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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cantrell, Charbonnet head for mayoral runoff; all but two New Orleans City Council races settled tonight

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LaToya Cantrell (left) and Desiree Charbonnet, who will be advancing to a Nov. 18 runoff for the New Orleans mayoralty, addressing supporters at their election night parties.
  • LaToya Cantrell (left) and Desiree Charbonnet, who will be advancing to a Nov. 18 runoff for the New Orleans mayoralty, addressing supporters at their election night parties.

LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet are headed to a Nov. 18 runoff to determine which candidate will become the first woman mayor in New Orleans history.

Charbonnet, a Gentilly native and former municipal court judge, received 30 percent of the vote and celebrated with a party at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, with longtime allies former Mayor Sidney Barthelemy and Constable Lambert Boissiere in the crowd, along with District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, who came out early for Charbonnet's candidacy. Also giving interviews was U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, another Charbonnet supporter.

"We have taken lots of fire, lots of hard, hard hits," she said, referring to two anti-Charbonnet campaigns that were active in recent weeks. "They tried to threaten us and even smear us with those old stereotypes. We refused to be bullied or accept the status quo."

Cantrell, the current District B Councilwoman who received 39 percent of the vote, celebrated with a party at the New Orleans Jazz Market, the site of her original campaign announcement, As a DJ spun celebratory funk from Kool and the Gang and McFadden and Whitehead, the crowd at the New Orleans Jazz Market danced while watching poll results roll out on local news and cheering as Cantrell's numbers ticked up.

Following a lively gospel choir and band, Cantrell stood behind the podium onstage, surrounded by family and supporters and facing a crowd chanting "give 'em hell, Cantrell." Among the crowd onstage were state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, state Rep. Neil Abramson and outgoing District A Councilmember Susan Guidry

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

DOJ gives New Orleans "last chance" on NOPD immigration policy

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 5:33 PM

New Orleans demonstrators rallied to support DACA and immigrant communities in September. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
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  • New Orleans demonstrators rallied to support DACA and immigrant communities in September.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is not convinced the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) complies with federal immigration rules, despite Mayor Mitch Landrieu's repeated assurance that policies limiting officers' involvement in immigration issues are well within bounds.

In a letter to Landrieu, Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Alan Hanson said NOPD policies — which include preventing officers from inquiring about immigration status — "may violate" a section of federal law involving local authorities communicating with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). unless it can prove that the policy does not "restrict New Orleans officers and employees from requesting information regarding immigration status from federal immigration officers."

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Mandatory curfew kicks in Saturday night in New Orleans as Nate approaches

Posted By on Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 4:45 PM

Nate's forecast as of 4 p.m. Oct. 6 - NOAA/NWS
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  • Nate's forecast as of 4 p.m. Oct. 6
Update: City Hall and NOPD clarified the start of the curfew will be moved up from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a curfew for New Orleans residents to stay off the streets from 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 through Sunday morning — and possibly later — to avoid potential wind damage and floodwaters from Tropical Storm Nate, which is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane over the weekend. "Do the best you can to stay off the streets," Landrieu said at a City Hall press conference Oct. 6.

New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) will enforce that curfew; NOPD Chief Michael Harrison urged residents to "adhere to that curfew."

At that time, NOPD will set up barricades and close all underpasses. City officials told residents to find alternate routes. NOPD announced that officers will take "strong enforcement action against anyone found circumventing barricades or found in violation of curfew." Once winds go above 35 mph, the city will suspend public transit.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mayoral candidates tackle issues facing musicians, social aid and pleasure clubs

Posted By on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 7:15 PM

Baby Dolls parading in 2017. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Baby Dolls parading in 2017.

While the New Orleans Saints kicked off their 2017 season, a crowd filled the Carver Theater Sept. 11 to hear how eight mayoral candidates plan to protect musicians and artists as the city and its cultural communities brace for another bout.

Moderator Lolis Eric Elie said music and cultural policy is "one of the most important and least discussed aspects" of the campaign. Candidates largely agreed that a lack of affordable housing as well as inequitable event fees and unsustainable payouts for gigs have threatened artists' and their families' abilities to live in New Orleans.

