Jefferson Parish President John Young has ordered six members of the parish housing authority board from their posts.
Young sent one-sentence letters Friday to board chairman Patrick Pierson and members Hunley Dufour Jr., William Boada Sr., Terrell Harris, Mary Snowden and Simone Scanio. Each letter accuses them of neglecting their duties.
Jefferson Parish has launched its redesigned government website.
The site, www.jeffparish.net, offers new, user-friendly interactive features, new online services and a design distinct to the parish.
Authorities say the homepage links visitors directly to real-time updates on area weather and traffic reports; provides live streaming video of JPTV, the parish government access channel; and a service request section which allows residents to report issues at any time of the day or night, such as street light outages.
A business recovery center to help companies deal with the impact of Hurricane Isaac has been set up in Jefferson Parish.
The center is a joint venture of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers. It is operating at JEDCO's facility in Avondale.
The center will provide a range of services and counseling.
The cost of land along Veterans Memorial Boulevard — east Jefferson Parish's main commercial corridor —has reached historic highs indicating a strong retail market, according to SRSA Commercial Real Estate of Metairie.
SRSA partner Donald Schwarcz tells New Orleans CityBusiness his figures show the strip's most valuable property costs as much as $60 per square foot, six times as much as land in eastern New Orleans, four times the cost along Lapalco Boulevard in west Jefferson and nearly twice as much as the most expensive commercial areas of St. Tammany Parish.
A federal audit says the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority illegally paid board members nearly $107,000 and created a conflict of interest and violated federal rules by paying $91,000 to a state legislator's repair company.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development audit says the agency should repay the money and must either document or repay another $450,000. That includes $240,000 paid to four Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies for security services, $95,000 to its attorney and $81,000 to its accounting firm.