Long-term plans for short-term rentals in New Orleans

Companies are happy — many residents are not. What’s next for short-term rental laws?
After months of debates and public meetings over short-term rentals (STRs), their proliferation, and the impacts they've had in the city over the last several years, the New Orleans City Council passed a measure Oct. 20 — introduced by Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration — that sets up a plan for short-term rentals advertised on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO.   The motion prohibits full-time whole-home short-term rentals in residential areas, but it will allow whole-home "temporary rentals" up to 90 days a year.

Amid scandal, a recall and “no confidence,” Mike Yenni digs in

The Jefferson Parish Council casts a vote of “no confidence” while a recall effort is underway
Still ensnared in a "sexting" scandal involving a then-high school boy, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni made an appearance before the Jefferson Parish Council Oct. 19 and repeatedly cast his "iniquity" in religious terms, citing his Catholic faith and his quest for redemption. Yenni did not, however, do what the council and many in the audience wanted him to do — step down as parish president — and the council cannot force him to do so.

Law of the jungle: Louisiana prepares for a "jungle primary"

The U.S. Senate race draws a record crowd of 24 candidates. Anything can happen in the Nov. 8 primary
The election to succeed U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, has attracted a record-setting 24 candidates for the Nov. 8 primary — nine Republicans, seven Democrats, six no-party or independent candidates and two Libertarians. The five or six best-financed candidates are bunched together atop the latest independent polls and have garnered the lion's share of voters' attention.

A crucial school board election in New Orleans

Three Orleans Parish School board seats are up for grabs as the board resumes oversight of state-run local schools
In its next term, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is poised to have more control over the business of public education than it has had for more than a decade — at a crucial time in the history of New Orleans' schools. Paradoxically, fewer than half of New Orleans voters will have any opportunity to decide who makes those decisions, because only three of the seven OPSB races will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Local races and ballot propositions in Louisiana's 2016 fall election

Congressional races, Kenner ballots and constitutional amendments
In addition to red-hot national and statewide races, the Nov. 8 ballot also features contested elections for Congress — as well as judicial contests in New Orleans, special municipal elections in Kenner, and a handful of statewide and local referenda.   The local races for Congress at one time loomed as donnybrooks, but since have devolved into low-key affairs.

Hoop dreams: Can the New Orleans Pelicans fly?

They have superstar Anthony Davis. But he can’t win alone. Will recent roster changes make a difference?
The basketball season always dawns at the most beautiful time of the year in New Orleans. The disgusting blanket of summer finally lifts.

What did the King Cake baby ever do to you?

If you won’t, Chris Trew will adopt the flour child.
This is for all the people out there who decided they dislike the King Cake Baby without giving it a chance. This is for all the national media outlets that discover our little bundle of joy for the first time each year and scorch our retinas with their hot takes.

Chris Trew’s haikus for the New Orleans Pelicans 2016-2017 season

Buddy Hield for three:Swish goes the net, we all hopeBut be patient please Anthony DavisI dropped 10 grand in VegasHope he's MVP

Gambit’s 2016 Fall Restaurant Guide

Where to eat, by neighborhood
There's always something new to try in New Orleans' dining scene. Recent Top Chef contestant Isaac Toups opens his second restaurant, Toups South, in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum this week.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Kenner & Beyond

The Big Cheezy 3232 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 305-5349; www.thebigcheezy.com See Mid-City section for restaurant description. Brazilian Market & Cafe 2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 468-3533; www.brazilianmarketcafe.com Beef churrasquinho is a beef kebab served with rice, beans, onions, salad and fries.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Harvey

Asia Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; www.boomtownneworleans.com/dining/asia The menu includes Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes. Crab rangoons are cream cheese- and crabmeat-filled wontons served with tangy sauce.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Harahan/ Jefferson/ River Ridge

Augie's Restaurant 6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 733-3000, www.augiesnola.com Beef brisket is served with potatoes, vegetables and horseradish sauce. Eggplant Parmesan is served over pasta and marinara.


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