Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Proclamation found to be in error. Unproclamation issued.
A city proclamation welcoming the anti-abortion group Operation Save America to the city and recognizing its "outstanding service to the City of New Orleans" was issued in error, according to an email this afternoon by a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Gambit goes on to note that the city pretty much just issues these welcome proclamations to any visiting group who fills out the web form and meets certain standards. 
Getting welcomed to town is reserved for groups and conventions, but anyone can apply for a ceremonial proclamation, as long as the reason fits in one of the city’s six categories: organizational honors; church anniversaries and pastoral anniversaries; retirements; heroic deeds; a 100th birthday; or “outstanding community service by an individual, group, or organization.”
They couldn't find out anything about how these applications are reviewed and vetted but it's good to keep in mind that this task probably falls to some peon civil servant barely scraping out a subsistence wage.

The mayor is pushing a civil service reform package in the hope that they can someday easily fire whoever the poor underpaid sap is.  But thankfully that hasn't happened yet or today might have been even worse.

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