Tuesday, September 12, 2006

18 Days Left!!

The age of 18 in our society has been deemed the age of majority. Time for frivolity is dimished as we enter the "adult" world. Eighteen days are left until decisions are made for Council seats and Mayor. Please take time to calm yourselves and make a serene and educated decision before entering the voting booth. I have voted for several individuals who personally I did not care for, but none the less did the job for which they ran. They continue to receive my vote.

Your children are leaving, businesses are closing, the employment base leaves much to be desired and you complain on trivialities. These are the questiond that need to be answered: WHO will do what needs to be done? WHO will do so in an EFFECTIVE manner? AND WHO will stand and state "Althought the decision was a bad one, I made it" THIS is the individual you elect.

Good Luck Cenla.

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the soothsayer said...

Yes, with eighteen days left there is time for anything to happen in the Alexandria Mayor's Race.

Lets hope in the end, sanity prevails.

Scarlett said...

Yes, Soothsayer, let's hope sanity does prevail. The only "sane" thing to do is elect Delores Brewer. GEAUX BREWER!!

the truthsayer said...

"There is nothing petty and "junior league" about Ms. Brewer. If you knew her well, you would not think that about her. She is a hardworking, grounded, kind person. As mayor, she will remain one of the people and won't forget who are her bosses--the people. She was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She and her husband have worked for everything they have. You are trying to paint her as a lightweight because she's a woman. You sound like someone who thinks women should stay at home barefoot and pregnant. Well, get over it. It's a new world."

Well, well, well...the girls have come home from the mall with a brand new bag of make-up. Trouble is, no matter how much lipstick you put on a sow, she is still a sow.

Brewer is the blonde headed face of the past inept administration. No matter how shrill her Junior League prissies become, it doesn't change the fact that she is an empty headed bimbo. Look closley and you'll see the puppet strings leading right back to the Provosty law firm and the rest of the silk stocking crowd.

Need more proof....look at her slick advertising campaign. Takes big money to put together an ad like that. Sombody is tossing money at her like there's no tomorrow. And you say she's independent? What a joke...

wesawthat... said...

according to einstein's definition of insanity its: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

a look at ms brewers campaign contributors shows that she is controlled by the same crowd that has made their living from the city's teat for years.

Anonymous said...

I am truly amazed that people will vote for one of the other candidates. There is only one who is qualified. The other 6 are not even close.
No one is controlling anyone. The business people in this community know who the best person is so they give money. Whats wrong with that? When I see people like Lafe Jones, Charlie Weems, Roy Martin, Blake Chatelain,behind somebody, I think they know what they are doing, don't you?

wesawthat... said...

no not at all. however, if ms brewer is elected mayor we will wish her the best and support her. time will prove us right or wrong with respect to the other but history and human nature already have.

Anonymous said...

I want a lucid, at least semi-intelligent response from one or more Brrewer supporters to this question: What bizzare set of circumstances or political "dynamics" has to occur for a white republican to win a mayoral race in a majority black city? Just give me one half ass logical response?

wesawthat... said...

anon ~ ms brewers automatons in here can only answer that with she dresses nice or has a pretty smile etc...to get the real answer to your question you ask Lafe Jones, Charlie Weems, Roy Martin, Blake Chatelain et. al;

Spanky said...

Let me see if I have this straight. In the course of 16 years, we have had an interstate bisect our town and shift many dis-placed people to other neighborhoods where by property values dropped and crime rates rose overloading the ability of the police department to cope with the increase crime rate. The river project was completed and we have a functioning port that brings trade to our city(?) and supports the riverfront center and two hotels as a convention destination, as well as a revamped air base that is being fully utilized to enhance our status as an international airport. All of which has served to decrease our population figures because this is such a great place to live. Therefore I want to continue the progress of the past administrations by doing what? Toto, can you please lick my glasses since they seem a little foggy?

gender neutral observer said...

Neither the Brewer supporters nor the candidate have ever addressed the issue of her public dishonesty and untruthfullness. There was some suggestion that her lies (which she lacks the character to acknowledge) were justified in defense of Ned. Is that their position. Lying is justified when it can do you some good or avoid some heat. Whenever this issue is raised, her coven attributes it to male chauvinism. I think that her honesty and veracity are central issues as is her connection to the present power structure. Do you really think the Provosty Firm is paying up for good government?

Thus far, I have not seen or heard, in print or on the web or in a forum or debate, a rational explaination for the Brewer lies.

Anonymous said...

Observation: When Mayor Ned Randolph was rumored to be considering retirement and then announced his retirement, everyone stood tall and said what a great mayor he has been including the black "leaders". Except for the ongoing Cleco audit/suits and removing 3 department heads, the great record has not changed. If Alexandria had many great things going for it under Mayor Randolph, why would you want to change to a complete unknown as your Mayor? As you look at the candidates other than Brewer, you find the following:
Sams will be Part-time mayor;
Roy doesn't have any experience;
Hammonds, oh well;
Smith can't talk;
Johnson is a parrot;
Fuller comes with the police jury experience of corruption & mismanagement.
Are citizens of Alexandria willing to turn over it's enviable future to the unknown? Put the city first and not your vested interest.

Anonymous said...

What about it Ken? How are you going to defend the lying by Martha Stewart? I know what you are thinking, just don't say a word and it will eventually go away. Don't think that is going to work this time. It is time to stand and deliver.

interest in my vest? said...

Seems like there are a lot more vested interests in Ms Speak Brewer's campaign than all the other candidates combined. I guess the people putting multiples of thousands of dollars in Ms Speak's campaign just are looking out for our city without any selfish motives. Oh Happy Day, we are now in La La Land. Thanks for the civics lesson from a real seasoned in the know political veteran.

Spanky said...

Anonymous, would you like me to read a bedtime story to you? It is called "The Emperor's New Clothes" and in it there were people that talked nice and did not want to be offensive at any cost ( I am sure a few were even afraid their livliehood would be damaged) and just could not confront the truth. Anyway, after 16 years, some of the folks closest to the big guy saw that sometimes he did not wear clothes and one of the court scoundrels actually had 8x10 glossy photos that made good blackmail material that his cohorts could use to get the big guy to agree to all sorts of things. I don't want to give the ending away, but some folks figured out they did not want business as usual any longer and woke the community up to elect some brand new folks that promised to do better.

gender neutral observer said...

OK, lets say that Ned was great and the powers that are really in control are trustworthy and people aren't really craving a change. That still does not deal with the gigantic issue of Brewer being a lier and an opportunist. I don't think that issue is going to go away and I don't think that anyone in the Brewer machine intends to deal with it. Brewer's dishonesty and then her dishonesty about her dishonesty is still my greatest barrier to supporting her.

If you believe everything else you Brewerites say (and most of us don't) you still have the issue that you won't touch. You just leave it out there like a big ooozing sore.

Anonymous said...

OK. So keep bashing Mrs. Brewer. If she is not the answer you all-knowing political genius', then who is? Sams? He is laughable at best. Hammond? Please stop. Roosevelt? Nice, but sharp as a spoon. Fuller? The most corrupt individual ever. EVER. Smith? See Roosevelt. Finally, our little trial attorney, Mr. Roy? Puppet for Dems, would be so clueless, the corruption would run rampant, would be the Council's favorite Mayor ever.
Now tell me who I should vote for oh wise people of the blog.

Anonymous said...

I agree anon. 6 jokes and 1 qualified. Whether you like it or not should be as easy as 1+1. Scary to think people would even consider, for a moment the other "candidates" if you can call them that.

Anonymous said...

Notice that the Brewer responders and supporters talk about everything except the 2,000 lb. elephant in the room - the figure of speech - the mis-speak, the lies. Every survey in the Town Talk says that the people are looking for someone honest and truthful above all else. Honesty and truthfullness mean nothing in Brewerville. ANSWER THE QUESTION

Anonymous said...

