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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.
Swag 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…)
Add comment October 1, 2014 12:05 pm
It appears the mold, which has 30 years of well-documented history in the current downtown branch of Shreve a memorial Library, has permeated the administration as well as the board based upon the dysfunctional scheduled meeting March 31. It may as well have been an April Fool’s joke on citizens that board members were educated on both meeting protocol and public records responsibilities.
Somewhat shocking to visitors was that board member and public school librarian, Gail Griffin, attempted to close the meeting in executive session before the meeting even began. Fear that criticism would follow, led the call, and with good reason as four public comments each sounded out against the library’s cancelling of the Sunshine Forum during the national celebration of open government. Complaints were offered by local attorney John Settle, public activist, Willie Bradford, blogger and activist Jimmy Couvillion and myself. Yet the board and administration defended the decision to cancel the forum based on the failure to accurately represent the diversity of the community.
Attorney John Settle announced to Griffin and the board as a whole that if they attempted to improperly close the meeting to the public he would sue each member personally and as a board for violating public meeting requirements. The board attorney who was present informed Griffin that legally the board could not close the meeting to the public in the manner in which Griffin requested.
In complaining about the gender diversity of (more…)
Add comment April 1, 2014 6:23 am
by Elliott Stonecipher
March 27, 2014
In the twelve-month period of July 1, 2012 through July 1, 2013, the Caddo Parish population lost -2,204 residents. Its population of 257,091 of July 1, 2012 dropped to 254,887 by July 1, 2013. The population drop erases gains registered since the 2010 Census, with the latest report showing 82 fewer parish residents as of July 1, 2013 than the 254,969 reported in the April 1, 2010 decennial head-count. Caddo is Louisiana’s 4th-largest parish by population, behind East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, and Orleans, in rank order.
Neighboring parishes in the Northwest Louisiana cluster show a mix of cumulative population gain and loss since the April 1, 2010 census. Bossier Parish’s population increased 6,844 to 123,823 (+5.9%), and DeSoto Parish gained 427 (+1.6%) residents during the multi-year period, now at 27,083. Joining Caddo Parish in the population loss column are Webster Parish, having lost -529 residents (−1.3%) to 40,678, and Red River Parish, with a loss of -197 residents (−1.2%) to 8,894.
These population data are from the Census Bureau’s official population Estimates program. City data from the series are expected to be released in May.
Add comment March 27, 2014 4:31 pm
by Marion Marks
Thanks to each participant, both panelists and interactive audience members, of the “REAL” Shreveport Sunshine Forum Wednesday night for not permitting those who attempted to bully the forum to cease and silence any voice of dissent. Had they succeeded the flickering hope I had that Shreveport might yet succeed would have been extinguished. The apparent evil or criminal element we seem to have inherited would have won. We would have allowed evil forces, people and what they represent, to put us into their box.
The Times story unfortunately stated specifics contrary to the facts we know to be true. The 90th anniversary committee of the Shreve Memorial Library had been organizing special events for the library since last year planned and reserved the original venue.
Second, while it is alleged that the makeup of the panel was not known until the 11th hour, those same records indicate that an all-users email was sent a week before the scheduled event, and that the Facebook event had also been available for a full week prior. Information on some speakers was available to the organizing committee and others even earlier than that. The bullies had yet to realize they may be targeted. [FREE ACCESS to email records here]
Finally, although this was not included in the records I acquired, based on (more…)
Add comment March 20, 2014 10:09 am
An absolute characterization of the Jindal diplomacy techniques!
LINK And, the citizens of Louisiana get it every day for FREE!
Add comment February 26, 2014 8:57 am
By Elliott Stonecipher
It is now much easier to make the case that Governor Bobby Jindal knows his chances of winning the presidency in the 2016 election are securely in his past. In fact, given the record he is now so feverishly and self-destructively building, it is difficult imagining the governor winning another – any – statewide election in Louisiana. In making that case, Exhibits #1 through #50, at least, are on display in Jindal’s bafflingly deliberate and long-running defiance of orders issued by Baton Rouge state district court Judge Janice Clark in a key public records case.
Over five months ago, on April 25th, Judge Clark emphatically ruled in favor of plaintiff newspapers, the Advocate and Times-Picayune, and ordered the LSU Board of Supervisors to “immediately produce” the documents identifying all those who sought the combined job of LSU President and Chancellor. F. King Alexander was selected for the job, and Jindal does not want citizens to know who the other candidates were. Thus he directed his go-to lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, to burn a trainload of taxpayer money by stiffing the citizenry and Judge Clark … repeatedly … and proudly.
