After the recent publication of a letter from Archbishop Gregory Aymond saying that anyone involved in the construction of a Planned Parenthood clinic on South Claiborne Avenue is “cooperating with the evil that will take place there,” pro-life activists believe the pressure they have created has delayed the start of construction since the May groundbreaking, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. Planned Parenthood has said 90 percent of its services are health care other than abortions, and that it does not perform the procedure at its clinic on Magazine Street, Hernandez notes.
New Orleans City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell won over voters in far more precincts than either of her two challengers, but Jason Williams and Freddie Charbonnet together won far more voters than she did — making for a spirited contest with advantages on both sides between Hedge-Morrell and Williams heading into the March 15 runoff.
As Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans seeks to rebuild after last year’s controversies, one crucial goal for its new leadership has been the creation of a long-term plan to guide the school’s development.
When a first draft of that plan was presented for board approval Monday night, however, the conversation quickly turned to a question that speaks to the broader transformation of New Orleans’s educational system: Do charter schools rely too heavily on fundraising efforts that can burden the families the schools are intended to serve?
Despite the well-known rivalry between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Councilwoman Stacy Head — she was the only incumbent council member he declined to endorse for re-election — the two were re-elected by very similar margins across the city, with support from very similar precincts.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu swept to re-election Saturday with 64 percent of the vote, easily outpacing his two challengers in his bid for a second term — but his support was not as evenly distributed across the city as it was four years ago, according to a map of precinct-level results.
Not only did City Councilwoman Susan Guidry win a larger percentage of the votes cast in her re-election bid than she did four years ago, she also won a larger total number of votes, an analysis of the results shows.
With the co-owner of a cab company one of the candidates in the race, it should come as little surprise perhaps that there are diverging opinions among the contenders for the District A seat on the City Council about the city’s controversial new regulations on the taxi industry.
The issue rose to the forefront in a forum before Carrollton neighborhood leaders on Friday evening — less than 12 hours before the polls were to open — but served as a last minute reminder of just how different the approaches each of the candidates have.
With polls opening on Saturday for the citywide elections, voters in City Council District A still can learn about the candidates in the race firsthand at a Carrollton neighborhood forum tonight (Friday, Jan. 31) or by reading our online guide to the election.
The new year may have brought a tenuous ceasefire in the ongoing battle before the New Orleans City Council over sound and noise, music clubs and sleep-deprived citizens. But, on a Carrollton side street that has been the site of some of the earliest and most bitter clashes so far, the operators of the former Jimmy’s Music Club and their neighbors are exploring one possible path to resolving those issues: starting by sitting down at a table, face to face, and talking to one another.
When Jimmy’s Music Club — now known as The Willow, because of legal issues surrounding the use of the former name — received permission to reopen in 2013, one condition imposed by the city was that its owners and new operators sign a “Good Neighbor Agreement” with the surrounding Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association. After sitting down with a mediator last year, that agreement was reached, and it required quarterly meetings to discuss operating issues with the neighbors during the club’s first year open — with the first meeting eventually set for Jan. 23, Thursday of last week.
The fees that support private security patrols in two Uptown neighborhoods between Magazine and St. Charles Avenue — the Hurstville and Upper Audubon districts — are both up for renewal on Saturday’s ballots.
A 32-year-old man was critically injured after being shot several times on Magnolia Street on Wednesday evening, police said.
Most public direct-run and charter schools in New Orleans — and all private Catholic schools — will reopen as normally on Thursday, and all city services will resume, officials said.
The City Council District A candidates’ forum organized by the Carrollton Area Network has been postponed to 6 p.m. Friday (Jan. 31), the day before voters head to the polls.
The worst precipitation of this week’s winter storm may have passed New Orleans with relatively little damage, but dangerous driving conditions will persist as freezing temperatures continue through Thursday morning, officials said.
“This is the word of the day: ice,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “It’s dangerous.”
Amid warnings for New Orleanians and their pets to stay inside during the hard freeze that has settled over south Louisiana, Audubon Zoo is bringing almost all of its animals indoors to stay warm as well, according to a report by Paul Murphy of our partners at WWL-TV. The zoo will remain closed Wednesday and expects to reopen Thursday.
With expectations that freezing weather will create impassable roads, all New Orleans charter and direct-run public schools will remain closed Wednesday, officials announced.
“Don’t let the conditions right now fool you,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a news conference late Tuesday morning. “Change is definitely coming. Rain, and ice and standing ice are on the way.”
The City Council District A “pop-up voter forum” planned by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center for tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 28) has been canceled, according to the center.
Meanwhile, the District A candidates are still tentatively scheduled to appear in a forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with Carrollton area neighborhood groups at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, in hopes that roads will be passable by then, organizers say.