I don't care. Everyone makes mistakes. I'd rather a qualified, experienced leader who made a mistake than an unqualified, inexperienced, part-time, or corrupt mayor. Call it how you see it chief. Just get ready for a woman in a few short weeks.
Answer MY QUESTION MR. CAPSLOCK!!

Anonymous said...

Still, no answers from the paid pumpers explaining what cataclysmic alignment of the political stars could possibly be achieved to get a republican woman elected in a minority city. Its nice to say you made it to the run-off, but getting close is not the object, or is it?

Anonymous said...

Nope. We plan to win.

Anonymous said...

Look out Spanky.

Strings are getting kind of loose on that cat's bag.

Anonymous said...

The only criticism you anti-Brewer people can come up with is the error she made about a meeting- GET OVER IT! Is that all you got? Really? You bring it up over and over and over—I watched it the whole meeting—I think she should have been given an award for the patience she showed when B.Brown was “ actin’ a fool”.

Anonymous said...

no, in addition to the two lies, her husband was on the authority tit. (she didn't know, bwahahahahaha)her brother-in-law was on the housing authority tit. (she didn't know, bwahahahahahaha). she bid on authority work, and turned in kelvin's wife for winning. need i go on?

Spanky said...

I am armed and dangerous. I can handle cats.

Anonymous said...

connect the dots brewer supporters. big money is behind her because she showed a remarkable talent for a willingness to be bought and sold while she was in the mayors office.

fed up taxpayer said...

I agree, Bridget Brown was acting like a fool, however that does not justify an outright lie. And then the adle brain Ned cut her knees off the next day about the meeting with lawyers. I guess DB meets with so many lawyers that she can't keep track. A lie is not a mistake, it is simply dishonest.

Uncle Earl Says............. said...

Who can possibly beat the Joe Fullerisms?

1) "I was a component of downtown development in the City of Alexandria!"

2) "I helped bring businesses into Alexandria, like Star Trek, and Union Tank Car."

3) "Why can't we have a waterslide?"

4) "We have to reach out and get all the money from somebody else, and quit spending our own money here in Alexandria."

5) "After working for International Paper, I became a small business owner, owning the Buckwheat Grocery Store, and as a consultant for city government."

Anonymous said...

I haven't logged on in a while but i see things are the same. Brewer supporters will not address the mis-speak....Everyone knows that Provosty is running the city and has been for a long time. Any one that doen not know this is not in the loop. Provosty could loose a lot of city $$$ if Brewer doesn't go in. If we don't want the same old thing in city government, make a change.. If you only knew what was going on you'd vote for new faces..

Anonymous said...

If the $75 dollar an hour Ken J and $150 Albin, who have been on the full time payroll at the City for over two years to keep Ned from falling on his face, can't come up with an effective way to handle the lie issue no one can. Of course lying is just a little thing to the Breweristas. It is their stock in trade. Why should that little character flaw be a problem for their Mayor.

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Just letting you guys know that I've opened up a thread so anyone who decides to enjoy the debate (forum) from the comfort of their own homes (thanks KALB) can liveblog about it in real-time.

And yes, anonymice are more than welcome.

Anonymous said...

Getting caught lying, even to Bridgett Brown, is going over like a turd in a punchbowl.

Anonymous said...

Any one in the Public Eye will on ocassion find themselves in an potentially embarrasing situation and must answer "the" question. If their first instinct is to lie and attempt a cover up it is a good indication of what type person they are and how they will react in a crisis situation. Do you really want that type person in charge of this City.

Whistling Dixie said...

Well said anon!

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Anonymous said...

To the person who claims Delores cannot win in a runoff because this is a majority black city. It is only 51% black right now and normally it takes 58% before its a sure thing that a black will be the mayor...unless you have a situation like in Baton Rouge with the Kip Holden factor and his crossover appeal. Blacks traditionally do not vote in as great of numbers as whites, that is why it usually has to hit 58% to assure a black will be elected. So, children, Ms. Brewer can and will win a runoff with a black as long as she gets her vote out and believe me, she'll get her vote out.

Anonymous said...

OK Brewer suppporters - help me out. Just watched the forum.

#1. She continues to spout the Charter/law, etc. - not being followed. How did she not solve this problem in her reign as Chief of Staff? She didn't get the opportunity to answer "If elected: How long before you can become effective?" Well she couldn't do it in her 16 years...so just how long will it take?

#2. She said none of her contributors expect anything. Well What about baby Roy o. Martin?
She is "toying" with the idea of providing public transportation to job sites outside the city. WHAT?????? Baby Roy has been politicing government support to transport minimum wage workers to his plant located well outside the city for the past two years. He located there to avoid city taxes and take advantage of tax incentivized areas...now he wants the same jurisdiction that he ditched to support his bottom line. She's biting? How much did he contribute? So all you have to do is look good, smile nice and write a big check and you get whatever you want?????

fed up taxpayer said...

The only candidate with the guts to tell it like it is was Dr. Sams. He is the only person running that offers a change from the same ole same ole. Only a fool does the same thing over and over and expects different results.

Anonymous said...

I wonder why News Channel 5 or the Town Talk haven't reported that the Reverand Mr. Errol Dorsey was arrested for embellizing money from the church he leads? Isn't he Fuller's( and JW Slocum) #1 man?

blue eyes said...

After watching the forum, Alexandria's only option is most obvious: Jacques Roy. He is the only candidate that actually answered every question with a real solution and the only one who offered a vision for our city.

Anonymous said...

All you had to do tonight was to watch the forum to see who was the best candidate. Brewer did really well. Not that I need to answer- but to help you figure out what was actually said-

"#1. She continues to spout the Charter/law, etc. - not being followed. How did she not solve this problem in her reign as Chief of Staff?"

Chief of Staff can only do so much-- as Mayor she will have more authority to actually accomplish her goals.
#2. Providing transportation to work sites generally helps those individuals that can not afford transportation. Get real-- we have to work as a community to progress.

All you want to do is BASH candidates and be negative--if you don't like Alexandria and can not have a positive attitude about progress in our area--move!

BTW--John Sams was really scary--if he is elected- lots of people will move!

He's Naked Again! said...

I have concluded that there is absolutely nothing that will get Ms Speak Brewer to admit she lied on several occasions and then apologize for it. Without the admission and apology she is saying lying is OK and she will do it again and justify it after the fact when caught. She has no problem with conflicts of interest and will continue to justify them when hers are made public. The unsaid promises are obvious with a look at her campaign finance report. Not matter what, Ms Speak's supporters will never address these facts nor will any action she initiates cause them to waiver in their support. They have too much invested in her election. When these facts are mentioned, the messenger is called names or invited to leave the city. Nothing really new here but I agree, the little kid in the Emperor's New Clothes needs to keep pointing out the nudity that is before our eyes.

Anonymous said...

anon:
You want to help me figue out what she really said? Then answer the "Roy O. Martin" question. It's not NEGATIVE...it's real, so answer the question. The city transit system is already subsidized by ~ $2 million from the utility fund (YES, I SAID THE UTILITY FUND...THE ONE THAT COLLECTS ALL OUR UTILITY PAYMENTS). So WHY do I, as Jan Q. Public, want to contribute MORE to support the Roy O. Martin plant located in Chopin, LA - Natchitochs Parish??

Hypocrisy continues said...

So Blue Blood, capatalistic, Republican Baby Roy has evaded certain ciy taxes, but wants to use those taxes to provide "free" transportation for the workers he needs for his business. Another tit for tat relationship exposed. Good gov't is great for the parasite. Give us more on this so we can determine its veracity?

Anonymous said...

Delores Brewer - "BIG HAT, NO CATTLE"

Anonymous said...

Want info on Roy O. - talk to someone at the Chamber of C...this isn't his first plea for transportation...brewer is his only taker.

Campaign finance said...

Isn't it interesting the white candidates will spend close to four hundred thousand (reported) dollars on their campaign, but the blacks are reporting almost nothing? What gives and what would your natural inclinations be?

