Mar 302018
 

Protesters hold signs during a March 28 meeting of the City Council utility committee. (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Entergy New Orleans has the City Council just where they want them – frequently playing catch up. While Entergy came into existence to provide gas and electric services to the ratepayers, they also have an obligation to maximize profits for their stockholders. The more Entergy controls costs, the better stockholders like it and citizens lose. Entergy is a major player in the community through their grant programs, their sponsorship of non-profit organizations and their frequent — and often behind the scenes — political maneuvering. Angering Entergy can have negative financial repercussions, as WBOK recently discovered. Continue reading »

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Mar 152018
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Covington clinical psychologist Dr. Raphael Salcedo and his wife Beth don’t have much free time on their hands. They spend day and night working with girls at the state-licensed Free Indeed Home where victims of child sex trafficking come to rebuild their lives. As founders of the Louisiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT), the Salcedos created a state-wide advocacy program that provides information and referrals as well as training for local social service providers including police and social workers. Continue reading »

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Feb 072018
 

A lone waterbird stands at the edge of the lagoon at Audubon Park. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

The more things change in the city of New Orleans, it seems, the more residents want Audubon Park to stay the same, based on comments Tuesday evening at the first public meeting about the park’s future.

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Oct 042017
 

Moving trailside for the very first time, the 5th Annual Greenway Soirée will be held at the Cellar on St. Louis—a new adaptively repurposed warehouse venue overlooking the Greenway. The Soirée takes place on Friday, October 6, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., and it will bring together the very best in food, drink, and entertainment for an evening of celebration. Continue reading »

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Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

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Sep 142017
 

Please join the South Broad Business Coalition, a group of small business owners along the S. Broad corridor, for a Mayoral Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 21 at 4 p.m. at the Rhodes Pavilion, 3933 Washington Ave.

The questions posed to the candidates will focus on economic and workforce development, economic inequality and wealth disparities, and public safety (crime and water management). Continue reading »

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Sep 072017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The New Orleans City Council’s budget hearing today focuses on capital improvements, public works and other drainage improvements that were paid for this year with emergency funds. When also factoring in yesterday’s fire at the Sewerage & Water Board’s Claiborne Avenue main pumping station, it’s easy to see why citizens are becoming more skeptical about the ability of our mayor and his S&WB team to protect us against flooding. Continue reading »

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Aug 182017
 

The majority of the diesel fuel that leaked from the Sewerage & Water Board plant in Carrollton has been cleaned up, and no more has appeared, but officials are still unsure how it escaped in the first place, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Aug 162017
 

New Orleans Fire Department chief Tim McConnell speaks Wednesday afternoon at a news conference at City Hall. (via City of New Orleans)

A diesel sheen atop the water in a drainage canal in Carrollton led to the discovery Tuesday night of a leak from an underground tank at the Sewerage & Water Board plant, New Orleans city officials said Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Aug 072017
 

(image via Entergy New Orleans)

The three candidates seeking to succeed Stacy Head as the new At-Large member of the New Orleans City Council all expressed doubts Saturday about the need for a new gas-fired Entergy power station in New Orleans East in the face of residents’ opposition there. Continue reading »

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Jun 232017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

This week’s tropical storm Cindy is just the latest example that the New Orleans region and the entire Gulf Coast must become better at living with water rather than merely struggling to defeat it. From powerful waves breaking over the sea walls on Lakeshore Drive and in Covington to flooding caused by storm surge in Venetian Isles, Myrtle Grove and Grand Isle, we must employ what the Dutch call “inventive urbanism” to make our towns and cities more resilient. Continue reading »

Apr 192017
 

via National Audubon Society

Restore the Mississippi River Delta, a coalition of several organizations, will present “Concert for the Coast” to help raise awareness about Louisiana’s coastal land loss crisis and the critical projects available to restore the coast. Continue reading »

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Apr 132017
 

The Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, in partnership with the New Orleans Health Department, will host community conversations on climate change, where public health advocates and educators will talk about the negative impacts of climate change in the community and discuss solutions and prevention techniques. Continue reading »

Mar 202017
 

Dr. Vandana Shiva (via http://seedfreedom.info)

Tulane University will host world-renowned Indian ecofeminist scholar and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva for a speaking event on Thursday, March 23. The “Soil Not Oil” event take places at 8 p.m. on Tulane’s main campus, and Dr. Shiva will speak about about fossil fuel based industrial agriculture, a topic of specific relevance to Louisiana which has long been known for petrochemical production.

Soil Not Oil will take place in the Kendall Cram Room on the second floor of Tulane’s Lavin Bernick Center (LBC). The university’s main campus is located at 6823 St. Charles Avenue.

Dr. Vandana Shiva has published numerous works on ecofeminism, international development, environmental and human rights, spirituality, agriculture, and biotechnology.

Tulane organizations sponsoring the event include: Environmental Studies Program, Undergraduate Student Government, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking (and Dr. Thomas Sherry, the center’s Professor of Social Entrepreneurship), Tulane Green Club, Feminist Alliance of Students at Tulane, Divest Tulane, and also in the Taylor Center.