Many are familiar with ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). ALEC is a corporate-backed organization which produces conservative model bills that lawmakers can customize for their own communities and states. ALEC model legislation includes controversial restrictive Voter ID laws being passed by various states as well as ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. ALEC has been around for nearly 40 years and is responsible for some 200 such model bills becoming law each year. While most of us have heard of ALEC, how many have heard of ALICE?
I wanted to remind you that if you haven’t already applied to join one of my Transition Teams, the deadline to do so is tomorrow, November 18, at 5pm.
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced today the formation of transition teams to guide the succession toward a new Peduto Administration in January.
The Mayor-Elect invited city residents to submit applications to join a transition team by signing up on-line via the Peduto Transition Committee website located at www.ournewpittsburgh.com.
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto was exceedingly busy between the May primary and the November general election–and we don’t just mean running for mayor, being a city councilor, and making his usual rounds of umpteen meetings and events. He also managed to hit the road to study best practices in cities around the country and the world. But, Bill’s not just a student of cities–he was the only American speaker at the International Seminar of La Fabrique de la Cité (The City Factory) in Stockholm this July where he presented “Another look at the ‘Renaissance Programme’ in Pittsburgh, a public-private cooperation.”
Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced this morning his intention to open up to city residents, through the Talent City program, applications for all at-will employment positions in city Departments as well as appointments to Boards, Commissions and Authorities, under the new Peduto Administration.
Today, Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto announced a complete restructuring of the Mayor’s Office that will include the most talented and diverse Mayoral cabinet in Pittsburgh’s history. The Executive Team announcement was coupled with the launch of the Peduto Transition Committee website — www.ournewpittsburgh.com — where you can find bios of team members as well as descriptions of their new job responsibilities starting in January. The transition website also includes a link to the Talent City website where — starting in mid-November — residents can apply for employment or appointments within the Peduto Administration.
While President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law back on March 23, 2010, people still have questions about the statute which is aimed at insuring millions of Americans who are not now covered and reforming the insurance system for all.
How much do you know about Pittsburgh city government–and how much would you like to know? The Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy addresses numerous topics including city organization, budgeting, city planning, redevelopment, public works and Citiparks services, protection of our rivers, public safety, and more! The Academy is a free ten-week course for adults (18 or older) who either are city residents or who own and operate a business within the city limits. People who are already actively involved in a neighborhood block watch, community group or business association are highly encouraged to apply.
Sustainable communities are places which have a variety of housing and transportation options. They’re communities where people don’t need to rely on cars because they can easily walk or use public transportation to go to work, to shop, to visit a doctor or to enjoy a show or eat out. They are greener by their very nature — reducing pollution by reducing the need for cars. And their emphasis on a mixture of housing options allow residents at all income levels to enjoy the benefits of living in these communities.
Advancements in technology have added convenience and availability to so many aspects of our lives with seemingly nearly everything being a mere mouse click or smartphone app away. One area which has lagged behind is local governments. For example, back in 2009, Councilman Peduto worked with two Carnegie Mellon University professors to create iBurgh — the nation’s first mobile app for city government. iBurgh made it possible for anyone with a smartphone to report neighborhood issues directly to our city’s 311 system. However, the current administration did not keep up the relationship with iBurgh and it is no longer available. But many cities are beginning to understand the value technology can bring to services for residents and to increased civic participation.