Jefferson Parish’s 53 million dollar problem with conprofits laid bare by IG David McClintock

Yesterday Ben Myers broke the news of Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock’s first report since he founded the Jefferson Parish Inspector General’s Office and man is that report a doozie. I chucked at George Amato’s comment to Ben’s story, which I completely concur.

The bottom line is the report is so bad my suggestion is that the taxpaying public would be better served if the Parish Council simply eliminated the various Parish departments and employees that hand out these taxpayer funded grants that are subsequently looted, take the $53.5MM of tax money they are determined to squander and simply put it on a silver platter at the intersection of Veterans and Causeway so the general public can at least get a shot at taking some of the bounty. Not only is such a more democratic method of squandering tax money the squandering can be done without the accompanying overhead. In any event here are the low lights from IG McClintock’s first report:

OIG Audit Finding Louisiana Community & Family Services, Inc.
OIG Audit Finding Louisiana Community & Family Services, Inc.

But it gets better because the gang Louisiana Community & Family Services took the money from the Parish, converted it to cash and then supposedly paid their expenses with that cash without any further documentation. For those of you that actually believe that, Chermaine Kelly has some waterfront in the Gobi desert for sale: Continue reading “Jefferson Parish’s 53 million dollar problem with conprofits laid bare by IG David McClintock”

Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the April 30, 2014 Parish Council Meeting

Supporters of Good Government:

The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, April 30th at 10 a.m. on the West Bank at the General Government Building in Gretna. Citizens for Good Government will again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $619,972 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the April 30th council meeting.

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Once again the issue on the agenda of greatest concern to Citizens for Good Government is the twice-deferred proposed ordinance which requires our lnspector General to request in writing information and documents from our own government, even though our Code of Ordinances currently provides him unrestricted access to this information. Unfortunately, this terrible ordinance would alert those whom our Inspector General is investigating and would thereby compromise his ability to effectively perform his investigations. Continue reading “Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the April 30, 2014 Parish Council Meeting”

Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the April 9, 2014 Parish Council Meeting

Supporters of Good Government:

The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, April 9th at 10 a.m. on the East Bank in the Yenni Building. Citizens for Good Government will once again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $347,672 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the April 9th council meeting.

With campaign contributions of $92,675, Councilman Chris Roberts was once again the councilman with the largest amount of campaign contributions, while Councilman Ben Zahn was in second place with $59,579 in campaign contributions. The total campaign contributions made to all seven council members during the past four years by contractors and subcontactors on whom they are scheduled to vote at the April 9th council meeting was $347,672.

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Although the hospital issue will be of great importance at the April 9th council meeting, Citizens for Good Government is also extremely concerned about and vehemently opposed to Councilman Spears’ Ordinance on the April 9th agenda to limit the investigative powers of Inspector General David McClintock, by requiring a written request from him to obtain information and documents from our government. Such written requests would be extremely detrimental to our Inspector General’s ability to conduct investigations, since for one thing, they would alert the objects of his investigations and would thereby limit his effectiveness. We need the council to vote NO on this ordinance. Continue reading “Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the April 9, 2014 Parish Council Meeting”

Guest post: Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government comments on proposed Jefferson I.G. ordinance

Supporters of Good Government:

Citizens for Good Government was disappointed that the ordinance to limit the ability of the Jefferson Parish Inspector General to conduct his investigations has been deferred until the April 9th council meeting. CFGG Chairman Margaret Baird and I both expressed our disappointment at the March 19th council meeting about the deferral of this ordinance, since we wanted it to be cancelled or defeated.

The objectionable ordinance would require Inspector General David McClintock to provide written requests in order to obtain information from our government, although our Code of Ordinances currently permits him unrestricted access to this information without such a request. Unfortunately, among other things, such written requests would alert the objects of his investigations and would make him ineffective. Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street and New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatevaux both agree that it is important for our IG to have direct and unlimited access to this information, as does President Raphael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission.

We want to thank profusely all of those who called the councilmembers and urged them to vote NO on this terrible ordinance. By the way, three councilmen have publicly expressed their intention to vote NO on the ordinance: Chris Roberts, Ricky Templet, and Elton Lagasse. Councilman Lagasse’s aide came to the Inspector General meeting with the Ethics and Compliance Commission last Wednesday night, which was attended by Citizens for Good Government, and she announced that Councilman Lagasse was planning on voting NO.

We very much appreciate that Councilmen Roberts, Templet and Lagasse have had the courage to publicly announce their intention to oppose the current ordinance. It has been difficult to get the other councilmembers to express their intentions publicly. However, we believe that the other councilmembers owe it to the citizens of Jefferson to vote NO on this ordinance, since Jeffersonians overwhelmingly voted for the Inspector General, and we want this ordinance defeated. CFGG believes that the council’s vote on this ordinance is a test of their commitment to the success of our Office of Inspector General. Continue reading “Guest post: Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government comments on proposed Jefferson I.G. ordinance”

Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the March 19, 2014 Parish Council Meeting

Supporters of Good Government:

The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, March 19th at 10 a.m. on the West Bank at the General Government Building in Gretna. Citizens for Good Government will again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $489,672 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the March 19th council meeting.

