In preparation for a head-on strike by Hurricane Gustav, Governor Bobby Jindal has issued a State Declaration of Emergency . Yesterday, he sent a letter to the White House, notifying the federal government that he has activated the State Emergency Plan in accordance with the Stafford Act. By taking action in advance of a potential disaster, Jindal has put the state in line to receive federal funds and aid as needed. He wrote:
“I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments, and that supplementary federal assistance is necessary to save lives and to protect property, public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster.”
Buses for evacuation, contra-flow evacuation routes, pet evacuation, relocation of prisoners, emergency evacuation ambulances, national guard activation, shelter plans and plans for the evacuation of New Orleans are all in readiness should the storm take aim at Louisiana.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.