Despite a city law demanding that the mayor consider demographics to ensure that boards and commissions reflect the city’s population, Mitch Landrieu appears to have passed over female and Hispanic nominees to the city’s Ethics Review Board. Separately, some Ethics Board members haven't disclosed possible conflicts of interest.
The story about Loyola University President Kevin Wildes’ controversial tenure as chairman of the Civil Service Commission would normally carry a simple disclosure that The Lens is located on the campus of Loyola University. However, that’s changing, and I believe we owe our readers a more complete explanation.
The former chairman of Civil Service Commission, whose job was protect rank-and-file workers from political interference, was unusually deferential to Landrieu administration's agenda for years. In some cases, he and an administration official appeared to circumvent the state Open Meetings Law to lobby fellow commissioners.
After the Supreme Court in January struck down a New Orleans ordinance that allowed tax-collection contractors to charge a 10 percent fee on past-due bills, it called into question a similar statewide law — both written by collections contractor Archon Information Systems. The Louisiana Municipal Association is lobbying for the passage of an amendment Tuesday that would make the arrangement unambiguously legal. A subsidiary of the Municipal Association benefits financially from a deal with Archon, and the company is bankrolling the association's political-action committee and has sponsored the association's events.