Jefferson Parish

Monday, June 22, 2015

Watch: Jindal to Wall Street Journal: I'll keep the American dream from becoming the European nightmare

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal told The Wall Street Journal: "We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes."
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal told The Wall Street Journal: "We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes."


Gov. Bobby Jindal's "Geaux Bobby" event will be held Wednesday at Kenner's Pontchartrain Center, where he'll end all the suspense and let us in on his decision whether or not to run for the Republican nomination for president. He sat for an interview Friday with The Wall Street Journal's Reid Epstein, and outlined the case he'd make if he does run:

If I run, it'll be to make big changes in D.C. My big concern is President Obama is in the process of changing the American dream into the European nightmare — defining success as government dependence, government spending, government borrowing. We don't just need a Republican in the White House; we need a Republican that's going to make big changes.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Dear national media: Here's where to grab a New Orleans meal on the day of the Jindal announcement

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:57 PM

Dear National Media: Here's how to get from MSY to the Pontchartrain Center, site of Gov. Bobby Jindal's announcement. You'll notice you go nowhere near New Orleans.
  • Dear National Media: Here's how to get from MSY to the Pontchartrain Center, site of Gov. Bobby Jindal's announcement. You'll notice you go nowhere near New Orleans.


Dear National Media:

We hate to break it to you, but — despite what your plane ticket says — you're not going to be coming to New Orleans for "Geaux Bobby: A Special Announcement From Gov. Bobby Jindal."

The speech actually will be delivered in the city of Kenner, a completely separate city (and, yes, suburb of New Orleans) that's conveniently located close to Louis Armstrong/New Orleans International Airport. It's a straight shot up Williams Boulevard to Pontchartrain Center (14 minutes by car; we do not recommend taking the bus), and it goes nowhere close to downtown New Orleans.

Yes, that means there's not likely to be time for gumbo at Commander's Palace, a shrimp po-boy at Parkway Bakery or fried chicken at Willie Mae's. 

However! There are a few good places to eat on Williams Boulevard. Check out these choices:

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jefferson Parish says no to Uber

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 5:39 PM

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The Jefferson Parish Council voted to reject the expansion of transportation company Uber during its April 29 meeting, but it’s hard to say whether the Parish rejected Uber or whether the company rejected the Parish. In an email statement the day before the vote, Uber representatives wrote: “Unfortunately, Councilmembers are now considering changes to the existing draft that would threaten our ability to bring uberX and the jobs it creates to Jefferson Parish.”

Neither the bill nor the amendments passed, but Councilmember and co-sponsor of the bill Ben Zahn told Gambit that Uber supporters have failed to mention two important “facts” regarding consumer safety. “Uber must comply with the same application process that is required of other transportation/ride services in Jefferson Parish,” Zahn said in an email, “which mandates ‘pre-employment’ drug screenings of its drivers. All transportation/ride services must submit to a complete background check through a ‘fingerprint’ database, as opposed to a private company screening service.”

“We had been working on this legislation because when you look at Uber for the last five years, they have completely transformed the transportation industry,” Councilmember Cynthia Lee-Sheng told Gambit. “They are adding new cities all the time. I thought we should be proactive about putting forth a regulative framework, while at the same time ensure the safety of our individuals. At end of the day, Uber wasn’t even backing the legislation.”

Uber’s local general manager Tom Hayes said in a statement that “Jefferson Parish deserves the same access to safe rides and greater opportunity that residents in neighboring Orleans Parish, Baton Rouge, and hundreds of cities around the world depend on. We look forward to continuing to work to bring ridesharing to Jefferson Parish.”

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beach Boys and LeAnn Rimes headline Family Gras Feb. 6-8

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 10:27 AM

The Beach Boys perform at Family Gras.
  • The Beach Boys perform at Family Gras.

The Beach Boys and LeAnn Rimes will headline Jefferson Parish's 2015 Family Gras. The lineup includes Allen Toussaint Friday, Feb. 6, The Beach Boys, Becky G and Cowboy Mouth on Saturday, Feb. 7, the Creole Sting Beans, Amanda Shaw and Rimes Sunday, Feb. 8, and others. Show times will be announced later. Admission is free.

The annual Carnival celebration takes place on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center. Attendees can view parades on the Metairie route and there is an art market, food vendors and a VIP area.

Attendees can view the Krewe of Excalibur and Krewe of Athena parades Friday. The Krewe of Caesar parades Saturday. The Krewe of Atlas canceled its scheduled Sunday parade for the second year.

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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
  • John Young

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.

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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
  • FATIMA'S CAFE
  • A hummus plate from Fatima's Cafe features assorted pickles.

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