I’ve had some interesting days in my 5 plus years doing this blog and today ranks right up there.
A few weeks ago I promised to publish the entire document dump from Slabbed’s Jefferson Parish Public Records Request project of 2012. Here is the first installment of docs obtained August 10, 2012, a day and week I’ll never forget as that week as I helped bury a close friend as well as box dived Aaron Broussard’s files sick as a dog with the shingles.
Here are the files from that day, some of which have been published, others not.
And what about the little people? You know, local business people that through no fault of their own provided goods and services to KCVB and were stiffed?? This folks is the way of a typical Broussardian Goatherder IMHO.
We’re going to have more on this down the line. ~ sop
The larger question in my mind is whether or not Aaron Broussard has any friends running government that actually make an honest living folks.
Forrest “Bucky” Lanning, a former Kenner councilman and pal o’ Broussard and Stoulig, getting a $30,000 year “consulting fee” but no contract, while apparently doing nothing, as an officer of the Kenner Convention Visitors Bureau (KCVB), while also having an address – 527 W Esplanade Ste 200 – that is the same as the engineering firm of former Kenner CAO Jimmie Martinez and the Grandlake Garden Homes company of Lawrence Stoulig and Aaaron Broussard (see above).
Tim Rada of Rada Travel is another old Broussard hand and he also is an officer for the KCVB.
Rada’s wife LaDean Rada and KCVB marketing director Sharon Solomon are or were past writers for The Broussardian Kenner Star.
“This year, the cash paid for a $4,500 gift certificate to Rada’s World of Travel in Kenner … ”
“The City Council also authorized Broussard to lease a piece of land in south Kenner that city officials hope will house a planetarium. The land, at 408 Minor St., is owned by the South Kenner Development Corp.” – 2/7/89 TP
Baroni was “appointed” to it, most likely via its board or a board. – 2/18/08 TP
Also on the board:
Jouandot (ore merely a “voluntary treasurer”, not really a member of the board)
Jimmie Martinez (Kenner CAO)
a Brian Dennison
Since we’re free speech alley over here at Slabbed I see this latest development as a traffic generator here and since I don’t make a dime doing this, a guy has got to get his jollies some sort of way and site traffic is it for me.
Kenner politics is a whole other Jefferson Parish political snakepit folks, one I have mostly resisted visiting in the interest of time management but luckily for us Walt Bennetti over at ClickJefferson is smack dab in the middle of the shit storm and he, along with the Citizens for a Better Kenner have been holding certain political feet to the fire and the effectiveness of Walt and his group is best measured by the blowback from the Yenni Administration against both Walt personally and along with his fledgling political campaign for Jefferson Parish Council.
While I found the Times Picayune beat reporting to be decent on the scandal at the KCVB but last week Walt distilled the real issues in play with the scandal and subsequent announcement by Team Yenni the City was pulling out support for the KCVB. It is simply a must read because Mayor Yenni certainly knew of the hijinks over at KCVB well before it became public knowledge as he has held a high-ranking position in City government well before he became mayor of the place. The bottom line is the new guard led by Mayor Yenni is pushing out older entrenched political interests from the taxpayer trough. That would be a good thing if the taxpayers were to realize the savings but that is not what is motivating Mayor Yenni IMHO as he no doubt is looking for sources of political patronage to start the pay to play game so favored by the Jefferson Parish political classes to his self benefit.
Against that backdrop Walt and the Citizens for a Better Kenner is calling for an investigation into the whole KCVB mess by the Louisiana legislative auditor and this is a smart move considering there exists a possible audit failure as evidenced by the shithouse financial doings at KCVB and certain of their projects. The scam has been around since before ENRON but ENRON became the poster child for creating separate entities to house the shady transactions away from the public eye. As a CPA with more years of experience doing single audits than I care to admit to anymore I’ll add it is clear the KCVB is a component unit of the City and as such should have been subject to the same statutory audit as the city itself. And while I do not profess to know Louisiana Home Rule statutes I’ll add IMHO sight unseen public records requirements likely should also apply here. Continue reading “Citizens for a Better Kenner calls bullshit on the shithouse dealings with the Kenner Convention and Visitors Bureau”