First, public intoxication by itself is not illegal. It is only illegal to be so intoxicated that you pose a danger to yourself or others.
Secondly, New Orleans does not have an unusual problem with alcoholism. Measured by objective factors, such as deaths from liver disease, New Orleans ranks fairly low.
Thirdly, the availability of go cups has nothing to do with our level of sales tax revenue, and I haven't heard you make a credible argument to the contrary.
I don't trust or respect Klein. His creation of "Journolist," an Google Group for left-wing journalists, pundits and bloggers to discuss politics away from prying eyes, essentially proved what Jindal said about media collaboration. That said, Jindal doesn't need to look far to find blame for his political free-fall.
The bullying measure is a very poor move. We need a bullying policy that focuses on bullying behaviors, not categories of victims. I'm very disappointed to see the School Board indulging this kind of thing.
There's a 10 year prescriptive period on zoning issues, and live music permits are essentially "shall issue" if all the legal requirements are met. I understand that Circle Bar has closed down a couple of times or more, which may interrupt prescription and may have scuttled its conditional use permit, but you'd probably know more about that than I. I do know, however, that you can't take the city's position at face value. They'll deny permits in some cases even where they are legally obligated to grant one.
In any event, I believe that Circle Bar is in the CBD-8 zoning district, which means that if it opens up apartment space that takes up at least 25% of the building (i.e., in the upstairs) they are zoned for at least a three-member band and the mayoralty (live music) permit is of-right. I think if Circle Bar applied that way, it could sue the city for the permit even if it is denied (and would probably get a TRO and a preliminary injunction, meaning very little interruption). Just my off-the-cuff impression.
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