Jefferson Parish

Monday, December 29, 2014

Scalise seems to acknowledge he spoke to white supremacist conference in Metairie in 2002

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The May 7, 2002 edition of Gambit carried information about the white-supremacist meeting held in Metairie at the Best Western Landmark Hotel. After Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. reported this weekend that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, was in attendance and spoke to the group, Scalise's office put out a statement that seemed to acknowledge the fact, but insisted Scalise had "never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question."
  • The May 7, 2002 edition of Gambit carried information about the white-supremacist meeting held in Metairie at the Best Western Landmark Hotel. After Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. reported this weekend that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, was in attendance and spoke to the group, Scalise's office put out a statement that seemed to acknowledge the fact, but insisted Scalise had "never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question."

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie — the newly minted Majority Whip and the third highest-ranking Republican in Congress — seemed to confirm to The Washington Post today that he spoke to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a white supremacist organization, in 2002.

In a statement, Scalise aide Moira Bagley Smith wrote, "He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question":
Throughout his career in public service, Mr. Scalise has spoken to hundreds of different groups with a broad range of viewpoints. In every case, he was building support for his policies, not the other way around. In 2002, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to hear his proposal to eliminate slush funds that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars as well as his opposition to a proposed tax increase on middle-class families. He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question. The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic.
The news of Scalise's 2002 speech was first broken over the weekend by Lamar White Jr., whose CenLamar website covers Louisiana politics. 

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rep. Steve Scalise whips rivals, becomes House Majority Whip on first ballot

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Rep. Steve Scalise speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in 2011. - CREATIVE COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Rep. Steve Scalise speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in 2011.


U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, became the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives this afternoon when he was elected Majority Whip in the first round of balloting.

Scalise defeated the current chief deputy whip, Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, as well as Rep. Marlin A. Stutzman of Indiana for the post. He succeeds Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who ascended to Majority Leader after the reigning majority leader, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, was defeated last week in a primary and resigned the position.

Scalise has represented Louisiana's 1st Congressional District since 2008, and chairs the powerful Republican Study Committee.

So: what does a whip do? The Washington Post has a good primer on the duties, along with job descriptions for the two senior positions, Speaker of the House (currently held by Rep. John Boehner) and Majority Leader. For more on Scalise's sudden turn of good fortune, read Clancy DuBos' column this week, "Steve Scalise and the Butterfly Effect."

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jeff Parish president John Young to headline annual Gridiron show

Posted By on Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

John Young
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John Young, president of Jefferson Parish, will headline this year's Gridiron, the annual satirical show put on by the Press Club of New Orleans.

The traditional format includes several Weekend Update-style news briefs read by local TV anchors (Travers Mackel, Rachel Wulff, Randi Rousseau, Katie Moore, Meg Gatto), some stand-up comedy and a roast of the headliner, who gets the last word and a chance to lambaste the press. In previous years, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and City Councilwoman Stacy Head were among the headliners who got the chance to tell off journalists (often by name) in a public forum.

This year's Gridiron will be held Tuesday, April 1, at the Roux House (above Walk-On's at 1009 Poydras St.). Cocktails are at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes one drink and appetizers.

Proceeds benefit the Press Club's scholarship fund, which awards two $2,500 scholarships each year to Louisiana journalism students. 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Big Easy Roasted Corn & Churros serves authentic Mexican food in Fat City

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Big Easy Roasted Corn & Churros (3517 20th St., Metairie, 504-657-0031) serves authentic, quality Mexican food just off of Severn Avenue, across from Lakeside Shopping Center. Aside from roasted corn brushed with mayonnaise and sprinkled with cheese, and crispy-outside-soft-inside churros dusted with cinnamon sugar, there are tacos, tortas and flan. Spicy mango with lime, cucumber agua fresca, pozole, menudo  and bean soup have all been featured specials. Churros come plain, filled with chocolate or strawberry or topped with caramel. Forearm-lickingly juicy tacos are topped with cilantro and onions, served with a spicy, smoky house-made sauce.

