My neighbor Dawn posted some invective on New Orleans recovery czar Ed Blakely that caught my attention.
First of all, I lived in California during his supposed leadership in Oakland after the Quake. Four people, (whom are close friends), left the area after the “Non-implementation” of Dr. Blakley’s non-plans in their devastated neighborhood…
Let’s not forget that he has claimed that the UNOP process was a farce and the entire plan should be scrapped, (I would like to know what we were doing all of those months with all of those meetings and plans)…or that he doesn’t have to answer question from the citizenry of New Orleans…or that Economic Development takes implementation, or at least spearheading the implementation of plans, something I don’t think he is capable of doing…
Any one of us could probably do his job, and what is his job description for the tax dollars we are paying his salary with???. He has the cleanest work area I have ever seen and I still believe that it will be the neighborhoods and citizens who will get the job done at the end of the day or 20 years of recovery that it will truly take. This person is not in it for the long haul, he was gone from Oakland before anything resembling a recovery process began.
And no offense, he has no manners, thinks of Orleanians as a bunch of hicks and has put his foot in his mouth up to his thigh in voicing that opinion internationally.
And granted I admittedly am not a fan, I cannot understand how anyone can put there hand in someone’s face, (after the words, “excuse me, may I ask”), and without hearing the question, “I don’t have time to talk to little people”. After that incident I did speak with Shelly Midura face to face and expressed my displeasure with being treated so poorly by anyone much less someone shorter than me, and no offense, I live here, you’re visiting, (and I wish he would go home, wherever that is).
And, why isn’t he seeing it through our eyes, from a FEMA trailer or 2nd floor of a flooded home that a family is trying to put back together. We are probably paying his daily tab, (federal rate $100.00 a day per diem), housing and his salary. That adds up to three times what we have been told his earnings are.
Is he worth it? Can we get public disclosure on the actual cost as to the benefits of having him here? Can we get an accounting of his time? We are all held accountable in one way or another, why not Blakley to the citizens? Is he paying property tax to help rebuild our infrastructure?
Someone please give that man a ticket back to Sydney. The Local Universities could actually do what he is being asked to do, whatever that is, and probably better, as a study and get subsidized for it, thus saving the people money.
I believe in asking questions, being transparent and open, does he?