Disgraced former City Councilman Jon Johnson plans a return to the Council Chambers Thursday, though from the other side of the dais as he begs for special after-the-fact permission from his former colleagues to build a three-plex.
Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.
The city's administrative hearings, in which owners appear to answer charges of improper zoning or permitting, will take a look at a Mid-City tree house (at left), and a nagging piece of blighted property near the St. Roch Market.By Karen Gadbois