Monday, February 13, 2023

Mayor's Weekly Press Conference

 Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is holding his weekly press briefing right now.  The presser is streamed below.  This post will be updated as necessary. 

* The city will provide grants up to $15,000 to small businesses affected by the pandemic disruption.  

*  The city is accepting applications for the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program.  Students must be 16 years old by March 3, 2023.  Applications available on city's website.  Deadline to apply is March 3.  Interviews will be held in March. 

* March 4 is the city-wide clean-up event.  Mayor Lumumba said Sykes gym, Tougaloo Community Center, Champion Gym, and Grove Park Community Center will be the sites.  Register on the city website.  Lunch is provided to the voluneteers. 

*  The city is launching a nationwide search for a permanent public works director.  City Engineer Robert Lee is the Interim Public Works Director.  

* Mayor Lumumba asked for all Jackson residents to contact his administration if they have had an unfavorable encounter with the police, including Capitol Police.  He said "there is a story I believe has not been told in regards to the Capitol Complex Police."    Mayor Lumumba now refers to the Capitol Police as the "Capitol Complex Police."  

* Mayor Lumumba fired at State Representative Trey Lamar.  The Tate County legislator allegedly said he could not reach the Mayor.  The Mayor said he is accessible and Mr. Lamar made no effort to contact him. 

* Scott Simmons asked if the Mayor was going to sue over the water oversight board.  KF note: Good luck.  Public utility districts governed by boards are commonplace nationwide and there are several in Mississippi.  The Mayor said the city will have a "robust" response and will fight to the end.  


Anonymous said...

do thee grants have to be paid back?
Is every business in Jackson eligible?

Anonymous said...

Big SHOT ACROSS the BOW of the Capitol Police.
Trolling for a story--

Anonymous said...

When will the mayor ask Jacksonians to stop throwing their trash out the car window?

Anonymous said...

Can we call the fake mayor to report a reduction of fear and anxiety as the Capitol Police grow?

Anonymous said...

In other news, the Governor is asking all law enforcement officers if they’ve had unfavorable encounters with Jackson residents. When asked why, he stated he believes there are many stories not being told about typical Jacksonians and then took a drink of his bottle water and questioned what time the train was leaving for Hattiesburg.

Anonymous said...

Seeing the writing on the wall, Henifin blinks.

Anonymous said...

I wish he would put as much effort in fighting the legislature as he does fixing the water and crime situation. Jackson is literally the worst city in America.

Anonymous said...

Let’s all call the mayors office and ask to speak to the mayor about Capitol police. And then if
We get transferred to someone let’s tell them what a great job the Capitol police are doing and how happy we are to have them .

Anonymous said...

3:17 PM
All one needs to do for that is look at Marshalls relocating from County Line to Grandview Blvd.

Anonymous said...

Ain't it sweet to see Henifin capitulate to capitalist pay per gallon solution?

My meter was sitting too high for 48 hours, then installer came back and made it fit the grade of my yard perfectly, last summer.

The bottoms of the new meter boxes have knock-outs to accommodate variable supply line depths.

Anonymous said...

@3:17 For the WIN!!!

Anonymous said...

Tonight, Mayor Lumumba appeared on the Joy Reid show/MSNBC stating his opposition to legislative bills proposed to expand the coverage of the capitol police and establish a new judicial district with appointed judges. He of course painted it as strictly racist. Additionally, he blamed the GOP led power structure for its systemic neglect of Jackson because of it's predominantly Black population. Absent from his diatribe was acknowledgement of the reason the legislature stepped in ---out of control crime, much of which is being committed by those who have been arrested and released by lenient judges. He wants the people he denigrates and calls racists on national TV, to pay to fix the problems he and his adminstration have failed to, but have no control. If he spent as much time trying to establish a cooperative partnership with those who can help, the city would be better off. If his primary concern is who is in control of what is out of control, he does a disservice to those he claims to represent. Most people ---black or white, simply want somebody, anybody to be serious about doing something that makes sense and makes things better. And, by the way, Jackson doesn't belong to Mayor Lumumba or to its majority population. It is the seat of state government, White folks live there too, pay taxes (likely most of the taxes proportionately), and are clearly not ready to cede the city. Otherwise, they would not be making this effort. Can Jackson be saved? Not if its leadership does not start leading in a way that benefits all. It looks doubtful unless the mayor has an epiphany and decides its better to work with, rather than against those who have the money and expertise to make things right.

Anonymous said...

Mr Mayor work with the Capitol Police, don’t use your rhetoric to sway the uneducated and uninformed citizens of Jackson believing the Capital Police are wrong in the way they Police.

We want a safe city be any means necessary.

Meet with Community Leaders and the Citizens on educating the youth on the importance of education and job skills.

Tell the people the truth. Jackson needs help curbing crime.

Go to other cities in Mississippi and see what they are doing to combat crime

Mr Mayor, the Capital Police don’t go looking for these fools! They are terrorizing citizens and the Capital Police are on it.

Mr Mayor I want you to succeed! But you can’t do it in a Society if we all can’t work together. Remember you go home to a supposedly safe gated community.

Chief Davis my prayers are with you! Hopefully you will be a real Chief one day and not a puppet. We know it ain’t you.

Anonymous said...

Since the Mayor is so insistent upon transparency of the police department, why doesn't he allow JPD to report crime statistics? Why did he shut that down shortly after coming into office?

Inquiring minds want to know, Kingfish.

Anonymous said...

It finally dawned on me the purpose of a new juridical district:

It's to protect the Capital Police officers from being prosecuted for doing their jobs.

Anonymous said...

Nobody is asking about the differences in training.

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