Thursday, January 6, 2011

17th Street Canal Homeowners File Court Petition
Since the inception of the South East Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East Board in 2007, the homeowners along the 17 Street Canal have attempted to work with the Board to address flood protection issues. The homeowners have maintained a strong presence at the Board meetings, speaking at every opportunity available. Thus far, the homeowners' efforts have been virtually ignored.
In 2008, the Board claimed a right of way on the homeowners' property to access and inspect the levee. The Board asserts that they have this right of way without the need to provide any compensation to the homeowner. The homeowners' trees and fences were removed, and they have been prevented from using thousands of square feet of their own property. Homeowners along the 17th Street Canal have been appealing to the Board for relief in having had their property rights taken away without any form of compensation. Unfortunately, the Board has demonstrated absolutely no interest in listening to or working with the homeowners. Now, the Board is attempting to exceed the scope of the right of way that it has claimed. The Board is planning to perform construction on the homeowners' property without any compensation. This far exceeds the simple right of way initially claimed by the Board.
From the inception of the Board's actions along the 17th Street Canal, the homeowners have maintained that the Board should expropriate the property needed for flood protection and provide them with fair market value pursuant to Louisiana and federal law. The Board has refused to proceed in this fashion. Yesterday, the homeowners were compelled to file a petition in district court to protect their property from additional intrusions and damages by the Board.
The homeowners are simply attempting to have the Board adhere to the law regarding the taking of private property. The homeowners are very disappointed that they have had to resort to this action in order to have their requests heard and to have their rights respected by the Board.

Additional questions can be answered by contacting the spokesperson for the group: Randy Smith (504) 525-2200.
Saint Misbehavin’ -or- It’s All Gravy From Here ~moosedenied

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Petition signatures will delivered to New York Times today

Demographics Americana~slabbed

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The Cold Hunger of the Flu
~Blackened Out

Rapscallions Ride~NOLA Defender

6th Annual Fire Cider Dig and Herbal Dinner Party~Uptown Messenger

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Editilla memorellas at the 17th Street Breach Marker
~I wish there were enough flowers on hand to honor all those souls lost to the Flood of 8/29... but perchance Gentle'rillas will take it to heart to bring flowers or whatever mementos to the base of these fine Historical Markers... much like a cross beside a lonely highway, or a telephone pole wrapped in teddy bears to mark the spot where people have died negligently.
During the short time cutting the flowers and such, 2 tour busses and 4 cars from as many states stopped to check out this Fine Marker and read about how the Corps of Engineers killed so many fellow citizens. They were all very cool and respectful. We should honor as well these folks who come to look, as they would bare witness to this crime. We should wave to them, thank them, welcome them to the horror of resurrection. It doesn't matter to me how they get here, what venue they choose. Nola will hold them as She has carried us all, care forgotten to the Fine yet with graceful bent towards the Line... is now working to secure a 2nd Louisiana State Historical Marker, this time at the London Ave Canal Breach --a particularly heinous engineering failure, spread out over the neighborhood like castles made of sand, tons of sand...
Sand Levees... Sand! It is important to remember what those bastard corps engineers did, as it is incumbent upon us all to dishonor such hubris with a permanent marker in honor of those thousands lost... in this case a grave marker,
...Speaker for the Dead.
I'm gonna sit, like an uncarved block of wood
waiting for Goddess to make me useful,
maybe a Statue... perchance a Cup
to hold The Peoples' Memory
or the Body of Chaos.
Queensland: NOLA Sisters of the Flood
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The 2010 Challenge~Blackened Out

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Look for me on the Saints side, 50 yrd line, 14th row, #8 Manning

A Night at the Opera…
Disenfranchised Citizen