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ONE.

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AND IT'S YOUR GOOD AFTERNOON,

[CALL TO ORDER]

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

WELCOME TO OUR PRESENTATION PORTION OF OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING ON THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 10TH, 2023 AT 3:30 PM FIRST UP, WE WILL HAVE MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTERN BROOM TO RECOGNIZE THE 2023 GRADUATES OF THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY OF BATON ROUGE MAYOR.

THANK YOU, UH, MAYOR PRO TIM, AND MEMBERS OF THE, UH, COUNCIL.

IT'S MY GREAT PLEASURE TO EXTEND A WARM CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATES OF THE 2023 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY FOR A JOB WELL DONE.

THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY OF BATON ROUGE TRANSFORMS AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INTO CONFIDENT ENTREPRENEURS.

AND WE KNOW THAT CREATING ENTREPRENEURS IN OUR CITY AND IN OUR COMMUNITY IS INDEED A PRIORITY OVER THE ACADEMIC YEAR AND UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF THE LSU EJ ORSO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, SELECT STUDENTS LAUNCH THEIR VERY OWN COMPANIES AS THEY GENERATE BUSINESS IDEAS TIED TO THEIR INTERESTS.

WRITE BUSINESS PLANS, FILE THEIR BUSINESSES WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE, PITCHED TO A SHARK TANK LIKE PANEL FOR SEED FUNDING.

GRADUATION FROM THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR'S ACADEMY IS INDEED AN ACCOMPLISHMENT AND A TESTAMENT TO YOUR DEDICATION AND HARD WORK IN PURSUING YOUR DREAMS OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESSES.

AS MAYOR PRESIDENT, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT TO ME TO PROMOTE AND FOSTER SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH IN OUR CITY.

AS WE KNOW, BATON ROUGE HAS A RICH HISTORY OF INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES AND ENTREPRENEURS, AND THEY TRULY SERVE AS THE BACKBONE OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMY.

SO I WANT TO TODAY, UH, COMMEND EACH OF YOU FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM AND FOR SHOWING THE DETERMINATION TO SEE YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS COME TO FRUITION.

YOU ARE THE FUTURE OF BATON ROUGE, AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE THIS CITY PROUD WITH YOUR INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND HARD WORK.

AND SO I'M GOING TO ASK OUR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF GRADUATES TO COME UP.

ANNA BAUMGARTNER, CHRISTIAN FRAZIER, NALA GIBSON, CAMERON GREEN, NOR CLYBER, JARED LANE.

BRENDAN MORRIS, JAYLA WALKER, RYAN YANG, COYA GORDON, AND AHAB.

WAY MUSA.

DID I GET CLOSE WITH THEM? .

AND IS DEBORAH STERNBERG HERE TODAY? AW, I WAS LOOKING FOR YOU.

DEBORAH STERNBERG IS THE BRAINCHILD BEHIND THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM, AND I REMEMBER WHEN SHE FIRST CAME TO ME ABOUT THIS IDEA, AND I'VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING TO, UH, SOME OF THE FIVE YEARS.

FIVE YEARS NOW.

SO, UH, DEBORAH, AS WE CELEBRATE THESE, UH, YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, WOULD YOU TELL OUR PEOPLE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR ACADEMY? THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY OF BATON ROUGE HERE TODAY WE ARE ENTERING OUR SIXTH COHORT FOR Y E A B R.

THESE ARE ABOUT HALF OF OUR CLASS.

WE USUALLY ACCEPT 25 STUDENTS FROM THE GREATER BATON ROUGE AREA.

AND, AND BATON ROUGE IS USUALLY A STRONGHOLD OF OUR SCHOOLS.

WE HAD 18 SCHOOLS REPRESENTED.

UM, OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, OVER A HUNDRED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, UM, HAVE LAUNCHED AND FILED WITH THE SECRETARY OF STATE, THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE, 85 STARTUPS.

SO WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE HARD WORK THAT THESE STUDENTS, UM, PUT FORTH.

AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.

ANNA, WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU GO TO? ANNA UNIVERSITY LAB SCHOOL.

THAT'S WHAT I LIKE.

SAY IT OUT LOUD SO EVERYBODY CAN HEAR.

CHRISTIAN FRAZIER.

WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU GO TO? CHRISTIAN WOODLAWN HIGH.

WOODLAWN HIGH, OKAY.

MAAH GIBSON.

I GO TO LIBERTY MAGNET HIGH.

ALL RIGHT.

CAMERON GREEN.

I ALSO GO A LIBERTY MAGNET.

HIVE.

AWESOME.

NORA CLYBER.

NORA'S NOT HERE.

JARED LANE.

WESLEY.

HI.

OKAY.

YOU'LL ACCEPT HIM? YES.

WE WELCOME HIM.

.

BRENDAN MORRIS ROUCHA.

ALL RIGHT.

JAYLA WALKER.

OKAY.

OKAY.

.

RYAN YANG.

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OKAY.

COYA GORDON.

ZACHARY HIGH SCHOOL.

OKAY.

I HAD WHAT? EPI.

OKAY, GREAT.

LET'S CELEBRATE THEM.

LET'S TAKE THANK YOU.

APPRECIATE IT.

CONGRATULATIONS YOUNG PEOPLE.

NEXT WE'LL HAVE MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON WESTERN BROOM TO RECOGNIZE RUSTY JABOR, PRESIDENT OF THE BATON, GREATER BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION BOARD NATIONAL TENNIS MONTH.

MAYOR, PRESIDENT.

THANK YOU.

I'M GONNA ASK RUSTY JABORA AND YVONNE BEING THE NEW TO COME ON UP.

I'M PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE MAY AS NATIONAL TENNIS MONTH.

DO WE HAVE ANY TENNIS PLAYERS ON THE COUNCIL? SUCH A QUESTION.

SUCH A QUESTION.

OKAY.

A LITTLE BIT.

ANY PEOPLE WHO LIKE TENNIS ? YES.

YES.

WHO LIKE TENNIS? UM, WELL, MAY IS NATIONAL TENNIS MONTH AND TENNIS IS A SPORT THAT HAS BEEN ENJOYED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD FOR CENTURIES.

HERE IN BATON ROUGE, TENNIS HAS A RICH HISTORY, AND OUR COMMUNITY HAS PRODUCED SOME OF THE BEST PLAYERS FROM YOUTH PROGRAMS TO ADULT LEAGUES.

TENNIS IS A SPORT THAT BRINGS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS TOGETHER TO COMPETE, LEARN, AND HAVE FUN.

AND SO, IN RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL TENNIS MONTH, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DEDICATION OF OUR LOCAL TENNIS PLAYERS, COACHES, AND ORGANIZATIONS, AND ENCOURAGE BATON ROUGE RESIDENTS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE SPORT OF TENNIS.

WHETHER YOU'RE A BEGINNER OR AN EXPERIENCED PLAYER, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO GET ON THE COURT AND IMPROVE YOUR GAME.

UM, JOIN A LOCAL TENNIS LEAGUE, TAKE A LESSON WITH A COACH AT ONE OF OUR BRICK PARKS, OR SIMPLY GATHER SOME FRIENDS FOR A CASUAL GAME.

AND SO AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL TENNIS MONTH, LET US ALSO CELEBRATE THE VALUES OF DISCIPLINE, SPORTSMANSHIP, AND HARD WORK THAT IS THIS SPORT THAT THIS SPORT REPRESENTS.

AND SO, THANK YOU SO MUCH, RUSTY AND YVONNE.

YES.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

YOU WANNA SAY A LITTLE BIT ABOUT NATIONAL SOMETHING FOR YOU AS WELL? OH, OKAY.

OUR MESSAGE IS VERY SIMPLE.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW TENNIS, COME LEARN HOW TO PLAY TENNIS.

WE ALWAYS ARE OPEN.

WE HAVE, UH, UH, TENNIS IN EVERY DISTRICT, ALL OVER THE, ALL OVER THE LAND.

AND, UH, IT'S JUST AN OPEN INVITATION FOR EVERYBODY TO DRAW ATTENTION DURING THIS MONTH.

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL MONTH TO GET OUTSIDE AND PLAY, AND WE ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYONE.

SO PLEASE JOIN US.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

YOU KNOW, UM, RUSTY, I WAS JUST THINKING AS YOU WERE, AS YOU WERE SAYING THAT, THAT WE ARE RELAUNCHING OUR MOVE WITH THE MAYOR, SO IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR THE COUNCIL AND THE MAYOR AND HER ADMINISTRATION TO GO OUT AND HAVE A TENNIS MATCH WE COULD TAKE.

UH, THAT'S A CHALLENGE.

THAT'S A CHALLENGE.

, WE CAN, YOU KNOW, BUT SINCE WE'RE ALL AMATEURS, I THINK WE'LL ALL BE DUP, OH, EXCUSE ME.

.

EXCUSE ME.

, SINCE SOME OF US ARE AMATEURS, I THINK IT'LL BE A GOOD EVENT.

