Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans’

Get real – Media Oversight – No Questions

February 16, 2012

23,000 FEMA trailers deployed to just N.O. alone.
Toxic interiors.

All occupants have a more permanent residence – NBC announced today February 15, 2012.

Gosh, that only took 7 years.

 ImageAnd these local people were busy telling me that Katrina was over in October 2005.

Up theirs, huh?

Jeopardy: What are clueless Katrina comments?

April 3, 2009

I cannot believe that there are those who will continue to make comparisons between Hurricane Katrina and other disasters…. the California ones were the first I had heard of a year or so back. Now?, it’s the flooding along the Red River.

The one thing that is common? Levees and misery.

See also:
Thanks, Katrina

First Draft

People Get Ready

Why did Gov. Jindal bring up Katrina?

February 26, 2009

KIRO Talk Radio attempted to make fun of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s speech yesterday evening. That part of the radio show was a success. Here is where KIRO talk radio invited chaos...they discredited Sheriff Harry Lee and they made fun of HURRICANE KATRINA victims and survivors by questioning , “Why did Bobby Jindal bring up Hurricane Katrina, again in his speech? What does Katrina have to do with it?”

I started crying inside. I wish that I had a cell phone handy at the time of the show when they said that they were taking calls and opened a discussion. I was busy at the time and couldn’t. They should be very, very, thankful that I didn’t call.

“As the president made clear this evening, we’re now in a time of challenge. Many of you listening tonight have lost jobs; others have seen your college and your retirement savings dwindle. Many of you are worried about losing your health care and your homes. You’re looking to your elected leaders in Washington for solutions.” –Bobby Jindal

Here is what KIRO didn’t understand. People lost their jobs, their transportation, their homes, their lives, and everything about their lives changed … INSTANTLY during Hurricane Katrina. Many are still fighting insurance companies, even today. Many are still rebuilding. Many cannot rebuild. Many are still not home. Many are still fighting bureaucrats.

When Mt. St. Helens blew, 50 people died. I didn’t hear KIRO making fun of that natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina killed three times that number of people. Some of those were children. No children died when Mt. St. Helens blew.

KIRO Talk Radio discredited Sheriff Harry Lee and laughed about the fact that he has since passed on. “We’re trying to….get….let’s call him.” they said. They actually wanted to call Harry Lee and confirm the conversation that he had had with Jindal during Hurricane Katrina. Then KIRO realized that Harry Lee was dead. KIRO doesn’t understand how well liked and well respected Sheriff Harry Lee was and still is in Louisiana. KIRO Talk Radio screwed up. Maybe if Harry had better health care he would still be here today. Many people in Louisiana didn’t have access to health care prior to Hurricane Katrina as Louisiana was one of those states that was deemed a “healthcare shortage area.” I can’t expect KIRO to understand what that means after Katrina.

“We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from across the nation for our ongoing recovery efforts.” KIRO Talk Radio wasn’t listening. And for those of us who cannot “go home” and are forced to listen to KIRO instead of WWL? It is because people “ignored the bureaucrats” that “There’s a lesson in this experience: The strength of America is not found in our government. It is found in the compassionate hearts and the enterprising spirit of our citizens.”

Making fun of Jindals diction, tone, and meter in his speech was okay with me.

Making fun of Bobby Jinda’s RED WHITE AND BLUE TIE, was even okay with me. (Even though I’d like to wrap it around KIRO TALK RADIO’s NECK.) The fact that Bobby Jindal has ALWAYS worn a RED WHITE AND BLUE TIE, escaped KIRO listeners and KIRO Talk Radio.

Making fun of Hurricane Katrina victims and the travesty that REMAINS WITH US DAILY by KIRO TALK RADIO PERSONALITIES asking, “Why did Bobby Jindal bring up Hurricane Katrina, again?” shows complete and total, utter disregard, disrespect, ignorance, and poor taste in broadcast journalism. I can go on and on. I won’t. KIRO Talk Radio, like many other Americans, unfortunately, have no inkling.

The current so called “financial crisis” that America is facing cannot be compared to anything else but Katrina. The banks closed after Katrina. There was no cash to be had, no credit, NOTHING. KIRO couldn’t put up a radio station from scratch, I’d be willing to bet on it.

I’d like to see WWL interview these KIRO Talk Radio folks. I’d like to see KIRO get GRILLED.

I’ll show you mine cowboy, if you show me yours. (I think I already know who won this fight.)

KIRO,? You’re FIRED.

Who has forsaken, thee, Msgr Wagner?

February 18, 2009

I read slabbed today. I thought to myself that at least those people who owned a home and had insurance had TOOLS to fight BACK with.

Those of us who didn’t have homes and insurance and were renters didn’t have that opportunity to FIGHT BACK against KATRINA.

