From this week's City Paper:
And critics, certainly, are frustrated by that defense. It is similar to Ravenstahl's explanation earlier this year for why he promoted three police officers who had faced allegations of domestic abuse. The allegations against one officer, then-sergeant George Trosky, were well publicized, and Ravenstahl says he promoted Troksy anyway, based on his overall service. "The other two were issues I was unaware of until afterwards, and I certainly regret that I was unaware of them."Chris Potter even posts an audio clip of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's remarks on this issue.
So far, he says, resolving the issue has also been taken out of his hands. In June, Ravenstahl met with anti-abuse advocates and pledged to work with them on a zero-tolerance policy. But while the city has instituted a citywide background check for new hires and promotions, a comprehensive policy has not been released -- because, Ravenstahl says, women's groups haven't met with him since.
"I've been frustrated that our initial meeting [with anti-abuse activists] has never been followed up on," he says. While another meeting is slated the week this issue hits the stands -- and anti-abuse legislation is being debated in city council -- Ravenstahl says activists have "chosen to take the public forum more so than the private one, through city council post-agendas and public hearings. And as a result of those public conversations, we haven't been able to meet privately." The hearings and debates, he says, have "slowed the process down unnecessarily."
"It's been up to the mayor's office to give us scheduling," counters Jeanne Clark, a member of the National Organization of Women who has been among the loudest voices calling for reform. "I can tell you that a member of the mayor's staff directly requested that any public action on this be delayed until after the election, and everyone involved refused. I think the mayor needs to look into the mirror for the scheduling problems."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Lukey originally meet only with women who he had appointed?
Then he was a no show for a City Council public meeting on the issue of his promotions of three police officers with histories of domestic abuse.
And, why did he not show up?
Because he was too busy rubbing shoulders at a $9,000.00 golf outing on UPMC's dime!
He even tried to claim that mayors never attend public hearings in City Council chambers until he was caught red-handed by a video clip of himself as a Councilman bitching about then Mayor Murphy's nonattendance at a public hearing.
He admits in the audio clip that it isn't like he's tried to contact the women's groups and they wouldn't take his calls.
Nope, Lil Mayor Luke just wanted it all hush-hushed until after the election.
And, some folks still question why I'm voting for Republican Mark DeSantis?!?
(Yes, I am quoted liberally throughout this City Paper article. Fire away!)