Indeed folks Slabb O’Leak lives! Click the pic to get the PDF because when the subject is garbage, “transparency” was not in the middle name…..
Folks Chris Roberts may do an excellent job acting stupid about Girod Jackson, but it appears his buddy from the West Bank that moonlights as a state legislator is again in the news and not for anything good as the guy shows up prominently in this U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of the Inspector General Audit of the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority, which looks to be a classic Conprofit. You have the Board of Directors slopping at the trough siphoning out obscene amounts of money for themselves, you have professional services contracts let without competition or documentation and over $600,000 in questioned cost were missed by Rebowe and Company, a politically connected CPA firm that supposedly audited the Housing Authority.
Even better we have Elton LaGasse’s former main man Barry “Da Bagman” Bordelon at the center of the scandal as he is the Executive Director of the whole disaster and was evidently double dipping because when he is not lobbying for trash companies like IESI he was splitting purchases to hide the payments to Jackson.
Barry Bordelon, the executive director of the Housing Board is no relation to Da Bagman. I did find this from December 2010 that explains this guy in detail:
The Louisiana Housing Development Corp.’s contract began around the time Barry D. Bordelon signed on as the Housing Authority’s executive director. Bordelon, who is not the same Barry Bordelon who serves as Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse’s top aide, previously sat on the Housing Authority’s board for 14 years and was chairman through each of the previous investigations. He resigned in 2002, around the time of the FBI investigation, only to be hired four years later.
The fact Mini-me’s grandstanding in the above article resulted in his friend Girod Jackson being exposed is priceless folks.
None of this is a secret folks despite the fact US Attorney Jim Letten has done his best to ignore the low level rot exemplified by other conprofits that have made the news. Here are 4 links to posts that appeared on Slabbed dealing with Byron Lee, Girod Jackson beginning with this post circa November 2010. Chris Roberts liked to act stupid with his Girod who? comedy skit but we debunked that bit of bullshit here, just after Jackson was profiled on Fox 8 for ripping off homeowners taking money and not doing work. Jackson also showed up in two of the three posts I did on Byron Lee’s conprofit, the Jefferson Sports and Scholastic Foundation.
H/T several readers and the NOLA.com story for the HUD/OIG report link. Car 54, where are you????
It should be noted the Young Administration tried to do the right thing before being overruled by the Parish Council.
Waste Management sues Jefferson Parish to block IESI contract to run parish dump. ~ Paul Rioux, The Times Picayune
In our coverage of Jefferson Parish Government we’ve run across the name of former Jefferson Parish CFO Gwen Bolotte a few times, normally with me expressing the opinion she needed to be fired for not doing her job as Parish Finance Director. I termed her a doormat in fact and that is a good description of her job performance in both the Performing Arts fiasco and the Parish’s ham handed dealings with Waste Management in trying to cancel the contract with them so that the Parish’s garbage could be hauled to the River Birch Landfill at considerably more costs to parish residents. I mention this because Bob Ross has a curious story in today’s Times Picayune that allows John Young and Chris Roberts to capitalize on Bolotte’s departure for purely self-serving public relations purposes. Roberts using this issue is particularly sickening given he employes the Master of Disaster Deano Bonano as a council aid at a nice 6 figure salary despite Bonano deserving the same fate as Bolotte. Instead Roberts recycled him from John Young’s chop shop. First lets visit with Ross and his story for the Sunday Picayune:
Bolotte’s decision is more troubling, Roberts said, given her position as chief financial officer in Parish President John Young’s administration.
“Gwen is a CPA. She has a fiduciary duty to hold her ground in certain situations. I would expect our CFO — and I’ve told this to John already — that if she’s put in a compromising position that she knows may or may not be in the best interest of the parish, that she make a decision to stand up and say: ‘We have questions about this and I’m not comfortable, and we need further documentation.'”
Turning a “blind eye” to Whitmer’s order, as Roberts described Bolotte’s reaction, was not in Jefferson’s best interests. “That’s a real problem,” he said. “How many time have you heard her say over the years, ‘I was instructed to do that by my superiors.'”
Young generally agreed with Roberts’ assessment.
“Hindsight is 20-20, but if she had questions, she shouldn’t have processed the check,” he said recently, before Bolotte announced her retirement. “I can tell you this: We made sure Gwen knows that nothing will be paid without proper documentation. That will not happen again. Also, nothing will be paid without accounting doing the proper checks and balances.”
Both men act as if there was not an existing policy to never pay expenses without documentation in Jefferson Parish and of course there was and is such a policy. Continue reading “The Times Picayune tackles a topic that has appeared here many times: A why Gwen Bollotte should have been fired years ago update.”
Slabbed reports, you decide
Everyone foolishly thought landfill activist and District 3 candidate, George Peterson, was going to let his previous clownish attack on the Citizens for Good Government, for their mentioning excessive Council campaign contributions, simmadownnow. Who would have thought the landfill activist would turn his criticism and insults up several notches and accuse the CCFG of being “ladies lacking common sense” to their faces.
