The acrimonious feud between St. Bernard Parish’s legislative branch and its top executive shows no sign of cooling anytime soon.
On Tuesday, the Parish Council plans to consider a resolution asking embattled Parish President David Peralta to resign.
Peralta already faces state charges of stalking, perjury and filing false public records in two different jurisdictions. A third grand jury continues to investigate him, and the state Attorney General’s Office has said more charges are likely to be filed.
Council members have asked Peralta to resign before, to no avail. Last year, when Peralta was first hit with sexual battery charges that have since been dropped, three members signed a letter calling for his resignation. One of them, Ray Lauga, is sponsoring the new resolution Tuesday.
Peralta hasn’t been shy about expressing his feelings about the council, either. Last month, he called for six of its seven members to resign, saying they had violated the parish charter by calling an emergency meeting when no emergency existed. He also said the council was overstepping its authority by trying to cancel a technology contract awarded by his administration.
Peralta then tried to call a meeting to ask council members to appropriate money so that he could sue them. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the council didn’t provide a quorum.
Peralta’s desire for a lawsuit may explain another item on Tuesday’s agenda: a motion, introduced by the administration, that would authorize the administration to hire lawyer Martin Regan, who has been representing Peralta in his criminal cases.
Its chances of passage seem dim.
Yenni leads in Jefferson fundraising race
Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni amassed more than twice the campaign contributions as Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse in recent months. They will meet in an Oct. 24 primary to decide who becomes the next parish president.
Yenni raised $182,400 to finish the three-month period ending July 16 with $212,166 in his campaign coffers, recently released finance reports show. Lagasse had $78,900 at the end of the period after raising $76,020.
Yenni also held an advantage in spending, though it was much less pronounced. During the three-month period ending July 16, the Kenner mayor spent $99,038, and Lagasse spent $93,966, their finance reports show.
Yenni has been Kenner’s mayor since 2010. Lagasse is a three-term Parish Council member.
They are running to succeed Parish President John Young, who is not seeking re-election but is instead campaigning for lieutenant governor.
Landrieu in Chicago to pitch city’s recovery
Mayor Mitch Landrieu made a quick visit to Chicago last week in an effort to sell local media on New Orleans’ post-Katrina recovery.
Landrieu visited the Chicago Tribune editorial board Tuesday to take questions as well as talk about “Katrina 10,” his nearly yearlong initiative highlighting the city’s progress since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Landrieu, who showed up alone, answered questions for about an hour.
Landrieu told the board he had attended a Chicago Cubs game Monday evening.
His Twitter and Facebook accounts did not mention the Chicago visit, but Landrieu did announce his appearance in New York City on Wednesday, where he participated in the Goldman Sachs Group’s “10,000 Small Businesses” program. He appeared on Bloomberg television with Angelica Rivera of New Orleans-based Colmex Construction and also on a panel with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg television anchor Stephanie Ruhle and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
In August 2011, Landrieu visited Chicago to meet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his top aides to talk about crime prevention. He also met with the anti-violence group CeaseFire, which set up operations in New Orleans that year.
Compiled by Gordon Russell, Ramon Antonio Vargas and Mark Guarino