But our friend Marlin Gusman has had nothing but trouble at the Orleans Parish Prison. His allegation in a recent interview in the New Orleans Tribune that people are being critical of him because he’s African-American is strongly agreed with in many quarters of the black community. Our African-American friends – including several elected officials – say that Gusman has acknowledged the problems at the prison by accepting the terms of the Consent Decree and that Mayor Landrieu should focus his attention on Police Chief Ronal Serpas and our city’s ongoing crime problems so that fewer cab drivers, grandmothers, or young children become victims.
But some residents who live closest to the avenue had a slightly more exotic concern: What would become of the little green monk parakeets that have colonized the palms along Jefferson Avenue?
The ongoing clash over the cost of the consent decree governing Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) continues to bubble over. This week we were greeted by the latest bombardment against Sheriff Marlin Gusman in the form of the release of a 2009 video featuring inmates openly mainlining heroin, smoking crack, popping pills, gambling, flashing cash, and even displaying loaded guns. It looks like footage of a party at Marion Berry’s house.
Here’s a link to the video. I’ve run it through a website that replaces the audio with “Yakety Sax” so it’s a smidge less depressing.
A section of Cohn Street above an old repair site in the 7800 block (between Burdette and Fern) collapsed this week, leaving a major hole that neighbors worry could seriously damage a car, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
Back in olden times, Allan covered the Louisiana Legislature for The Times-Picayune and Danae lobbied the Legislature for the Dock Board. So we both have a sense of what it takes to be a good legislator and like to keep track of those who we think have bright futures in politics.
“Getting Back to Abnormal” — the documentary screening three times as part of the upcoming filmOrama festival at the Prytania Theatre — was never intended to focus on City Councilwoman Stacy Head. But Head’s controversial role in the post-Katrina political landscape of New Orleans combined with her unusual on-screen candor made her and staffer Barbara Lacen-Keller natural subjects for it, the filmmakers said.
“The fact that they let us film them was really good,” said Louis Alvarez, one of the four producer/directors. “A lot of politicians wouldn’t allow that.”
The film’s opening thesis is that in 2010, as Head approached her first re-election campaign, she had become “a lightning rod for all things racial,” and it does not shy away from many of her most controversial moments. Yet, in a phone interview Wednesday morning, Head said she has seen the film and was pleased with its outcome.
“I thought it showed the good, the bad and the ugly about New Orleans and politics and who I am,” Head said. “I don’t take myself too seriously, so I liked it.”
Once upon a time the ivy-covered, faded green house with broken glass panes and missing siding at 3527 South Liberty in Uptown New Orleans probably was a family home, a quaint if not classically styled shotgun with sidehall elements, wrought iron fencing and floor to ceiling windows facing the street. Today it sits beaten to hell but still seemingly structurally intact, an eyesore of eyesores, and consumed by litter including household discards, dozens upon dozens of old tires, and yes, even hypodermic needles. Additionally according to nolaassessor.com/ there is a code-enforcement lien, and the city’s new Blight Status site shows a hearing next week on 11 violations found in January 2013.
This kind of scenario represents the face of blight in the Crescent City today.
New Orleanians could see clearer laws about the placement of ladders, more control over the locations of portable toilets, and more efforts to clear public spaces during and between Mardi Gras parades next year, based on a number of ideas Uptown residents discussed with their City Councilwoman on Saturday afternoon.
Costco officials expect 5,000 applications for the 200 jobs that their first Louisiana store on South Carrollton Avenue will create when it opens in mid-August, reports Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.
The latest delay in long-awaited plans for a $1 million upgrade to the appearance of O.C. Haley Boulevard sparked frustration among a group of residents and merchants Tuesday night about the prolonged uncertainty around the project’s scope after six years of discussion.
The floors may still have soft spots and the roof may still leak, but at least the officers at the century-old Second District police station now have a decent place to change clothes or use the restroom, thanks to a donation from prominent New Orleans attorney Morris Bart.
“They put their lives on the line,” Bart said. “If what I can do makes their lives a little easier and shows that, ‘Yes, we do appreciate what they do for us and for the people of New Orleans,’ then it’s my pleasure.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and top NOPD officials listened to residents Tuesday night at First Emmanuel Baptist Church in Central City, while the NAACP met separately across town, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The NAACP had originally requested a meeting specifically about racial profiling, but when Landrieu sought to broaden the meeting’s scope, the NAACP protested.
New Orleans should annex all of unincorporated Jefferson Parish! Metairie shall henceforth be known as New Orleans West! “Fat City” will receive a makeover and be reinvented as “the little Bourbon!” Prosperity shall rein!
Now that I have your attention, I will explain why this should happen, but cannot happen due to historical factors and outmoded laws.
After City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell pledged to dedicate a $5,000 grant to installing anti-crime cameras around the intersection of Washington and Broad earlier this week, business owners held their own anti-crime forum Thursday morning at Rhodes Pavilion, reports Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
Discussion of issues surrounding the alcohol licenses at three Uptown New Orleans establishments — Jimmy’s Music Club on Willow, The Uptowner reception hall on Henry Clay Avenue and Grits Bar on Annunciation — were all postponed by city officials Tuesday to make way for another hearing instead.
The New Orleans City Council appears to be proposing that St. Claude Avenue be made into a pathetic two-lane road, but Mayor Landrieu is at least showing some sense on the issue.
Here’s the background: As most New Orleanians are aware, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently promulgated preliminary plans for installing a new streetcar line along Rampart St. and St. Claude Avenue from Canal Street to Elysian Fields Avenue. As with the widely-panned Loyola-UPT Streetcar line, rather than restoring the historic norm of having the streetcar tracks running in the neutral ground, the plans call for slapping the tracks down in the traffic lanes adjoining the streetcar line (sharing the lanes with vehicles). It’s stupid, ahistorical and ugly.
Chef Greg Sonnier is abandoning his attempted resurrection of Gabrielle restaurant at The Uptowner reception hall on Henry Clay Avenue to return to a French Quarter kitchen, and the Funky Butt nightclub project has also halted, according to recent reports.