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Volunteers encouraged to sign up for “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR” set for April 1

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome in partnership with Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful and in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup is hosting the inaugural “Mayor Broome’s Clean Sweep EBR” parishwide cleanup on Saturday, April 1.

Residents are asked to join the Mayor along with community groups and businesses to help pick up litter at various sites throughout the community. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. for registration and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the cleanup, which will take place in targeted areas in each of the 12 Metro Council districts throughout the City Parish.

“I’m so excited about this event because we are bringing together a host of community groups and businesses so we can all make our City Parish better,” Mayor Broome said. “A clean city is not only great for our residents, but it also affects tourism, economic development, and it even affects crime. We need everyone working together to make our community a place we are all proud to call home.”

The Mayor is partnering with Visit Baton Rouge, Waste Management, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Downtown Business Association, Baton Rouge Lodging Association, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge 200, and the Downtown Development District.

Volunteers are asked to wear a red T-shirt in honor of BatonRouge200 bicentennial celebration. You can sign up as an individual or form a team. All cleaning supplies and water will be provided, thanks to the generous sponsorships provided by ExxonMobil and Formosa Plastics.

Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers an estimated $40 million yearly for disposal, enforcement of litter laws, and anti-litter education programs, according to Keep Louisiana Beautiful. Litter is also harmful to the environment and wildlife.

To sign up or for more information, go to http://kbrb.org/projects or call (225) 381- 0860.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s statement on officer shooting

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 19, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE - Today our hearts are breaking across this parish after such a needless loss of life. When someone who wears a uniform and vows to protect and serve is lost, we all mourn and recognize that this is a loss for our entire community and a very sad day in Baton Rouge.

The family of Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Shawn Anderson should know that this community is united in expressing our deepest and most genuine prayers and condolences. Our community is united that this is unacceptable and we don’t want it repeated. We must stop the violence.

Scripture guides us to act in a time of tragedy saying, “Comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”

Psalms also reminds us that, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” We must turn our hearts to God as we seek solace and healing in losing an officer of the law in such a senseless manner.

My office will work diligently with law enforcement to assist in this ongoing investigation as appropriate. We recognize this is a very difficult time for our East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, which has lost a member of its law enforcement family. We express our deepest gratitude for their brave service, and assure them that Sgt. Anderson will always be remembered for his sacrifice to keep our community safe.

I’m calling for flags at all East Baton Rouge City Parish buildings to be flown at half-staff this week in honor of Sgt. Anderson. I’m also asking all of our citizens for your continued prayers, patience and thoughtfulness during this difficult time, as we are all in this together.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor, community leaders coming together for Inaugural Education Roundtable: City-Wide Dialogue

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 17, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is inviting education stakeholders to attend the City Parish’s Inaugural Education Roundtable: City-Wide Dialogue to help close the education gap in our community.

As part of the roundtable which will be held on March 21, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Dr. Warren Drake, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Members, Metro Council Members, and other educators will come together to share common goals, express challenges, and develop solutions to enhance the educational experiences of our children. Representatives from Southern University, LSU, and Baton Rouge Community College will also participate in the event.

“While education doesn’t fall directly into my realm of responsibility, it is a very important part of helping to move our City Parish forward,” Mayor Broome said. “My vision for this forum is to help support local systems and boards so all of our students have an opportunity to succeed.”

The education roundtable will take place at the Raising Cane’s River Center in Rooms 9 and 10 from 3:30 to 7 p.m. It will include two sessions:

• 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Information sessions will feature speakers discussing various topics including early childhood expansion, higher education connections, and future workforce demands.

• 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., a dialogue between Metro Council and School board members about proactive measures that can be taken to enhance the experiences of our children.

Members of the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments. Participants should enter the River Center on the St. Louis Street side near the theater.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP here: Attend Education Roundtable

For more information, please contact Dr. Tamiara L. Wade at (225) 389-3100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome announces City Parish’s $11 million disaster recovery plan, public meetings planned

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today details of the $11 million amended disaster recovery plan for the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge.

The Mayor also released information regarding public meetings that will be held to solicit input regarding the new plan.

“We believe our new plan better meets the needs of our residents who have been impacted by the flood,” Mayor Broome said. “We’re excited to share it and get feedback.”

The money was awarded last year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds after the great August 2016 flood. The flood damaged more than 44,000 structures in the City Parish.

The previous administration developed a plan that was approved by the Metro Council, but the plan was amended by Mayor Broome’s team to help leverage the dollars more effectively and efficiently.

