I appreciate The Lens' laserlike focus on subjects of critical interest to the New Orleans area. The more eyes watching and reporting on these subjects, the better for the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Audio from the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway. A proposed chemical plant gets pushback from St. James Parish residents. And New Orleans charter school leaders are trying to align their calendars.
A failing wastewater reservoir threatens St. James Parish. The Orleans school district faces a budget shortfall at Harney elementary, and it can’t access federal funds earmarked for the school. And a BGR report backs Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s position on hotel taxes in New Orleans.
Tom Wright talks to State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry about Louisiana’s aging water systems. Michael Isaac Stein on what’s next in the Entergy saga. And Marta Jewson recounts a busy Orleans Parish School Board meeting.
Editor Charles Maldonado talks about tourism taxes, jobs and data with Stephen Perry. And education reporter Marta Jewson discusses one of her latest stories, a collaboration with HuffPost on the Center for Resilience.