Well, it wasn’t the ladies’ angelic faces which changed after Mr.Peterson’s tirade. Mr.Peterson’s earlier clownish appearance, which grew scary at the previous Council meeting, began to take on a much more sinister look as audience members again began to have coulorphobic anxiety. Councilman at Large (pun intended) Chrissy Roberts seemed to enjoy seeing the CCFG get roasted over and over as Peterson repeated his “ladies lacking common sense” insult again and again. BOYS AND GIRLS IT WAS PREMEDITATED, PREMATURE TRICK OR TREAT ON THE CCFG. The CFGG’s main Inspector General proponent, President Young,who had left the building earlier to catch a flight to D.C. must have experienced burning ears himself in route, as the Council of Clowns had also sprung an earlier Pearl Harbor attack on MIA Young and his entire administration fleet. Continue reading “Chronic Coulorphobia: It’s Getting Real Scary. A Lockemuptight guest post”
For the lucky citizens who were not in attendance at the August 31, 2011 Jefferson Parish Council meeting you should be counting your lucky stars. Many attendees got acutely ill as it seems longtime Waggaman civic activist, George Peterson, is himself possibly showing signs of becoming another scary Council Clown.
For those unfamiliar with George Peterson a short review is in order. George has been the ever so valiant Waggaman citizen who for years at Council meetings had criticized District 3 Councilman Byron Lee for not spending the majority of River Birch’s $700,000 landfill mitigation fund on the citizens of Waggaman. Especially those citizens and respiratory sufferers living in close proximity to the onerous, odorous River Birch landfill.
However, a few weeks ago Mr.Peterson himself became a candidate for Council District 3. Shortly thereafter, during a Council ‘s heated debate with members of the CFFG, involving the new contract to operate the JP landfill expansion,, Mr. Peterson started to show signs of clownishness. Mr. Peterson ranted on how the JP landfill was mismanaged by CDM contractors, who oversee the operators by treating the foul odors and scaring the birds away, and endorsed IESI to manage the new expansion. He also stated how all the foul odor was solely coming from the JP landfill and definitely not from the the River Birch dump. So Mr.Peterson, if what you say is true what was the intention and purpose of River Birch’s $700,000 mitigation fund? Continue reading “Acute Council Coulrophia Epidemic, Epicenter District 3: A Lockemuptight guest post.”
With our last post examining the ethics of a local ethics professor generating such interest a second post on the general topic is certainly in order. IMHO one of the most thankless public service jobs has to be as a non political staffer at your local State Ethics Administration. Both Louisiana and Mississippi’s are fairly ineffective by design of the political class and indeed just a year ago the Mississippi Business Journal called out Ben Stone, chair of the Mississippi Ethics Commission for blatant double-dealing. Along those same lines it appears as if the Louisiana Ethics Commission is routinely neutered by the courts and/or the legislature but the folks at the Louisiana Ethics Administration has Mississippi beat by miles in the transparency department as a few clicks on their website gets you the meeting agendas in advance. Website like that are favorite of the journalistic class for good reason.
So today I take a reader tip and click away and we find a clue that the insurance portion of what would become known as the Jefferson Parish Corruption Scandal is still percolating away as the various slow motion wheels of government grind, cuss and discuss Mr Scott Fontenot and Fontenot and Associates. Names such as Tim Coulon, Tim Whitmer, Wally Pontiff among others also occupy this general vicinity of the scandal. I’ll add that I have reason to believe the federal grand jury has also taken a look at Fontenot so there is a reasonable basis to surmise he may be in bigger trouble than the potential $210,000 in fines plus forfeitures.
Along those lines the last council meeting as portrayed thus far on Slabbed deal with garbage as the Parish awarded the new landfill contract to IESI despite the fact their bid was more expensive than Waste Management’s and that indeed was a big deal. Discussed both here in comments and elsewhere was the redundant hiring of a Parish Council Legal Analyst, the brainchild of the ethically challenged, bucktoothed interim councilman Mike Thomas. But my mind is open to the possibility the most underhanded double deal of them all was the selection of Coventry for the Parish’s health insurance. I suspect the evaluation committee scores for that contract would be interesting reading. Continue reading “Just another day in the state ethics board neighborhood….”
Did someone tell me the lobbyists for Jefferson Parish and IESI are one in the same and involve someone with the last name of Coulon? I thought so.
Godspeed to the M&M sisters at today’s meeting and for holding the crooks on the council feet to the fire.
Slabbaleaks is preparing to release proof Jefferson Parish Councilman Byron Lee has more than a passing interest in the financial success of the River Birch landfill. I’ll add we’ve consistently been told several elected parish officials feed from the River Birch trough which would explain the Parish government’s fondness for the landfill, which was recently subjected to an old-fashioned FBI raid. To further whet our readers appetites I’ll add the info I have on Lee is not “shit storm” I promised to roll out.
Meantime today our readers can watch John Young try to spin “the fix” via this story from the T-P’s Paul Rioux, whereby paying a dollar more per ton for trash disposal somehow results in savings, at least according to River Birch spokesman Glenn Smith, who must be subbing for the DA’s brother, Dutchie Connick in that role. Smith and the River Birch people have evidently seen the report, despite the fact the Parish Attorney’s office initially said no to the T-P’s request for same citing pending litigation against Waste Management.
And the beat goes on…..