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 »

Jun 152017
 

Former School Board member Seth Bloom announces his candidacy for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Wednesday, June 14, at the Martine Chaisson Gallery in the Central Business District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Calling for a “fresh start” in the city of New Orleans, former School Board member Seth Bloom launched his City Council candidacy on Wednesday night, positioning himself as the vanguard of a new generation of civic leadership. Continue reading »

Jun 152017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Indivisible New Orleans, a group of about 150 New Orleans voters aligned with the national “Indivisible” movement that sprung up to oppose President Trump’s agenda, are holding the first mayoral candidate forum of this campaign season Saturday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church in uptown New Orleans.

Candidates LaToya Cantrell, Michael Bagneris and Desiree Charbonnet were invited. All three initially confirmed their participation. Charbonnet recently notified INO of a previously scheduled out of town trip to Washington, D.C. and will not be attending. Continue reading »

Jun 142017
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell listens to resident Babom Horton during a campaign event Tuesday evening at a home in Broadmoor.

As City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell kicked off her mayoral campaign Tuesday night in Broadmoor, she said she has been considering the idea of changing the structure of city government to make the chief of the New Orleans Police Department a separately elected position to increase law-enforcement accountability to the public. Continue reading »

Jun 132017
 

District B City Council candidates Catherine Love and Timothy David Ray speak Monday night before the Faubourg Delachaise Neighborhood Association at Spirit Wine on Magazine. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In a city with such costly obligations that money to prosecute criminals has to be weighed against fixing roads, finding new revenue and holding down expenses are the only way to increase the services the city can afford.

And one possible solution, two candidates for District B suggested Monday night, may be legalizing marijuana, reducing the cost of enforcing drug laws that overburden all elements of the criminal justice system and raising money for new projects through taxes. Continue reading »

Jun 092017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Another senseless, cowardly act of violence occurred last night said Police Chief Michael Harrison as he described the city’s most recent shooting in Gentilly. With 23 New Orleanians shot just since last Saturday, it’s easy to see why New Orleans has the highest shooting rate in America — over 300 already this year.

Our high crime rate might also explain why so many individuals spend time at the Orleans Justice Center. We have more crimes being committed than the national average so we may need more beds than the national average. Continue reading »

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Jun 062017
 

Jay Banks announces his candidacy for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday morning at New Zion Baptist Church in Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Citing a lineage of service and civic activism, Jay Banks launched his campaign for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday morning in the historic New Zion Baptist Church surrounded by supporters, pastors, Democratic party leaders and other current and former elected officials.

“My entire life has been rooted in District B,” Banks told the crowd of nearly 100 people at the church. Continue reading »

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Jun 012017
 

Flanked by his daughters, District A City Council candidate Joe Giarrusso addresses supporters at El Gato Negro restaurant in Lakeview. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Joe Giarrusso, the attorney and neighborhood leader running for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council, drew dozens of supporters to a Lakeview restaurant Wednesday evening for a fundraiser as his campaign and others around the city begin to heat up. Continue reading »

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Jun 012017
 

Mayoral candidate Michael Bagneris shares a moment with friends at a event hosted by the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club. (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Former Judge Michael Bagneris is clearly the dark horse in this year’s race for Mayor. While he may not be the most conventional, the most cutting-edge or the best-financed candidate, Bagneris believes he will bring the most experience relying on his 8 years as a key adviser to Mayor Dutch Morial. Continue reading »

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May 312017
 

Seth Bloom (submitted photo)

Jay Banks (submitted photo)

Seth Bloom and Jay Banks, long considered two prominent potential contenders for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council, have each set dates in the coming weeks to make official public announcements about their candidacies. Continue reading »

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May 252017
 

From left, the Rev. C.S. Gordon, state Sen. Troy Carter, Desiree Charbonnet, and WDSU anchor Norman Robinson. (photo submitted by Charbonnet campaign)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

It was no coincidence that Dr. C.S. Gordon Jr. gave the invocation at mayoral candidate Desiree Charbonnet’s announcement Monday evening. As one of the state’s most powerful African-American ministers and pastor of Central City’s 96-year-old New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Gordon and his fellow pastors throughout New Orleans are primed to play a pivotal role in this year’s race for mayor. Continue reading »

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May 232017
 

Desiree Charbonnet announces her candidacy for mayor to a cheering crowd Monday night at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. (photo by Bernie Saul, courtesy of the Charbonnet campaign)


Fulfilling the expectations raised when she recently resigned her seat as judge on the New Orleans Municipal Court, Desiree Charbonnet publicly announced her intent to run for mayor Monday night to supporters gathered at a downtown hotel. Continue reading »

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