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
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover showed up at the Shreveport Hotel for an 8:00 AM breakfast meeting prepared to open a big can of worms. Starting with the inner-city I-49 corridor plans, moving to the 3132 extension, Jim Larkin development and I-69 master plan, and capping off a one-hour-forty minute presentation with the repeated attacks by insider financial interests on Calvin Grigsby’s attempt to diversify the “good-ole-white-boy club” of financial advisors, Glover hit both Republican bigotry and greed as the root of growth problems the city and nation face in upcoming elections and decisions of policy. Even the Shreveport Dog Park became a target, again! It was a very rambling presentation of One Hour thirty five minutes, as I’m sure many think this article.
Seldom have so many broad areas been covered with a small group and general expectations that the audience would generate attendance at a city council meeting-rally to be held this afternoon at Government Plaza. If readers and the media (KTBS was the only mainstream media representative I saw in attendance) fail to get the message out, it will be social media and bloggers who recount the rambling message covered.Read more
A key Resolution to keep an eye on at the City Council work session and meeting upcoming is Resolution 220 (R-220), which will establish the Dog Parkon the riverfront near Stoner Avenue. This resolution requires the mayor to comply with his stated intention to accept funding from Red River Waterway Commission and Shreveport Dog Park Alliance and unwind the litigation with Mayor Glover in an orderly, responsible manner. Citizens, based upon past performance (or lack thereof) must review and communicate with City Council members and the Mayor to reiterate concern that the Mayor must follow through on his stated intentions. He must cut city legal expenses to outside attorneys in this matter and comply with the will of the city council and state court instructions regarding the duty of the mayor in this case as outlined in the city charter.
Further failures by the mayor to complete this project in a timely manner only cements his legacy as
Truth, honor and justice, in theory, are classless, partyless and color blind. Democratically elected officials’ willingness to evaluate and govern is forced to bear the weight of political party, corruption and all manner of entities demanding “our piece of the pie.”
It is this burden today Louisiana and particularly Shreveport face in solving long-term problems. The Jindal machine has stripped resources from citizens it has taken generations to build, such as the public healthcare network. It is probably so bad that Jindal’s legacy will not be what he has built, rather it will be what he has deconstructed.
In Shreveport, the legacy of a two-term mayor will be what he has squandered and a dog park. In itself, the dog park is probably the single biggest nothing a mayor could have drawn a line in the dirt over. Every major and most small cities
The concept of “Good Faith” at this time of year brings thoughts of warmth, family and close relationships, where issues are resolved for the benefit of all parties. Unfortunately, dealing with Mayor Glover on the Dog Park and City Financial Advisor Calvin Grigsby has been a traumatic experience for the city council and all citizens who have had city business in the last year.
One party to the dog park saga relates dealing with the mayor this way: “Negotiating with Glover is like playing chess with a pigeon. The bird knocks over all the pieces, craps on the board and then struts around like it won the game!”
The very concept of contemptuous and disruptive negotiating is akin to North Korean dictatorial demands, but with mayor Glover “All” is fair for him. His letter to the Red River Read more
In Shreveport and any other city particularly afflicted by more or less open official malfeasance, it is certainly true that such cesspools are kept full to overflowing by both the official malfeasors and the absence of an outraged citizenry. It is just as true, though, that the citizenry cannot act against that about which it has no knowledge, or insufficient understanding.
At tomorrow’s Shreveport City Council meeting, anyone who cares to attend or watch the live broadcast on our local access channel (Channel 6) will be able to see precisely how our city’s poisoned governmental sausage is made these days. I particularly invite – well, urge – all investigative agencies to pay very special attention.
The headline of this glob of nasty city business is Mayor Cedric Glover’s political blackmail of city council members to force the re-hiring of Calvin Grigsby as the “city’s” financial adviser. In truth, Grigsby was never the “city’s” financial adviser, he was Glover’s, hired with Read more
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” ― Leo Tolstoy,
Elliott Stonecipher understands “WRONG” as far as the evils of Calvin Grigsby, financial advisor to the city of Shreveport and the relationship that seems to exist with Mayor Cedric B Glover.
It’s necessary to read his writings on the subject in any analysis of the claims. Elliott’s research is second to none in accuracy and it’s necessary to review the details when tracking down “snake evidence.” Remember, when the snake is cornered, the snake is most dangerous. Some snakes need to be put out of our city’s misery; some of the snake’s accomplices too.
In the big scheme of things, the mayor draws attention to the dog park and people no longer focus on the bigger elephant in the room. It’s like all the oxygen is taken out of the room. The public may have been “swallowing the dog and choking on the flea,” but this dog hasn’t been digested. We refuse to go down without trying to make other points the mayor doesn’t want connected. We believe each councilman realizes the Read more