Gov. Bobby Jindal plans to let expire an executive order prohibiting
harassment and discrimination at state offices based on race, sexual
orientation and political affiliation.
The order was signed by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and
expires today. Jindal says other
state and federal laws already guard against discrimination and he worries the order could create complications for
faith-based organizations’ ability to contract with the state.
The decision was hailed by the religious-based political
organization Louisiana Family Forum. Executive Director Gene Mills told The
Advocate : “Gov. Jindal comes from a different mindset, understanding the damage
that this potentially poses to children and to the economy. He decided not to
re-up that executive order but to simply let it sunset,” Mills said.
Former state revenue department secretary and gay rights
activist Joe Traigle had this to say: “Jindal, for the sake of economic
development in Louisiana, should reissue the
non-discrimination executive order so that the sign below Louisiana can again read ‘everyone welcome.’”
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.