Council district budget meetings set

Mayor wants to gather input from residents
  Mayor Mitch Landrieu's annual "Budgeting for Outcomes" meetings in each City Council district begin this week with District C on Monday (Aug. 18) and will continue through Aug. 27 in District D. In a press release, Landrieu stated, "These meetings allow us to hear directly from New Orleanians on what their priorities are, and allow us to stick to our budgeting principles: Cut smart, reorganize and invest in the future."   Each meeting will be attended by Landrieu, the district council member, various deputy mayors and department heads, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and New Orleans Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell.

Quotes of the week: The Jindal edition (again)

  "I think it's been an embarrassment to him, the district and the state. I won't be endorsing him, if that's what you're about to ask."

Jefferson Parish President John Young runs for lieutenant governor

  Jefferson Parish President John Young wants to be Louisiana's next lieutenant governor, and he announced his intention Aug. 12 with the unveiling of a campaign website and online ad titled "A Stronger Louisiana." Young joins a roster of already-announced candidates that includes Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden and state Sen. Elbert Guillory, R-Opelousas.

Uber vote deferred by New Orleans City Council to Sept. 4

Council to consider new hail-a-car regulations
  The New Orleans City Council had yet another installment of the vehicle for-hire debate Aug. 14, with taxicab industry lobbyists dressed in bright green T-shirts and Uber advocates sporting black. A few minutes into the meeting, though, the council decided to defer a vote on proposed revisions to the city's ground transportation ordinance until its next meeting on Sept. 4.  District E Councilman James Gray made the motion to defer, citing the many amendments to the legislation that still required votes.

NOPD to crack down on ATV use after hit-and-run death

Action prompted by ATV death in Treme
  The New Orleans City Council opened its Aug. 14 meeting by addressing four-wheel all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on city streets. New Orleans cops will begin cracking down on ATVs, which lawmen stressed are not "street legal" in New Orleans.

Tyler Gamble becomes NOPD’s new public information officer

Mayor's press secretary moved to NOPD, at least for now
  The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has been without a public information officer (PIO) since Remi Braden left last April. The city finally advertised to fill the position in July, but after last week's embarrassing NOPD snafu during which an officer shot a man during a traffic stop but the department failed to notify the public, a quick switch was made.

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