Friday, January 12, 2007

Mayor Ravenstahl Q&A & New McNeilly Case Documents

Podcast: Mayor Answers Reporters Questions On

Latest McNeilly Case Developments;
Evidence From Court Case Now Online

You can listen to Mayor Ravenstahl field reporter questions about issues raised in the McNeilly court case. I’ve posted the audio; you can click here to go to my latest podcast page.

Over at the Pittsburgh Channel, you can now read two of the newly available court documents. I’ve annotated these copies.

This one is the city law department’s memo to the mayor on the Regan investigation.

The other concerns Commander RaShall Brackney’s alleged counter with Dennis Regan.

Meanwhile, the ACLU has posted more than a dozen additional memos, letters, and reports at its web site.

Here’s a link to the Mayor’s Office web site for press releases. As of this post, the administration has not issued any written statements on this story.

You can read the city’s response in court to the McNeilly lawsuit in this earlier post to The Busman’s Holiday.

1 comment:

Mark Rauterkus said...

Well done Bob. I don't need to listen to the podcast, as I was there in person and heard Luke speak to the reporters. But I'm very glad to see you are doing this type of collection of digital dust -- and putting a light on matters.

We need watchdog journalists.

Too bad, at that event, there were not questions about the Pittsburgh Promise. I was wondering, how much money the Pgh Federation of Teachers gives to candidates each election cycle (all endorsed democrats, and 99% in office already) vs. how much it gave to the college scholarship fund. Was the ration 5 to 1 in favor of money to status quo politicians vs youth in the city.

How many of the 4,000 members of the PFT have kids in the Pgh Public Schools?

Would LUKE, a product of Catholic School, like it when only public school kids get college scholarships?

What about North Catholic, Luke's old school, moving outside the city? Can't he do something about getting them to stay here. He did talk about getting families to move back into the city. -- because of this Pgh Promise.

The Pgh Promise is sure to be a broken promise. Do the math. The student has a brother looking to spend $60,000 for an undergrad degree. Plus, there are two others in the family.

This venture, Pgh Promise, does NOT even have a bank account yet. Why not? Did they think it through?

Finally, the Pgh Promise is nothing but a bribe to get students to move to Pgh. It won't work. It didn't work for Lazarus either. And they got millions.

The journalist were at the event to get in some digs about this case, and missed a golden opportunity to cover the real news. More wool is going to be pulled over the eyes of the city -- and watchdogs are needed. Cover all sides of the Pgh Promise, please.