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Nagin Picks Director for Recovery Office

More than 15 months after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin is ready to open a city office to direct New Orleans’ recovery, with a leading regional planner and disaster recovery expert in charge. Ed Blakely, who helped coordinate recovery planning in California after two natural disasters and in New York City after Sept. 11, has been chosen to lead what is expected to be a five-person office and to serve as the leader for marshaling a recovery process that critics have derided as too slow.

Correct me if I’m mistaken, but shouldn’t this have happened fifteen months ago, fourteen at the latest? I hope it isn’t too little too late.

Also, no recovery talk should take place without addressing the quality of the New Orleans Public School system. We want our people back, we want our kids back, and to what kind of a future? As Laureen mentioned recently, Vince Morelli and Jason Berry have just completed their documentary on the New Orleans Public Schools system. The premiere is tomorrow, December 5, at Canal Place at 7 pm. Seating will be limited and I don’t think tickets go on sale until tomorrow at 5 pm.

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