Friday, November 18, 2016

The Delusional Mind of Mike Yenni

If you are a fan of “The Young and the Restless”: (and, I’m not ashamed to admit that I am), yu know all about the infamous psychiatric hospital called “Fairview”. For a relatively small town like the fictional Genoa City, Wisconsin, they seem to have quite a few mental hospitals nearby.  

Perhaps they are eating too much expired cheese.

If that is the case, and old cheese really does impact your cognitive resources, Mike Yenni must be consuming old cheese by the truckload.

Since I am relatively sane (I think I am anyway – at least that’s what the voices inside my head tell me), I don’t know what Jefferson Parish’s equivalent of Fairview is.

If we have one, Mike Yenni’s JPSO driver needs to drop him off ASAP.

Yenni continues to prove that he has lost touch with reality.

Jefferson Parish’s Sexual Predator-in-Chief continues his stalling tactics while awaiting an inevitable recall that will kick him to the curb like a pair of old designer underwear.

Yenni claims that he wants to do his job, the one that the misguided voters of Jefferson Parish (who, in their defense, were unaware that Yenni was trolling schools to have sex with underage boys), elected him to do.

The problem is, Yenni CAN’T do his job.

Yenni campaigned for Parish President under the guise of improving public education (which the Parish President has no control over) and economic development.

Yenni even named a former Jefferson Parish School Superintendent as one of his top deputies.

Since those two issues polled well, the Minister of Propaganda, Greg Buisson, crafted a narrative that helped Yenni win.

Since his sexting affair was exposed, Yenni has been banned from Catholic Schools and Public Schools in Jefferson Parish.

Yenni can’t attend school events, congratulate students or student athletes or speak at commencement ceremonies.

Yenni was even asked to not attend functions at his alma mater, Jesuit High School.

He called the school banning “Outlandish”.

So much for improving education.

This week, Yenni was uninvited from the Jefferson Chamber’s State of the Parish Address.

The Chamber has been a huge Yenni supporter throughout his political career.

I wonder how their Board feels now knowing that they endorsed, supported and furthered the career of a Sexual Predator?

The State of the Parish Address has always been given by the Parish President and the Parish Council Chairman.

Until this year.

This Address featured Yenni’s top aide, Keith Conley. Yenni made a brief appearance at the luncheon and then sped out claiming that he needed to attend another meeting.

Before he left, Yenni told reporters that Conley’s substitution had been in the works for months and that Yenni had told the Chamber that he wanted to move the Address to January or February.

“We have big news coming in November and December”, Yenni said, claiming that the Address should reflect a full year of his Parish Presidency.

None of that is true.

If Yenni really wanted to move the Address, I’m relatively certain that the Chamber would have accommodated him. The Kenner Business Association moved their State of the City Address when Yenni was Mayor from the traditional November to the Spring to coincide with Yenni’s reelection campaign. BTW, the State of the City Address is back in November this year and will be given by the ethically-challenged Acting Mayor Mike Sigur.

As I said, the Chamber probably would have moved the event had Yenni asked.

Of course, that was before they learned that Yenni was a Sexual Predator.

If  the local business community that has always backed you now wants nothing to do with you, what makes Mike Yenni think that any CEO thinking of moving his business to Jefferson Parish or expanding his business and creating jobs wants to stand at the same podium next to a Sexual Predator?

How can Yenni attract and recruit new businesses and jobs?

The short answer: He CAN’T.

 Another function of the Parish President is to communicate with the public and attend civic functions.

What civic association wants to have Mike Yenni as their Guest Speaker?

Whether the recall effort is successful or not (and I hope that it is), the fact remains that Yenni is on an island. He can’t speak to civic groups; he can’t attend school functions; he can’t provide economic development leadership to the parish.

This is a sad pattern for Yenni. Whenever he faces criticism he avoids the press and tries to do an end run around the will of the people.

After his plan to double property taxes was defeated by Kenner voters, Yenni decided on a new tactic – use an antiquated law to max out Kenner’s credit cards and take on the largest debt in Kenner’s history to provide more contracts for his campaign contributors. He wouldn’t allow the public to vote on the massive debt they were incurring.

All that mattered to Mike Yenni was Mike Yenni’s legacy.

That’s all that Mike Yenni still cares about: His legacy.

Yenni has lost the trust of the educational and business communities and, more imporatantly, the people of Jefferson Parish.

He can’t do his job.

By continuing to prolong the inevitable, the only thing Yenni can do is continue to be an embarrassment to Jefferson Parish residents.

Sadly, we’ve finally found something that Mike Yenni is actually good at.