Another thought from reading Damian Thompson’s Blog today.
Monsignor who suggested Katrina was God’s punishment will not become Bishop of Linz

“…The conservative clergyman nominated as a bishop of Linz in Austria has withdrawn his name following the outcry over his view that Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for the immorality of New Orleans…”

Immorality? So everyone is to blame for the problems in New Orleans? So you believe erroneously that EVERYONE AFFECTED by Hurricane Katrina was FROM NEw OrLEAns?

Mgr. Gerhard Wagner, you need to come to Louisiana. The Holy Father should make you serve in Louisiana and do your penance.


The story from the AP two days ago:
Austria: `Katrina’ pastor giving up promotion

2 days ago

VIENNA (AP) — A radio station says an Austrian pastor who suggested that God punished New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina because of the city’s sins is giving up the auxiliary bishop post the pope promoted him to.

The national broadcaster ORF said Sunday the Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner made the decision because of the controversy surrounding Pope Benedict XVI’s promotion of him in Linz, Austria’s second largest city.

The promotion of the conservative pastor sparked an outcry among Catholics who warned it could prompt people to leave the church.

ORF quotes the 54-year-old Wagner as saying: “Regarding the fierce criticism, I am praying and after consulting the diocesan bishop I have decided to ask the Holy Father in Rome to take back my promotion as auxiliary bishop.”

Which hoops did you have to jump through?

February 18, 2009

The New York Times - Clueless On Katrina AlertThe New York Times ran this opinion article on page A 34 recently. Not that page A 34 made headlines in the way that Hurricane Katrina did just a few short years ago. It galls me to this day that big shot newspapers like the NYT can have opinions about Katrina without having to experience it first hand. And they don’t even know where to begin pointing the finger, either.

Some Sense, at Last, About Katrina

Published: February 11, 2009

The Obama administration seems to have learned the lessons of the Bush team’s disastrous bungling of the resettling of Hurricane Katrina’s tens of thousands of refugees. Under former President Bush, the task of resettling those whose homes were destroyed by the storm and floods in 2005 was initially given to the Federal Emergency Management Agency instead of to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which has a long history of housing poor and displaced people through its voucher program.

That grave mistake led to a plan that turned many survivors into wanderers who moved from place to place, cut off from jobs and schools. Washington will need to be more helpful if New Orleans and the Gulf region in general are to recover, not just from the storm, but from the damage wrought by federal mismanagement. Now plans to build affordable-housing developments have run afoul of the credit crisis. Without those developments, low- and moderate-income workers will be forced to pull up stakes and go elsewhere.

That message seems to be hitting home at President Obama’s HUD. For starters, the department’s new secretary, Shaun Donovan, has overturned a potentially disastrous decision that would have ended badly needed temporary rental assistance to about 31,000 households at the end of this month. The last thing the Gulf region needs at this point is more homelessness.

The point of the new policy is to keep low-income families on temporary assistance until they can complete the complicated process of qualifying for a permanent Section 8 housing voucher, which allows them to seek homes in the private real estate market. The hope is that many people being housed under the temporary program would be able to use the vouchers to remain in their homes. This would be especially helpful since rents in the city have skyrocketed since the storm.

The Bush administration wanted the vouchers primarily limited to the elderly and disabled. But Mr. Donovan has wisely expanded them to include all low-income people who are eligible under federal guidelines. This will require more money from Congress. But the expense would be well worth it if it prevents a new wave of homelessness and sustains the Gulf restoration project through turbulent economic times.

More Articles in Opinion » A version of this article appeared in print on February 12, 2009, on page A34 of the New York edition.

The NYT did not publish that FEMA subcontracted agencies to contact Katrina Victims. It galls me that no one realizes what these subcontracted agencies did with the FEDERAL MONIES they were given by FEMA to HELP Katrina victims. The agencies, of course, did not contact victims in anything that would be considered “timely”. Victims were then required to “fill out the necessary paperwork” to see if they “qualify” for assistance. What? After everything that I have been through already, you people want ME to fill out MORE paperwork so that YOU CAN DETERMINE, whether or NOT I deserve YOUR ASSISTANCE? So these subcontracted agencies go on with their non-profit status collecting the FEDERAL MONIES for their so called “JOBS” thereby sucking and blowing just like Katrina with FEDERAL FERVE.

Who was Cayne Miceli?

January 21, 2009

Today started out bad and just got worse…. and worst.  It’s quite possible that I should’ve stayed in bed today… and not gotten  up to read bloggers at all!

Five Unanswered Questions for Federal, State and Local Officials

January 5, 2009

Despite Post-Katrina recovery efforts, Charity Hospital’s doors were permanently locked when the building was deemed unsafe and unusable by the Louisiana State University Medical System. Today, the iconic building’s future remains uncertain.
The dust had not even settled from the demolition of 4,500 historic public housing units in New Orleans this past spring when the next major federally-funded demolition project began gathering steam and generating both questions and controversy.

