Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com
While the interruption of Hurricane Isaac delayed negotiations between the city and Tulane University over an operating agreement for the proposed Uptown football stadium, Audubon Boulevard residents learned Monday night that the wall of the stadium won’t be as high or as close to some of their homes as originally planned.
Even their short time on the campaign trail has apparently been good to the four relative political newcomers running for the District B seat, as their individual messages came through in distinct focus during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session before the Bouligny Improvement Association on Monday evening.
The four candidates for City Council District B will participate in a forum at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday, Sept. 24) hosted by the Bouligny Improvement Association and the Louisiana Landmarks Society at St. George’s church, 4600 St. Charles Avenue.
The debate over live music continues in New Orleans. The latest volley was lobbed by Kermit Ruffins, New Orleans’ premiere jazz trumpeter, who presumably needs no further introduction. From his Facebook page, Ruffins has announced a meeting this Wednesday to discuss “a plan of [action] to stop the city from taking live entertainment away from small clubs.”
Ruffin’s announcement coincided roughly with three developments: 1) Ruffin’s Mother-In-Law Lounge received its rezoning and permitting for live music; 2) Mimi’s in the Marigny canceled its live music schedule; and, 3) Siberia lounge announced it would be resuming live music in October with obscenely expensive one-shot event permits.
Accordingly, Ruffins is sitting pretty. Everybody else, not so much.
Tulane University officials will discuss the status of an agreement with the city for permissible uses of their planned on-campus stadium, as well as updates on construction designs and drainage plans, at a public meeting on Monday.
A plan to create District Councils intended to give neighborhoods a voice in city decisions will be debated tonight.
After the front yard of a new home on Burdette Street was “paved 100 percent,” city inspectors are refusing to issue a Certificate of Occupancy until the work is remedied, reports Karen Gadbois of The Lens.
Former Mayor Ray Nagin’s “failed efforts to revitalize the hulking former Entergy power plant in the Lower Garden District could turn out to be key to backing up the allegation that Nagin at least tried to help his benefactors,” those who allegedly gave him cash, truckloads of granite, and even a job, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.
In a rapid series of detailed questions, the four candidates running for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were tested Tuesday night on how well they know their way around city government, from filling potholes to writing the budget.
A map of debris collection since Hurricane Isaac released by the city Monday shows strong progress in Uptown’s university area, Broadmoor, parts of Central City, and on either side of Magazine Street between Jefferson and Napoleon. In other many neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Audubon Park, however, the map indicates that debris contractors have yet to make their “first pass.”
Members of the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association will hear from the four candidates for the District B seat on the City Council at their quarterly meeting tonight, as well as discuss the new accelerated high school at the Bauduit campus and new businesses in the neighborhood.
Candidates for three judicial seats and two open City Council seats will appear tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 18) on the Loyola University campus in forums sponsored by the Alliance for Good Government, followed by school board candidates tomorrow night.
Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com
Organizers of the new Krewe of Freret are pushing ahead with plans to roll their first parade during the coming Carnival season, remaining optimistic even though a recently-approved 2013 parade calendar does not yet include them.
I think the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWB) needs to adopt a new motto to shift attention away from its staggering waste, corruption and general incompetence. That motto should be: “Hey, at least we don’t still have a horseshoer on staff!”
It recently became news that Detroit Water and Sewerage Department actually still employs a horseshoer, although it has no horses. Apparently this man does nothing but collect a paycheck, and a decent one at that — $29,245 in salary and about $27,000 in benefits. Apparently union rules keep the man on staff, and the union isn’t budging.
New, wider sidewalks with handicapped ramps at the corners and a resurfaced road with better crosswalk markings are all headed to a four-block stretch of General Pershing Street through Broadmoor in a $250,000 project that broke ground this week, city officials said.
While there’s no mistake that New Orleans is known for its rich culture, many people tend to only think of prime locations such as the French Quarter or Magazine Street.
“We’re not moving as aggressively, as we had hoped that we would have finished the entire first pass and most of the second pass by now,” New Orleans Deputy Mayor of Operations Michelle Thomas told reporter Tania Dall and our partners at WWL-TV in a report about Uptown residents’ frustrations at the slow pace of removal of Hurricane Isaac debris. “But we are confident that we’re going to get it done in the next couple of days.”