Robert Morris

Feb 222013

The two-day Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, which runs today (Friday) and Saturday, will feature panel discussions on topics of local interest such as fracking, coal export terminals, Hurricane Sandy aftermath, water management in New Orleans, Louisiana’s scenic rivers, lessons from the BP spill, sea levels in South Louisiana, the Gulf Dead Zone and a keynote presentation by Yvon Chouinard, founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company. Continue reading »

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Feb 222013

Following news that the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament intend to close Xavier Prep at the end of the year, school officials and alumni are organizing a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School on Caffin Avenue in the Lower Ninth Ward to discuss ways to keep the 98-year-old institution open, reports Maya Rodriguez of our partners at WWL-TV:

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Feb 212013

The owner of Jimmy’s Music Club may be taking his fight to reopen his renowned club straight to City Hall, but a group of Carrollton neighborhood residents told him Thursday night that they aren’t his problem.

In fact, the Carrollton-Riverbend Neighborhood Association said, they’d like to sit down and try to figure out a way to support him. Continue reading »

Feb 202013

Jean-Paul Villere

As the New Orleans metro area rises ever more steadily in popularity in terms of viability and visibility (hello yet another Super Bowl and mostly uneventful Mardi Gras season) as well as the 2012 numbers-driven title of fastest growing American city (somehow when I mention this in passing conversation nowadays a lot of people missed this), integral components to our cultural seasons just might need to be kept in check.  In other words, are we nearing a tipping point of over abundant festivals this or any other spring?  Or as I’ve come to call it, will we soon experience Fest Fest?  And should we?  And if we do, are we in danger of becoming a mockery of ourselves?  Maybe yes, maybe no. Continue reading »

Feb 192013

As the owners of Jimmy’s Music Club continue to seek the reopening of their landmark Willow Street venue, they are employing an unusual legal strategy to get around the temporary ban on new alcohol licenses in the Carrollton area.

Instead of asking the City Council to grant them an exception to the moratorium, they are asking the city’s alcohol commissioners to rule that the latest iteration of that moratorium is illegal altogether and thus inapplicable to Jimmy’s. Continue reading »

Feb 182013

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans took its first steps toward new leadership Monday night, empowering a consultant to choose three outsiders to help select a new school CEO and tasking two current board members with devising a process to recruit new members and for current ones to roll off.

Many parents in the audience, however, expressed concerns that the changes may not be sufficient to prevent a large number of the school’s teachers from leaving at the end of the year. Continue reading »

Feb 182013

The “Gabrielle in Purgatory” dinner in February 2011 at the controversial Uptowner location on Henry Clay Avenue. ( file photo by Sabree Hill)

The latest Uptown establishments to fall under the scrutiny of the New Orleans Alcohol Beverage Control board are Grits bar on Annunciation Street and the Uptowner banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue, and the effort to bring back Jimmy’s Music Club may also be heard by the panel Tuesday afternoon as well. Continue reading »

Feb 182013

Owen Courreges

Mayor Landrieu has a terrible case of buyer’s remorse.

Last July, Mayor Landrieu was on hand to announce a consent decree between the U.S. Justice Department and the City of New Orleans in a lawsuit that alleged widespread abuses of basic civil rights by the New Orleans Police Department.  “Now, after more than two years of work, the consent decree is done,” Mayor Landrieu remarked at the time.

Well, perhaps not quite done.  Apparently, Mayor Landrieu didn’t consider the fact a consent decree might be reached with respect to the city’s other constitutional abomination, Orleans Parish Prison.  That’s exactly what happened.   Landrieu spokesman Ryan Berni argues that “both the prison and NOPD consent decrees cannot be paid for at this time without raising taxes or laying off or furloughing employees.” Continue reading »

Feb 172013

Consultant Jeremy Hunnewell (at right) sits with charter-school advocate Caroline Roemer Shirley and state Department of Education official Raphael Gang at a January meeting of the Lycee Francais board as they discuss plans to create a path forward for the school’s leadership. ( file photo by Robert Morris)

A consultant hired by state officials to chart a path forward for Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans is recommending swift changes to the school’s leadership, starting with a national search for a new school leader and concrete plans for empaneling new members of the LFNO governing board. Continue reading »