3132 COALITION FILES MORE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS

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AND ISSUES PRELIMINARY NOTICE OF DEPOSITIONS
by Elliott Stonecipher

Yesterday, the 3132 Coalition issued a new public records request (PRR) to a key official involved in the Hwy. 3132 Extension controversy, and notified NLCOG’s counsel of impending depositions of its Director, Kent Rogers, as well as each of the five (5) members of the NLCOG Executive Committee.

One More act!

These filings and notices by attorney John Settle result from my continuing review and analysis of documents requested of NLCOG on December 15, 2011, but not produced until last Friday.  The two earlier document dumps on a CD by Rogers purposely did not provide computer passwords necessary to open these important files.  As a result, their contents were finally, under continuing pressure by the Coalition, printed by NLCOG and made available last Friday.  Even so, the documents thus far produced by Rogers / NLCOG are only a fraction of those requested.  The Petition for a district court hearing into the refusal of NLCOG to produce requested documents was continued at the Coalition’s request last month, and all new action relative to NLCOG is taken within the pendency of that lawsuit.

Yesterday’s developments are in addition to the PRRs to Shreveport City Engineering and Mayor Cedric Glover.  Well past the deadline for production set by the Public Records Act, word on those PRRs from the city attorney (meaning, from Glover) is still awaited, and a lawsuit against the City Engineering Department to force its production of documents was filed by the Coalition earlier this week.

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Specifically, and as detailed in the attachments to this report, the Coalition took the following actions yesterday:

1.  filed the notice of Kent Rogers’ deposition, as explained above;

2.  issued to NLCOG attorney Jerry Jones the notice of depositions of members of the NLCOG Executive Committee,

a.  Bill Altimus, Bossier Parish Police Jury administrator

b.  Woody Wilson, Caddo Parish Commission administrator

c.  Lo Walker, Bossier City Mayor

d.  Cedric Glover, Shreveport Mayor

e.  Charles Henington, Caddo Parish Tax Assessor; and,

3.  issued a PRR to Dr. Eric Kalivoda, Deputy Secretary, LA Department of Transportation & Development.

The PRR to Dr. Kalivoda is for documents only.  No notice of depositions has (yet) been made to these individuals.  As you will see in the attached copy of the PRR to Dr. Kalivoda, the request to him is for copies of any/all e-mails and other documents which show communications related in any way to the 3132 Extension, during the period January 1, 2010 and March 7, 2012, between Dr. Kalivoda and …

a.  then-State Representative Jane Smith

b.  DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas

c.  Governor Bobby Jindal

d.  former Jindal Chief-of-Staff Timmy Teepell

e.  current Jindal Chief-of-Staff Stephen Waguespack

f.  Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover

g.  various residents and/or developers of the area notably and immediately impacted by the 3132 Extension controversy.

Finish3132.com Website

For any readers interested in the 3132 Extension issue, the Coalition’s websitewww.Finish3132.comis very helpful in offering related history and other details.  A (new) tab at the top – “Chronology” – provides a timeline of key related events since the 1960s, and the also-new section on the opening page – 3132apedia – is the repository for all reports I have written which include this subject.  Those reports began a month after the April 7, 2011 NLCOG meeting during which the 3132 Extension was initially terminated by a near-unanimous vote on a motion offered by Mayor Glover.

Please Suffer a Personal Note

I want to thank all of you who e-mail to me your expressions of support of the work the Coalition is doing.  It is strongly appreciated, much more than you know.   

As for those of you who are the opposite of supportive, let me acknowledge that I certainly receive your comments, too, from multiple sources.  That this work is being attacked as strongly (and personally) as it is by tens of insiders and the many who do their bidding is, of course, disappointing, but certainly not surprising.  Such is also a certain measure of how close the effort is to exposing the truth.  

If we do not learn even one more thing about what really went on here, the overarching fact is, already, glaringly in evidence:  a significant number of responsible – and supposedly accountable – public officials have failed in their duties to the public and taxpayers in this matter, and many self-interests egregiously exploited – and worse – those failures.  I understand, therefore, that the Coalition’s work, by its very nature, threatens those self-interests.  

Regardless of any of that, the safety of the public has been inarguably endangered by these people, just as these have openly – sneeringly in some cases – tossed into the trash cans of public officials they control the better – and safer – alternative long ago put in place by the good and honest people of Shreveport.

Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott Stonecipher’s reports, essays and commentaries are written strictly in the public interest.  No compensation of any kind has been solicited, offered or accepted for this work.

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