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MORE BOOSTING OF CROSS BAYOU POINT REPORTED

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  • Elliott Stonecipher
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  • Yet another article promoting Cross Bayou tales in the Shreveport Times

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 … 10:54 P.M.

There is more news tonight – just four days after my most recent article on this subject – about the supposed / imagined / dreaded Cross Bayou development just north of downtown Shreveport.

Fantastical or not, this $1 billion bet of scads of public money seems to be scoring significant political gains in City Hall … according to tonight’s strong reporting from Shreveport Times Executive Editor Jeff Gaugher:

https://www.shreveporttimes.com/…/1-b-cross-bayo…/486906002/

As I wrote Saturday, the way-too-fast-for-logic push for the project by some local politicos targets a super-quick deal with City Hall in the form of a “Memorandum of Understanding,” or “MOU,” with “developers.”

The Times identifies City Councilmen Willie Bradford, Jerry Bowman, Jr., and James Flurry as attendees at a subject City Hall meeting with development players held earlier today.

Most dramatically, the Shreveport City Attorney is identified by The Times as working on the MOU with these players … something our top City Hall lawyer did little to refute:

“Wednesday, the partners said they had reached agreement with the mayor’s office on language for a memorandum. City Attorney William Bradford characterized the discussions differently. In an interview, he said he had reviewed and offered suggestions about a draft memorandum provided by Gateway but that administration officials had not agreed to specific language.”

Notably, Mayor Ollie Tyler – the City Attorney’s boss – has said on the record that she has taken no position on the project after her own such proposal mere months ago was killed by the City Council in a unanimous vote of 0-6 against.

The seventh council member – who departed the City Council Chamber so he was officially recorded as “absent” during the vote that day – was Jerry Bowman, Jr., now Council Chairman.

Among the many concerns about any agreement of any kind in such a rush, one is heard by far most often: that the MOU is a device specifically designed to provide “front money” to various Cross Bayou Point doers immediately, regardless anything else.

Given the current table-banging by Mayor Tyler that there is no available money for anything beyond bare bones minimums, the City Attorney’s involvement in furtherance of this MOU seems contradictory …

… serious news for taxpayers to digest before the upcoming property tax vote on April 28th.

© 2018 Elliott Stonecipher … ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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