The Pernici-Wainwright suit for alleged violations of the non-disclosure agreement could cost the city as much as a million dollars. The water billing suit could expose the city to tens of millions of dollars payable to city water customers.
Let me tell you something I’ve learned over the years. You just can’t get away from Louisiana, no matter how hard you try. Just about anywhere I’ve traveled throughout the world, images of the Bayou State always seem to crop up. That was certainly the case last week when I headed to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains for a little fly-fishing.
Yes, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus, but sometimes he gets his Christmas list messed up, and lumps of coal are delivered rather than gifts. Such may be case with the much ballyhooed Unified Development Code (UDC) that was adopted by the city of Shreveport this spring and recently by the Parish Commission.
I had my beautiful family. My relationship with my dad was better than ever. I was about to move into a brand new home and had a good career opportunity. And the best part was, I was sober. Completely clean and loving my life for the first time in a long time.
A popular Louisiana governor died 15 years ago this month. John McKeithen was the first governor I ever met. When he was elected as chief executive in 1963, Louisiana was still a 19th century state struggling to operate in the 20th century. McKeithen was the catalyst that caused a major realignment of priorities.
Finally, Shreveport Mayor Tyler took the initiative to develop a plan to address Shreveport’s increasing crime by her request to the City Council to fund an additional $150,000 for the Shreveport Police Department (SPD). It’s unfortunate that she waited so long.
Have you ever had everything in your life going so good you just knew something bad was gonna happen? When you’re at the top, the only place to go is down. But I’ve come to learn the opposite is also true. When you’re at your rock bottom, the only place to go is up.
In the beginning of Holly’s pregnancy, I tried to hide my drug use from her since she was sober. I wasn’t very successful. If you’ve ever been an addict, then you can relate to the feeling that nobody knows what you're doing. You’re good at this. Right? Well, if you’re a family member of an addict, you can testify exactly how wrong we all are.
The consensus of most folks down in the Bayou State is that Louisiana has a governor who is a pretty decent fellow. He comes across as friendly, accessible and hands-on in running the daily operations of the state.
Believe it or not, there IS a magic kingdom at Government Plaza on Travis Street in downtown Shreveport; it’s located on the fourth floor in the offices of the Shreveport Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). The king is MPC Executive Director Mark Sweeney, and his cabinet is the nine-member MPC Board.