Mar 282013

Dreams, climate change, the Mississippi River, American exceptionalism and Shakespeare are all among the topics to be explored starting next week in classes held in various locations along the St. Charles Avenue corridor as part of the Chautauqua New Orleans series. Continue reading »

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Mar 282013

Dear Friends:

Juvenile crime in New Orleans is out of control. We have seen all too recently, youths as young as thirteen committing armed robberies, murders and other violent crimes. I am running for Judge of Juvenile Court because I want to make New Orleans a safer city for all of our families. As a husband and father of three, there is nothing more important to me than ending this cycle of violence and despair.

I have the education, background and experience to reform our Juvenile Justice System and to make sure that all of our children are given the opportunity to succeed in life and become productive citizens.

That is why I have received the overwhelming support of so many of our community organizations and elected officials.

I am proud to have the endorsements of the Alliance for Good Government, the AFL-CIO, the Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee, the Crescent City Democratic Association (CCDA), the Greater New Orleans Republicans (GNOR), the Regular Democratic Organization(RDO) and the Forum for Equality.

Additionally, I have also received the support of our District Attorney, Leon Cannizzaro,Jr.; City Council President Stacy Head; City Council At Large Member Jackie Clarkson; District B City Council Member Latoya Cantrell; District C, City Council Member, Kristin Giselson Palmer; District D City Council Member, Cynthia Hedge Morrell; Clerk of Civil District Court, Dale Atkins; Clerk of Criminal District Court, Arthur Morrell; Constable, Lambert C. Boissiere Jr.; Coroner, Dr. Frank Minyard; State Senator, Dr. David Heitmeier; State Representative Jeff Arnold; Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere III; Orleans Parish School Board Members Woody Koppel and Seth Bloom; and Former Civil Sheriff Paul R. Valteau, Jr.

Please join our campaign and help me to get the job done to make our city a safer place. The final day for early voting is this Saturday from 8:30am-6:00pm at New Orleans City Hall, the Algiers Courthouse and 8870 Chef Menteur Highway.


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Mar 272013

Jean-Paul Villere

I’m no newshound, but of late I’ve noticed more than a few comments on pieces detailing the present tense of some older, and until recently, largely overlooked New Orleans neighborhoods.  Some call it a white tea pot effect, and others have expounded on this, even hyping it up with modified phrasing like re-gentrification or super-gentrification.  But the tone often leans toward a woeful finger wagging on that whispery word unto itself: gentrification.  

And all I keep coming back to is, do we not live in a free market society?  Are the choices made by the citizenry not their own?  To live somewhere or not.  To embrace risk versus reward in prospecting or strict investment, whether as an owner occupant or out and out landlord?  Yes, incentive can come in the form of local, state, and federal tax incentives, and yes, re-zoning has been known to kickstart a movement.  But these benefits are not exclusive to any one demographic, and they never will be.  Quite simply, population migrations happen. Continue reading »

Mar 272013

An early version of the plan for the O.C. Haley Boulevard streetscape project. An updated version is slated for release in April. (Click to enlarge.)

The latest delay in long-awaited plans for a $1 million upgrade to the appearance of O.C. Haley Boulevard sparked frustration among a group of residents and merchants Tuesday night about the prolonged uncertainty around the project’s scope after six years of discussion. Continue reading »

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Mar 262013

Attorney Morris Bart, left, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas and NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel tour locker rooms at the NOPD Second District station that were recently renovated based on a donation from Bart. (Robert Morris,

Attorney Morris Bart, center, smiles as he accepts a statuette from NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in thanks for his donation. (Robert Morris,

The floors may still have soft spots and the roof may still leak, but at least the officers at the century-old Second District police station now have a decent place to change clothes or use the restroom, thanks to a donation from prominent New Orleans attorney Morris Bart.

“They put their lives on the line,” Bart said. “If what I can do makes their lives a little easier and shows that, ‘Yes, we do appreciate what they do for us and for the people of New Orleans,’ then it’s my pleasure.” Continue reading »

Mar 262013

jewel bush

Denis Chirinos-Avila is one of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States, but the right word to describe him is not “alien” or “illegal” or any other common epithet used to refer to those who live and work here without paperwork.

Denis Chirinos-Avila is scared.

The 27-year-old construction worker has lived day in and day out in a paralyzing fear that his open secret would be exposed, that he would be deported away from the life he has established in New Orleans for more than seven years. Would he be questioned in the grocery store? Or on the way to work? Or accompanying his partner, Reina, to one of her prenatal checkups? Continue reading »

Mar 262013

Only 25 percent of students at Crocker Arts and Technology School come from nearby neighborhoods, while the majority are from New Orleans East, Gentilly and Mid-City, reports Erin Krall of The Lens. But the new school’s construction is beginning to serve as an economic-development catalyst in its Milan neighborhood, board members said: “I think this neighborhood will build up around the school,” board secretary Shaun Rafferty said. “Eventually the goal of this being a neighborhood school will be fulfilled.”

Six of Crocker’s 13 teachers have been asked to remain at the school next year, when New Orleans College Prep takes over as its operator, Krall reports.

ENCORE Academy, the other charter school housed in the Crocker building, has canceled its regularly scheduled March meeting that was to be held tonight.

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Mar 262013

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and top NOPD officials listened to residents Tuesday night at First Emmanuel Baptist Church in Central City, while the NAACP met separately across town, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The NAACP had originally requested a meeting specifically about racial profiling, but when Landrieu sought to broaden the meeting’s scope, the NAACP protested.

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