Comite River Diversion Canal Project is a boondoggle for District taxpayers but a bonanza of cash for JBE’s “buddy” Larry Bankston and others.

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JBE’s newly-appointed Contractor Board attorney, convicted felon Larry S. Bankston

 

 

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns provides the following highly-detailed evidence that, while the Comite River Diversion Canal Project has been a boondoggle for local district taxpayers, it’s been nothing short of a bonanza of cash for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ close friend and political ally, convicted felon Larry S. Bankston and others.


Burns lays out the case for local taxpayers having been fleeced entailing
the Comite River Diversion Canal project, while the politically-connected,
including JBE’s close ally, Larry S. Bankston, have benefited mightily
from the floundering project.

Supporting Document (Article) Links:


CLICK HERE for ARBC salaries.

Note:  According to the Legislative Auditor Report for the FYE 6/30/15 (see link below), Mr. Rietschier’s salary on the link above is outdated, and should in fact be $101,000 rather than $93,000.

CLICK HERE for $536,000/year of “general government” ARBC expenses and $2.7 million PER YEAR in
local property taxes.

CLICK HERE to see Mr. Rietschier’s TOTAL benefit cost of $145,000/year!!

CLICK HERE for the $44,000/year RETIREMENT COSTS ALONE for the ARBC’s MERE TWO EMPLOYEES!!


CLICK HERE for video of “hearing” of JBE’s buddy, Larry S. Bankston, pursuing Burns’ auction license for reporting “blatant payroll fraud”

Invoices for Larry S. Bankston for two years leading up to ARBC trial:

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CLICK HERE for an OUTSTANDING article by The Hayride’s Scott McKay taking Edwards to task over Bankston’s hiring

Here’s a priceless quote from McKay’s article above:

“Apparently the corrupt former state senator is an all-star among Democrat attorneys in Louisiana; either that or all the rest of the Democrat lawyers only know how to work slip-and-fall cases or legacy lawsuits against oil companies.

CLICK HERE for a recap highlight post of the ARBC class-action lawsuit of late March of 2014.

CLICK HERE for the new website LAContractorBoard for videos of the Contractor’s Board Meetings.

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JBE’s newly-appointed cosmetology board members’ actions immediately greeted with a lawsuit by the Institute for Justice.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

 

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns provides commentary on the latest lawsuit filed against the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology (the first as a direct result of actions of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ newly-appointed members):


Burns outlines the lawsuit and provides his own take  about why he
is so passionate about the causes of the plaintiffs in this and other
cases entailing  Louisiana occupational licensing boards and commissions.


CLICK HERE to view the actual lawsuit
filed in 19th JDC on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 (Judge Caldwell drew the case).


CLICK HERE for an Institute of Justice webpage press release
entailing the suit including a great video of the owner of the company.

Prior Sound Off Louisiana posts entailing the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology:

1.  Former Congressman Joseph Cao’s testimony before the Louisiana State Senate on the “lawlessness” of
the LSBC.

2.  U. S. Senator (and candidate for Louisiana Governor last year) David Vitter elaborates upon Louisiana’s excessive number of boards and commissions and his stated plans to “probably get rid of some of them” (had he prevailed over John Bel Edwards which, regrettably, he did not).

3.  Nelda Dural (small cosmetology school owner) echoing Congressman Cao’s claims of LSBC
lawlessness.

4.  Robert Burns educating attorneys Morris & Cangelosi on Dural’s right to OPEN DELIBERATIONS of her fate consistent with LA R. S. 42:17 (A)(1)

5.  Sound Off Louisiana’s Video Camera scaring off LSBC members.

6.  Dural suing the board for judicial review of her hearing.  Judge Johnson’s office said to expect a ruling around Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

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Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street’s dander easily rises when confronted with delaHoussaye, Painter criminal case debacles.

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Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street

 

Sound Off Louisiana founder Robert Burns easily got a big rise in Louisiana Inspector General Stephen Street’s dander during a recent Baton Rouge Press Club appearance when Burns questioned him on two of his office’s highest-profile debacles:  the criminal cases Street pursued against Corey delaHoussaye and Murphy Painter.  In the following video, Burns questions Street on these high-profile criminal case debacles and makes other observations entailing Street’s office based upon his own experience in dealing with the IG’s Office under Street:


Burns questions Street on delaHoussaye, Painter  criminal cases
and provides commentary on his own assessment of the IG’s office’s investigative
practices based upon Burns’ own dealings with the IG’s Office under
Street’s leadership.


CLICK HERE for the “Under Fire” Business Report article
entailing Inspector Street.

In the article linked above, another case referenced is the criminal trial of Bruce Greenstein, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s former Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

On August 19, 2015, Sound Off Louisiana published this post outlining that Bruce Greenstein was used as a mere chess pawn in a desperate attempt by former Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell to find some credible defense to Caldwell’s having improperly cancelled the CNSI contract (while Gov. Jindal actually cancelled it, he did so upon Caldwell’s urging and guidance).

Current Attorney General Jeff Landry contracted with independent sources to conduct an assessment of the Greenstein criminal trial, and that assessment recommended dismissing all charges, and that’s what was done several months ago.  Further, in a demonstration of just how weak the State of Louisiana’s defense to Caldwell’s actions would have been in the CNSI civil trial, Attorney General Jeff Landry and Gov. John Bel Edwards recently wisely opted to settle that civil litigation.

One of the key points in that settlement was to change the wording of the reason for cancelling the contract from “for cause” to “for convenience,” which is a subtle admission on the State of Louisiana’s part that it would have likely been unable to substantiate during the civil trial that it had just cause for the cancellation.  The mere fact that Gov. Edwards and AG Landry (not exactly political allies) jointly agreed to settle the matter speaks volumes about how weak Louisiana’s defenses to the improper termination of the contract by Caldwell was.

Hence, beyond the two cases outlined in the video above (delaHoussaye and Painter), the Bruce
Greenstein criminal case can be chalked up as yet another debacle involving the OIG (though the AG’s role was considerably larger) which cost Louisiana taxpayers a small fortune to pursue only to have the whole matter evaporate before taxpayers’ eyes!


CLICK HERE for the First Circuit’s writ ruling
 wherein the State of Louisiana sought to overturn 21st JDC Judge Brenda Ricks’ ruling to suppress ALL of the evidence obtained against delaHoussaye by the OIG.  

 

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CLICK HERE for other deficiencies
noted in the OIG’s initial application for supervisory writ.


CLICK HERE for Assistant AG Rodney Ramsey’s filing
indicating that Auctioneer Licensing Board Executive Director Sandy Edmonds covertly copied a work paper carelessly left behind by OIG staff investigators.

 

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