*Former mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin will release a book about his time in office during the costliest natural disaster in Unites States history Hurricane Katrina.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Pens Book on Katrina Experience
Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor during the time of Hurricane Katrina, has written a book about the catastrophic event that happened in 2005.
Look for “Katrina’s Secrets: Storms after the Storm” to be released on June 8. The memoir will detail Nagin’s experiences during Katrina in 2005 and the aftermath.
According to a press release “Katrina’s Secrets: Storms after the Storm” sounds intriguing because it will cover “institutional issues of race and class that secretly conspired to control and slow down the recovery.”
A lot of folks, Nagin included, scrutinized the federal government for its slow response of aid to hurricane victims.
*Rahm Emanuel is hitting the ground running as the Mayor-elect of Chicago.
He hails from the mighty position of President Obama’s former White House Chief of Staff and now is using the moves he learned from the President to innovate and revive Chicago’s public school system. He doesn’t even officially move into the position as Mayor until next month, but he’s making it happen now.
The overall happening in Chicago is something that a lot of other school systems are facing in the country as many begin to or have been failing. Mayor Emanuel is setting up an entirely new team of administrators to create a different perspective of learning and management for Chicago’s school system. (more…)
*He’s been talking about doing it for months and now it’s time to make it official. Luther Campbell, yes, “Uncle Luke,” has filed the necessary paperwork to run for mayor of Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
The 50-year-old controversial ex-rapper and member of the 2-Live Crew, spoke to a crowd about being taken seriously as politician.
“My major hurdle is people taking me seriously, a lot of people think this is a joke,” he said. “I call it a banana republic and I’m serious about it. You look at the commission and they make their own rules as they go, regardless of what the county attorney says, they make their own rules, just do what they want. They have no respect for the people.”
Campbell says if he’s elected mayor, he’ll focus on revitalizing the small business environment, redeveloping the area by stabilizing neighborhoods and beautifying the visual aesthetic of the county. Additionally, he voiced his public safety concerns by proposing to build stronger links between the law and community, as well as provide affordable housing and encourage adults to engage with the youth.
Watch as Luther Campbell explains why he’s running for mayor of Miami Dade County:
*Former U.S. Ambassador and Atlanta ex-Mayor Andrew Young is being honored by the Emmy Awards for television work more than 50 years ago, reports the AP.
As a young minister living in New York, Young made frequent appearances on the CBS-TV show “Look Up and Live” from 1957 to 1960.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Wednesday that Young was one of the first black Americans with a regular television presence. Currently, he hosts the syndicated show “Andrew Young Presents.”
The academy said it is giving Young an award for lifetime achievement on Friday, presented by former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw. The Emmys give out this award irregularly, with Walt Disney Co. chief Robert Iger the most recent recipient in 2005.
*Despite Michael Vick’s dark past, Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway presented the Eagles quarterback with a key to the city of Dallas. However, Mayor Tom Leppert denies any approval of the gift.
“The action taken was not sanctioned by my office and was not an official ceremonial honor on behalf of the city of Dallas,” he said.
The mayor added that “official keys to the city” are presented by the mayor or an elected official designated by the mayor and are reserved for “an elected official of international status.”
“Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and one without my knowledge or approval,” he said. The mayor also expressed his regards to those who may have been offended by the move and to those who were saddened for honoring a convicted felon and animal abuser.
He acknowledged Vick’s past but noted that “since making some bad choices, Michael Vick has devoted time to speaking to children about staying in school staying away from drugs, making positive choices about picking friends and the importance of education. That was the focus of the event.”
Hmm, it would seem that Mayor Pro Tem Caraway has got some ‘splainin’ to do. We also wonder about his chances for re-election as well.
*The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met residency requirements and that his name will stay on the mayoral ballot in Chicago.
The justices said Emanuel’s opponents did not prove that he had given up residency when he served in the Obama administration in Washington.
“Given the record before us, it is simply not possible to find clearly erroneous the (Chicago Board of Elections’) determination that the objectors failed to prove that the candidate had abandoned his Chicago residence,” the court ruled in a unanimous decision.
*Carol Moseley Braun, the first black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate, has emerged as the sole prominent African American candidate in the Chicago mayor’s race after the withdrawal of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis.
Davis’ decision, announced at a New Year’s Eve news conference, followed weeks of pressure from many African American leaders who believe that only a consensus black candidate can beat former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and other prominent contenders in the race to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley.
And on Saturday morning, Davis and State Sen. James Meeks, who ended his own run for mayor days ago, appeared at a rally at the Rainbow Push Coalition with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., and U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush to drum up support for Braun.
“We believe that our community needed to see some unity … they needed to see togetherness and we need one African American candidate for mayor of the city of Chicago.,” Meeks said to loud applause.
Braun, 63, spent much of her brief speech reminding the audience about her resume. She said that her time in the Senate, her local political career and her experience as a businesswoman make her “the most qualified candidate for the job of mayor of Chicago, make no mistake about it.”
Braun who was elected to the Senate in 1992 and who served a single term, faces questions about miscues during her time in Washington and about being out of the spotlight for years. But in recent days she had emphasized her profile in Chicago and beyond, better support in the city’s business community, and her likely fundraising advantage over Davis.
*Illinois state Sen. James Meeks withdrew his candidacy for Chicago mayor on Thursday, and he urged other African-American candidates to follow his lead and rally what he called a divided black community around a single candidate.
The surprise Christmas week announcement came a day after he met to discuss the idea of a unity candidate from the city’s large African-American community with fellow Democratic candidates U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, both of whom are black.
“My friends, I come before you today to say that our city – and our community – is divided,” Meeks said in a statement. “As long as our community remains divided and splintered – to the specific advantage of the front-running, status quo candidates – we will never see things improve. We need to speak with one voice.”
*Oakland, Ca., has really made a serious mark in their city’s history. They finally decided to do the right thing and elect a woman for the first time in the city’s history.
The change will probably be a breath of fresh air for the city. Her ad campaign certainly suggested that she’s definitely on the side of the youth and like Obama, they are probably who sealed her victory for her.
The new mayor Jean Quan, 61, is a double treat for the city because not only is she a woman, she’s Asian American. Many cities throughout America, much less Oakland, have ever had an Asian mayor. (more…)
*As Mayor Ray Nagin leaves office, hundreds of damaged city buildings including police stations and fire houses sit unrepaired more than four years after Hurricane Katrina, stark reminders of how the recovery has floundered.
Only seven percent of 283 city-owned structures slated to be rebuilt have been completed or are under construction, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. Those figures back up an impression many residents have had for more than a year – the Nagin administration has failed to renew much of New Orleans.
“New Orleans has struggled with a vision from the very beginning of the disaster,” said Drew Sachs, vice president of James Lee Witt Associates, a consulting firm that has worked extensively on Louisiana’s hurricane recovery.
Besides missteps by the Nagin administration, rebuilding has been complicated because of the extent of damage, FEMA’s paralyzing bureaucracy as well as loss of population, which has hurt revenues and made it hard for city officials to determine where to put its limited resources.