Team River Birch beclowns their clowns: A putting in the fix on the inside for River Birch update.

Paul Rioux at the Times Picayune checks in today with a report that is masterful in its nuance as Team River Birch has the full court PR press on and one again they manage to put egg on their own face as well as the Parish, specifically Public Records.  There is lots of fodder for discussion in Paul’s lengthy story but since I am time strapped I’m going to focus in on 2 items the first being that thanks to Steve Theriot and John Young it appears Jefferson Parish no longer has a cohesive, functioning public records department. Taken a step further I’ll add Paul conveys the obvious without saying it as it certainly appears the Parish Attorney’s office is simply an adjunct legal department for Freddie Heebe, Jim Ward and the River Birch Landfill. This snippet illustrates that point:

River Birch obtained the notes and other parish documents about the draft study Monday through a public records request and in turn provided them to The Times-Picayune. Parish attorneys denied a similar request by the newspaper for the preliminary study in December, citing an exemption in the state’s disclosure law for documents prepared “in anticipation of litigation or in preparation for trial.”

I will point out that normally newspapers are big on access to public records so the silence on the major problems with public records in Jefferson Parish, well reported here, means the T-P sucked on it in silence for at least the past 3 months.  I’ll add that while Jefferson Parish was stonewalling the Times Picayune while giving it all up for Freddie Heebie they also continue to retaliate against the whistleblowers and John Young is ass deep in it right along with his political blowbuddy Tom Capella and their puppets Peggy Barton and Louis Gruntz.  As long as the Parish Attorney’s office, at the behest of elected officials work for the River Birch Landfill instead of the taxpayers expect to see more such clusterfucks as the many Paul Rioux details today. Continue reading “Team River Birch beclowns their clowns: A putting in the fix on the inside for River Birch update.”

BREAKING: Citizens for Good Government alleges certain Jefferson Parish Council members are still meeting with River Birch behind the scenes.

From the latest CFGG email blast:

At the March 16th Jefferson Parish Council meeting and the public hearing on River Birch which followed, the majority of Citizens for Good Government’s remarks were naturally about the River Birch contract. Even my 5-minute speech at the end of the Council meeting was about River Birch.

Since September 2010 Citizens for Good Government has been speaking out publicly against the 25-year River Birch landfill contract, which requires Jefferson Parish to close its very valuable landfill for 25 years. We believe that it was unconscionable for the Council to burden the citizens of Jefferson with a 25-year contract, which also removes our landfill as the only local competition for the River Birch Landfill for that period. We have repeatedly said that we believe that the River Birch Landfill contract is illegal, and that our Government should take formal action to cancel it.

At the Council meeting I said:

“This River Birch Landfill scandal is a sordid mess, with raids, the beginning of indictments, etc. Everything about this contract is suspect, starting with the way the RFP was modified contrary to its original purpose, the way the RFP was rushed through against the advice of our landfill professionals, and the way in which River Birch was selected for the Landfill contract based on the evaluations provided by an illegally-constituted evaluation committee with no expertise in engineering, municipal waste or finance.”

Then I indicated that we were very upset about a report from a reliable source that a representative of River Birch had met with at least one of the Councilmen recently. Continue reading “BREAKING: Citizens for Good Government alleges certain Jefferson Parish Council members are still meeting with River Birch behind the scenes.”