Sonya Laney did not appear in my neighborhood the day of the flooding nor did she attend the City Council on October 7, 2014 when the failures of the flood mitigation project were discussed. Failures documented by David Harden, not wild eyed citizen activists.
Sonya Laney has not posed one single question about the failure of the flood mitigation project on Ruth Street/Powers Ave or the closure for 12 hours of Dunlawton at our intersection. Not before council last night, not at the HOA Candidate Forum, not on the Bernier Show. No where.
Now we are learning that a possibly critical berm was eliminated from the project that may have contributed to worsening the flood. Sonya Laney had no questions about that either.
Sonya Laney has stated repeatedly she has “a construction background”. Her dad, Frank Flagg, who works for the city in a $60K a year part time position, is a General Contractor. She grew up in the construction field, she worked in the construction field. She is Mayor Allen Green’s God daughter. Allen Green is a General Contractor. Sonya Laney is surrounded by men who know construction. So where is the outrage and where is the insistence on accountability from these experts in construction?
Guess this most recent failure was just one more of those “honest mistakes” Sonya keeps talking about. We all make mistakes don’t we?
And I guess we all change our minds on berms too. Maybe we didn’t need that berm after all.
Why ask why? Things happen. So what if we all have construction backgrounds and might have some insight into what could have changed about the need for a berm? Those questions could be awkward for the “The Godfather”, Quentin L Hampton and staff. We certainly do not want to make our city look bad or “be negative”. Let’s just go back to the good old days of 2010.
Either Sonya Laney has a profound lack of curiosity about failed municipal projects affecting her constituents or there is something else at work here. Either way, I know my neighborhood is screwed. And should she prevail on November 4th, we can expect more of the same of what we have endured here for 20 years. Flooding and more excuses from our city and from Sonya Laney.