SO WE, WE, WE, YOU MAY NEED TO HELP COORDINATE THAT FOR US.

OKAY.

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.

SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.

LET'S TAKE A PICTURE REAL QUICK.

CAN WE GET THAT? YEAH.

YEAH.

LET'S GET THE REST OF OUR GROUP CAN.

MAYOR, THIS IS FOR CAJUN CLASS.

OKAY.

APPRECIATE.

OKAY.

AND ONE OF THE EVENTS THAT THEY HAVE EVERY YEAR IS THE, UH, PAGEN CLASSIC WHEELCHAIR IN ITS TOURNAMENT.

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THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU MUCH.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NEXT WE'LL HAVE MAYOR, PRESIDENT SHARON, WESTERN ROOM TO RECOGNIZE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH.

UH, I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH IN OUR CITY.

THIS MONTHLONG OBSERVANCE CELEBRATES THE VAST CONTRIBUTIONS THAT ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICANS HAVE MADE TO OUR NATION.

REFLECTING ON THE CHALLENGES STILL FACE AND RECOMMITTING TO MAKING THE AMERICAN DREAM A REALITY FOR ALL ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER.

HERITAGE MONTH BEGAN AS A WEEKLONG OBSERVATION IN 1978, WHICH WAS LATER EXPANDED TO A MONTHLONG OBSERVATION IN 1992 THROUGH PUBLIC LAWS 95 4 19 AND 1 0 2 540.

RESPECTFULLY, IT WAS RENAMED ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH IN 2009.

SO IT'S FASCINATING TO KNOW, UH, THAT THE HISTORY OF ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS COUNTRY GOES BACK CENTURIES FROM EDUCATION TO TECHNOLOGY, HEALTHCARE TO SERVICES AND LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS.

THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO OUR CITY'S GROWTH AND PROSPERITY.

UM, YOU ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE CELEBRATION ON MAY 11TH FROM SIX TO 9:00 PM AT THE ELECTRIC DEPOT.

AND I AM GOING TO ASK, UH, THE MEMBERS OF THE, UH, MAYOR'S, UH, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMISSION AND OUR CELEBRANTS TO COME UP SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU.

I'M GOING TO, UH, ASK, UM, VAUGHN IYENGAR, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT LAST NAME, A LITTLE BIT.

I'M GONNA ASK VAUGHN, WHO IS THE CHAIRPERSON, UM, FOR THE FILIPINO AMERICAN ASSOCIATION AND THE CHAIRPERSON OF OUR, UH, SHE'S THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THAT ORGANIZATION, BUT THE CHAIRPERSON FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMISSION TO ADD TO THIS AND INTRODUCE OUR, UH, GUEST HERE TODAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MAYOR.

GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE.

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY, UM, TO REPRESENT OUR ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER C COMMUNITY HERE IN BATON ROUGE.

AND OF COURSE, IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE AS WELL TO HAVE THE MAYOR, UM, PROCLAIM MAY AS OUR A A P I HERITAGE MONTH, SINCE WE ALL KNOW THAT ASIANS HAVE BEEN HERE IN BATON ROUGE AND IS, UM, INTRICATELY WOVEN IN THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY OF OURS FOR CENTURIES, AND HAVE COLLABORATED, ENGAGED, AND HAVE PARTICIPATED IN A, IN A LOT OF ACTIVITIES AND CIVIC WORKS HERE IN THE CITY.

SO WE ARE SO HAPPY TO BE HERE TODAY TO REPRESENT THAT GROUP AND IN COLLABORATION WITH LAURA, UH, WN, WHO IS THE ORGANIZER OF A NIGHT, UM, NIGHT MARKET BAT MA ROUGE.

SO OUR EVENT IS TOMORROW TO KICKSTART THIS WONDERFUL MONTH OF, UH, CELEBRATION OF OUR ASIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE.

AND WITH THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE, OF COURSE, AS I'VE MENTIONED, LAUREN WYNN, OUR NIGHT MARKET, BEN ROUGE ORGANIZER.

WE HAVE KAY VG.

WELL, SHE'S NOT HERE TODAY.

I'M SO SORRY.

SHE'S STILL MAKING SOME SWEET SOCIETY STUFF.

, OF COURSE.

UM, WE HAVE VICTORIA HUANG WITH OUR, UH, NIGHT MARKET PARTICIPANT.

SHE WILL BE HAVING HER ARTWORKS, UH, DISPLAYED TOMORROW.

UM, DO WE HAVE FK TODAY? NO, NOT TODAY.

OKAY.

WE HAVE MR. TODA, OUR IRC MEMBER AND PRESIDENT OF LOUISIANA ORGANIZATION FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS.

THANK YOU, SIR, FOR BEING WITH US TODAY, SHRI FROM THE CORBRIDGE FINANCIAL AND NAMASTE BATON ROUGE MEMBER.

WE HAVE, UM, I'M NOT START IF IT'S MINA AND MS. AMI HERE ALSO WITH IRC, BUT WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE HERE TODAY AND TO HAVE THIS PROCLAMATION FROM THE MAYOR AND TO BE PRESENTED TO THE CITY AS WELL, OUR CULTURE THAT WE WANNA SHARE WITH Y'ALL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

I'M, I'M GONNA GIVE YOU THE PROCLAMATION, BUT I SAW A FAMILIAR FACE BACK HERE WITH Y'ALL AND, UH, I WAS TRYING TO SEE.

YEAH, YEAH,

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YEAH.

SO, SO THE FIRST GENTLEMAN HAS BEEN TRYING TO GET INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES SINCE HE RETIRED, SO HE'S A MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE COMMISSION HELPING THEM.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN.

NEXT WE'LL HAVE METRO COUNCIL MEMBER AARON MOK.

UH, GOOD EVENING LADIES, GENTLEMEN OF THE COUNCIL.

I HAVE A SPECIAL PRESENTATION TONIGHT THAT HOPEFULLY, UH, WE'LL START OFF ON A JOURNEY.

BUT, UH, IT'S, AS PARENTS, WE GET VERY PROUD AT CERTAIN TIMES AND, AND THINGS THAT, THAT OUR CHILDREN DO IN THEIR LIFE.

AND UPCOMING TOMORROW WE HAVE ONE.

YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU, WHEN YOU HAVE THESE WONDERFUL KIDS THAT YOU KNOW, YOU SEE THEY'RE BORN AND YOU THINK, YOU KNOW, YOU GOTTA RAISE THEM AND, AND GET THEM THROUGH LIFE AND EVERYTHING.

AND, BUT, YOU KNOW, SOME OF 'EM, IT'S, IT'S, IT'S KIND OF TOUGH.

IT'S, THEY ACT OUT, BUT YOU KEEP GOING AND DO IT.

WAIT, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE YOUNGEST ONE, RIGHT? NOT THE OLDEST ONE.

THE OLDEST.

OKAY.

OKAY.

MOVE ON TO THE SECOND CHILD.

UH, SO IT'S SUCH A WONDERFUL TIME WHEN YOU HAVE A SECOND CHILD THAT ACTS SO WELL THAT, UH, SO GROWN UP AND EVERYTHING, BUT NO, HERE TONIGHT I'M HERE WITH MY FAMILY AND, UH, I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO EVERYONE AND CONGRATULATE MY YOUNGEST.

MY MOST FAVORITE SECOND BORN SON, UH, IS GRADUATING TOMORROW FROM BRULEY HIGH SCHOOL.

AND I JUST WANTED TO RECOGNIZE HIM BEFORE WE ALL TAKE OFF ON A TRIP THIS WEEK ON A BOAT THAT ONE OF US MIGHT NOT COME BACK HOME FROM .

SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION PRESENTED TO CARSON MO BRULEY HIGH SCHOOL, REACHING THIS INCREDIBLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION MILESTONE.

CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK ON YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

YOUR MOM AND DAD ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH.

CARSON MO.

HEY, Y'ALL SEEN HIM PLENTY OF TIMES AT THE COUNCIL MEETING, WATCHING AND ALL TOO, SO WE LIKE TO GET A PICTURE.

WE GET WHERE MARK.

OKAY.

YOU READY? ALL OF YOU READY? CONGRATULATIONS.

NEXT WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER CAROLYN COLEMAN TO RECOGNIZE MEMBERS OF THE 19 J D C RECOVERY COURT STAKEHOLDER.

I SAY GOOD AFTERNOON TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ASSEMBLED HERE.

AND JUSTICE MAYOR PROTE SAID THAT THE COUNCIL PRESENTATION AT THIS TIME IS FOR THE 19TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT RECOVERY COURT.

AND SO IT'S ONE OF LOUISIANA'S 43RD THREE JUDICIAL DISTRICTS AND HAS ORIGINAL JURISDICTION OF ALL CIVIL AND CRIMINAL MATTERS IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

SO SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE INVOLVEMENT IS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF CRIME WITHIN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

AND SO THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS RECOVERY COURT IS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS THAT ARE INCARCERATED IN E B R PARISH AND REDUCE THE REARREST RATE AND INCREASE SUPERVISION FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS.