Lady sherriff, big posse said...

Ms Speak may have no cattle in her big hat, but according to her financial statement she has more wampum.

Thickening plot said...

Look for the Republicans on the council to get interested in transporting workers to jobs outside the city. Who are the Republicans on the council?

Take care of us! said...

If this Baby Martin thing is true, doesn't it tell you all you need to know about our civic leaders doing good for all us little people. Noblesse Oblige BS lives.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was interesting that Delores admitted that Robert Ratcliff was one of her biggest contributors while she was standing in the Performing Arts Building. This building was constructed by Ratcliff. The building has severe leaks during wind driven rains. The leaks are due to improper installation of the brick veneer on the building. Ratcliff was told by the Architects and the City that he would required to fix the problem but he refused. The results of the "expert" are in and further support the fact that Ratcliff is at fault for all the leaks and he still refuses to address the problem. So..will Mayor Brewer cut the Rat some slack as a result of his generous contributions to her campaign? What say yee Breweristas?

Anonymous said...

You have some concrete proof of the utility fund for the bus system? The transit system is funded for the most part by federal funds passed through the DOTD.

As far as Martin goes-- there are federal dollars available through the reverse commute funds that assist businesses in providing transportation to help folks go to work who do not have transportation. ( that means Alexandria citizens!)
And rural transporation ( or lack there of)in Louisiana is a real problem and a deterent to economic development.

Why would you want to bash and or stand it the way of development in this region? Some people just love to to complain but not be a part of the solution.

Anonymous said...

Geeze- you people! Obviously do not know squat about business! The city does not own the Performing Arts Center. However, since the city provided funding for the project, Brewer supported having a team of specialist (when she was the Mayorial Assistant)look at the center to assess the problem and who was at fault.

And those of you who think a mere $2500 is going to "buy" a candidate need to get a grip!

Anonymous said...

The Utilty Fund transfers about 2 million dollars per year to the ATRANS Fund to subsidize bus service. It's common knowledge and is laid out clearly in the City's annual budget. Problem is, if you cut the 2 million you lose all the federal matching funds and those with no vehicles are without transportation. Maybe its a good investment...or maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Actually you are wrong Anon...the City does own the Performing Arts Center as well as the land it sits on. It was built with State money, some City money, and lots of private donations from the Couglin Saunders Foundation. The building is operated by the Arts Council through a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City. Next time get your facts straight before you type.

Anonymous said...

federal transit fund won't support the transtit of minimum wage earners to Natchitochs from Alexandria...we the citizens will support that through tax dollars. I don't know about you, but I get my own ass to work!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like she's for sale:
Martin
Ratcliff

Any other takers?

Anonymous said...

Interesting that the owner of this Blog is now deleting CONTENT as well as language. Its obvious this is not an equal opportunity site.

Anonymous said...

What was deleted? Direct us to another site where it is posted. Or should I say "Put up or shut up"

Anonymous said...

DOITINTHEBUTT said...
"We have to have an open door policy." Isn't that Red's platform?


No, you have her confused with her son, Nolan.

He has an open "Back-door" policy!!!


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Check your facts said...

Actually Elizabeth Ratcliffe also gave $2500 and his son Rob gave $500. Total of $5500 so far. But the big bucks are always contributed in the "Third" primary.

Anonymous said...

I think my friends and I are going to stop drinking coffee.

Anonymous said...

I like coffee...

Anonymous said...

Look at dates of brewer's contributors. Many before Jaques announced...interesting???

Anonymous said...

I tried a coffee enema once...sugar cubes kept getting stuck in my ass. I just don't like my coffee or my mayor black.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind a little "black" coffee every now and then...as long as it isn't "dark" roast.

Anonymous said...

ROM has been begging someone to transport his workers ever since he opened the plant at Chopin. It seems he has three options: (1) Get some fool at the City to run the bus there; (2) pay his workers more than the $7-9 per hour so they could actually afford a car to drive there; or (3) provide his own transportation. Option 3 would mean he would have to pay his workers for the time he has them in his vehicle transporting them to work.

We know he's not going to choose option 2 or 3.

He'll be looking for the same option when he opens the Allen Parish facility for the same reason. He locates facilities on property they own - or mostly own and can get the most tax advantage out of - can't blame a good business person for that. BUT you can't stick a plant in the middle of nowhere and then whine when you can't get workers to come to work!

Anonymous said...

Why is it that every time we begin to have a rational conversation about city politics on this website, some racist bigot rears his or her ugly head?

Anonymous said...

Word is Dorsey was arrested on Sunday? Who will Fuller replace him with??

Anonymous said...

"some racist bigot rears his or her ugly head?"


I may be racist, but I only have ONE wife...damnit.

Scarlett said...

I hate to say this, but some of you people are pathetic. It's so obvious who you are. The "silk stocking crowd" was used tonight by Sams himself. First, you say Delores is not bringing in the money anymore. Now that you see that she is, you say because she IS bringing in the money, she is controlled by someone else. It is so obvious you just can't stand the fact that she remains the frontrunner in this race. The things you say about her and her supporters drips with venom. Frankly, most people are not even bothering to respond. This is just down and dirty politics. Believe me, we all know what you are up to and you are wasting your time. I was so proud of Delores tonight. She looked the part and stood head and shoulders above the rest on that stage. I thought Mr. Roy did a decent job. He just doesn't measure up to Delores. She will never convince you people and, believe me, I doubt she loses any sleep over it. This brings to mind the old saying...."change the things that are changeable and don't worry about the rest".

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Scarlett,

I disagree. I think there are actually a great many people on this blog who haven't yet made up their minds. Tonight's mayoral forum likely shifted a great many votes into Roy's favor.

I've followed this election closely, and until today, I have never heard Mrs. Brewer speak about the notion of a loop (i.e. condensing the population), while Jacques has made this a part of his campaign since Day One. Also, I noticed that Mrs. Brewer slightly adjusted her stance on Operation Fast Track, echoing Jacques' statement that fast track is not a "cure-all." (To be fair, Mrs. Brewer, ten seconds later, said that it wasn't a "catch-all," a subtle variation).

Furthermore, I have noticed that Mrs. Brewer is now speaking about the notion of change-- why we need change, how we have changed, and what changes are in store for us in the future. This has been the cornerstone of Jacques' campaign from the very beginning (see: Jacques Roy announcement speech).

In other words, if you liked what Delores Brewer said tonight about population condensing, the notion of the loop, and the opportunity for change, you should vote for Jacques Roy, as he actually represents a real change from the status quo-- and isn't simply saying when it's politically convenient.

Scarlett, I think what you're reading on this blog and on mine is real frustration over the status quo. Personally, I find Mrs. Brewer to be a professional and an incredibly nice and generous person, but like it or not, she's still part of the establishment that has operated Alexandria for the past twenty years. (By the way, this is what Dr. Sams was talking about when he said "silk stoking crowd." He wasn't talking about the people on this blog; he was talking about the reigning establishment and those with a vested financial interest in maintaining the status quo). And it's isn't "mean" to point this out.

This is OUR city, after all. These are our tax dollars. And so, it's not contradictory to point out that:
1) Most of Mrs. Brewer's donations were received several months ago, and she seems to have tapped out her potential pool of donors. AND
2) Mrs. Brewer may be overly reliant on the opinions of those who donated heavily. (If the story about this transportation program is true, it just doesn't seem fair to the average taxpayer. A business locates outside of city limits to avoid city taxes, thereby decreasing our tax base, and would like our taxpayers to "bus" workers to its plant in order to save said company money on transportation costs. I'd like to know more on this issue).

consider this, Lamar said...

"A business locates outside of city limits to avoid city taxes, thereby decreasing our tax base, and would like our taxpayers to "bus" workers to its plant in order to save said company money on transportation costs. I'd like to know more on this issue). "

Yes, it's a fact of life that business DO want to pay the least amount of taxes possible - just like everyone on this blog. One of the conditions for getting Union Tank Car was that they remain OUTSIDE the city. Maybe we should have told them to get screwed and go to Texas?

