Public documents obtained by the Finish 3132 Coalition confirm what those in attendance witnessed for themselves at the subject June 10th Shreveport City Council meeting: the fix was in for real estate developer Tim Larkin and his bid to build houses in the area of any corridor for the Hwy. 3132 Extension. Later that evening, I wrote about the sickening display.
In the meeting, five City Council members – Michael Corbin, Sam Jenkins, Jeff Everson, Rose McCulloch and Oliver Jenkins – voted to overrule the May 7th Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) rejection of Larkin’s application. Councilman Ron Webb and Council Chairman Joe Shyne voted “no.”
In truth, the outcome of the meeting was set much earlier.
The Anatomy of a Fix
The Larkin appeal of the MPC decision to the Council Read more
The subject, Councilman, is an unnecessary and preventable death, with yet other lives shattered, the nature of that death so horrific that no one I know would choose to describe it. Those of us who saw the scene well understand that fact.
Over the past three years, I have stood before you and our mayor and the rest of our City Council, just as I have the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments, the state highway department, the news media and many civic groups. I did so to present many facts concerning the extension of our Hwy. 3132 to the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Many of those times, I have specifically warned that people would die because of the myriad official errors and malfeasance at issue.
Just before lunch on Friday, fewer than five hours before this accident, I wrote and published an internet column with this paragraph:
No subject within the Hwy. 3132 Extension saga now raises more questions than who in the world, all things considered, would be buying lots in developer Tim Larkin’s swanky “Esplanade” subdivision. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the first article on this subject, and I followed just a few days ago with a related article about a Shreveport Times story.
The subject now of greatest interest to our Finish 3132 Coalition members is well identified in a comment emailed to us recently by a strong supporter and friend:
“Whoever Buys a Larkin Lot Is a Rotten Egg! <—- would make a nice BIG SIGN.”
The sentiment, of course, is front-and-center with those who strongly believe the 1996 election by Shreveporters should determine the outcome of this fight. In that election, 66% voted “yes” on a bond issue for completion of the Extension to the Port. The writer’s point, shared by many, is that anyone who supports what Larkin and his troupe are doing is knowingly working to defeat the will of the people.
(I admit that I love the sign idea. Perhaps the City Council would approve placement of it on Read more
At his inauguration party in 2006, newly minted Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover started the festivities with a celebratory announcement “Well, here we are…..” He was, of course, referred to his narrow victory over Jerry Jones and his election as Shreveport’s’ first African American mayor. Almost 8 years later, most Shreveport residents are saying, in disappointed if not sarcastic tones, “Well here we are….” as Glover continues to take flack during his last few months as a lame duck Mayor.
Admittedly Glover had many challenges when he took office,– high municipal bond debt, a lagging economy and resentment as well as suspicion due to his race, lack of formal education (only a high school diploma), and his job (as in no job) history. In many aspects, the Big G has improved the overall state of the city. Nevertheless he has allowed several issues to become bigger than life (even bigger than Big G was himself at his Read more
There is always something to be said for honesty, especially from a city and region’s only daily newspaper. Thus, we may choose to give the Shreveport Times a bit of credit for their front-page spread today. In that shocker of a piece to many, the newspaper opens the door for a “No Build” decision from the Stage 1 Feasibility Study for the Hwy. 3132 Extension to the Port of Caddo-Bossier.
On its Sunday print edition front-page, the Shreveport Times’ bolded sub-heads for their article are “Extend the loop?” on the left, and “Or Not?” on the right. Now, then, it’s official: The Times sees a dead 3132 Extension as a debatable alternative.
Now that we have that out in the open, we might want to remember a few meaningful facts, in context. A lot of friends of The Times have always wanted to kill the 3132 Extension …
….. “No Build” has long been mentioned / threatened by Kent Rogers at Read more
On June 10th, five Shreveport City Council members – Michael Corbin, Sam Jenkins, Jeff Everson, Rose McCulloch and Oliver Jenkins – overruled our Metropolitan Planning Commission so real estate developer and Bossier City Councilman Tim Larkin could get busy with lot-selling and home-building in a prime corridor of the Hwy. 3132 Extension to the Port of Caddo-Bossier.
These local pols have worked overtime since their votes trying to sell constituents the story that their votes were not meant to kill the Extension. Few, if any, are buying the hooey. Most notable among the reasons is that three houses were suddenly underway after the meeting.
When Larkin was asked by the Council chairman that day, and I’m quoting, “If I were going to go out there this afternoon and start counting houses, how many would I count?” Larkin’s response was, “In Esplanade? To date?” Let’s see. We have eleven permits and $44,000,000 worth of houses under construction.” The simple, truthful answer was “2” – the number of houses then in any stage of construction. Permits aren’t starts, of course, and the two houses underway are worth a mere fraction of $44,000,000.
