Luke Ravenstahl

Mayoral Election
12:24 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl Behind Ads Attacking Candidate Peduto

Pittsburgh's lame-duck mayor is behind ads attacking one of the candidates running to replace him, City Councilman Bill Peduto.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is listed as chairman of the Committee for a Better Pittsburgh, according to Federal Communications Commission disclosure documents filed by KDKA-TV, which was paid to run the ads which began Monday.

The ads accuse Peduto of voting for things that benefit the neighborhoods he represent at the expense of poorer city neighborhoods.

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Pittsburgh City Council
1:33 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Pittsburgh Council Approves Elimination of Mayoral Petty Cash Fund

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would terminate a $10,000 "imprest fund" used by the mayor at his own discretion primarily for travel expenses.

Though he didn't suggest that Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has improperly used the 18-year-old fund, sponsoring Councilman Corey O'Connor said he thinks the mayor should go through the same process of reimbursement for travel expenses that's followed by all city employees.

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Pittsburgh Police
12:47 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Ex-Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Faces Conspiracy, Tax Evasion Charges

U.S. Attorney David Hickton outlines how authorities believe former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper diverted funds. Attorneys for Harper say he plans to plead guilty to the tax and conspiracy crimes he's been charged with.
Credit Deanna Garcia / 90.5 WESA

U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced a five-count indictment Friday against former Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper. The charges range from conspiracy and theft of public funds to willful failure to file income tax returns.

It’s the result of a joint investigation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the IRS. Hickton said the first count is conspiracy to engage in the theft of public money through the diversion of funds to the Pittsburgh Federal Credit Union.

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UPMC Lawsuit
3:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Credit 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

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Police
4:24 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl: Policeman in Taser Incident Should be Fired

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Speaking from Experience: Former Police Chiefs on Selection of a New Chief

How do other police chiefs view the ousting of Nate Harper? And what course do they think we should take once a new mayor is elected?
Credit 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.

Police Slush Fund Scandal
4:49 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Ravenstahl Defers Decision on Next Police Chief to His Successor

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Councilman & Candidate Bill Peduto Makes His Case For Mayor

Councilman Peduto talks about his plans for Pittsburgh.
Credit BillPeduto.com

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.

Essential Pittsburgh
7:08 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl's Not Running

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl meets with reporters Friday morning as he announces he will not run for reelection.
Credit Deanna Garcia

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

Ravenstahl Bows Out
12:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Why Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl Ended His Reelection Bid

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.”

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Government & Politics
11:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl to Meet With Reporters at 11:00

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Managing the Media

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.

Luke Ravenstahl's Future
4:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Luke Ravenstahl: Mayor of Pittsburgh: 2006-????

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.

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Pittsburgh Police
10:17 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Pittsburgh Controller Wants Receipts from Secret Police Account

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.

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Public Safety
10:32 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Harper Out as Pittsburgh Police Chief

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.

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Government & Politics
2:24 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mayor Ravenstahl Hires Former DA to Probe Police Policies

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl has tapped a former District Attorney from Washington County to review police policies when it comes to officers working jobs outside of their duties on the force.
Credit 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.”

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