California-native Latoya Cantrell, sensing that she may still have a chance in next year’s mayoral election, has passed the buck on the 2021 Mardi Gras season.
Speaking on how the upcoming Carnival might play out she said (changes) “are not going to come from me; they’re going to come from you.”
That’s her version of leadership.
It’s clear that she’ll do anything to hold onto office including passing mayoral duties onto the krewe captains that helm the organizations that make Mardi Gras what it is.
By doing so she can easily claim that whatever fallout happens wasn’t her fault, and she was just abiding by community stakeholders wishes.
Meanwhile, the second line culture, the living, beating-heart of New Orleans has been completely shutdown by her office while the white, moneyed elites that run the big Carnival krewes plan their million dollar bacchanals for next year.
All with the tacit approval of Mayor Cantrell.
In a long series of disasters that occurred in New Orleans under Cantrell’s stewardship the Hard Rock Hotel collapse ranks at the top. It’s been 13 months since the tragedy, and the hotel is still partially standing.
I’ll leave you with this from The Lens:
“New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and her associated political action committee, Action New Orleans, have collected at least $69,838 in political contributions from the partners of 1031 Canal Development LLC — the group behind the Hard Rock Hotel. The hotel was still under construction on Oct. 12 when it collapsed, killing three workers and injuring dozens more.”
The Vieux Carre Property Owners Residents and Associates fought tooth and nail against the development prior to Cantrell receiving the moneys from 1031 Canal Development LLC.
And to make the demolition of the failed Hard Rock structure easier on the company that paid her nearly $70,000 Cantrell allowed them to demolish three additional structures adjacent to the failed project.