St. George: A Privatized City

Leaders of the movement to incorporate the proposed City of St. George say they plan to organize the new city based on a 21st century model, rather than the 19th century model used in the vast majority of American cities. For Norman Browning and other leaders of St. George, that means privatization, or contracting with […]

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St. George Q&A: Understanding What’s Proposed

Based on interviews with Norman Browning and other leaders of the movement to incorporate the City of St. George, here are answers to some of the questions people are asking about St. George: Q. Why incorporate the City of St. George? A. First, it will assist the people of our area to start an independent […]

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EBR School Board Adopts New Districts

By a vote of 6-5, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has voted to reapportion itself into nine single-member districts for the Nov. 4 primary election. Qualifying will be held Aug. 20-22. Under the plan, there are five majority white districts south of Florida Boulevard, three majority black districts north of Florida Blvd. and […]

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Mall Annexation Goes to Court of Appeal

Does Section 1.09 of the East Baton Rouge Plan of Government give any citizen of the City of Baton Rouge the right to challenge an illegal annexation by the Metro Council? That will be the issue when the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal hears an appeal being filed Friday by Capital City News editor Woody Jenkins […]

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EBR Voters Face Long Ballot Nov. 4

Voters in East Baton Rouge Parish will face a ballot full of candidates for everything from Justice of the Peace to United States Senate in the Nov. 4 primary and the Dec. 6 runoff. The process begins with qualifying, which will be held Aug. 20-22. Qualifying forms will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 […]

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Opinion: Gay Rights Ordinance Has Constitutional Problem

The Metro Council considered but did not vote on a proposed Gay Rights Ordinance at its meeting of Wednesday, July 23. The proposed is likely to return to the Council’s agenda on Wednesday, Aug. 14. The ordinance purports to codify a new kind of obligation among persons — namely, the obligation not to discriminate based […]

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OPINION: Can Metro Council Violate the Law with Impunity?

Yes they can, if no one can sue to stop their illegal activities! We have the U.S. Constitution, the Louisiana Constitution, the Louisiana Revised Statutes, and our own East Baton Rouge Parish Plan of Government. All of those laws grant to federal, state, and local governments a vast array of powers, but those documents also […]

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Annexation of The Mall Fraught with Legal Issues

On Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the Metro Council of East Baton Rouge Parish voted to annex the Baton Rouge General and The Mall of Louisiana into the City of Baton Rouge. Signing the petition asking for annexation were Level Ventures, LLC, which owns land adjacent to the City of Baton Rouge fronting on Anselmo Lane, […]

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First Responders’ Nightmare

On Wednesday, May 14, the Metro Council passed an ordinance annexing the Baton Rouge General Hospital and The Mall of Louisiana. However, it wasn’t as simple as that, because the annexation contains holes for all those businesses that didn’t sign the annexation petition.  Excluded were the four anchor stores at The Mall — Dillard’s, J.C. […]

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KC Railroad Never Signed Annexation Petition

The petition to annex the Baton Rouge General and The Mall of Louisiana into the City of Baton Rouge contained the signatures of five property owners.  One of the property owners that did not sign the petition was the Kansas City Southern Railroad. That fact could be critical to any suit challenging the legality of […]

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Legal Challenge to Mall Annexation Would Question Its Reasonableness

State law outlines the procedures for annexing property to a municipality and for challenging the legality of an annexation. Annexation can occur by filing a petition and holding an election, as found in La.R.S. 33:151 et seq. An annexation can also occur by petition under La.R.S. 33:171 et seq.  When there are no registered voters […]

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