NEW ORLEANS — The aftermath of the Hard Rock Hotel collapse continues to reverberate at City Hall.
That's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
The Hard Rock Hotel collapse is a tragedy on many levels. It killed three workers, injured others, and hurt nearby businesses.
Now, it's wrecking careers at City Hall. Eyewitness News investigator David Hammer first exposed city inspectors' failure to show up for inspections at the Hard Rock and elsewhere.
Now, Mayor Cantrell's top deputy Gilbert Montaño is overhauling the city Safety and Permits Department.
Montaño cited "pervasive" no-show inspections and called inspectors' abuses "unconscionable." The department is down to just a handful of inspectors and supervisors, so Montaño must be rebuild it from the ground up.
Meanwhile, the feds continue investigating departmental corruption that goes back years.
Hopefully, cleaning up the mess — at City Hall and at the Hard Rock — won't take that long.