Let's assume bus service is initiated to Union Tank, Hunt Plywood, and the Martin Plant. Who do you think it helps most - the "rich" owners or the people who will be able to work and provide for their families?

Getting and keeping large, job producing companies is extremely competitive. This idea may be one that separates us from other competing cities.

Maybe a plan can be worked out where some of the cost will be paid by the bus riders and the remaining expenses can be subsidized by the participating companies.

It's interesting to note that this same discussion is taking place regarding running buses to LSUA. I haven't seen anyone griping about that.

While I am not ready to endorse this idea, I don't think everyone should dismiss it outright just because it was proposed by Ms. Brewer.

I don't think Roy Martin would lose one penny or one minute's sleep if this service is initiated. However, I do think there are some folks who could potentially make a good salary and provide for their families if they could get transportation to good jobs.

Let's keep an open mind. I can't vote in this election, but I commend Ms. Brewer for talking about yhis innovative idea. As Dr. Sams is fond of saying, this "out of the box" thinking is what we need to move Alexandria into the future.

Anonymous said...

I have talked to Mrs. Brewer one on one. I have heard her speak. This woman has a plan and will hit the ground running. Have any of you "honorable" men ever said something that you wish you hadn't said, and it came back to bite you? I know I have. All of you guys on here are perfect, that is why you are not identified. But since you posters are so forthright, none of you use your real names. The only one I have seen so far to use his proper name is Lamar.

Delores has guts and knowledge. She will stand up for what is right, and become an exemplary mayor for Alexandria's citizens. Go ahead and make fun of her. She is pretty, intelligent, confident and ready to work and make this city succeed. But isn't that always the kind of woman (or girl) who intimidated you? Makes you feel insecure, doesn't it? Takes you back to the eighth grade and the popular girl refused to go to the movies with you. Still trying to get over that? Therapy will help. Just get it out, talk about it and accept it.

Anonymous said...

You can like and respect women and dislike, distrust, and disrespect liers. You obviously understand that Brewer made an error when she told that rediculous set of lies at and to the Council meeting and on TV. Everyone has sinned you say and I agree. The problem is that the dishonesty and absolute refusal to take responsibility and acknowledge that dishonesty is a bad thing CONTINUES TO THE PRESENT. She appears to either not learn from her mistakes OR not agree with you and I that honesty and truthfulness are essential to establish public trust and telling the truth is the right thing to do. We need to know that Brewer understands and believes what YOU just said. Right now we have no indication of that.
Your continued rant insisting that honesty and truthfullness are male weaknesses is not helping your candidate. I am sorry that you don't know more honest and truthful women.

Happy Days relived said...

It does remind me of the eight grade when pretty blonde bimbos ruled. Things have not changed much since then. They had their airhead entourage then and Ms Speak has hers now. Enough to make me seek therapy. Interesting your gang acknowledged this before anyone.

isn't "ism" said...

Disrespect and distrust of William Jefferson's dishonesty is not racist - it is a product of his conduct. Disrespect and distrust of Delores Brewer is not sexism - it is a product of her conduct.

The message there is that it is "unfair and unreasonable" to expect honesty and truth from any black or female official.

Happy Days again said...

I don't mind that Ms Speak shit in her mess kit, but it does irk me that she has invited me to lunch and not informed me of said fact. Everyone knows it, has acknowledged it and apologized for it except DB (Dizzy Blonde). Little sexism just to tickle you girls' fancy, which obviously hasn't been tickled enough, maybe since the eight grade.

Couldn't help myself said...

The hypocricy of ROM is what is interesting here. The free market Republican ideas fade fast when they can feed at the trough at our expense. This is my ox and its getting frickin' gored.

Spanky said...

I hereby extend my apologies to anyone that may feel affected by anything I have said in regard to the "C" word. You know, (corruption). I was nearly floored by the way the question was posed to Dr. Sams on the issue of corruption as if it was a matter of high comedy and anyone proposing the idea ahould be a subject of ridicule. After the follow-on questions from the rest of the candidates is when I had my epiphany. The light shone and the guilt lifted when I realized, I too can help myself to whatever I am cunning and brave enough to grasp. No more will I let the shackles of morality bind my hands from reaching for what is not mine nor my feet from carrying me to opportunities beyond what I could have imagined within the bounds of decency. It is OK to participate because I will be surrounded by those that will forget with no need to forgive. What a city I live in and did not appreciate until I saw the light. Hallelujah, the treasury is mine!!!

Anonymous said...

To the anon who wrote this:
" I have talked to Mrs. Brewer one on one. I have heard her speak. This woman has a plan and will hit the ground running."

Really?

Then tell us the plan. See you cannot because the plan, a plan, ANY plan, does not exist.

" Delores has guts and knowledge. She will stand up for what is right, and become an exemplary mayor for Alexandria's citizens."

Ahhhh another myth. See, this gaggle of supporters can never give any details because like Brewer, they are clueless.

Here's the truth. I know Delores personally and have a genuine affection for her. She is truly a nice, warm person. She is also a self admitted airhead. When the campaign workers leave, and Delores is alone with her thoughts, she is scared to death. She will tell you her husband talked her into accepting the Chief of Staff position. She will tell you she doesn't have a clue as to run the city. She will aslo tell you that the is strapped to this roller coaster and cannot get off if she wants to keep her husband. She puts on a brave face each day and marches off to do what her husband wants, out of fear. And, if she is elected she will do the same with the mayor's chair, out of fear.

Delores is no more qualified to be Mayor than Blanco is to be Governor.

Whistling Dixie said...

Spank,
It's too early (for me)to get so deep!

biff said...

spanky, if sams said there is no corruption at city hall and there is no racism in alexandria, that's good enough for me.

Anonymous said...

Did I hear DB correctly last night?

Moderator: Is there corruption at City hall?

DB: I'm not going to answer that right now.

Anonymous said...

It's not just Mr. Martin seeking bus service. Other places, such as where I work have also contacted the city to inquire about bus service or a partnership to provide service. I am a nurse at St. Mary's Residential Training School. Some employees at our faciltiy, that employes 300 people, lack transportation to get to work. I think this issue should be examined and maybe it's possible and maybe not. But as another post said, we've got to think outside the box. When people can work, they are not on the public trough and they contribute to the economy and tax base.

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows the corrupt folks who worked at city hall have been dismissed. Now, it's time to get the council in line.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Brewer didn't want to comment because there are ongoing investigations of certain city council members. But she discussed what she as mayor can do, and that is to reign in the city council and insist they read and understand and FOLLOW the city charter.

Anonymous said...

Once again: "airheadedness" or lack of skill, training, or judgment are separate issues from the simple question posed here. She has left little room for doubt about her veracity. She obviously lies without hesitation and does not feel that this moral and ethical lapse is any of our business. She dealt with direct questions about these lies with absurd excuses and justification. Obviously the thinks that: it is not important, that people don't value or expect honesty in city government, that we will forget this transgression, or that it is more important to be well connected and well financed that honest. I don't know the answer but this question will remain as a cloud over her candidacy, and if she wins, her administration, until it is finally laid to rest.

Cenla Antics said...

Okay, let me state this once again.

I will delete any postings that use foul language and racial slurs. TO DATE I have not deleted ANY POSTS. Deletions that are on this site ("This post has been removed by the author.") were in fact deleted by the blogger who wrote them.

Sow your seeds of discontent in another field my friend. We have the beginnings of a good crop and we don't need weeds!

Anonymous said...

