City of Pittsburgh Council District 4
District 4 in the News

Munch goes to Slice on Broadway in Beechview
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 23, 2014

"Slice is one more exceedingly pleasant place on an avenue of increasingly pleasant spots: Crested Duck Charcuterie, Las Palmas, Casta Rasta, Brew coffee shop, and now this one."

Pittsburgh Joins Statewide Effort to Make Quality Pre-K Available to All Families
90.5 WESA | January 23, 2014

"Rudiak said lack of affordability for programs is a story she hears again and again from her constituents in the City’s southern neighborhoods and that needs to change. 'Pre-K can help us mediate many of our biggest challenges that I see every day in our neighborhoods and our schools, from high school truancy to high school dropout rates to even acts of violent crime,' said Rudiak."

Editorial: Rudiak, Peduto to bridge divide between public and government
The Pitt News | January 14, 2014

"The ability of Pittsburgh residents to further connect with their government, now through an open online portal, will make living in the City smoother and more seamless, enhancing the idea that Pittsburgh is the country’s most livable City."

Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak to introduce open data bill
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 14, 2014

"'This ordinance will be coupled with an outreach strategy to engage our growing local tech community. We want innovation to address the needs of our neighbors, community leaders and our very own City empoyees.'"

Walkabout: Brownsville Road could get a boost from dairy district
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | January 13, 2014

"'They are a good business, a known business,' [URA's acting executive director Rob Rubinstein] said. 'And we think the idea of creating a sense of place is important to neighborhood building,' giving people a reason to 'park their car and get a sense of discovery.'"

Rt. 88-51 project finally underway
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | December 8, 2013

"PennDOT expects the reconfiguration to reduce delays at the intersection, which handles upward of 40,000 vehicles per day, reduce the incidence of rear-end crashes and improve drainage at the site, which has been prone to flash flooding."

Munch goes to Isis Cafe
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 21, 2013

"But with cheap eats you're unlikely to find elsewhere in the 'Burgh, it's well worth the stop. And it joins the other scrumptious international eats you'll find in Brookline, perhaps the only neighborhood where you can find Mexican, Ghanaian and Lebanese food all within a few blocks of each other."

Carrick Community Council responds to 2012 crime data
South Pittsburgh Reporter | November 19, 2013

"The reply pointed out Carrick’s population of 10,113 makes it one of the largest neighborhoods in Pittsburgh. When comparing the per capita crime statistics of other neighborhoods with smaller populations, the numbers end up being similar."

'We are here' police tell Carrick/Overbrook watch
South Pittsburgh Reporter | November 12, 2013

"'Carrick has been a target area of ours for quite some time,' she said. 'A lot of times you just see the bad and you look around and think nothing is being done, but that's not true.'"

Council Members Show Support For UPMC Workers
KDKA | October 8, 2013

"'Council has always supported the employees of UPMC. They’re our constituents, they’re our neighbors, they’re our family, they’re our friends and we’re here to show UPMC that we’re not intimidated, that we’re not going to back down that we’re going to continue to fight for our constituents,' Rudiak said."

Enjoying Beechview
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 18, 2013

"Thanks to the PG, I hope that more people see what a 'diamond in the rough' this neighborhood is."

Hispanic Business Contribution in Pittsburgh
90.5 WESA | September 17, 2013

"As the Hispanic population in the Pittsburgh region grows, businesses touting authentic Latin food are flourishing."

Locals Thwart Crime With Neighborhood "Block Watch"
KDKA | September 17, 2013

"'Rather than a vigilante group, the block watch organizers say this is a way to bring the community together."

Original Emerald View Park trail completed
South Pittsburgh Reporter | September 17, 2013

"'While we are constantly working to improve Emerald View Park’s infrastructure, these recent improvements make a huge difference in the usability of the park,' says Ilyssa Manspeizer, MWCDC director of Park Development and Conservation."

Grocery with Latin touch opens in Beechview
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 13, 2013

"'At first, it was slow, and some people said things like, 'Go back to your country,'' Mr. Berumen said. 'You have to deal with that. They don't know me and my brothers. They don't know our lives or how hard we work. We're trying to have a better life. After they know us in Brookline, they love us and we love them. We want to keep the store in Brookline.'"

Beechview a big draw for Pittsburgh's Latino residents
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 8, 2013

"Such scenes have become increasingly common in Beechview, a South Hills neighborhood that has become a hot spot for Latinos, especially Mexicans. And the increase has prompted entrepreneurs to open businesses and provide services that cater to the needs of the growing community that stretches into neighboring Brookline."

Brookline's Pitaland delivers world of Mediterranean treats
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | September 4, 2013

"Despite its young age, the cafe is already attracting heavy foot traffic. A recent lunch hour found the space packed, the atmosphere a bit hectic as diners noshed at the counter, and shoppers pushed carts around and ordered from the deli."

