7 thoughts on “Jefferson Parish “searchhounds” – this one’s for you!”

  1. From WWL:

    ” “We’re happy with the moves and will continue to clean everything up, so everybody can have confidence in their government as we go forward,” said Councilman At-Large Tom Capella. ”

    Yeah, Tommy, that’s really what we’re trying to do here, isn’t it? …. Unless it touches on your or the Council.

  2. Cross reference the Louisiana Secretary of State’s corporate database and the Dept of Insurance database. You’ll see some business partners of the politically connected whose names you might now know but they have Jefferson and Orleans Parish insurance contracts. A super sleuth is even cross referencing the addresses of both on google maps. Lets just say its highly interesting to say the least.

  3. I have a question about all this:

    Has anyone noticed that in BOTH the situation with the landfill AND the West Jeff Med Center that the SAME insurance company was ousted?

    That being Group Insurance Associates run by Wayne Landwerlin, and which has JP school board member Glenn Hayes as an agent?

    ********* 12/16/09 TP: River Birch is jointly owned by Fred Heebe, a prominent real estate developer who is married to former Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Sneed, and his stepfather, Jim Ward. The landfill company is a subsidiary of Shadowlake Management Co., an umbrella corporation that also includes real estate companies owned by Ward and Heebe.

    Ward sat on the West Jefferson Medical Center board of directors in 2007 when it gave B&A Insurance Agency the right to shop supplemental insurance plans to hospital employees. B&A split its commissions with Lagniappe, a practice strictly barred by the hospital’s contract and now a subject of the federal investigation. Ward quit the hospital board in December 2007, saying he didn’t have enough time to fulfill his duties. ………. Lagniappe became a licensed insurance agency in October 2005, just weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall and close to the same time that Heebe said Coulon approached him. At the time, Wayne Landwerlin of Group Insurance Associates Inc. was handling Shadowlake’s insurance accounts. Landwerlin said Tuesday he had just transferred Shadowlake’s insurance business from United Healthcare of Louisiana to Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana in April 2006 and enrolled 11 employees when he was told that THT Group would take over as of on July 1, 2006.

    “It was illogical and out of character for Shadowlake, Mr. Ward and Mr. Heebe to change after we had completed all the work and after our long history of providing them with good service,” Landwerlin said, who recalled that he wasn’t given any reason for the switch.

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    ****** 6/20/07 TP: A former insurance broker for West Jefferson Medical Center challenged its board of directors this week to explain why his firm was dumped midstream despite two years of service that earned accolades from hospital administrators.

    Wayne Landwerlin , president of Group Insurance Associates of Metairie, said he was blindsided by the hospital board’s decision to replace his company in April.

    At the urging of officer Barry Bordelon, the board unanimously named Wally Pontiff Sr. the Marrero hospital’s insurance broker of record on policies including short- and long-term disability, term life, vision and dental benefits.

    Landwerlin said the move left him puzzled, given that he was chosen to handle the employee vision and dental policies in 2004 and continued to find deals that won the recommendation of Sigma Consulting Corp. of New Orleans, the hospital’s insurance consultant.

    “Either they didn’t understand that they’re paying a lot of money to Sigma Consulting for their advice or they didn’t understand that the bid process had been done, and Mr. Pontiff did not participate in the bid process,” he said. “It is illogical.”

    The hospital has a contract with Sigma to oversee requests for proposals for its insurance plans, but it isn’t required to hire the recommended broker or use the policies he finds.

    Neither the board nor the administration responded to Landwerlin when he presented the information Monday.

    Bordelon, who could not attend the meeting, said he simply received a call from Pontiff and thought someone else should have a shot at the work. **********

    This all seems like a Jefferson Chamber of Commerce / School Board split or schism here, doesn’t it?

    What exactly is going on here? The big dogs decided to keep all the meat for themselves?

  4. By the way, here’s a prescious article, they’re all here:

    Butler

    Lagasse

    Bordelon

    Whitmer

    (Broussard’s name’s not mentioned but that’s his krewe, no?)

    And yes, Landwerlin

    Was Glenn Hayes the former agent on this stuff? Who knows.

    But it’s funny:

    Insurance agencies get this public money, but:

    law firms (connick’s, broussard’s, chehardy’s, wilkinson’s, coulon’s) get public money, investment/securities firms (theriot’s), banks with politicians on their boards (first trust, omni) get public moneys for years, and not a peep from the press or anyone.

  5. Searchhound: Be sure to mention to the super sleuth that Peter Butler Jr ( Baby Butler to us) is all over the place with:

    Nova Scotia

    West Jefferson Medical Center

    Keystone Renewables,LLC Methane Recovery plant on River Birch land
    (which by the way Cytec & the Parish had one on the Parish landfill (see article in link)
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4200/is_20050418/ai_n13618492/?tag=content;col1 there was something about DEANO BONANO and his being the Landfill Manager back in the 2004-2005 era and him touting the plant. Keystone per its website has several such plants it designed and which are managed by WASTE MANAGEMENT. HEY isn’t RIVER BIRCH in competition with WASTE MANAGEMENT for the Parish WOODY WASTE contract which morphed into the COMPREHENSIVE WASTE CONTRACT only River Birch and Concrete Busters bid on. You know the one Wilkinson, Fos and Gandolfi chose to award to River Birch over Marnie Winters’ objections ( not to the bidders but as to the entire process and plan which she labeled wasteful). Pun intended.

    Baby B joined the Brezeal Sache Wilson lawfirm right about the time River Birch was looking for its permit(s). Baby Foster’s daddy was governor at the time. Baby Foster was at same lawfirm at same time

    Baby B is/was a Special Attorney General for the state of Louisiana. Whatever that means

    Baby B and Freddy Heebe were law partners

    Baby B clerked for Heebe’s daddy the federal judge

    Baby B’s daddy represents(ed) the Wards, Heebes and all their many entities

    Baby B now also represents same

    Baby B gets legal work assigned to him by the Parish of Jefferson as outside counsel ( negotiating (ed) price of land by Bucktown for Parish)

    So yes Telemachus, it is FUNNY ( peculiar not ha-ha) that there is no outrage, no overwrought concern about all the other little piggies at the trough. Where is the INDIGNATION at corruption in the highest levels of government?

    Citizens: history records numerous occasions where you took back control of your lives. Wikpedia illuminates one: The Storming of the Bastille which I have pasted below for your edification.

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    The storming of the Bastille
    Main article: Storming of the Bastille

    On 5 May 1789, Louis XVI convened the Estates-General to hear their grievances. The deputies of the Third Estate representing the common people (the two others were the Catholic Church and nobility) decided to break away and form a National Assembly. On 20 June the deputies of the Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath, swearing not to separate until a constitution had been established. They were gradually joined by delegates of the other estates; Louis started to recognize their validity on 27 June. The assembly re-named itself the National Constituent Assembly on 9 July, and began to function as a legislature and to draft a constitution.

    In the wake of the 11 July dismissal of Jacques Necker, the people of Paris, fearful that they and their representatives would be attacked by the royal military, and seeking to gain ammunition and gunpowder for the general populace, stormed the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris which had often held people jailed on the basis of lettres de cachet, arbitrary royal indictments that could not be appealed. Besides holding a large cache of ammunition and gunpowder, the Bastille had been known for holding political prisoners whose writings had displeased the royal government, and was thus a symbol of the absolutism of the monarchy. As it happened, at the time of the siege in July 1789 there were only seven inmates, none of great political significance.

    When the crowd

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