Aug 142012

Hundreds of Uptown residents fill the auditorium at the Jewish Community Center on Monday night to discuss the city budget with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. (photo via WWL-TV)

Civics is hard, Mayor Mitch Landrieu told a packed room of hundreds of Uptown residents on Monday night, after hearing their calls for better roads, less blight, lower taxes, improvements to Gert Town, and full staffing of the fire department and city planning offices.

All those issues are undeniably crucial to the city’s future, Landrieu said in a sort of pregame show for the budget he will unveil after a series of community meetings around the city. How to allocate a limited amount of money to each of those priorities is where the real difficulty comes in. Take the firefighters, for example.

“I have great respect for them, [but] they are just like everybody else when it comes to budget,” Landrieu said. “When you spend a dollar on them, you can’t spend that dollar on anybody else.” Continue reading »

Jul 112012

Tulane University President Scott Cowen answers a question about the stadium proposal at the Audubon Tea Room on Wednesday night. (Robert Morris,

Tulane University officials pledged Wednesday night to reach an enforceable legal agreement with the city of New Orleans governing the activities and operations at its new football stadium — with hopes of resolving most of the issues in it by the end of August. Continue reading »

Jun 212012

Diana Bajoie, appointed earlier this month by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to represent Uptown-based District B on the City Council until a replacement can be elected in the fall, may have been one of the local politicians who “steered public money to sham charities run by members of then-U.S. Rep. William Jefferson’s family,” based on testimony by a government witness in last year’s trial of Renee Gill Pratt, reports Michelle Krupa of The Times Picayune. Bajoie has never been charged with any crime and denied “any wrongdoing,” but declined to answer specific questions about the case, Krupa reports, and a spokesman for Landrieu said Bajoie was chosen based on her record and instead questioned her service on a charity run by the Times-Picayune.

Dec 012011

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Congratulations to Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu for having the courage to attack the homeless problem in New Orleans and to bring in the very talented Stacy Horn Koch to lead the way. There is no question that Unity for the Homeless, led by Ms. Koch, has been doing an outstanding job in reaching out to those who need supportive services including affordable housing and health care. Continue reading »

Nov 282011

Mayor Mitch Landrieu personally convinced the pharmacy chain to undertake a $1.4 million renovation of the building at the corner of Napoleon Avenue, and Walgreens agreed in part because CVS was building a new store across the street, writes Rebecca Mowbray of the Times-Picayune. The upgrade both beautifies the entrance to the Broadmoor neighborhood and typifies the mayor’s detail-oriented approach to improving the landscape of New Orleans one property at a time, the article states.

Aug 222011

Residents of City Council District A — which runs covers most of the Carrollton, University and Audubon neighborhoods from Jefferson Avenue to the Jefferson Parish line in Uptown New Orleans, plus much of Mid-City and Lakeview — are invited to a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss priorities for next year’s city budget with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City Councilwoman Susan Guidry.

Department heads and deputy mayors will also be present. A “resource center” with one-on-one conversation will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the community meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive.

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May 062011

Commanders Jeff Walls (left) and Bob Bardy of the Sixth District congratulate one another during March's promotions ceremony.

Barely a month after his promotion into NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas’ inner circle of commanders, the former second-in-command of the Uptown-based Sixth District has been appointed to lead the Eighth District in the French Quarter and Central Business District. Continue reading »

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Apr 012011

NOPD Second District Commander Darryl J. Albert (center) poses with family members and Mayor Mitch Landrieu for a photo after Albert's promotion Thursday. Landrieu called Albert a "superb" officer. "He's been a great captain, and he's going to be great for the Second District," Landrieu said. Albert's sister, Garmanne Mack, brought a photo to the ceremony of their mother, who passed away in Feburary.

Three ranking officers from Uptown-based NOPD districts were promoted to the new rank of commander Thursday in a ceremony touted by the department as a “new day in leadership.”

Capt. Darryl Albert of the NOPD Second District (which runs from Jefferson Parish to Louisiana Avenue) and Capt. Bob Bardy of the NOPD Sixth District (from Louisiana Avenue to the U.S. 90 overpass) will each remain in their respective positions, albeit with the direct accountability to NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas that comes with the new rank. Continue reading »

Apr 012011

Police interview a woman about a shooting on Louisiana Avenue Parkway on March 18. The suspect in that shooting, Jeremy Williams, may be tied to a number of shootings over the last month, police said this week. (Sabree Hill,

Jeremy Williams (via NOPD)

The father of a toddler gunned down in a shootout after a Central City second-line last fall is now wanted in connection to a shooting that wounded a woman earlier this month, and police say he may have been involved in a spree of recent Uptown shootings from Gert Town to River Garden.

Jeremy “Noonie Man” Williams, 21, is wanted on a warrant as a principal to attempted second degree murder in a March 18 shooting near Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Broad, police said Thursday. Two women were walking on the sidewalk about 7:30 p.m., when someone in a black vehicle on the street began firing in their direction, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime unit. Continue reading »

Sep 292010

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks in favor of reforms to the city's recreation department at Loyola University (photos by Sabree Hill,

The reforms to the city’s recreation system on Saturday’s ballots are a crucial part of New Orleans’ recovery and the fight against street violence, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other supporters of the plan said Wednesday night.

“We now have a level of violence on the street that’s unacceptable and unnatural,” Landrieu said at a panel discussion at Loyola University, arriving late after an anti-crime march near the Central City neighborhoods where a toddler was gunned down in crossfire this weekend. Reforming the New Orleans Recreation Department is a step toward giving other children a chance, he said.

“If the death of a 2-year-old child taking a bullet to the head does not galvanize the city of New Orleans, nothing will,” Landrieu said. Continue reading »

Aug 032010

Residents of City Council District A (which includes the Uptown's Carrollton and Audubon neighborhoods) have an opportunity to share their priorities for the coming year's city budget, Councilwoman Susan Guidry said in news release today.

As part of a series of community input sessions on the coming year's budget to be held in each council district, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will be hosting a meeting for District A residents at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal St.