Like chootin’ fish in a barrel folks. Here are the areas people are talking about.
The Housing Authority checks in as number 1. Ben Myers wrote a piece for NOLA.com a week or so back that touches on several areas of interest.
Number 2 is Thompson Thibodeaux Community Development Corp., a story that Slabbed helped pioneer and when you talk about Thompson Thibodeaux you gotta include former Councilman Byron Lee and his cuz/predecessor Mark Spears, especially since Lee pulled the race card back in November to explain his nefarious activities with respect to Thompson Thibodeaux.
Here are a few other links of interest:
Byron Lee, Mark Spears bristle at audit report that public money helped their relatives, associates ~ Andrea Shaw
After four months in limbo, political pawn lands different job, higher pay ~ Adriane Quinlan
Jefferson Parish inspector general, president agree on email access; Councilman Mark Spears unsatisfied ~ Ben Myers
Jefferson inspector general regains access to all parish email ~ Jeff Adelson
Stay tuned because my best sources in Jefferson Parish are urging me to stay frosty and alert.
The exact term in the text message was the JP Housing Authority has been “raided” by the FBI. I’ll have more details as they become available.
I have confirmed the FBI raid with another source. Book ’em Dano!
Whew folks that is a mouthful! I am pleased to announce Slabbed will remain on the Jefferson Parish beat as there is never a dull moment in the “aorta of corruption”! First up is Parish Prez John Young.
After studying this millage renewal thing for a few weeks I now draw 2 conclusions:
- There is a critical mass of people that will not vote for any new taxes for the local politicians and their cronies to squander and loot. (See below)
- Last week’s emergency council meeting on the failure of the Jefferson Parish water and sewer millage renewals, disgraceful as it was with all the itinerant grandstanding, is mostly John Young’s fault.
Say what? Is Slabbed blaming John Young for the defeat of the renewals? No. His fault is a lack of leadership. Clancy DuBos explains for Gambit:
Instead of admitting he dropped the ball, which is what a real leader would do, Young repeatedly tried to deflect blame onto others, including the parish’s bond counsel. He also claimed that his administration mounted a bona fide effort to educate voters about the millage. That was simply untrue. All in all, Young’s performance during and after the “campaign” was a classic, and classless, display of political cowardice.
Drop the ball or not Young threw his own people under the bus last week. Bad form, very bad form indeed. Speaking of bad form even John Young and Clancy DuBos would be forced to admit I called this whole Richard Hart disaster from wayyyyyy far back. Let’s review with this snippet from my first post on the topic:
Next up is deputy chief operating officer Richard Hart. Hart, John Young’s #3 man in the Parish pecking order came to the Parish from his gig as executive director of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry and is credited for helping pick and poach Chris Cox from the US Attorney’s office for the #2 spot in Team Young. I mention Hart because some of the birdies are telling me he is the new administrator that most reminds them of Tim Whitmer in terms of being a ruthless snake in the grass. The birdies tell me that Hart has a checkered background that makes him a most worthy candidate for further exploration here on Slabbed so I’ll float the balloon and see if our readers can fill in some blanks.
And then less than a year later Slabbed broke the bad news: Continue reading “Adventures in Jefferson Parish Leadership Fails. John Young and his ghosts plus Barry Bordelon sticks the tab on the taxpayers plus Sheriff Noodles on hot seat”
Or in the parlance of the insurance litigation: Delay, Deny, Defend. Here are three links along those lines:
Hearing on political email through Jefferson Parish agency pushed back ~ Paul Purpura
Ethics case against River Birch takes back seat to criminal probe again ~ Manuel Torres
Jefferson Housing Authority members moving parish suit to federal court ~ Manuel Torres
Now regarding this legal war between the Parish council and the Housing Authority Board. In it simplest, most boiled down terms the fight is about the financial interests of one man in Gary Lala as it intersects with the desire in the Gretna political set to keep subsidized housing out of that City. Everything else is smoke and mirrors except the stealing and looting, which is very real.
Vital background on Lala can be found here and here.
Like that moral suasion thing I mentioned early this week. Some harbor doubt so we’ll term those folks “detractors”.
I’ve been here before and a select few of you folks have previously been “here” before with me. The detractors remain in denial, “ignorant to the very end“.
We have to talk OIG again because I submit the detractors only fool themselves.
One of the larger post Katrina rebuilding stories here on the coast was then Governor Haley “Boss Hogg” Barbour and his economic development people diverting over $500 million dollars of recovery money meant to build housing for displaced storm victims to build “The Port of the Future” at the State Port in Gulfport. Wild promises of the port’s potential were made and I highlighted some of those promises in this post way back in 2008 where coastal residents were promised sunshine in the process due to the doubts many local area residents were harboring way back in 2008 when the money was diverted.
I mention all this because while I have been neck deep with my gabby cousin Slabb O’Leak, Anita Lee over at the Sun Herald blew the port’s BS out of the water this week because it turns out those plans Boss Hogg so publicly touted have been revealed to be BS and the locals are furious. This could well grow into a major scandal and it is my hope the OIG from HUD and possibly the Office of the Attorney General take a peeksie at how the recovery money was diverted, based promises that have since proven to be fictitious since the federal government may well have been misled.
That said I hope it is lost on no one the same political power brokers out of Jackson that brought us the port disaster have already annointed career politician and legacy political hack Billy Hewes as the next Mayor, almost a full year ahead of the election. Now for some links to various stories by the Sun Herald’s Anita Lee on the subject:
Leaders, community frustrated by port plans, progress
Gulfport councilman calls for change at port
MDOT commissioner talks connector road, tolls and curbing travel
The bottom line is the farther out from Katrina we travel, the more tarnished Haley Barbour’s legacy becomes as his empty promises continue to float to the surface.