I hope this message finds you well and in good spirits. As we continue to advance progress in the District, I will begin engaging you in more ways than in the past. With the continuation of our scheduled “Meet and Greets” and other community events, I am furthering our efforts to keep community members and stakeholders up-to-date on the latest advancements and happenings in our District. As well as any other news of importance.
I am honored to serve on your behalf as your Pittsburgh City Councilman. As we work tirelessly for the benefit of the district, I am confident that our efforts will empower and bolster the lives of each and every community member.
R. Daniel Lavelle
Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Wolf Visits Green Innovation Campus
Gubernatorial candidate, Tom Wolf, visited Pittsburgh on June 19 to tour the developing Green Innovation Center that once stood as the site of the Connelley Trade School. Councilman Lavelle and PA State Representative Jake Wheatley invited the candidate to check out the progress and highlight some of the positive work occurring in the Hill District.
The walking tour was led by Tom Bartnick, Executive Director of Green Innovators. During the construction of the Green Innovation Campus, the group was informed that Green Innovators have far exceeded the Minority/Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) standards on the project, and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the development. The project is utilizing state-of-the-art materials and production methods to incorporate into the new space.
The gubernatorial candidate was awestruck with the view that overlooks the city from the building site. This space, along with the rest of the building, will be available as rental space to the community and its organizations. Most of the building will be used by different companies and small businesses from the area: and will include a newly renovated auditorium, as well as a community kitchen that will employ previously incarcerated individuals. Councilman Lavelle believes that the transformation of the former Connelly Trade School into a world-class training center at the forefront of clean and green innovation is exciting for both the Hill District and region at large.
Search for City Chief of Police Begins
The Mayor and Talent City are kicking off the search for a new Chief of Police by hosting a series of community conversations at each of the Public Safety Zone council meetings to discuss qualities residents want to see in the next Chief of Police. As members of the community, the Mayor invites you to attend any and all of these upcoming meetings. Format for the sessions will have small, tabletop discussions. The goal for these meetings is to create an environment for constructive feedback from the community to incorporate into the screening criteria for candidates.
In conjunction with the meetings to gather feedback on this important decision, the city has set up a platform for citizens to register their opinions online via the City's Mindmixer website. Those interested in the search for a police chief may log on to http://pittsburghpa.mindmixer.com/ and answer three general questions:
- What priorities does your community need the new Chief of Police to address?
- What qualities and skills does your community need the new Chief of Police to have?
- What can you and others in your community do to help realize the vision of policing in partnership with the community?
District 6 falls under Zone 1 and Zone 2, and the following is our scheduled meetings. Please note that the Zone 2 meeting has already taken place:
PSC Zone 1
Thursday, July 24 @ 6 p.m.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church
907 Middle St. - Brighton Heights
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
PSC Zone 3
Wednesday, July 16 @ 6 p.m.
South Hills Senior Residences
125 Ruth St. - Beltzhoover/Knoxville
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
PSC Zone 4
Tuesday, July 22 @ 6 p.m.
Jewish Community Center*
5738 Forbes Ave. - Squirrel Hill
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
PSC Zone 5
Tuesday, July 8 @ 6 p.m.
The Kingsley Association
6435 Frankstown Ave. - Homewood
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
U.S. Labor Secretary, Thomas Perez Visits AGH
U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, made a visit to Pittsburgh on June 11 to highlight the successful relationship between Allegheny General Hospital and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. The visit commemorated efforts of management and union nurses at the hospital as a “national model” for creative labor-management partnerships.
Allegheny General Hospital and SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania made history when they organized to form the first group of Pittsburgh acute care hospital nurses to form a union in 1999. Since then, managers and nurses have come together to design and execute some of the most innovative labor-management initiatives in the country aimed at improving quality outcomes, enhancing patient satisfaction and containing costs.
Councilman Lavelle Participates in Kaboom Playground Build at Weil Elementary
The Hill District community came together to build a Kaboom! playground at Weil Elementary School on June 20, 2014. Kaboom! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create great play spaces through the participation and leadership of communities. The playground build at Weil was overseen by the Hill District Consensus Group, which worked hard to make the project a reality thanks to their fundraising and leadership efforts.
Councilman Lavelle joined over 200 volunteers to assist in constructing the playground. It was an inspiring event that showcased the commitment of Hill District residents and stakeholders to improve their community by offering a safe, modern play space for children in the Hill. To check out more photos from the event, please click here.
Pittsburgh’s 37th Annual Three Rivers Regatta to be Held Again
July 2-4 marks the 37th annual Three Rivers Regatta festival in the city. Touted as the offical Fourth of July Celebration, this event will host theXpogo World Championships pogo competition, the North American Powerboat Championships, exhibits by Sandasational, concerts, “Flashes of Freedom” fireworks show on the Fourth of July, alongside other events and attactions for all to attend.
To see a full list of events and dates/times, please visit the offical website, here.
As a reminder, the Councilman sets monthly remote-site visits to engage with the community to their throughts, concerns, and any other pertinent issues. These are always held on every:
Fourth Monday of the Month @ 5-6 pm
Hill District: Carnegie Library
2177 Centre Ave
Second Tuesday of the Month @ 5-6pm
California-Kirkbridge: Northside Coalition for Fair Housing
1821 Brighton Road
Second Wednesday of the Month @ 6-7 pm
Oakland: Community Human Services
374 Lawn Street
Second Thrusday of the Month @ 5:30-6:30 pm
Manchester: Manchester Citizens Corporation
1319 Allegheny Ave
For a list of upcoming appearances and events for our office, please visit the following link:
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Office of Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor | City County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2134 | facsimile 412-255-0737