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Mitch Landrieu is walking on a red carpet because some of us, have been working day and night to tame the national media. Many La. officials aka Jindal, Vitter, Nagin and Jim Lattan are not camera ready people and through these officials, the people of Louisiana state were getting slammed. They figured that if our officials appeared awkward, slow or even dull that this was a means to stereotype everyone who lived in this state. It has taken years to undo P.R. damage but the HBO show Treme-David Simon, Levees.Org, James Carville, Mary Matalin, General Honore, John Goodman and of course the ultimate media attack dog......Creole Folks, have now handed over a clean media slate to Mitch Landrieu.
Mitch Landrieu, is inheriting a budget crisis for the simple fact that city officials discouraged any sane business owner from doing business in Nawlins. The citizens of this city, basically paid tax dollars only to have City Hall, the D.A.'s office & the City Council Members, to go out & carry on in the most embarrassing and childish acts possible. While I once was going to based my entertainment management firm in New Orleans because I figure that the city could use the tax money, I changed my mind after seeing the outlandish displays of stupidity from ALL these City Officials & I opted to stay based out of Hollywood, Ca. being that my job can be done from anywhere in the world.
In many industries you can work out of a city but be based in another city. Kinda like B.P. exploits Louisiana but Great Britain gets the bulk of pay outs from this company. State Republicans have literally drove small business owners out of business or out of state because Republicans are fee and fine happy.
Local Photographers in Louisiana state can set up shop in the city and make over $100,000.00 per year, due to the booming entertainment industry, but one can not just set up shop in La. state like you can in California because La. politicians keep loading all of these fees, licenses and more fees discouraging business development within this state. This has resulted in production companies bringing in out of state photographers to meet the needs of production. The people who are in charge of the Film Commissions aren't trained Hollywood people but simply in place because they knew someone. Producers are coming in La. because of many tax breaks done under former Gov. Blanco (a Democrat) but mostly due to a major push in Los Angeles producing circles. They aren't influenced one way or another by the state's Film Commission and half the time the data on the websites aren't updated properly.
Right now in La. state, SBA loans and other loans that could be going to small business owners continue to go to these huge companies, which the state of La. allows to knowing lie on paperwork. La. has a very bad structural corruption issue that is the fault of the current Governor. These are all things that a small business owner has to take into consideration before coming into this state and really has nothing to do with the city of New Orleans,La but New Orleans takes the blame for state-wide corruption, in the media.
We still have this open secret of organized crime in New Orleans which stops many people from opening up businesses in the area. The French Quarter is a perfect example because those guys get shook down, every month. If you have something to contribute to the city, you have to cut through a bunch of red tape and corruption within the organized crime business community hybrid government in this state.
The New Orleans City Council and City Hall looked so out of control, in the last few years, that no business owner would have seriously considered basing themselves out of New Orleans, La. Hopefully with Landrieu, that will change. There's alot of new blood pouring into office but there remains alot of old blood, and sooner or later they will become a headache.
So far so good with Mitch. I like the fact that Sandy Rosenthal(Levees.Org) is in his cabinet. I like the fact that we have an allegedly independent NOPD monitor, but she is from Tulane University, so most of those contracts are pre-arranged with the city. Plus, this monitor, is from Pasadena, Ca. Being that I am very familiar with Pasadena, Ca. .........this is the only thing that isn't passing the "smell test."
I know that this NOPD monitor is already under qualified but I'm giving it a chance but taking someone from Pasadena, Ca. to over see anything in Nawlins is a joke. I mean they may as well have gone and gotten someone from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. I just do not think that over seeing the NOPD is a job for some girl from Pasadena, who is coming from Tulane. The city is already too female heavy, in every aspect of everything and very few of these people are dynamic and good at their jobs. In fact, many of these people are down right dumb, not saying any names......... but "Non-Descript Susan" from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, still doesn't know the geographical difference between Westwego and Harvey!
The reason why we do not know the names of these garden variety women, who are holding some very high positions, is due to the fact that they do absolutely nothing. During some of the worse times in NOLA, we had Washington and Stacy Head in a long drawn out cat fight over some emails-and the two women from the D.A.'s office were always on t.v. making the city look like a mess. Under Mayor Ray Nagin, I do not recall anyone doing any work in New Orleans.
I am over the interplay between Tulane University and city officials. There are other qualified people, that can fill certain positions so this love affair with these Tulane tokens, will not go unnoticed. If these Tulane appointments make one misstep, that will be considered corruption. There is some "good ole boy" agreement with Tulane and New Orleans-which is what we are trying to leave behind in this city. We are tired of the back room dealings.
Mitch Landrieu's short list for top cops to replace Warren R. are very impressive. Mitch Landrieu's knowledge is phenomenal. This man really is accessible, in a way that Ray Nagin never was. Ray Nagin was the most "hiding out" Mayor that I have ever seen in this city.
There were alot of city officials, that were simply lazy & willfully neglecting their duties because Ray Nagin was always the scapegoat but now with a fresh and dynamic Mayor like Landrieu, these officials simply can't sit back because the token target is no longer in office. I wonder why it took so long to get around to dealing with corrupt developers and the Danziger Bridge case.
I think in the next few years, that Jefferson parish will now be the problem child and Mitch's success depends alot on making a clear distinction between being an all inclusive, equal opportunity Orleans Parish vs a corrupt system of "good ole boys" in Jefferson Parish.
Orleans should be modeled more after St.Bernard and Mitch is clearly bringing back a sense of pride and community.
I am impressed with Mitch Landrieu because he is a very smart man, and the more he talks the smarter he sounds. During Ray Nagin's first term, he really did lay out revitalization of New Orleans but evidently he fell under the influence of Bush because Nagin was more worried about his business relationships in the private sector than being Mayor and even as he packs his shit at City Hall, he lacks reflection, sensibilities and insight on how he and others in this state came up with the most obviously corrupt policies, that any city has ever known in recent decades.
I just advise Mitch to Keep it Simple. Keep it honest. Keep it Real. I would warn about corruption in the NOPD, City Contracts and the NOLA Chamber of Commerce.