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How To Maximize FEMA Funding After a Natural Disaster Paperback – March 19, 2009

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: DEW Enterprises of Orleans (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982339208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982339206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,966,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Abshire on March 24, 2009
Recycling runs into Catch-22
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.
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Before buying this book you should really learn about its author. She is an uneducated crony of Mayor C. Ray Nagin. If you've ever heard her speak (which is not easy because the administration tries to shelter her and she doesn't show up to subpoenas), you will know that she is not smart and is poorly educated. She no longer tries to hide her racist views of everyone who is not African-American in New Orleans.

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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Veronica White has very little credibility in this field. she received her position due to knowing Nagin, not by being qualified. we have personally witnessed her engaging in unethical, unprofessional behavior while performing her duties.

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.
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This Book is a direct result of her job - but now she wants more than the $100K she is paid a year to do a questionable job as head of sanitation. This is as bad as the AIG execs wanting bonuses for running a company into bankruptcy. The Government agency she runs stinks more than the garbage she is paid to pick up. She should write a "how to book" on allegedly sleeping her way to the top. She can include a chapter on our "foot in the mouth" Mayor, and what he might like "behind closed doors". Buying this piece of garbage is apt since the author should know garbage.
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If you want to pay $35 for 80 pages of tripe written by a woman who gives the title "Head Garbage Lady" a bad name, be my guest.

Actually, now that her computers have been seized by the FBI, now may be the perfect time to pick this book up before she ends up in jail and it becomes a collector's item.

All kidding aside, this woman (and the man who installed her as Head of Sanitation: C. Ray Nagin) are nothing more than abject criminals who've done nothing but hurt New Orleans while lining their own pockets. To the rest of the world, there ARE decent folks down here in Katrina Country who appreciate all of your support and we're working hard to make things better, despite the corruption at City Hall.

Support of this book and its author is tantamount to supporting corruption in New Orleans City Hall.
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