None of the above.
Entergy is our biggest threat...because it is the most immediate. If something isn't done about the criminal utlity bills the people and businesses of New Orleans are being subjected to, we are going to lose many of the folks who have come back into this city. As a matter of fact we have already lost many of them due to Entergy bills alone.
One of my friends recently spoke with one of the most prominent chefs in the city....he owns a smaller uptown restaurant in the Riverbend area. He said the Entergy bills were killing his business and he didn't know if he could keep the business open through the coming summer. This is the reality for many small businesses around the city.
I just heard from another local contractor who owns several rental properties around the city. He told me that he was struggling to keep people in the apartments and that many of the rentors he had were breaking their leases. He then told me that on one of the broken leases, there was a large unpaid Entergy bill on the property due to a mix up with the rentor not changing the bill over to their name. Entergy was trying to force him to pay the bill. He was arguing with Entergy about the bill for the past few months. Entergy told him they were going to turn off the power in all his properties, including his own house if he didn't pay the bill.
That is the ultimate hypocrisy. Entergy's holding company is essentially isolated from absorbing any risk in New Olreans. Now they're more than willing to consolidate their clients'....no hostages' assets in order to assure payment.
They received over 200 million dollars from the Road Home program for infrastructure repair. I am curious if there was any oversight as to how the company spent that money.
I just watched an Enron documentary about how Enron artificially jacked up Californian's monthly energy bills by as much as 50%...there were protests all over the state. 50%....try over 1000% since Katrina. Numerous people I've spoken with have had rate increases higher than 1000%. $70/month in pre-K to $950+/month in post-K .
This summer is going to be a death march for many small businesses and citizens if something isn't done.