Cities Declare War on Food Trucks — The American Interest | Walter Russell Mead contends that byzantine regulations discourage food trucks in cities like Chicago. “This is pointless, self-destructive policy, not only because it’s keeping downtown office workers from delicious street food, but also because it makes it harder for small, undercapitalized entrepreneurs to employ themselves—exactly the kind of people cities should be helping, not hurting.” Food truck operators in New Orleans have similar complaints; the City Council is considering changes to the rules, including a requirement to move every 45 minutes.
Education laws topic of forum — The Advocate | Educators complained about new teacher accountability laws at a forum in Tangipahoa Parish. Some claimed the new Compass teacher evaluation system has led to more retirements in Tangipahoa Parish, and the chief academic officer for the Tangipahoa school system said 75 teachers in the parish have retired since August.
Investors say visa program with ties to Nagin is wrought with fraud —wwltv.com | “In 2006, Nagin signed an exclusive 30-year deal with Maryland businessmen William ‘Bart’ Hungerford Jr. and Timothy Milbrath to run the city’s EB-5 operation,” which is part of a little-known federal immigration program that awards green cards to foreign investors if they fund job-creating projects in the U.S.. Hungerford and Milbrath vowed to create 1,500 jobs and collected $15.5 million from investors for a hotel project that included a restaurant and conference center. The result? Only an “empty lot” and lawsuits claiming fraud.
Hiring a new watchdog in Jefferson Parish: Editorial — NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune | The editors applaud Jefferson Parish’s new inspector general and remind readers of the agency’s expressed goals for the coming year, which include: “evaluate the disposition of DWI cases in city courts, the medical examiner functions in the coroner’s office, the spending on school rebuilding and how numerous other agencies use public money.”
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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