"All I can tell you is the members of BRE-ARD requested I file it in the conveyance records to protect their interests," says Joe Bouligny Jr. BRE-ARD is the entity comprised of local businessmen Jerry Brents and Dan Menard, who were to get 36 acres of the horse farm after they bought attorney Davidson's 4 acres and exchanged them with the university. Authement called off the swap in mid-June ("Cover-Up," Sept. 27), which is why the court filing still has community members, especially those associated with Save the Horse Farm, scrambling for an explanation. The university claims it was blind-sided. "We don't know anything about it," UL spokeswoman Julie Dronet says. "Dr. Authement didn't even know anything about it."
The UL System, whose board approved the dubious land exchange in August 2005, also is in the dark. "We're trying to research that right now," says Associate Provost Brad O'Hara.
In the 34-page filing of Oct. 20, for which he paid $423 cash, Bouligny listed his address as 102 Park West Drive in Scott ' the address of several companies owned by Brents. Bouligny's phone number in the Louisiana Legal Directory is a number answered with the greeting, "The Brents' Companies."
Bouligny maintains that he does not work for former FBI-agent-turned-banker Brents, a who is his father-in-law, but Bouligny says his law office is housed at 102 Park West Drive. Bouligny, whose name appears on several pages of the exchange documents as a witness, says he did not provide legal representation to BRE-ARD in the horse farm exchange. While he appears to represent the controversial group now, Bouligny claims he is unsure whether BRE-ARD had its own representation in drafting the land swap documents, which were drawn up entirely by Davidson.
And just when it seemed this cozy group could not get any closer, The Independent Weekly has learned that George Parker, the appraiser who initially put the $3.25 million value on Davidson's land, is Joe Bouligny's godfather. Each of the properties (the horse farm was appraised by Russ Wilson) was originally valued at $3.25 million, but subsequent appraisals on both the horse farm and Davidson property revealed the university would be squandering $4 million in the land swap. Earlier this year, The Independent successfully sued the university for access to the new appraisal of Davidson's land, claiming it was a public record.
It's difficult to overlook the irony that Authement's close associates (including UL Foundation Board member Davidson) may be posturing to force him to uphold the tainted agreement by filing suit ' especially after Menard told The Independent Weekly last year that he had only the university's best interests at heart. "Everything is ethical, moral and legal," Menard said about the proposed swap, "and to be perfectly honest, I'm trying to help the university if I can."
At a recent fundraiser held not far from the banks of Capitol Lake, Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, spent more time eyeing the water body than the influencers at the party.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand:
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, April 21, 2014:
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its "active" efforts in the area.
Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.
Sen. Fred Mills may have an "R" behind his name, but his actions in the Louisiana Legislature transcend the established boundaries of his party.
The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for coastal damage.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.