The buck stops with Mayor Landrieu and the entire City Council for the mounting problems at the Sewerage & Water Board. Citizens who mopped up last weekend or are worried about today’s lack of pumping capacity have no one to blame but their elected officials – all of whom have clearly failed them.
While floodwaters were still rising around New Orleans on Saturday, mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock entered a social-media debate about the city’s removal of Confederate monuments and suggested that the flooding was result of God’s displeasure with the city.
“God has washed and flooded the City twice in 2 weeks. Maybe he is not happy,” Scurlock wrote around 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. He added about 15 minutes later, “God gave man Freewill and instructions on how to Live. Perhaps erasing history and not honoring the past is not in liking to him and his ways….”
Chipotle fans tired of driving to Metairie may soon have a much closer option in Uptown New Orleans — with 2,250 locations nationwide, the chain is seeking to open its first storefront in New Orleans on Magazine Street in the Garden District next year.
The three candidates seeking to succeed Stacy Head as the new At-Large member of the New Orleans City Council all expressed doubts Saturday about the need for a new gas-fired Entergy power station in New Orleans East in the face of residents’ opposition there.
The members of the New Orleans City Council who are elected this fall should work to create a single, unified system governing all the city’s parks and recreation, according to three candidates for the open At-Large seat on the council, and then should find ways to redirect money to it without raising taxes.
Indivisible NOLA, a progressive civic-engagement organization, will host a forum this afternoon featuring the candidates for one of the At-Large seats on the New Orleans City Council.
A gas station at South Claiborne Avenue and Washington Avenue has received permission from the New Orleans City Council to sell alcohol after the completion of renovations there.
A New Jersey doctor won permission from the New Orleans City Council last week to tear down two small homes on Benjamin Street to make room to build a new home on the entire Cherokee Street lot, over the objection of the city’s historic-preservation staff.
Story by Canela Lopez
Soon to leave a seven-year mayoral tenure behind him, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressed a crowd of community members at the New Orleans Jazz Market as he reflected on his office’s restoration efforts to rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.
Hosted by EngageNOLA, a nonprofit organization, the event –“A Talk with the Mayor: A Civic Engagement Social”– aimed to provide citizens with a platform to pose questions directly to Landrieu in an organized fashion.
Two each of the six candidates running in both the District A and B City Council races won dual endorsements this weekend of the Independent Women’s Organization, a citywide assembly of Democratic women.
Though the campaign for her District A seat on the New Orleans City Council is just beginning, Councilwoman Susan Guidry announced Friday night her preference for a successor.
By Claire Byun
All six City Council District A candidates have varied solutions on the citywide drainage problem that plagues several Uptown neighborhoods.
Nearly 100 people squeezed into the Nazareth Baptist Church in Hollygrove on Tuesday to hear all six District A candidates discuss four main issues: potholed roads; a lack of community schools; increasing the city’s minimum wage; and the citywide drainage problem. The forum was presented by Step Up Louisiana, which works to build political power to fight for education and economic justice.
Moderators asked candidates how they will improve drainage in an area habitually flooded after heavy rains – like much of the city. Some candidates argued for legislative action resulting in drainage improvement funding, while others urged the community to help themselves first.
A request to tear down a single-story home on Henry Clay Avenue and a proposed renovation of another house on Laurel Street that city officials said would essentially replace it as well have both been rejected by the Historic District Landmarks Commission, but two demolition requests in the Irish Channel and in Hollygrove were approved.
A row of nine two-story townhomes proposed for construction in the parking lot of the former Publiq House building has drawn strong criticism from city planners, and the developers have asked for an additional month to prepare a response before seeking permission for the project.
Just two months after announcing the start of construction on the new headquarters for the NOPD Second District in Gert Town, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials returned to the site Friday morning to break ground for the new $6.7 million pool and community center that will be built next door.