Mitch Landrieu

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LaToya Cantrell would ban traffic cameras if elected mayor, she clarifies after some conflicting messages

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 8:14 PM

LaToya Cantrell announcing her mayoral candidacy at the New Orleans Jazz Market July 18.
  • LaToya Cantrell announcing her mayoral candidacy at the New Orleans Jazz Market July 18.

At her formal mayoral campaign announcement last night, District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell drew some of the biggest cheers of her speech when she announced, "We don’t know if traffic cameras are making our streets safer. But we do know those cameras are costing our residents money that could be spent on their families. As your mayor, I will suspend the use of the cameras until it can be proven that they actually work as intended." (In a departure from prepared remarks that had been provided to reporters, Cantrell speculated that the traffic cameras could be redeployed as crime cameras in drug-plagued neighborhoods.)

Later, though, in a short scrum with reporters, Cantrell seemed to walk back that statement at least in part, saying, "Based on the feedback from the community, it would only be those cameras that have been recently installed" — indicating that she supported the removal only of the cameras that were put in place in early 2017, leaving in place those that had been installed earlier.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Landrieu fires back at Sen. John Neely Kennedy's criticism of New Orleans' crime rate

Posted By on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 3:55 PM

U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.
  • U.S. Sen. John Neely Kennedy.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has lately been critical of New Orleans’ crime rate and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s crimefighting strategy, giving an interview to Fox 8 News and writing a guest column for on the subject. "Crime is stealing the soul of New Orleans," Kennedy wrote. "It's choking the life and livelihood out of it. I used to live in New Orleans, and now I'm a little scared to go for a walk there. Our mayor seems preoccupied with other things and other ambitions,” Among the remedies Kennedy has suggested is implementation of a "stop-question-frisk" policy for the New Orleans Police Department.
Today Landrieu fired back, citing what he saw as the city's accomplishments since he's been in office. "Murder and violent crime rates are down over 60 percent from their historic peak in the 1990s," he said in a statement. "I have been to too many funerals and consoled too many mothers at crime scenes, for a career politician like John Kennedy to pander from the peanut gallery, especially when he can actually do something to help."

(Both Kennedy and Landrieu have been involved in Louisiana politics since the late 1980s.)

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Y@ Speak: crime time

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Crime is at the focus of the State of the City, demonstrators are arrested at Sen. Bill Cassidy's office for protecting their health care, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy wants to use stop and frisk. Also: Rep. Clay Higgins goes on the worst field trip, Jrue Holiday is still a Pelican, and clueless Pink Floyd fans need a safe space.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Sen. John Kennedy calling for 'stop and frisk' in New Orleans, FOX 8 reports

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 8:33 PM

  • Sen. John Neely Kennedy.
In an interview with FOX 8 News today, Sen. John Neely Kennedy said Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) should implement a "stop and frisk" policy in order to combat crime in the city.
"It worked in New York," he said. "It's the only way I know left to get the guns and thugs and dopes off the street. We got young people killing young people and now other citizens, and the reason is they got these guns, and until you get the guns you're not going to stop it. The criticism of it is it's racial profiling. No, not when it's done correctly. When it's done correctly, race has nothing to do with it." 

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Landrieu adopts plan to combat effects of climate change in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 1:30 PM

A March for Science in New Orleans on April 22 brought attention to climate change and other environmental and health issues. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • A March for Science in New Orleans on April 22 brought attention to climate change and other environmental and health issues.

New Orleans will aim to reduce emissions by 50 percent in 2030, as Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials commit to the international agreement on climate change from which President Donald Trump has withdrawn the U.S.

After declaring the dramatic effects of climate change on south Louisiana an "existential threat" facing New Orleans, Landrieu unveiled an ambitious "Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans," which proposes 11 strategies and 25 actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide. He also signed an executive order committing to the goals as guided by the action plan.

"Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our coastal communities, nation and world,” Landrieu said in a statement. “In New Orleans, we face a triple threat: subsidence, coastal erosion and sea level rise. If unchecked, New Orleans, like many coastal cities, will be forced to retreat. This strategy will help us transition to a low-carbon economy that not only helps manage our climate risk, but also creates new businesses, jobs, and wealth.”

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mayor Landrieu reflects on 'foundation' and challenge of violent crime

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered his 2017 State of the City at the Civic Theatre July 6.
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered his 2017 State of the City at the Civic Theatre July 6.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu ended his final State of the City address with a familiar phrase, one that he's used at the end of previous State of the City speeches and throughout his terms as mayor of New Orleans; "Let's get back to work."