The plan will address homelessness prevention, rental repair, and home ownership. It will increase funding for rental housing repairs and leverage the state’s homeowner assistance program to serve homeowners who may not otherwise qualify for rebuilding assistance.

The new plan also reduces the city parish’s administrative costs so more money can go towards households that need it most.

As part of the rollout, the Office of Community Development (OCD) will host two public meetings. Public input is required before the plan can be finalized and resubmitted to HUD for final approval.

The meetings will be held:

• March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road, in Baton Rouge

• March 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace Street, in Baton Rouge

Details of the proposed amendment can be found at www.brgov.com/dept/ocd/announcements.htm. If you can’t make the public meetings, comments can be submitted to the Office of Community Development, P.O. Box 1471, Baton Rouge LA 70821-1471 or emailed to ocd@brgov.com.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Development at (225) 389-3039.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome urges residents to remember to spring forward, check smoke detectors

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome reminds citizens to set your clocks forward one hour this weekend as Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 2 a.m.

“This is also a good time to check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in working order and change your batteries,” Mayor Broome said. “We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep our families safe.”

Officials estimate more than 16 million households nationwide have smoke alarms that don’t work due to dead or missing batteries.

Baton Rouge Fire Department Chief Ed Smith adds that “a working smoke detector can increase a family’s survival by more than 50 percent. We also encourage all of you to practice your escape plans and establish your meeting place.”

The Mayor also recommends checking your carbon monoxide detectors and other household alarms.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome pledges continued support to help close gender pay gap

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – In celebration of Women’s History Month and in conjunction with the Governor’s Equal Pay Summit being held today, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome pledges her continued support to help close the gender pay gap.

According to the 2015 U.S. Census, fulltime working men in Baton Rouge earn 1.6 times more than fulltime working women. The average salary for a male is $61,456 versus a woman at $38, 978. City Parish employee data shows the average salary for a male employee is $43,489 and the average salary for a female employee is $34,028.

“I have been a long time champion of equal pay and I will continue to do everything that I can to raise awareness and develop solutions to address this issue,” Mayor Broome said. “I’m also glad to support our Governor and First Lady’s efforts too because when we as a city and state come together, businesses and employees benefit --it’s a win-win for everyone.”

Some efforts are already in place in the City Parish to address the issue. Salary history questions were removed from City Parish employment applications about 15 years ago, according to Human Resources Director Brian Bernard. Our Human Resources department strongly discourages employees from asking salary questions during the interviewing process. Also, all classified employees, both men and women, are paid the same in accordance with the Rules Governing Employees in the Classified Service.

The Mayor is also committed to working with the City Parish to acknowledge the critical role businesses play in reducing the national pay gap; review hiring and promotion processes to remove bias and structural barriers; identify best practices; and partner with officials on the local, state and federal level to promote more equitable pay.

Mayor Broome believes that a more level playing field increases productivity and decreases turnover and when women are paid equally the whole family benefits. She plans to continue to fight to help end the wage gap.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




FUTUREBR OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES SCHEDULED FOR UPDATE OF THE EAST BATON ROUGE COMPREHSNSIVE PLAN

Public Input Important to Assure Priorities are Implemented

The City-Parish Planning Commission will host public meetings for the update of the parish comprehensive plan, FUTUREBR. The Planning Commission encourages all community members to participate in the open house meetings to add their voice in our community’s vision for the future. The future land use plan provides predictability and fairness for elected officials, planning staff, residents, and developers; additional elements such as Transportation, Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation, and Economic Development address issues critical to implementing our vision for an equitable, prosperous and sustainable City-Parish. While FUTUREBR’s recommendations, action items, and policy goals and objectives are integral to implement the City-Parish’s vision, public participation in formulating the Plan is the first and most important element.

Open house attendees will be invited to view maps and displays, talk with planning staff members and provide input on proposed changes to FUTUREBR.

All meetings will be held from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the following locations.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH

GOODWOOD MAIN LIBRARY

(Joint open house with Capital Region Planning Commission)

7711 Goodwood Boulevard

TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH

SCOTLANDVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY

7373 Scenic Highway

TUESDAY, APRIL 11TH

BLUEBONNET BRANCH LIBRARY

9200 Bluebonnet Boulevard

TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH

CHANEYVILLE COMMUNITY CENTER

13211 Jackson Road

TUESDAY, MAY 2nd

ST. GEORGE FIRE TRAINING CENTER

14100 Airline Highway

TUESDAY, MAY 16TH

NORTH BOULEVARD TOWN SQUARE

Downtown Baton Rouge

(from the office of: Public Info)




City of Baton Rouge awarded $167,478 grant to enhance emergency communications

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

JoAnne Moreau, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, (225) 389-2100

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that the City of Baton Rouge has received $167,478 from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to enhance emergency management communications throughout the parish.

