Dec 5, 2012|
Tommy talks to Mayor Landrieu about proposed Sewerage and Water Board rate increases
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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You can't do it here it is strictly illegal and I wish you could -- is. You know we do we Wiig prank call -- Andrew we call it without not a crazy stuff aren't relic I'll absolutely David -- -- com -- Andrew -- kinda crazy stuff we'd asking. Things like -- is the is the water running underground. And then he'd say yes and we so we'd better go catch it. You know I mean those kind of things. Mayor Mitch -- joins us right now. -- -- -- that upon -- what a great way you get to see exactly those kind of an and you re not act like that yes it is an idealist and so you don't just say. Just on this thing this jingle thank you doctor -- jingles that are stuck in an active I denied that like it might add up to one on. What lamented they appointed -- and I know what one of them which one I'll bet it's Rosenberg's. Though not Rosenberg or Rosenberg. Eighteen iPad two yet this is two all beef patties special so when she's going to assess BC bought saying at one partner. Top line but that's what about I have another not a lot of peanut butter sandwich cookie. I'm guessing you know obviously I can't get everything you happy that slows cheese pickles. And he's done. Have another nutter butter peanut -- and good you know at that point -- the big everybody's had a very good idea and we and talking and -- Thank you -- of man and is now does an excellent you got a remarkable question really do. -- congratulations first of a New Zealanders of I guess promotion. I'm very proud that she's in the she's been a working mother and a and a practice a lawyer for 23 years and she was she was promoted by probably judged to be clerk of the fifth circuit court of appeal she's been. She -- clerk for a prolonged time and both the fourth and fifth circuit over the years and has been work and effort but thirteen years so I'm very proud ever she's did you deserted. And and I would love did you -- you know thinking of her being a successful attorney -- as well I would just love to three comic next time he'll argue because of that. It's not a fair fight Q and follow. I know in the background -- At my story in a mistake and -- and diplomatic as well let's talk about the water leak in under the streets of new island. Listen here's here's the challenge when win -- ran for office you know one of the things that the dot talked about wondering and I talked about a month arguably -- having the courage to. Did you really hard things and top things I think all of us know that the city was hurt before Katrina and Katrina made everything we had. You know that was bad much worse and one of the things that -- this city has struggled with -- ever is horrible. Infrastructures streets. And every community immediately go to public statement sewer water system as a -- you know we keep in audibly not a street. We have we have a system that has been -- on the road war. I don't know a whole what you mayors and hope to city councils who would not bite the bullet and do the things that would necessary to secure. The safety -- -- Warner. And we have got to the point where we can't wait anymore so which happened right now and and people have experienced this a number of different times. Apollo plan out this sort of portable plant has has broken don't spot times since Katrina. Com we had to boil water advisory. Last year -- we simply can't drink the water what happens when the power stops the water you know laced -- And -- all all of a sudden he gets contaminated Andy gentry did you have to boil it no major American city. Once the live without risks we also -- -- not to get a chance when the water pressure went beyond what we almost of people couldn't flush the toilets for a long time. And that I try to nail on our city and people see this every day tradition the -- coming -- while believing 40%. All -- what you think about that that's like on the Grotrian by the bake bread and have probably been -- and every time you buy it. It was more than isn't only 48 dictates it depends on I'm being conservative we -- think it's sixty other people think it's forty fair enough. 40% -- you don't wanna get away forty cents on every dollar that you have. Not -- would have years ago the surge more complicated means that we need to do this. And possible coming with a proposal -- and it was way too high and it was way too fast and I wasn't comfortable that this sort of portable was operating well. I have to concerned about the governance structure had some concerns about the rate increases could go back to the drawing board and come back to me. And make sure that we were court to get this thing is Lois could possibly can be in the mean come -- got -- -- the Washington. I got about another 200 million dollars from the federal government distort diction that power plant so we can we keep. Reduce -- the level of the rates. And that what the EPA about a wayward on the federal government consent decree because at some point back in the late nineties we had sewerage. Kind of move but it salt water system makes it you can't have that to work to consent decree and right now we have to be finished by 2015. We have to do that the rate would be four times higher than it is. So I got the PK EPA had agreed that we came up with a reasonable