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Old 05-14-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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It's finally arrived. I've been suspect of this all along. Cut, cut, cut. Poor Shreveport will never get out of this long funk its been in. Hopefully they will find the money to keep it afloat. I don't know. What else now, Barksdale? OMG no
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:11 PM
 
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With the Biomedical Research Foundation involved, I don't think this will happen. I'm sure things will be getting cut to the bone (pardon the pun) budget-wise but I can't help but think they will approve some emergency measures to keep the medical school open. Now that being said, all this news sure as heck doesn't help the med school's image as being on solid footing both here and nationwide.

I'm sure there will be some job-losses and dept's. will trim back their staffs and services much to the chagrin of the poor who depend on this institution for healthcare. If more cuts occur, it may well affect the medical school's certification and that won't be good either.

Gov. Jindal's cut now and figure out later approach to things has really put things in a bind operational-wise. No one knows WTH is going on, he's essentially kicked the table out from under the poker-game in progress and everyone is scrambling to grab their cash as quick as they can before they get shut down. Sad..sad...sad.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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P.S. And to add to this story, there was a Shreveport Times newspaper story in this mornings edition that underscores my previous comment regarding the uncertainty of LSUHSC (Medical School) future. Seems that mid-level students, researchers and faculty are concerned about the budget cut potential, leaving them to wonder if they should apply to other med school programs to finish their studies.

Below is a direct link if you're interested:

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/artic...udents-faculty
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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Yes I did read that, btdt; thanks for adding info. Absolutely, Shreveport and Louisiana have reached a new low IMO. I just can't help thinking we've been witnessing the slow destruction of Shreveport over the last few years. You know like losing the sports teams, amusement park, major employers (plants shutting down). I've told my wife although I've been a big cheerleader for the area, I'm at the point now we need to make decisions about our future here. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to bother her in the least. She thinks life will go on. It will, but what kind of life?


All this rah-rah about the shale, cyber command, movies, gambling and now Elio is just too much happy talk. Of course the pols are going to be shiny-teeth about it all, but since nothing on a serious level ever happens around here I guess I should know better. For such a religious city, it sure does have a curse on it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:19 PM
 
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I'm in the same mode; I hope my situation remedies itself soon so I can take leave of Shreveport. While all cities hype their "potential", Shreveport seems to take the Kool-Aid sipping to the next level. Cyber-Command BTW never had a chance due to the Air Force shopping around for political slots like it did in Texas. After dropping $50 milliion in the building near BPCC.... it's Cyber Innovation Center instead focusing on some components of Global Strike Command which is moving to BAFB now that they've got their operations center remodeled. The Cyber Innovation Center has the same feel of the Biomedical Research Center that failed to live up to all the hype & hoopla that went into securing funding. Yet folks in Shreveport-Bossier have short memories about all the press releases that went into these mega-projects. Louisiana's official motto has unofficially been: "Thank Gawd for Mississippi...they're worse than Us!" With the recent political hocus-pocus with the state budget manuvers in Baton Rouge, that may be reversed.

Our bureaucrats who lead the cheers for all these big-deals will be moved on to the next political gig after these things stall, crash and burn. But by-golly it sure makes for some good P.R. for the local News Hacks to repeat ad nauseum, don't it? I still hear the ringing in my ears from all the hoopla about trying to get McDonnell-Douglas aircraft to move to Shreveport back in the late 80's / early 90's. Anyone remember that waste of time? Or how about the Import/Export business district that was going to land in the Shreve Shopping center where the city sent most of the mayor's staff to China on Shreveport's nickel... one crappy Made-in-China junkshop that lasted less than a year. Did we get our money's worth on that one!!

The Elio 3-wheeled Autocycle (yeah..that's what they're calling it)... sounds like wishful thinking. At $6,800 and 84mpg...the two-passenger vehicle being touted as an "affordable transportation alternative" forgets to offer any guess as to what insurance rating it will have. I'm betting that even though the state DMV / DOT has made it exempt from safety helmet requirement; you can be sure that the automotive insurance industry may have a thing or two to say about what auto insurance premiums might be for this little jewel. And Elio is having a tough go getting the necessary "private investment" to underpin the financials needed to become eligible for state, local and even federal grants. Gee...didn't they try that in Michigan? (Where they desperately need auto-jobs?...sounds iffy here if ya ask me.)

BTW...here's an interesting article about the Real Cost of Selling Louisiana's Public Hospitals.... some $42 million and over 5,200 layoffs.
Read more if you're interested: The Cost of Selling Our Hospitals - Louisiana Progress

P.S. Raytheon is moving their corporate headquarters to McKinney (Dallas) TX and another big IT company is locating their North American operations there.... guess where I'm looking at landing?