The State Homeland Security Grant Program includes 75 percent allocated for Public Safety Initiatives and 25 percent for Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Activities. The public safety allocation will be used to improve communications between the Parish Emergency Operations Center and Parish Municipalities, including Baton Rouge, Baker, Central and Zachary. Each municipality’s portion may be used to purchase equipment such as computers, electronic white boards, display monitors or conference call hardware.

The law enforcement portion may be used to purchase equipment such as portable radios or laptops. The grant will be administered through the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP).

“We’re excited to have these additional dollars to enhance our emergency operations response,” said Mayor Broome who also serves as the Chair of the Parish Emergency Management Advisory Committee. “These grants will ultimately help make our community safer.”

Each municipality will work with MOHSEP to make sure their communications needs are met.

Officials say they are looking forward to a continued partnership.

For more information, call (225) 389-2100 or to www.redstickready.com.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome promotes Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

JoAnne Moreau, Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness,

(225) 389-2100

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office, (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- The National Weather Service (NWS) New Orleans/Baton Rouge Office will be observing Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week during this week of March 6 – 10, 2017. The goal of Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week is to call attention to the threats posed by weather hazards and to review severe weather safety tips.

According to the NWS, late winter and spring usually bring the greatest chance of severe weather events in Louisiana. Mayor Broome reminds everyone to stay cognizant of the current weather situation as we remember how our community was greatly impacted by the Historic August 2016 Flooding.

As part of Louisiana Severe Weather Awareness Week, the NWS will transmit a Tornado Test Message on NOAA Weather Radio Wednesday, March 8 at 9:15 a.m. The test message will be similar to the Routine Weekly Test message transmitted each Wednesday. Some NOAA Weather Radios will alarm with the test message, others will only have a TEST message displayed on their LCD screens. The test message will allow citizens’ to ensure their NOAA Weather Radios are in working order. In the event of severe weather the test will be postponed to a later date.

Mayor Broome urges citizens to remain Red Stick Ready by reviewing their family disaster plans and stocking their supply kits this week.

For more information please visit www.redstickready.com , follow us on Twitter @redstickready, like our page on facebook.com/Redstickready or contact the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 389-2100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome, Homeland Security officials hosting Emergency Management Summit

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 3, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

JoAnne Moreau, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, (225) 389-2100

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) along with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) will host an Elected Officials Emergency Management Summit for East Baton Rouge Parish on March 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will be held at MOHSEP’s Emergency Operations Center, 3773 Harding Boulevard, in Baton Rouge.

“The summit will provide valuable training related to emergency management that will help all of us better prepare for the next emergency or disaster,” Mayor Broome said.

The summit will be attended by City Parish leaders, Mayors, and Metro Council members.

The summit will be open to the media for coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. and the Mayor will be holding a news conference at 1:30 p.m. to announce a new Homeland Security Grant.

For more information, please visit www.redstickready.com or call (225) 389-2100.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Spread the Word – ‘Read Where You Are’ Day of Action Today

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

With the summer coming to an end and the beginning of the school year quickly approaching, it’s time to “Read Where You Are.”

“Read Where You Are” is a digital day of action in support of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (see https://www.whitehouse.gov/my-brothers-keeper) to raise awareness and draw attention to the importance of summer reading and learning.

Research shows that young people who do not read over the summer fall behind their peers. This is especially true for children from low-income communities. There is a simple solution – reading! Reading is powerful and helps students stay sharp and ready to learn.

Join My Brother’s Keeper - Baton Rouge (MBK-BR) during “Read Where Are Day” to read with a child to help encourage literacy and to ensure all kids read on grade level by 3rd grade.

Get involved and be a part of our summer reading day of action! Share a photo of yourself reading your favorite book or reading to a child and use the hash tag #readwhereyouare ‪#‎mbkbr and MBK-BR will repost throughout the day. Let's read.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/MBKBatonRouge

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MBKBatonRouge

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mbkbr

Connect with us and get involved. MBK Reads volunteer opportunities and community challenges will be posted online at www.mbkbr.com

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Annual EduFest slated today to ‘reframe readiness’ for school year

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and his community partners will hold the 2nd annual EduFest program to help prepare kids for the coming school year today from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The media is invited to cover the event, which will be held at the Family and Youth Service Center, 1120 Government Street.

