Feb 052014
 

The controversial Orleans Parish Prison consent decree will be discussed during a symposium on prison reform this Friday.

The Prison Reform: Progress, Policies & Practices symposium will “initiate a dialogue between legal practitioners, community activists and others involved with reshaping the U.S. prison system,” according to a press release.
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Feb 052014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence early Tuesday afternoon.

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence early Tuesday afternoon.

Early last month, New Orleans city officials promised that they would comply with a court order to remove a fence on Newcomb Boulevard “without delay.” More than a month later, the fence still stands, there is discussion about a City Council effort to make the street one-way, and the city still says it is working on the removal — “without delay.” Continue reading »

Feb 052014
 

Jean-Paul Villere

If you’ve never traversed the Crescent City by foot, you are missing out.  You can really dig in the cracked pavement and tiered landscape, plus there’s a whole host of scents to engage traveling by bike or car one is likely to miss.  Just the other night a group of us walked from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop over to the Marigny and the wafts of equal parts liquor, urine, and pot made for a less-than-appetizing nasal gumbo.  But while one wrestles over the legal and the sanitary, in the French Quarter the street surfaces historically remain level.  To say the least, it’s refreshing, especially if one is familiar with any other stretch within New Orleans where the mature oaks that pepper the streets over time have broken new ground, so to speak, giving the citizenry, say it with me: more broken sidewalks. Continue reading »

Feb 042014
 
A map of precincts won by City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and challenger Jason Williams on Saturday. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

A map of precincts won by City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell and challenger Jason Williams on Saturday. (map by Brian Denzer; click for larger PDF)

New Orleans City Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell won over voters in far more precincts than either of her two challengers, but Jason Williams and Freddie Charbonnet together won far more voters than she did — making for a spirited contest with advantages on both sides between Hedge-Morrell and Williams heading into the March 15 runoff. Continue reading »

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Feb 032014
 
Precinct-level results in the City Council At-Large Division 1 race. (map by Brian Denzer, click for larger PDF version)

Precinct-level results in the City Council At-Large Division 1 race. (map by Brian Denzer, click for larger PDF version)

Despite the well-known rivalry between Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Councilwoman Stacy Head — she was the only incumbent council member he declined to endorse for re-election — the two were re-elected by very similar margins across the city, with support from very similar precincts. Continue reading »

Feb 032014
 

Owen Courreges

Sometime after the Iran-Iraq broke out in 1980, Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying: “It’s a pity they can’t both lose.”

These words seem appropriate following the results of the Orleans Sheriff’s election day this past Saturday.  Incumbent Marlin Gusman received 49% of the vote, falling just short of the amount required to avoid a runoff.  The runner up with 29% of the vote, Charles Foti, is also Gusman’s predecessor. Each of these men have made their own contributions to a Sheriff’s office that is beyond dysfunctional. Continue reading »

Feb 022014
 
A precinct-level analysis of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's re-election victory by Brian Denzer. (click for larger PDF version)

A precinct-level analysis of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s re-election victory by Brian Denzer. (click for larger PDF version)

Mayor Mitch Landrieu swept to re-election Saturday with 64 percent of the vote, easily outpacing his two challengers in his bid for a second term — but his support was not as evenly distributed across the city as it was four years ago, according to a map of precinct-level results. Continue reading »

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Feb 022014
 
Precinct-level analysis of Susan Guidry's win by Brian Denzer. (click for PDF version)

A precinct-level analysis of Susan Guidry’s win by Brian Denzer shows results by individual precinct and a comparison of Guidry’s performance from 2010 to 2014. (click for PDF version)

Not only did City Councilwoman Susan Guidry win a larger percentage of the votes cast in her re-election bid than she did four years ago, she also won a larger total number of votes, an analysis of the results shows. Continue reading »

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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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