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:34 PM
 
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Oh, don't forget about the red river district (nee Shreve Square). What a debacle. I don't think anyone of the "decision makers" can tell a con man from a tin can. Good Grief!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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THIS JUST IN: Judge Rules that Mayor Must Sign Off on Dog Park

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/artic...nclick_check=1

Good lord! It's like WTH is going on?! Mayor got upset because the Red River Waterway wouldn't fund his requests and while he originally supported the Dog Park in general . . . when they got RRW funds . . . he objects!! :O This debacle has really, really gotten more attention and trouble than it deserves. Spending city money to defend his decisions in court only adds insult to injury. Geez... get over it and sign off on it already. The money is there, why not use it?

Whether you're a dog-park supporter or not, this whole thing has been just a huge waste of time & money. The park will be a positive asset to the riverfront. And it's not about dogs people... it's a quality of life attraction. Saying this is about dogs is like saying a basketball court is about basketballs or a golf-course is about golfcarts and golf-balls.

Oh the things our civic leaders consider important issues to fight. Holy Smokes!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Oh, don't forget about the red river district (nee Shreve Square). What a debacle. I don't think anyone of the "decision makers" can tell a con man from a tin can. Good Grief!
Well the Hightower administration was all in bed with developer John Elkington on that one 'cuz it meant some local "good-ol' boyz" would get lucrative construction work on the project. They weren't interested in the backend of this project which is typical of most "good-ol' boy" deals. Coupled the RRED with the new Convention Center and the city-owned hotel . . . and you can see how all this played together in one big pork-project for the Friends of Keith.

And as a result of being good cheerleaders while all this was going on, former mayor's office staffers have been awarded with bloated positions in the Downtown Development Authority and the city film liaison office. Typical Shrevesburg cronyism
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:33 PM
 
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Is it all over for Shreveport- The city just can't get itself together to compete in the modern world
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:12 PM
 
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Shreveport will do what it does best: bump along with hoopla & hype while hoping for some outside influence (like casinos) to be game-changers. Leaders won't lead, they'll hire outside consultants so they won't have to think about doing their jobs AND there will be cost-controversies about payments to outside consultant firms AND everything they plan is under some vague branding slogan like "The Other Side" or some BS consortium called "NWLA 2050" to hold parties, conferences and self-serving seminars so everyone can pee in the wind about forecasting what the area will be like in the year 2050. (Seriously---what about the next 5 years? No one seems to worry about the "here and now" ...it's all this bull**** and drama about the future when most of us will either be dead or dying. I've seen better leadership at homecoming float committee meetings.

CONSIDER THIS: Shreveport didn't go after casinos, they were forced to accept gaming thanks to former Gov. Edwards. The Movie Industry? Shreveport didn't go after the Movie Industry, thanks to Hurricane Katrina . . . the Movie Industry moved operations to NW La. because New Orleans was pretty much shut down and in order to get the tax credits, by contract the movies had to be completed in a time-window in-state. And now that New Orleans and Baton Rouge have recovered and created film infrastructure, more movies are shot down south because producers don't want to hassle with fewer amenities in Shreveport-Bossier AND there are better airtravel options out of New Orleans (like more flights, direct flights to L.A. or NYC) Here in Shreveport? Hah! Flights are fewer and the connection options aren't as good. Local airport bureaucracy complains that they can't do anything about it. But the reality is that Shreveport-Bossier just doesn't have the political / economic clout nor the civic will to do much about it. So 35% of would-be passengers out of SHV drive to Longview, Alexandria, Texarkana, Monroe or DFW / Love Field for cheaper flights and more options.

Shreveport is a community comprised of cronies and bureaucrats, each special-interest doing their best to stay in existence while doing as little as possible to "rock the boat". The reason long-term bureaucrats and cronies don't rock the boat is because they don't want to fall out or they're too busy trying to climb on the next bigger boat coming their way.

Good ol' boy and Good ol' gal club is alive and well and that's the Shreveport-Bossier way. Has been for decades and won't change anytime soon. Younger people seeking higher education opportunities are leaving here. The inmigration we've had in this area is mostly older, retired or soon-to-be retired folks. That's not growth, that's stagnation.

Nope...Shrevesburg-Bossierville will be what it has always been: a mutual-admiration society where no one wants to talk about the elephant in the room (like a growing, poor/undereducated Af-Amer. population majority) but instead divert the public opinion towards planting trees, making public artspaces for their self-serving parties and public playtimes; while placing praise on all the "movers & shakers" (puke) who get the jobs based on their level of sycophantic behaviors or who they are related to or sleep with. That's the Shreveport way!

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