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Zone 3 council discusses gun violence prevention

The April 28 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) began with the report of Ian Reynolds of the city's Safer Together. He said leaving guns unattended in cars can be very...

 

Rental registration requirement begins at the end of May

The city’s new rental registration program headlined the April 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Sarah Kinter, Director of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections (PLI), said the city’s new rental registration program begins on May 29,...

 

Disruptive properties in the city are getting additional attention

The March 24 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured guest speaker Angela Brundage, the new administrative assistant of Disruptive Properties in the city's Department of P...

 

PWSA building green stormwater infrastructure in park

The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA) has two new board members following election at the organization's annual meeting via Zoom on March 8: Andrew Fetzko and Marc Bowman. Reelected...

 

Delayed PED expansion hampers adding members to Clean Team

The February report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED) kicked off the March meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. The PED, or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m....

 

Zone 3 shows uptick in all crime in 2021 over previous year

The February 24 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured guest speaker Heath C. Johnson, Ph.D., crime analysis coordinator, crime analysis unit, Pittsburgh Bureau of...

 

Zone 3 council hears crime data, neighborhood issues

The February 24 monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured guest speaker Heath C. Johnson, Ph.D., crime analysis coordinator, crime analysis unit, Pittsburgh Bureau of...

 

Sunday enforcement of South Side meters delayed temporarily

The February 8 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the January report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight. The PED is in effect on Thursdays,...

 

Public Safety officials take questions from the Zone 3 Council

The Jan. 27 Zoom monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured news of new hires, crime updates, and more. Z3PSC President Liz Style served as meeting facilitator. It began...

 

Sunday meter enforcement is delayed in South Side

The January 11 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with the December report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to m...

 

Sunday enforcement of parking meters in South Side postponed

The November report of the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight, kicked off the Dec. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Currently, the PED operates on Thursdays,...

 

New Division 4 campus won't be open for this winter announced at Zone 3

The Dept. of Public Works' (DPW) 4th Division in Knoxville will not be operational this winter. The expectation earlier this year had been that the new facility would open for winter, 2021. That was...

 

Parking meters to be enforced on Sundays in South Side

The new year will see the addition of Sundays to the Parking Enhancement District (PED), or the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from 6 p.m. to midnight. The news was delivered by city Councilman Bruce Kraus at the Nov. 9 meeting of...

 

Brashear services highlighted at public safety meeting

The October Zoom monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC) featured a presentation on the Brashear Association’s new location, program updates, and services. The speaker was Margie Schill, Brashear’s communications and...

 

Outpatient center recruiting staff to expand services

The Oct. 12 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum featured UPMC updates in the area from its vice president of operations, Julie Hecker. She began with an overview of the parking lots and trees. She said trees were pruned in lots used by UPMC....

 

Community Task Force on Policing Recommendations gives six-month update

Zone 3 By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer A six-month update on implementation of the Community Task Force on Policing Recommendations was the focus of the Sept. 23 meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The Zoom meeting also...

 

PWSA explains rate hike for stormwater efforts

By Margaret L. Smykla Contributing Writer A presentation by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) on a proposed stormwater fee, and on stormwater planning efforts, kicked off the Sept. 14 meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. Presenter...

 

South Side DAM meeting concerns Rite Aids in S.S. Historic District

The August 19 virtual development activities meeting (DAM) of the South Side Community Council (SSCC) featured two presentations regarding Rite Aid: at 1915 E. Carson St. and at 2655 E. Carson St. Both proposals will be presented to the Historic...

 

Forum hears plans for E. Carson safety plan, extention of PED days

Throngs of post-pandemic revelers, and the ensuing unruly and sometimes criminal behavior, on weekends in the East Carson St. corridor was the focus of the combined July-August meeting of the South Side Planning Forum on July 27. The next day, in...

 

Surge in disruptive behavior in South Side leads Zone 3 council

The post-pandemic surge in crowds, disruptive behavior, and crime in the East Carson St. corridor was a major focus of the July 22 monthly Zoom meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC)....

 

Spike in violent crime, homelessness focus at Zone 3

A spike in violent crime in Pittsburgh was a major focus of the June 24 Zoom monthly meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC). The meeting kicked off with a presentation on homelessness --...

 

Carson Street in 'disarray' as patrons, litter return

A third member may be added to the two-person Clean Team for the summer months, reported city Councilman Bruce Kraus at the June 8 Zoom meeting of the South Side Planning Forum. "The street is in...

 

City parks the focus of May's meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council

A city parks theme kicked off the May 27 Zoom meeting of the Zone 3 Public Safety Council (Z3PSC).  Park ranger Jonathan Furman said the park rangers' program began six years ago. The rangers were or...

 

Parking revenue from South Side PED recovering

The May 11 Zoom meeting of the South Side Planning Forum began with news of a 25 percent increase in Parking Enhancement District (PED) revenue in April compared to a month earlier. The PED is the enforcement of South Side Flats parking meters from...

 

Rep. Benham plans to introduce bill to allow local regulation of liquor licenses

Updates were the focus of the May 11 virtual general meeting of the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA). President Blake McLaren began the meeting detailing the ways to contact the...

 

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