There have been several area news stories which touched upon topics we cover, including 2 stories we broke this past week in the request for resignations from unclassified Parish employees and Anne Marie Vandenweghe’s disappointing day in court. In going back through the week in news I thought WWL TV (Channel 4) was “there with the most” on these news items so it is with them we stop first. Dominic Massa filed a report on Anne Marie’s day in Ross LaDart’s courtroom which was very good. This story ran at 5 last Tuesday but unfortunately the companion video was not posted online. It contains one good nugget of information, Anne Marie has lawyered up with Northshore attorney Bobby Truitt. Truitt’s selection is meaningful, especially as it relates to LaDart and his curious public records rulings, as it appears he was instrumental in bringing down crooked 24th Judicial district court judge Alan Green of Operation Wrinkled Robe infamy. My own opinion is that AMV’s tastes in lawyers is very good. I’d be remiss if I did not add that the women of Truitt Law not only appear to be highly intelligent, professional and “sophisticated” but also are hotties too.
On the same topic Rich Rainey at the Times Picayune filed a short report Friday which falls into the category of several days late and relies upon their own prior stories on this general topic as illustrated by the fact that neither Mr. Truitt’s name or the fact AMV now has outside council is not mentioned. I’ll add this appears to be round 1 of a 3 round fight and to that extent the headline over Rainey’s story is a bit misleading IMHO. I suspect we have not heard the last of AMV and her public records suit against the Parish.
Finally I’ll add the file photos of AMV used in both reports are hideous. I’ll see if I can get the Slabbed Nation a better pic besides wind blown AMV and car door AMV.
Next up is the Citizen’s for Good Government and their continued crusade to make the Parish Council abide by their own code of ordinances as it relates to their votes which involve campaign contributors. We have not covered this issue in-depth due to time constraints but the good folks over at ClickJefferson have done extensive reporting on the topic and The Jefferson Report has joined them as well. Last night WWL TV, which appears to be hipping up to devoting coverage to certain Jefferson Parish topics, filed a report on this general topic which sorta exposes new Parish President John Young as a bullshit artist with the help of the “divine M&M sisters”, Margaret Baird and Margie Seemann of the Citizens for Good Government. The report begins with the Young and his request for mass resignations. I’ve embedded the full Paul Murphy video report below:
Finally Paul Rioux at the T-P checked in yesterday afternoon with what I think is the most meaningful story of the week as it appears the Parish Council has come to the stark realization their scheme to fleece Jefferson Parish taxpayers via the deal with the River Birch Landfill will not survive further scrutiny, especially in light of the recent FBI raid on River Birch’s HQ. To the extent I’ve consistently been told several current council members have ownership interests in the landfill or with venders which do business with the landfill this had to be a sad day for the gang over at Yenni. We’ll all see what Team Letten has sooner than later IMHO.
I hope to have something new on the River Birch landfill and the suit against Waste Management soon so stay tuned.