A recent report by Shreveport Interim City Engineer Robert Westermen on the status of the city’s infrastructure was directed to the Shreveport City Council and Mayor Cedric Glover. It should not only be required reading (and study) by these individuals as well as by upcoming city council and mayoral candidates.
The 2013 Gallup-Healthways ratings are based on more than 500,000 interviews in which people were asked about their emotional and physical health, job satisfaction, community safety, and access to food, shelter and health care.
Louisiana’s Public Records Act sets forth simple guidelines that allow for transparency by governmental bodies. A written request (letter, fax or e-mail) to a public body requesting public records is to be complied within three business days.
Without, fanfare, the city of Shreveport finally filed suit on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day, how ironic) against the financial bond advisor hand-picked by Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover: Calvin Grigsby. Seemingly, Glover has had a “love affair” with Grigsby, whose business reputation is checkered at best.
The second planned major event was set for Tuesday, March 4. This time it was heavily publicized, and outspoken Caddo Commissioner Ken Epperson had forwarded e-mails urging support for Jenkins. The only reason given by Jenkins for this cancellation was that he had to get his law office affairs in order.
Like it or not, Shreveport’s next mayor will inherit three grossly underfunded pension plans with outstanding funding liabilities exceeding two hundred million dollars ($2,000,000,000). Much like long-deferred water and sewage infrastructure projects, the pension plan elephant is in the room and should not be ignored.
Don Weir, Jr. is a classic example. Since last fall he was an “announced” candidate to run for Judge Scott Crichton’s seat on the Caddo bench. Weir had obtained endorsements of over 170 attorneys. This past week he dropped out of the race, citing “family reasons.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, board member J.W. Slack has perfect attendance — 69 out of 69 meetings, a truly remarkable record that is to be commended! Close behind in the attendance standing is Eddy Ray Presley and Glen Bullard (two absences), Barbara Rudd and Tammy A.
Rounding out the mayor’s office is his communications director (salary of $102,000) and his economic development/film industry advisor (salary of $103,000). A few of these staff positions are civil service; the large majority are not, and, thus, there is no job security.