Parking in the City of Pittsburgh is uniformly priced by location or street and has resulted in highly competitive parking in the City’s popular areas while spaces in low density areas remain underutilized. A performance parking project, piloted by Carnegie Mellon University, has demonstrated that using a dynamic pricing model increases effective use of parking resources and revenue to the City.
City Councilman Corey O’Connor hosted a Post Agenda on Dynamic Pricing on November 6, 2014 at 1:30 PM in City Council Chambers to explore this new model for pricing parking resources. Carnegie Mellon University researchers and Parking Authority Directors provided information to City Council on how a Dynamic Pricing model could manage the demands of parking, serve the needs of Pittsburgh’s businesses and visitors, and bring additional revenue to the City.
Dr. Mark Fichman, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Carnegie Mellon University
David Onorato, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Parking Authority
Wesley Pollard, Director of Enforcement and Meter Services, Pittsburgh Parking Authority
Stephen Spear, Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
posted 11/07/14 @ 12:00 am
Councilman O'Connor presents an Air Quality Post Agenda
O’Connor to Address Residents’ Complaints About Air Quality in Pittsburgh Citizens, Experts to Attend Press Briefing and Post-Agenda Meeting in City Council
PITTSBURGH—Responding to complaints about the impact of industrial facilities in our region on air quality in the East End and throughout Pittsburgh, City Councilman Corey O’Connor has called for a post-agenda meeting in City Council, to take place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2 p.m., to bring together residents, local and national experts, and city and county officials to discuss air pollution and its impact on our health and economy.
“A number of residents of Squirrel Hill and other East End neighborhoods notice offensive smells in our community on many days, and they are worried about the well-being of their families,” O’Connor said. “We hope to learn more about the sources of air pollution that affect the city, how they might be harming our health and what steps can be taken to better control them.”
“Pittsburgh cannot truly become the ‘most livable city’ until we contend with our air pollution problem, which is among the worst in the country,” said Jody Handley, a concerned resident of Squirrel Hill. “I often have to close my windows or limit the time my children spend outdoors because of the poor air quality here, so I’m pleased that City Council is focusing attention on this issue of vital importance.”
A press briefing in advance of the hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor lobby outside City Council Chambers in the City-County Building at 414 Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh. It will offer the opportunity for concerned residents to share their stories about how the poor air quality in Pittsburgh impacts their lives, as well as for experts from Allegheny General Hospital and Carnegie Mellon University to discuss their work on the extent and consequences of our air pollution problem. The post-agenda meeting, chaired by Councilman O’Connor, will immediately follow the press briefing and is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Chambers. Invited speakers to the meeting include:
John Graham, PhD, Senior Scientist, Clean Air Task Force
Albert Presto, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Philip Johnson, PhD, MPH, MESc., Director, Breathe Project; Interim director, Environment Program, The Heinz Endowments
Dr. Deborah Gentile, MD, Director of Research, Division of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Allegheny General Hospital
Jody Handley, Softward Product Manager and private citizen
George Jugovic Jr., Esq. Chief Council, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
Jayme Graham, Air Quality Program Manager, Allegheny County Health Department
Rachel Filippini, Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution
Councilman O'Connor is honored to stand with Governor Tom Corbett and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to announce 10 million dollars in Economic Development Funds to the Hazelwood ALMONO Site.
posted 10/21/14 @ 12:00 am
Living in Squirrel Hill
There are lots of great reasons to live in Squirrel Hill! Watch as Monica Calero, a yoga instructor and resident of Summerset at Frick Park, visits some of Squirrel Hill's greatest attractions! (Thanks to Next Pittsburgh for sharing the video!)
TreeVitalize Project Application Due Date Right Around the Corner
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Planting Program has planted over 17,000 trees throughout Allegheny County but wants to do more. Every Pittsburgh neighborhood is eligible to receive trees and services for street, park, and riverfront planting projects in an effort to improve the environment and quality of life in the community. Applications to participate in the Fall 2013 plantings are due in by March 15, 2013.
posted 2/27/13 @ 2:15 pm
Calling all lifeguards!
Citiparks Aquatics Division is looking for Lifeguards for the 2013 Summer Season. If you know someone who is certified or interested in obtaining certification to work for Citiparks, please have them contact the Aquatic Division Office at 412-323-7928.
City Council Extends Free Night-Time Parking For Six Months
In City Council’s Standing Committee meeting, debate continued about whether parking meters should be enforced until 6:00 or 10:00 p.m. Councilman O’Connor offered an amendment to the legislation that extends free metered parking after 6:00 p.m. for an additional six months. This amendment allows for the City Council to learn more about the impacts that free night-time parking would have on the City’s pension plan. Read the Tribune-Review’s article or see Harold Hayes’ CBS report.
posted 12/19/12 @ 12:09 pm
CTAC Offers 5-Week Core Series Workshop for Community-Based Organizations
The Community Technical Assistance Center is offering a free 5-week Core Series Workshop to community-based organizations to learn governance, financial management, planning and everything in between. To learn more about the program, eligibility requirements or to register online, please click here.
posted 11/29/12 @ 1:52 pm
Judge blocks enforcement of portion of Pa. voter ID law
A judge has blocked the state from discounting ballots cast next month by voters who lack the photo identification required under the new voter ID law.
Voters will be asked for their identification at the polls, but will vote by normal procedures and their vote will count regardless of whether they have an ID, according to officials on both sides of the case.
