With the continuing negative publicity over the operations of the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter, the positive contributions of Paws 4 Life (P4L) deserve special attention and recognition. Founded in August 2015, this local non-profit corporation is modeled after many nationwide animal rescue groups that work to save dogs and cats from being euthanized.
Caddo Commissioner Lyndon Johnson was successful in passing two important amendments to the Shreveport version of the Unified Development Code (UDC) at last Thursday’s Commission meeting. The first restored appeals from the Zoning Board of Appeals to the Commission versus the court system.
For those who have bemoaned the fact that Shreveport does not have what many consider to be an amenity to the 21st century — prearranged rides — their prayers will soon be answered. Recently, Lyft purchased an area cell phone list and has sent out a barrage of texts encouraging phone owners to sign up to become a Lyft driver.
In what was a big surprise to local government officials, ad valorem assessments in Caddo Parish declined in 2016. At a time when the City of Shreveport and Caddo Parish are scrambling to continue past funding levels, this economic reality was not good news.
As they say, it was “real” and it was “fun,” but is was not “real fun.” I am referring to a detour from a planned stress test to the Willis Knighton Pierremont Emergency Room on Wednesday, the first of March. I emerged a happy man two days later. And it was a life experience — actually a very good life experience.
It was in early March of last year that homes and businesses located on Cross Lake received substantial flooding from the lake between March 8 and March 10, causing millions of dollars of losses that have not been recovered either from homeowner’s and business insurance or from FEMA.
The simple answer is that he should not. All City of Shreveport and Caddo Commission employees are “at will,” which means they can be terminated at any time, for any reason, with pay only through the date of termination. There is no reason why Sweeney should have a contract.
The much-ballyhooed Unified Development Code (UDC) has been presented, in a third draft form with 59 amendments, to the Caddo Commission for adoption. The Shreveport City Council will take up this 300-page-plus ordinance after the Shreveport Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) approves the last set of amendments.