White’s follow follow-up column is even more scathing. 

The decision to rely more on the mats was announced by an official with the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East at its monthly meeting Thursday. The decision came after repeated complaints from state and regional levee authority officials about earlier proposals to rely on just grass or “enhanced” grass — Bermuda grass that would be carefully watered and fertilized to encourage root growth — to halt erosion on large sections of the levees when they are topped during major hurricanes.

The administrator who oversees safe drinking water for Louisiana said St. Bernard Parish’s water supply has not been under any recent state enforcement orders prompted by low chlorine levels, because the parish’s water has tested positive for traceable amounts of disinfectants over the last several years.

Those tests, however, did not seek a deadly brain-eating amoeba found at four sites in St. Bernard this month, which killed a 28-year-old man in Arabi in 2011 and a 4-year-old boy in Violet last month.

Jackson’s new mayor is a former vice president of the RNA [Republic of New Afrika] and a co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), a national group born in 1993 that seeks self-determination for African-Americans — whom it calls New Afrikans — “by any means necessary.” Like many shaped by the Black Power era, Lumumba long shunned formal politics, until a successful run for City Council in 2009. Now, as mayor, he is seeking to apply the tenets of the black radical tradition to the duties of running a city. 

Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who was elected in 2010 to hold the District A seat representing parts of Mid-City, Carrollton, Uptown and Lakeview, wasn’t concerned only about how many blighted properties still remain in the city. She also wanted to know if the process of tearing down those properties has also improved.

Mark Moseley

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...