Rumors of a dull mayoral race were premature. Officially, Civil District Court Judge Michael Bagneris retired — not resigned — on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 11) in anticipation of his run for mayor against Mitch Landrieu. Bagneris has served several terms as judge at CDC and thus is eligible for retirement at most but not all of his salary, according to one insider.
Bagneris, who served as chief judge recently, famously locked horns with Landrieu over the location of a new Civil District Court building. The judges at CDC want to put a new courthouse on Duncan Plaza, on or near the former site of the Louisiana Supreme Court — but Landrieu has thus far stymied that effort. The mayor wants to recreate a “civic center” inside the old Charity Hospital by locating City Hall, the civil courts and other municipal offices there. The judges have adamantly refused to consider Big Charity as a site. (See story in Gambit, Oct. 1, 2013.)
Bagneris got his political start under the late Mayor Dutch Morial, who was his mentor. He became Morial’s executive counsel in 1980 and ran unsuccessfully for council at-large in the citywide elections of 1986. He won his judgeship at CDC in 1993.
Ironically, Bagneris was recommended for a federal judgeship by the mayor’s sister, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in 2009, but the White House rejected him in 2010 for reasons that were never articulated.
As he enters the mayoral campaign — he is expected to qualify Thursday or Friday — Bagneris will need to gin up his fundraising efforts. Judges are constrained from running for non-judicial offices and from raising money unless they have a debt. That’s why Bagneris had to give up his seat at CDC even to discuss running for mayor, and it explains the paltry $2,600 in his campaign account as of his most recent filing in February 2013. No doubt he is getting offers of additional campaign cash now.
Bagneris has served on many local civic boards, including the board of the Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Tulane University Board of Trustees.
The Broken Egg has its humble origins as a simple, casual eatery in on Girod St. in Old Mandeville in the Spring of 1994, with a focus and breakfast and lunch. It became popular. Very popular. Soon enough, the ownership decided to expand, first with a string of franchises along the Gulf Coast (particularly in the Destin area), and then throughout the nation.
The third annual Running of the Santas this Saturday night allows Mr. and Mrs. Clauses around the city to show off their reds and whites, all the while drinking and making merry just like the real Kris Kringle would do. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Barcadia Bar and Grill. Santas will "run" (or crawl, or dance or walk) to Generations Hall.
The music lineup, announced today, features DJ Ronnie Roux, Funk Monkey, Flow Tribe, Naughty Professor, Category 6 and DJ Dynamix. It's 18 hours of drinking, costume contests, concerts and ho ho ho-ing through the Warehouse District.
Tickets are here.
Pictured above: The interior of the Saints' offensive line caves in during a loss to St Louis in 2011. Remember this. It'll be on the exam.
And so the Saints crushed Carolina, exactly how we said they would. Only three games remain in the regular season and the Saints have a full game lead and nearly all relevant tiebreaker advantages over Carolina, so both the NFC South title and probable two seed in the playoffs seem easily within reach.
And they are. Except.
Except there's the pesky problem of the St Louis Rams, the Saints' upcoming opponent, whom the Payton-era franchise has never quite completely figured out.
Let's take a look at the Saints vs the Rams in this era, and then figure out what the Saints' relative struggles against Carolina over the recent past might mean for the rest of this season — and in the playoffs.
This pièce de résistance features assertions that Minyard sold body parts, à la Burke and Hare; insinuations that Minyard was responsible for the grief that accompanies losing a loved one; fake internal organs that look like giant, uncooked chicken breasts; and a snaggletoothed, hunchbacked assistant named Igor who, by the looks of things, had wiped his bloody, disfigured hands all over the back of his boss's lab coat.
Spin reported that 56 Hope Road — the company run by deceased reggae icon Bob Marley's children and widow Rita — filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts U.S. District Court against Louisiana-based chicken tender empire Raising Cane's.
Raising Cane's has used the slogan "One Love" on its promotional materials, from merchandise to menus to ads, since the early 2000s. The company trademarked the phrase.
"One Love" also happens to be one of the most popular songs of all time, on Marley's 1977 landmark album Exodus.
Hope Road also has used "One Love" on its merchandise — from T-shirts, hats and bumper stickers to college dorm decorations worldwide. The family has charged Raising Cane's with trademark infringement, among several other allegations related to the usage of "One Love" on the company's gear.
In a statement to Gambit, Todd Graves, founder of Raising Cane's, wrote that the company "denies the Marleys' allegations and will continue to defend our rights as we have done with the Marleys in related proceedings concerning the ONE LOVE mark before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since 2010."
Graves said he has met with Cedella Marley "in a good faith attempt to reach a resolution regarding the Marleys desire to enter the restaurant space," though Graves said settlement offers were turned down.
"Raising Cane’s looks forward to proving our position in court, putting this matter behind us and continuing to pursue our ONE LOVE — serving our communities our quality chicken finger meals."
Graves signed the statement, "Founder, CEO, Fry Cook and Cashier" with a closing "ONE LOVE."
The online farmers market Good Eggs began service in New Orleans in summer during what director Tess Monaghan described as a pilot phase, but without any official announcements, it is up and running and recently expanded in a number of ways. This week it adds Wednesday service and next week service will be available all three days in Metairie, Algiers, Gretna, Jefferson and River Ridge. It also expanded its offerings with gift boxes and office boxes (available Tuesday only).
Good Eggs was founded in San Francisco as a means to connect local producers with consumers, but its website is the key to its mission.
"We're a technology company," Monaghan says. Using the the software developed by the larger San Francisco branch has enabled the New Orleans location to grow quickly.
Good Eggs is a conduit. It finds producers and helps them set up a "web stand" on the Good Eggs site. Consumers order online, and payments go directly to the producer. Then Good Eggs collects the groceries (it doesn't buy them or stock its own shelves) and bundles them for pickup at designated locations or delivers them for a $3.99 fee. The array of products includes fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, dairy, pantry items, staples, snacks and prepared foods. There are many organic and gluten-free options. Good Eggs currently works with 60 producers and handles roughly 500 products, Monaghan says.
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