Wednesday, April 12, 2006

So this--this is working very well for them

It is private -- like a gated community," said Mark Misczak, the agency's human services director for Louisiana.

Doesn't exactly sound like English Turn to me:

Squeezed into a travel trailer with three children is tough, and Magee said she doesn't feel comfortable letting the children play outside on the dusty gravel that lines the 62-acre park. And while the park is quiet during the day, Spencer said they aren't at ease living among so many strangers, in particular with what he described as drug selling and drug use in sections of the park at night.

The roads that separate the trailers are covered with a limestone gravel that radiates clouds of gray dust with every breeze. Although the trailers border expansive green fields, fences wall off the perimeter of the property.

To be fair, Misczak only described it as fairly safe. He sounded more like a hapless bureaucrat than Grendel's Mother, but I'd say he needs some coaching.

Still, it seems like they could build playgrounds for the kids:

Brun and others said FEMA's philosophy of creating only temporary communities is a problem. Six months after the trailer park opened, nonprofit groups have been unable to overcome bureaucratic hurdles to put up a playground, deciding to open one instead in downtown Baker.

Cosbar said it has been difficult to address the liability problems associated with installing a playground at a trailer park

Especially now that we find out that FEMA seems to believe that trailer parks won't be so short term after all:

As if the nuts and bolts of the rebidding weren't puzzling enough, the contracts are expected to run for five years, considerably longer than the 18-month clock for temporary housing that started ticking when Katrina roared ashore Aug. 29. FEMA officials declined to comment on whether the time frame reflects the agency's belief the trailer parks sprouting along the Gulf Coast will be more permanent than originally expected, but the vendors seeking the work said they have no doubt that was the intent and that they believe the contracts could run their full course.

That second story probably got overshadowed by other news today, but it's worth a closer look:

A spokesman for PRI/DJI confirmed that DJI refers to Del-Jen Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fluor Corp. Fluor, a California-based behemoth in the engineering and contract management world with campaign contributions lopsidedly in favor of the Republican Party, has landed more than $220 million in Katrina-related contracts to date, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense's tracking of federal Katrina work.
But Edmonds pointed to two peculiar items on the announcements about the process. One is that both show "N/A" under the set-aside heading, which appears to contradict FEMA's Nov. 29 guidelines that called the process "a 100% small business set-aside."

Guess FEMA kinda off track pretty quickly:

"I am glad to see that FEMA is finally doing the right thing, or is at least on the right track to doing the right thing," Thompson said.

Now,does anyone really believe that the administration still remembers its October promise about Davis-Bacon? Does anyone remember Davis-Bacon?

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