INCREASE EDUCATION OF THE 19TH J D C ADULT DRUG COURT PARTICIPANTS AND GRADUATES, INCREASED EMPLOYMENT OF THE 19TH J D C ADULT DRUG COURT PARTICIPANTS AND GRADUATES, AND REDUCED SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND ADDICTION IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

AND

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SO THIS AFTERNOON, THOSE PERSONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED ARE, AND SO ELI ALLEN, AND WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, COME RIGHT ON UP.

YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

COME ON UP.

COUNSELOR TANYA MILES WITH SET FREE INDEED.

TRI CARPENTER.

OKAY.

I WAS ABOUT TO SAY, AM I SPEAKING TO MYSELF? YES.

ALL RIGHT.

AND SO TRI SHARPENER, SHARPER SHARPEN, GOT THE FIRST PART RIGHT? THE VICE PRESIDENT OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVE, WILSON FOUNDATION, TRUDY WICKHAM P PREVENTION, VERNA BRADLEY JACKSON, ONE-TOUCH MINISTRY, WESTERN SHIELD CAPITAL AREA ALLIANCE FOR THE HOMELESS.

JAMES SWALLOW, THE REENTRY PROGRAM MANAGER.

RENEE TAYLOR, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FAMILY SERVICES OF GREATER BATON ROUGE, RICK MORTON, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OF THE GROVE.

EMILY TILLEY, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF O'BRIEN HOUSE.

CHARLOTTE CLAYBURN, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRIDGE CENTER FOR HOPE.

ALL RIGHT, COME ON DOWN.

RANDALL GOMEZ, THE DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT WOODLAKE.

JAN LOGGING HOUSE.

HOUSE.

SAY IT, LAUGHING HOUSE, LAUGHING UP.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CAPITOL AREA HUMAN SERVICES.

JUDGE WILL JORDAN, JUDGE OF THE 19TH J D C RECOVERY COURT.

CHRISTOPHER SANKA SJC, PROJECT COORDINATOR AND JUDGE DONALD JOHNSON.

AND SO ALL OF THESE PERSONS HERE ARE A PART, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OF THE 19 JUDICIAL DISTRICT RECOVERY COURT.

DUNTON.

ALL RIGHT, SO MS. ALLEN WITH TURNKEY.

TANYA MILES.

OKAY.

I'M GONNA GIVE THIS TO YOU ALL.

AND TRISTAN, IT'S HANDLED.

YES, TRUDY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

MS. JACKSON? HMM.

HMM.

HE'S NOT HERE.

WESTON.

OKAY.

JAMES SWALLOW.

RENEE TAYLOR.

ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU RENEE FOR SHOWING UP.

ALL RIGHT.

GREAT.

RICK MORTON? YES, MA'AM.

THANK YOU, SIR.

THANK YOU.

EMILY TILLEY.

THERE WILL BE.

THERE YOU GO.

CHARLOTTE CLAYBURN, CHARLOTTE, RANDALL GOMEZ, JAN LA HOUSE.

NO, SHE'S NOT HERE, BUT WE GOT IT RIGHT.

OKAY.

JUDGE WILL JORDAN, I GUESS I SHOULD HAVE PASSED.

CHRISTOPHER, THERE'S YOU, THERE'S YOU, THERE'S YOU, CHRIS, AND JUDGE DONALD JOHNSON.

OKAY, YOU CAN PASS THAT TO HER.

ALL RIGHT.

SO YOU ALL GO RIGHT UP THERE SO WE CAN GET THIS PICTURE AND I CAN MOVE ON TO THE LADY OF THE HOUR.

CONGRATULATIONS.

NEXT UP AGAIN, COUNCIL MEMBER CAROLYN COLEMAN TO RECOGNIZE KELSEY TILLAGE, SENIOR AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL.

AND SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.

IT DOES MY HEART GOOD WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUNG PEOPLE AND WE'RE, WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE GOOD THAT THEY DO.

AND I WOULD BE REMISS AS BEING THE COUNCILWOMAN IN DISTRICT 10 WHERE SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL RESIDE.

HAD I NOT, OR COME ON, DARLING, YOU GOT TO STAND UP HERE.

HAD I NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THIS YOUNG LADY HERE? AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO SEE THIS

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YOUNG LADY HERE.

MAYOR, YOU CAN COME ON OVER WITH ME.

KELSEY TILLICH, YOU ALL IS A SENIOR AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LABORATORY SCHOOL.

SHE'S DUALLY ENROLLED AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.

AND STOP ME IF I ERROR.

SHE HAS MAINTAINED OVER A 4.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE.

SHE'S A PUBLISHED AUTHOR WITH HER ANTHOLOGY SERIES, UNPOPULAR OPINIONS.

SHE'S INVOLVED IN VOLUNTEERING, ATH ATHLETICS, STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND PHOTOGRAPHY.

BUT LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THIS YOUNG LADY HAS DONE.

THIS YOUNG LADY HAS EARNED 1.2 MILLION IN ACADEMIC AND MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FOR COLLEGE.

TURN AROUND, DARLING.

SEE YOU? YES.

YES.

AND YOU ALL COULD DO BETTER THAN THAT IF SHE HAD STOLEN 1.2 MILLION.

YES.

YES, YES.

SO LET'S DO THAT AGAIN.

WOW.

WOW, MAYOR.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S 1.2 MILLION.

AND SO, AND LET ME, I'D BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T BRING A MAMA UP BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T DO IT ALONE.

AND MAMA YOU TO BE COMMENDED, YOU AND DAD TO BE COMMENDED HERE THIS DAY.

YES.

AND SO, KISE, THIS IS FOR YOU.

I GOT SO EXCITED.

I THINK I CALL YOU KELSEY, BABY KISE HERE.

AND SO KISE, I WANT YOU TO TELL THE FOLK, ALRIGHT, KELSEY, ALRIGHT.

I WANT YOU, SO I DID GET IT RIGHT.

THANK YOU DARLING.

MM-HMM.

.

SO I WANT YOU TO TELL EVERYBODY, SEE THAT 1.2, THAT'S THE REAL DEAL.

BUT I WANT YOU TO SPEAK INTO THE MIC AND TELL 'EM WHAT SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PLANS, WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE WHEN YOU FINISH GROWING UP.

AS OF NOW, I'M PLANNING TO ATTEND SPELMAN COLLEGE IN ATLANTA, IS THE NUMBER ONE H B C U.

I'LL BE MAJORING ANTHROPOLOGY ON A PRE-LAW TRACK.

AND SO, UH, THANK YOU COUNCILWOMAN FOR ACKNOWLEDGING KELSEY'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WHICH ARE AND INDEED STELLAR.

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING WITH KELSEY AND HER FAMILY, UH, BECAUSE SHE WAS ALSO NAMED AS ONE OF THE L P B HEROES.

IS THAT CORRECT? YEAH.

AND SO WE CELEBRATED THEM RECENTLY AT A BREAKFAST.

UH, BUT STORIES LIKE THIS SHOULD BE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE PAPER, STORIES LIKE THIS.

AND SO WE HONOR YOU, WE CELEBRATE YOU, AND WE'RE SO GLAD WE'RE SO BATON ROUGE PROUD OF YOU TODAY.

THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS.

CONGRATULATIONS.

YES, MA'AM.

YES MA'AM.

LET HER MOM GET IN THE PICTURE.

HUH? KYLE, YOU BULLYING EVERYBODY ELSE? YOU AIN'T TELL MOM, GET THE PICTURE.

BOY, I'LL TELL YOU THE TRUTH.

I TOLD MOM TO GET IN THE PICTURE, SAID, HEY, NO PROBLEM, NO PROBLEM.

CONGRATULATIONS.

NEXT WE HAVE COUNCIL MEMBER CLEVE DUNN JR.

TO RECOGNIZE COREY KAE.

I'M A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED WITH THE SCHEDULER CUZ YOU KNOW, IT'S ALWAYS A TALL TASK WHEN YOU FOLLOW COUNCILWOMAN.

CAROLYN COLEMAN, WE GONNA DO OUR BEST TO MEET THAT STANDARD THAT SHE, SHE PUT FORTH OUT HERE.

UH, IF YOU CAN CUE THE VIDEO, UH, JUSTIN, BEFORE WE GET STARTED, COREY KANYE, CELEBRITY FITNESS TRAINER WHO IS BEHIND SOME OF THE INCREDIBLE PHYSIQUES YOU CAN SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN.

YOU'RE THE MIND BEHIND TWO OF THE FINEST PHYSIQUES IN HOLLYWOOD RIGHT NOW, MAYBE EVER.

UM, I'VE ALSO BEEN TAKING TIPS FROM COREY, YOUR TRAINERS BEASTS.

THAT'S THE GUY.

SUMMER, SOON COME.

I'M COMPETITIVE AND COREY'S COMPETITIVE AS WELL.

AND WE REALLY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE HE WANTED TO RAISE THE BAR LEAD LEAD THE WAY.