Edufest is part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address problems faced by boys of color

“One of the outcomes of EduFest is to reframe readiness for school beyond school supplies and uniforms to include proper eating, rest, exercise, studying aids, and health screenings for kids as they begin the next school year,” Mayor Holden said.

In accepting the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge last year, Mayor Holden committed to concentrate on two main areas:

• Ensuring that all children start school socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically ready.

• Ensuring that all children area able to read at grade-level by the Third Grade.

Summer camps from across East Baton Rouge Parish will participate in the free event, which this year will feature the theme, “Safari Adventure.” Each participating child will receive a passport that will be stamped as they move through stations to receive information or to engage in hands-on activities. Participants who complete all the required stations will receive a prize.

For additional information about the event, contact Erin Porche at (225) 389-3100 or eporche@brgov.com

(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome announces launch of Open Neighborhood BR platform

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Eric Romero, Director of Information Services: (225) 389-3070

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Open Neighborhood BR, a new digital resource for residents, is now live, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today. The platform, located at my.brla.gov, is focused on providing residents with up-to-date, map-based information on recent incidents involving City-Parish agencies – from recent police, fire, and traffic incidents to 311 requests for service and building permits.

“One of the most important resources our local government can provide to the residents we serve is information,” Mayor Broome said. “With Open Neighborhood BR, we’re taking the next step by leveraging public datasets, technology, and innovation to help Baton Rouge residents understand what’s going on in their own neighborhoods, and use that information to work with us to create a better quality-of-life for our entire community.

The Open Neighborhood BR platform is a first of its kind resource, leveraging public datasets available through the Open Data BR portal – along with geographic information systems (GIS) map layers available through the eBRGIS program – to provide unprecedented insights into neighborhood-level activity through searchable map views and custom date ranges involving recent incidents or requests for service surrounding a specific address or street. These same searches can also be filtered by neighborhood, ZIP code, or Metro Council District. Residents can create a free account, allowing them to save their searches to refer back at any time or opt to receive a daily, weekly, or monthly email with updates about new incidents or activity in their saved search area.

Mayor Broome’s launch of Open Neighborhood BR coincides with International Open Data Day, held annually March 4, an annual celebration of open data focused on demonstrating the benefits of open data and encouraging the adoption of open data policies in government, business, and society. The platform is part of a pilot effort and partnership between the City-Parish and Socrata – one of the world’s leading providers of data platforms and cloud applications for government organizations – making Baton Rouge the first municipality to use this neighborhood-based connection platform.

“While Open Data BR has been extremely successful in moving data into the public domain, helping Baton Rouge achieve a Top 10 ranking for the past two years through the U.S. Open Data Census, we’ve always recognized that we would need to take the next step from simply publishing our data to making it meaningful for our residents and community,” said Eric Romero, Director of Information Services. “Open Neighborhood BR is a perfect next step as we continue to think innovatively about using technology to make more informed decisions, deliver better services, and meet the needs of all our residents.”

For more information, visit http://my.brla.gov.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome extends deadline to apply for EmployBR Out-of-School Youth program

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

March 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that the deadline to apply for the EmployBR Young Adult Services’ Out-of-School Youth program has been extended until Friday, March 3.

“The deadline was Monday, but due to the Mardi Gras holiday we wanted to give residents more time to apply,” Mayor Broome said. “This is an invaluable program to help our youth develop leadership and work-related skills.”

The Making a Positive Step (MAPS) work experience program runs for eight weeks starting March 13 through May 12.

To be eligible, applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and currently not attending any school. The program is also open to school dropouts, offenders, youth who have aged out of the foster care system, homeless youth, youth with disabilities, and those who are pregnant or parenting.

The youth will be employed with the City-Parish, state government and various businesses throughout the parish. The City-Parish will pay 100 percent of their salary.

You can pick up applications at the EmployBR office, 1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, in Baton Rouge. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 3.

For more information, call EmployBR at (225) 389-8901 or maddison@brgov.com.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome announces EmployBR looking to hire 100 out-of-school youth, program starts March 13

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Feb. 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara L. Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced today that the EmployBR Young Adult Services program is looking to hire 100 out-of-school youth for an eight-week work experience program starting next month.

