Robert Morris

Jan 202014
 

Owen Courreges

If I ever become a judge, I think I’ll issue an injunction requiring a party not to speak about politics or religion and mandating that he quarter American soldiers in his house.  I’ll also tack on a provision stating that he not go near any polling station (so that he can’t vote in elections) and another requiring him to issue statements that incriminate himself.  If he violates it, I’ll send him to jail.

Apparently judges can do that.  Their power over the parties before them trumps the Constitution itself. Continue reading »

Jan 182014
 
Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry stands by her record as she seeks a second term, but challenger Jason Coleman thinks New Orleans should be doing better. David Capasso would focus on raising workers’ wages, Stephen Gordon wants city government to run more like a small business, and Drew Ward thinks that New Orleans is being rebuilt in the wrong way.

These were the pitches the five candidates for the District A seat on the City Council made to the Alliance for Good Government this week, as they also debated issues such as how to fix the streets in Lakeview, a proposed railroad through Hollygrove and Mid-City, the behavior of corner stores and, of course, crime. Continue reading »

Jan 162014
 

Willis L. Turner (via opcso.org)

Willis L. Turner (via opcso.org)

Willis Turner, 29, showed up in court this week so strongly under the influence of some sort of opiates, his blood test showed, that he could not stand, according to John Simerman of The New Orleans Advocate and Naomi Martin of the Times-Picayune. Orleans Parish Jail officials are now investigating allegations that he got the drugs from a deputy, Simerman reports, amid an election for sheriff that has focused on high-profile security issues at the jail.

Turner was arrested on an attempted-murder charge in February following a shooting in the 2800 block of Audubon Street.

Jan 162014
 
Stacy Head and Eugene Green. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Stacy Head and Eugene Green. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freddie Charbonnet, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Jason Williams. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Freddie Charbonnet, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and Jason Williams. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two sitting members of the New Orleans City Council and all of their challengers said the city needs a new police chief on Wednesday night in a response to a question asked by the Alliance for Good Government. Continue reading »

Jan 152014
 
Sheriff Marlin Gusman (from left), former sheriff Charles Foti, School Board president Ira Thomas and gardener Quentin Brown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman (from left), former sheriff Charles Foti, School Board president Ira Thomas and gardener Quentin Brown. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sheriff Marlin Gusman and his predecessor, Charles Foti, blame each other for conditions at the Orleans Parish Jail. School board president Ira Thomas blames them both, and gardener Quentin Brown blames them all.

That question — whether the incumbents are responsible for shortcomings in New Orleans’ public institutions, or took poor situations and tried to improve them — resonated through the Alliance For Good Government forums in citywide races Tuesday night. Continue reading »

Jan 152014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

Despite my darnedest divining, turns out maybe my best JazzFest prognosticating days are behind me.  As I tweeted Monday night my top 10 artist guesses in anticipation of Tuesday’s announcement proper, I came up very short with a paltry 2 correct out of 10.  And even as I read over the girth of talent slated for the annual racetrack shindig, it read more like a gobbledygook of sure things than what my version of the event might look like.  Or as one friend commented yesterday: “Robin Thicke but no Dave Jordan?!  Time to rename JazzFest.” Continue reading »

Jan 142014
 
The sign outside the future home of Del Fuego Tacqueria reads "Coming in 2014 - We swear!" (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The sign outside the future home of Del Fuego Tacqueria reads “Coming in 2014 – We swear!” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Restaurateur Joel Dondis describes plans for a reception hall at 1911 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Restaurateur Joel Dondis describes plans for a reception hall at 1911 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new Mexican restaurant on Magazine Street planned by a former Commander’s Palace chef received initial approval from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, as did a new reception hall in the Lower Garden District by Joel Dondis of La Petite Grocery. Continue reading »

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Jan 142014
 
City Council members Jackie Clarkson (left) and LaToya Cantrell present proposed changes to the city's Mardi Gras ordinances on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council members Jackie Clarkson (left) and LaToya Cantrell present proposed changes to the city’s Mardi Gras ordinances on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A New Orleans City Council committee is recommending a ban on roping off areas of the neutral ground during parades be added to a list of changes to the city’s Mardi Gras laws, they said Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

Jan 132014
 

Crime tallies from the Uptown-based Second and Sixth Districts in the 52-week period ending Jan. 4, 2014.

Crime tallies from the Uptown-based Second and Sixth Districts in the 52-week period ending Jan. 4, 2014.

Despite a citywide rash of armed robberies around New Year’s, Uptown New Orleans ended 2013 with roughly 25 percent fewer armed robberies than the year before, presenting both a similar rate of success and challenges as the reduction in murders across the city.

Meanwhile, a wide-ranging investigation may have broken up the gang responsible for those robberies at the year’s end, investigators say. Continue reading »

Jan 122014
 
A group of dogs tussle at the Wisner Dog Run while their owners watch on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of dogs tussle at the Wisner Dog Run while their owners watch on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2013. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In December, the city of New Orleans announced the opening of the Wisner Dog Run, the first free, official place for dogs to play without a leash in the city limits, accomplished by a maze of new fencing between the existing Wisner Park softball field, basketball courts and playgrounds that allows pets ample room to romp.

“This is something that people in the neighborhood have been waiting for for a very long time,” said Sam Winston of the Friends of Wisner Park. “People are just thrilled.”

Though Uptown dog owners and neighborhood residents cheer the development, it represents a significant departure from a much more ambitious plan discussed at public forums throughout the city in 2012 for as many as 20 new dog parks and dog runs on vacant land across the city. Instead, city officials are now evaluating new spaces for dogs to get off-leash exercise on a case-by-case basis, and Wisner may represent the new model for the future of how dogs, their owners and other park-goers play together in New Orleans in the future.
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Jan 122014
 
The official poster of the Freret Oyster Jam, designed by artist Michael Guidry.

The official poster of the Freret Oyster Jam, designed by artist Michael Guidry.

Sure, New Orleans already has an “official” oyster festival. But Woody Ruiz of the ubiquitous festival fish tacos thought the middle of summer was kind of an odd time to eat oysters, and he wanted a chance to give the big names downtown a run for their money on oyster preparation.

On Sunday (Jan. 19), Ruiz will get his chance, when he partners with the founders of Freret Market to create the first (hopefully annual) Freret Oyster Jam in the parking lot of the Publiq House.
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Jan 122014
 

David Capasso (from left), Jason Coleman, Susan Guidry and Drew Ward at Dillard University. (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

Challengers David Capasso, Jason Coleman and Drew Ward debated issues of economic inequality, crime, public infrastructure and progress since Hurricane Katrina with City Councilwoman Susan Guidry last week at a candidates’ forum at Dillard University, according to Della Hasselle of MidCityMessenger.com.