2.17.2009

Showdown in the CBD

Mayor Ray Nagin uses the nuclear option against the city council, disbanding city committees rather than having them meet in public under a new ordinance designed to foster transparency:
 
Lobbing another grenade in the increasingly bitter battle between the city's executive and legislative branches, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has suspended a series of panels that recommend firms for legal, architectural and other professional service contracts and given himself sole authority to evaluate such deals.
Sounds ridiculous to me.  Although it's no surprise - Ray Nagin is an embarrassment to the city.
 
Even if Nagin has a legitimate gripe about the transparency requirement limiting frank, open discussion and decision-making in the city's best interests, he should find a different means of making that point.