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Don't critique Stacy Head!

It seems that any time someone says something about Stacy Head that is in anyway disparaging they are called out for it and smeared?  Stinks a little like Republican Rove tactics to me.  But hell, I ain't scared so let me say something negative about her.

Here is what I think about Stacy.

She is backed and supported by the same Momus/Comus Krewe that wants Forman to be mayor (the folks who paid Forman to run).  The same people who helped slowly kill our city. The same people who think River Gardens / Seaside / Gated communities are good for New Orleans.  The same people who don't like those black people around. The same people who are doing what they can to skirt around giving the people a voice in our cities future.

Stacy can buff floors, paint walls and flip houses till the cow come home.  It won't change the fact that she is being promoted and funded by the same people who want New Orleans to be whiter and less funky.

Bring on the defenses!

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NOTE: Since this post was added it has been sparking some discussion on the NOLA.com forums.

http://www.nola.com/forums/elections/index.ssf?artid=22443

 

Look around the Forum in "Election."  So many political operatives smearing each other, so little time.

April 19, 2006 in Nola Stuff | Permalink

Comments

EXCELLENT commentary. I'm going to riff on it.

ARGGH! Can't make your discussion Friday; I'll be on the way to Atlanta for bidness.

Sorry I missed the last one. I was being a dad and boiling crawfish. Not all bad.

Posted by: Mr. Clio | Apr 20, 2006 9:21:20 AM

well feel free to invite others you know who will add to the conversation.

after the election we can have the "what do we do now?" Friday meeting.

Posted by: humid | Apr 20, 2006 9:55:50 AM

While I don't like the idea of an old money backed candidate and Republican attack politics, I dislike the idea discouraging redevelopment of our neighborhoods even more. To blame the Momus and Comus people for the disintegration of New Orleans without laying some of the blame of the permanent welfare class in this city is intellectually dishonest. To pan places like River Gardens without addressing the crime problems of the former St. Thomas, as well as its effects on the surrounding neighborhoods, shows an acute bias towards efforts to redevelop this city. To impugn the motives of Stacy Head with rumor and innuendo about her campaign contributors instead of her platform without offering any alternative doesn't make your commentary all that helpful in my opinion.

Posted by: JC | Apr 20, 2006 10:01:19 AM

The last comment is typical. Any time someone criticizes Stacy Head they're branded a liar.

Btw, JC a being "constructive" isn't a commentators job. Take a chill pill, dude.

Posted by: Joseph | Apr 20, 2006 10:18:57 AM

Hmmph. Is this all driven by Mrs. Head's endorsement by the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee? I'd be interested to see specific indications of the extent to which Mrs. Head is "promoted and funded" by the "Momus/Comus Krewe." Otherwise you just sound like someone with an axe to grind.

Stacy can buff floors, paint walls and flip houses till the cow come home. It won't change the fact that she is being promoted and funded by the same people who want New Orleans to be whiter and less funky.

Stereotyping and guilt-by-association. Mr. Rove would be proud.

Posted by: rcs | Apr 20, 2006 11:17:50 AM

"Stereotyping"

That is hilarious. I have just been called a Bigot because I don't like white people who gentrify the city. Awesome!

If there are more people like me around these White folks might be forced to sit in the back of the Galatoire's.

Posted by: humidhaney | Apr 20, 2006 11:46:47 AM

Blake, yeah you right.
Right on, in fact.

Imagine how this all is an "opportunity" for people who see blighted housing not as an opportunity to actually bring "affordable" housing to those who most need it but rather as a great investment opportunity. THAT's the difference Head represents, as I see it. It's the difference between providing housing for those that will work in the service industry--only this time we will try to get them into something they can afford and/or buy to build equity with, and providing housing for land-entrepreneurs who are seeking significant profit in turning around properties for the wealthier tourist-class who only wants a piece of New Orleans for special times when they visit....

Rant, and rant some more. It's good for the discussion.

Oh, and I can't make the Friday meeting--though I would love to be in town for it. Maybe in May. (and we aren't coming back home soon--it's killing us, man. it's killing us....)

