What to know in New Orleans this week (June 19 - 26, 2018)

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What to know in New Orleans this week (June 12 - 18, 2018)

CITY COUNCIL: DON'T CALL THEM 'CRIME CAMERAS'Those ubiquitous red-and-blue flashing crime cameras mounted across New Orleans streets now have a name: "Quality and Neighborhood Safety Cameras." The New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution June 7 to formally name the cameras.

What to know in New Orleans this week (June 5 - 11, 2018)

Council members call for 'common sense' gun control measuresAfter a Louisiana legislative session that considered several measures to allow guns on school campuses, the New Orleans chapter of gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action (MDA) has renewed its call for stronger protections against gun violence in Louisiana.   Members of the New Orleans City Council joined MDA members outside City Hall May 31 to issue a call for "common sense" gun control measures to combat gun violence in tandem with National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 2.

What to know in New Orleans this week (May 29 - June 4, 2018)

N.O. Council bars most new, renewed short-term rentals — for nowThe New Orleans City Council has banned new whole-home short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods — temporarily — until new rules are drawn up at City Hall.   The motions "press pause" on one of the most prolific types of rentals — the temporary STRs with a 90-day limit, which encompass half of all 4,500 STRs on platforms like Airbnb — "until we tailor regulations to meet the needs of the city of New Orleans," said District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who authored the motions.

What to know in New Orleans this week (May 15 - 21, 2018)

CANTRELL: 'I BELIEVE WE'VE PREPARED OURSELVES AS BEST AS POSSIBLE'After her inauguration May 7, Mayor LaToya Cantrell briefly listed several upcoming challenges for her administration and the city, including climate change, infrastructure, chronic issues at the Sewerage & Water Board, the opioid crisis and racial disparity, particularly in city contracts. Her first tasks in office are "meeting with staff and those I hired that keep government running, like right now," she told Gambit after she paraded around Armstrong Park with a brass band and a number of social aid & pleasure clubs.

What to know in New Orleans this week (May 8 - 14, 2018)

CAFFIN AVENUE GETS HONORARY 'FATS DOMINO DRIVE' DESIGNATION In one of its last proclamations as a body, the outgoing New Orleans City Council last week approved an honorary renaming of Caffin Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward as a tribute to Antoine "Fats" Domino, the New Orleans rock 'n' roll and R&B legend who died in 2017 at age 89.

What to know in New Orleans this week (May 1 - 7, 2018)

POLS, OFFICIALS PREVIEW NEW AIRPORTWith skylights and walls of windows pouring light into a sea of concrete, city officials announced the construction of a massive new terminal to replace the Louis Armstrong International Airport is "65 to 70 percent complete."   The nearly $1 billion project will include 35 gates and several locally based restaurants, concessions, newsstands and gift shops, including Angelo Brocato, Emeril's, Dirty Coast, Fleurty Girl, Mondo, Mopho, The Munch Factory, Pulp + Grind, PJ's Coffee and the Preservation Hall Foundation.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 24-30, 2018)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA COMING AS EARLY AS FALLMedical marijuana could be available to Louisiana patients as early as September — 40 years after state lawmakers first approved marijuana for medical use.   Officials from Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southern University — the stewards of the state crops to be processed into cannabis-based medicines — presented rough timelines and budgets to the joint House and Senate agriculture committees April 18.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 17 - 23, 2018)

'JUSTICE FOR LOUISIANA WOMEN' DAYAT STATE CAPITOLMore than 100 women — many of them affiliated with women's advocacy groups including Lift Louisiana, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Feminist Majority Foundation, Women With a Vision, New Orleans Abortion Fund and Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault — convened at the state Capitol April 11 to call for "Justice for Louisiana Women." The event was part lobbying day, part activist workshop and part response to a legislative session that has included many bills that are consequential for women.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 10 - 16, 2018)

FOUR MAYORS AT LOYOLAThree of New Orleans' five living mayors, as well as Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, appeared April 5 at Loyola University's Roussel Hall to discuss "One New Orleans: Five Perspectives" with Gambit Political Editor Clancy DuBos.   Mayor Moon Landrieu (1970-1978), Mayor Sidney Barthelemy (1986-1994), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (2010-2018) and Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell.

What to know in New Orleans this week (April 3 - 9, 2018)

MINIMUM WAGE, EQUAL PAY BILLS FAIL IN STATE LEGISLATURE The Louisiana Senate last week failed to pass three bills designed to close gender-based pay disparities and lift families out of poverty. The defeated measures included a bill increasing the minimum wage by $1.25 an hour.

What to know in New Orleans this week (March 27 - April 2, 2018)

City surveillance camera plan deadAfter months of debate over a requirement for businesses that sell alcohol to install a surveillance camera that streams into a law enforcement monitoring center, the New Orleans City Council has dropped the proposal at the request of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.   The 22-page ordinance proposed a series of changes to how businesses apply for liquor licenses, but a few sentences within that proposed ordinance were requirements for alcohol beverage outlets (ABOs) to install a street-facing camera to pipe into the recently opened Real Time Crime Monitoring Center, under the watch of the city's Office of Homeland Security and shared with the New Orleans Police Department, FBI and other law enforcement partners.

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