Criminal Justice

The federal agency in charge of offshore safety isn’t quite willing to give a clean bill of health to Black Elk Energy 10 months after a fatal explosion on one of the oil company’s platforms.

Of the 8,536 properties the city counts as having been abated since October 2010, nearly 4,000 were demolished. Demolition, however, has been a controversial issue. At a meeting on Monday, Head said major errors in code enforcement procedures sometimes have allowed homes to be demolished even as their owners were securing permits or actually making renovations to them.

The Lens has reported on such demolitions, most recently the case of a house in the Upper 9th Ward that was undergoing renovations.

The Lens will use the money to collect and upload as many local government contracts as possible and present them in a way that enables searching and cross-referencing with public officials and agencies. When possible, we’ll get our our information online. Otherwise, we’ll copy or scan the documents in person.


Charles Maldonado

Charles Maldonado is the editor of The Lens. He previously worked as The Lens' government accountability reporter, covering local politics and criminal justice. Prior to joining The Lens, he worked for...