The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — How We Got This Way: Rising Seas, Sinking Land — WWNO | This week, listen to Bob Marshall’s informative series on the Louisiana coast each weekday at 7:20 a.m. on WWNO. Today’s installment informs us that “because this part of the state is built on deltas of the Mississippi River that have been starved of sediment by levees and sliced by canals for oil, gas and shipping, it is sinking at the fastest rate of any coastal landscape on the planet.”
Coastal restoration efforts complicated by lack of plan for Mississippi River — The Lens | What if one day Arkansas decides to build a partial Mississippi River diversion to address low water supplies in dry western states? Who protects the downriver needs in Louisiana?
Louisiana lists 39 restoration projects that would be financed with BP oil spill fine money — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | There are 19 restoration projects in the New Orleans area, including “nine diversions, six barrier islands, three projects that will use sediment pipelines to rebuild wetlands, and the creation of an oyster reef wave barrier along the southeastern edge of the Biloxi Marsh.”
The Tactics That Be: Contesting Tactical Urbanism in New Orleans — Berkeley Planning Journal | The controversy over the installation of “parkettes” on St. Claude is about more than merely decorating New Orleans streets with patches of grass.
The Way We Build Cities Is Making Them Flood – The Atlantic Cities | “Chicago – and plenty of other cities just like it – has artificially created flood-prone places simply by paving over the region’s natural ability to manage excess water.”
Government & Politics
Email reflects Jindal’s, LAGOP fears of power losses — Bayou Buzz | Publisher Steve Sabludowsky reads between the lines and argues: “The Louisiana Republican Party leadership and its partner-in-politics, the governor, are beginning to sense the floor drop from beneath their collective feet.”
James Gill: Pick your poll in Senate race — The Advocate | Columnist James Gill’s first piece for The Advocate casts a suspicious eye on wildly different recent poll results for the U.S. Senate matchup between Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, the incumbent. Gill observes: “It is remarkable how many polls vindicate the politicians who pay for them.”
Top Shut the F Up — Blackened Out | Courtesy of BP funds earmarked for tourism promotion, the state helped underwrite the “Top Chef” TV show, which will tape episodes on location in New Orleans. Blogger Rene is pessimistic about the show’s impact. “My problem isn’t with the expense, it’s with the expectation. Does anyone really think a person who truly enjoys food and cooking doesn’t already know that New Orleans is a good spot for both?”
Shakeout from school voucher ruling by Louisiana Supreme Court begins — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune |
As the 2013-14 funding plan boomeranged between the Legislature and the state board of education, the state education superintendent revealed that the state had to find an extra $29 million for the current school year; meanwhile, parents of students in the voucher program rallied to keep their kids enrolled.
Course Choice provider who enrolled 1100 students without their knowledge tied to Bush, Romney, Tex. dropout scandal — Louisiana Voice | Blogger Tom Aswell claims that FastPath Learning, an online education company from Texas, has mysteriously obtained Louisiana student information so it could enroll 1,100 students without their knowledge, or the knowledge of their parents.
Mother’s Day shooting suspect’s bail set at $10 million — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | “Total bail for Mother’s Day shooting suspect Akein Scott, facing 20 counts of attempted murder, was set [today] at $10 million. … At the time of the shooting Sunday, Scott was out on $15,000 bail — too light for the nature of the pending firearm and narcotics case against him, in the opinion of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.”
Sources: Second suspect in custody; $10 million bail set for Scott — WWLTV.com New Orleans | Sources say a second suspect has been arrested.
New Orleans Neighborhood Hopes A Camera Clique Helps Catch Bad Guys — WGNO | I suppose I should get used to it. Surveillance is the future.
“When it comes to crime Kellie Grengs has the upper hand. Sixteen crime cameras surround her home on Freret and Soniat streets Uptown. “I’m fine with it. I feel secure,” says Grengs. Feeling secure is what the rest along the Freret corridor want. It’s why residents hope to secure a $6,000 grant from Harrah’s [casino] to pay for 12 new crime cameras.”