DISTRICT 8 PROJECTS

Projects

District Projects

Wightman Park Groundbreaking

 

South Dallas Traffic Calming

 

Tour of City Hall for Immigrants

Councilperson Strassburger worked with the Latino Community Center to host a tour of City Hall for immigrants and refugees. Participants heard from City Department heads and Pittsburgh Police leadership, learned about City services, asked questions about City resources, and were given a tour of the City-County Building. The Councilperson plans to host additional events in the future for Pittsburgh's growing immigrant and refugee populations.

 

 

Maryland & Ellsworth Public Art Installation


Legislative Accomplishments

Gun Violence Prevention

  • In partnership with Councilman Corey O’Connor, Councilperson Strassburger co-sponsored a package of legislation to address the scourge of gun violence that affects our schools, neighborhoods, places of worship, and other institutions. The package is as follows:
  1. A bill to ban certain types of military-style assault weapons
  2. A bill to ban high capacity magazines, ammunition, and other modifications
  3. A bill to institute an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO), which allows courts to temporarily seize weapons from those deemed through due process to be a threat to themselves or others
  4. A bill, introduced by Councilmembers Reverend Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle, to create a STOP the Violence Initiative, which provides resources to stop neighborhood-based violence
  5. A bill, introduced by Councilmembers Reverend Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle, to fund a STOP the Violence Coordinator position to carry out the aforementioned tasks of the STOP the Violence Initiative.

 

Pregnancy Fairness

 

Waste & Recycling Code Updates

To further the City’s Zero Waste goal, Councilperson Strassburger championed important legislation to update Pittsburgh’s Waste and Recycling Code. In April, City Council unanimously approved these changes, which will make it easier for residents to recycle. Included in the updates are stricter standards for waste and recycling containers, stronger storage guidelines to prevent contamination, and new requirements for certain landlords to distribute storage containers. I am hopeful that this initiative will be an important step toward the broader sustainable transformation of our community.

 

Resolution condemning Trump Administration's ant-immigrant rhetoric and actions

Standing with immigration advocacy organizations, Councilperson Strassburger sponsored a resolution condemning the Trump Administration's policies, including the federal government's deportation of asylum seekers fleeing dangerous situations in their native countries, the detention of immigrant children, and the elimination of Temporary Protected Status, which allows individuals who experience war, famine, and other life-threatening afflictions to stay in the United States. You can read the resolution here.

 

Safe Streets Resolution

  • Councilperson Strassburger introduced a resolution urging Governor Wolf, Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, and the Pennsylvania State House and Senate to consider policies to grant local government more control when it comes to regulating the safe and equitable use of city rights-of-way and implementing policies that discourage dangerous driving and decrease the risk of bodily injuries and death of vulnerable users, such as bicyclists, pedestrians, and individuals with limited mobility. 
  • Crafted in conjunction with the City's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), Councilperson Strassburger's Will of Council calls on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to implement more pedestrian and bicycle-focused policies that allow cities like Pittsburgh to experiment with and monitor the effectiveness of innovative roadway designs to protect vulnerable users. 
  • Among other policies, the resolution also asks for local use of radar and LIDAR technologies to detect and enforce speeding, increased penalties for reckless driving, local ability to set speed limits on residential streets, and a change in State Motor Vehicle Code that would require motorists to stop for pedestrians rather than yielding, which greatly increases a pedestrians' chance of survival. 
  • Councilperson Strassburger and DOMI also worked with partners in Philadelphia to draft and pass a similar resolution calling on state leaders to pass these commonsense measures. Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla and Philadelphia's Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) introduced a similar resolution in Pennsylvania's largest city. 
  • You can find a copy of Councilperson Strassburger's Will of Council here