Luke Ravenstahl

Emily Farah / 90.5 WESA

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Wednesday the city will embark in a legal battle against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's nonprofit status.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court developed a nonprofit test as a result of the case Hospital Utilization Project v. Commonwealth. An organization must act within the following five "HUP" test parameters in order to be considered a purely public charity:

1. Advances a charitable purpose
2. Donates or renders gratuitously a substantial portion of its services

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has threatened to fire a police detective who allegedly placed a stun gun against the neck of a man who fell down before he was arrested for public drunkenness on Saturday.

Detective Frank Rende was working an off-duty security detail on the South Side during Saturday's St. Patrick's Day weekend festivities when the incident occurred.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said tests show the stun gun wasn't fired, which supports Rende's version of the incident as spelled out in a criminal complaint against 27-year-old Mark Keyser.

Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

On Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl told reporters he’s decided to leave the hiring of a new police chief to whomever the next Mayor will be. We'll talk with Elizabeth Township Chief of Police, Robert McNeilly about his experience as Pittsburgh police chief from 1996 to 2006; the pressures of the position, potential for corruption and the attributes to look for in a new chief. And Darrel Stephens Executive Director of Major Cities Chiefs Association talks about his experience as a police chief and consultant to cities like Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said Monday he won't nominate a new, full-time police chief before he leaves his post at year's end, instead leaving that decision to his mayoral successor.

It appears acting chief Regina McDonald, who assumed command after former chief Nathan Harper's forced resignation last month, will continue on an interim basis at least until the first months of 2014.

Last week Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that he will not run for re-election. Councilman and mayoral candidate Bill Peduto joins us to talk about how he would like to build on Ravenstahl's legacy, what changes need to be made, and how to move the city forward.

Mayor Ravenstahl's Not Running

Mar 1, 2013
Deanna Garcia

We'll check in with 90.5 WESA Deanna Garcia for the latest update on Mayor Ravenstahl's political future.

Just 11 days after launching his reelection bid, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced he is no longer seeking a second full term. In front of a room packed with reporters, Ravenstahl said he began his political journey ten years ago as an ambitious and determined 23-year-old.

“The city I ran for office to represent in 2003 no longer exists,” he said, “it’s so much different today, it’s evolved into a bigger and better place, it’s become a place that’s recognized as America’s most livable, it’s become better.”

After days of rumors and at least 24 hours of nearly constant media scrutiny, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has scheduled a news conference for 11:00 Friday morning.  The Mayor is expected to outline his plans for the future and will most likely be questioned about his plans for the upcoming election and the remaining 10 months of his first full term in office.

Managing the Media

Feb 28, 2013

Bob Oltmanns, President of OPR Group, LLC, an independent public relations consultancy talks about the PR protocol for political figures in crisis situations. What's the best way to overcome an adversarial relationship with the press? And Duquesne University Law Professor Joseph Sabino Mistick, talks about his experiences as a former deputy mayor.

Speculation continues to swirl in City Hall and around the City of Pittsburgh as to the political future of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl. 

Ravenstahl's absence from public events in recent days is fueling speculation about his re-election bid as he stays behind closed doors.  Reporters gathered outside the Mayor’s office for a possible news conference but Ravenstahl remained out of sight Thursday and the mayor's office isn't commenting, leaving others to try to explain his absences in the middle of his re-election campaign.

The ongoing investigation into possible business and spending malfeasance in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has uncovered the existence of an account at a local credit union that might have been used to hide spending from public scrutiny.  Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb has sent a request to the Mayor’s office asking for receipts supporting all transaction involving the account.

Harper Out as Pittsburgh Police Chief

Feb 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper resigned from his post late Wednesday afternoon after Mayor Luke Ravenstahl learned some confidential information from the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding their investigation into Harper.  Ravensthal asked Harper to leave – and he did.

“It’s a sad day and one that has been tough for a lot of people but we’ll pick up the pieces and we’ll move on,” said Ravensthal on Wednesday evening speaking to a roomful of reporters.

Ravenstahl wouldn’t say what information he learned but he said it was enough.

Noah Brode/90.5 WESA

As mayoral opponents and others increase their calls for the removal of Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Monday he has hired former Washington County District Attorney Steven M. Toprani to lead the City’s independent review of “Pittsburgh Bureau of Police policies and procedures related to officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the Police Bureau.”