planned it would give us an expansion so now instead of having a 20% decrease -- like four years. We're -- 10% increase over eight years it's the best that we can possibly get it. Given the hurdle that we have to go and the problem has been to delay we've delayed this -- now for seven years. And the longer we wait everybody knows this this is not this is not news to anybody the longer you wait the harder it is and the more costly it can become and the more unsafe. The city's water supplies going to be and we just have to bite the bullet and do it. I went winners are people saying that it's gonna double lose sewage -- water bordering. Well yeah what's that. What's gonna happen is every year for the next eight to ten years it's gonna go up 10% a year. So if you -- 52 dollars -- every month you know like a five dollar increase. And that's gonna happen every month for the next ten years. Two produced the kind of money so somebody gets -- all the with a double win ten years it's going to be double but it's not double next year and it's not Dublin next month it's gone up five dollars you don't gonna be spot I'll fly out on average I'm average in all the stuff. -- the sitting there. Now that the the point here is. That this is not a matter of if you gonna do this this as a matter what and the longer you wait this is amazing you know this. -- last on the morning advocate the count taking the gambit all got on the same page. Right about remembering also also the business council to New Orleans. -- at New Orleans -- the chamber of commerce black chamber of commerce everybody's pulling in the same direction on this thing and what that basically saying it. Is what this requires leadership. One of the challenges of the surge of water board has been the elected officials have -- comment time and time again and I tell people when I came up I'm not talking. I'd be he can't we got to wait too much to do and the city is at risk of water supplies at risk our ability to flush a toilet is at risk. All -- know drainage system is at risk potential flooding in the city is at risk in that PowerPoint is at risk and we don't get this done. We're gonna stay at risk and that's not a good place to be deposited there. No businesses are gonna locate in the city and people not gonna wanna move here fundamentally essential element of government to provide this service that we have to make it happen but in the and is no -- -- Got to get three things for you before you -- thorny times limited a there was some talking after Katrina that maybe the flooding caused some of this and that FEMA might pick up at hand any any progress there is any truth of that when. Well you view him. He -- that is. Yes we believe that that is true we believe that Katrina callers. All of a large portion of these probably not all of them because -- we leave it on the consent decree. Imposition before it happened we continue to fight with FEMA. About reimbursing us now would that work in on Matt is Matt checked out of Washington DC yesterday at this very discussion. Armed with the office of homeland security and we will continue to fight this fight we have had some success. People will. Remember hopefully pivotal testimony appears that we get note that we have noticed road repairs. And sewer repairs in certain neighborhoods because they don't -- neighborhood by neighborhood. We will continue to fight the fight to make -- the federal government pays a separate thing -- their art exhibit 200 million dollars to retrofit the -- play. So that as they piece of that so we get that money involved and it -- state money involved and it. On at the end of the -- the responsibility fall on out is nobody's come and save us my job is to keep that is what was possible and keep this city safe. To make sure that the money spent capsule of the way it's supposed to which is why we have initiated governance reforms that changed. The board we gonna move that board from thirteen -- not like we do with public doubt like we do with no business lines like we did with no more. We gonna have term limits we gonna make sure that people have qualifications to serve on the board that we can make sure every dollar is spent wisely on and that's what this city needs. And those instincts in the streets he get this taken -- does is in exactly. Right so so one of the. Expect -- to that point one of the major complaints that we get from -- from from constituent just why isn't this city's department of public works. Working more closely this sort of waterborne because one of -- cares about one in the double output to back down now I have -- co located. In the same office working through which got gigabytes first -- -- going to do that street's second in Miami and if you glances -- nominee as leverage up. Procedurally today the council. A committee meets and and they vote on it tomorrow and yet prove that it that is exactly right and remember for the council members -- you -- have been sitting on the sort of war would have been 31 public hearings have been six. Community meetings around that and the council members at all the department of public works subcommittee actually sit on the surge of water board has sat on. So we have a meeting today and that's a more going to be the final vote. Don't freeze the kicker we got a ticket through proper rights we got to make this happen and make the city safe we got to go to be a stranger -- that that now.