East Baton Rouge parish http://wrkf.org en FRIDAY: EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore http://wrkf.org/post/friday-ebr-district-attorney-hillar-moore <p>East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore joins the show to discuss Change for the Better, the BRAVE program, and what is expected of EBR in 2014.</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:12:07 +0000 Jim Engster 20587 at http://wrkf.org Infill Key To EBR Parish Development http://wrkf.org/post/infill-key-ebr-parish-development <p>Vice President of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority Mark Goodson is part of panel discussion at the Smart Growth summit downtown Tuesday that will delve into the issue of redeveloping neglected and abandoned properties.</p><p>The Redevelopment Authority says in 2009, East Baton Rouge Parish had some 6,500 adjudicated parcels of land. That’s somewhere between 2 and 3 percent of all the parcels in the parish. The Authority is currently conducting a study in tandem with the Center for Community Progress to bring that information up-to-date. The numbers, however, are projected to be similar.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Goodson says Baton Rouge should take a more robust approach to code enforcement to reduce blight like Atlanta, Portland, and even New Orleans already have.</p><p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:01:22 +0000 Ashley Westerman 2741 at http://wrkf.org Infill Key To EBR Parish Development Councilman Calls Attention To Possible Law Enforcement Merger http://wrkf.org/post/councilman-calls-attention-possible-law-enforcement-merger <p>Ninth District Metro Councilman Joel Boe’&nbsp; has issued a press release saying he supports the idea of consolidating law enforcement in Baton Rouge.</p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:56:53 +0000 Ashley Westerman 2532 at http://wrkf.org Crime is Walker's Mantra http://wrkf.org/post/crime-walkers-mantra <p><span class="BodyCopy">Mike Walker is East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden's most formidable opponent in his run for reelection to a third term. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">Walker, who is the current Mayor Pro Tem and a 12-year veteran of the Metro Council, has the backing of the Louisiana Republican Party.</p><p class="BodyCopy">Crime has been the major focus of Walker's campaign, and that's where he started his conversation with WRKF's Amy Jeffries.</p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:38:16 +0000 Amy Jeffries 1785 at http://wrkf.org Crime is Walker's Mantra Businessman Says Development Code Key to What Ails EBR http://wrkf.org/post/businessman-says-development-code-key-what-ails-ebr <p><span class="BodyCopy">Kip Holden is running for a third term as mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish. Among Holden's challengers is small businessman Gordon Mese.</span> Mese is hoping to win a mandate to rewrite and enforce the Unified Development Code, which sets the rules for land use in the city parish.</p><p class="BodyCopy">In the first in a series of conversations with the mayoral candidates, Mese tells WRKF's Amy Jeffries the code is the key to everything that ails Baton Rouge... starting with taxes.</p><p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:31:13 +0000 Amy Jeffries 1791 at http://wrkf.org Businessman Says Development Code Key to What Ails EBR Big Charter School Push Coming to Baton Rouge http://wrkf.org/post/big-charter-school-push-coming-baton-rouge <p><span class="BodyCopy">The Recovery School District is announcing plans for an "Achievement Zone" in north Baton Rouge where the schools have been failing for decades.</span></p><p class="BodyCopy">As part of that effort, New Schools for Baton Rouge will be facilitating the development of charter schools.</p><p class="BodyCopy">Before moving upriver to launch the new non-profit, Chris Meyer worked for the RSD in New Orleans, identifying which schools to turn over to charter operators there.</p><p class="BodyCopy">As he told WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Meyer is out to prove that you don't need a hurricane to make radical changes to the way schools work.</p><p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 2605 at http://wrkf.org Big Charter School Push Coming to Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge Population Growth Slows to a Crawl http://wrkf.org/post/east-baton-rouge-population-growth-slows-crawl <p class="BodyCopy BodyCopy BodyCopy">Five hundred and fifty nine -- that's the number of residents the Census estimates East Baton Rouge Parish gained between 2010 and 2011, according to newly released figures.</p><p class="BodyCopy">The total parish population, about 441,000 as of July 2010, grew just .1 percent over the year.</p><p><span class="BodyCopy">WRKF's Tegan Wendland asked LSU demographer and sociology professor Troy Blanchard what to make of the dramatic drop off in growth. </span></p><p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2610 at http://wrkf.org East Baton Rouge Population Growth Slows to a Crawl