Feb 042014
Gott Gourmet Cafe, a restaurant on Magazine Street, has recently transformed into GG’s Dine-O-Rama. The name came from their decision to expand their menu to include a wider range of dishes. Adding “O-Rama” to something means “a wide overview of” and was used as far back as the 1950’s. The restaurant specializes in “refined comfort food,” a blend of modern day comfort food served in the atmosphere of a retro diner. Continue reading »
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Feb 032014

lfno lycee patton featAs Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans seeks to rebuild after last year’s controversies, one crucial goal for its new leadership has been the creation of a long-term plan to guide the school’s development.

When a first draft of that plan was presented for board approval Monday night, however, the conversation quickly turned to a question that speaks to the broader transformation of New Orleans’s educational system: Do charter schools rely too heavily on fundraising efforts that can burden the families the schools are intended to serve? Continue reading »

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

Auto thefts around the Sixth District. (map via NOPD)

The number of auto thefts occurring in the Sixth District plummeted from 12 to zero after a contraption known as a “tow wagon” was taken off the streets, New Orleans police said at a weekly meeting at headquarters Friday.

Police have videos showing the tow wagon lifting parked cars and being driven off, NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy said. The contraption lifted the cars up from underneath, hooked into their bottoms and towed them away, without having to break any windows or start engines, according to police.

“That has been our nemesis,” Bardy said about the tow wagon and the number of auto thefts in the district. 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
Participants make their way towards downtown on St. Charles ave.

Participants make their way downtown on St. Charles Ave. early Sunday morning (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Early Sunday morning, runners took to the foggy streets of New Orleans for the annual Rock N’ Roll Marathon. Beginning at the corner of Poydras St. and Camp St. downtown, the course went Uptown to St. Charles Ave., to Mid City and finished in City Park. 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 »

Feb 012014

The Mercy Endeavors Senior Center’s second annual “Jazzin on Jackson” gala is slated for March 20, the center recently announced.

The event, which is to be held at St. Alphonsus Art & Cultural Center on 2030 Constance Street, will benefit the elderly living uptown, according to Cherie Moore, the center’s Director of Development. Continue reading »

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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 312014

Wilson Charter School will host a Masquerade Gala to benefit a project designed to send inner-city kids to Washington, D.C., according to a release shared by the school.

The gala, to be held on at Propeller Incubator at 4305 Washington Avenue on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., will feature music, entertainment and a silent auction. Continue reading »

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Jan 302014

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that an Allan Katz would be fond of four-legged cats.

Allan, the co-author of this column, is host to three inside cats who never leave his house and as many as six orange feral cats who mostly reside in his backyard. The ferals never enter the house. Allan provides food, water and litter boxes inside and outside. It’s a pleasant arrangement except when New Orleans gets one of our rare winter freezes that give weathercasters reason to remind us to bring pets inside. 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 »