This is a vital moment for New Orleans. Where our energy comes from will be decided in a 20 year plan that will lay out how to manage increasing energy costs, what kinds of investments should be made to meet demand, and if we are going to consider pollution as a real cost. Entergy has submitted their version of this plan and it is heavily biased towards their bottom line. We have a different vision. The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a utility consumer watchdog nonprofit that advocates for ratepayers (that is anyone who pays an electric and gas bill). We want to see a plan that works for everyone, includes a 2% annual increase in energy efficiency, and investments in clean energy. If you share this vision, please come to a critically important public hearing scheduled for this Friday. Meeting starts at 1 pm in Council Chambers and is hosted by the Council Utility Committee’s office for the sole purpose of hearing from the public. Now is your chance to be heard.
Poets Joseph Bienvenue, Thaddeus Conti and Gina Ferrara will be reading tonight (Wednesday, April 17) at McKeown’s Books on Tchoupitoulas in celebration of the release of “Dorado 2″ by Verna Press.
On my first real-deal roadtrip as a teenager across America, I remember driving past a little ramshackle, two-bit of a motel as I zipped through Clarendon, Texas; the name of the establishment was the It’ll Do Motel. At the time, I chuckled to myself wondering on the possible success the warts-and-all-approach to luring passers-by this overnighter might have. Just up the road, we quickly passed through yet another faceless Texas town in Claude, and my thoughts fast turned to why a town might end up with the name Claude. And really, the It’ll Do stayed largely out of my thoughts until this past Monday morning while waiting in queue at the bank. Why 20 years went by and suddenly I’m thinking about the Texas panhandle a lifetime ago isn’t so curious, but here’s how it went down.
A 51-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday night on General Ogden Street in Hollygrove, authorities said.
As we struggle to make sense of the escalating violence in the world, add the Boston Marathon bombings to the grisly list of sadistic markers of our generation.
A 21-year-old was injured Monday evening in a shooting just off the busy intersection of Washington Avenue and Broad Street, authorities said, where neighborhood activists, city leaders and business owners have vowed to reduce crime.
“Occupy the lane,” they say. By “they” I mean an increasing number of bicycling enthusiasts who don’t want to be relegated to keeping to the far right of the street to allow motorists to sneak by, thus allowing themselves to be frequently “buzzed” by motorists.
This is a genuine concern, and it’s a good argument for educating motorists, but it’s just not the law. New Orleans Municipal Code Section 154-1415 provides that “[e]very person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practicable[.]”
Update, 2:42 p.m. Monday: This event has been postponed yet again, Tulane officials announced this afternoon. A makeup date will be announced later.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” will be held at
5 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 15) at Tulane after being rescheduled because of the last week’s rains.
But our friend Marlin Gusman has had nothing but trouble at the Orleans Parish Prison. His allegation in a recent interview in the New Orleans Tribune that people are being critical of him because he’s African-American is strongly agreed with in many quarters of the black community. Our African-American friends – including several elected officials – say that Gusman has acknowledged the problems at the prison by accepting the terms of the Consent Decree and that Mayor Landrieu should focus his attention on Police Chief Ronal Serpas and our city’s ongoing crime problems so that fewer cab drivers, grandmothers, or young children become victims.
The Single Ladies and Men will second-line through Central City on Sunday afternoon, starting at 1 p.m. at Foxx Lounge on Washington Avenue and finishing at Sportsmen’s Corner at Second and Dryades, according to a post for Gambit by Big Red Cotton.
Scottish author Lorraine Johnston will sign her children’s book “Later Tartan Gator” at several Uptown New Orleans locations featured in the book in the coming week, including Audubon Zoo, Blue Frog Chocolates and Magic Box Toys.
The Mount Zion Lutheran Church will celebrate its 135 anniversary in a service Sunday themed “Standing Firm in God’s Faith.”
A touring group from Jesuit High School in Tampa will perform Gregorian Chant and compositions by Cesar Franck and Mozart at St. Stephen Church on Saturday afternoon (April 13).
Two leaders of the Greater New Orleans Organizers’ Roundtable — which holds monthly meetings to promote social-justice issues and the voices of the oppressed — will speak Saturday morning at the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast at the First Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series will continue Saturday evening and into the rest of April with free performances of works by great classical composers and contemporary jazz musicians.
Spring has sprung and, at Zeus’ Place on Freret Street, that means tons of kittens and puppies looking for homes.
I’ve got to give a tip of the hat to my fellow columnist Jean-Paul Villere for his recent piece about real estate and which neighborhoods around the city are next in line for gentrification.
Restaurants and other food operations usually follow but can sometimes lead the redevelopment of neighborhoods. Indeed, New Orleans East and some other areas are still sadly lacking in full-service grocery operations. But this summer’s planned reopening of the Circle Food Store will be a beacon in Treme, and the original Juan’s Flying Burrito on Magazine was one of the landmarks in the comeback of the Lower Garden District.