I'M ABOUT TO LEAD THE WAY, BUT FOLLOW ME, LEAD THE WAY.

FOLLOW ME.

WATCH LEAD THE WAY.

LEAD, LEAD THE WAY.

I'M ABOUT TO LEAD THE WAY.

I STUDI DON'T NEED TO.

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I WANTED TO SHOW EVERYBODY THIS VIDEO SO YOU CAN GET A GLIMPSE OF WHO COREY IS BEFORE WE TELL YOU WHO HE IS.

AND IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO RECOGNIZE PEOPLE HERE IN THE CITY, FROM THE CITY DOING AMAZING THINGS IN THE CITY.

BUT IT'S ALSO GREAT TO RECOGNIZE PEOPLE THAT ARE FROM THE CITY, THAT ARE MOVE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD DOING AMAZING THINGS.

AND THAT'S THE CATEGORY THAT COREY FITS IN.

I'M GONNA, UH, PRESENT HIM WITH THIS CERTIFICATE, WHICH I'LL READ THEN I'LL LET YOU HEAR FROM HIM DIRECTLY.

UH, YOUR SUCCESSFUL ENDEAVORS AS A CELEBRITY TRAINER, BODY TRANSFORMATION SPECIALIST, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER AND ACTOR.

WE RECOGNIZE YOU FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, WORKING WITH CELEBRITIES SUCH AS MICHAEL B. JORDAN IN THE MOVIES, CREED, ONE, TWO, AND THREE, AS WELL AS BLACK PANTHER.

CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR SUCCESS.

THANK YOU.

WE'LL TAKE A PICTURE AFTER, BUT I WANT YOU TO HEAR FROM HIM.

TELL HIM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU.

FIRST OF ALL.

THANK YOU.

UM, IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE, UH, MY FITNESS JOURNEY STARTED HERE IN BATON ROUGE.

AND FITNESS WASN'T SO BIG WHEN I STARTED AND I KIND OF TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM BY STARTING HERE AND GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.

TRAINING MICHAEL B. JORDAN BEING ON REVENGE BY CHLOE KARDASHIAN AND ACTING AND DOING SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS.

BUT IT DIDN'T JUST START RIGHT THERE.

STARTED FROM, I WAS A POSTAL WORKER HERE.

SO I WORKED FOR THE POSTAL SERVICE FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS BEFORE I SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ELSE.

AND IT'S THAT PART WHERE YOU CAN'T BE COMFORTABLE ANYMORE.

YOU HAVE TO STRIVE FOR GREATNESS.

AND THAT'S WHAT I DID.

AND I TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF BATON ROUGE WITH ME ALL AROUND THE WORLD, TRANSFORMING LIVES FROM HERE TO AFRICA, TO AUSTRALIA, AROUND THE WORLD.

AND JUST KNOWING THAT THIS IS WHERE IT STARTED.

AND I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE, IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO.

SO MORE THAN JUST THE TRAIN OF BEING AN INSPIRATION FOR SO MANY YOUNG KIDS, SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE, IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN DO MORE, DO IT.

I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE COREY AS WELL.

AND I HAVE ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR THE COUNCIL WHEN HE HAS SOME FREE TIME.

HE'S GOING TO TRAIN THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE A MOVE WITH THE MAYOR EXPERIENCE WITH COREY.

SO FOR THOSE OF YOU ALL WHO DIDN'T WANNA DO THE TENNIS, NOW WE CAN TRAIN WHEN YOU HAVE SOME FREE TIME, THAT'S OKAY.

HE, HE'S ON BOARD.

HAVE AN EMS ON.

DON'T YOU DON'T LIKE THE BEACH? DON'T NOBODY WANT HEAR FROM YOU.

CAUSE YOU DON'T EVEN LIKE, NOBODY NOT LIKE THE CONGRATULATIONS.

CONGRATULATIONS MAN.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NOT STAYING FOR THE, UH, REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING AT THIS TIME, AS WE SAY IN SCHOOL, YOU ARE DISMISSED.

UH, WE'RE GONNA TAKE A FIVE MINUTE BREAK AND THEN WE'LL START THE COUNCIL MEETING.

LADIES, GENTLEMEN, TAKE YOU SEAT.

I'M GONNA PASS SEAT.

YEAH, I GOT IT.

YEAH.

UH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TAKE YOUR SEATS.

ROLL WITH IT.

YES SIR.

HELLO, EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

WELCOME TO THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OF YOUR METROPOLITAN COUNCIL.

GOOD TO HAVE ALL OF YOU TUNED IN TODAY.

WE ARE LIVE ON OUR, UH, FACEBOOK SITE.

WE'RE ON THE STREAMING VIDEO@BRLA.GOV ON COX CHANNEL 21.

WE ARE ON, UH, ATT UVERSE.

WE'RE ON FACEBOOK LIVE AND ALSO SOON WE'LL BE LAUNCHING ON YOU TOO.

WELCOME EVERYBODY.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU.

A PART OF OUR MEETING AT THIS TIME HERE IS THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT PRO TEM OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

COUNCILMAN LAMONT COLE.

COUNCILMAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH DENNIS.

WELCOME EVERYONE TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED COUNCIL MEETING ON THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 10TH, 2023 AT 4:00 PM I'D LIKE TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

ASHLEY, DO WE HAVE A QUORUM? WE HAVE A QUORUM.

I'M GOING TO PASS IT TO COUNCIL MEMBER HURST TO INTRODUCE, UH, THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO WILL LEAD US IN THE INVOCATION AS WELL AS THE PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE.

COUNCILMAN HURST.

SO, UH, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

UH, THANK YOU'ALL.

SO TODAY WE HAVE

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A SPECIAL GUEST, AN AMAZING MAN THAT SAVED SO MANY SOULS AND LIVES, UM, IN OUR DISTRICT.

I, I, I KNOW HIM.

I, I SAID THIS IN HIS CHURCH, BUT I WANNA SAY THIS PUBLICLY AGAIN.

I DIDN'T MEET HIM IN THE CHURCH.

I MET HIM ON THE BASKETBALL COURT WORKING WITH KIDS OUTSIDE OF THE CHURCH.

AND NOW WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HOW POST COVID, THE CHURCH HAS FOUR WALLS AND WE NEVER DO ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF IT TO INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND ONE THING I WILL SAY IS THAT, UH, PASTOR ERIC KAY WILLIAMS IS A MAN, NOT JUST OF THE WALLS, BUT OUTSIDE AS WELL, AND MAKE SURE THAT THE RESOURCES MEET THE PEOPLE THAT NEED THEM.

SO LEADING US IN THE, UH, PRAYER TODAY, WE'LL BE PASTOR ERIC KAY WILLIAMS FROM, UH, BEACON LIGHT, HER BATON ROUGE.

THANK YOU COUNCILMAN HEARST.

IF YOU DON'T MIND, LET US ALL PRAY TOGETHER.

LET US PRAY.

FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR THIS DAY THAT YOU HAVE MADE AND TRULY YOU HAVE BLESSED US, UH, TO REACH THIS POINT IN TIME OF THE DAY.

FATHER, I PRAY NOW THAT YOUR BLESSINGS CONTINUE TO BE UPON US.

GOD, WE THANK YOU NOW FOR WISDOM.

WE THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE GREAT KNOWLEDGE THAT IS IN THIS ROOM ON TODAY.

AND FATHER, WE PRAY NOW AS WE WOULD ALLOW YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR GUIDANCE.

BUT MOST OF ALL, GOD, YOUR PRESENCE TO BE WITH US ON TODAY, FATHER, WE THANK YOU NOW FOR THIS WONDERFUL CITY CALLED BATON ROUGE THAT WE ALL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO BE IN.

AND WE ASK NOW, GOD, THAT YOU ARE BLESSED.

NOW THIS COUNCIL, THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL COME ON TODAY.

AND FATHER, WE PRAY NOW THAT EVERYTHING BE SHALL BE DONE TO YOUR GLORY AND TO YOUR GLORY ALONE.

THANK YOU NOW FOR YOUR FAVOR AND YOUR BLESSINGS AND ALLOWING US TO REALIZE WHO WE ARE.

AND IT'S ONLY BY YOUR GRACE THAT WE ALL WHERE WE ARE AND WE ARE WHO WE ARE.

AND GOD BLESS US NOW ON THIS DAY UNTIL YOUR GLORY, IT SHALL BE DONE.

IT'S IN JESUS' NAME WE PRAY.

AMEN.

AMEN.

AMEN.

AMEN.

AND I, AND I DIDN'T KNOW AARON, MOST KIDS WERE GONNA BE HERE TODAY, BUT MY KIDS ARE COMING FROM PRACTICE.

BUT UM, AND I ALWAYS, I TELL EVERYBODY I WAS ON EVERYBODY ELSE'S KIDS SOMETIMES LEAVE MINE IN THE DUST.

DON'T DO IT INTENTIONALLY.

