Feb 022014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu

Surrounded by his family and supporters, New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses the crowd in a Hyatt hotel ballroom following his re-election Saturday night. (Zach Brien for UptownMessenger.com)

(image via Secretary of State's office)

(image via Secretary of State’s office)

Mitch Landrieu easily won re-election to a second term as mayor of New Orleans over his two challengers Saturday night with 64 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Continue reading »

Feb 012014
 
City Councilwoman Susan Guidry waves to supporters at Redemption restaurant in Mid-City as her re-election is announced. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry waves to supporters at Redemption restaurant in Mid-City as her re-election is announced. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

(image via Secretary of State's Office)

(image via Secretary of State’s Office)

New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry was re-elected to represent District A, clearing the field of four challengers without the need for a runoff Saturday night, according to preliminary results.

The Secretary of State’s office reported results showing Guidry got nearly 67 percent of the vote, with all precincts reporting. Continue reading »

Jan 312014
 

With the co-owner of a cab company one of the candidates in the race, it should come as little surprise perhaps that there are diverging opinions among the contenders for the District A seat on the City Council about the city’s controversial new regulations on the taxi industry.

The issue rose to the forefront in a forum before Carrollton neighborhood leaders on Friday evening — less than 12 hours before the polls were to open — but served as a last minute reminder of just how different the approaches each of the candidates have. Continue reading »

Jan 302014
 
The new header for "The Willow" on the Jimmy's Music Club page on Facebook. (via facebook.com)

The new header for “The Willow” on the Jimmy’s Music Club page on Facebook. (via facebook.com)

The new year may have brought a tenuous ceasefire in the ongoing battle before the New Orleans City Council over sound and noise, music clubs and sleep-deprived citizens. But, on a Carrollton side street that has been the site of some of the earliest and most bitter clashes so far, the operators of the former Jimmy’s Music Club and their neighbors are exploring one possible path to resolving those issues: starting by sitting down at a table, face to face, and talking to one another.

When Jimmy’s Music Club — now known as The Willow, because of legal issues surrounding the use of the former name — received permission to reopen in 2013, one condition imposed by the city was that its owners and new operators sign a “Good Neighbor Agreement” with the surrounding Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association. After sitting down with a mediator last year, that agreement was reached, and it required quarterly meetings to discuss operating issues with the neighbors during the club’s first year open — with the first meeting eventually set for Jan. 23, Thursday of last week. Continue reading »

Jan 302014
 
A sign announcing the presence of off-duty NOPD patrols in the Uptown area. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A sign announcing the presence of off-duty NOPD patrols in the Uptown area. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The fees that support private security patrols in two Uptown neighborhoods between Magazine and St. Charles Avenue — the Hurstville and Upper Audubon districts — are both up for renewal on Saturday’s ballots. Continue reading »

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Jan 292014
 
Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials speak about second day of freezing temperatures in New Orleans on Wednesday morning. (via nola.gov)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials speak about second day of freezing temperatures in New Orleans on Wednesday morning. (via nola.gov)

The worst precipitation of this week’s winter storm may have passed New Orleans with relatively little damage, but dangerous driving conditions will persist as freezing temperatures continue through Thursday morning, officials said.

“This is the word of the day: ice,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “It’s dangerous.” Continue reading »

Jan 282014
 

Precipitation forecasts for South Louisiana for 10 p.m. Tuesday (via weather.gov at 12 p.m. Tuesday)

Precipitation forecasts for South Louisiana for 10 p.m. Tuesday (via weather.gov at 12 p.m. Tuesday)

Temperatures in New Orleans are expected to drop below freezing Tuesday afternoon — bringing ice and possibly even snow — and generally remain there until Thursday, likely causing impassable roads and power outages, city officials said in an update on preparations Tuesday morning.

“Don’t let the conditions right now fool you,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a news conference late Tuesday morning. “Change is definitely coming. Rain, and ice and standing ice are on the way.” Continue reading »

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Jan 282014
 

The City Council District A “pop-up voter forum” planned by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center for tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 28) has been canceled, according to the center.

Meanwhile, the District A candidates are still tentatively scheduled to appear in a forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with Carrollton area neighborhood groups at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, in hopes that roads will be passable by then, organizers say.

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Jan 242014
 
Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

Fake cigars are a traditional throw during the Krewe of Zulu parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill, Feb. 13, 2013)

After a year of discussion and a month of revisions, the New Orleans City Council met very little opposition Thursday morning to a series of changes to crowd behavior during Mardi Gras parades — including a six-foot setback for viewing ladders and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground or placing private portable toilets on public property.

But one community activist running for City Council urged the city to take an additional step: banning smoking during the parades. Continue reading »

Jan 232014
 

The New Orleans City Council is scheduled to discuss the proposed changes to the laws surrounding Mardi Gras parades, including a six-foot setback between ladders and the curb and a prohibition on roping off the neutral ground.

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Jan 232014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

While several of the candidates for mayor are talking what we think is the truth about the economic inequities that still divide New Orleans, it’s a fact that the New Orleans economy is in better shape today than it has been in years and that New Orleans has sprung back quicker after Katrina than many cities have since the financial markets’ collapse. But that does not mean our economic picture is rosy across the board.

The maritime industry is on an upswing under the capable leadership of Gary LaGrange. The tourism industry under Greg Rusovich, Mark Romig, Mavis Early, Bob Johnson and others is working hard to compete with glitzier marketing budgets and state-of-the-art convention centers across the country. Too many of our tourism industry jobs are low-paying and the opportunities for advancement – especially by undereducated and unskilled African-Americans workers stuck in minimum wage jobs – are minimal. Continue reading »

Jan 222014
 
The site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street is still surrounded by chain-link fence, but the new roof on the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building can be seen behind it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street is still surrounded by chain-link fence, but the new roof on the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building can be seen behind it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Although the site of the former Martin Wine Cellar on Baronne Street remains a quiet concrete foundation, neighbors have been cheered by the sounds of construction at the old New Orleans Bicycle Club building next door, and owner Cedric Martin says rebuilding his beloved grocery remains on track to begin in March and finish six months later. Continue reading »

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Jan 202014
 
New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the MLK Memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu (far right) gives his final remarks alongside Archbishop Gregory Aymond (left) and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry (middle) after a wreath was brought to the King memorial on Claiborne Ave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Onlookers hold up commemorative signs in honor of MLK Jr. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Though the work is hard and much still remains, New Orleans is moving ever closer in tangible ways to becoming more like the community that Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned for America, city officials said Monday morning.

“Each generation for a moment grips the arc of history and bends it one way or another, but it does not bend on its own,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the steps of City Hall. “Here in New Orleans, there is no doubt we are moving forward together.” Continue reading »

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Jan 182014
 
Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Drew Ward (from left), David Capasso, Stephen Gordon, Jason Coleman and Susan Guidry speak at the Alliance for Good Government candidates forum Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry stands by her record as she seeks a second term, but challenger Jason Coleman thinks New Orleans should be doing better. David Capasso would focus on raising workers’ wages, Stephen Gordon wants city government to run more like a small business, and Drew Ward thinks that New Orleans is being rebuilt in the wrong way.

These were the pitches the five candidates for the District A seat on the City Council made to the Alliance for Good Government this week, as they also debated issues such as how to fix the streets in Lakeview, a proposed railroad through Hollygrove and Mid-City, the behavior of corner stores and, of course, crime. Continue reading »