Hammerman notes Quinn is the COO of Orleans Shoring and discloses the worst of the abuses Orleans documented in its own undercover sting are not present in the NOLA Observer’s video. That said Hammerman also brings up two things that are disturbing in the use of $100 Walmart gift cards to score appointments, a practice Orleans was made to discontinue and the disturbing implications of an Orleans Shoring direct mail solicitation and for that we visit with Slabbed commenter Fedupwithitall:
The salesman from Orleans Shoring arrived at this homeowners home with paperwork all filled out including square footage, entrances, name and even Road home number. Is this guy psychic? How can this be? This salesman mentions looking on a list that was not supposed to be used but was magically now able to be used. Lo and behold this homeowner is approved! This Orleans Shoring salesman then tries to scare the homeowner by describing that the homeowner may lose their chance to get their home elevated if they don’t choose Orleans Shoring since Elevation Shoring went out of business 6 months ago per the Orleans Shoring salesman. (Elevation Shoring is still in business). The Orleans Shoring salesman then politely informs the homeowner that they have a NEW Mitigation Analyst named Hank. What a well-informed, nice guy.
How was this information obtained? Orleans Shoring all of the sudden has a list? Oh my! Is this a new list or and older one purchased from Kurt Wiltshire of New Path Recovery? (Kurt Wiltshire of New Path Recovery worked for Christian right after he quit working for OCD_HMGP)
Folks we’ve occasionally covered the ongoing boondoggle involving the FEMA funded Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the money involved has caused people to do some batshit crazy stuff to satisfy their greed. The program itself is fatally flawed in its design but I’ll save that part for another post. In this post we’ll feature a saleman from Orleans Shoring doing some very sleazing things and it is only right it sees the light of day as Orleans used an undercover employee to document many of the same abuses last fall and it created enough of a stir to merit federal grand jury attention. It is my hope that despite the fact former State Senator/rumored judicial candidate Julie Quinn is heavily involved with Orleans Shoring as a paid shill all the abuses, including those involving Orleans Shoring, are fully vetted by the same investigative bodies and any criminal wrongdoing identified be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The Orleans video itself is in 3 parts embedded below the fold: Continue reading “”
Yep they changed the bonding requirements again. I’d like to add at this point that residential construction and homebuilders rarely, if ever, are required to post performance bonds which is why imposing a performance bond requirement on home elevation contractors effectively shuts so many out of the market. You see sureties require things to make their credit underwriting decisions such as CPA audits or reviews that can’t be done overnight. This limits competition. Now if performance bonding requirements had been put in up front you’d have none of these problems now.
Particularly disturbing is the rumors I’m hearing of inexperienced contractors being exempted from the contractor’s license testing requirements if they paid consulting fees to the right people.
The state Office of Community Development’s handling of this whole deal has been a disaster. Dysfunctional corrupt government, brought to you by Bobby Jindal.
Folks we have some new developments in the home elevation boondoggle program as Orleans Shoring is now in some trouble due to the fact its owner, Christian Cancienne, is alleged to be a lying sack of shit like his political lapdog Quinn. You see folks, Cancienne’s prior criminal history was left off his application for Contactor’s license with the contractors licensing board. At this point I’ll note that Cancienne’s prior criminal record was the topic for discussion in comments on this NOLA story we highlighted in this post but predictably the folks at NOLA deleted the comments thus leaving Slabbed as the best online source for Cancienne’s prior life dealing drugs.
Now something tells me that December 16th meeting at the contractor’s licensing board will be very well attended by Cancienne’s competitors, especially the ones he tried to hose with his PI sting but given they already trotted out Julie Quinn out in a micro mini skirt may I be so bold to suggest they get her into her stripper outfit for her next lobbying visit to Governor Jindal’s office. I mean it can’t hurt and with each skimpy costume change we get a better idea what Quinn really does for a living because she isn’t much of a lawyer judging from the remarks made at yesterday’s hearing about the Orleans sting operation.
As always there will be more to come folks but I’d like to add we are quickly becoming fans of state senator Ed Murray. You go Ed.
I mention this because last night we received a contact or two on the topic including one person that gave us the skinny on Orleans Shoring owner Christian Cancienne’s prior criminal record distributing hard drugs. We already knew Christian Cancienne from the Katrina litigation folks and he was about as useless as Eric Paulsen’s legal team in Paulsen v State Farm. But ol’ Christian does have a nice jingle and some of the best former politicians money can buy to snap up a cool quarter of the market.
Hopefully in the process folks I hope everyone will understand how absolutely feckless the current contractor licensing process in Louisiana is in its current incarnation and that is the real story here.
Meantime people are looking to Slabbed to cover this issue and something tells me there is plenty enough dirt on Quinn and Cancienne to make this topic a good fit here.
I am beginning to form a mental picture that the Louisiana Home Elevation Program is little more than Oil Spill Cleanup Lite where the politicians figure out how to loot it out and keep competition to a minimum. Today the Times Picayune takes a more even-handed stance on their editorial page in regards to Senator Julie Quinn, a political financial beneficiary of the program via Orleans Shoring, one of the newer entrants to the biz that has somehow managed to capture 25% of the market. It is worth the read as we’ll be keeping this subject on our radar screen here on Slabbed as information has begun to trickle in that should allow for a substantive post here on this topic.
like the moon
you are changeable,
and then soothes
as fancy takes it;
it melts them like ice.
Fate – monstrous
you whirling wheel,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
you plague me too;
now through trickery,
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.