She then issued a challenge to the city’s other elected leaders.
“What troubles me most about New Orleans is the democracy gap between the priorities of the people and the priorities of the decision-makers in power,” she wrote. “Too many of our elected officials and influential citizens continue to do the public wrong by protecting the status quo or their own self-interest.
“Rather than using data or best practices or evidence of success, policy and budget decisions with long-term consequences for the city’s future are too often made in the absence of sufficient public input, and instead on the basis of personal whim, anecdotal evidence, or alliance with entrenched institutions that have much to lose or gain by a given decision.“
I don’t pretend to be an expert or an insider in New Orleans politics, but this strikes me as one of the most succinct and honest observations I have ever read.