Judge raps St. Bernard again over housing

October 25, 2011
In a move now seemingly commonplace, a federal judge on Monday once again found St. Bernard Parish in contempt for attempts to stop the development of four contentious mixed-income apartment complexes in Chalmette.
     And immediately after the order that threatened escalating fines or "coercive sanctions" if the parish did not authorize Entergy to release electricity to three of the four sites, the Parish Council held an emergency meeting and voted, 4-3, that Parish President Craig Taffaro make that authorization.
     Before the vote, Taffaro asked the council to allow him to hold his ground.
     "Obviously, my position is to incur the debt and fight the release to Entergy, but obviously I cannot do that without the council," Taffaro said.