Is this what you want, Algiers?

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  1. No I didn’t ask them to resist. I live in the Point so we fall under Orleasn Parish. I signed the petition for One Levee board. It makes sense to have One board. Do you know how to reach these guys?

  2. Thanks, westrom. Been away from the computer for the morning…
    I’ve also had some comments via email.
    This can’t sit on the back burner, folks. If you feel that the interests of New Orleans will be served by a divided stand, then by all means remain silent… BUT – if you have been assuming that Reps Tucker and Arnold were on-board with the levee board unification, you need to get in touch with them IMMEDIATELY to give them your feedback.
    You live there. You elected them. They represent YOU. Not Belle Chasse. Not Harvey.
    The latest info at is here, including this activity from Jim Tucker:
    “Meanwhile in the House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works, a second day of hearings on a stack of levee board bills ended with Rep. Jim Tucker, R-Algiers, throwing an unexpected wild card into the legislative mix.
    As a counter or fallback to Boasso’s new bill, he introduced the same levee overhaul bill Boasso carried in the November special session that was famously killed by a procedural vote without a hearing in the House. That bill kept West Jefferson out of the regional consolidation, which coincides with Tucker’s desire to keep the west bank separate from any east bank authority.
    Working in tandem with Tucker, Fontenot introduced the old Boasso bill in the Senate on Wednesday. Boasso was unaware of the developments.
    That left more than a dozen levee overhaul bills for the House committee to consider, some intended as competitors to the Boasso bill and others placed as a fallback in case Boasso’s fails.”

  3. I too signed the One Levee board petition and believe it’s the only way. Your new news, Poli, is disturbing and I thank you so much for saying “not Harvey, not Belle Chase.” That’s so important. Okay, so I’m one of the “via email” people. I’m thinking about what I said, what you said, what the paper said. And when all is SAID, something must be DONE. And I think that if this metro area, and if anyone thinks that’s NOT what it is, they’re wrong, has to work together on this or we’re gonna be screwed in the end. No pun intended. ::::::grinning as I say that, I just couldn’t resist:::::::

  4. Under the old system he was still under Orleans Parish, so if they squash this, he’s still going to be dominated by East bankers, but he’s also going to have to deal with separate entities in West Jeff.
    I don’t get what Tucker wants here. A separate unified levee board for the West Bank? Wouldn’t that just be dominated by West Jeff authorities? Algiers just is not that damn big in the grand scheme of things.
    I mean, come on, people. Next time around are we gonna have armed incursions crossing the river trying to blow up the other guys levees to save our own, 1927-style?

  5. More from Tucker (as ever, from
    That change was enough to land the governor’s support, but it also increased the number of potential opponents.
    Among them is Rep. James Tucker, D-Algiers, author of a bill to consolidate West Bank levee districts into a standalone entity.
    Tucker predicted Boasso will cave to the opposition and ultimately accept a split between the east and west banks to garner enough support for at least some consolidation.
    “The process is one of compromise,” Tucker said. “Walter’s not a kamikaze.”
    The title of the article that quote is from, tellingly, is “Pinata Politics”.

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