State law requires that the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital site only be used for health-care purposes after Children’s Hospital buys it, lawmakers said at a public meeting Monday night. Meanwhile, the expansion of mental-health services at the former DePaul Hospital site on Calhoun street will no new construction, hospital officials said.
I’ve noticed lately that anti-gun journalists have been kvetching about House Bill 48, filed by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), which they say will allow concealed carry holders to bring firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol.
Children’s Hospital officials and the lawmakers who brokered a compromise regarding their expansion to the adjacent New Orleans Adolescent Hospital will hold a neighborhood meeting next week to discuss additional mental-health services that are planned.
White powder in a letter sent to Touro Infirmary earlier this month — just a few days before the Boston Marathon bombings and a series of envelopes containing the toxin ricin were sent to federal officials — has been deemed harmless by investigators, officials said.
State lawmakers have said that they won’t take up Gov. Bobby Jindal’s effort to eliminate state income taxes this year, but how such a move could have affected Louisiana taxpayers will be discussed by Tulane economics professors at a panel discussion at noon on Thursday.
Back in olden times, Allan covered the Louisiana Legislature for The Times-Picayune and Danae lobbied the Legislature for the Dock Board. So we both have a sense of what it takes to be a good legislator and like to keep track of those who we think have bright futures in politics.
“State Rep. Neil Abramson wants whoever operates NOAH to be required to bring back previous mental-health services,” and would give Ochsner a shot at the 99-year lease on the property, “while state Rep. Helena Moreno said she wants to see Children’s be allowed to take control of the property so it can expand its services,” according to an article by Danny Monteverde of The Advocate.
UNO’s tortuous ties to LSU in Baton Rouge have been severed. A new University of New Orleans President is in place. He is Dr. Peter Fos, a 1972 graduate of UNO. The university at the lakefront is now part of the University of Louisiana system which will likely be a more agreeable relationship than the old one with Baton Rouge where the Tiger bosses tended to see UNO as a threat rather than as a promising protégé.
New Orleans should annex all of unincorporated Jefferson Parish! Metairie shall henceforth be known as New Orleans West! “Fat City” will receive a makeover and be reinvented as “the little Bourbon!” Prosperity shall rein!
Now that I have your attention, I will explain why this should happen, but cannot happen due to historical factors and outmoded laws.
After state Rep. Neil Abramson announced Thursday morning that Children’s Hospital would be reopening the shuttered New Orleans Adolescent Hospital next door and offering mental-health services for children there, Children’s Hospital issued a statement saying that such a plan would not be “economically feasible,” according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Abramson later replied that the arrangement is already spelled out in documents signed by Children’s Hospital and the state.
The newly-formed Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans governance and CEO-search committees will hold their first meetings Thursday evening, school officials announced, a day after prosecutors dropped criminal trespassing charges against a former employee and the state Superintendent of Education personally appealed to the school’s French teachers to remain for another year.
Beretta USA is now the belle of the ball. New Orleans needs to be an eager suitor.
It all started in January when Maryland Governor Mike O’Malley proposed the “Firearm Safety Act of 2013.” This bill, which has now passed the Maryland state senate on a 28-19 vote, is grotesquely unconstitutional dreck that will severely restrict the Second Amendment rights of Maryland citizens.
At this point, there should be little doubt in anyone’s mind that the City of New Orleans opposes the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008, an “academic freedom” act transparently designed to facilitate the teaching of creationism in public schools. In May of 2011, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to support legislation aimed at repealing the LSEA, and just this past December, the Orleans Parish School Board unanimously voted to ban the teaching of “creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes.”
The actual language of the LSEA seems relatively innocuous at first blush. It merely allows schools to “foster an environment … that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” It later provides that that the LSEA “shall not be construed to promote any religious doctrine, promote discrimination for or against a particular set of religious beliefs, or promote discrimination for or against religion or nonreligion.”
Still, that last bit is just a fig leaf. Creationism can still be introduced into the classroom as an alternative “science,” and the fact remains that evolutionary biology is specifically targeted.
With the much-enjoyed 2013 Mardi Gras now an endearing memory it’s time to turn our attention to the Lenten season and fasting. It’s always good to give up things like fancy desserts and fine liquor for a few months but with politicians like ours, we’re giving up much more.
Allan and Danae liked Bobby Jindal the Congressman — but not Bobby Jindal the Governor. This Lent, we are thinking about all those college students who have been negatively impacted by the constant cuts to higher ed. We’re thinking about the thousands of Medicaid recipients who will no longer get the quality of services they need; and the mental health patients and their families who are suffering because doctors, clinics and hospital beds are not available.
James E. Fitzmorris, Jr. is getting ready to celebrate his 90th birthday and the remarkable life that he has led.
He’s a former New Orleans city councilman and was a superb Lieutenant Governor for Louisiana. He ran for mayor twice, losing narrowly both times. He also ran for governor, just missing the runoff that was won by his friend, the late Dave Treen. For the last 32 years, Fitzmorris has been one of Louisiana’s best lobbyists. Even today, he is still at his desk at 8:15 a.m. and if you have a bill that you’d like to see passed in Baton Rouge, it’s a good idea to pay Fitzmorris a visit.
A team of three officials sent by the state’s top educator told a large group of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans parents Monday night that their concerns about the school’s leadership have been heard, and that they intend to forge a plan to correct the problems and prevent them from being repeated.
Although many parents noted that they have been sharply divided over those issues, both sides expressed optimism about the arrival of the outside help. Several major questions remain, however, such as whether the cavalry has arrived soon enough to prevent any further damage to the school, and what ultimate authority the team’s recommendations will have.