Delores is not and will never be corrupt. I agree that some folks who needed to go, are gone from the administration. The real reason Chambers, Williamson and Craig were let go:
Chambers ordered and got Williamson and Craig to go along with the city providing 100% of the cost of putting in infrastructure in Chamber's brother in law's subdivision development. This was quite a problem because the council had passed an ordinance to provide only 50% of the cost. This was discovered while Chambers was on administrative leave re: the CLECO stuff b/c he was not there to cover his tracks. When Ned, and his attorneys and Delores found out, they asked Williamson about it and he readily admitted that Chambers ordered he and Craig to sign off on this. (He later recanted that statement after Harold got a hold of him.) The Council was informed and Ned and the staff put an immediate stop to the city paying the 100% of this infrastructure. The mayor and his attorneys also went to see the Legislative Auditor and the Attorney General to report what had happened. That is the real reason those 3 had to go. Because the potential illegal activity was stopped, though, the lawyers thought it best to settle the lawsuit for peanuts. They advised Ned not to release the info since the trio was gone and the activity had been stopped. But the 3 guys just can't leave it alone and spew venom toward the Mayor and Mrs. Brewer. The trio still refuses to take any responsibility for their own behavior. But some of us who know the real story cannot allow you guys to pin the debacle on Delores. I for one, think Ned should have had a press conference and told all--even though they were able to stop it...because the public wanted to know. But the lawyers strongly advised him not to. Looking back, since those guys are so bitter and continue to slam their former boss and colleagues, he should have let it rip...

Anonymous said...

I have a question, Why does the utility fund support all these different department and/or subsidize misc other things especially when our utility bills are so high? Why can't our bills be lowered since there always seems to be an excess in the Utility Fund?

Anonymous said...

Anon wrote this:
" Delores is not and will never be corrupt."

Does this go for her husband too?
How about other family members?
Is a lie the same thing as corruption? Can we trust someone who has family members ejoying "sweetheart deals" with the city?
How about her overall honesty?
How about her lies about her degree?
What about the dishonesty about her work experience?
What about her cozy deal with the Housing Authority?
How about her ties to a corrupt New Orleans company that supplies sewer pumps to the city?

Too many unanswered questions to trust Brewer.

new campaigner said...

Geeeezzzzzz! With all that is bubbling to the surface about Delores maybe we need bumper stickers that say...

ABB!

Anybody But Brewer!

Anonymous said...

Yanno, sometimes ya just gotta go with that gut feeling.

After meeting Brewer for the first time, I wanted to go wash my hand. She is soooooo Barbie Doll plastic! Everything about this woman screams slimy and fake.

Anonymous said...

brewer is not part of the solution, she is part of the problem.

Sonny Craig said...

Delores are you responsible for this rant by anon who is such a coward that he will not take responsibility for his slander. What he is saying is a complete lie. Come on Coward say this to my face. If you are afraid to do that contact Mr Jock Scott and or Charlie Weems for the truth about the Settlement and the statement by Ned exonerating all three of us of any wrongdoing.
This may very well be a breach of our settlement agreement.
I have kept out of this race so far just like I said I would do but this goes too far. If I don,t get an immediate public appology from Delores I will get involved in a big way.
Take note of this Scarlet, get the word to Delores, I mean what I say and I am damm mad about this.

wesawthat... said...

lol@the drama in here.

...the old boy network...the other shoe is dropping...stay tuned...

Cenla Antics said...

To the poster who alludes to my identity -- It's not a secret.

Why the personal attacks? Have I done something on this blog (or otherwise) to upset you? Or perhaps your trying to upset me. Count my postings friend ... read them ... hang your head in shame.

Anonymous said...

It is laughable all the Brewer bashing that is coming from maybe 3 people over and over. You may post under a different name b ut you all are the same idiots in somebody elses camp that have been on here ever since the election started heating up.
Brewer is the best candidate. Go home and do something productive with your life or maybe just end your life b/c you all seem pretty worthless.
By the way, Sams Mary Poppins comment was awesome!!
He is the only reason I don't want the election to end, so I can laugh at that goofy bastard some more. I am sure he will run for something else anyway and entertain us for years to come.

failure to answer is an answer said...

Trying to get the truth out of Brewer is a frustrating and futile exercise. I hope Alexandria finally at least demands honesty if not brilliance in it's mayoral selection.

Also, the question about what donors might expect for their $$$ - some of the donations are retrospective awards for previous "kindness and consideration". It would be crass for somebody like the Ratcliffs to forget the millions in Alexandria Taxpayer Dollars that they have banked during Delores's tenure. That would explain Junior paying Delores and openly supporting Roy.

biff said...

i agree with sonny. he got the short end of the stick and was cleared in litigation. to now say he was part of any corruption is way beyond the pale.

Scarlett said...

First of all, to Sonny Craig....you and I know one another. You know I love you dearly. You also know that I have supported you from the beginning on this blog. I know nothing about this story about the subdivision. This is the first time I have heard it. Please don't put me in the middle of this. To my knowledge, Delores does not post on this blog.

Anonymous said...

sonny, could dolores be capable of using a compliant ned to run the three of you out of office to eliminate potential candidates from within the administration, leaving only her?

Scarlett said...

Lamar - You are right about a couple of things. Delores is a generous, kind and well-meaning person. You are wrong about everything else. From the first speech I heard her give, and I have been there with her from the beginning, she talked about a loop around the city. She talked about change. Just because she was a part of the Randolph administion for that long doesn't mean she thinks in step with it. Obviously, she doesn't. She talked about the City Charter and how it is not being followed in her campaign kick-off speech. And, she has not tapped out her campaign donors. She continues to receive donations and offers for fundraisers to this day and will til the last day of this race. She has so many requests for appearances she can hardly keep up. And believe me, she does not need to look to Roy for her ideas. I repeat, some of the people on this blog are just looking to throw dirt on her. She is a strong lady. She will prevail against all of this bashing.

Scarlett said...

I meant to say administration, not administion.

wesawthat... said...

video: two questions with the candidates kalb link

kalb snip:
All seven candidates for mayor of the city of Alexandria answer the same two questions - "Why are you running for mayor?" and "If you were not a candidate, which other candidate would you vote for and why?"

it really is "the best policy" said...

Demanding and explaination for her dishonesty directed at the public while in office = bashing. Go figure.

I am the one that named you "Scarlet" because of your unrealistic view and mindless defense of Brewer's moral lapses. Maybe lieing doesn't matter. We shall see.

Whistling Dixie said...

To Anon who wrote:
"Delores is not and will never be corrupt."

I agree she is not corrupt; however, she was at City Hall when the allegations were levied against the three long term employees. And Brewer was duped just as the Mayor was and in my mind that makes her as INEFFECTIVE as the Mayor is right now. You are correct about the nature of the allegations against these men; however, it was bogus and made-up. The only reason this suit was settled was because the delays of the city attorneys handling this case were exhausted and depositions were scheduled. On the first day of scheduled depositions the city wanted to settle. WHY, you ask: Because the truth was going to come out. These men did not hold the city hostage for their true financial damages. Their only objective was to have their names cleared. The Legislative Auditor has already investigated and found no wrong doing by these men. I’m sure when the official report comes out it will be a two line “brief” in the TT, not the headlines like the dismissal and innuendos of wrongdoing. Bottom line is three men were dismissed from 18 year positions based on allegations of wrongdoing that were not true. Yes, the Mayor is free to have the staff he chooses, but after 18 years of loyal service, you just don’t do this to people, without at least talking to them and getting their side. The “real truth” is the Mayor is not the same man that was elected to office the first four terms of his five term career. If he were, NONE of this debacle would have happened and that is the truth. His illness compromises his ability to effectively lead and conduct business as he once was able to do. There are those (Albin Provosty and certain council members of which Myron Lawson is one) who have taken advantage of this situation. So what we have is the tail waging the dog. The men let go were targeted because the “tail” was not able to wag (as much) with them around. I for “two” think Ned should have had a press conference and told all! So here’s a challenger for your candidate, Ms. Brewer, and the Mayor: Tell all NOW and quite hiding your own inadequacies behind these three men!

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Scarlett:

Well, at least you think I am right about something!

Seriously, I understand your alligiance to Mrs. Brewer, and she should be proud to count you as a loyal friend.

