After a dramatic few weeks, it took just three minutes for Allegheny County to certify its election results. “Everything is in order,” Elections Division Manager Mark Wolosik told the three-person Elections Board, which includes County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. With Jill Stein's Pennsylvania recount quest at an end, Monday's brief meeting concluded an unexpectedly dramatic vote certification process both locally and statewide, where the presidential election was also certified Monday. (Affidavits! GOP lawsuit! Recanvass!) Fitzgerald told The Incline voters can be confident in the results he helped certify. But moving forward, he said "there could possibly be ways in which all machines have some sort of verifiable … paper tracking."
A new grant program could help local businesses with employee retention by giving company leaders a monetary incentive to hire Pittsburgh Promise graduates. Plus, the new hires could also get grant funds for student loans and transportation costs. It's proof that coming back to Pittsburgh for a job is just as good as taking a job in New York, D.C. or California — maybe even better, said Councilman Corey O'Connor, who's introducing the plan during council this morning.
Old-timers know and newbies quickly learn: Pittsburgh loves fireworks. How much? The Incline asked the Department of Public Safety for information on how many permits for fireworks displays were filed between Dec. 1, 2015 and Nov. 28, 2016. This returned 42 results, including several for fireworks at PNC Park (baseball = fireworks). Check out the map — which features fireworks videos! — here.
Join the Oakland Business Improvement District board for its annual meeting-turned-party. Enjoy music from DJ Dean McAfee, "an array of restaurants providing 'small plates' with international flavors" and a complimentary drink ticket. This "zero waste" event is 21+.
Where: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum at 4141 5th Ave. (North Oakland)
When: December 13, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $25
The Incline Likes
Spoiler alert: Mt. Washington and Bloomfield are lit. Check out this video from The Incline's Jasmine Goldband to see some of the city's many holiday light displays. Want to share the best in your neighborhood? Visit us over on Instagram, tag #theinclinepgh, and your IG might just end up at the top of this newsletter.
First things first, and records aside, Pittsburgh needs to focus on making the playoffs, and riding Le'Veon Bell is surely the best way to get there. In games Bell has more than 20 touches this season, the Steelers are 6-2. In games he has more than 30, they are 3-1. If the Steelers give Bell the ball, good things happen. And if it snows again … watch out, record books.