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The overriding issue under consideration at the March 19th council meeting is the council vote on the ordinance in Agenda Item 63 to limit the ability of Jefferson’s Inspector General to conduct investigations without alerting those in our government who are being investigated. If this ordinance passes and becomes law, the IG would be required to request information for his investigations in writing, thereby tipping off those under investigation and compromising his ability to obtain needed evidence. Continue reading “Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the March 19, 2014 Parish Council Meeting”

Guest Post | Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the February 19, 2014 Parish Council Meeting

Supporters of Good Government:

The Jefferson Parish Council will meet this Wednesday, February 19th at 10 a.m. on the East Bank in the Yenni Building. Citizens for Good Government will once again present summary information from our Campaign Contribution Table shown below. Total campaign contributions of $246,306 were made during the past four years to our councilmen by contractors and subcontractors on whom the councilmembers are scheduled to vote at the February 19th council meeting. For the first time since CFGG has been presenting our campaign finance reports, Councilman Chris Roberts was NOT the councilman with the largest amount of contributions, but Councilman Mark Spears has this honor with campaign contributions of $56,091. Councilman Roberts was in second place with campaign contributions totaling $47,950.

TOTAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FOR 021914 JP COUNCIL MEETING
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Citizens for Good Government feels the need to speak again in support of Inspector General David McClintock. Our IG has been aggressively investigating possible wrongdoing in our government for which it is essential for him to have unlimited access to the Jefferson Parish email servers, and we are extremely grateful to Parish President John Young for reversing Continue reading “Guest Post | Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government: Campaign Contribution Report for the February 19, 2014 Parish Council Meeting”

Thursday Links

Some of these have appeared in comments recently, others I’ve put out on twitter. I have a busy day on tap so without further adieu:

Group: Insurers charge 300 to 600% more for coastal than inland policies ~ Anita Lee

Jeff council eyes new contracts to complete over-budget arts center ~ Jeff Adelson

Jeff Parish attorney cuts off IG’s access to e-mails, for now ~ Paul Murphy

Jefferson IG and parish attorney clash on access to employees’ emails ~ Jeff Adelson

Sheriff Mike Byrd turns in resignation on the side of Highway 63 ~ Warren Kulo Continue reading “Thursday Links”

Animal House: New Jefferson Parish Whistleblower suit plus the Hospitals back in the news

Never a shortage of hijinks and hallabaloo in Jefferson Parish no siree folks. First up is Veterinarian John Edwards courtesy of Courthouse News.  Like Slabbed before him Edwards is using the services of a man that has a proven track record of hanging skins on the wall in Slabbed’s own Bobby Truitt. Click the pic to nab the 16 page pdf which details allegations of the practice of unlicensed Veterinary medicine by east bank Animal Shelter Director Robin Beaulieu:

Edwards v Jefferson Parish Doc 1

Next up the public Hospital privatization spectacle is kicking back into gear after the Thanksgiving Holiday:

Jefferson to hold public meetings on hospitals’ future ~ Advocate Staff

Inspector general says Jefferson Parish Council should negotiate multiple leases for hospitals ~ Ben Myers

This McClintock guy is a more dangerous than Chris Roberts thinks plus he gives great business advice.

Guest post: Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government on the new Inspector General

Supporters of Good Government:

Citizens for Good Government is jubilant over the selection of David McClintock as the new Inspector General for Jefferson Parish. After checking out the resumes of the three finalists and observing the public portion of their interviews by the Ethics and Compliance Commission, CFGG agreed that McClintock was the one we wanted for Jefferson Parish’s first IG. We were thrilled when the Ethics and Compliance Commission was equally impressed with Mr. McClintock and voted unanimously for him.

The Ethics and Compliance Commission did an outstanding job in getting us to this point in the Inspector General selection process, and we are extremely appreciative of their hard work and conscientious effort. Since they are not compensated for doing this job, the reward for them will be what we believe is a gigantic step toward good government in Jefferson Parish.

It is significant that our new Inspector General will be completely independent and is being financed without an increase in taxes, since his office will receive its funds from a rededicated millage. Although it took three years, Citizens for Good Government is thrilled at the results of our own quest for an Inspector General, and we believe it has been well worth it.

CFGG first suggested an Inspector General for Jefferson parish in November of 2009, when the political scandal was breaking. We met with a Jefferson Parish councilman at that time and urged him to support a completely independent Inspector General for Jefferson without a tax increase. Continue reading “Guest post: Jefferson Parish Citizens for Good Government on the new Inspector General”