Pittsburgh paramedics will begin working 12-hour shifts, expand their coverage areas and receive 17.3 percent pay increases on average with four hours of overtime built into hourly rates, according to a contract recently approved by the city and paramedics union.
The contract takes effect Jan. 2. It includes an optional five-year extension and a clause that would scale back paramedics’ base pay should overtime costs exceed $4.3 million. Medics would receive a three percent increase if that happens.
Every day, roughly 300,000 people commute to Pittsburgh for work. They rely on city roads to get there and city police and fire to ensure their safety
“Pittsburgh sort of has a commuter tax,” said Bill Urbanic, Pittsburgh City Council’s budget director. “There’s a couple different places where we derive funds from folks that either work or visit the city.”
People who work in Pittsburgh pay an annual local services tax of $52. In addition, for-profit employers pay less than 1 percent to the city per person in payroll preparation tax. That’s it, and it doesn’t cover the costs incurred by the city, said Urbanic.
Part of the inbound Parkway East closed for road work Wednesday morning, and the closure will last through Sunday morning.
The westbound lanes are closed between the Boulevard of the Allies/Liberty Bridge off-ramp and the Grant Street on-ramp. The closure is scheduled to last through 10 a.m. Sunday.
All inbound traffic will have to get off at the Boulevard of the Allies off-ramp.
The following ramps will also be closed — the Boulevard of the Allies on-ramp to westbound Interstate 376; the westbound Interstate 376 Second Avenue off-ramp; and the westbound Interstate 376 Grant Street off-ramp.
Kilimanjaro Flavour is just waiting for its health permit.
Get ready for Kilimanjaro Flavour, a new food truck named for Africa’s highest mountain from Tanzanian native Grace Mbowe. It’s one of the few options for East African food in the region.
The truck is ready to go; Ms. Mbowe awaits inspection from the Allegheny County Health Department.
Ms. Mbowe has assembled a menu of samosas, chicken and rice, and skewers seasoned with fresh spice blends.
“East African food is different from West African food,” she says. They’re using so many spices that we don’t.” Tanzanian fare often uses coconut milk and displays crossover with Indian breads such as chapati and samosas or biryani.
Where you live in Allegheny County determines what kind of police officer responds to your call for help.
The best-staffed police departments in the county have 10 times more officers per resident than the least staffed, and the best-funded departments have more than 10 times the budget per resident than the poorest.