The Trib's Jeremy Boren previews the hearing concerning Mayor Ravenstahl and the celebrity golf outing afforded him by the Penguins and UPMC.
"It's very unclear to me that they have any ability to sanction anyone at all, from a rookie cop up to the mayor," [Assistant City Solicitor Kate] DeSimone said.
How does she get that??
[Board Chair Sister Patrice] Hughes and board members Rabbi Daniel Schiff and Kathy Buechel have said publicly that they believe Ravenstahl might have violated the city's ethics code, which hurts their impartiality, DeSimone said. "If I were the mayor's attorney, I would ask for all three of them to be recused," DeSimone said.
For saying he might have violated the code? How can one justify holding a public hearing, without acknowledging there might have been a violation?
DeSimone believes the most the board could do is ask for an investigation into the mayor's conduct. If that request is made, it's likely a special investigator would be needed. She said that Acting City Solicitor George Specter said July 13 that Ravenstahl did not commit an ethical violation.
These guys are committed to playing hardball.