Remembering the ‘economic development’ that nearly doomed New Orleans tourism — The Lens | Opinion piece by preservationist Milford Wayne Donaldson reminds us about the narrowly-averted plan to run a freeway through the French Quarter. “Without local people dedicated to preserving their local heritage, and the federal cavalry arriving just in time … today there would be a multi-lane high-speed expressway between Jackson Square and the Mississippi River.”
Officials break ground on new east N.O. Walmart — The Advocate | Councilman James Gray is optimistic about Walmart attracting development as an anchor store for the east. “This site is going to be the catalyst for other development,” [Gray] said. “We’re going to do great things in this area. If you have money, you need to invest in this area.”
Audit reveals new details about motion picture tax credit program – FOX 8 WVUE | “Louisiana’s legislative auditor released a report Monday that shows the state issued $196 million in tax credits in 2010, but received only $27 million in tax revenue back. That resulted in a net cost of $169.8 million to the state. But, there’s a flip side, as explained by the state treasurer. ‘The state spent $196.8 million in tax credits and those tax credits generated $1.08 billion in total economic output,’ [John] Kennedy said.”
‘Deliberative’ secrets — Gambit | Clancy DuBos connects the Jindal Administration’s use of the “deliberative process” excuse to shield records from public scrutiny to the current scandal related to Medicare contracts won by CNSI. “Former state Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein, who previously worked for CNSI, pushed through changes to the bid solicitation that helped his former employer win the state contract. Surprised? Don’t be. Details about those changes, how they came about, and when, are precisely the kind of things that Team Jindal typically deems ‘part of the governor’s deliberative process.’ ”
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman claimed in a deposition last month that he never viewed the now infamous, viral videos showing inmates injecting and snorting drugs, sipping from cans of Budweiser and unloading bullets from a handgun behind bars, and in one case carousing in the French Quarter — even though he later testified in federal court to having at least some recollection of watching the videos four years ago. Gusman also insisted, as he did in court, that the U.S. Department of Justice was wrong in finding myriad constitutional problems in the jail.
NYPD officer Pedro Serrano, who says he himself has been stopped by the police while off duty, testified that officers were expected to fill quotas that forced them to make more stops than they would have otherwise. Serrano also made a secret recording of a superior stating that “the right people” were to be stopped, which seems to validate claims of racial profiling — but the NYPD’s defenders say the statement was taken out of context.
“When you’re in the offshore industry if you want to get along, you better go along,” said Randy Comeaux of Lafayette, who was a contract employee assigned to W&T platforms in 2009. “And what happens offshore stays offshore. You break any one of those two rules, in one fashion or another, you will not be working offshore.”
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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