EBR Mayor-President blasts Council members on radio

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Posted: Aug 2, 2011 12:55 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Aug 2, 2011 6:42 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Tax Plan, Mayor Kip Holden, WJBO, Clay Young, Baton Rouge, WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden blasted Metro Council members' actions over his recent bond proposal on WJBO with Clay Young this morning.

"We are looking at a Council that is turning into Washington politics, by a leader that all he's trying to do is get brownie points for himself," Holden said.

Holden is upset with some Metro Council Members after they chose not to introduce his tax plan last week, essentially scrapping the entire proposal.

"I urge the people right now, start calling these council members," Holden said. "Ask them why they want to play Russian Roulette with your safety and your life and your family."

Holden particularly took time to single out Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker.

"With Mike Walker, it's let me see how I can embarrass the Mayor," Holden said. "He's become one of the most disruptive forces in Baton Rouge and very bitter about a lot of things."

"Those are interesting statements and thats about all it bothers me," Walker said. "No big deal. That's his opinion. I respect him for having one."

Walker said he hasn't spoken to Holden in nearly six months, making it hard to get things done. He does not regret voting against the tax plan last week.

"We believe a lot of things he had in his bond issue can be done within budget, and other funding methods," Walker said.

Holden urged the Council to work together, but Walker said that's already being done.

"I think the Council made a statement last Wednesday," Walker said. "We are overwhelmingly together as to where we need to go and what we need to do at this time."

Walker said Council Members will introduce an item next week to create a crime prevention committee to discuss the needs of local law enforcement. That committee could come up with their own plan to present to tax payers.

Meanwhile, Holden stopped short of revealing a strategy on how to proceed with his tax plan.

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