The citizens of New Orleans scored a big victory yesterday when Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed former state senator Diana Bajoie to fill the interim District B City Council seat. A skilled legislator and smart negotiator, Diana is moderate in tone and quite capable of bridging the gap between the Council’s various factions and working effectively with Mayor Landrieu.
A number of initial questions were answered and many more new ones were raised Wednesday night when Tulane University officials met with hundreds of Uptown residents about plans to build a football stadium on campus.
Several blocks of Richard, Annunciation and Constance in the Lower Garden District will be closed for filming from Thursday morning through Monday evening, city officials announced.
Tulane University is providing free parking in a lot on Claiborne Avenue for tonight’s community forum about its proposed on-campus stadium and shuttle service to the meeting location on the opposite end of campus, officials said.
“Does that include my discount?” barked the patron from across the empty room at Blue Dot Donuts in MidCity early and just after opening this past Sunday morning.
Two proposed developments — the conversion of the historic LaSalle School on Perrier Street into upscale condos and the creation of a Jimmy Johns sandwich shop on Maple Street — could receive long-awaited decisions when the City Council reconvenes Thursday after its recent hiatus.
The New Orleans Mission on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will close Friday until mid-September for lack of money, according to our partners at WWL-TV. “The mission houses between 160 to 180 people per night, and serves roughly 12,000 meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — per month,” the station reports.
Brianna Allen, the 5-year-old girl who was killed last week when three men opened fire on two others at a child’s birthday party on Simon Bolivar Avenue, was remembered at a Tuesday morning funeral that included Archbishop Gregory Aymond among the mourners, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has not said whom he will choose to serve in the District B seat, but he sent council members a letter Monday saying that the city attorney has determined George does not fit the legal requirements of having held a primary residence in District B for two years, and thus will not appoint him, reports Gambit’s Clancy Dubos. The person Landrieu selects will serve until this fall, when District B voters elect a representative to finish out Stacy Head’s term to 2014.
A man whose body was found in the backyard of his home in the 4100 block of Baronne Street on Sunday died of natural causes, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office told our partners at WWL-TV.
As the residents of District B wait to learn whom Mayor Mitch Landrieu will appoint to represent them until a special election in November, the man who has been running the office unofficially for the last month is “strongly considering” his own bid for the seat in the fall.
It appears that Louisianans will get the chance to vote on a significant revision to the state’s right to keep and bear arms this November.
Presently, La. Const. Art. I, Sec. 11 reads as follows:
“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”
An investigation into the unexplained death of a 61-year-old man on Baronne Street that began on Sunday is still awaiting the results of an autopsy, authorities said.
Prior to leading the officer on a chase from the robbery scene, 23-year-old Brandon Collins and at least one accomplice tied his victims up, police also said Sunday afternoon.
With the 30-day deadline expiring last week for the City Council to choose a temporary successor to Stacy Head for the District B seat, the job falls to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Who should he pick?
- Head’s nominee was urban planner Errol George, and she and the other three council members who supported him have urged Landrieu to honor the council’s choice.
- Amid the council standoff, however, The Lens reported that Landrieu’s preference is former state Sen. Diana Bajoie, who unsuccessfully sought the interim at-large seat last fall.
- In more recent days, speculation has focused on attorney Jason Williams, described as a “Michael Jordan” of the courtroom during his unsuccessful run for District Attorney in 2008.
- The name of former Orleans Parish Civil Sheriff Paul Valteau has also been mentioned several times, and The Times-Picayune has compiled a list of other possibilities.
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A 24-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday morning on Third Street in Central City, police said.
A suspect in an armed robbery was shot by a police officer as he attempted to flee on foot following a chase Saturday evening through Uptown New Orleans, authorities said.