Jefferson Parish

Friday, October 28, 2016

In Jefferson Parish, now it’s the DiMarco scandal

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Jefferson Parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco said the private voting machine in his office was “really a convenience for those whose time is, for lack of a better word, maybe more valuable than others’.”
  • Jefferson Parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco said the private voting machine in his office was “really a convenience for those whose time is, for lack of a better word, maybe more valuable than others’.”


As if the Mike Yenni sexting scandal weren’t embarrassing enough for Jefferson Parish voters, now the feds have been notified that parish Registrar of Voters Dennis DiMarco set up a special VIP voting machine in his private conference room during early voting week.

DiMarco told WWL-TV’s Paul Murphy the private voting machine was “not a big issue,” but the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Secretary of State Tom Schedler begged to differ. Louisiana law expressly states, “Each voting machine shall be placed inside the polling place and shall be in full view of the public from the time the election begins until the last elector has voted.”

What part of that sentence does DiMarco not understand?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mike Yenni insists he's staying as Jefferson Parish President, as council unanimously casts vote of no confidence in his leadership

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 12:15 PM

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni leaves parish council chambers after the council unanimously cast a vote of no confidence in his leadership.
  • Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni leaves parish council chambers after the council unanimously cast a vote of no confidence in his leadership.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni made his first appearance before the parish council since news of his sexting scandal broke earlier last month. The regular council meeting began with Yenni making a statement to councilmembers, repeatedly citing God and his Catholic faith, but stressing he was not stepping down from his job, despite calls from councilmembers and constituents to do so.

It only got more heated from there.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Y@ Speak: the deadline to register to vote in Louisiana is Oct. 11

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 7:41 PM

In this week's edition of an election cycle in which candy must clarify its positions on refugees and sexual assault: Louisiana officials denounce Trump's comments (but not Trump) and we watched some "debates." Meanwhile: LSU thought it could take on a hurricane, and Mike Yenni won't step down despite many calls to do so after inappropriate and likely illegal sexual behavior. Sounds familiar!

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mike Yenni should resign — now

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:37 PM

Jeff Parish President Mike Yenni, addressing charges he sent an "improper text" to a 17-year-old boy.
  • Jeff Parish President Mike Yenni, addressing charges he sent an "improper text" to a 17-year-old boy.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni should resign. Period. No delays, no excuses, no time off with his family to pray over it. If you want to pray for someone, pray for the young man Yenni was sexting while the kid was still in high school — and for both their families.

Yenni has admitted sending “an improper text” to a 17-year-old. “Improper” is a charitable self-description of Yenni’s behavior. It was at best grotesquely inappropriate and at worst illegal under federal law. According to WWL-TV’s David Hammer, the FBI is looking into the matter.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

The real 'sanctuary city'

Posted By on Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has railed against "sanctuary cities," but it's Congress, not local communities, who are dropping the ball on illegal immigration. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has railed against "sanctuary cities," but it's Congress, not local communities, who are dropping the ball on illegal immigration.

We hear a lot of noise these days about immigration, but not a lot of objective information. Let’s start with the basics: Immigration is a federal matter, not a local one. Nevertheless, in recent months some Louisiana politicians have grandstanded on the issue of so-called “sanctuary cities,” a term that isn’t even defined in the law. Even a cursory look at the facts proves the demagogues wrong on virtually every count.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trader Joe's will open Sep. 23 in Metairie

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 6:31 PM

A Trader Joe's grocery. - CREATIVE COMMONS/MIKE MOZART
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  • A Trader Joe's grocery.

At long last, Trader Joe's — the grocery chain that has inspired a cult of fans since it opened in California in 1967 — will be opening a store in the New Orleans metro area. On Sep. 23, TJ's will open the doors at 2949 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, introducing locals to the wonders of Triple Ginger Snaps, guacamole made with Greek yogurt, frozen flatbreads and, of course, Two Buck Chuck (which may not be two bucks any more, but the name stuck). 

TJ's also is hiring (and jobs start at $10/hour), so if you've always wanted to don a Hawaiian shirt while directing foodie-yuppies to the frozen Chickenless Orange Mandarin Morsels, get in your applications at the Veterans store from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.

In 2011, we explored why New Orleans didn't have a Trader Joe's yet, and the 2012 news that Baton Rouge was getting one set hopes high that the store soon would come to New Orleans. The Metairie location was announced in July 2015

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Margaret Sanchez pleads guilty in 2012 killing of Jaren Lockhart

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 10:58 AM

The Jefferson Parish Government Center in Gretna. - CREATIVE COMMONS/LEGORIKI
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  • The Jefferson Parish Government Center in Gretna.
Margaret Sanchez, 32, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in the 2012 stabbing death of Jaren Lockhart, 22, and been given a sentence of 40 years, 40 years and 20 years — the maximum possible sentences — all running concurrently. 

Judge Stephen Grefer of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna this morning accepted the plea deal worked out between the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's office and Sanchez's attorneys, Anna Friedberg and Cynthia Cimino. 

The plea ends a major chapter in a tragic and lurid local crime case, The reading of the agreement into record included a tearful victim impact statement from Donna Kulick, who is raising Lockhart's young daughter. After speaking of the suffering Lockhart's death had caused, Kulick momentarily appeared to go off-script: "I can't read this next sentence," she said, "At this point in time you're eligible for parole. Justice has not been served: you didn't get life." 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christmas tree recycling begins tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Tinsel, ornaments and the stand need to be removed before leaving your old Christmas tree on the curb.
  • Tinsel, ornaments and the stand need to be removed before leaving your old Christmas tree on the curb.

Starting tomorrow, Orleans and Jefferson Parish residents can put out those droopy Christmas trees and have them picked up and recycled on their regularly scheduled trash collection day Jan. 7-9.

The annual recycling program is funded by the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs. The trees will be used in coastal zones to help prevent erosion of Louisiana's wetlands. Last year, according to numbers provided by the city, nearly 7,000 trees were airlifted into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.

Tinsel, ornaments and the stand need to be removed. Trees shouldn't be placed in bags or on neutral grounds, and flocked or artificial trees won't be taken.

Questions? Call the city's 311 information line. 

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bernie Sanders fires up New Orleans-area crowd at Pontchartrain Center

Posted By on Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 8:08 PM

Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes the stage at Pontchartrain Center.
  • Vermont Sen. and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes the stage at Pontchartrain Center.


Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders roused the Democratic faithful tonight in a rally at Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

A button vendor outside Pontchartrain Center was wearing a "Feel the Bern" T-shirt and vending Sanders campaign buttons — one for $5, three for $10.

Before the rally, Sanders made an appearance at the home of Dr. Gilda Reed, a University of New Orleans professor and former candidate for Louisiana's 1st Congressional District. Addressing about 40 people in Reed's living room, Sanders asked what Louisiana voters were concerned about — the answers included a raise in the minimum wage, universal health care, a ban on fracking and GMOs. Sanders said Vermont labels genetically modified foods, expressed his view that "corporate media" deflects attention from important issues and asked whether the people in the room thought Louisiana would support a raise in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. (The answer: yes.)

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