Robert Morris

Mar 242017
 

Verret’s Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Joanne Close, shown in her presentation to the Alcohol Control Board last month, wants to buy Verret’s Lounge from its current owner. (via City of New Orleans)

Verret’s Lounge on Washington Avenue may be in line for a new proprietor with a new wine-oriented focus, but first its owners are asking the city to release the establishment from a requirement for a security guard put in place after a man was fatally shot inside the bar last year. Continue reading »

Mar 222017
 

The International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus. (UptownMessenger.com)

When the International School of Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish campus closes at the end of this school year, nearly 350 of its students have signed up to transfer into ISL’s campuses in New Orleans, officials said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

Mar 222017
 

City Councilwoman Stacy Head

By Stacy Head, President, New Orleans City Council

The reason you, the voter, elect a City Council is to serve as a watchdog over the municipal budget. That is our primary function, and while our daily lives can be consumed with issues like public safety, quality jobs and working schools, most assume that government will act to promote and protect the public interest.

But when politics is concerned, this public interest can often be glossed over. That is why it is important that you hold your council members accountable and question why you are being asked to pay fines, fees and taxes without proper examination.

A prime example of this is on our agenda this week and grew out of the recent consideration of the often complicated, and always lucrative, utility contracts, which are awarded by the council for $6 million-a-year for a lengthy time period. For decades, these contracts have been awarded to out-of-state firms who have maintained strong political ties to local political organizations. Continue reading »

Mar 212017
 

NOPD Officer Nicole Honore (left) demonstrates the Second District’s new exterior camera system for Morris Bart (center), who donated it to the station to help with security. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Concerned about recent acts of violence against police officers around the country, prominent attorney and Uptown resident Morris Bart has donated a system of security cameras to the New Orleans Police Department that fully surrounds the Second District building on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

Mar 212017
 

A limousine pulls up to the Il Mercato venue for an event in late October 2016. The venue offers valet parking, but says very few patrons use it because they arrive in for-hire cars. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft becoming the predominant mode of transportation for their customers, Il Mercato event venue on Magazine Street plans to dramatically reduce the amount of valet parking it provides based on a new agreement with its neighbors. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

NOPD Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel speaks as City Councilwoman Susan Guidry looks on Thursday night at a forum on crime at a town hall in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Neighborhood leaders were troubled last year when the New Orleans Police Department reassigned all its quality-of-life officers to bolster the ranks of patrolmen on the streets, and on Thursday night took advantage of a town-hall meeting on crime with top NOPD officials to request their return. Continue reading »

Mar 162017
 

Councilwoman Susan Guidry talks with Gentilly residents at a Fight the Blight event in 2010. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry is hosting a town-hall discussion Thursday night of crime trends and crime prevention, featuring New Orleans police officials and CrimesStoppers. Continue reading »