Michael Smith 
Member since Aug 24, 2008


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This map regarding the location of the Louisiana Himalaya Association Community Center is INCORRECT. The Louisiana Himalaya Association Community Center is locate at 621 NORTH Rendon Street, not 621 SOUTH Rendon Street as the map suggests. Please change this as soon as possible.

Thank you very much,
michael d. smith
LHA board of directors

Posted by Michael Smith on 08/24/2008 at 2:28 AM

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Re: “Mess in the Marigny

Thank you Gambit for covering this.

With all due respect, is this for real?: "So why the approval drop? Tulane University criminologist Peter Scharf says there are two factors: a change in demographics (more "dissatisfied" people, for one) and a shift in leadership and "the quality of service.""

You don't need to be a criminologist to understand why the people in the 5th District are dissatisfied with NOPD.

The reason for the dissatisfaction in the 5th District is not due to a demographic change (what demographic group is naturally more dissatisfied with the police? To me, explaining this away based on demographics is a little insulting) nor is it due to a shift in leadership (Kelly has been the commander of the 5th District for 5 years - she is a Riley appointee). It does have a lot to do with the quality of service:

The good people of the 5th District are dissatisfied with NOPD due to the serious violent crime there. In the few months before this survey was done, there was a spike in crime in the area around St. Roch and St. Claude. Multiple murders, home invasions, rapes, muggings, etc. This is connected to the numerous street lights that are out in the area. People who work and live in the area are afraid of crime. That is why they are dissatisfied with NOPD. Not demographics.

There have been numerous articles about this:




As for the question of whether non-profits need to have an Occupational License to operate in New Orleans, regardless of what the City Code says, if you go to the dept of permits and ask the people who work there if you need an occ license as a non-profit, they will tell you that all organizations with an office address that do any business in New Orleans (even if they have $0 revenue) must have an Occ License. I know this, because I have gone to try to get an Occ License for a non-profit, and that is what they told me. It costs $50/year. It is not a one-time License, it must be renewed annually.

So, regardless of what the Code says, the practice of the City seems different. Or maybe I just talked to the wrong person...

This is sometimes confused with a Certificate of Occupancy, which the City gives to an organization as confirmation that the organization inhabits a space (for an office or business).

Hopefully Plan B, the Iron Rail, and the other involved parties can work with the City to have it all straightened out soon.

My 2 cents.

Posted by Michael Smith on 03/30/2011 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Localwashing

The Hollygrove Market is indeed a great market that is a huge step in the right direction.

Those interested in helping create another truly local food distribution business should check out the New Orleans Food Co-op, www.nolafoodcoop.org. We are working to create a member-owned community grocery store that emphasizes truly local and regional foods. Its a local food store you can actually own. Anyone can join.

The store should open next year.

Posted by Michael Smith on 07/15/2009 at 10:06 PM

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