Nov 192013
 

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Should applications for jobs with the City of New Orleans ask if a person has any previous felony convictions? Mayor Landrieu, to his credit, says no.

Referred to as “banning the box,” cutting this query from employment applications won’t do away with background checks. It would, however, prevent a “yes” answer from eliminating an otherwise qualified candidate from the interview process based on biases against those with criminal records. Background checks, as they should, would come down the line once that person is considered for hiring; and even then, a felony conviction won’t be an employment barrier. Continue reading »

Nov 192013
 

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This Friday, local nonprofit Urban Conservancy will recognize architect David Waggonner, festival producer Katrina Brees, and community activist Emelda Paul as 2013 Urban Heroes at its annual fundraiser at the Propeller Incubator in Broadmoor.
“Our 2013 Urban Heroes have inspired us to think about ways we can make New Orleans a more resilient city environmentally and economically,” said Dana Eness, Executive Director of the Urban Conservancy. “Attendees will be able to celebrate these visionary leaders while learning more about some of the most exciting and important projects underway in New Orleans today.” Learn more about our honorees. Continue reading »
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Nov 182013
 

Harry Shearer (from "The Big Uneasy")

Harry Shearer (from “The Big Uneasy”)

Loyola University artist-in-residence Harry Shearer, a humorist known for his work on “Spinal Tap,” “The Simpsons” and “Le Show,” will lead a free public forum on comedy in film titled “What’s So Funny About That” this evening (Monday, Nov. 18) on campus. Continue reading »

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Nov 182013
 

Owen Courreges

Thirteen years.  That’s how long New Orleanians have been paying $1.25 fares for one-way trips on streetcars and buses.   In an era characterized by major increases in city fees and taxes, transit fares have remained relatively low.

Now, it appears that $1.25 fares may not be quite enough.  Veolia Transportation Services Inc., the French corporation contracted to manage services for the Regional Transit Association (RTA), revealed this past Tuesday that there will not be enough money left in reserves to fund services by 2015 unless a fare increase is enacted. Continue reading »

Nov 182013
 

Struggling With Your Mortgage Payment?Are you worried about making loan payments on your house? Have you fallen behind, and are struggling to get back on track? Or are you preparing to buy, but unsure how you’ll finance every penny of your new home? Neighborhood Housing Services New Orleans announces its new, federally-sponsored Making Home Affordable loan program for homeowners just like you. Secure, confidential, and comprehensive! Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

A rendering and tenant list of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping complex planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

A rendering and tenant list of the Magnolia Marketplace shopping complex planned for South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

Neighbors of the proposed Magnolia Marketplace retail development got their first chance Thursday evening to publicly air their questions about the project and the tax increase that supports it, as city officials prepare for a public hearing next week that will likely lead to the tax being officially levied. Continue reading »

Nov 142013
 

noahs floodThis weekend’s New Orleans Opera performance of “Noah’s Flood” at Trinity Episcopal Church will include veteran New Orleans news anchor Norman Robinson in the speaking role of God, a cast of professional artists and musicians, and a chorus of students from public and private schools around the city. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

The one-day “After Katrina: Transnational Perspectives on the Futures of the Gulf South” conference Friday at the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University will feature keynote presentations by Richard Campanella and Kalamu ya Salaam, as well as a range of other local cultural figures, neighborhood leaders, activists and academics. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Things that work well in other cities often don’t work in New Orleans. The recent dust-up about the Vera Institute and their lucrative Pre-Trial Services contract funded by the City of New Orleans boils down to a lack of trust on the part of criminal justice officials.  

The Vera Institute (VI for short) analyses each arrested individual’s record and determines their likelihood to return for trial if allowed bail. VI provides this information and their recommendation on bail to the court, whose officials make a final bail decision. Continue reading »

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Nov 142013
 
Rev. Elizabeth Lott and family

Rev. Elizabeth Lott and family

Rev. Elizabeth Lott will officially begin her pastorate the week of Nov. 12 and will preach for the first time this Sunday, Nov. 17, which happens to be the date on which we celebrate the church’s 115th birthday. Founded in 1898, St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church has been blessed with many excellent pastors known for strong preaching and innovative leadership. In calling Rev. Lott, the church acknowledges she follows in this esteemed tradition. Continue reading »

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