All Mardi Gras ladders must be kept at least six feet back from the curb during parades, and may not be chained together, under a set of new laws being introduced this week before the New Orleans City Council.
Violent crime in neighborhoods, economic development and opportunity, balancing the city budget and even gay marriage and marijuana legalization were all discussed Tuesday night by Democratic candidates in the New Orleans city elections, many appearing on the same stage for the first time a mere three weeks before the Feb. 1 election day.
The pace was brisk and the tone was mostly — though not always — genial as the Independent Women’s Organization asked a handful of questions to more than two dozen Democratic candidates for mayor, City Council and other citywide offices.
It’s 34 degrees at daybreak; and the temperature is rapidly dropping. The day is as dreary as it is gray, but not even the hawk — or the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) — can keep Brandan “BMike” Odums away from the Florida Projects.
He’s not breaking and entering in the name of creation this time around. The visual artist, who is equally dexterous with spray paint as he is with acrylic and pen and ink, is there to reflect on #ProjectBe, an organic participatory art odyssey that began last summer. #ProjectBe sparked debates among the arties — and authorities – about what makes “legitimate” art and whether a weather-beaten public housing development can ever be more than an underground thrill.
Following the holidays, New Orleans voters may feel like the Feb. 1 elections are coming on a compressed schedule, with Election Day just three weeks from Saturday. But several civic groups are quickly mobilizing to provide residents with opportunities to hear from the candidates first-hand in the next two weeks, starting today (Tuesday, Jan. 7).
Water pressure will drop most of Tuesday morning (Jan. 7) along the upper end of Prytania Street for work related to the installation of the new Jefferson Avenue drainage canal, officials said.
By Louise Hoffman, St. Charles Avenue Association
All the discussions about how to – and how not to – change New Orleans’ sound management efforts is much like being in a bar with too much noise: A lot of raised voices, so you have to strain to understand what’s going on. So here is some context and additional information I hope you’ll find useful.
On December 19, 2013, the City Council introduced some amendments to the city’s current sound ordinances. All seven of the City Council members signed on as co-sponsors. No one, including and especially any New Orleans’ politician, wants to kill our local music scene as has been alleged on the Internet. If all the City Council members signed on, they don’t believe this will change music as we know it. It won’t.
When it comes to noise laws, the constitutional issues arise on both ends. The way the law is written is crucial, because it must be narrowly tailored. The way the law is enforced is equally essential, because Courts will look to practical realities.
All of this is essential to understanding the problems inherent in New Orleans’ proposed revisions to its noise ordinances.
New Orleans Police officials modeled the new cameras Friday that will be part of all on-duty officers’ uniforms this year, as efforts continue to recruit more officers to shore up the ranks of the shrinking police force.
The preparation for installation of a new drainage canal under the Jefferson Avenue neutral ground will require closing both lanes of the road at Clara Street for two months starting on Monday, New Orleans officials announced.
The controversial fence closing Newcomb Boulevard from Freret Street will be removed “without delay,” according to an announcement by the attorney for the neighborhood groups who have sought its removal for seven years.
Starting next week, daytime buses on South Claiborne Avenue and nighttime buses on Jackson Avenue will run more frequently as part of a series of upgrades to New Orleans bus service around the city for 2014, officials said.
That old Morial magic still works.
When the invitations went out from National Urban League CEO Marc Morial’s office for a Friday luncheon at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, you could feel the stir in the political community. Last Friday, with the restaurant closed for the private event, there wasn’t an empty chair in the place.
The celebrated One Restaurant on Hampson Street in Carrollton’s Riverbend area will serve its final meals this week, and a fresh-food grocery partially financed through a city initiative is closed and up for sale.
This past Thursday, the City Council introduced an ordinance to strengthen New Orleans’ noise regulations. Predictably, I am less than thrilled. Because the issues involved are multifaceted and I always seek to edify my valued readers, I have written the following Q&A regarding these newly proposed noise laws. As a holiday bonus, the questions will be asked by the ghost of John Wayne.
A leader of one of the NOPD Sixth District’s task forces was placed on emergency suspension Thursday night amid allegations of driving recklessly and trying to escape a Causeway Police officer, New Orleans police officials said.
After qualifying for the Feb. 1 city elections ended last week, LaToya Cantrell is the only member of the New Orleans City Council without a re-election battle on her hands.
With her first full four-year term ahead of her, Cantrell said this week that she can give all her focus to her priorities — blight and housing issues, crime and public safety, and, most immediately, revisions to the city’s Mardi Gras parade rules.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.”
That’s apparently the motto of the First Spanish American Baptist Church (FSABC), which owns the dilapidated wood-frame building located at 1824 Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District. Their latest application to demolish the structure was rejected this past Thursday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC).