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.
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.
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