Of course, Larkin also says he supports building the Extension … right through his development.
‘Believe the Developer?
Hooey is the suspect, too, when many people interested in this matter ask an obvious question: why would anyone Read more
Regardless, our Finish 3132 Coalition would like to quickly correct the erroneous impression left by the newspaper.
— To the extent any reader concludes that Coalition legal action is responsible for stopping the 3132 Extension, I can personally assure you such is 100% false. That claim has been the very pointed strategy for many months of NLCOG, developer Tim Larkin, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, the five members of the City Council who recently voted to effectively finish-off the Extension, and various other supporters of the now three-year old effort by Larkin / Glover / NLCOG to kill the Extension. It is a completely false narrative, no matter who in the news media peddles it for those who will rest only when the Extension is dead and buried.
— I recently explained in a like article that the Coalition has had a specific proposal on the table for many weeks which will end the subject litigation. Please note: we have asked only for those agreements which protect the public interest, specifically including full transparency of every action related to the Read more
“While much attention has been given to the April 7, 2011 NLCOG/MPO meeting, the genie began to come out of the bottle much earlier.”– Mike Corbin
I find Mike Corbin’s column to be very disingenuous. In the above quote lies the fundamental problem with Corbin and the council overturning the decision of the MPC. While Corbin seems to acknowledge that there was some kind of conspiracy to interfere with the La. 3132 extension to the Port of Caddo-Bossier, he and the other four council members knowing or unknowing became co-conspirators in this scheme.
If for no other reason then their votes accomplished what the profiteers’ started many, many years ago.
Since April 7, 2011, Tim Larkin has made three zoning applications to the Metropolitan Planning Commission, and three times he was denied. On May 7, 2014, and without any major changes with his application, Larkin shows up once again in front of the MPC. The MPC as they did on three previous occasions denied his application. It appeared that the rejection was expected by Larkin because he immediately appealed the MPC’s decision to the City Council. The place I believe where he wanted to be all along. No doubt Larkin and his attorneys understood that they needed to do some politicking if they were to get the necessary votes to override the MPC.
It has been said that “the future belongs to those that prepare for it today.” Apparently council members Michael Corbin, Rose Wilson-McCulloch, Jeff Everson, Oliver Jenkins and Sam Jenkins don’t know this. If they did, they would have done everything in their power to secure the only undeveloped and available land that could extend La. 3132 to the Port of Caddo-Bossier instead of voting for all practical purposes to kill it.
Normally city leaders just don’t vote to impede the growth of their city. And it’s not every day that you’re see City Councils voting to create a dangerous effect on the citizens of their Read more
(A shortened version of this article, without links to other materials, was published in the Shreveport Times today, Sunday, June 22, 2014. These are written in response to a guest editorial in the Times by Shreveport City Councilman Michael Corbin.)
At the subject June 10th Shreveport City Council meeting, Councilman Corbin led an attack against the chances of completing the Hwy. 3132 Extension to the Port of Caddo-Bossier. The Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) had earlier, on May 7, 2014, rejected developer Tim Larkin’s application to build houses in a likely corridor of the Extension. The Councilman was the only member to speak in favor of overruling the MPC, and also sponsored the subject Council Motion.
The Coalition strongly opposes the Councilman’s actions.
The Councilman opined in his Times commentary that his actions were somehow based in how “complicated” this issue is. To the Coalition, all of this is very straightforward for all Council members, and consists of two very simple parts:
1. Council members swear a public Oath to serve the interests of the people of the City of Shreveport. It was not Councilman Corbin’s duty to serve a real estate developer, from here or elsewhere.
2. In 1996, Shreveporters voted to put their personal money into bonds necessary to complete the 3132 Extension, “… to the Port (of Caddo-Bossier),” and the Read more
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After the Shreveport City Council’s recent 3132 vote, I was floored at what I thought would transpire. This was simply my belief based on MPC(Metropolitan Planning Commission), ZBA(Zoning Appeals) decisions and prior commitments of council members. However, some “compromise” deal appears to have been reached that public was not part of discussion.
I‘m not sure what really will happen Monday at the work session or Tuesday at the City Council meeting.But KTBS’s Gerry May will air a story tonight at 6:00 that is not very positive regarding the BBC treatment of neighbors and parking patterns of church members at the last two Sunday morning services. As I have off-handedly commented “WWJP?” (Where Would Jesus Park?)[ORIGINAL STORY]
I have been informed by a city councilman who is trying to help the church and neighbors come to terms, that the council will postpone the hearing until the last meeting in July at the request of the church’s architect. The premise is to allow the parties to Read more