Buying Here: Mount Washington
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 31, 2013

"'I think Mount Washington is up and coming, turning the corner,'" Ms. Jayson said. 'It's definitely attracting lots more folks.'"

On the Table: Casa Rasta restaurant full of Afro-Cuban influences
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 15, 2013

"As restaurants have done in East Liberty and elsewhere, perhaps Casa Rasta and its neighbors will inspire a renaissance of Beechview: a charming neighborhood with untapped potential."

Pittsburgh center to aid Latino immigrants
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 12, 2013

"Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Sister Janice has had the idea--or the dream, as she calls it--to open a center like Casa San Jose for years. The two-room center, located in the basement of St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 933 Brookline Blvd., will offer social services to the growing population of Latino immigrants in Beechview, Brookline and all around Pittsburgh."

Munch goes to Pitaland Cafe in Brookline
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | August 1, 2013

"I was looking for a different kind of breakfast, something healthy and gentle on the internal organs. Could Pitaland Cafe, whose grocery store has long been lauded by a vegetarian colleague, be the answer?"

Young Scenic Pittsburgh staffer gets a passion for urban planning
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 29, 2013

"'That is so uniquely Pittsburgh. For the last two years I have been thinking about what defines Pittsburgh as a space. What tells you you are in Pittsburgh? I can't think of anything more Pittsburgh than these neighborhood views. And the greenery. The greenery here riots.'"

A guy from Ghana opens his food store in Brookline
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 11, 2013

"Sani Musah, a Ghana native, loves yams, but if he can help it, he would prefer not to buy them from an American grocery store. 'Certain ingredients, you can only find in an African food shop.'"

Rudiak: Pittsburgh's southern areas left out of traffic safety
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 3, 2013

"A survey this year of Carrick and Overbrook residents revealed traffic was the top public safety concern, a result Ms. Rudiak said was surprising and alarming."

Two men, ages 96 and 88, receive diplomas from Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 26, 2013

"Paul Goettler, 88, attended Carrick High School, but in 1943, when he expected to graduate, he joined the Army, serving in the 88th Infantry Division stationed in Italy."

Refugees in Pittsburgh celebrate their heritage
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 23, 2013

"'This city is changing,' said Elie Kihonia, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who played guitar before a small crowd gathered in the CCAC auditorium. 'If you don't like it, you'd better move to another city. ... We're becoming more multicultural, more diverse.'"

Isis Cafe proud to be an (Egyptian) family affair
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | June 19, 2013

"It's kept its own walkable classic main street (Brookline Boulevard) intact, and there's almost a mini-Strip District's worth of culinary variety along its length, including several bakeries, ice cream and coffee shops, Italian restaurants, and one-of-a-kind ethnic grocers like Pitaland and Las Palmas Carniceria. Add to that another totally unique flavor--the Egyptian food of Isis Cafe."

Walkabout: Overbrook church might be ordinary but historic, too
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 18, 2013

"...the congregation believes it is worthy of recognition, 'not only as a historic building, but also as an acknowledgment of what the church represents, the unique and significant importance of coal mining villages like Fairhaven in the development of Pittsburgh.'"

Students at Pittsburgh's Brashear High are praised for supporting LGBT tolerance
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 12, 2013

"Jasmine and classmate Kelsey Long, also 18 and recently graduated, along with foreign language teacher Devin Browne, the GSA sponsor, appeared before City Council Tuesday, where Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak commended them for their efforts."

South Hills communities drive toward fixes jointly
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 9, 2013

"The boroughs of Brentwood, Whitehall and Baldwin are working with the city neighborhoods of Carrick and Overbrook to rejuvenate their common corridors -- and some heavy hitters have noticed this group that calls itself Economic Development South."

Pittsburgh's New Immigrants
Pittsburgh TODAY | August 15, 2012

"City councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, a daughter of a Polish immigrant, doesn't want the elite to be the sole focus of Pittsburgh's efforts to increase diversity. 'We see a lot of focus on high skilled immigrants. That's a great thing. But lots of refugees settled here and also need our support. We might have the next high-tech entrepreneur in this group, but unless we provide English language services and connections to larger resources, we may not see that talent emerge.'"

Have You Been to Brookline? (VIDEO)
WQED Experience | May 7, 2012

"It's the second-largest City neighborhood in Pittsburgh, but many people would be hard-pressed to find it on a map. However, those who live in Brookline call it the City's best-kept secret. WQED's Tonia Caruso documents the fascinating history of Brookline, and showcases the unique people, places and traditions."

The Office of Councilmember Natalia Rudiak
510 City County Building | 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-255-2131 | Fax: 412-255-2821

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