Predictions on St. George, BRCC in Central
Here are some predictions on the proposed City of St. George:
Prediction #1. The supporters of St. George will turn in enough signatures to the Registrar of Voters, and the petition will be certified.
Prediction #2. Mary Olive Pierson will file suit on behalf of the Metro Council to keep the vote on incorporation from getting on the ballot this fall.
Prediction #3. Pierson’s suit may delay the vote, but it will ultimately be thrown out of court and the election will be held.
Prediction #4. The referendum on St. George will pass with 58 percent of the vote.
Prediction #5. If Mary Olive Pierson files another suit after the incorporation vote, it will be unsuccessful.
St. George will become a city, and will be one of the most successful cities in the country.
Prediction #7. The Southeast Community School District will become a reality, and it will become one of the top school districts in the state.
Baton Rouge Community College is opening for business in Central. There will be an Open House at the new campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. So far, the course offerings are still up in the air, but one is certain. This fall, BRCC will begin a Process Technology Program, which will prepare students for a high paying job in industry and an Associate of Applied Science degree from BRCC. Other programs will be announced in the coming months. Anyone interested in applying should go to the BRCC website, www.myBRCC.edu.
Obviously, the sky is the limit for BRCC in Central.
City Court Districts. Watching the House of Representatives this week was confusing, to say the least. Back in the early 1990’s, Baton Rouge had five white City Court judges, even though 40 percent of the population was black. The House passed a bill creating two districts, one majority black with two judges and the other majority white with three judges. Since then, the demographics have changed. Today 60 percent of our population in the city is black. So now there are two bills in the legislature to do quite opposite things: Rep. Eric Ponti, a Republican, has a bill to elect all five judges citywide, which would probably result in all five City Court judges being black. On the other hand, Rep. Alfred Williams, a Democrat, has a bill to elect three judges from a majority black district and two judges from the majority white district. His idea is that with a city so divided racially, it would be a serious mistake to have all judges of one race. We agree with Rep. Williams and applaud his level-headed approach.
The Non-Harry Reid. Rep. John Bel Edwards, who is running for governor, is the chairman of the Democratic caucus in the Louisiana House. However, after hearing him speak at the Chamber EBR meeting last week, it is clear he is no Harry Reid. His reasonable, conservative approach on right to life, the right to keep and bear arms, and Common Core, should win him more votes that would normally be expected.
Central Today is the new TV show we produce for the City of Central and the Central Community School System. Please watch Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on Cox Ch. 21.