Posted by: Banzai | Apr 20, 2006 1:44:13 PM

I went to a Stacy Head meet-the-candidate and fundraising party. Trust me: it was 100 percent white, almost 100 percent old New Orleans Uptown. There wasn't a big comfort level with dissent. That's an anecdote, not proof-positive. But it doesn't help the stereotrype.

Posted by: anonymous | Apr 20, 2006 2:42:20 PM

RCS does what the Dead Heads always do: they scream smear when anybody dares to criticize their candidate. I call her St Stacy the Flipper. If it looks like yuppie scum it usually is. And Miz Head be yuppie scum...

Posted by: Joseph | Apr 20, 2006 2:58:55 PM

This blog sound more like class warfare than anything else. I can see both sides the argument having worked my way out of unskilled, low paying jobs. Instead of whining about gentrification, go make some money and buy some property yourself. It's the american way.


Please quit crying about those who work, sacrifice, succeed and want to improve their surroundings.

Posted by: JC | Apr 21, 2006 11:38:38 AM

I own property. I rent to 2 people for cheap. Charge them 450 a month. How you helping people move back? How you helping with affordable housing?

With all your success I think you should reward yourself and move to Atlanta. Lots of successful people there trying to improve their surroundings.

It's the American Way.

Posted by: humid | Apr 21, 2006 12:01:21 PM

Why Alanta instead of New Orleans?

Why blighted housing instead of restored housing?

Why not charge market rate for property?

As far as what I do to help this city...I pay my taxes. And there are fewer and fewer of "me" around these days. If you want to live in a socialist state, please move to one.

Posted by: JC | Apr 21, 2006 12:22:22 PM

You figured me out.

What are you doing Trolling on a Communists' site anyway?

Posted by: humid | Apr 22, 2006 12:40:09 AM

Also . . .

"As far as what I do to help this city...I pay my taxes."

Are you kidding me?

You pay taxes? That is your claim to fame? Your way of "giving back?"

Congrats. You are an over achiever. A real patriot of New Orleans. Seriously, move to Metairie at least. Jefferson Parish needs more of you.

Posted by: humid | Apr 22, 2006 12:42:14 AM

In case you haven't noticed, there aren't too many taxpayers in the city anymore.


And you want the ones who are left to leave.


You are hilarious.

Posted by: jc | May 8, 2006 1:59:02 PM

Not leave. Just don't kill the city and turn it into Seaside. All I ask.

You can stay if you play nice and not be a racist in developer's clothing.

Posted by: humidhaney | May 8, 2006 2:15:34 PM

What exactly is that supposed to mean?

If I fix up a house and sell it, what exactly have I done wrong? If a little planning is done at the city level, instead of ad hoc development, then what exactly is wrong with that? Metairie and Houston are perfect examples of what is done when planning is absent. Is that where you want to live? What is it you want? Is it the return of public housing in all its former glory? Do you want more Section 8 housing? More snowball stands? What will make you happy?

Posted by: JC | May 8, 2006 2:36:24 PM

Affordable housing.

And Snowball stands.

What do you have against snowball stands?

Posted by: humid | May 8, 2006 3:54:51 PM

I agree there should be affordable housing, you just can't decide where it will be. Prime real estate demands prime dollars and beggers can't choosers.

Posted by: JC | May 9, 2006 8:51:25 AM

Beggers can't be choosers. Just like people who live in the Maple Street area can't fight a bar or folks in the Quarter can't fight another hotel.

Its business baby and it makes the world go round.

Guess the beggers should stay in Houston, huh?

I mean we don't need them affecting our prime dollars right.

Dirty little beggers. They should get a damn education. In Houston.

Posted by: humidhaney | May 9, 2006 9:08:10 AM

What's your point? What does electing a good ol'boy who doesn't give a crap about his constituents, like Batt, have anything to do with owners of properties charging market rate rents? Insurance went up, the cost of repairs went up...everything has gone up. I'm all for affordable housing, I just don't think it should be located on prime real estate. If one can't afford to move back from Houston without doing it on the taxpayer dime, then maybe that person should stay in Houston...and maybe GET A JOB or something crazy like that.

