Remember when shortly after Nagin took office, he made sweeping reforms to the taxicab bureau - ridding it of corruption and setting the tone that city business would be on the level from that point onward?
An informative cab ride yesterday confirmed that not only is the taxicab bureau still corrupt - it's blatantly corrupt - with staffers there actually soliciting potential cabbies and offering to secure licenses for $50 under the table, with no need to pass the required test.
Maybe it was because this cabbie had a nice, clean lincoln - but he said his inspection a few months ago was a joke. The inspector looked at his cab and slapped a piece of paper on the inside of his windshield, without checking anything, telling him the station didn't have any real validation stickers, and they'd do the "real" inspection next time he came back (6 months later).
Nagin continues to tout his reform of the taxicab bureau as an example of his anti-corruption position. While in fact it's an example of the way things are running right now at City Hall.
The bigger issue here is that poor taxi service can be detrimental to a city's tourism industry - especially when it comes to attracting groups and conventions. It's a huge challenge right now for us, and it's not going to get any better until we make some sweeping changes of city government ourselves.
It's pathetic...he singled out the Cab issue: 1. To posture himself as a reformer 2. To Send a warning shot across the Morial camp's bow. 3. Because it was a relatively "safe" arena as opposed to other areas which would have opened up a real can of worms like the RTA.
He performed this song and dance while simultaneously pushing Meffert and his cronies into the city IT department under a no-bid contract per an "emergency procurement".
Here we are some six years after Morial....just as crooked and corrupt as we've ever been...maybe worse. At least Morial had some level of competence and didn't incessantly insult other cities.