That and living in his own delusional world.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ben Zahn – JP’s Hillary Clinton (or Mike Yenni Lite)

Elections are funny, particularly this one.
For the past year r so, Donald Trump has been racing across the country repeatedly proclaiming that Hillary Clinton is a liar and has used her positions in government to benefit herself personally and increase the profits of her campaign contributors.
“Crooked Hillary” is Trump’s refrain.
For the past several years, I’ve told you two things consistently: Ben Zahn and Mike Yenni were pathological liars who have used their government positions to enrich themselves and their campaign contributors.
I guess it’s really true – all politics are local.
Hillary lies on National TV and Zahn lies in direct mail pieces (he wouldn’t dare go on TV and face a reporter’s question. Like Yenni, Zahn hides behind written statements carefully crafted by the Minister of Propaganda, Greg Buisson).
Zahn put out several direct mail pieces and could have easily been charged with Mail Fraud.
In one, Zahn used fake renderings (just like Yenni did when he was promoting his 2030 Scheme) of Williams Blvd. Titled, “A New Williams Blvd Under Mayor Ben Zahn”, the piece was a complete fabrication. It would take a MASSIVE REZONING effort and even more debt than Kenner could afford to make Williams Blvd. as idyllic as Yenni and Zahn would like you to believe. There are houses that were made into commercial offices up and down Williams along with old strip centers and commercial blight. Ben Zahn doesn’t have the experience, the knowledge or the ability to remake Williams Blvd.
And, stop showing us underground powerlines. Entergy isn’t going to spend Tens of Millions of dollars unless there is another Katrina and it is forced to.
The other day, I got another piece of Mail Fraud from Zahn. In it, Zahn claimed to tell the former owner of The Esplanade Mall, Simon Properties, to “Upgrade or Uproot.” Obviously, Zahn was not aware that the mall was sold to new owners. In addition, the Mayor (and a JP Councilman like Zahn currently is) can do little to force a private property owner to sell or invest more in their property. While we all want an improved Esplanade, the City can only assist the owners, work to recruit business (or, in Kenner’s case, trust JEDCO to do it for us – which it doesn’t), and make Kenner more business friendly (which it isn’t).
Did I mention that JEDCO and the Jefferson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, which also receives Kenner tax dollars, are both clients, like Yenni and Zahn, of Buisson?
In addition, the thought of Ben Zahn issuing an ultimatum is hysterical. Anyone that has ever met Zahn or heard him speak knows that he has no backbone. If Zahn actually had a spine, he would have condemned Yenni for him immoral sexting of a teenager. Instead, Zahn signed a wimpy letter seeking Yenni’s resignation along with several of his other councilmen who all have ties to Greg Buisson (and who probably wrote the letter and crafted it to not be too hard on Mikey).
The similarities between Ben Zahn and our potential Liar-In-Chief and our current (hopefully I won’t be saying that much longer) Sexual Predator-In-Chief are striking.
Like Hillary, a true Progressive Democrat, Zahn and Yenni are Republicans In Name Only (RINOs). Zahn and Yenni are both Republicans simply to win elections, nothing more. Yenni and Zahn are BIG GOVERNMENT, HIGH TAX and SPEND PROGRESSIVES despite what the Jefferson Parish Republican Party and sham groups like the Greater New Orleans Republicans (GNOR), who only pop their heads out of the sand when it’s time to TELL YOU whom to vote for, would like you to believe.
Memo to the JP Republican Party: There are 3 R’s running for Kenner Mayor and the only real Conservative running for Kenner Mayor is a Democrat – Gregory Carroll. What does that tell you about your party’s values?
Like Hillary and Yenni, Zahn earns more now as a JP Councilman than he ever has in his life (discounting the money laundering he did with Aaron Broussard’s campaign account). If Zahn is elected Kenner Mayor, and reelected in 2018 when the Mayoral pay increase takes effect, Zahn and Yenni will both earn over $100,000 per year from their positions on the taxpayer doll.
Like Hillary and Yenni, Zahn’s net worth has skyrocketed, not from his floral business, but from his elected positions.  Zahn has done very well for himself in the PAY-TO-PLAY cesspool that is the world of politics.
Like Hillary and Yenni, Zahn has been coddled by the media. Even when he has blatantly lied to The Times-Picayune, they still have endorsed him.
Like Yenni, Zahn has spent TENS of Thousands of dollars in campaign money to finance his lifestyle. Like Yenni, Zahn has paid for meals, gifts, gas, and even Slushies for his kids from his campaign account (AKA other people’s money).
Like Yenni, Zahn has awarded TENS of Millions in No-Bid Contracts to his campaign contributors.
Like Yenni, Zahn’s political mentor was Aaron Broussard.
Like Yenni, Zahn has the same Campaign Manager, the Minister of Propoganda, Greg Buisson.
Like Yenni, Zahn has many of the same campaign contributors and supporters.
Like Yenni, Zahn supported the extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls.
When Yenni was Mayor of Kenner, Zahn supported Yenni’s plan to Double Property Taxes.
When Yenni was Mayor of Kenner, Zahn supported Playground closings which would have severely impacted the Hispanic and Black communities. Did Yenni and Zahn think that limiting recreational access to our at risk youth would reduce the crime rate?
Unlike Hillary and Yenni, Zahn isn’t under FBI investigation…yet, but Zahn has been investigated by other governmental entities for his questionable ethics and judgement.
If you want big government in Kenner; if you want a government that caters to the Elite and could care less if you’re an average citizen that doesn’t write a check to a political candidate; if you’re FOR HIGHER TAXES and a reduced quality of life; if you want a Mayor that uses other people’s money to enrich himself and enhance his lifestyle; if you want another Mayor with questionable ethics, vote for Ben Zahn.
So, if Ben Zahn is elected Mayor of Kenner, will he be the Next Hillary or Yenni or Both?
After Aaron Broussard, Mike Yenni, and a year of the ethically challenged “Acting Mayor” Mike Sigur, hopefully the voters of Kenner can learn from their past mistakes and not promote Ben Zahn.

Obviously, the Jefferson Parish Republican Party hasn’t learned from its past mistakes.