Category: Shreveport City Government

Public Corruption Issues Will be Addressed at BNA Meeting

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BNA meetings have excellent attendance!

Local and federal government officials charged with enforcing anti-corruption laws will answer questions about their work at a Broadmoor Neighborhood Association meeting Tuesday, May 10. Speakers will describe their jurisdictions in the area of government corruption and how they work in tandem with other law-enforcement agencies. Audience questions will be taken and answered by panelists. Citizen confusion exists as far as understanding how the various governmental agencies address reports regarding specific illegal acts alleged to have been committed.

Specific confusion among citizens concerns a belief that a one-stop shop opportunity should exist for citizens to Read more

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Shreveport: Our Culture is Never a Cost Efficient “Bargain”

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Your Voice is Your Voteby Marion Marks

The voters spoke, and tax millages have been renewed in Caddo Parish to support the Caddo Parish School Board [all children] and the Port of Caddo-Bossier. But, if ever a critic states that a city, a neighborhood or a district is a “bargain,” those seeking to experience a unique cultural experience should run as rapidly as possible in the opposite direction. Developers or politicians who seek to fashion Shreveport and Caddo Parish in the image of other southern cities should reevaluate the message they are peddling. Shreveport citizens need to study again what happened to other cities to guarantee Shreveport doesn’t fall victim to any similar schemes.

This Isn't CultureThe concept of a unique cultural experience for a city cannot be packaged as mass marketers attempt to sell fast food or a vacation destination experience. The very concept of a neighborhood or a community that possesses a unique heart, soul and cultural identity or a measure of definable culture must recognize the slow, eclectic and necessarily old-side of the community, one devoid of a Read more

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Councilman Bradford Feels the Love!

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Phebe F. Edwards
Phebe F. Edwards

by Phebe F. Edwards

Please join me in saying THANK YOU to District A Councilman, Willie Bradford. Mr. Bradford represents the MLK 71107 area of Shreveport, LA, and in my opinion, our community needs to get behind this man and encourage him, daily, for the awesome job that he is doing.

From the first day that he was elected, Councilman Bradford hit the ground running. He did not do a lot of talking about the issues that the MLK area and other neighborhoods face. Councilman Bradford went to work, and the proof of the efforts he has made, and the many, many, many challenges he has faced are beginning to come to fruition in my neighborhood.

Work being done!
Work being done!

Recently, to my surprise, I thought I heard the roar of city vehicles working outside of the house that I currently rent in the 71107 area. I Read more

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GET READY FOR PR BLITZ BY PORT FOR APRIL 9 TAX RENEWAL

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Yep, its that time again—for Caddo (and for a change Bossier) voters to have another special election’ for a tax renewal. Not that there are not enough special elections in what is almost a home grown Louisiana sport— tax elections on dates that do not coincide with regular elections. This time the vote is to renew a 2.5 millage for the Caddo Bossier Port on April 9th.

On April 3, 1993, the voters of Caddo and Bossier Parishes approved a special tax of 2.5 mills to be levied on the property subject to taxation in the Port Area, consisting of Caddo and bossier Parishes for a period of twenty -five (25) years, commencing with the year 1993. The purpose of the tax was for site acquisition and for constructing, acquiring, improving and equipping docks and wharves, transfer and storage facilities, commercial and industrial facilities and other port, transportation and infrastructure facilities and improvements with the Port. The revenue from this tax has increased from $2 million in 1995 to over $6 million in 2014. In 21 years over $80 million has been generated by this assessment.

port of shreveport bossier
port of shreveport bossier

The Port has approximately 700 acres of it’s 2300 hundred acres owned left for development; only 145 of these are contiguous which limits Read more

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WILLIE BRADFORD WELL POSITIONED TO PROVIDE PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP TO SHREVEPORT CITY COUNCIL

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Last month the Shreveport City Council elected Willie Bradford to be its Chairman for 2016; this vote could very well be the most definitive action that this council will take in its 4 year term, which began in December 2015. James Flurry, Bradford’s closest ally on the Council, was elected Vice Chairman; Bradford and Flurry assumed their positions at this week’s Council meetings.

Who will meet challenge?
Who will meet the challenge?

Four members of the current Council are first timers—Bradford. Flurry, Jerald Bowman and Lynch; all but Flurry are black. The incumbents– Everson, Oliver Jenkins, and Mike Corbin– are white and they are term-limited. This group will undoubtedly be the last majority white Council for the City in the foreseeable future.

