|Ward 5 City Director Lance Hines|
August 4, 2020
Back in July, an email exchange was sent to us that caught our attention.
Hines replied and basically told Bernard to fuck off.
Hines' statement about the $5.5 million a year to youths and community programs spurred us to make a FOI request about that bankroll to youths and community programs.
You can view the spreadsheet the city sent in response to our request by clicking here.
Very little of that $5.5 million is or was actually spent on prevention, intervention, mentoring and treatment programs.
Salaries for city employees and staff along with expenses such as travel and conventions took up a large chunk of that pork.
Other expenditures were made for tobacco education and supplies, crisis intervention t-shirts, the radio station at the West Central Community Center that Doris Wright thinks is her private property, playground equipment, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, LR Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, citywide "enhancement" programs.
We need to disband the LRPD and form a Metropolitan Police Department under the leadership of Sheriff Eric Higgins.
We also need to recall the entire Little Rock Board of Directors and the feckless mayor.