To be eligible for the Making a Positive Step (MAPS) work experience program, applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 24 and currently not attending any school. The program is also open to school dropouts, offenders, youth who have aged out of the foster care system, homeless youth, youth with disabilities, and those who are pregnant or parenting.

“While many programs target youth who are in school, this program specifically targets those who are not in school so they too can have a chance to develop their skills and get valuable work experience to become productive citizens in our community,” Mayor Broome said.

The program starts March 13 and runs through May 12. The youth will be employed with the City-Parish, state government and various businesses throughout the parish. The City-Parish will pay 100 percent of their salary.

Interested persons should attend the following application site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up an application and get more information about the program:

• Feb. 23, 2017 Smoothie King Parking Lot area, 14455 Wax Road, in Central

You can also pick up applications at the EmployBR office now through Feb. 27. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 27.

For more information, call EmployBR at (225) 389-8901 or maddison@brgov.com.

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(from the office of: Mayor-President)




Mayor Broome asking residents for input to help improve garbage and recycling services

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Feb. 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Adam Smith, Department of Environmental Services: (225) 389-4865

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is asking residents for their input as part of the City-Parish’s ongoing efforts to efficiently provide garbage and recycling services, which will include a public opinion telephone survey which will start today and continue over the next few weeks.

“Garbage and recycling collection are critical functions that impact hundreds of thousands of our residents on a daily basis,” Mayor Broome said. “As we consider ways to make the delivery of these services more efficient and plan for the next several years, we want to gather public input to understand our residents’ satisfaction with these existing services and what they’d like to see moving forward.”

The public opinion survey will be conducted with residents from across the parish. Residents will be selected at random and contacted via telephone, with even representation from all Metro Council districts. Once the survey is completed, Mayor Broome and her staff will utilize the data to develop a strategic plan, working with a team of experts led by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc., a solid waste management consulting firm that advises municipalities across the U.S. in solid waste programs and service delivery. In addition to the survey, officials are also researching how other municipalities provide similar services in order to identify innovative trends and best practices in service delivery.

The City-Parish’s garbage and recycling service contracts, currently operated by Republic Services and Waste Connections, Inc. respectively, are both set to expire Feb. 28, 2018. In the coming months, the City-Parish will also be conducting a series of public meetings, along with utilizing social media and other web platforms, to gather additional input on potential services to be included in the next contracts scheduled to begin March 1, 2018. Additional information on the dates and times of these meetings will be forthcoming, along with other ways in which Baton Rouge residents can get involved in the planning process.

“I want to encourage our residents who receive a phone call and are asked to participate in the survey to please respond openly and honestly, as their feedback will help guide us on how we move forward with our efforts to continue to provide high-quality, cost-effective services,” Mayor Broome said.

Additionally, residents can contact the City-Parish to provide general feedback on garbage or recycling services issues by emailing solidwasteplanning@brgov.com or calling (225) 389-4865.

Residents with specific requests for service related to garbage or recycling issues, such as a missed service day, should continue contacting 311 by phone, online at http://311.brla.gov, or through the Red Stick 311 mobile app available for free download on the App Store and Google Play Store.

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Mayor Broome, law enforcement reaffirm 'BR community still safe and homicides on the decline'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Feb. 15, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Baton Rouge Police and EBR Sheriff officials say despite the deadliest day of shootings this year, they are committed to the safety of the citizens of this city and parish. Officials are working around the clock to bring those involved to justice. Additionally, more officers are patrolling the area where the shootings occurred.

On Feb. 14, there were three deadly shootings in East Baton Rouge Parish. Roosevelt Florida, 53, was found dead in the 700 block of Mills Avenue and two other men were found shot to death -- 22-year old Marcus Anthony Holmes on Maplewood Drive and 19-year-old Terione Dominique Williams on Glenlea Avenue. On Feb. 13, 25-year-old Tevin Gunter was shot and killed in the 5300 block of Annette Street.

“The past few days have been a tragic time in our community and we are certainly concerned about the lives that were lost and the increase of homicides in our parish,” Mayor Broome said. “Anytime you have that number of individuals who are killed it’s certainly alarming. Yet, I want the public to know that we will rise above such violence as citizens work together with law enforcement to end the senseless shootings that make our communities unsafe. The violence must stop.”

Police and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's officials are working together to investigate the shootings. Officials say there’s no explanation for the increase, but they are diligently pursuing any and all leads. No word yet on whether the crimes are connected in any way.

