We'll be interested to see if the Ravenstahl administration needs to get a waiver from the city's ethics panel on the appointment of the mayor's brother to the Alcosan board.

It seems the appointment pretty clearly violates the second paragraph of the section below from the City of Pittsburgh Ethics Handbook on appointing relatives to city-controlled positions. It also seems that Adam Ravenstahl -- by being an elected state rep -- should be granted an exemption under the qualifications and/or responsibility language in the following graf.

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PS, here's how the seven-member board breaks down, from the sanitary authority's website:

Incorporated under the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act in 1946, ALCOSAN is governed by a seven-member board of directors -- three appointed by the mayor of Pittsburgh, three appointed by the Allegheny County Executive, and one joint city-county appointee -- with each serving a five-year term.

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