This time, the proposed project is a massive new medical complex, which includes two independent components — a new VA medical center, funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a proposal to replace historic Charity Hospital with a new Louisiana State University (LSU) academic medical center, to be funded in part by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The proposed sites for the two facilities would require bulldozing at least 15 square blocks of the Mid-City National Register Historic District, including at least 165 historic homes. For this reason, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Charity Hospital and the Lower Mid-City neighborhood on its 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, federal agencies are required to consider the effects of their actions on historic properties that are listed in (or eligible for) the National Register of Historic Places before funding, licensing or otherwise proceeding with projects that may affect those properties. However, although federal agencies must seek ways to avoid, minimize and mitigate harm to historic properties, Section 106 does not require that harm be avoided.

What you can do
E-mail Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, or call his office toll-free at 866-366-1121.
E-mail Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals Alan Levine or call his office at 225-342-9500.
E-mail The Honorable James B. Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
As is often the case, the National Trust has participated very actively in the Section 106 consultation process for the proposed medical centers. Advocacy and comments by the Trust, its members, and its state and local partners have been extremely influential in the consultation process and in defining major components of a proposed mitigation package. While we are working hard to prevent the process from becoming merely another step in a procedural check list before demolition of the Mid-City neighborhood goes forward, the following five unresolved questions remain critical to the future of this historic neighborhood.

Question 1: Why are the alternatives being ignored?

Located just one mile from the area slated for demolition for the VA facility, the Lindy Boggs site is not only outside the boundaries of any historic district, but would not require the demolition of a single home or historic property. As for LSU, rehabbing the iconic Charity Hospital, as shown in a recent study commissioned by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, would be 22% less expensive and two years faster than current plans requiring demolition and new construction. However, despite the compelling arguments in favor of both of these alternatives, officials remain intent on proceeding with the most destructive, expensive and time-consuming options.

Question 2: Why is the proposed mitigation so minimal compared to the magnitude of the proposed destruction?

After persistent advocacy by the National Trust and its partners, a mitigation package was introduced that would allocate up to $1.4 million into Mid-City through grants to historic properties if the demolition goes forward. The funds — requiring a match from a homeowner — would apply to properties outside the construction footprint. However, the proposed amount simply would not go far enough to compensate this historic neighborhood for its losses. The combined budget for both new medical centers totals an estimated $1.875 billion, meaning that the proposed mitigation fund would be less than one tenth of 1 percent of the project budget. Even the most optimistic projections of how the $1.4 million would be distributed estimate that only about 60 historic properties would actually receive assistance, which is just over one third of the number of historic properties facing the wrecking ball.

Question 3: Why are other measures to avoid or minimize the destruction of historic properties being rejected?

Leveling 15-20 square blocks of a historic neighborhood and at least 165 historic buildings will not go unfelt and unnoticed; the void created by losing historic properties to a multi-million dollar medical complex will be stark, and the character of this largely residential neighborhood will be irreparably altered. Yet, when important action items are proposed to actually avoid and minimize the harm of these projects, Federal, State and Local officials have consistently failed to include them in the mitigation package. For example, the National Trust has pushed for reducing the size of the project footprints through consolidation of parking into structures rather than sprawling surface lots, as well as through careful planning that could avoid the “scorched earth” approach to demolition. Yet the agencies have refused to commit to any planning process that would be designed to reduce the project footprint in this manner. The National Trust has also pushed for commitments to ensure that demolition and construction are carefully phased in order to avoid the ghosts of “urban renewal,” with acres and acres of land lying vacant for years. These proposals were also brushed aside.

Question 4: Where is the financing for the LSU facility?

As opposed to the $675 million that has already been appropriated by Congress for the VA Medical Center, funding for the $1.2 billion LSU facility is still largely up in the air. Yet the City and State plan to bulldoze the entire site as soon as the project is approved. This area could then lie vacant for years while financing is arranged and individual phases of the project are planned. Immediate safeguards are needed to protect Mid-City from losing entire sections of its historic core to demolition for a project which, in the case of LSU, could be many years away from realization.

Question 5: What’s being done to protect the adjacent Mid-City blocks that are not currently facing demolition?
Designation as a local historic district would provide Mid-City and its distinctive shotgun houses with the strongest protection from bulldozers in the future. To date, however, the city of New Orleans has only committed to “fund a report that could be used to nominate” Mid-City for local designation, and has given itself a full two years to provide the funding. By that time, speculative demolition and development by private investors in the adjacent Mid-City blocks could already be rampant. The City’s financial offer needs to carry with it a commitment to support and carry out local historic district designation and to increase funding for the Historic District Landmarks Commission, which will be responsible for its implementation. Additionally, a demolition moratorium needs to be enacted to protect historic properties in Mid-City while the designation process is underway. This can be a crucial counter-weight to the mounting pressure the neighborhood will face if the VA and LSU projects are constructed as currently planned.