But I've also been following this from the beginning, and though I haven't trailed Mrs. Brewer, as you have, I've noticed that her campaign theme has undergone some changes, and yes, it does seem curious to me that the most notable thematic changes have been issues that Jacques Roy has been speaking about on a daily basis.

Two nights ago, at the Young Professionals Forum, Jacques used a map of the City of Alexandria to illustrate traffic flow, population condensing, and the notion of the loop. During the forum, Mrs. Brewer did not mention the word "loop;" however, yesterday, she made sure to. It's just curious; that's all. Personally, I'm glad she's talking about a loop, because smart growth is critical. But I wonder whether or not this is one of her main issues (it's nowhere in any of her campaign material)-- or if it's just something she's now seriously adopted because of Jacques. (And it's not "bashing" her to point this point).

Mrs. Brewer may not always follow in-step with the Randolph administration, but she's running based on her experience with this administration--- and that's why it seems curious to be talking about governmental change.

Anyway, I wish you all the best.

Regarding this busing issue, no, I don't think this is "thinking outside of the box."

Programs like this have been implemented in other cities across the United States. Union Tank Car may be technically outside of the city limits, but it's not exactly MILES away. (And that's when these programs are used).

Do I think it will benefit the large company or the workers?

The truth is, there's no way for me to know unless you showed me said company's financial statements.

I've read that these busing programs typically attract an inordinate number of single mothers and fathers, which, on the one hand, is good (because a regular paycheck is coming in) but on another it's terrible (because these parents are being further removed from their children, and instead of seeking employment near their homes, they're working several miles away from their families, stranded until the bus picks them back up. This creates a strain on families and leaves already children even more vulnerable).

Still, I want to know more on this proposal.

Spanky said...

Did something hit the fan?

Anonymous said...

To all my fellow BB's (Brewer Bashers):

I think anyone who runs for public office and offers us:

"Alexandria is at a crossroads. We are on the brink of progress and change. I believe my expeience as Capital Projects Coordinator for the past 16 years and as the Mayor's Chief of Staff has uniquely prepared me to serve as your next

Anonymous said...

spanky, for some odd reason, sonny craig doesn't cotton to being called a crook. he has called delores out on it.

Scarlett said...

Whoever the anonymous is that wrote the information on Sonny, Harold and Darrell should not hide behind the name of anonymous. It seems to me if you are going to put that type of accusation on a blog, you should at least give a name for people to respond to. Delores had nothing to do with that post and the author knows it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone on the Council is posting on here. Delores and Sonny are fine with each other. If he wants an apology he can call her personally. Whoever is posting is full of it.

Anonymous said...

Lamar,

I respect your opinion and your loyalty as well, but to claim Delores is changing or taking ideas from your candidate is rediculous. Who was in this first?
Delores and others in the city have been talking about a loop for a long time as well as the traffic problems. She has also campaigned on this issue the whole time.

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Anonymous,

I understand that Mrs. Brewer has been in this race longer than Jacques has, but it's still fair to point out that her recent statements about change (in the sense of governmental change) and population condensing (including the notion of the loop) is nowhere to be found in any of her campaign material available to the public. I received her mail-out. I've read her website. And I've listened to hear speak on numerous occasions. Until two days ago, I hadn't heard these issues mentioned, and that's why I find it curious. No, it's not ridiculous. This happens all the time in elections. One candidate gains traction because of an issue and another one absorbs some of that material into their own campaign.

Many people have spoken about a loop; it's not exactly an original idea. But it's still curious to me that two weeks out, we're now hearing Mrs. Brewer adopt some of the same language and ideas as Mr. Roy. Again, I'm not "bashing her," because, obviously, I think they're excellent ideas.

I wonder though whether or not it's truly a priority of hers, as it isn't in any campaign material.

Anonymous said...

Delores' crime spot is now running. It's excellent. In my opinion, she has put together a professional campaign with great TV and mail pieces. This is going to make her very hard to beat. The masses out there who don't blog are reacting positively to her message. All these threats and ridiculous accusations are meaningless mental masterbation for immature men. She's put all the pieces in place and has the support of the business community and the other mover and shaker people in town. Step back fella's while she shows you how it's done.

Spanky said...

Ho-Hum, a femi-nazi rant. That is out of Republican character.

wesawthat... said...

we dont have access to any polling data or anything like that but by reading our referral logs over the past few days we can report that there is a very noticable increase in googlers looking for information on jacques roy followed far behind by delores brewer.

we're not saying that this means anything just putting it out there for whatever (if anything) its worth.

Anonymous said...

"barbie" delores will never sit in the mayors chair.

Been Around the Block said...

Lamar,

I have to agree with Scarlett, Delores has been discussing the possibility about a loop around the city from the very beginning of her campaign.

Anonymous said...

Delores has no way of keeping people from writing stuff on here. Too many people know about what went on at the city to keep it under wraps in a place this small. But Delores nor anyone in the administration would not write anything that would breach the settlement. That would be so stupid. An anonymous post is not an official statement from anyone involved in the case...plus it was chicken shit anyway. Shame on whoever would post that stuff. I say Bridgett and Myron are behind this with the goal of helping one of the blacks...they'd love to stir the pot again and get the three former employees to go back to attacking the administration and Delores. They want the white people to feed on themselves so they can assume ALL of the power.

Anonymous said...

LOL, dolores and her supporters are certainly doing the crawfish. i'll bet they don't mention sonny again. he knows where the skeletons are buried. has delores publicly apologized yet?

Sonny Craig said...

I have contacted Delores and she is not responsivle for the lying anon that slandered me. I wish to thank her for contacting me and letting me know that she is still the honorable person that I have known for over 20 years.
I wish her the best in her race. It is a shame that some of her supporters are not so honorable.

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Been Around the Block,

I still can't seem to find any discussion of population condensing in any of her material. I also noticed that she's now using the word "transparency," which, again, has been a hallmark of Jacques' campaign.

I don't expect to convince you guys, but I promise you that I'm not the only one who has noticed this. It's not necessarily a bad thing, because these are important issues.

Let me give you an example of how this is being perceived: I just received a phone call from someone, a professional person known throughout our community, who gave money to Delores early on, but is now supporting Jacques.

This is what they said: "I haven't heard any original ideas from her. They may be good ideas, but it seems like everything she's talking about has either been lifted from Jacques' campaign (down to the words she uses) or the result of her consultants telling her what to say." I know that sounds harsh, but guys, that's really the perception. That said, this person also said that Delores still "exceeded" expectations last night. So it's not all negative.

Anonymous said...

Spanky:
Remember that Secretary of State Condolezza Rice is a black female Republican! So, I think we are over that whole perception that Repub women are not liberated!

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Condi Rice wasn't elected. She was appointed to her position.

Scarlett said...

Lamar - I'm sure you are a well meaning young man. I have to say, though, you have not been privy to every speech Delores has given. You nor Jacques Roy owns the english language. There have been many coffees, cocktail parties, picnics, house parties etc. for Delores that you have not been a part of. How can you possibly sit there and pretend to know every word that Delores has delivered in this campaign. Do you think there's a possibility that one of Roy's supporters happened to hear Delores talk about this and passed it on to Roy and he liked it so much that he decided it sounded so good that he might use it? If she happens to hear a word and likes it and feels maybe it describes her thoughts on issues a little better than the word she previously used, the english language belongs to all of us. She is entitled to use it if she chooses. So is Roy. And what, pray tell, do we hire consultants for if we are not going to pay attention to what they teach us? Move on.....you are beginning to sound a little redundant on all of this.

Anonymous said...

Lamar,

Again I respect your opinion and you as a person, but I have to disagree with you. Your last post sounds a little shaky to me. All the candidates have repeated each others ideas at some time in this campaign. Delores has always stated her own ideas especially dealing with traffic, a loop, Versailles, etc. Also, how convenient was it that Jacque had a map just for that particular question at the YP forum? C'mon my friend, don't tell me he didn't know that was coming. How convenient, "Well, now that you mention annexation and traffic, let me show you something on my trusty map." I say BS, and it looked really bad.
I hope to run into you soon, which I am sure we will and we can chat about it. Whadya say?

