Gulf restoration council approves initial restoration plan, as Gov. Bobby Jindal urges quick action | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Gov. Bobby Jindal railed against BP for “spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their public relations campaign telling us how great they are” instead of funding “Clean Water Act and Natural Resources Damage liabilities. “
Soaring flood insurance rates threaten to wash away property values, tax base | The Lens – The good news: A national coalition is tackling the flood insurance crisis, and Congress appears to be responding. Opinion piece by Michael Hecht, president and chief executive officer of GNO, Inc.
A strong voice for environmental action in Louisiana’s Cancer Alley | Los Angeles Times – Grandmother Wilma Subra has long fought environmental degradation in the petrochemical corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Post-Katrina New Orleans A Story Of Modern Pioneering | WWNO – On the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, a look back at the long struggle of Lower Ninth Ward residents to rebuild their neighborhood.
Dennis Persica: Move recalls bad old days of Jim Crow | The New Orleans Advocate
Vouchers “reversed much of the progress made toward desegregation,” the Justice Department said. However, state Education Superintendent John White, as should be expected, disagreed with that contention, pointing out to NOLA.com that almost all of the students who benefit from vouchers are black.
How Teach For America recruits get preference for teaching jobs | The Washington Post – An account of how “Teach For America corps members are given preference over well-trained teachers in Bridgeport, Conn., where Paul Vallas remains superintendent pending a state Supreme Court decision on a lower court’s order that he leave his position because he doesn’t have the state-mandated requirements for the job.” Vallas ran the bulk of New Orleans public schools as superintendent of the Recovery School District just after Katrina.
Government & Politics
Emboldened by legislative success, Fiscal Hawks strengthen ties with Democrats | The Lens – An intriguing collaboration: Key Democratic leaders attended a Fiscal Hawks meeting last weekend in New Orleans.
Jindal’s Economy: Grim and Grimmer | Something Like the Truth – Columnist Robert Mann writes: “There’s just one problem with Jindal’s narrative about Louisiana’s booming economy. It’s not true. Our state’s economy is sagging, not growing.”
Report: Reducing size of jail a dangerous mistake | The Advocate – “Dramatically reducing the size of the Orleans Parish jail would be a dangerous mistake, the Metropolitan Crime Commission argues in a report released Thursday that analyzed the jail’s population on a recent July day and concludes that most of the inmates there that day needed to be there.”
High-profile names surface in talk of race for Orleans Sheriff | WWL-TV – Former Orleans Parish Sheriff Charles Foti may be interested in replacing his successor, Sheriff Marlin Gusman.