Now in his third and final term, City-Parish President Joey Durel still has a full agenda to discuss at the annual State of the Parish Luncheon address.
Each year IND Media produces a series of events through our INDevents Division. Two of them are extensions of the lifestyle side of our editorial coverage, but most are luncheon lectures featuring newsmakers and opinion leaders on topics and trends of local, regional or even national importance.
Through the years, the list of presenters at these luncheons has grown impressive: Dr. Richard Florida (author, Rise of the Creative Class), Steve Coll (two time Pulitzer Prize winning author of Private Empire, Ghost Wars, and others), political analyst Charlie Cook, economists Dr. Loren Scott and Peter Ricciutti, Ambassador Dennis Ross (author of Statecraft, recently retired from service in the Mid East), the late Matthew Simmons (energy analyst and author of Twilight in the Desert), John Barry (author, Rising Tide), former Congressman Mickey Edwards (VP of The Aspen Institute and author of The Parties vs. The People), Senator Mary Landrieu, Congressman Charles Boustany, Governor Kathleen Blanco, and many others.
In the very first year of The IND’s Lecture Series in 2003, we introduced the concept of a State of The Parish Luncheon to the two candidates in the run off election for Mayor President. Both Joey Durel and his opponent Glen Weber committed to the idea, and since then the SOTP luncheon has opened the Lecture Series each February. Unopposed in the years since, Durel has used the luncheon as a bully pulpit to announce and rally support for many key initiatives throughout his tenure: Safe Lafayette (and by association, Safe Schools); the idea of preserving UL’s former horse farm as a passive park, the first-ever comprehensive land use plan for Lafayette Parish, the LUS fiber-to-the-home network, a precinct system for police and the settling of a long-standing feud over police pay, plus a yearly overview of LCG’s budget and other general issues.
As dictated by charter, Durel is now in his third and final term. As dictated by his nature, he is not slowing down as his years in office wane. “We have a lot to talk about this year: consolidation fixes, annexation agreements, the horse farm, the allocation process (how “parish” government reimburses city government for work done outside of the city), comp plan, and the announcement of the Lafayette Entertainment Initiative,” he listed in an email to me this week. “I am in my final three years and have more goals I’d like to achieve.”
The luncheon is sponsored by IBERIABANK and held at The Cajundome Convention Center; it is a sell out every year. To help make the event more accessible, theatre-style seating is also available at no charge for those who want to come for Durel’s presentation only (without lunch), and AOC records the program to re-broadcast multiple times in the weeks following the event. Durel has certainly used the bully pulpit effectively throughout his term. You can expect this year to be just as eventful.
Seriously, dude, we do. And since you’re ailing we thought we’d throw you a get-better-soon party.
Boho alive and well in every shape
Three bedroom River Oaks traditional or three bedroom Country Estates traditional home
The feds converge on your office, seizing records on several employees as part of a pay-for-plea investigation. WWYD? If you’re Mike Harson, you give yourself a $12k raise.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says he won't approve a Cameron Parish Police Jury resolution to hire outside attorneys for such a lawsuit until the resolution is amended. Caldwell's Sept. 15 letter says the resolution must make clear that those attorneys will represent the parish alone — not the state.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
It’s football season and after back-to-back winless weekends for the Saints and the Cajuns many citizens are finding it difficult to be civil much less happy. Well, chew on this.
Considering his repeated stays in the local penal system, David Narcisse Jr. should have known that having a semiautomatic shotgun, even one given to him by a friend, wasn’t the brightest of ideas.
A state district judge on Tuesday threw out a last-minute retirement hike lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent, ending a political firestorm over a pension boost passed without public scrutiny on the last day of the legislative session.
The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366 million per project.
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Ads promote moderation; Obama says Ebola security threat; Peterson on exempt list and more national and international news for Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Michelle D. Lavergne, who worked for the Lafayette law office of L. Clayton Burgess for 13 years, faces up to 10 years in prison.
Sonnier, former media buyer and account exec at Sides, joins Acadian companies as marketing specialist; Maggard, who most recently worked for Potenza, joins Russo as director of media and PR.
New recreation/fitness trend taking over old Crazy Charlie’s on Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
An obvious follow-up question for any Republican politician who accuses Democrats of being science deniers is one about science, to which Jindal bobbed and weaved like a welterweight champ.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to decide tonight (Tuesday) whether to go along with a proposal City-Parish President Joey Durel made in February’s State of the Parish Address and consolidate taxes for mosquito control and the parish health units into a broader tax program that would also cover animal control.
Jeff Gremillion delivers a touching eulogy, capturing the essence of his longtime friend.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik has dismissed Greg Davis’ lawsuit against the LPSB, yet in his ruling, the federal judge doesn’t bite his tongue in pointing out the "threat" being posed by certain board members.
Everybody, every style
Four bedroom Broussard Acadian or four bedroom Lafayette French home
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Of all the political offices being contested throughout Lafayette Parish, the race for Broussard’s top police post has literally become one of the most heated.
A state district judge is deciding whether to issue an injunction against the enforcement of a last-minute retirement hike that lawmakers gave to the state police superintendent.
A new website is up for Louisiana's state government employees and retirees to choose their health insurance plans for next year, a choice they must make by October.
That fact that New Orleans led both games in the final 10 seconds of regulation, and lost each by a field goal or less, is of little solace.
The superintendent will make another go at getting a budget passed for the already commenced fiscal year as the LPSB is slated to meet tonight on the eve of the state’s budget adoption deadline.
A person familiar with the situation says New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has a broken hand.
It seeks an investigation into a $100,000 fund transfer from Vitter's federal campaign account to an independent PAC supporting Vitter's 2015 candidacy for governor.
Landrieu has acknowledged that she improperly billed her Senate office for nearly $43,000 in charter costs that should have been paid from her campaign account.