(hours and details about prices and amenities are below the jump)
Churros from Big Easy Roasted Corn & Churros are soft and warm on the inside, crispy outside. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
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  • Churros from Big Easy Roasted Corn & Churros are soft and warm on the inside, crispy outside.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Santo Tequila Co. serves Mexican food from scratch in Kenner

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Santo Tequila Co. (16 W. Airline Highway, Kenner, 504-305-2762; www.facebook.com/santotequilaco) serves Mexican food from scratch daily, just past the airport in Kenner.

"You'll find tacos like at any other Mexican restaurant. Or enchiladas, or guacamole, but what we do different here is that everything we do is fresh," founder Christian Amaya says. "We cook all our salsas in the morning and make guacamole in small batches throughout the day. The sauces for the enchiladas, the green sauce and the red sauce, we make it from scratch." Amaya's brother Erick, a pastry chef in Mexico, helped craft the recipes and menu.

Aside from the chips, nothing at the restaurant is deep-fried. Amaya's hope for Santo Tequila Co. is that it will help him "bring tequila and Mexican food to the next step."
Santo Tequila Co.'s carne asada taco is served with lime, lettuce and homemade salsa. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
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  • Santo Tequila Co.'s carne asada taco is served with lime, lettuce and homemade salsa.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jefferson Parish's newest ethnic restaurants: Flavors of India and Fatima's Cafe

Posted By on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Fatima's Cafe, a Mediterranean restaurant, and Flavors of India are now open in Jefferson Parish.

Flavors of India (3120 Cleary Ave., Metairie, 504-324-3448; www.flavorsofindianola.weebly.com) opened in late January and serves vegetarian Indian cuisine and beverages from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Fatima's Cafe (2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-305-1797; www.facebook.com/ftimascafe) opened in late November and serves Mediterranean cuisine and a few non-Mediterranean fast food items from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
A hummus plate from Fatima's Cafe features assorted pickles. - FATIMA'S CAFE
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  • A hummus plate from Fatima's Cafe features assorted pickles.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Politicos peddling the paper — the latest wrinkle in New Orleans' newspaper wars

Posted By on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 11:38 AM

In this screenshot of the new television ad campaign for The New Orleans Advocate, Jefferson Parish President John Young delivers a copy of the paper to a resident. Young is only one of several politicians who appear in the newspaper's TV campaign.
  • In this screenshot of the new television ad campaign for The New Orleans Advocate, Jefferson Parish President John Young delivers a copy of the paper to a resident. Young is only one of several politicians who appear in the newspaper's TV campaign.


If you haven’t seen The New Orleans Advocate’s new television campaign, you probably will soon. The brisk, clever ads emphasize the paper’s daily delivery schedule and feature local personalities — Archie Manning, Irma Thomas, Rita Benson LeBlanc, Andrea Apuzzo, the 610 Stompers — ringing a doorbell and handing copies of 
The New Orleans Advocate to a surprised homeowner. It’s all set to a jazzy soundtrack and the familiar Yat growl of Ronnie Virgets: “New Orleans is at ya do’ — seven days a week.”

But it’s not all chefs, musicians and sports figures. Among the familiar faces ringing the doorbell are several elected officials: Jefferson Parish President John Young and Sheriff Newell Normand; St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister; and New Orleans City Council Vice President Stacy Head.

“Business is good in Jefferson Parish!” Young says, handing the homeowner a newspaper, while Head announces, “Here’s the latest from the City Council!”

Most newspapers’ marketing departments — including that of The New Orleans Advocate — are completely separate from their newsroom operations. Nonetheless, using elected officials in ads for a newspaper is a new one on Kelly McBride, the house ethics expert at the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Advocate obviously has a competitive relationship with The Times-Picayune,” McBride told Gambit. “If the politicians join The Advocate in sharing that message, what does that say about The Advocate’s ability to critically examine those politicians?”

Not surprisingly, Advocate owner and publisher John Georges — who ran for governor in 2007 and mayor of New Orleans in 2010 — disagrees. At last weekend’s Rising Tide conference at Xavier University, where he was introducing keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, Georges told Gambit, “That ad is filled with New Orleans newsmakers, and that’s what the people in the ad are appearing as — they’re newsmakers.”

