified lifeguard or are interested in obtaining certification, the Citiparks Aquatic Division is looking for you. They are currently recruiting lifeguards for the 2017 summer season. Lifeguards must be City of Pittsburgh residents and at least 16 years of age by June 2, 2017. The starting pay rate is $9.09 an hour. If you are interested in working as a lifeguard for Citiparks, please contact the Citiparks Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.
BMe Community is an "award-winning network of community-builders known for defining people by their positive contributions to society and enlisting incredible black men who inspire us to be Better Together." Each year, BMe presents their leadership awards to everyday, adult Black men -- fathers, coaches, students, businessmen, etc. -- who have shown that they are deeply committed to the well-being of others. Then, they help them in their efforts by giving them funding, networking opportunities, and by sharing their stories with others.
One Northside, Northside Narratives, Pittsburgh Perry High School, BMe Community, and Ya Momz House, Inc. are holding a free community event tonight at Alloy 26 in Nova Place. The Northside Narratives program will feature 40 youth-founded project proposals about business ideas that they wish to see or create in Northside Pittsburgh. It's a science fair-style event with students on hand to discuss why they chose their projects. Projects will receive up to $1,000 to complete their project in their community.
Girls Write Pittsburgh -- recently launched in Brookline -- is the city’s only program designed to empower teen girls through the creative expression of writing. This is a free program for girls age 13 to 18 who have a desire to learn the craft of writing. Through this, Girls Write Pittsburgh aims to benefit these teens in areas such as "personal accountability, personal growth and development, critical thinking, communication, leadership, public speaking, social and interpersonal relationship skills development, and rhetoric."
Statement from Mayor William Peduto in Response to President Trump’s Executive Orders Regarding Immigration
PITTSBURGH, PA (January 25, 2017) - "The residents of Pittsburgh stand tonight with cities all across our nation. Pittsburgh was built by immigrants, who came to our city to find work in our steel mills and who forged a better life for their families. Like my grandparents, they came to America for opportunity, and they built America. We stand on their shoulders, and we owe it to them to preserve opportunities for current and future generations. Just as our past was built by immigrants, so too will be our future.
Neighborhood Allies' Love My Neighbor! program provides small grants to resident-led projects across nine communities(Allentown, Beltzhoover, Hill District, Homewood, Knoxville, Larimer, Lincoln-Lemington, Millvale, and Wilkinsburg). They look to sponsor projects that improve the neighborhood and engage the neighbors. Now, they are seeking RFPs (Request for Proposals) from organizations or freelance consultants to provide technical assistance to people interested in applying for a Love My Neighbor! grant.
PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto will host a Community Gathering on Monday, January 16, 2017 as the county and city celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, will be a celebration of our community being built upon our differences, and a recommitment from leaders in this region that it will continue to be a community for everyone.
PITTSBURGH, PA (January 12, 2017) - The Office of Mayor William Peduto will host a swearing-in ceremony for Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council on Friday, January 13, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the City-County Building.
AlphaLab Gear is a Pittsburgh-based, nationally ranked accelerator -- consistently in the top 20 nationwide -- for early-stage physical product companies. They are once again holding their National Hardware Cup. This is a pitch competition for early-stage hardware startups. The Cup tours seven cities around the U.S. (Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Washington DC, Chicago, and Austin) to find and highlight the most promising physical product startups in the nation.
There are two important community meetings coming up in short order. The first is on Thursday, December 8th where CMU Students will present their final designs for the Western Gateway. The second meeting is on Monday, December 12th. At that meeting, drawings and plans will be presented for the proposed Penn Plaza and Enright Park redevelopment.
Pittsburgh Public School? Public charter school? Private school? What's best for your child and where can you learn what's out there? If you ever wished you could "one-stop shop" for options for your child's education, have we got an event for you! On Saturday, November 19th, you can come down to the Energy Innovation Center and speak directly to school leaders, parents and teachers to help find the right school for your child.