Cassidy on Lowering Your Energy Bills

This week, Entergy Louisiana announced customers will see their energy rates cut next month and over the next four years by over $200 million thanks to the tax reform legislation Republicans enacted in December. This is great news for working families in Louisiana. Lower energy bills means more money in your pocket, and that’s exactly […]

Gonzales Council to discuss 2018-19 Budget

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEN OF THE CITY OF GONZALES, STATE OF LOUISIANA, WILL BE HELD ON, MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018 AT 5:30 P.M. AT CITY HALL 120 S. IRMA BLVD. AGENDA 1. Call to Order. 2. Invocation. 3. Pledge of Allegiance. 4. Roll Call. 5. Minutes of a Regular Meeting of […]

This is ridiculous!: Org Chart battle pervades Charter Revision Committee discussion

To the victor go the spoils. The axiom is traced back to Andrew Jackson’s 1828 presidential election, spoils meaning the goods and benefits taken from the losing side’s control.  The passage of two centuries has perfected the system where political patronage is paid off, in-kind, even on the local level where President Kenny Matassa’s political […]

Salt & Light Asian Cuisine

Salt & Light Asian Cuisine held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, April 11th to celebrate their opening at 733 N. Airline Highway, Gonzales, LA. Salt & Light is an Asian cuisine restaurant that seeks to humbly and lovingly serve the Gonzales and Ascension Parish community with the best Asian food and service. Attending the […]

Berthelot’s motion to recuse Judge Verdigets denied

On March 8, 2017 Olin Berthelot was indicted by the Ascension Grand Jury along with co-defendant, Kenny Matassa, and jointly prosecuted by the Attorney General in Division A of the 23rd JDC where Judge Jason Verdigets presides.  On October 18, 2017  Verdigets set both trials for March 13, then granted Matassa’s request for an earlier […]

Julio Dumas admits to retaliation against owner of mobile home park

Planning Commissioner Julio Dumas, who never met a subdivision developer whose pocket he wouldn’t dive into, admitted retaliating against the owner of an existing mobile home park at the commission’s April 11, 2018 meeting.  What would you expect from a guy capable of throwing eight colleagues under the bus in 2011 when a former Parish […]

Reducing size of Council, parish-wide seats among ideas forwarded by Charter Revision committee

As the Ascension Home Rule Charter Revision Committee is set to convene for a third meeting, unencumbered by analysis and devoid of discussion as momentous changes to the parish’s founding governmental document are haphazardly proposed, the headlong rush to ballot on December 6 (when disgracefully low voter turnout is anticipated) continues apace.  On April 9, […]

Stakeholder Advisory Committee established to assist in Master Land Use Plan

In February, the Ascension Parish Council authorized Parish President Kenny Matassa to retain the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) to develop a new Master Land Use Plan. To assist in the process, a diverse advisory group of community members has been empaneled to give input and act as a sounding board for ideas. Serving on […]

Civil Service Board suspends appeal hearing of former Gonzales police officer

Moses Black’s employment as a police officer with the City of Gonzales was terminated in December of 2016, the official reason is that Black inquired into the traffic citation written by another officer for a seat belt violation.  Black has asserted it was a pretext for the real reason, that he persisted in urging an […]

R.I.P. Traffic Impact Study improvements

Burying Urban System’s traffic impact analysis all over again Tomorrow makes it one year since any meaningful attempt to improve Traffic Impact Study procedures in Ascension’s subdivision regulations died.  On April 13, 2017 his colleagues pulled the rug out from under Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee who had placed the procedures on three consecutive Strategic Planning […]