The rarity of observing such a months-long political train wreck was underscored by Lori Mince, the attorney representing the two Louisiana newspapers, in an article yesterday by Mike Hasten of Gannett News. Ms. Mince noted, “This is the first public records case I’ve had when the public body refused to comply.” No one else with whom I have spoken or emailed can remember another such instance, either. Such makes sense because once a public records case goes all the way to court, and a judge orders the documents produced, public officials have every reason and need to, well, produce the documents. That is precisely what happened when a group of us in Shreveport sued the highway department for documents, went up against Jindal / Faircloth’s initial opposition, and headed to Judge Clark’s court. When our hearing came up, the requested documents appeared as Faircloth did the opposite.
To grasp how bizarrely foolish the Jindal / Faircloth / Board of Supervisors argument is, it began with Faircloth arguing that the only word in the related law which mattered was “applicant,” and that there was only one of those, the winner, F. King Alexander. Note that Faircloth made this (more…)
Add comment September 11, 2013 3:48 pm
SINCE THE FIRST REPORT ON THE ORGANIZATION BELOW WAS SENT OUT, A MEMBER OF THE “TEAM” LOCATED THE CORPORATE INFORMATION. THE NAME REGISTERED WAS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. THE NEW INFO IS IN RED.
This is the 14th in a series of reports by the Crack Mullet Research Team (“Team”) on 36 Non-governmental Organizations (“NGOs”) that are on State Treasurer John Kennedy list of those that have failed to comply with the law.
According to Kennedy, the MARTIN L. KING, JR. NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION IN SHREVEPORT owes the Louisiana taxpayers $100,000.
Address: 1422 MLK, Jr. Drive, Shreveport, LA 71107
It is duly incorporated with the Secretary of State and is in good standing.
Registered Agent: CLARINDA HENDERSON, 1422 MLK, JR. DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
President: BENNY RAY DOTIE, 748 BOOTH DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Treasurer: GUY HAMILTON, 1140 N. MCDANIEL SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Vice President: GRAY YOUNG, 3205 SIDNEY, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Secretary: LILLIAN WADE, 1422 MLK, JR. DRIVE, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
Officer: CLARINDA HENDERSON, 2028 ADDITION, SHREVEPORT, LA 71107
990 IRS Report: NOT (more…)
Add comment August 20, 2013 4:04 pm
Since Cong. Rodney Alexander announced the deal with Bobby Jindal and Neil Riser to fix the election for Riser to replace him in Congress, I’ve been trying to get Alexander’s email address.
I’ve asked each member of his staff for his address -twice. They don’t even have the decency to respond. I’ve asked other Congressman and other Congressional staffers and they don’t have it.
The lack of availability of Alexander’s email address, coupled with his staff’s refusal to respond makes me wonder what Alexander has to hide.
The email address is furnished to Alexander by the U.S. Taxpayers. It should not be a secret.
Therefore, I conducting a contest to see to get Alexander’s REAL email address; not the generic one that has been suggested to me. I know some parts of Alexander’s address, but not the complete address.
The first person to send me Alexander’s email address will be awarded 5,000 points. Points are redeemable at any business that accepts points for goods and services.
Member of Alexander’s staff are included in this announcement and are eligible for the prize.
Let the contest begin!
Add comment August 20, 2013 3:30 pm
Before Tuesday, July 16, is over, a record of conduct of Shreveport City Marshal Charlie Caldwell and some of his deputies will be publicized that we believe warrant serious consideration for prosecution in both State and Federal jurisdictions. The posting is an attempt to gather public awareness of the story we expect will break on KTBS by reporter Gerry May on either the 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm news. (Previous KTBS News)
We know that many documents have been offered previously to prosecutors. However, these did not reveal activities that “rose to the level authorities felt warranted prosecution.” After the most current activities are revealed, all documents noted (more…)
Add comment July 16, 2013 9:25 am
Arriving new in Shreveport today, a visitor might believe Shreveport is Dog Heaven! With the Mayor, city council and public input, along with today’s lead newspaper story on dog parks, what could be more important? The sad issue seems to be that Mayor Glove, losing in court and in the city council, finds it necessary to divert public attention from pressing issues to minutiae. When the mayor realizes he lost this battle and signs the cooperative agreement allowing others to build the dog park, the city, and especially the governing process, may refocus on issues that deserve our serious attention.
Add comment July 1, 2013 8:24 am