It may be a while before the rest of us know what the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found when it looked through the Lafayette Housing Authority’s finances, but two board members and the state representative who called for the audit will know Monday afternoon.
State Rep. Rickey Hardy, who in August notified Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office that an independent audit of the LHA revealed a host of problems with how the government funded agency has been conducting business, tells The Independent Weekly that he also will be allowed to review the results at a 2 p.m. meeting today. Dan Rodriguez, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development monitor sent to Lafayette to oversee operations after the problems came to light, will also attend. The media and public are not invited to see the findings, and the LHA will be given two weeks to respond to the audit.
But unless state law requires that two-week waiting period, the audit could be made public sooner, LHA board member Donald Fuselier says. Fuselier and newly seated board member Shirley Vige are all that remain of the five-member board, as in November City-Parish President Joey Durel again dismissed Joe Dennis, John Freeman and Leon Simmons, alleging violations of the state open meetings law. Durel removed the three men in August, and the decision was upheld by the Lafayette City-Parish Council. However, they were reinstated by District Judge Ed Rubin. They are again appealing their dismissal.
Fuselier said Monday morning that he plans to accept the findings today. “I pretty much told them there will be no response,” he says. HUD may want to respond, “but I don’t think they will,” Fuselier adds, noting that HUD is anxious to return all authority to the board of commissioners but is unable to do so because of the pending appeal.
The LHA’s top two officials, Walter Guillory and Jonathan Carmouche, resigned in October, shortly after Rodriguez’s arrival.
The FBI and HUD’s office of inspector general are also investigating the local housing authority.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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