In light of the Broussard Era bribery schemes coming to light this email blast from CFGG is timely.

Supporters of Good Government:

At the September 19th Jefferson Parish Council meeting, Citizens for Good Government again spoke about the reforms to service contracting recommended by the Bureau of Governmental Research, which we intend to continue speaking about until the Jefferson Parish Council gives serious consideration to these recommendations which are, after all, based on best practices research.

The following is an excerpt from the speech by CFGG Vice-Chairman Margie Seemann at the end of the Council meeting:

“Some issues are of such extreme importance to Citizens for Good Government that we devote an enormous amount of time and effort to call attention to these issues, and we attempt to bring pressure on the council and our government to take action on these issues.“
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Citizens for Good Government updates the fight with Councilman Lagasse over pay to play in Jefferson Parish

Supporters of Good Government:

Citizens for Good Government is passionate about the need for reforming Jefferson Parish’s service contracting process.  To accomplish this, as we have indicated in previous UPDATEs, we enthusiastically support the recommendations contained in the recently-released Bureau of Government Research report entitled “Reforming Jefferson Parish’s Unusual Approach to Service Contracting.”

The current process for selecting the winners of service contract permits councilmen to select the contract awardees without requiring them to take into consideration the ranking of evaluation committees. However, BGR recommends awarding service contracts to firms because they rank highest in an evaluation committee’s scoring of relevant, weighted criteria. 

According to BGR, the role of our councilmen should be limited to approving or rejecting the evaluation committee’s recommended contractor or terminating the procurement.  The current process, which permits district councilmen to select the winner of service contracts for work done in their districts, bears a significant portion of the blame for the Jefferson Performing Arts Center fiasco.

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Peggy Barton: Wilkinson’s Continuing Legacy of Arrogance and Incompetence to Further Facilitate Corruption Part II: Council Votes in Violation of Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinance 23-132.1. A Guest post by Whitmergate.

Having Capella vouch for Barton was not exactly what I was expecting or hoping for. And I would venture to guess that his trite comment did not assure anyone that the Parish Attorney’s Office had been purged of the decadent influence of Tom Wilkinson. This snippet from the Times-Picayune story Jefferson Parish Attorney Tom Wilkinson resigns by Paul Rioux illustrates:

Despite the upheaval, parish officials said the law department remains in capable hands.

“I have full confidence in Peggy Barton,” Councilman Tom Capella said. “We’ll continue moving forward doing the people’s business.”

Of course Capella in referencing the “people’s” business, most likely means his people: his family, cronies and contractor, consultant, lawyer campaign contributors. That would account for his “confidence” in Peggy Barton to carry on Wilkinson’s legacy of facilitating the corruptive conduct of those she depends on to keep her job.

My question to Mr. Rioux: What “upheaval” are you imagining? Barton is Wilkinson…where have you been! Haven’t you been covering the “Gretna Mentality” circus over on the west bank for several years now? Sorry, but your thinly veiled attempt at comforting the citizens of Jefferson Parish announcing that the appointment of Peggy Barton as Parish Attorney would somehow suddenly invest that office with professional competence and ethical standards failed miserably. Continue reading “Peggy Barton: Wilkinson’s Continuing Legacy of Arrogance and Incompetence to Further Facilitate Corruption Part II: Council Votes in Violation of Jefferson Parish Code of Ordinance 23-132.1. A Guest post by Whitmergate.”

Peggy Barton: Tom Wilkinson’s Continuing Legacy of Arrogance and Incompetence to Further Facilitate Corruption Part I. A guest post by Whitmergate

When Steve Theriot was unlawfully appointed by the Jefferson Parish Council to be Parish President as a result of Broussard’s resignation, he chose, in concert with the six Council members who ushered him upon us, to appoint Peggy Barton acting interim Parish Attorney. And what an act it’s been…

It was Deja Vu …and live on Cox TV too. Our backdrop is during one of the Council meetings around the time the public records debate was heating up as a result of a sudden and dramatic shift in policy resulting from Anne Marie Vandenweghe’s reassignment. She was removed from the Public Records Department only to be replaced by Greg Giangrosso, a Wilkinson lackey. Under Vandenweghe’s direction, public documents were just that, Public Records readily available in most instances to those qualified to request the same. Giangrosso’s assignment was and is to stonewall the release of Public Information which he and his superiors, Peggy Barton and Louis Gruntz, have decided taxpayers are to have limited access to in almost all instances. The response that one receives from Giangrosso is a pasted legalese form letter citing erroneous legal precedent for not honoring the Public Records Request. Margie Seemann (CFGG) was pressing the Council to explain why documents regarding information of a similar topic which she had previously received under Vandenweghe’s tenure, was now routinely denied under some broad and vague “governmental” exception. It was at that moment when Peggy Barton opened her mouth to defend the indefensible, everyone in that Council Chamber and watching TV, could foretell the response as though it would have been uttered by her mentor Tom Wilkinson, himself. She looked down at Ms. Seemann, a facial expression of pure contempt and as sarcastic a tone as one could muster, stated that she would review “OUR” records and “SHE” would determine what would be made available to the public at some later date. And there you have it, Wilkinson in drag…without the proverbial…FUCK YOU, SUE ME! Continue reading “Peggy Barton: Tom Wilkinson’s Continuing Legacy of Arrogance and Incompetence to Further Facilitate Corruption Part I. A guest post by Whitmergate”

"Good government" makes the news in Louisiana

Actually, not “good government” per se but a bit of news about the Alliance for Good Government of particular interest to SLABBED from the Times Picayune:

The Alliance for Good Government honored lawmakers in state and local government at its annual Legislators of the Year awards banquet Saturday…The organization’s bylaws say its purpose is to “bring together thinking citizens into an organization which will promote public policies which benefit” the New Orleans area, Louisiana and the United States.

The organization was started in 1967 to support candidates and issues in the metropolitan area and now has chapters in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany parishes.

The legislators honored were: Jefferson Parish, state Rep. Joseph Lopinto, R-Metairie; Orleans Parish, City Councilman Arnie Fielkow; St. Bernard Parish, state Rep. Nita Rusich Hutter, R-Chalmette; and St. Tammany Parish, Councilman Al Hamauei.

Each chapter also presented a Civic Award to someone who has “worked hard to make a difference.” The recipients were: Jefferson, Margie Seeman and Margaret Baird of Citizens for Good Government; Orleans, Justin Woods; St. Bernard, Emile Pellittieri; and St. Tammany, Dawn Sharpe Brackett, CEO of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

SLABBED congratulates Margie and Margaret on this most deserved recognition.  As the reader who sent the link wrote, “the divine M & M Sisters got bling!”