You have a great place (in South Louisiana) for producing methanol and getting our methanol on the market. The natural gas, the workforce, the transportation pipeline, the business climate, the (political) leaders. There’s a lot of reasons we all came together.
City unveils “one-stop shop” for permits — Gambit | After months of delays, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced “a website, a beta mobile app, and a physical office opening inside City Hall to function as a ‘One Stop Shop to improve and streamline the customer experience related to securing permits and licenses.’ The departments sharing the space include the City Planning Commission, Historic Districts Landmarks Commission, Safety & Permits and Vieux Carre Commission (VCC), and will be moved in ‘by the end of the week.'”
What Happened To The Aid Meant To Rebuild Haiti? — WWNO | It’s perilous to compare disasters but, sure enough, the NPR audio segment accompanying the article includes a comparison between Haiti’s slow recovery from a devastating earthquake to New Orleans’ recovery post-Katrina.
Plaquemines Parish President Nungesser confirms 2nd run for lieutenant governor — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | Billy Nungesser is convinced Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will run for governor, and he intends to start an early campaign for the No. 2 slot. (My take: the good news is that Nungesser is painfully aware of coastal loss and could perhaps bring more attention to the issue. One of many downsides, as stated in the article: “Federal investigators… have… subpoenaed records from Nungesser’s administration regarding $26.2 million in parish work contracted out to Phil Ramon of All South Consulting Engineers, whose relationship with the administration is unclear.”)
Advance argues that it is taking a difficult but bold step into a digital future, in New Orleans and across the country. But its actions make more sense with a close look at the numbers, which suggest something other than its claim of “securing a vital future for our local journalism.”
Early high school graduation program abandoned — Associated Press | “Plans to create a statewide program that would give college tuition grants to Louisiana students who graduate early from high school have been scrapped. … Superintendent of Education John White didn’t include the program in his proposal to BESE for next year’s school funding formula.”
“Modeled on the work of criminologist David Kennedy, a national authority on inner-city crime prevention, the call-ins are meant to put allegedly violent street gang members on notice, and place them in the front of the line for job training, housing assistance, drug treatment, G.E.D programs and other services. That is, if they choose to get in line.”
“There is something else that [GNO Inc. CEO Michael] Hecht has noticed, a view shared by Allan and Danae. The New Orleans Police Department has turned a corner in the fight against crime and, despite a paucity of numbers, is making a real dent in the volume of violent crime in New Orleans. … Hecht also shares the feeling we have that perhaps because he got off to a stumbling beginning, Police Chief Ronal Serpas and his colleagues have not gotten the kind of positive applause they deserve for their hard work.”
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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