Regarding the current situation at sewerage and water board. Since 2005, we, the community have done our part—rebuilding our homes, businesses and lives; and paying our taxes. For that we should expect a city government that understands and has a plan to address the very real and historical problem of water in New Orleans. But in the wake of the August 5th flood, that doesn’t appear to be the case. As department heads struggled with the truth, only one brave public servant dared to speak publicly about what is obviously a complicit failure in the city’s drainage system when he said “This is not the first time; this time, we got caught.” The implications of that statement are chilling. And in light of the damage and property loss, it almost demonstrates a certain contempt for the citizens of New Orleans. Like me, you want answers. If we weren’t convinced before, we know now that our safety and security are at risk; and it’s likely we still don’t know how bad things really are. We deserve and should expect so much better from city government. This is Michael Bagneris and I’m running for Mayor. The next time City Hall wakes you at three in the morning, who do you want on the other end of the line— I believe you want someone who will tell you the truth even if it’s difficult and unpleasant; someone you can trust and who trusts you back to stand together and fix our problems. It’s our city and it’s our responsibility. New Orleans can change. Let’s do it now.