[Mayoral candidate Michael] Bagneris insists Landrieu likes to cook his numbers, but even if you accept them as reliable, personal experience and anecdotal evidence can matter. Sure, murders are down, it’s easy to think, but what about that child who got caught in the crossfire and that armored car driver killed in broad daylight? And yes, there’s less blight, but what about that dilapidated eyesore across the street?

But so, of course, do the overall assessments that despite these ongoing problems, progress is happening, and New Orleanians are generally in a pretty good mood about the state of the city.

The Jindal administration told legislators that a controversial $4.2 million contract will produce at least $500 million in savings, providing state government with an ample return on its investment.

Yet, the promised savings are not specified in the 26-page contract and attachment with New York-based Alvarez and Marsal. … The only time the much-discussed savings appear to crop up is in the cover letter that Alvarez and Marsal attached to its bid.

Councilwoman LaToya] Cantrell said her support was conditional on the company addressing neighbors’ concerns and providing additional information, including an environmental impact assessment.

“Unfortunately, I never received the information and the outreach I requested did not happen. Instead, work began without permits and without any notice to my office or the community,” Cantrell wrote.”

Russel Honoré, the retired Army lieutenant general turned activist, said he’s working to get 10,000 people to show up at the State Capitol on March 8, two days before the regular session kicks off. The gathering is being called “The Louisiana Water Festival” and will help preview the package of environmental justice bills Honoré and his so-called “Green Army” will be pushing during the session.

“We’re going through the application process now to use the grounds,” he said. “But this is not about disobedience. This is about celebration and information. Water is the strength of our state and without clean, fresh water the whole of Louisiana becomes a different state and different culture. We’ve never had a problem with water, but now it’s at an emergency status in some places.”


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...