Homicides are on the decline in East Baton Rouge Parish. Last year, the number of homicides dropped to its lowest level in a decade.

If the public has any information regarding the shootings, please call the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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Mayor Broome urges residents to stay vigilant due to tornado warnings

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Feb. 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

JoAnne Moreau, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, (225) 389 – 2100

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer: (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and officials from the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) are urging residents to stay vigilant of current conditions due to tornado warnings and monitor the situation closely.

The National Weather Service has issued an extended tornado warning for Easts Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge parishes until 10:45 a.m. and we can expect this type of pattern throughout the day.

“We’re monitoring the weather closely and we’re asking residents to do the same,” Mayor Broome said. “If you don’t have to get on the road, stay indoors.”

MOHSEP officials are monitoring the weather stations and keeping in touch with local public safety officials to stay abreast of any changes.

For more information please visit www.redstickready.com or contact the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (225) 389-2100.

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Mayor’s Advisory Council recommends BRPD ‘use of force” changes, policies take effect immediately

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Feb. 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE -- To fulfill her commitment to close the gap between law enforcement and the community, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome has been meeting with law enforcement officials and community leaders over the past several weeks.

As a result of this collaborative effort, the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Law Enforcement and Community Service and Protection is recommending policy changes occur within the Baton Rouge Police Department that align with national best practices surrounding “use of force.”

“We believe that the implementation of these policy changes will enhance existing BRPD policies and compliment academy and in-service training,” Mayor Broome said.

The following are the agreed upon policy changes. These changes in policy will take place immediately.

• Officers are required to give a verbal warning, before using deadly force, except where there are exigent circumstances.

• Officers are required to de-escalate situations, when possible, before using force. De-escalation strategies include disengagement, area containment, waiting out a subject, summoning reinforcements, calling in specialized units or employing other strategies.

• Officers will not employ chokeholds or strangleholds, except in emergency circumstances where it is immediately necessary to use deadly force and the authorized weapons are inoperable, inaccessible or otherwise not available.

• Officers are prohibited from discharging a firearm at a moving vehicle unless the vehicle or the persons within the vehicle pose an immediate deadly threat to others.

• Officers will be required to intervene to prevent another officer from using excessive force and to immediately report when they observe the use of excessive force by another officer.

The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Law Enforcement and Community Service and Protection include: Fr. Rick Andrus, Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade, Broderick Bagert, Attorney Alfreda Tillman Bester, Constable Reginald Brown, Pastor Renee’ Brown, Gary Chambers, Councilman Lamont Cole, Kelvin A. Cryer, Chief Carl Dabadie, Mark Dumaine, Cleve Dunn, Jr., Col. Mike Edmonson, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Casey Hicks, Pastor Donald Hunter, Josh Howard, Mary Jane Marcantel, E.J. Milton, Michael A.V. Mitchell, Tonja Myles, Rev. Reginald Pitcher, Attorney Joyce Plummer, Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed, Dr. Dereck Rovaris, Michael W. Victorian, Pastor Charles Wallace, Pastor Lee T. Wesley, and Dr. Katara Williams.

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My Brother’s Keeper-Baton Rouge, Big Buddy hosting Mentor Awards ceremony

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 CST

Office of Mayor-President

City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge

SHARON WESTON BROOME

Mayor-President

Jan. 25, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Erin Porche’, Youth Project Manager, (225) 389-4222

Dr. Tamiara Wade, Asst. Chief Administrative Officer, (225) 389-3100

Michelle McCalope, Communications Office: (225) 389-7957

BATON ROUGE – The Mayor’s Office My Brother’s Keeper-Baton Rouge along with Big Buddy is sponsoring the “Mentoring in Real Life Awards” Ceremony on Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St., in Baton Rouge.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome will speak at the event. Mayor Broome has declared January as National Mentoring Month.

“This is a wonderful program to celebrate mentors and the great work that they do to help our youth become productive citizens and leaders in our community,” Mayor Broome said.

As part of the ceremony, various organizations will be honored for their work in the community.

The awards ceremony will also serve as a kickoff to the Mentoring Connector Committee meeting that will be held next month. The Connector meeting will bring together all mentors and mentoring programs in the city so they can have a collective impact in the community. That meeting will be held on Feb. 22.

MBK-BR is a local initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people reach their full potential. The program is a community call-to-action to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships.

For more information, contact Erin Porche’, Youth Project Manager, at (225) 389-4222 or mbkbr@brgov.com or go to www.mbkbr.com.

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