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SWAG Nation Contract with Caddo Questioned

SWAG Nation Class-Press releaseby Jimmy Couvillion

This is a summary of my research on Swag Nation USA, as it is named here. With interest in non-government organizations receiving funds from the RiverFront Fund, which is parish collected funds from the gambling boats here on the riverfront, I discovered that Swag Nation which has as its spokes person here before the Parish Commission, Commissioner Michael Williams. The commission, as stated in the contract, wanted an etiquette program for juveniles that wore swagging paints. [KTAL Story] [KTBS Story]

The NGO’s are funded from the RiverFront Fund except for Swag.  Swag has become a budget item like all other operational expenses paid for by the taxpayers of Caddo and not the gamblers at the River Boats.

NO-SWAGGINGSwag Nation has a contract with the Parish to provide such a service. Each juvenile with a recommendation from the Juvenile Court Swag gets $350 from the taxpayers for a six weeks course in how to keep up their paints. The parish pays for material and supplies and transportation for this six weeks of training.

Swag Nation in the contract agrees to (more…)

October 1, 2014 12:05 pm

Pressure on Caddo Animal Service Director: Resign!

pressure-cooker-blowing steamBy Marion Marks

In the last few days the pressure on Director of the Caddo Parish Animal Services, Everett Harris has reached a fevered pitch. Demands for Harris’s resignation and a full investigation into the conditions at the animal shelter, staff issues and policies that Harris has consumed much of the Commission and staff energies. The public should see more of the boil before things erupt…

Boiling Over

Everett to blow?

From: SDN
To: “Harris, Everett” <eharris@caddo.org>
Cc: “Dominick, Doug” <ddominick@caddo.org>, “Johnson, Lyndon” <ljohnson@caddo.org>, “Bowman, Jerald” <jbowman@caddo.org>, “Linn, Matthew” <mlinn@caddo.org>, “Epperson, Ken” <kepperson@caddo.org>, “Thibodeaux, Michael” <mthibodeaux@caddo.org>, “Cox, David” <dcox@caddo.org>, “Escude, John” <jescude@caddo.org>, “Baker, Lindora” <lbaker@caddo.org>, “Lynch, Stephanie” <slynch@caddo.org>, “Smith, Jim” <jsmith@caddo.org>, “Williams, Micheal” <michael.williams@caddo.org>, “Wilson, Woody” <wwilson@caddo.org>, “Bell, Karen” <kbell@caddo.org>
Subject: Letter of Resignation
Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2014 3:03 PM

Mr. Harris,
 
As a lifelong resident of Caddo Parish I am calling on you to resign immediately as you have obviously lost the confidence of the people that you serve.
 
I know Reed Ebarb well and have worked with him on animal rescue.  Knowing that you have so little regard for the volunteers that help make you and your organization look better I can only imagine how little you care about the animals under your care.  I can only ascertain (more…)

August 14, 2014 4:06 pm

Caddo Parish Animal Services – AGAIN on Fire!

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The Caddo Parish Animal Shelter is again the center of controversy as Director Everett Harris seems the focus of animal service group ire. This stream of emails and yesterday’s Parish Commission meeting drew major attention, and Thursday, August 14 will bring a march in downtown Shreveport demanding the resignation of Harris by dissatisfied citizens.

 

Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:25 PM

Subject: Threatening Incident at CPASMC

Dear Commissioners,

I ask that you please read my written statement on the events that occurred today and I beg that you take action.

dogs need a good homeOn August 13, 2014, at 10:30, I had a meeting with the Shelter Manager and Adoptions Coordinator at Caddo Parish Animal Services shelter. As I sat down with both of them, Mr. Harris, Director, walked into the room, grabbed a piece of paper off the table that I had tried to pass to the shelter manager, and asked what I was trying to do. I responded that I was simply trying to meet with and make some small suggestions to help get more animals (more…)

August 14, 2014 9:13 am

3 years, $600,000+ taxpayer funding, NO intention of final report?

By Murray Lloydtoo-bored-to-do-nothing-too-lazy-to-do-anything

Every organization is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.” – David Hanna

So, what happens when all of our institutions are designed to do nothing?

