Jindal’s Ethics Rules Are a Joke … unless We Revolt!

Louisiana citizens have a  reputation for allowing public officials and government entities great latitude in actions that may be gross misappropriations, fraud or just “WTF were they thinking.” Examinations of public expenditures, campaign financing and influence peddling by current officials or those jockeying for future office are the focus of this week’s Shreveport Times, Inquisitor and online posts for NWLA citizens.Ethics is in the eye of the beholder!

In the current Inquisitor, “… Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ethics laws (are) ‘a joke’…” Shreveport Attorney, Allison A. Jones “spoke up and gave her opinion of the ethics laws put in place by Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana legislature.” She said, “Jindal ethics rules are a joke.” This is the consensus of most attorneys who have spoken up on the State’s revised and suggested future revisions to the ethics laws.

Some citizens in the State have organized groups dedicated to promoting ethical government and accountability. One such group based in Laplace, Louisiana formed St. John Citizens for Ethical Government. They hold regular meetings, discussing activities, policies and financial issues within the entities they monitor. St. John Citizens for Ethical Government only exists because government officials cannot regulate themselves or each other.

Forward-Now established links to the Public Affairs Research Council and PAR’s Sunshine Law Fact Sheet.  Citizens who recognize their rights and demand public organizations produce records and proof of actions have  disclosed previously inaccessible information that explains how and why some actions occurred. The next step must be to publish information and promote slates of candidates who will no longer act in these unacceptable patterns.

The following links are Caddo Parish School Board records that were recently disclosed through PAR filings. More information will be forthcoming and citizens who feel they know of other inappropriate actions should report their suspicions or file PAR documents. We will publish these as received.

Specific Request: Where the food service student worker (POS CODE 422) was employed for fiscal year 2010-2011. What was the hourly wage? How many hours per week and weeks per fiscal year 2010-2011 did this person work? Job description is not on the CPSB web site. What is it?  What are qualifications? Is this job advertised? How is the candidate selected? If it is, or will be filled for fiscal year 2011-2012 provide all the above information for this year. CPSB-Student Worker 2011-12 Data Response: (Non responsive answer) Followup: Where the food service student worker (POS CODE 422) was employed for fiscal year 2010-2011. What was the hourly wage? How many hours per week and weeks per fiscal year 2010-2011 did this person work? Job description is not on the CPSB web site. What is it?  What are qualifications? Is this job advertised? How is the candidate selected? If it is, or will be filled for fiscal year 2011-2012 provide all the above information for this year. The only information supplied was for 2011-2012. NO information for 2010-2011 was supplied.

Specific Request: elementary classrooms with more than 30 students the first 9-weeks of fiscal year 2010-2011, total enrollment of each of these classes, and school of each class. (CPSB-Exceeding Student Census JPAM) Board members said they were unaware of these problems at the following board meeting.

Specific Request: Provide the fiscal year 2010-2011 operating expenses for the Central Office cafeteria including all food service workers’ salaries, custodial staff salaries, benefits, and supplies. What was the revenue generated fiscal year 2010-2011 from this program. (CPSB Answer) This answer was incomplete and followup is being requested. Additionally, this response appeared as a shock to many CPSB members at the next meeting.