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How To Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster Paperback – March 19, 2009
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Paperback, March 19, 2009
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
Veronica White s firsthand account is tried and true and the FEMA maze is unraveled. --Dr. Chuck Carr Brown, Louisiana Recovery Authority
This book is the most valuable tool in your time of crisis. Read it; heed it. --Dr. Edward J. Blakely, executive director, Office of Recovery and Development Administration, City of New Orleans
All libraries should house a copy of this book. --Dr. John E. Wilson, dean of natural science, Dillard University
About the Author
Veronica T. White, MSPH, has been director of sanitation (DOS) for the City of New Orleans since 2003 and holds an adjunct professor s position at Dillard University.
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as for money, White's leadership has garnered our city sanitation contracts that cost double-the-millions as the previous, while at the same time offering fewer services (fewer pickup addresses, discontinued recycling, etc).
how anyone could find her qualified to write a text on this subject is quite mind-boggling. so dont be suckered into buying this book, believing White a professional or an expert on anything. she isnt....
just trying to cash in on katrina, it seems.
dont believe the hype.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Lolis Eric Elie
Though I have written about recycling several times, there's no way to fully understand what's happening in New Orleans in this regard unless you have some sense of the personality and thought process of Veronica White, the city's sanitation director.
What follows is a transcript of the final few minutes of my recent interview with her.
Elie: There are two reasons that you have given for why curbside recycling, even as an interim idea, is bad. One is that it's not cost-effective. The other is that we are attempting to get into the 21st century.
White: That is correct.
Elie: So even if it were cost-effective , you wouldn't be interested in doing it?
White: It's not cost-effective.
Elie: That wasn't my question. If someone came to you with a contract that would be cost-effective for curbside recycling . . .
White: Someone cannot just come to the city with a contract, unless they are going to do it for free. Everything has to be bidded. It's a process. It's not an event here. Everything has to be bidded out and money and resources have to be allocated. It's a process. It's not an event. So anybody can come to me with brilliant ideas. It still has to be bidded out through the city procurement process.
Elie: And so if they come it . . .
White: Why would I put out a bid for an idea that someone had, and 15 other companies come in and they may come in at 50 cents, but another company, but this was their idea. They may come in at 50 cents, but another company may come in at $30. That was wrong. That was backwards. They may come in at $2 or something like that. What I'm trying to say is, the person who came up with the idea may not get the bid. Why would I put out a bid for something that I know that we are trying to move into another direction? Why would we do that? Why would we continue to waste taxpayers' money doing something that has been proven not to work rather than to do something that will work for the entire community? Why do that?...
So that gives some indication of the qualities of the above mentioned "expert" Ms. White. Recycling is not 21st century.
Veronica White, as Sanitation Director of New Orleans, has only accomplished to make closed-door sanitation deals that have cost us twice as much as the previous contracts. These new contracts even dropped previous coverages, such as recycling completely. Makes you wonder what kinds of gifts she received in exchange (like a freezer of cash).
She even has experience illegally giving other people's private data to her friends. She gave out full email accounts of all the white members of the city council to her friend Tracy Washington without going through any freedom of information policies. There is proof that she knew the rules and chose to openly break them. She has not been fired, repremanded, or anything. Shows what corruption and racism will get you in city government these days.
While I have never read this book, and clearly will not, I recommend that you do not purchase, pick up, or even stand near it in a book store. I would, however, recommend one book that she could pen: How to land and keep a 6-figure government job while having no qualifications, no morals, no education, and no interest in the citizens you are 'serving'. At least she would have experience in that field.
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Save your money. This unprofessional tome? is written by an incompetent garbage director who works at New Orleans City Hall.Read more