Lynch was probably the best known of the “newbies”, having previously served on the Read more

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OVER $68 MILLION OWED TO BENTELER STEEL’S SUBCONTRACTORS

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015What was planned to be a great boom to many construction companies has now turned into a financial nightmare for over 40 subcontractors who claim they are owed over $68 million by Walbridge Aldinger Company –the general contractor for the Benteler Steel/Tube Manufacturing Corporation and its new plant at the Shreveport Bossier Port. This group has filed collectively over 60 liens against Benteler, Walbridge, and the surety bonding companies-Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America.

Bentler Steel TubeIn June 2013 Benteler broke ground on the first phase of the $975 million steel manufacturing project. The first phase—a hot-rolling seamless steel tube facility—has now been completed; the liens are for unpaid bills dealing with this facility. A second phase of construction is to include a steel mill with an electric arc furnace; it is scheduled for completion in 2020. To train workers Read more

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MAYOR TYLER DOWNPLAYS SHREVEPORT BOND DOWNGRADE

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Its no real surprise to city hall observers that the bond buzzard finally dumped on Shreveport City Hall—on September 15 Moody’s Investor Services downgraded the City’s bond rating from A2 from A1. Actually those in the know were pleasantly surprised that reduction was not more severe. The downgrade will affect the $228 million in outstanding General Obligation Bonds that are yet to be issued and sold on the bond market.

According to a press release from Global Credit Research, the A2 rating and downgrade reflects prolonged weak liquidity in the Shreveport’s General Fund, steady draws on reserves, and challenges to building liquidity in the near-term. The bond rating could go up if the City’s debt No-surprisedecreased and the city reserves increased; an expansion of the tax base would also be a positive factor. Likewise, the bond rating could continue to decline if fixed costs were not managed prudently and the pension/retiree health benefit liabilities continued to be underfunded. Read more

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Blogging Truth – Journalism 101

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"Idealistic" Forward
“Idealistic” Forward

by Marion Marks

When Forward-Now.com was established the founders determined several philosophical boundaries, or mission principles that have evolved over the history of the blog. Among these principles was the basic fact that no articles could be published without basis in fact or a belief that any article published must contain some factual information which could be documented or was in the realm of public knowledge factually accurate*.

rewrites 4As the readership expanded, and with pressure for accuracy and validity, it was determined that NO articles would be published that did not credit a specific author, regardless of the credibility of the story. Accountability today is a principle we believe necessary to preserve the integrity of the site as well as those who contribute to Read more

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Shreveport Dodges Disaster in 2015 Red River Flood

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Statistics and Show” Cover Real River Danger

Disclaimer City of Shreveport
Is there a “liability”?

Shreveport City Engineering disclaimer: Copyright 2015. The City of Shreveport assumes no responsibility or legal liabililty* for the accuracy, completeness, reliability, timeliness, or usefulness of any information available on this map. For more up-to-date parcel information visit Caddo Assessor‘s Office.” (color, bold & italic actual spelling as noted is my addition!)

Perhaps this careless addition of a single letter, misspelling of “liability” in a Shreveport City Engineering disclaimer is a strangely appropriate omen. This particular map provided through Shreveport City Engineering, specifically requested in coordination with the Caddo Commission and a single commissioner, was an effort to disclose information that Shreveport Engineering doesn’t want the public to see, much less appreciate. These are facts carefully kept from public eyes that reveal both dangers to the public and government efforts that have assisted some private Read more

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Councilman James Flurry Makes Right Call to Stay on City Council

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James FLurry, City Councilman will stay on job!
James Flurry, City Councilman
will stay on job!

by John Settle, opinion

Just like an outstanding employee with a large company who gets promptly promoted, elected officials who prove their worth by good statesmanship and exemplary representation of their constituency can almost always expect involved citizens to push them to run for a higher office—and for good reason. Election of tried and true citizens who have had political experience generally leads to better elected officials—at least there is a track record to measure past performance.

Even though Shreveport City Councilman James Flurry only assumed office in December of last year, its no surprise that he was urged by many to “move on up” in the political arena. The House District 7 seat is open this Fall; the current representative Richard Burford is seeking to fill the Senate seat that will be vacated by Sherri Read more

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