Presentations from Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting 4/16/2019

The April Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting was held on 4/16/2019 at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Please see below for the presentations:

  1. Presentation from Pittsburgh Police Sex Assault & Family Crisis Unit
  2. Responding to Trauma – Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  3. Crime Report for Q1 of 2019 – Zone 2 Police
  4. Butler Street Design Guidelines – Studio for Spatial Practice

Block watches will resume in May and June and the next Lawrenceville-Wide Public Safety Meeting will be held on 7/16/2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrenceville branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, focusing on traffic calming and mobility safety.

 

2019 Board Elections

Want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Consider running for an open by-ward position on Lawrenceville United’s Board of Directors!

 

What does the Board do?

The Board governs the organization and is ultimately responsible for LU’s conduct. The Board is responsible for setting LU’s goals in pursuit of its mission to improve and protect quality of life for all Lawrenceville residents, overseeing the Executive Director, monitoring the financial health of the organization, and making key decisions on matters affecting the community. To learn more and get to know our existing Board, please join us at the Board Meet & Greet on Tuesday, May 7th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Full Pint.

 

What’s the commitment like?

Board members are expected to serve at least one full term (2 years), attend monthly Board meetings, participate in at least one Board Committee (which usually meet every other month), participate in the annual Board training, and make a personally meaningful donation to the organization.

 

What are the eligibility requirements?

Our by-laws state that you must have be a Lawrenceville resident and be an LU member in good standing for at least 6 months in order to run for the Board. To run, please fill out this application and plan to attend the spring membership meeting on the evening of June 5th.

 

Timeline

  • 4/3 – Board application released
  • 5/7 – Board Meet & Greet, 6-7:30 p.m. @ Full Pint
  • 5/9 – Deadline to submit a Board application
  • 6/5 – Spring membership meeting
  • 6/18 – Deadline for LU membership to vote
  • 6/20 – New Board orientation & dinner
  • 6/26 – First Board meeting

Lawrenceville United is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive Board of Directors and organization, and we especially encourage residents from underrepresented populations to apply: people of color, renters, parents of young children, immigrants, women, older adults, people with disabilities, and people with low income.

Inclusionary Zoning – March Update

A robust community process was held in the fall of 2018 that included three well-attended community meetings discussing the state of housing in Lawrenceville and the prospect of inclusionary zoning as a way to ensure affordability as the neighborhood grows. (For all the presentations and notes from that process, click here.)

On February 19th, Councilwoman Gross introduced legislation for the Inclusionary Housing Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD-6), which would create the first mandatory inclusionary zoning program in the City of Pittsburgh, requiring residential developments in Lawrenceville over 20 units to price 10% of units affordably for low/moderate-income folks.

The legislation has now been referred to the Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to City Council after holding a public hearing on Tuesday, April 23rd at 2 p.m. at 200 Ross Street in the First Floor Hearing Room. Property owners in Lawrenceville should have received a mailing from the Department of City Planning notifying them of the proposed zoning change and the public hearing.

Lawrenceville United fully supports mandatory inclusionary zoning as a tool to create housing opportunities for all as the neighborhood grows. We encourage residents to come to the Planning Commission hearing on 4/23 to show their support. Residents can also show support by completing the “Response Form” that was part of the mailing from City Planning, or by emailing Andrew.McCray@pittsburghpa.gov with the following information:

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • In favor / opposed to this proposal
  • Tenant of / owner of / agent having power of attorney over property located at: _______________, Pittsburgh, PA 152__
  • Comments Regarding the Zoning Proposal
  • Signature
  • Date

For any questions or for support preparing your testimony for the Planning Commission, please call LU at 412-802-7220 or email Dave@LUnited.org.

Notes from Air Quality Meeting on 3/13

On March 13th, 2019, Lawrenceville Clean Air Now (LCAN) and Lawrenceville United hosted “A Community Meeting about Air Quality in Lawrenceville.” Approximately 50 people were in attendance for a presentation from GASP, Q&A, and break-out sessions around specific topic areas related to air quality. Meeting notes are available HERE.

To get involved, follow LCAN on Facebook, attend the next LCAN meeting on Saturday, April 13th from 2-3 p.m. at the Lawrenceville library on the lower level, or contact info@LUnited.org for more information.

 

Did you miss the meeting?  Check out the LCAN presentation here.

Photo credit: LCAN

Recap from Community Meeting with the FBI

On Monday, January 28th, Lawrenceville United hosted the FBI units working on hate crimes and domestic terrorism for a presentation on hate crimes and hate incidents. Over 80 people attended. The full presentation is available HERE. Special thanks to the FBI, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 2, and all those who attended.

Some key takeaways:

  • Federal hate crime laws protect the following groups: race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity.
  • Hate crimes and hate incidents are on the rise nationally. Lawrenceville has seen about a dozen hate crimes or hate incidents in the past 6 months, which has been a disturbing new trend.
  • We all must be PROACTIVE and PREVENTIVE in addressing hate. We can’t prosecute our way out of the problem. Recognizing the behavioral indicators of extremist and hate-based violence, and DOING something, is key to preventing violence.
  • While the First Amendment protects many displays of offensive and hateful speech, a “hate incident,” while not a crime, is still useful to the FBI as it can be an important piece of the puzzle for their intelligence, intervention, and prevention. Hate incidents should be reported. The First Amendment is not extended to criminal acts based on intolerance, purposefully intimidating speech, actions which can be interpreted by a reasonable person to be a serious intent to cause harm, or the planning/preparation/commission/facilitation of violence. A true threat puts the recipient in fear of bodily harm.
  • The FBI can’t “surf” for offensive or hateful speech or materials, but if they receive a tip from the community about it, they have the ability to look into it, which is another reason why tips are important.
  • Residents can report to the FBI through 412-432-4000 or www.fbi.gov/tips. The FBI also encourages residents to use resources like Lawrenceville United (412.802.7220 or info@LUnited.org) to relay information to the FBI if you wish to remain anonymous or don’t want to contact the FBI directly.
  • All of the white supremacist flyers seen around the neighborhood haven’t had permission of the property owners to be hung there, in violation of city ordinance. If you come across these flyers, please document it and report to Lawrenceville United.

If you have any questions or suggestions for other ways that LU can address this trend, please contact us at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.