BUT WHEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PICK, UM, TWO SOMEBODY TO LEAD THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TODAY, I SAID, WHO BETTER THAN THE TWO KIDS OUTTA MY HOUSEHOLD? SO I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MY NAMESAKE, DARRYL HURST II, AS WELL AS, UH, THE BOSS OF MY LIFE, MY DAUGHTER HAILEY HILTON HURST.

OKAY.

I PLEDGE, PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE, OF THE UNITED STATES, OF, OF AMERICA TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INVISIBLE LIBERTY.

JUSTICE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU PASTOR WILLIAMS. THANK YOU SIR.

THANK YOU YOUNG HURST CHILDREN.

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AT THIS TIME WE'LL GO TO ITEM ONE, APPROVAL AND ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE METROPOLITAN COUNCIL MEETING OF APRIL 26TH, 2023 BY COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM ONE WHEN I GO TO COUNCIL MEMBERS? IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE? SO MOVED BY COUNCIL MEMBER HER SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER AND ROSA.

UH, AT THIS TIME I'M GONNA TAKE A POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE.

FIRST I WANT TO RECOGNIZE OUR NEW HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SUPPLY DIVERSITY.

MS. RAQUEL SQUARE OVER THERE, PLEASE WAVE SO EVERYONE CAN SEE WHO YOU ARE.

MS. SQUARE.

YEAH, THERE YOU GO.

AND WE WANT TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE OUR COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR TODAY IS HER 16TH BIRTHDAY.

SO HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO COUNCIL ADMINISTRATOR AND SHAWNA BANKS IS GONNA LEAD US IN A RENDITION HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

IT'S ON YOU.

SHAWN , HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

THANK YOU EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLEY.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT JOB SHAWNNA.

THANKS Y'ALL.

AND AT THIS TIME, ASHLEY, HAPPY A BIRTHDAY.

WOULD YOU PLEASE READ

[INTRODUCTIONS]

THE INTRODUCTIONS SECTION 2.12 INTRODUCTIONS.

NUMBER TWO, GRANTING A FIVE YEAR PROPERTY TAX ABATEMENT ESTIMATED AT $8,955 PER YEAR FOR ASSOCIATED GROCERS, LOCATED AT 28 31 MONTEREY BOULEVARD FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENCOURAGING PRIVATE INVESTMENT AND RESTORATION OF PROPERTY BY PLANNING DIRECTOR NUMBER THREE, AUTHORIZING THE BROWNSFIELD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT, EAST BATON ROUGE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT NUMBER THREE TO PURCHASE AND OR THE RATIFICATION OF THE PURCHASE OF

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A 2.13 ACRE TRACK, FORMERLY PART OF KLEIN PETER PLACE, LOCATED AT 11 4 20 PLANK ROAD FROM THE LOUISIANA ALLIANCES LEAGUE FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN, INCORPORATED FOR THE SUM OF $50,000 IN APPROPRIATING.

$30,000 FOR SAID PURPOSE FROM THE DISTRICT'S FUND BALANCE BY THE BROWNSFIELD FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT.

NUMBER FOUR, AMENDING THE LOCAL FISCAL RECOVERY FUND.

AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN BUDGET.

SO IS TO REALLOCATE $100,000 FROM THE RE-ENTRY PROGRAM TO A Y W C, A PROGRAM THAT SUPPORTS HOMELESSNESS, EDUCATIONAL, AND QUALITY OF LIFE PROGRAMS. AND AUTHORIZING AN AMENDMENT TO THE EXISTING SUBRECIPIENT AGREEMENT WITH Y W C A FOR THIS AMOUNT AND PURPOSE BY THE MAYOR, PRESIDENT CONDEMNATION INTRODUCTIONS NUMBER FIVE, CLIFFORD WARREN SANFORD, 84 86 SCOTLAND AVENUE, DISTRICT TWO BANKS, NUMBER SIX P B D REALTY INCORPORATED 97 32 AVENUE B COUNCIL DISTRICT TWO BANKS, NUMBER SEVEN, KEVIN SPICER.

1344 SORA STREET COUNCIL, DISTRICT TWO BANKS, NUMBER EIGHT, EDWIN REYES, 67 75 SPRING DRIVE COUNCIL DISTRICT FIVE HURST.

NUMBER NINE, COREY VAUGHN, 84 69 MAD MADRID AVENUE COUNCIL DISTRICT SIX DUNN JR.

NUMBER 10, THE SUCCESSION OF DOMINIC BON FANNY.

51 63 GREENWELL SPRINGS ROAD COUNCIL, DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 11, DIANA.

PAGE 1251 NORTH 46TH STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN COLE NUMBER 12, THE ESTATE OF WILLIE STEWART.

1565 NORTH 49TH STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN, COLE NUMBER 13, LET INVESTMENT PROPERTIES INC.

UH, I'M SORRY, LLC 35 35 TOPEKA STREET COUNCIL, DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN NUMBER 14, MULLEN PETERSON 84 8 NORTH 48TH STREET COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN, UH, I'M SORRY, COUNCIL DISTRICT 10 COLEMAN.

UH, ALL ITEMS THAT REQUIRE READING HAVE BEEN READ AND A MOTION TO INTRODUCE ALL ITEMS AND DELETE.

ITEM 16 IS IN ORDER.

IS THERE A MOTION? INTRODUCE AND DELETE ABOUT 16 BY COUNCIL MEMBER ADAMS. SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER GOK.

ANY OBJECTIONS? ALL ITEMS HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED IN ITEM 16 HAS BEEN DELETED.

COUNCIL MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD

[CONDEMNATION]

GO TO YOUR SEPARATE SHEET FOR CONDEMNATIONS, I'LL READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

THEY ARE TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 35, 37, 38, 39 AND 44.

DELETE FOR, UM, EXCUSE ME, DEFER FOR 90 DAYS ITEMS 34, 36, 42 AND 43.

AND DELETE ITEMS 39, 40 AND 41.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? ANYONE HERE? COME ON DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, AND WHAT DISTRICT YOU HERE FOR.

HOW DO YOU DO? UH, GREG GOCHE.

UM, 1971 WOODLAND DRIVE, BATON ROUGE.

7 0 8.

OH EIGHT.

UM, I LIVE IN THE COLLEGE DRIVE AREA, BUT THE PROPERTY IS IN MS. BANKS'S DISTRICT, UH, DISTRICT TWO.

UM, THIS WAS OWNED BY MY, HIS PROPERTY WAS OWNED BY MY MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO PASSED AWAY IN 20.

AND THE ESTATE'S BEEN TIED UP IN PROBATE UNTIL THAT TIME.

AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESOLVE PROPERTY ISSUES.

UH, I'VE COMMITTED TO, UH, COUNCILWOMAN BANKS THAT WE WOULD HAVE THE PROPERTY CLEARED AND DEMOLISHED IN THE NEXT 45 DAYS.

IF WE COULD AVOID, UH, A CONDEMNATION THAT WOULD CAUSE UH, I GUESS A VERY HIGH PRICE DEMOLITION ON THE PART OF THE, UH, CITY PARISH COUNCIL MEMBER BANKS HAS GIVEN YOU CK A WHAT NUMBER IS THAT? 1 38 COUNCIL.

38 COUNCIL MEMBER BANKS.

WE DON'T HAVE A MEETING IN 60 DAYS BECAUSE OF THE JULY HOLIDAY, SO 90 DAYS WOULD BE AUGUST 9TH.

OKAY, THAT'S PERFECT.

I'LL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOUR OFFICE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT'S DONE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON A CONDEMNATION? I'M GONNA READ THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND CHANGES.

THEY ARE TO PROCEED WITH ITEMS 35, 37 AND 44.

THEY ARE TO DEFER FOR 90 DAYS.

ITEMS 34, 36, 38, 42 AND 43.

AND THEY ARE TO DELETE ITEMS 39 40 AND 41.

AND YOU HAVE ITEM 36 FOR 90 DAYS.

HAVE ITEM 36 FOR 90 DAYS? YES.

OKAY, THAT'S GOOD.

AND ITEM 35 FOR 90 DAYS.

YOU WANT 35 FOR 90 DAYS? 35 PROCEED.

37.

ALL RIGHT.

PROCEED WITH 37 44, DEFER FOR 90 DAYS, 34, 35, 36, 38, 42 AND 43.

AND TO DELETE ITEMS 39, 40 AND 41.

ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE CONDEMNATION? IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE ALL CONDEMNATION? SO MOVE BY COUNCIL MEMBER ADAM SECOND AND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NOEL CONDEMNATIONS HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO GO TO YOUR SEPARATE SHEET.

COUNCIL MEMBERS WE'RE GONNA GO TO IT.

UM, EXCUSE ME.

IF YOU GO

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TO PAGE SEVEN,

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COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL GO TO ITEM 45 IN ORDINANCE REQUIRING FAIR CHANCE HIRING STANDARDS FOR PERSONS, CORPORATIONS, AND ENTITIES THAT HAVE A CONTACT OR COOPERATIVE ENDEAVOR AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE PARISH EAST BATON ROUGE BY LIMITING CONSIDERATION OF CRIMINAL HISTORY OF ANY APPLICANT AND TO PROVIDE OTHERWISE WITH RESPECT THERE TOO BY COUNCIL MEMBER BANKS.

