Louisiana’s relatively lax landlord-tenant laws arguably need to be revisited, but a new proposal in the state legislature tilts the scales too far in favor of tenants who breach their obligations.
In late February, Louisiana State Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb filed Senate Bill 298, which includes a laundry list of revisions to the laws governing residential leases. The centerpiece is a non-waivable 30-day eviction notice period for all evictions, regardless of grounds. Under existing law, a tenant may be evicted with five days notice, although this notice may be waived by agreement of the landlord and tenant in the lease.
For the sequel to his autobiographical play “Reflections,” former City Council president Oliver Thomas has invited two other former New Orleans elected officials to join the cast — former City Councilwoman Cynthia Willard-Lewis and former school board president Gail Glapion, according to Alex Woodward of our partners at Gambit. “Reflections 2″ runs April 11-27 at Anthony Bean Community Theater, 1333 South Carrollton Avenue.
This Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m., Loyola University Institute of Politics will be hosting the 5th Annual Ed Renwick Lecture: “One Louisiana, Three Perspectives.” Former governors Edwin Edwards, Buddy Roemer and Kathleen Blanco will discuss Louisiana’s current political issues and elaborate on their experiences in office. This event is free and open to the public.
Wine, burgers, desserts, tacos and more will be provided during the outdoor garden party at the Samuel J. Green Charter School in the Freret neighborhood from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday (March 27). For those party goers arriving or staying late, for the first time in five years the party will go until 10 p.m., a “Late Wave” party with Company Burger and Cure.
New Orleans opera fans can participate in a roundtable discussion of the upcoming production of “Puccini’s La Bohème” with special guests from the cast from 4 to 6 p.m. today (Sunday, March 23) at the Women’s Guild Home at 2504 Prytania.
A man who found a lost iPhone following the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day chronicled his trip up Magazine Street looking for a place to drop it off in a series of videos that the owner afterward posted to YouTube, drawing thousands of views and a rave review of the entire journey from Gambit’s Alejandro de los Rios.
See one of the videos below — all five are embedded in the Gambit post.
Caroline Hill will discuss her multimedia “Dream Series” and Anthony Stellaccio will describe the ceramic forms in “Drink from the River” prior to an opening reception for their work Saturday afternoon at Du Mois Gallery.
The Audubon Nature Institute will not file its first campaign-finance report until April 24, more than a month after the March 15 election it was advertising for, because it is not reporting any spending prior to Feb. 21, according to a report by Tyler Bridges of The Lens. Its activities prior to that date — including creation of a website called VoteYesForAudubon.com — were “part of a ‘branding campaign’ that did not specifically advocate the tax,” Audubon’s attorney told The Lens, though at least one critic says that the lack of disclosure allows Audubon to “circumvent” campaign finance laws intended to let the public know who is spending money to influence elections.
The two incidents appear to be unrelated, investigators said, but both involve dangerous groups that police are devoting all their resources to bringing to justice.
“We’ve gotten to the bottom of both,” said Lt. Shawn Ferguson at the weekly meeting of NOPD commanders on Friday morning. “We don’t think the they’re related at all.”
Dress to impress on the red carpet Saturday night at the House of Broel for the Audubon Charter School fundraiser, where you can enjoy specialty food, drinks, auctions and the chance to meet Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis.
Over the next year and a half, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans will replace all the city’s water meters with new models that can be read remotely, eliminating the need for meter readers and allowing residents to monitor their usage in real time, according to a recent report by Della Hasselle of our sister site at MidCityMessenger.com. The utility is also moving toward entire water line replacements instead of “point repairs” on lines that break to reduce the amount of leakage across the system.
The sentencing hearing for Former District B City Councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt’s federal racketeering conviction has been delayed until May so that she can seek a new trial on the basis that anonymous online commenting by members of the U.S. Attorney’s office may have unfairly influenced the jurors in her trial in 2011, according to a report by Laura Maggi of The Advocate. The same scandal previously led to the convictions against five NOPD officers in the Danziger Bridge shooting being overturned, Maggi notes.
The tax supporting the Audubon Nature Institute was not only rejected by New Orleans voters by a two-to-one margin, but the opposition was also distributed evenly across the city, losing in all but 10 of the city’s 366 voting precincts.
A sprawling police chase that led officers around Uptown and Mid-City New Orleans and caused several crashes Tuesday afternoon began with gunfire on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard and has resulted one arrest, but investigators are still trying to determine exactly how all the events fit together, they said Wednesday.
The power of social media and voter’s desire for a younger crop of elected officials definitely were the hallmarks of last Saturday’s election. In every instance, the younger of the two candidates was elected or reelected, as in Sheriff Marlin Gusman.