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

JPAS and New Orleans Opera Association announce 2013-2014 schedules

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS) and the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) announced their 2013-2014 schedules. JPAS opens its season Sept. 20 with Blueberry Hill, an original musical production by Butch Caire celebrating classic New Orleans R&B with songs by Fats Domino, Irma Thomas and Ernie K-Doe. Many JPAS shows run in Jefferson Parish and on the Northshore. Visit the website for details. The opera association opens its season with Marschner's The Vampire (Der Vampyr). Opera productions are at the Mahalia Jackson Theater except for Noah's Flood, which is at Trinity Episcopal Church. The schedules are as follows:

JPAS
Sept. 20-Oct. 20 Blueberry Hill
Oct. 11 Pasta and Puccini fundraising gala
Oct. 18-Nov. 17 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Nov. 22-Dec. 22 A Tuna Christmas
Dec. 21-22 Ballet Hysell's The Nutcracker
Jan. 24-Feb. 23, 2014 Murder at Cafe Noir
March 7-April 6 The Perfect Wedding

JPAS shows by and for young audiences
Nov. 1-10 Little Shop of Horrors
Dec. 6-8 School House Rock Live! Jr.
Feb. 14-16, 2014 Willy Wonka Jr.
March 21-30, 2014 Grease

NOOA
Oct. 11 & 13 The Vampire
Nov. 17 Noah's Flood (at Trinity Episcopal Church)
Feb. 14 & 16 Cinderella
April 4 & 6 La Boheme

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Kenner's Hollywood Cinemas 9 movie theater has closed

Posted By on Sun, Jun 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Kenner's Hollywood Cinemas 9 movie theater closed abruptly Friday, according to a NOLA.com report.

"One local moviegoer said he went to the theater to catch the locally shot heist film Now You See Me, only to see employees carrying supplies out of the darkened building."- NOLA.com
Vishu Mandava, the theater's owner for over a decade, couldn't fund renovations and had trouble passing inspections. The worst thing for Mandava, however, was the impending opening of The Grand, a 2,400-seat, 14-screen movie theater. The Grand is slated to open around August (years after Memorial Day 2009, the opening date authorities originally gave) near The Esplanade, only a seven-minute walk away from where Hollywood Cinemas 9 was.

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What may be the twist of the knife for Mandava, is The Grand's principal source of funding: a Go Zone federal loan, designed to reinvest in communities damaged by Hurricane Katrina. According to The Lens' Ariella Cohen, more than half of the GO Zone funding went to oil, gas and chemical companies.

To say I patronized Hollywood Cinemas 9 often would be a lie. The last time I went there was in 2002 or 2003 to see Brown Sugar with my Aunt Cheryl. It wasn't the best theater, but it wasn't the worst, like The Joy in the '90s. The Joy in the '90s was like the movie scene in Cooley High. To lose Hollywood Cinemas 9 — especially so suddenly — seems to go against what Mandava's idea was in reopening the theater in 2002 — providing Kenner residents with a nearby, inexpensive movie theater.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

A failure to lead

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Imagine yourself the manager of a local grocery store. Now imagine that you forgot to order king cakes in time for Carnival season. The cakes arrive on Ash Wednesday, so you quietly put them on “sale” and, when questioned by the store owner about lost profits, you blame your employees for the snafu and say that the store has always put leftover king cakes on sale after Mardi Gras.

That, in effect, is how Jefferson Parish President John Young explained his bungling of the parish’s failed millage propositions on May 4.

The propositions were intended to extend a pair of 5-mill property taxes that provide for critical sewerage and water services in most of Jefferson and to renew a 20-mill tax for fire protection in Terrytown. They had the misfortune of appearing on the same ballot as the wildly unpopular CCC tolls, which Jefferson voters killed by a margin of more than four-to-one.

Everyone saw the tolls’ defeat coming. All the more reason, therefore, for Young, as the parish’s chief executive, to marshal Jefferson’s civic and political forces in support of the millages, which every responsible citizen agrees are absolutely necessary. Instead, he ran to the front of the anti-toll parade and all but ignored the parish millages, at least publicly. He even sent out a parish-wide email the day before the election with the subject line, “Vote NO Tomorrow.” The text of his email message dealt exclusively with the tolls, no mention of the millages.

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