Gretna mayor-elect Belinda Constant said Tuesday she was disappointed to lose the ferry and blamed low ridership on the boats’ poor dependability because of chronic mechanical problems or, since late April, because the transportation department didn’t have enough staff to run it.
“You never know when it’s going to run or not, so people never had an opportunity to become dependent on it,” said Constant, a former City Council member who becomes mayor July 1.
A lawyer working for the court-appointed administrator reviewing claims arising from BP’s Gulf oil spill has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims, a BP official with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
The article notes that David Welker, the former head of the FBI in New Orleans who retired last year, is head of security for the claims administrator. Welker reported the alleged misconduct to the FBI.
Levees, removable walls in plan to protect NYC — Associated Press | Removable flood walls to protect Manhattan, levees around Staten Island, floodgates in Brooklyn — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $20 billion flood protection proposal for New York City is nothing if not ambitious. It will be interesting, over the coming years, to track the progress of Bloomberg’s proposal with Louisiana’s similarly-ambitious $50 billion coastal restoration project.
Government & Politics
House rejects farm bill after clash over food stamps — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | Farm bills make for interesting politics because they lump subsidies for farmers with food stamps for the poor. Both Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, opposed the bill — but for vastly different reasons. Scalise called it an “expanded welfare bill,” while Richmond said the bill would “snatch food from the mouths of children, seniors and disabled individuals.”
BP’s lawyers may have been somewhat lax in the way they drew up the settlement deal. But that is no excuse for stretching unduly the interpretation of what constitutes a valid claim or for calculating compensation in ways that opens the door to grotesque gaming by claimants, as the administrator seems to be doing. This not only goes against the spirit of the whole agreement; it also leads to an unjustifiably skewed distribution of compensation towards the brass-necked rather than the deserving.
With Friends Like These … — My Spilt Milk | On his blog, Alex Rawls writes: “It’s certainly possible to love music and dislike noise, but those holding that position should recognize that the people affected by their campaign are those who make the music they love. Is this a version of hate the sin/love the sinner?”
The Orleans Parish School Board staff is trying to schedule an emergency meeting for Monday (June 24) at noon, according to an email sent out by the Orleans Parish School Board administration. This proposed emergency meeting comes after several days of escalating tension between School Board President Ira Thomas and interim Superintendent Stan Smith, during which Thomas said Smith was working without a contract, and Smith said Thomas asked him to step down from the top post.
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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