dangerblond’s election reflections
Ya’ll, in a regular year, we would be pissing ourselves with happiness just because we managed to get Renee Gill-Pratt off our city council. We have quite a lot to be happy about. Nothing wrong with Jackie Clarkson, but Arnie Fielkow is the most intelligent and level-headed person we have had in city government for YEARS. If Fielkow acts in a way that is against New Orleans’ best interests, I will be very shocked. Not to mention that I will write it up and post it all over these internets. So, Fielkow’s election to council at large is a plus and a move toward reform. Also, having been fired by Tom Benson, he has no motivation to give away the farm to the Saints.
As far as the rest of the council, we got rid of Gill-Pratt, a Dollar Bill Jefferson acolyte, and now Stacy Head is in that seat. Her interest is in housing, so Stacy, show us what you got. We got rid of Jay Batt and now have an unknown quantity in Shelley Midura. Let’s hope she brings something to the table, as Batt brought very little. We have James Carter in Clarkson’s open seat. He bears watching because his law firm is involved with the RTA, a notorious font of corruption. James, the only thing we want you doing with the RTA is getting the streetcars and buses back up and running where people need them. That leaves three incumbents, Oliver Thomas and the Cynthias. Oliver wants to be mayor, so let’s hope his ambition intersects with our need to jump start this city. Cynthia Willard-Lewis is all about New Orleans East. She wants those people to be compensated for their ruined property, so let’s give it to her if she gets onboard the reform train. Cynthia Hedge-Morrell is old guard obstructionist political crap personified, but her district is in a world of hurt so let’s hope she plays ball.
Hedge-Morrell’s husband, Arthur Morrell, was elected clerk of criminal court. I think this was a mistake, people, and we’ll be sorry. He has demonstrated that he lacks ethics, so we put him in charge of our criminal records and our elections. We need to keep a very close eye on Mr. Morrell, and I wish we could fit him with a micro-chip to track his movements and record all his conversations.
As for the tax assessors, we’ve got our incumbents back, congratulations. All I can say is that we now have to march on Baton Rouge and hold a sit-in at the Capitol until they pass the bill consolidating these seven offices and eliminate the $5 million dollar drain on our budget.
Some themes that I will be stressing and hammering on with these new electees are:
Stop the secrecy – put the city budget online, transparency in the contracting process, no relatives allowed
Comprehensive plan for rebuilding that the council sticks to, no favors for friends that waste our time
Get the gold-bricks off the payroll, everyone who collects a salary does an actual job
Stop missing grant, payment and contract deadlines, which is costing us millions
Get rid of the S&WB and other corruption magnets that serve no purpose
Get your kissers off the behind of Tom Benson and other greedy people who don’t care if you drown
Make a serious plan to address hurricanes immediately
Clean up the mess from the last hurricane
These are just a few of my gripes, and I hope it starts a discussion.