Last week’s Pittsburgh news, today #4: an insurgent campaigns

For people who might not read the news every day, but would still like to know what’s going on.

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Park House Pub in Pittsburgh's Northside. Pittsburgh Independent is dedicated to informing readers of last week's news, today. June 21, 2022.

It’s June already? Here’s what you may have missed in Pittsburgh this past week:

  • Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert will retire, effective July 1. The nearly 30-year police bureau veteran became chief in 2017. Charlie Wolfson reports the announcement comes one week after Gainey’s transition committee released a report on public safety that “explicitly called for change atop the Bureau of Police” and one day after the release of a new, first of its kind joint audit of the police bureau by the city controller’s office and the Citizen Police Review Board. The audit [.pdf], mandated by a 2020 voter referendum, highlighted racial disparities in use of force cases as well as in cannabis possession charges.
    • In all, the audit made 23 suggestions, including many community policing recommendations, developing an appropriate manpower standard, and more. Gainey said a search for a new police chief will be informed by a new report on the bureau’s needs, which will take about six months to develop.
  • In Four Mile Run, Barb Warwick announced her campaign for City Council District 5. The Independent was on hand as Warwick, a Run resident since 2014, announced her candidacy to a crowd of some 50 supporters. Warwick’s civic engagement began in earnest with her opposition to the Mon-Oakland Connector, a privately-operated shuttle the Peduto administration intended to run between Oakland’s universities and Hazelwood Green. In her remarks, Warwick said she was told by politicians the connector was a “done deal.” She and her neighbors fought anyway, for six years, and the Gainey administration cancelled the shuttle in February. Now, she’s taking that same insurgent spirit to her campaign: District 5 Councilman Corey O’Connor could be appointed to serve as Allegheny County Controller soon, but Warwick isn’t waiting around to declare her intention for the Council seat, which is up for election next year regardless of what happens with O’Connor.