Whether your opinion on electronic enforcement of speed limits and traffic signals in Lafayette is “Oh, brother!” or “Big Brother,” the data show consolidated government’s SafeLight/SafeSpeed programs are achieving their desired goal: raising reve ... woops ... changing driver behavior. Evidently, according to our sources, enough members of the City-Parish Council agree and would have killed in its cradle an ordinance to let LCG’s contract with RedFlex expire this summer. In response the ordinance’s sponsors — the Tea Party trinity of Bellard, Theriot and Not-a-Musician Naquin — pulled it from the agenda last week and will countenance further review of the program. They may not like what they hear if they hear from Traffic Director Tony Tramel who earlier this year released numbers showing significant declines in collisions at intersections where cameras keep a watchful eye.
A recent tour by National Wildlife Federation researchers of Louisiana marshes affected by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill found abundant evidence that the state’s coastal marshes and the wildlife that depend on them are still facing adverse effects nearly two years after the spill. According to an NWF account, the tour “made depressingly clear that while national attention has moved on and Congress still hasn’t passed legislation to restore the Gulf, much BP oil remains, it’s easy to find, and it’s never far from the Gulf’s wildlife.”
We’re struggling to determine who is more cringe worthy: the Louisiana residents lodging “many inquiries” over President Barack Obama’s citizenship and asking Secretary of State Tom Schedler to block the president from appearing on the Nov. 6 presidential ballot, or Schedler himself for deigning to acknowledge these crackpots’ widely and officially debunked conspiracy. Schedler — or one of his subordinates more likely — posted a note on the pol’s Facebook page recently explaining that Schedler doesn’t have the authority to refuse candidates’ ballot access. But Schedler made a point of avoiding further rumpling of tin foil hats by assuring the crazies he would ask AG Buddy Caldwell for an opinion on the matter. While you’re at it, secretary, ask Caldwell for an opinion on whether the earth is flat; there’s some variance of opinion on that in the Bayou State, too.
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.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.