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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NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
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NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
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NOV 26 This post on The Lens takes a look at the ongoing dispute in New Orleans over the banners about the upcoming tax election for the school system. The banners are hanging on schools, and some feel they are promotional, which is not allowed, instead of educational - which is allowed.
NOV 26 Not all college students are focused on football games and parties at this time of year. This post on DIG Baton Rouge recounts an LSU student group that tries to make sure that those who are hungry and homeless are not forgotten by those of us who aren't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
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