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“I’ve been in contact with the governor and the mayor of New Orleans,” said Kyle France, chairman of the LSED. “I spoke to some of the key folks today, right before the LSED board meeting, so I am confident that something will be worked out here pretty soon.”
"Doug Thornton, who operates Champions Square for the LSED’s management company SMG, said LSED was cut out of the negotiations at that point. The LSED, otherwise known as the Superdome Commission, had refused to pay the city’s asking price of $3.3 million in 2011 because they didn’t agree with the valuation and because the state was developing the street for a public benefit.
Thornton said he understood that the city needs to be compensated, but also said his team had to protect the state’s public money and couldn’t overpay for the lease
“This is not a matter of anyone's fault,” Thornton said. “There's just been discussion about how to move forward and in the meantime, there's been a lot of commerce generated there and a lot of public good.”
"He couldn't take the position due to a two-year ban on public employees doing business with their former agency after leaving office."
"Stop-and frisk is not racial profiling as some say. "Reasonable suspicion" is a legal, objective standard taught every day in police academies. Besides, The New Orleans Police Department is on of the most diverse police forces in the country, and I don't believe every NOPD cop is a racist. The politicians should let the NOPD do it's job."....says the State of Louisiana's quintessential politician....fucking Senator of the United States.....politician.