Several lawsuits naming some of the city’s best-known restaurants claim servers deserve back pay and damages because the restaurants allowed dishwashers and other kitchen staff to benefit from tip pools only the servers contributed to. Attorneys for the plaintiffs argue the practice is a violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act. Grab this issue of Lagniappe to learn industry representatives' advice on how to avoid the trouble. In Bay Briefs, motions in License Commission Kim Hastie’s case have been denied as her trial date looms. Also, the Mobile City Council approved funding for litter trap and police body cameras. In Cuisine, Andy shook off his blues with oysters, shrimp, crawfish, grouper and lobster at Half Shell Oyster House. We also have the latest on the food happenings. Artifice takes a closer look at a downtown exhibit that is both world-class and eye-opening talent taken from our own grass roots. In Music, country songstress Logan Brill is taking the road less traveled in Nashville, leaving the pop element behind. Brill will be making a stop at Moe’s BBQ Thursday March 26. In Style, Boozie has the scoop on this week’s crazy gossip, which includes the Gulf Shore Police Department’s message to vacationing punks. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
Gov. Robert Bentley made a stop today in the Port City to promote his plan of increasing certain state taxes in hopes of accruing funds to cover a $700 million shortfall in the state’s general fund budget.
While laying out his plan, which is estimated to generate about $541 million in state revenue by increasing some taxes and closing tax loopholes,
Last summer, as the FBI was simultaneously conducting an undercover investigation into the actions of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie, Lagniappe sat down with Hastie to discuss her efforts to merge her office with the Mobile County Revenue Commission.
The resulting Lagniappe news article focused on how Hastie was paying for the lobbying and public relations related to her effort, which later became a significant portion of the government’s criminal case against Hastie.
Mobile County Circuit Court Judge Sarah Stewart ruled on Friday that information given to the Baldwin County District Attorney’s office about alleged sexual misconduct involving one of the school’s leaders is relevant to a pending lawsuit over alleged bullying at St. Pius X Catholic School in Mobile.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where he joined Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew and other senior White House and administration officials in a roundtable conversation about infrastructure investment, as part of the President’s Build America Investment Initiative. Stimpson was joined at the White House on Wednesday by a select group of elected officials including: Mayors from Dallas, Detroit, Tampa, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; the County Executive from King County, Wash.; as well as the governors of Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Additionally, the White House invited representatives from 19 investment funds whose funding capacity exceeds $7 trillion dollars. “I was humbled and honored to represent Mobile at this important gathering to discuss how our country is addressing the infrastructure funding needs of our cities and states,” Stimpson said. “The momentum in Mobile has clearly captured the attention of the highest levels of our government, as well as a compliment of investors looking to enter into innovative public private partnerships to help improve and fund our aging infrastructure.” Continue Reading →
Mayor Sandy Simpson will host a “Focus on the Future” community workshop where citizens can share their vision for the future of Mobile. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 30, at Government Street Baptist Church, 3401 Government Boulevard. The workshop will provide an overview of the mayor’s initiative to create long-range, comprehensive plans for all of Mobile. It is part of a community-driven process known as the “Map of Mobile,” which will make recommendations for preservation, revitalization and growth across the city. The planning process will be closely aligned with ongoing economic and community development activities, will engage Mobile’s diverse citizens and, perhaps most importantly, will include realizable action steps to ensure that recommendation steps will become reality. Continue Reading →
Bayou la Batre Councilwoman Annette Johnson has launched several legal allegations at Bayou la Batre Mayor Brett Dungan recently, but during Monday’s working session she suggested he had also used his city-owned electronic devices to send her “inappropriate” communications. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile Police Department announced today that one of its own had been arrested, as officer Gregory Evans turned himself in at the Mobile Metro Jail after being charged with third degree domestic violence. (more…) Continue Reading →
Parties in the trial of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie are awaiting a ruling from U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson that will decide whether attorney Buzz Jordan will remain a part of Hastie’s three-man legal defense team. Federal prosecutors requested the court to disqualify Jordan earlier this month after a correspondence he sent to Hastie after her office was raided by federal agents was allowed to be submitted as evidence for both sides. (more…) Continue Reading →
The BayFest board’s decision to move the music festival away from the downtown area struck a sour note with fans when Lagniappe broke the news last week, but leaders remain optimistic about the future of the festival and its former home of 20 years. BayFest President Bobby Bostwick confirmed last Thursday that he was working to finalize a deal to move the festival to The Grounds, previously known at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds, after a split vote the board approved the move. (more…) Continue Reading →