This is what Mayor Ravenstahl has been shrieking about as the end of the world?
This is the ethical landscape at the intersection of Pittsburgh and the parking pirates -- an "advisor" charging the rubes on Grant Street to vouch for that advisor's business partner -- even before the public discovers where the List-Makers fit in? (The prospective privateer calls the List-Makers' cut "community relations and involvement.")
Pittsburgh City Council members have found one more reason to ditch the Great InsolvenCity Parking Garage Sale: Merely by avoiding a sale, they would save the city $8-$10 million in privateering fees.
Councilors also have encountered one more point regarding which they require independent legal advice: the conflicts of interest associated with the relationships among the privateers, the city's advisors, the mayor's office, the city law department, and the mayor's playmates.