THE ITEM WAS DEFERRED FROM THE APRIL 26TH MEETING.

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 45? ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 45? OKAY.

UH, GOOD AFTERNOON.

JENNIFER CARLISLE.

UH, 1855 OLD CARRIAGE LANE 7 0 8 0 6.

UM, I WANTED TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THIS.

UM, I THINK, UH, I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH A FAMILY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS THAT HAVE HAD MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED AND HAVE HAD RECORDS.

AND WHEN THEY'VE SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN PRISON, THEY HAVE PAID THEIR TIME.

UM, THE PARTICULAR PERSON I'M THINKING OF HAS HAD A HARD TIME GETTING A JOB NOW THAT SHE'S OUT, WHICH MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT TO LIVE A PRODUCTIVE LIFE WHEN YOU ARE OUT, WHEN NO ONE WILL GIVE YOU A JOB.

UM, SO I THINK, UH, IF, UH, UH, IF WE AGREE THAT PEOPLE HAVE PAID THEIR TIME, THEN WE NEED TO, TO TRY TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IS ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM? STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD, PLEASE.

SURE.

JUST WANNA REMIND EVERYONE YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES, UH, WHEN YOU COME UP TO SPEAK.

THREE MINUTES.

GO AHEAD.

UH, JONATHAN HILL, 38 81 TOPEKA STREET, 7 0 8 0 5 AND I'M HERE TO LEND MY VOICE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ORDINANCE.

AS YOU WILL HEAR A COURSE OF INDIVIDUALS COME BEFORE YOU ON THIS AFTERNOON, WE REALIZE THAT EMPLOYMENT IS A KEY ELEMENT IN OUR SOCIETY.

AND A FEW YEARS AGO, UH, THIS COUNCIL TOOK A BOLD EFFORT TO REMOVE THE BOX THAT WAS ON CITY PARISH JOB APPLICATIONS.

AND IT'S MY HOPE AND MY PRAYER THAT WE WILL CONTINUE THAT COLLABORATIVE EFFORT ON TODAY AS WE SEEK TO MAKE SURE INDIVIDUALS ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND EQUITABLY IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT JUSTICE IN THE BROADEST SENSE, IT'S THE CONCEPT THAT INDIVIDUALS ARE TO BE TREATED IN A MANNER THAT IS EQUITABLE AND FAIR.

AND SO OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT JUSTICE BEING SERVED AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE DONE THINGS THAT ARE WRONG AND WE SEEK JUSTICE.

BUT JUSTICE IS ALSO APPLICABLE WHEN INDIVIDUALS HAVE DONE THEIR PART AND WE OWE THEM A FAIR CHANCE AT SOCIETY.

AND SO LET'S GIVE JUSTICE TODAY BY REMOVING ANY OTHER BARRIERS ON THAT APPLIED TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE TRYING TO REENTER SOCIETY.

UH, WE TALK ABOUT LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, AND WE JUST SAID THAT IN THE PLEDGE.

AND TODAY, UH, WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN IN A VERY TRUE SENSE.

AND SO I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE THAT SAYS, LEARN TO DO GOOD, SEEK JUSTICE, HELP THE OPPRESSED, DEFEND THE CAUSE OF THE ORPHANS, AND FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

IT'S MY PRAYER THAT YOU WILL PASS THIS ORDINANCE.

THANK YOU.

ANYONE ELSE HERE WISH TO SPEAK ON ITEM COME DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

GREETINGS TO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS LINDA TURNER.

I LIVE AT 8 0 7 NORTH 35TH STREET, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, UH, 7 0 8 0 2.

AND I'M A CONSTITUENT OF DISTRICT SEVEN.

UM, I'M HERE TO GIVE YOU, UM, BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF MY STORY.

UH, FROM 2004, I'M SORRY, 2002 TO TO 2004.

UH, I WAS INCARCERATED.

UM, PRIOR TO THAT TIME I HAD WORKED AS A NURSE, A GERIATRIC NURSE, FOR A PERIOD OF 27 YEARS.

UH, WHEN I CAME HOME, OF COURSE I HAD NO MONEY.

I HAD NOTHING BUT A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY.

UH, AFTER NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS TO FIND EMPLOYMENT, SO MANY DOORS SLAMMED IN MY FACE.

I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET A JOB.

UH, IT SEEMED LIKE I HAD A NEON LIGHT ON MY FOREHEAD SAYING, HEY, I'M A CONVICTED FELON.

NO ONE WANTED TO HIRE ME.

I IN TURN DECIDED, UH, AT THAT POINT I WAS SUICIDAL, BUT I DECIDED TO EDUCATE MYSELF.

I WENT ON TO SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, UH, OBTAINED A BLACK BACHELOR'S DEGREE, WENT ON TO SUNO, GOT A MASTER'S IN SOCIAL WORK.

IT WAS 10 YEARS LATER BEFORE SOMEONE GAVE ME A FAIR CHANCE.

UM, I'M HERE NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT MYSELF, BUT ANYONE PRIOR TO AND COMING AFTER ME.

I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR THEM FOR THE FAIR CHANCE IN HIRING ORDINANCE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL YOUR SUCCESS.

COME ON DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

HI, MY NAME IS EVA WILLIAMS. MY ADDRESS IS 71 21 DIER ROAD, BAKER, LOUISIANA, 70,714.

AND I'M IN DISTRICT ONE.

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AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I'M HERE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE ORDINANCE AND I'M ASKING THAT EACH OF YOU VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE ORDINANCE.

BECAUSE WE ALL WANT TO LIVE IN A SAFE COMMUNITY, I WANT MY COMMUNITY TO BE SAFER.

AND PASSING DISCORDANCE IS THE FIRST STEP IN SAFETY.

I BELIEVE THOSE WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS DESERVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE REDEMPTION AND TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS.

MOST PEOPLE WITH A CRIMINAL RECORD CONVINCE OR UNLIKELY TO OFFEND IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN WILLFUL EMPLOYMENT.

THEREFORE, WE'RE SAYING EMPLOYMENT BRINGS AN UNMATCHED SENSE OF STABILITY AND SELF-CONFIDENCE IN AN INDIVIDUAL LIFE, WHICH CAN LEAD TO A REDUCED CHANCE OF REGRESSING INTO DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR THAT LED THEM TO THEIR CRIMINAL CONVICTION AND WAS POLITE AS THE COMMUNITY IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

IF WE WANT OUR COMMUNITY TO BE SAFE, WE MUST PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THOSE WHO ARE ATTEMPTING TO TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND BY GIVING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A LIVING AND CONTRIBUTE POSITIVELY TO THEIR COMMUNITY.

I ALSO SAY THAT ASKING YOU TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY BY SUPPORTING THIS AUDIENCE, I THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR SUPPORT.

THANK YOU KINDLY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

IS ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE IEM? CAITLIN JOSHUA, 48 21 ENSW ROAD.

7 0 8 0 9.

SORRY.

UM, I'M A POLICY ORGANIZER WITH THE POWER COALITION FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE AND A MEMBER OF THE BATON ROUGE FAIR CHANCE COALITION.

I WANNA KIND OF TAKE A MOMENT TO GROUND US HERE AND I WANNA SPEAK TO WHY WE BROUGHT THIS MEASURE IN THE FIRST PLACE, WHICH HAS COME UP QUITE A BIT IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY OF YOU AND HAS LED US TO THIS POINT AS ORGANIZERS, ACTIVISTS, FORMERLY INCARCERATED, PEOPLE RETURNING CITIZENS AND ATTORNEYS WORKING TOGETHER IN COALITION.

SO THIS MEASURE WAS ACTUALLY BORN OUT OF A SURVEY THREE, ALMOST FOUR YEARS AGO.

UM, AT THE TIME ONE OF OUR COALITION PARTNERS, STEPPA LOUISIANA, CONDUCTED A POLL IN OUR COMMUNITY TO FIND OUT WHAT WERE THEIR TOP THREE ISSUES.

THE FOLKS CARE ABOUT EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH OF THOSE TYPE THREE ISSUES.

WE HAD $15 MINIMUM WAGE, EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN, AND MORE PROTECTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORMERLY INCARCERATED PEOPLE.

SO GARNERED THIS DATA, WE WENT TO THE PEOPLE, MEETING FOLKS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE, BUS STATIONS, LIBRARIES, COFFEE SHOPS, CHURCHES, RESTAURANTS, AND OTHER PLACES WHERE OUR PEOPLE FREQUENT.

SHORTLY AFTER I MET WITH MERU AND SHE IMMEDIATELY SIGNED OFF TO THE PLATFORM INCLUDING THE EXPANSION OF THE BAN THE BOX ORDINANCE, OR ALSO KNOWN AS FAIR CHANCE AND HIRING ACT.

WE IMMEDIATELY STARTED DOING RESEARCH UPON COLLECTING THIS DATA AND STARTED CONVERSATIONS WITH MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL, RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT FOR THE LAST YEAR OR SO.

WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR TODAY IS VERY SIMPLE.

IT'S AN EASY LIFT COMPARED TO SOME OF THE HARDER MEASURES SET BEFORE YOU IN PAST MEETINGS.

AND WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE PARISH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE CONSISTENTLY FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, YEARS, SITTING IN MEETINGS FOR A COUPLE HOURS A WEEK TO CURATE A LANGUAGE THAT IS DIGESTIBLE FOR ALL OF US, AN EASY AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.

WE'VE INCORPORATED EVERYONE'S CONCERNS OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF AND THAT IS REFLECTED IN THE LATEST DRAFT YOU ALL HAVE BEFORE YOU TODAY.

PURCHASING DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN PROVIDED THE SAME DOCUMENTS WE USE IN NEW ORLEANS TO BE ABLE TO SERVE AS A BLUEPRINT OR A PLAYBOOK IF YOU WILL.

AS YOU MAY ALSO NOTICE IN THE FINAL DRAFT, WE HAVE MOVED THE DATE OF THE ENACTMENT FROM 60 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF APPROVAL TO 180 DAYS.

SO SIX MONTHS, ADDITIONAL FOUR MONTHS BECAUSE WE WANNA HONOR THAT THIS WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE ACCURATELY, NOT SWIFTLY.

MAYOR BRU HAS ALSO SENT OUT A PROCUREMENT SURVEY WHICH COULD FURTHER INFORM OUR WORK AND INFORM THE WORK OF THE PURCHASING DEPARTMENT AS IT RELATES TO CONTRACT JOBS AND THE USE OF THE PROCUREMENT.

CURRENTLY, THEIR STAFF HAS HELPED US WORK WITH PARISH'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND PURCHASING TO CREATE A FULLY VETTED ORDINANCE THAT SEEKS TO DO THE FOLLOWING AND THE FOLLOWING ONLY ENFORCES WHAT'S CURRENTLY ON THE BOOKS, EXPANDS THE FAIR CHANCE IN HIRING LAW, ALSO KNOWN AS BAN THE BOX.

THUS CONTRACTORS WOULD HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE FAIR CHANCE IN HIRING ACT, WHICH STATES THAT YOU CAN PULL THE BACKGROUND CHECK AT THE END OF THE HIRING PROCESS DURING THE CONDITIONAL OFFER.

AND FINALLY, THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS THAT I TALKED ABOUT WOULD BE ESTABLISHED.

THIS PROVIDES FOR MORE CHECKS AND BALANCES WITHIN THE SYSTEM.

LETS US FIGURE OUT IF WE'RE HIRING MORE FORMERLY CHRIST STATE PERSONS.

IF SOMEONE INQUIRES ABOUT A JOB OR WHY THEY WEREN'T DENIED, WHY THEY WEREN'T DENIED A JOB, THEY'RE ABLE TO FIND OUT THAT INFORMATION.

WE ALSO TOOK THE LIBERTY TO PULL A VARIETY OF BUSINESSES AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE ORGANIZATIONS AND NONE OF THEM HAVE PROVIDED OPPOSITION OR CONCERNS AROUND OUR WORK OR OUR MEASURE.

AND THAT

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IS BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND WE HAVE TO FILL VACANCIES, WE HAVE TO GET PEOPLE WORKING AND WE HAVE TO KEEP A SUSTAINABLE WORKFORCE, ELIMINATE TURNOVER AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

THERE'S ALSO BEEN A SUMMARY RECENT TO EACH OF THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL SAYING AN EXPLANATION OF THE ORDINANCES LINE BY LINE AS WHY THIS SHOULD BE ASKED PASSED FAVORABLY.

AND I'LL WRAP UP.

I'M HOPING TODAY WE CAN PASS AND MEASURE AS THE CAPITAL CITY OF LOUISIANA THAT WILL IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY.

SO SUPPORT, SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH, REDUCE EMPLOYEE TURNOVER, REDUCE LITIGATION, AND ULTIMATELY GIVE A SECOND CHANCE TO OUR CITIZENS.

THERE IS DATA THAT STATES THAT BY PROVIDING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FORMER INCARCERATED PERSONS, THERE ARE A HOST OF POSITIVE OUTCOMES.

IT IS A WIN FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, A WIN FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

SO LET'S TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE OUR OWN DATA AND BE A CHAMPION FOR THE MEASURE.

THANK YOU.

COME ON DOWN.

NEXT UP.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

I'M REVEREND JIM VANDER WHEEL.

I CURRENTLY LIVE AT 1 48 STEEPLECHASE AVENUE, BATON ROUGE 7 0 8 0 8 DISTRICT 12.

I BELIEVE IN SECOND CHANCES.

BUT THERE ARE TWO REASONS WHY I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT THE FAIR CHANCE BILL.

FIRST I TURNED TO JESUS PRAISE FOR THOSE WHO HELPED PEOPLE WHO NEEDED ASSISTANCE.

HE PUT THEMSELF IN THEIR SHOES.

HE SAID I NEEDED CLOTHES AND YOU CLOTHED ME.

I WAS SICK AND YOU LOOKED AFTER ME.

I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU CAME TO VISIT ME.

MATTHEW 25 36.

THESE WORDS OF MERCY LINKED WITH BLESSED ARTHUR MERCYFUL FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE GATES OF HEAVEN.

AN INSPIRATION TO ME WHEN I MOVED MIDLIFE TO SEMINARY AND THEN TO COMMUNITY CHURCH UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST IN 2002.

SECOND INCARCERATION RESONATES OUT THROUGH THE COMMUNITY.

IT HITS THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED.

I HAVE TWO SONS.

PARENTS OF MY IN THIS ROOM WILL UNDERSTAND THAT I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT MY SONS AS THEY GREW UP.

MY HOPES ROSE AND FALL WITH THE ALLEGED REPORTS ARE HEARD ABOUT THEIR PROGRESS IN LIFE.

TWO MONTHS AFTER KATRINA, WHEN I MOVED BACK TO NEW ORLEANS, DOING MY BEST TO REACH OUT TO MY CONGREGANTS, MY YOUNGEST SON CALLED AND TOLD ME HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE THAT SEMESTER AND DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

I DID.

IT WAS EASILY RESOLVED.

THE REGISTRAR UNDERSTOOD.

IT WAS CERTAINLY A WORRY THOUGH BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED TWICE IN HIGH SCHOOL.

FORTUNATELY, HIS ARREST RECORD WAS ERASED WHEN HE RECEIVED HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AS STIPULATED BY THE JUDGE, TIME OF HIS VERDICT.

BUT THEN IN 2010, MY OLDER SON PREVIOUSLY ARRESTED TWICE FOR DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED LEFT A PARTY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

AND DESPITE MANY OBJECTIONS FOR PEOPLE AROUND HIM, CLAIMED IT WAS OKAY TO DRIVE.

BUT HE TOLD ME THE LANE TO THE HOUSE WAS LONG.

THERE WERE CARS THAT WERE MIS PARKED.

HE DECIDED TO BACK OUT.

BUT BACK OUT DOES NOT WORK.

WHEN YOU BLACK OUT HIS CAR FOUND A POND.

THE HOSE CLAIMED HE HAD DEFENDED EVERYBODY, INCLUDING HIM.

AND HE SPENT THREE MONTHS IN JAIL.

EACH OF MY SONS HAS HAD OPPORTUNITIES.

THEY STEP PAST.

THEY NOW MAKE MORE THAN I EVER MADE AT ANY TIME IN MY LIFE.

OPPORTUNITIES SECOND, CHANCES ARE SOMETHING THAT ARE BLESSED WITH MERCY.

UH, THEY ARE SENTIMENT THAT I THINK IS ENDEMIC IN THE TRADITION IN WHICH I WAS RAISED.

AND A HOPE FOR MANY OF YOU HERE AS WELL.

YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO PROVIDE SECOND CHANCES THAT WILL HELP NOT ONLY INDIVIDUALS, BUT ALSO FAMILIES GOING FORWARD.

I URGE YOU TO TAKE IT AND I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THESE WORDS FROM ST.

AUGUSTINE.

THERE IS NO SAINT WITHOUT A PAST, NO SINNER, WITHOUT A FUTURE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 45? GOOD AFTERNOON.

I WANT TO THANK GOD AND THANK Y'ALL FOR HAVING ME HERE, HERE TODAY.

I'M A FORMER INCARCERATED INMATE CURTIS MILLER.

I STARTED ALMOST 20 YEARS IN ANGOLA AND I'M A FAIR CHANGE ORIGINS FOR THE JOB SITUATION.

I CAN EXPLAIN.

WELL CUZ IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO GET A JOB DUE TO THE FACT ABOUT ME BEING INCARCERATED AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE AND NEVER HAD A JOB.

BUT WHEN I CAME HOME, I, IT TOOK TWO YEARS FOR ME TO GET A JOB CUZ EVERYBODY WAS LIKE, WOULDN'T GIVE ME AN OPPORTUNITY.

