After last month’s debate before a coalition of Carrollton neighborhood groups, the six candidates for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council have sent written responses to more of their questions.
Six candidates for the New Orleans City Council — including two sitting councilmen — promised on Tuesday night to resume the effort to begin taxing property owned by nonprofits but used for commercial purposes or left blighted, and at least one Council hopeful suggested increasing the amount exempted for owner-occupied homes.
As short-term rentals become an ever more prominent part of the elections for the next mayor and City Council of New Orleans, the candidates for the open District B seat mostly agreed Thursday night that abuses of the system remains out of control in the city and sharpened their calls for reforms.
On the heels of reports that short-term rental advocates plan to seek looser regulations on AirBnB hosting and similar services, affordable-housing advocates convened a meeting Wednesday night to announce their own policy goals restricting the same services — setting up a major election-year fight for the next mayor and City Council.
Ever since I kicked my first political envelope at age 12, I have been passionate about politics. I look forward to every campaign season. I speculate who will qualify, pour over campaign literature, attend forums, devour polls, analyze campaign finance reports, and eagerly await election returns.
Somehow this campaign season is different. Although early voting begins Saturday September 30 and continues through October 7, a high number of voters – more than 30 percent by several accounts- have still not decided who they would support. Early voters- including many chronic voters- now make up twenty percent of total voters. Candidates who fare well in early voting are more likely to win.
With just weeks left before New Orleans voters decide on a brand new City Council District B representative, several Mid-City neighborhood groups are offering up the chance to hear each candidate’s stance on a plethora of issues.
The candidate forum kicks off Thursday at 6 p.m. and will address issues such as homelessness, budget priorities, blight and several public safety topics. Additional questions will be emailed to each candidate after the forum so they have a chance to respond to other issues not covered during the forum.
The plan to expand the University Shell gas station on South Claiborne Avenue received a positive recommendation from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, sending it on to the City Council for a final decision over neighbors’ requests for more time to consider the proposal.
In the race to build a war chest for the six-way race for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, former School Board member Seth Bloom has amassed a clear lead over his rivals.
With a month before election day, the race for the open District A seat on the New Orleans City Council has already drawn more than $300,000 in political contributions — with the clear majority to Joe Giarrusso III and a strong second place by Aylin Acikalin Maklansky.
But who is paying for their campaigns?
How to spur economic development on traditional business corridors like South Broad Street – and how to make sure it benefits longtime local businesses, instead of only transplants – formed the topic of debate for nearly a dozen candidates for mayor of New Orleans on Thursday afternoon.
The boil-water notice in place most of Wednesday for the Eastbank of New Orleans was lifted late Thursday morning, New Orleans officials said.
After a brief power loss at the Sewerage & Water Board plant in Carrollton on Wednesday morning, New Orleans city officials are urging residents to boil water before consuming it in any way until water quality can be assured.
The Preservation Resource Center and other advocacy group are hosting a forum on housing and land-use issues with three mayoral candidates, Michael Bagneris, LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet. The forum starts at 7 p.m., with a live video stream being broadcast above.
The imminent arrival of fast-growing Chipotle chain burrito restaurant on Magazine Street — plunging directly into competition with beloved local Latin restaurants — has local residents beginning to explore legislation that might limit the influx of national brands on the uniquely Uptown New Orleans thoroughfare.
“No one comes to New Orleans to see Veterans Avenue,” said Coliseum Square Association member Frank Cole. “I don’t want to see an Arby’s on Magazine Street.”
Carrollton residents packed the cafeteria of St. Mary’s Dominican High School last week for a debate between the six candidates for District A on the New Orleans City Council, but if you didn’t make it, here’s your chance to watch full videos of each section of the forum.