Friday, June 19, 2015

Will Someone Please Poke Lenny Cline and Wake Him Up?

I think by now everyone know how I feel about Mike Yenni’s “Consensus Team”.

At a time when Kenner is at a crossroads, the very LAST thing that the people of Kenner not named Yenni (or whatever his name is today) needed was a rubber stamp Council that wouldn’t hold the Mayor accountable.

The Kenner City Council is like an oncoming train wreck. Even though you know what’s going to happen, it still surprises you.

If you need proof that having a piece of paper hanging on your wall and a law degree is not a sign of intelligent life, you need only look at Kenner District 4 Councilman Lenny Cline.

It’s no surprise that Cline is a member of Yenni’s “Consensus Team”.

My mouth has dropped open more times than I can count at many of Cline’s comments.

The boy just doesn’t get it.

The truth is, I don’t think he even knows what “it” is.

This week however, I have been stunned by Cline’s ignorance.

At last night’s Council meeting, the Council approved moving forward with an application for $15 Million in bonds for sewerage projects.

I posted yesterday some of my questions regarding the debt and the need for it.

As expected, only District 1 Councilman Gregory Carroll voiced any objections – not to the projects involved but the financial need for more debt.

And, as I wrote yesterday, those are valid concerns that, sadly, I surmised only Councilman Carroll would raise.

And, he did. 

But, back to Lenny Cline.

You don’t need to be Al Morella to know the difference between a resolution and an ordinance. Even a casual Council observer should be able to pick up on the fact that resolutions are not binding and not law. Ordinances are.

Resolutions don’t require First and Second Readings to allow for public notice and comment.

But, after a year as a Councilman, Cline still doesn’t know the difference.

That would be shocking and shameful in any other municipality but it’s par for the course in Kenner.

Heck, it’s even expected.

Because this Council is spoon fed and led around by their noses by Yenni and his minions.

Again, with the exception of Councilman Carroll, I would bet the “Consensus Team” doesn’t use the restroom without Yenni or Greg Buisson’s approval.

It is truly sad. 

In addition to Cline's ignorance, there were several other idiotic comments from several Council members including District 3 Councilman Keith Reynaud and Councilwoman-At-Large Maria Defranchesh. 

I know you're shocked, right? 

But, we will get to those whoppers in another post. 

Now, I’m not advocating that Kenner ever return to the near fisticuffs of Council meetings 10 years ago and the extreme adversarial relationship between the Council and Mayor.

But, c’mon, a little dissent is not a bad thing.

In fact, it might even prove that they are paying attention and they care.

Contrary to popular belief at 1801 Williams Blvd. and inside a home in Chateau, Mike Yenni is not omnipotent.

We already know all too well that Greg Buisson isn’t either.

This Council needs to start doing what is best for the people of Kenner.

And, that isn’t licking Mike Yenni's boots.

He already has someone for that.