Schenley Park Golf Course Needs More Business, Councilman Says
Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O'Connor says it's time to drum up business at the city-owned golf course bearing his late father's name, even if that means a redesign that reduces the number of holes from 18 to nine.
This year's National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Last year over 15,000 neighborhoods nationwide and 28 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh participated in picnics, music, parties, games and more, all to raise awareness of crime prevention in a family friendly environment. Last year's was very successful, and with your help this year's can be too. Check out this flyer to find a block party to attend in Squirrel Hill.
posted 7/25/12 @ 2:40 pm
6 Months In
As Councilman O'Connor recently passed the halfway mark of his first year as your City Councilman, he thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of the things we have accomplished. Read more
posted 7/16/12 @ 9:00 am
Dedication of Bob Vavro Sr. Garden
On July 10, 2012, residents of Hazelwood gathered to honor and celebrate Bob Vavro Sr. for his devotion and countless hours of hard work landscaping and maintaining the gazebo and garden at the corner of Second and Johnston Avenues. Councilman O’Connor, who was the Master of Ceremony for the evening, presented Mr. Vavro with a Resolution which was passed in City Council to officially name the park the “Bob Vavro, Sr. Garden.” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl awarded Bob Vavro, Sr. with a Proclamation and Bob received special recognition from District Magistrate Jim Hanley, famous author, Jim O’Brien and Hazelwood Initiative Board Members.
Councilman O'Connor hosts Post Agenda on the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance
On July 10, 2012, Councilman O’Connor hosted a coalition of seven Pittsburgh non-profits known as the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance. Members of the Alliance discussed some of its many recent accomplishments and spoke about the benefits of preserving greenspace. They also announced that they had raised 110 million dollars for future greenspace improvements. To learn more about Councilman O’Connor’s Post-Agenda and the work of the Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance, check out these articles…
In his capacity as Chair of City Council’s Committee on Urban Recreation, Councilman O’Connor has toured almost every park in the City of Pittsburgh. Mike Radley, Citiparks Director, and Mike Gable, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works, accompanied the Councilman and briefed him in 10-15 minute overviews at each stop. Learn more
Mark your calendars for the Pennsylvania Resource Council’s “ReuseFest” on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at SouthSide Works (parking lot at 26th and Sidney Streets). It will be a one-of-a-kind one day collection event for materials destined for reuse, including bikes, medical supplies, usable building materials, clothing and household goods, gently used furniture and mattresses, art supplies, pet carriers and much, much more. For more a complete list of participating organizations and materials collected, visit www.zerowastepgh.org/reuse or call the Pennsylvania Resources Council at 412-488-7490 x 236.
The Pennsylvania State Legislature recently passed a Voter ID law which may affect your ability to vote. With several upcoming elections in sight, my office has compiled information about the changes and what you need to do to protect your right to vote.
People’s Natural Gas has issued a written statement regarding their work to replace 44 miles of old cast iron pipelines in Regent Square. More information about the affected streets and a the timeframe can be found here.
posted 3/21/12 @ 12:00 pm
St. Patrick's Day Parade This Saturday!
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Councilman O’Connor on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the magnificent St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which celebrates Pittsburgh’s Irish heritage and will feature 200 marching units, 18 bands, specialty acts, floats, politicians, police fire and emergency service agencies and a host of Irish heritage groups. The parade will begin at 10:00 AM at the Greyhound Bus Station, led by this year’s Grand Marshall, Jim Green, and will include “Miss Smiling Irish Eyes”, Queen Mary Kate Gallagher, and her Court, Shannon Evans and Laura Schubert.
You may also find the Councilman celebrating his Irish heritage at the Irish Fair in the Square, a no-alcohol event in Market Square featuring Irish music, street performers and face painting.
In memory of an gorta Mor, “The Great Hunger” in 1847 in Ireland, the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Ancient Order of Hibernians have joined with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to collect food for the less fortunate. Please join the effort by bringing non-perishable grocery items to one of three collection points along the parade route.
posted 3/14/12 @ 10:32 am
Attention Squirrel Hill Residents!
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is hosting a Community Meeting regarding the proposed addition of two office floors to the Rite Aid building at Forbes and Murray. The architects for the owner will present proposed plans for community comment and information.
Date: Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Jewish Community Center
Call (412)422-7666 for more information
posted 3/01/12 @ 4:45 pm
Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation has announced that the Squirrel Hill Tunnel Rehabilitation Project is expected to begin in early March 2012. It is anticipated that the project will take approximately two years to complete. In addition to the tunnel itself, work will be performed on the bridge that carries the Parkway East over Commercial Street.
For an overview of the project, maps and a tentative schedule of traffic restrictions, see below:
In the wake of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s announced intention to cut public transportation services by 35 percent, Councilman O’Connor introduced a resolution supporting House Bill 2112 that would transfer money from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to mass transit. Council unanimously approved the resolution.
Many of you attended the recent meeting convened on January 26, 2012 by Councilman Corey O’Connor at the Magee Recreation Center. A major area of concern from participants was where they would go for help with income tax preparation for 2011 now that the Greenfield Organization has closed.
Here are some suggestions:
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free help for older taxpayers and people with limited incomes at the Carnegie Library of Squirrel Hill, 5801 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. The facility is handicap accessible. Call 412-422-9650 for an appointment. Appointments can be scheduled on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:00 pm - 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The Hazelwood YMCA, 4713 Chatsworth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 also offers free tax preparation for qualified families Call 412-421-5648 for an appointment. Hours are Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm; Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm; and Saturdays from 9:30 am – 2pm.