BUT THE OPPORTUNITY THAT I WAS GIVEN AT DEFENSE COMPANY, I HAVE A TRADE NOW AND I'VE BEEN HOME 25 YEARS.

BLESSED YOU.

AND I THINK EVERYBODY DESERVE THAT OPPORTUNITY MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD.

CAUSE YOU ARE RATHER A MAN TO BE WORKING THAN, THAN JUST WALKING AROUND

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DOING NOTHING.

AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS SITUATION REAL HARD BECAUSE EVERYBODY AIN'T GONNA HAVE THE PATIENCE.

I HAD TWO YEARS OF STAYING OUT HERE WITHOUT A JOB AND I APPRECIATE YOU AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR HAVING ME.

THANK YOU BROTHER.

ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SPEAK ON ITEM 45? COME ON DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR PROAM, FELLOW COUNCIL MEMBERS CITIZENS LE BATON ROUGE.

I STAND BEFORE YOU THIS MORNING, THIS AFTERNOON.

I'LL TALK TO YOU ABOUT UNTAPPED TALENTS.

WE HAVE TOO MANY INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ARE QUALIFIED, OTHERWISE QUALIFIED, BUT UNQUALIFIED TO WORK IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

THEY PAY TAXES, THEY BUY GROCERIES, THEY OWN CARS.

THEY LIVE IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES.

I LIVE IN A COMMUNITY, BUT MOST OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RECORDS CANNOT GET A JOB BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT GIVEN AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY.

THEY'RE NOT GIVEN THAT SECOND CHANCE.

THE OTHER NIGHT WHEN I WAS CALLING INDIVIDUALS TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE FAIR CHANCE HIRING ACT, ONE MAN SAID TO ME, HE SAID, YOUNG LADY, I WORK FOR AN INDUSTRY.

WELL, WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT APPLY ALL THE TIME AND WE CAN'T HIRE THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR RECORD, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A RECORD.

I SAID, WELL, HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE FAIR CHANCE HIRING ACT? HE SAID, BUT ONCE YOU LOOK AT THEIR RECORDS, YOU CAN'T OFFER THEM A JOB.

I SAID, UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT IT'S GONNA TAKE EDUCATION.

IT'S GOING TO HA TAKE ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE A CHANGE, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO HAVE A QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EVERYBODY.

MY CHILD TODAY, YOUR CHILD TOMORROW.

WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO ANY OF US.

WE STAND, BUT WE DON'T KNOW WHERE WE MAY FALL.

SO LET'S LOOK AT THIS ACT AND LET'S GIVE EVERYBODY A CHANCE, A CHANCE TO HAVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING.

THANK YOU.

COME ON DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

GOOD EVENING COUNCIL MEN, WOMEN, UM, AMELIA HERRERA WOULD VOTE, VOICE OF THE EXPERIENCE VOTE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS MADE UP OF FORMERLY INCARCERATED PEOPLE, FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND ALLIES.

SO WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT WE FIGHT FOR THOSE RIGHTS THAT WERE ONCE TAKEN AWAY.

WHEN FOLKS REENTER INTO SOCIETY, THERE ARE SO MANY BARRIERS THAT THEY FACE.

SO WHEN YOU PUT SOMETHING LIKE FAIR CHANCE IN HIRING AS ANOTHER OBSTACLE, YOU'RE CLOSING OUT A WHOLE SECTOR OF PEOPLE THAT ARE OTHERWISE CAPABLE OF FULFILLING A JOB.

LIKE MS. LINDA, I DID NURSING FOR OVER 35 YEARS.

35 YEARS IMPECCABLE.

NEVER MADE A MISTAKE, NEVER ERR IN MEDICATION, ANYTHING.

BUT BECAUSE MY HUSBAND WAS MURDERED AND MY MOM DIED SIX MONTHS APART, I HAD A MENTAL CRISIS WHICH LED ME TO BECOME INCARCERATED.

NOW MY CHARGES WERE DROPPED.

I WAS ONE OF THE FORTUNATE ONES.

MY CHARGES WERE DROPPED, BUT NOT UNTIL I SPENT SEVERAL MONTHS IN ONE OF THE WORST JAILS IN LOUISIANA.

BUT WHEN I GOT OUT AND TRIED TO GET MY NURSING LICENSED BACK, THERE WERE FEES, THERE WERE BARRIERS, THERE WERE ROADBLOCKS, THERE WERE CHALLENGES.

SO I'M STILL A NURSE.

I'M STILL THE SAME PERSON THAT NEVER EARNED IN JUDGMENT, THAT NEVER HAD A WRITE UP IN 35 YEARS.

THE SAME PERSON THAT GRADUATED NURSING WITH HONORS.

HOWEVER, BECAUSE OF A MISTAKE AND SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL FOR ONE

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MOMENT AND OFFICERS NOT KNOWING HOW TO HANDLE A MENTAL CRISIS AND LOCKING ME UP, I WAS UNABLE TO OBTAIN THAT NURSING LICENSE BACK WITHOUT THOSE CHALLENGES.

SO ALL I'M SAYING TODAY IS FAIR CHANCE HIRING ORDINANCE IS NECESSARY BECAUSE WE ARE THE SAME PERSON THAT WE WERE BEFORE.

SOME OF US ARE EVEN BETTER, WE'RE DEDICATED.

WE DO NOT WANNA COME OUT AND SUE ANYONE.

WE DO NOT WANT TO BE CALLED CRIMINALS.

WHAT WE WANT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR A JOB AND GIVE IT OUR ALL.

AND B, TAX PAYING CITIZENS.

THAT'S IT.

NOT TO BE JUDGED WITH THE LETTER A ON OUR FOREHEADS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

COME ON DOWN.

STATE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS FOR THE RECORD.

HELLO, MY NAME IS TAMARA .

UM, I MADE 64 54 AIRLINE HIGHWAY, BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA 7 0 805.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY START OFF FIRST, START OFF SAYING THAT, UM, SOME THINGS ARE JUST COMMON SENSE.

UM, AND IF YOU SEE THE PROBLEM, EVERYONE'S PRETTY HA PRETTY MUCH HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM THAT I'M HEARING AND THEY'RE EXPERIENCING THE SAME THINGS.

I MYSELF HAVE AN UNCLE THAT IS CURRENTLY INCARCERATED.

HE'S PRETTY MUCH BEEN INCARCERATED IN AND OUT OF JAIL MY WHOLE LIFE.

UM, NOW I FEEL LIKE THE SYSTEM COULD BE A LOT BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO GIVING THESE, UM, FELONS AND ANYONE THAT'S BEEN INCARCERATED SECOND CHANCES.

UM, I CAN'T SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

MY UNCLE IS, LIKE I SAID, IS STILL CURRENTLY INCARCERATED.

UM, AND HAD THE SYSTEM WOULD'VE BEEN A LOT BETTER, NOT NECESSARILY THE SYSTEM, HE WOULD'VE HAD A SECOND CHANCE OR EVEN WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY, UM, TO DO BETTER YEARS AGO.

I I DON'T THINK HE WOULD'VE BEEN INCARCERATED, UM, THIS LONG OR SO MANY TIMES.

THE SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM IS GREAT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING TO, UM, CHANGE THEIR LIFE TO MAKE A BETTER LIVING FOR THEMSELVES, READY TO BE INDEPENDENT TO SOCIETY AND, UH, READY TO MAKE THAT NEXT STEP AND TAKE THAT NEXT STEP TO BE, UM, INDEPENDENT IN SOCIETY AND NO LONGER BE, UM, INSTITUTIONALIZED, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS HERE IN BATON ROUGE OR NECESSARILY THE 7 0 805 ZIP CODE.

THERE'S A LOT OF CRIME BEING COMMITTED, UM, A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING.

BUT IF THERE WAS A PROGRAM IN PLACE FOR THESE YOUNG ONES OR UM, ADOLESCENTS OR ADULTS, I THINK THAT THINGS WOULD BE A LOT BETTER.

UM, AND ONCE AGAIN, WHAT THEY'VE DONE IN THE PAST IS WHAT THEY'VE DONE IN THE PAST.

IF THE SYSTEM, IF THE JAIL SYSTEM WAS THERE TO CORRECT THINGS, WHY DO WE HAVE TO PUT THEM THROUGH SO MUCH AFTER WITH GETTING EMPLOYMENT AND BECOMING INDEPENDENT TO SOCIETY AFTERWARDS IF THE JAIL SYSTEM IS SET IN PLACE TO CORRECT A PROBLEM OR IS IT THERE TO CORRECT A PROBLEM? UM, AND THAT'S, THAT'S PRETTY MUCH, PRETTY MUCH IT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NEXT UP.

GOOD EVENING, KEISHA EDWARDS.

27 20 EDGEWOOD 7 0 8 0 2.

SO LAST WEEK I CAME LIKE TWO WEEKS AGO.

I CAME AND I TOLD Y'ALL MY STORY, BUT I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO TELL YOU ALL OF IT BECAUSE I ONLY