Solicitor refers Carlisle inquiry to DA

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Pittsburgh Councilwoman Twanda Carlisle spent approximately $400,000 in city money on 26 consultants since 2002, and some of that spending warrants referral to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala and the state Ethics Commission.

That's the result of a two-week inquiry by City Solicitor Susan Malie, requested by Council President Luke Ravenstahl, and revealed today.

Council President Luke Ravenstahl said he will propose reforms to council spending procedures Tuesday.

Ms. Carlisle could not be immediately reached for comment.

The inquiry started with an 85-page study, titled "A Report on the Mental, Physical, Spiritual, Social Status of the Ninth Councilmatic [sic] District." Consisting of reports written by other entities and an essay on race and religion, it was authored by Lee O. Johnson, who owns a Penn Hills home jointly with Ms. Carlisle's mother, Constance Parker.

Ms. Carlisle spent $28,000 in city funds on the report and other services by Mr. Johnson, including his attendance at meetings, according to Ms. Malie.

That spending was not illegal, she concluded. Other consulting contracts, about which she would not elaborate, were the subject of her referral to Mr. Zappala and the Ethics Commission.

Read more on this story in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.


Rich Lord can be reached at rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542.


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