The city of Pittsburgh has turned over the calendars of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to federal authorities involved in a probe of city business, according to a filing in a right-to-know case.
City attorneys are currently battling local news station WTAE over whether the mayor’s calendars are public record. Last month, the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records sided with the news station and said the city had not provided enough information to back up its arguments that the records were not public. It ordered the release of the records.
The city appealed the case to Common Pleas Court. In a brief filed last week, city attorneys argued again that the mayor’s calendars should be exempt from the public records law, this time citing a section of the law that precludes “investigative records.”
“Specifically, the mayor’s calendar has been turned over to investigators in relation to an ongoing federal investigation into the City’s affairs,” they wrote.
Federal authorities appear to be involved in a far-reaching federal probe of city affairs. Within the last year, the mayor’s chief of staff, his personal secretary, two female acquaintances and three men who served on his security detail have been called before a federal grand jury.