Spanky said...

I would also vote for Condoleeza Rice for President of the United States due to her poise, intellect, and ability to remain calm in the face of world calamity. So what is the point? I was directing my remarks to the shrill femi-nazis that want to make man-hater remarks. Suffice it to say I will not assist you in any pro-creation efforts.

Lamar White, Jr. said...
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Lamar White, Jr. said...

Scarlett,

You're right; no one owns the dictionary. But at least you've acknowledged that Mrs. Brewer has picked up some words and phrases along the way. I'd like to see her plan.

Anonymous,

I was at the YP forum too, as you know (we probably sat near one another). It's not too surprising that the Young Professionals would ask a question about 28-West expansion, considering this has been one of the biggest issues in this election. Jacques came prepared, and I thought he explained his ideas succinctly and clearly.

Yeah, sure, let's meet up. Send me an e-mail.

wesawthat... said...

whats the controversy with fast track? we're for fast track its the sports complex that should be pulled in favor of the down town red river pier.

Spanky said...

We Saw That,
The problem with fast track is that pet projects have been pulled to the front of the line in the capital outlay budget using the $37 million that has taken 10 years to accrue with no state or federal match, hence, no leverage. It is a one shot deal that will not cover the remaining $63 million currently on the capital outlay budget and at the present rate of accrual will take 17 more years to collect and during that time span there are bound to be more demands and cost increases. There can be no talk of sport complexes, marinas or anything else that the city may want to build because they would have to enter the capital outlay process and be budgeted. There is not enough money now to finish what was started in 1996.

wesawthat... said...

ah thanks spanky - we were under the impression that fast track was the versailles extension and sugar house road update.

Spanky said...

We Saw That,
It is, they pulled those projects to the front over projects like the Samtown-Woodside drainage project that has been on the books for at least 15 years. That is why I said in a previous post that the next time they flood, it should slow Charles Frederick down enough so they can catch up to him and flail him.

wesawthat... said...

maybe "they" are hoping for a ninth ward replay with samtown-woodside. sad.

Anonymous said...

Look, being prepared is fine Lamar. No doubt he was, just seemed to me as well as some others that he was a little "too prepared".
Anyway, no use arguing about it. It's done and so are the other "big forums". All there is to do now is campaign, let the tv ads and direct mail circulate, and then gotv.

fast tripe explained: said...

Another big issue is whether to get $37 millions worth of improvement for $37 million or $300 million for $37 million in city dollars. It's what Fuller calls leverage, Sams calls boondoggle, and CFS calls progress. Get re-elected at any cost. Then let the poor bastards eat cake.

wesawthat... said...

well the thing is is that no one (candidate wise) seems to actually know what the citys budget actually is. we've heard 150 million then 166 million and finally 200 million.

Anonymous said...

The concept of FastTrack and leveraging money is a good one, but as always the facts have been ignored:

1) Yes, there is $37 million available. You complain that it is being spent. Why was no one complaining when it was in a vault collecting dust? After all its really your money.

2) The Federal matching funds are unimaginably slow to trickle in. Yes, mathmatically our $37 million if used as the 20% match of an 80/20 program could potentially build projects totalling $185 million. The problem is that only about $3 million is available for our entire parish in a year. Assume that the City gets all $3 million every year forever. It would take 62 years for the enough money to be available from the feds to complete $185 million in work. Can we wait that long to build projects which will spur our growth and development as a city?

3) Each year you wait adds more to construction costs. The last time I checked wages, and material and fuel prices were not falling.

FastTrack may not be perfect but its a good start in the right direction.

There you have it. Can we wait? Not unless you want to take the loop road on the way to your final resting place. Not taking the lead has cost us enough; the future is before us. We must control our own destiny.

And no I am not Mary Poppins!!

Anonymous said...

wesawthat,
The actual budget really depends on what you are talking about. If you look at the actual $ amount in each fund you come up with a number much larger than the actual income/expense of the City due to all the transfers of funds between funds. It's an accounting thing. No duplication of funds and the total City budget is ~$150million including the capital funds.

Anonymous said...

sorry wesawthat,
budget is $150 without capital
~$200 with capital

Anonymous said...

Yes, the saddest thing will be when the election is over is not hearing Jabba the Hut rant.

Anonymous said...

Well, which is it? Did Sonny & crew provide 100% for Harold's brother-in-law's subdivision or not? See that's what I don't like. There's something going on here involving taxpayer's money & it's being kept secret. Boy! Ole Scarlet turned into Prissy..."I don't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no subdivisions, Mas Sonny!" It took less than 30 minutes from the anon poster to impugn Sonny & he answers! It seemed like all the air rushed out of the room. What's these people hiding? Delores calls him & we all agree to play nice with taxpayers money! Geez!

Anonymous said...

If you are so sure that the City paid for Harold's brother-in-laws developments, file suit against the City for unjust enrichment. Otherwise be quiet and let's talk about the issue at hand: electing a capable and competent Mayor. Mary Poppins is already scratched from my list!! What about you?

Spanky said...

Roughly $50 million is the annual operating budget. One thing that has been done with the budget is that each department has been set up as a cost center and can be analyzed from previous years performance as to their actual needs. Therefore, as a department becomes more efficient or has a lesser or greater need for funds, the change can be viewed and contrasted against prior years. That is one thing that is a bit deceptive about stating that the city has a $150 million budget, approximately $50 milllion recurs annually and $100 million was established in 1996 as a capital outlay figure which we have saved $37 million toward. The $10-12-15 million fund balance which is the overage of what is collected in taxes and what is budgeted for operating expense is what the council likes to play with like monopoly money when they buy Jakes & Regions & stuff like that. It is also the money that funds emergencies like the katrina & rita demands that were placed on the city until reimbursed by other agencies.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Cenla Antics...how about deleting the gay bashing comments, as well?

Anonymous said...

No comments on the disparity on campaign contributions reported between the black and white candidates? What's the deal?

Anonymous said...

Scarlet, Is DB gonna admit and apologize for her lies or not? Let's end this discussion by finally admitting the truth. No bashing, no untruths, no dirty politics, just the truth. OK?

blue eyes said...

From Lamar's site; I wanted to add it here. It seemed pertinent since it is about a candidate:
Since someone asked and since John Sams is running on HONESTY and INTEGRITY, just how did he in first campaign for school board member run when, in fact, he did not even live in the district and had to rent an apartment within it, and two, when he campaigned for his second term, just how did he bargain his way to getting the police jury to magically remove Albert Street from Bolton's voting district, thus removing a Bolton alum and respected businessman (Wayne Denley) as his competitor.

Furthermore, what alumni list (many 1000s of names and addresses) did he demand as a board member and have the superintendent deliver to him, even though the administrator stood by the copyright rule which stated that:
This directory is for official school and alumni association use and also for individual communication of a personal nature between members listed herein. Use of this directory for any other purpose, including, but not limited to, reproducing and storing in a retrieval system by any means, elecronic or otherwise, photocopying or using the addresses or any other information in this directory for any private, commercial, or POLITICAL mailing is strictly prohibited and is direct violation of copyright and constitutes misappropriation of corporate property.

John has a pattern of questionable ethics in his dealings with others. I was surprised to hear him say last night that he got the truth from people who talked to him. Certainly, this rang true. He only talks (on a regular basis) to the people who are as angry and destructive as he is. Surely the citizens of Alexandria do not see this man possessing either honesty or integrity.
These are all facts. Yes. True.

same old, same old said...

