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Single missive to media marks slow week for Ravenstahl

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The Tribune-Review is chronicling Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's service until his term ends in January.

The public activity coming from Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office last week consisted of one news release.

He made no public appearances, but was in the office every day doing city business, according to spokeswoman Marissa Doyle. She provided no details.

The news release, issued in conjunction with Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., announced the eviction of tenants from a nuisance residence in the North Side. It was the elusive mayor's first missive to the media since Dec. 7, when his office announced the opening celebration of a soccer field was postponed because of bad weather.

Ravenstahl has declined repeatedly to release his schedule publicly.

Ravenstahl hasn't been seen in an official capacity since Dec. 5, when he appeared for a city pension board meeting and slammed Mayor-elect Bill Peduto's plan for offering non-union employees an early pension. At the board's meeting the next week, he called in a vote to lower the assumed rate of return on employee pension investments.

On Dec. 13, he was seen in Hershey cheering on his dad's Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School football team to a state championship.

As of the weekend, Pittsburgh residents have paid Ravenstahl about $105,800. He makes $108,000 annually.

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Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-765-2312 or

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