The Baton Rouge Advocate finally took on their own flavor of the crime camera scam. Greg Meffert and Mark St. Pierre managed to finagle Mayor Kip Holden into contracting Netmethods for crime camera services back in 2007, just as we were beginning to realize how screwed up our system was. The word is there were plenty of back room deals with the B.R. contract, much like the N.O. contract. A couple of years later, the city is freaking out over the high cost of maintaining the cameras and questioning their effectiveness...sound familiar?
Believe it or not, a Louisiana news entity outside of New Orleans actually put on their investigative hat and decided to look into the matter:
Surveillance camera system far from picture perfect
Their journalistic efforts were promptly rewarded by Mayor Kip Holden:
Mayor evicts The Advocate from press room
I guess the Red Stick folks aren't very accustomed to an effective 4th estate. Maybe it's time to start turning our attention north of I-10.
I'd start with a single question...why are the Governor's records sealed? Why aren't they public record under the Sunshine law like every other public official in the state?