Questions about east bank levee authority members’ terms could threaten authority’s environmental damages lawsuit | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune
If Baton Rouge marine scientist G. Paul Kemp is not reappointed to the board of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, Jindal would likely have the five votes necessary on the nine-member board to kill the suit.
As a state wrangles, its coast is swept out to sea | National Journal – Money quote by retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré: “The oil companies have hijacked the f—ing democracy.”
Scientists: Tests prove fracking to blame for flaming Texas wells | KHOU Houston – Scientists find strong link between hydraulic fracturing and Texas aquifer’s contamination with methane gas.
Scott Cowen memoir review: Indispensable man looks back | The New Orleans Advocate – In a new book, Tulane University president Scott Cowen reflects on the lessons he learned from his role in Tulane’s and New Orleans’ recovery after Hurricane Katrina and the flood.
How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution | The Washington Post – Former Microsoft chairman Gates provided “the money and structure for states to work together on common standards in a way that avoided the usual collision between states’ rights and national interests that had undercut every previous effort.” Louisiana edu-blogger Mercedes Schneider wonders why the Post waited nearly three months, after many state legislative sessions concluded, to publish its interview with Gates.
Analysis of the state’s recent LEAP and iLEAP test results lack specifics, critics say | The Louisiana Weekly – “The reliance on Louisiana bloggers for independent analysis of the scores is in itself an interesting development in the media’s presumed role in holding public officials accountable.”
Mike Weinberger: How Colorblind Justice Prevailed in New Orleans | The Wall Street Journal – The founder of the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans credits his multi-racial organization for seeking justice for Merrit Landry, the Marigny homeowner whose second-degree murder charge was dropped last month.
St. Bernard comprehensive plan tells of challenges attracting middle- and upper-income residents | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The dreaded post-Katrina Jack o’ lantern effect— uneven development stymied by pockets of blight— still plagues “Da Parish.”
Parisite skate park plans are set to roll in Gentilly | Curbed NOLA – The project, which marries skate ramps with water management concepts, received approval from the City Planning Commission.
New Orleans taking inventory of missing street signs | WWL-TV – The city has allocated $1.5 million to repair street signs, some of which are homemade creations installed by frustrated residents.
Government & Politics
Board hits reset button on N.O. airport contract | The Advocate
The New Orleans Aviation Board, faced with two bidders at odds over the fairness of evaluations of their proposals to build a half-billion-dollar new terminal at Louis Armstrong International Airport, chose Monday to restart the process rather than take sides in the dispute.
Capital budget preview! Insights from last year’s budget requests | Nola Report – A department-by-departement overview of the city’s proposed Capital Budget that includes a schedule of hearing dates.
Political Horizons: Teetering budgets | The Advocate
‘Overall, we’re living on revenue that we contrive and borrowing from the future,” [Robert Travis Scott, head of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana] said. ‘It’s not good fiscal policy.’
Da Winnas and Da Loozas | Gambit – Political analyst Clancy DuBos’ comprehensive rundown of who won and lost in the latest legislative session. Biggest winner? Big Oil, naturally.