Has any candidate stated he or she would no longer hire the same old people for studies along with the same old landscape architects, architects and engineers. Doesn't the city have people already on the payroll who could do a lot of the work these contracts are for. Why have a city attorney and then pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a law firm across the street. Candidates! Specifically comment on your policy and whether you will change these professional contracts and use different outside lawyers if we need any at all. Address the things we have been griping about on this site, as I believe this is a mirror of the citizens concerns.

Legal or not? said...

Are the blacks not reporting their campaign contributions and just violating the law or not really getting any? Money that is.

How'd he do dat? said...

Did Sams get Denley removed from his district and how did he do this? Expound on this please.

Anonymous said...

Some deal, I am sure, with the police jury. I don't know how it happened, but that it did. Wayne told me himself (when we asked if he was indeed running)that, low and behold, when he went to sign up to run, he was no longer in the district; rather, his street (Albert), was then in Herbert Dixon's district. Check the records.

Anonymous said...

I thought everyone knew that one reason your utility bill is so high is the money funneled to the general fund and then to the transportation. Now, they want to expand bus service. WOW.

Anonymous said...

Way to go, Jacques!
Just saw Jacques' commercial. Professional and strong. Good job! The best yet from any candidate.

Anonymous said...

Sams sounds pretty shady to me. He's playing the good old boy game too.

Anonymous said...

The City needs one lawyer, maybe two. There's only 50,000 people here folks. One full time lawyer or maybe two is max. What do we have on retainer, like 25 of them?

Anonymous said...

I loved the way Jaques said his biggest contributor was Randy Gilchrist, but, he only met him once and he doesn't really know him. PLEASE! Talk about mispeaking?

Let's see ... Randy owns Gilchrist Construction ... Gilchrist Construction builds roads ... Jaques is foaming at the mouth as he speaks about the immediate need of the great loop road ... a map of the great loop road presently hangs in the office of Gilchrist Constuction Company ... Randy contributed $7,500 beacuse he is solely interested in good, honest government ... Jaques really doesn't know his largest contributor ... etc., etc., etc

I guess that's what they call the fresh approach to government? Heck, Chris Roy's close and personal friend, Edwin Edwards was using this approach years ago! Yep, the acorn didn't fall far from the tree.

Anonymous said...

Was Chris even old enought to meet and REMEMBER EWE? and by the way, what is your point?

Spanky said...

Anonymous, are you really Janet From Another Planet? That is a really weak stretch to connect Jacques to Randy Gilchrist and try to make it sound sleazy at that.Try again. You can get that much from the phone book.

Anonymous said...

Big Chris (you idiot) used to run with EWE. What do you mean stretct? If Gilchrist woulkd have given any of the other candidates $7,500, you Jaques supporters would be whining about quid pro quo. But since Jaques is the one receiving the largest contribution that any candidate received from a single person, it's okay. Jaques doesn't know him and he's just taking his money. RIGHT !

Spanky said...

I've got the Scorpions maxed on the stereo, 3rd Grey Goose,dirty, extra olive to the rim, and enjoying some of you broil in your own juices because Jaques Roy will be the next mayor of Alexandria and you just cannot stand it. Life is good when you are a winner.

Anonymous said...

Obviously, the Grey Goose (and the olives) have are taking their toll. You're startng to hallucinate.

Noticing said...

Isn't it interesting how Jaques' supporters completely ignore the Gilchrist connection and respond by criticizing anyone who brings it up?

Spanky said...

Number 7 is when I get a little light headed. Real men can hold their liquor and make valued judgements at the same time. The Gilchrist contributions were fully disclosed and they do to much work on a statewide basis to let some little mayoral election contribution get them into hot water with the ethics people or the AG's office. It was a valiant smear attempt, but you need to take your vitamins, junior, before you try that stunt at home again. Next time, make sure you have plenty of padding so you don't bump your head so hard.

Civil Sentient said...

Just another day in Paradise it seems.

Spanky said...

Hey Civil,
I was just trying to stir the aliens. They get a might riled sometimes when you poke em with a sharp stick. Dust was flying earlier.

Anonymous said...

What everyone forgets is the federal investigation. Whomever is involved better have a clean slat.

Spanky said...

Nobody has forgotten and it is too late to be on best behavior. You will be suprised when you find how far up the hill the crap is going to roll from.

Civil Sentient said...

Spanky, you did good. Keep the words flying and the truth in their faces!

Anonymous said...

More about the fed investigation and don't forget about no blacks reporting contributions. What's the deal? And Scarlet, will she apologize for her lies or not? Yes or No?
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Anonymous said...

Don't Gilchrist and Ratcliffe have to bid on all their jobs anyway? Unlike Albin and the troll lawyer? And by the way, Tom David is like the little texaco truck on the old commercials meeting the planes at the airport. Is he a full time employee of the city as his picture is everywhere a new developement site is shown?

Anonymous said...

What about the money given by members of teh ratcliff family to DB? Its a similar amount.

What about the out-of-towners giving to Fuller and Smith. Do we really want out=of-towners influnecing OUR election.

"Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones."

Autumn is here said...

Those who live in glass houses should not run around naked either. Whateverthehell that means.

tick,tick,tick said...

I don't think your clock is set right.

It's our time now said...

Black organizations giving to any black candidate that runs anywhere is not racist, it just good guvment.

fed up taxpayer said...

When Delores was asked is there coruption in city hall She clearly said I am not going to answer that now....We are waiting for her answer, I guess we will know after the election

Anonymous said...

I am concerned that Gilchrist paid 2,500, his wife did and the company did. Isn't that the max that someone can do? Sounds like political favors to me. That, my friends is $7,500. Wake up, Alexandria, realize what is happening here. Jacques said he doesn't know him. PULEEEEEZE.

Spanky said...

It is called having enough money to contribute heavily to a worthy candidate there is nothing illegal or immoral about it. If something is expected in return, then there is a problem, but not until.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, right. Nothing is expected. Yes, whatever you say.

Spanky said...

It always helps to have facts before you whenever you want to make an accusation. One reason there is a campign report is to have everything documented. If something comes up later, then you have ammunition. Until then, your remarks are wild supposition.

Anonymous said...

me/

Anonymous said...

/me

Golly Gee said...

Re: campaign contributions. It seems that DB has way more people hedging their bets with contributions $500 to $2500, many families giving multiple times under different names. Architects, landscape guys, bankers, construction companies, lawyers, developers, real estate folks auto dealers and basically people who stand to get taxpayers dollars. Some just want to be invited to the right social events and I think I saw one that really thinks that good gov't actually exists. Poor lost soul! Considering her report, I would say her supporters have No room to criticize any other candidate"s contributers. Note how many contribute to all. CYA in action.

Note of importance said...

Has anyone noticed that Roy has more hair than Brewer.

biff said...

hey, lamar is out of town for a couple of days. let's trash talk him. :)

Lamar White, Jr. said...

Hey hey, I haven't left yet! You'll need to wait a couple of hours.

biff said...

LOL. oops. sorry lamar. that was my evil twin sparky. :(

Anonymous said...

Candidates like Brewer and Roy who collect a lot of campaign contributions are obviously corrupt. That's why we need to elect Alice Hammond. She can't raise a dime.

Anonymous said...

Alice for Home Room Charter monitor.

Good guvment is us said...

Bet you'd see the same contributers lining up the night after the election if Alice was elected.

Steel Magnolia said...

Congratulations to Lamar, Jr. for being chosen one of Cenla's most eligible bachelors! Some of the other choices are interesting though.

wonderin said...

"Legal or not? said...
Are the blacks not reporting their campaign contributions and just violating the law or not really getting any? Money that is."


Is drug money traceable? Reportable? lol

wesawthat... said...

where is this bachelor list located at? is there a url?

Anonymous said...

Jacques Roy, aka the karaoke king, for Mayor!! Now really, do you want your next mayor on stage pleading for votes at the Frosty Factory??!!?? Even worse, every one ignored him!

Anonymous said...

how pathetic. he is getting elvisitis.

Anonymous said...

the frosty factory is skank central. drug addicts to the max. good job roy.

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