Rarely do we get to witness the absolute ineffectiveness of all levels of government to address the most basic needs of our community – water.

Safe-Water-To-DrinkIn the three years since this emergency situation has been declared, not one government, economic, civic, or academic institution in this community has held a single meeting to address solving this crisis.

No elected official has even proposed a “next step” to be taken to avoid the same damage and hurt happening once again when, not if, we cycle into the next drought.

The most glaring example is the Caddo Parish Commission Regional Water/Utility Master Plan study.

Three years ago, in the middle of the last drought, with water wells in south Caddo Parish going dry, causing (more…)

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm

Shreveport & Caddo … and the Matter of Facts and Truth

by Elliott Stonecipher

Its_No_Secret–Shreveport_Resisted_ChangeIt is certainly no secret to any who have spent a lot of years learning how our city and parish tick:  most of our “leaders,” elected or (self ?) anointed, have historically resisted anything but cheerleading.  We are more than a tad bit resistant to bad news … even if it’s just the truth, and even if it begs over time to be acknowledged and remedied.

Such is, of course, precisely the way a place finds itself in a hole, busily digging away, for decades.  It is, too, how the City Council could do to the community what it did last Tuesday in our Hwy. 3132 Extension debacle.  According to the Mayor and those five council members, Tuesday’s vote endangers nothing, and simply helps a “valued business” improve Shreveport.  That houses will be built in the only remaining undeveloped land for the highway did not matter.  Rah, rah, rah!! … pom-poms flying.

Telling TIme-Secret-2014As those who can handle and attack the truth stow the pep rally gear, this morning’s (Shreveport) Times has an article of interest in this context, for which I thank them, about our recent population loss.

Earlier Report of This Data

For the record, these are earlier-reported data.  As the Census Bureau released the data, I reported on the (more…)

June 15, 2014 4:38 pm

MPC to Get Professional Planner, FINALLY!

Shreveport Attorney John Settle

by John Settle

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but Shreveport may have, for the first time ever, a well qualified professional planner to head up the Shreveport/Caddo Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC).

Earlier this year, Charlie Kirkland retired as MPC executive director; many wonder how he was ever hired for that position to begin with, much less held the post for 30 years. Kirkland has been under pressure for the last few years by many who believed that the MPC staff had failed to achieve modern planning standards, including revision of the zoning ordinances.100-percent-guarantee-logo

As the Commission debated the selection process for the new executive director, members of the Shreveport City Council and the Caddo Commission attempted to flex their political muscle, i.e. the funding of the MPC, in this process. Both the Council and the Commission initially wanted to have three votes each on the new hire. After a push back by the Commissioners as well as public criticism by good government advocates, both bodies asked for a seat at the table in an “advisory capacity”. Lead by first year chairperson Lea Desmarteau, the Commissioners stood their ground and refused to allow any participation by either the Council or the Commission.Hiring_qualified-Nothing Less

The Commission established the minimum qualification for the position to be a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, public administration or a related field, at least five years of progressive planning experience and a minimum of four years of supervisory work. The 47 applicants for the position included three in-house applicants; not surprisingly, none of these were in the ten finalists selected. (more…)

June 5, 2014 3:00 pm

Elio Motors – Betting on a Hunch

by Marion Marks*

Coming?

Coming? 2014, 2015?

 

Any vehicle that claims to be getting more than 50 mpg will naturally attract attention, by their fact that all we researched are anomalies or strictly one-off prototypes. Yet, Elio Motors claims its three-wheeled car will rate 84 mpg on the highway, far exceeding any car currently on the market.

Yahoo’s Daily Ticker indicates they have driven the car, something few outside the company have so far been able to do other than a few Shreveporters in a parking lot or on a very controlled environment.

Elio-profile(2014)

$6,800 coffin on three-wheels?

While there’s no definitive verdict on the real impact this car will have outside the wallets of the inner circle who have received great incentives, the car tested is barely a prototype. There aren’t even seat belts in the video or any test drives we have seen! Wouldn’t this be like a motorcycle in more ways than not?

