Conflicts galore | Gambit – Opinion writer Clancy DuBos points out conflicts of interest that could (and should, in his view) be recognized by Flood Protection Authority board members before they vote on suspending the board’s historic lawsuit against oil and gas companies for coastal damages. DuBos says that if the board’s Jindal loyalists “succeed in scuttling the lawsuit, it will be the biggest sellout since Huey Long gave his pals the mineral rights to Louisiana’s water bottoms.”
LaPolitics Newsmaker: Garret Graves | LaPolitics – LaPolitics interviewed Graves, the chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. When asked about the lawsuits against oil and gas firms, Graves stressed the prudence of cooperating with the oil and gas industry to solve problems, but said: “If it’s determined ultimately that folks didn’t comply with permit conditions, then those permits need to be enforced.”
For all of the beauty of its big vision, [the BioDistrict] hasn’t secured a reliable source of annual funding. It hasn’t successfully lured a biomedical business to New Orleans with its offer to help secure financing using its bonding authority and tax-free status. And it hasn’t yet garnered much visible political backing — including that of the mayor.
French Market signs on to manage new riverfront park | The Advocate – “It was originally supposed to open last year, but an unusually high river delayed the project in 2011. More recently, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration blamed delays on the need to redesign one of the pedestrian walkways, an unspecified “landscaping issue” and ongoing negotiations with the French Market over how the park will be managed.”
Given its micromanagement, bickering, focus on matters that don’t involve the classroom and lack of a cohesive strategic plan, the School Board needs to fix its problems before it interviews a single candidate, [consultant Bill] Attea said.
When cobbled together, the average taxable income of a Louisiana legislator in 2012 was $41,755, based on all payments made by the House and Senate, which includes small paychecks to outgoing lawmakers who served only a few days last calendar year.
A companion story by NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that government watchdog groups believe campaign finance transparency may not be enough to fix Jefferson Parish’s contracting problems, and urge reforms that would “curb politicians’ ability to award some professional contracts without regard to technical rankings.”
*Correction: This post originally said the City Council would vote on the trash fee on Wednesday, but the meeting is Thursday. (Nov. 20, 2013)
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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