Each State of the City has revisited the previous year of his administration — highlighting infrastructure investments, crime prevention, recreation, homelessness and affordable housing, among other issues — and glimpsed his platform in the coming months and years ahead.

But for his final State of the City before he leaves office in 2018, Landrieu started from the beginning, then landed squarely at the future as New Orleans prepares to elect his successor.

Landrieu's speech at the Civic Theatre July 6 spanned the disarray and $97 million deficit he inherited in 2010 to the balanced budgets, job programs, hospitals, recreation centers, playgrounds and road projects in the years that followed — as well as the city's two ongoing "existential and immediate threats": climate change and violent crime.

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The mayoral race: The Pendulum Effect

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 5:09 PM


While no one can say with certainty who New Orleans’ next mayor will be, history offers some insights worth noting. For example, we tend to elect young mayors when there’s no incumbent running. That’s not a rule, just a tendency. We also “tend” to elect men, but this time two of the leading candidates are women.

One electoral tendency that I’ve noticed dates back almost a century. I call it The Pendulum Effect. When New Orleans voters choose a new mayor, they invariably pick someone unlike the mayor who’s leaving office — even if that mayor is relatively popular. That tendency is not limited to our mayoral contests; it’s been true in recent gubernatorial and presidential election cycles as well.

However, while national and statewide electoral outcomes tend to swing back and forth between Democrats and Republicans, New Orleans voters are overwhelmingly registered Democrats. For that reason and others, our mayoral pendulum swings along a different axis almost every time. Sometimes it pivots along racial lines, sometimes along lines of personality, political style or range of experience.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Mayor Landrieu to deliver his final State of the City address July 6

Posted By on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Mayor Mitch Landrieu giving remarks following the removal of Confederate monuments in May. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu giving remarks following the removal of Confederate monuments in May.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will deliver his 2017 State of the City address July 6. The speech — an annual update on Landrieu's policy efforts, infrastructure plans and other citywide updates — will be his final State of the City address, with a fall election determining the two-term mayor's successor for 2018.

The speech begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at the Civic Theatre (510 O'Keefe Ave.). Doors open at 4:30 p.m. RSVP is required; the event also will be live streamed via Facebook and on Twitter (@MayorLandrieu and the hashtag #NOLASOTC).

Landrieu postponed the speech twice, first after U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot at a baseball park outside Washington D.C., then again as Tropical Storm Cindy threatened the Gulf Coast.
Location Details The Civic Theatre
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New Orleans, LA
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Landrieu discusses Affordable Care Act, Trump, presidential ambitions in POLITICO podcast

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 4:34 PM

  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who was in Miami last week to assume the presidency of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, gave a half-hour interview to "Off Message," a podcast produced by POLITICO.  The POLITICO's Isaac Dovere begins the interview with the question "Should we call you Mr. President now?" to which Landrieu laughs and says, "I'm happy to be president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors."

The interview's entire first half rehashes the flap over the recent Confederate monument removal and Landrieu's much-lauded speech as the Robert E. Lee statue was removed — which some have speculated was really an address to a national audience by a term-limited and ambitious mayor. "I was really speaking to New Orleans and the historical record," Landrieu insisted, adding, "a mayor spoke — and a country listened."

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Louisiana lawmakers, activists urge Sens. Cassidy and Kennedy to condemn Senate health care bill

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Gov. John Bel Edwards said the bill "specifically disadvantages" Louisiana. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Gov. John Bel Edwards said the bill "specifically disadvantages" Louisiana.

With the release of a 142-page draft early Thursday morning, the Senate finally revealed its much-anticipated (and, by many, dreaded) plan that could make good on the long-term Republican promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare.

The bill's release offered the first opportunity for the public — and many underinformed senators — to view and critique the Senate's plan, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Before its reveal, the bill already had come under fire for an unusually secretive drafting process featuring no public hearings and little debate on the Senate floor.

Within its text: higher premiums for older people, the elimination of the individual and employer mandates (you won't have to carry insurance, and employers don't have to provide it for you), a year-long freeze on Planned Parenthood funding, fewer subsidies to help people buy insurance and cuts to federal Medicaid dollars which support the working poor, 40 percent of American children and people with disabilities. (An easy-to-read breakdown is being updated at The Washington Post.)

Throughout the state, a chorus of lawmakers, public health observers and activists have begun to speak out against this health care plan. But the power lies with Louisiana Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Neely Kennedy, who will now turn their attentions to the legislation ahead of a potential vote next week.

Perhaps due to the bill's length and complexity, they have yet to comment extensively on the bill's details. Instead, they've leaned on familiar rhetoric from the past several weeks.

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