Clancy DuBos: New Orleans City Council and Airbnb prepare for war

Defining 'appropriate balance' could determine whether neighborhoods become overrun with tourists
The battle over city regulation of short-term rentals (STRs) escalated last week when Airbnb stopped showing city license numbers on its New Orleans listings, making it more difficult for the city to enforce its STR ordinance. According to one City Council member, the move actually may hurt Airbnb's local hosts more than the city.

Clancy DuBos: Lege forecast — mutually assured destruction

Searching for solutions as the state faces the 'fiscal cliff'
Here's a political riddle worthy of a Las Vegas morning line: Will Gov. John Bel Edwards' seventh special legislative session end with a solution to the state's "fiscal cliff" — or will we see another example of mutually assured destruction?   History portends the latter, but it doesn't have to be that way.

Clancy DuBos: Miss Ella

Ella Brennan blazed trails and revolutionized American cuisine
The word "legend" has become so over-used it has lost much of its meaning, but Ella Brennan genuinely deserves that accolade. As matriarch of Commander's Palace restaurant, she blazed a trail for herself and other women in a field long dominated by men — and then dominated that field herself by revolutionizing New Orleans and American cuisine.

Clancy DuBos: New City Council takes aim at short-term rentals

What's clear is the existing ordinance isn't working. The new council seems determined to do better
The "new" New Orleans City Council is wasting no time trying to rein in the city's runaway short-term rental (STR) problem. STRs were a major issue in the citywide elections last year, and voters across the city expressed dissatisfaction with the ordinance adopted by the previous council.

Clancy DuBos: Warren Riley, an existential threat to Mayor Cantrell

Putting him over NOPD would be a slap in the face
Nobody has a stronger survival instinct than a politician, so it's surprising to see new Mayor LaToya Cantrell cling to an idea that threatens her political viability in an existential way. I'm talking about her refusal to abandon — publicly and unequivocally — the notion of hiring former New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley as her "director of homeland security and public safety."

Clancy DuBos: Assessing Landrieu's legacy

What he did — and didn't — get right
Like mayors before him, Mitch Landrieu worries about his legacy. It's understandable.

Clancy DuBos: Schedler should resign

At a minimum, Schedler has dishonored his office, shown a profound lack of judgment, and embarrassed himself
For as long as I can remember, the Louisiana Secretary of State's office has been one of the best-run agencies in state government. From its website to its main and satellite offices, the agency and its staff have done a terrific job of maintaining important business and public records, conducting elections, managing the state archives and operating some of the state's museums.

Clancy DuBos: Dangerous Uber, Lyft bill slithers back

State Capitol denizens have a code name for bills that are truly awful. They call them "snakes."

Clancy DuBos: Would a constitutional convention change much?

The forces that favor various aspects of the status quo will do all they can to make sure nothing changes
Talk of holding a constitutional convention to address Louisiana's structural deficit has gained momentum. The idea has merit on several fronts, but it's also an admission that our state legislators are either unwilling or unable to do their jobs.

Clancy DuBos: Chickening out on criminal justice

Lawmakers were intoxicated with locking up criminals. Now we spend millions jailing nonviolent offenders
Criminal justice reform was among the few bright spots in last year's dispiriting legislative session. Lawmakers adopted far-reaching laws that traded "tough on crime" grandstanding for "smart on crime" policies that have been proven to work.

Clancy DuBos: citizen engagement needed on Sunshine laws and domestic violence

The most effective form of lobbying is a barrage of phone calls from constituents
The Louisiana Constitution bars state lawmakers from considering revenue-raising bills in the current legislative session, but that hasn't stopped them from taking up gravely important matters that warrant citizens' close attention — and engagement.   Two cases in point:

Clancy DuBos: Tom Benson and the deal that kept the Saints in New Orleans

So long and thanks, Mister B
Tom Benson rose from a working-class childhood to the pinnacle of sports royalty as owner of the 2010 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. He left an indelible mark on the team, on his hometown, and on the NFL before his death last week at age 90.


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