As speculation heats up about possible candidates in the upcoming New Orleans city elections, Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell so far faces only one announced challenger in her first bid for re-election: bounce artist Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton.
This past week, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ordered the reinstatement of yet another New Orleans police officer on grounds that the NOPD violated the “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights” by taking too long to investigate his misconduct.
Thomas McMasters illegally arrested two women in 2009 for prostitution loitering, which requires a conviction for prostitution within the previous year. McMasters, however, failed to check for a previous conviction and neither woman had one. Since women don’t appreciate being mislabeled as whores (imagine!), they filed complaints. McMasters admitted during the investigation that he knew the law but simply didn’t follow it.
The grief that follows the loss of a child to violence is one of the most unbearable burdens life can impose on a mother. It is one of life’s mysteries, then, that by gathering a dozen such heavy souls in one room, the burden on all of them becomes lighter.
“It hurts deeply to lose a kid, and you just don’t know why,” said Ann Dimes, a member of the “Helping Mothers Heal” group at the Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue. “So you reach out to another mother, another sister … because life is precious. Life will continue to go on.”
Any planned development larger than 40,000 square feet or with a substantial presence on a major thoroughfare will be specifically evaluated on whether its design meets city standards under the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, which New Orleans officials hope to ratify as law by February — after years of planning and public meetings.
Update, Oct. 25: Subsequent to writing this piece, I was notified by the mayor’s office the woman in the WWL story upon which this piece was based had rented the car she was ticketed for, and that she was thus still responsible for the ticket. While that information does change the story, it still presents some issues about the camera system, which are addressed in a postscript below.
Those traffic cameras certainly are insidious. It was once assumed that you could avoid getting a red-light camera ticket, at the very least, by simply not owning a car. That commonsense presumption has now been proven false.
A woman who sold her car in March received a red-light ticket in June from the camera at Carrollton and Palmetto, but the ticket showed another vehicle that was not hers at all, according to a report by Jaclyn Kelly of our partners at WWL-TV. And in order to appeal the ticket, the woman must pay a $50 administrative fee, Kelly reports.
Update, Oct. 23: After city officials determined that the car in the photo was a rental, the woman acknowledged to WWL that she had rented it during that time.
A public meeting for residents of the Central City, Garden District and adjacent Uptown neighborhoods will be held at 6 p.m. Monday on the latest draft of the new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. The meeting will be at the Dryades YMCA at 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, and it will cover changes in Planning District 2, which runs generally from Napoleon Avenue to the Pontchartrain Expressway.
On Olive Street just off South Carrollton, a water leak has caused a 7-foot-long hole in the street, and neighbors have started putting bricks into it to minimize the amount of damage to cars that slip into it, according to a report by Bill Capo of our partners at WWL-TV.
Family and friends of pedestrians killed while trying to cross South Claiborne at night blame the lack of streetlights from Napoleon Avenue to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say they are converting lighting on the stretch to energy-efficient lights and should be finished in the coming weeks.
Although the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for overseeing the construction of four major drainage canals around Uptown New Orleans, the federal-government shutdown caused the agency to miss a planned public meeting Thursday about the beginning of the latest phase on Jefferson Avenue.
So who gets to decide how many judges are too many? Mayor Mitch Landrieu has strong feelings on the subject, based on his own experiences when he was in the private practice of law and his observations from the mayor’s office. There are too many judges and the money devoted to supporting empty courtrooms and under-worked judges could be better spent if the money was instead in the city’s general fund, Landrieu says.
Improvements to utilities around the new Magnolia Marketplace on South Claiborne will be paid for by an additional 1-percent sales tax on purchases there that should last around 15 years, based on legislation being forwarded to the New Orleans City Council for approval Thursday.
The block of Jefferson Avenue between Constance and Laurel streets will close for two months as part of the installation of the new underground drainage canal, New Orleans officials said.
Even Tulane alum Allan Katz thinks that Mike Perlstein of WWL and Gordon Russell of the Advocate certainly did a bang up job on their first-rate investigation regarding Tulane’s century-old scholarship program. Like many old habits in New Orleans, there is an aversion to change. But change is definitely necessary for this program.
Boh Brothers Construction Co., the contractor currently installing a drainage canal on Napoleon Avenue between Claiborne Avenue and Carondelet Street, won the contract last week for the final phase of extending that canal down to Constance Street, authorities said.