Honestly, people from the projects who live in Houston are getting an opportunity of a lifetime. There is no, and will never be any, future for people who want to stay in what is supposed to be interim housing. The poverty, drugs, crime, lack of schools, etc. is nowhere and has turned cyclic. It's time those who whine about affordable housing go find some. And if the only place you can get a free ride is Houston, then please stay there.

Posted by: JC | May 9, 2006 1:39:32 PM

Wow. That's a bold statement, but seriously, the both of you crying about moving to Atlanta and then Metairie is childish. I don't know how I stumbled on to this blog, but I ain't coming back.

Posted by: | May 10, 2006 1:23:54 PM

You will be missed.

Posted by: humidhaney | May 10, 2006 1:44:57 PM

Judging by your post, it looks like you didn't read it very closely anyway.

Posted by: JC | May 12, 2006 9:50:08 AM

Please let me share a story that my fiance sent to the editor of the local paper. It tells about a recent encounter we had with Stacy Head:

My family and I just returned from a wonderful visit to 2008 New Orleans and Jazz Fest. I have attended every Jazz Fest since 1983. My 11 and 9 year old daughters have attended every Jazz Fest since their respective births. My fiancé has enjoyed the region and its offerings on no less than five separate occasions since we met a year and a half ago. Despite the rainy weather we loved the first weekend, as always, and will be back for weekend 2. While we have not lived the post-Katrina challenges directly, we certainly empathize with the challenges. It has been encouraging to see the improvement during our many post-Katrina visits. We joined the Audubon Zoo last year knowing it was unlikely we would get a chance to visit regularly, but hoping the funds would be put to good use. I have lived and worked in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge for years and someday we hope to be able to return to the area to live. I guess I know enough about the area’s culture to realize that the foregoing “credentials” are helpful to what I am now going to say.

Unfortunately, our Jazz Fest experience was marred by a dispute over seating in the blues tent on Friday. I left to take my daughters to the porta-potties. My fiancé held our three seats. When we returned 15 minutes later, she was in deep discussion with several women. It turns out that they asked if our seats were available. The response, “no, but you can sit in them until the rest of the party returns”. As we returned, the women refused to get up, demanded we move down to use an open seat—not a bad idea, but we were still short a seat--etc. Our group, including young children, had to witness a less than kind interaction which included my fiancé being called a “Yankee bitch”--she from Kentucky with as strong a Southern heritage (and accent) as it comes. When the group of aggressors finally left, one of the women came behind my fiancé and proceeded to verbally dress her down at length. While perturbed by the incident, we attempted to enjoy the rest of the set. Of note, several seats opened up around us within two or three minutes (it was early in the day).

What happened next amazed us. A pleasant middle aged gentleman came up and apologized to us noting that he was embarrassed because the “leader of the pack” was Councilwoman Stacy S. Head. He indicated that he had introduced himself to her a few minutes before the altercation as she represented his district. He “couldn’t believe” how she and her group had acted. Sure enough when we checked the internet that evening it was Ms. Head who led the altercation. While her web-site boasts, stated credentials, church membership, etc. are all very interesting; I would submit that New Orleans deserves to be represented by better. As long as interactions are led with hostility and followed by put-downs such as that chosen by Ms. Head (Yankee bitch) New Orleans will not move forward. I have always been bemused by endless editorials about “outsiders who do not understand, have proper appreciation, etc.” The fact is the region has rich cultural and tourist offerings-perhaps better than any other in the nation. That said attitudes like those displayed by Ms. Head can deter all but the most committed from wanting to visit. We will be back because of our love for the area, but had Ms. Head randomly abused a first time visitor I can imagine a different result. A city that prides itself on tourism and is reliant upon tourist trade needs to rethink its approach beginning with what its elected leaders convey. Something is fundamentally wrong when people who visit have to do so “in spite of…”

Posted by: Julie | Apr 28, 2008 4:37:02 PM

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