New Orleans City Council approval of early notice procedures last week was an historic step to foster agreement on zoning issues that might otherwise cause conflict and controversy.

The new early notice procedure introduces New Orleans to collaborative zoning, which invites stakeholders to express their views at the earliest stages of zoning.

Womack should have added that an expensive and lethal man-made disaster also occurred during Katrina, due to the catastrophic flood wall failures that flooded most of New Orleans.

Police officers and prosecutors, who have often seemed uncomfortable with the rapidly growing number of exonerations of convicted criminal defendants, are increasingly playing critical roles in securing those exonerations.

 The Louisiana Department of Education said coverage by The Lens led officials to issue a ‘notice of concern’ to a charter school board that violated the state’s sunshine law. That board quickly moved to remedy the problem, and it now makes clear that the public is allowed to speak before the board votes on any matter.

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...