Those who have tested it claim to have had a struggle a little with the lack of power steering and even the lack of a rear-view mirror. We keep referring to it as a three-wheeled coffin.

However, the crash ratings claim to be far more solid than the (more…)

June 5, 2014 2:27 pm

In Defense of the Pulpit, from a BBC Defender

By Marion Marks [NOTE: KSLA TV Story-Interviews][KTBS Story- Interview]

rewrites 4Any articles I sign my name to are subject to review, and I am never going to say I am without fault, therefore I have decided to address one email challenging the recent article regarding Broadmoor Baptist Church and their neighbors. Please don’t post more crazy items, because this is the first in the last 23,000+ I have even read completely! and this particular story had over 20,000 readers in the first 24 hours it was posted.

True, I only completed limited research, and yes BBC has years of experience with their neighbors. However, listening to some neighbors, reading several of the responses to the applications and speaking with both elected officials and city planners on this matter, I felt I had a grasp of many of the facts regarding the relationship. It was also evident in the votes and reports of the various boards that BBC fell short of the requirements they needed to achieve their expansion goals.

We hope to publish some of these reports and studies soon to give additional substance to the contentions, and this will be done as soon as we have digital versions of all documents.

I also encourage the church to supply any official records and conduct a personalized neighborhood development initiative.

Now for the “Friend of the Church” response:

From: cap_phd@.******.com
Submitted on 2014/06/03 at 4:52 pm
It is one thing to oppose what BBC is seeking to do, and I uphold and protect your right to do so. But, in the interest of integrity, you should not so misrepresent the one you are opposing.

I have intimate knowledge of all the events you mentioned. I will now outline where you comments were patently false. And I guarantee the comments to be mentioned below are 100% false.

You wrote, “Now, the church has become an enemy, refusing to take “No” for an answer when they tried to (more…)

June 3, 2014 10:26 pm

Shreve Memorial Library – Still in Violation

by Marion Marks

Can we get away with it?

Can we get away with it?

Since the last Board of Control meeting, a small group of citizens has requested a number of PRR responses to evaluate in response to the library board and executive handling of the Sunshine Forum and other issues under scrutiny. SML has addressed these matters by shuffling staff at least three times that we can tell, and has chosen a path of destroying records and communicating in a manner of secrecy we believe to be consistent with a pattern of deliberately refusing to follow regulations a public organization must follow. We believe the majority of the board is not aware of many of these issues, but because of the board actions at the last meeting we must assume they approve of them. Specific discriminatory policies of the administration against minority and non-minority employees have been rampant because of overt and covert actions of the administration.

teaching-diversityThe public has been asked to believe that “the Shreve Memorial Library Board of Control ALWAYS approves all library programs and diversity of programs and participants is a requirement for ALL.” Public Records Requests prove this is not evident in any policy or procedure of the library and certainly it has not been evident in any programs except the Sunshine Forum. We again publicly ask that (more…)

June 2, 2014 2:16 pm

Some (A Lot?) At Caddo Commission Refuse to Hear and Learn

by Elliott Stonecipher

HELLO CAPTAIN(narrow)We in Caddo Parish made it less than 48 hours before confirmation that the Caddo Parish Commission completely missed the point in its rebuke by voters on Saturday.  Given how dramatic and emphatic that rebuke was – a 77% to 23% “No” drubbing of a proposed property tax millage renewal – some of the more foolish among us hoped for public comment from the Commission that was respectful of voters and taxpayers.

Alas, such was not to be, and the Commission’s bad government beat goes on.  Speaking to a KTBS television reporter at a Commission work session on Monday, parish administrator Woody Wilson summarized his understanding of events this way: 

Missed_the_Point“If I was a business person and I was taking my business somewhere, I wouldn’t want to take my business to a community where there are no resources because that community will have to maintain its infrastructure of roads or whatever that I may use,” Wilson said.

The context for that analytical wizardry, as hubris-filled as everything else the Commission says in such circumstances, is that the defeat of the millage will prevent “recruitment” of new businesses to the parish.  No, I’m not making this up … video linked above. (more…)

May 6, 2014 5:10 pm

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