All candidates agreed to change the fee structures for parades and events for social aid and pleasure clubs and masking groups and echoed a “music is not a crime” mantra, though each had different ideas for ensuring protections for musicians and workers in a cultural economy and how they’d be represented at City Hall under their respective administrations.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Orleans bail bond companies overcharging defendants, according to SPLC complaint

Posted By on Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

click image PHOTO BY PHIL ROEDER/CREATIVE COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY PHIL ROEDER/CREATIVE COMMONS

New Orleans bail bond companies have charged defendants illegally high bond rates to get out of jail, according to an investigation by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which revealed roughly $5 million in excessive fees was collected from nearly 50,000 people over 12 years.

The SPLC's announcement was released the same day Orleans Parish Criminal Clerk of Court Arthur Morrell said he plans to cut the hours that his office will process bail bonds, meaning people locked up after office hours will likely remain in jail despite having met the bond set by a judge.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Orleans rally to defend DACA calls on candidates, city leaders to stand with immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Demonstrators in New Orleans marched against Trump's decision to end the DACA program. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
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  • Demonstrators in New Orleans marched against Trump's decision to end the DACA program.

Karla Rosas didn't grow up thinking of herself as "undocumented."

She came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child, grew up in Louisiana, did well in school and served on her homecoming court. "It wasn't until I turned 16 that things were a a little different for me," she told a crowd outside City Hall Sept. 6. "I couldn't get a driver's license, my mom got nervous around cops, words people called me started to sting more."

Rosas is among more than 2,000 young people in Louisiana whose futures are uncertain following President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals program, which has granted U.S. entry to more than 800,000 "dreamers" who came to the country as minors.

"DACA, for me, when that decision came out, the clouds lifted over my head," Rosas said. "It wasn't surprising — I don't think anyone with DACA didn't know this was coming — but it still hurts, it's still sad. I felt like everything was pulled out from under me."

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Monday, September 4, 2017

New Orleans joins Labor Day fight for $15 minimum wage

Posted By on Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM

A "Fight for $15" march in 2016 rallied on Canal Street. - PHOTO BY ALEX WOODWARD
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  • A "Fight for $15" march in 2016 rallied on Canal Street.

Sabreal Ealem has worked in fast food for three years — she got her start at McDonald's, then Popeye's, then McDonald's again. Now she works while studying criminal justice at Southern University at New Orleans. "It's always been about work and school for me," she says. "I've never had a normal teenager life."

Ealam's mother and sister also work in fast food, earning minimum wage, or far less than the $15 minimum wage Ealem is calling for as part of a national movement demanding wage increases and the right to unionize. "The minimum wage has always separated my family — we've either been in work or at school," she says. "We rarely see each other. The minimum wage is separating families — not just mine."

As the U.S. celebrates Labor Day to close out a three-day weekend for many Americans, a growing chorus of low-wage workers, workers rights groups, unions, clergy and other organizations will push local, state and federal officials to raise minimum wages. McDonald's workers and supporters in New Orleans join a strike and add support behind the national Fight For $15 campaign led by Service Employees International Union. New Orleans' Labor Day protests are among other calls to action in 300 cities.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Orleans schools, City Hall to reopen Aug. 30

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 29. - NOAA
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  • Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 29.

New Orleans schools, City Hall and all public buildings and facilities will reopen Aug. 30 after city officials closed down Tuesday as a precautionary measure with Tropical Storm Harvey making its slow approach to Louisiana.

Archdiocese of New Orleans schools as well as Delgado, LSU Health Sciences Center, Southern University at New Orleans, University of New Orleans and Dillard, Loyola and Xavier universities also will reopen Aug. 30.

A tropical storm warning and flood watch remain in effect with heavy rains expected late Aug. 29 and overnight.

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New Orleans under flash flood watch as Harvey heads to Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 10:45 AM

National Weather Service projection for Harvey as of Aug. 29.
  • National Weather Service projection for Harvey as of Aug. 29.

With up to 4 inches of rain forecast in New Orleans as Tropical Storm Harvey slowly moves into Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents to stay home and off the roads Tuesday, Aug. 29. Some parts of the city got as much as 6 inches of rain yesterday, and a flash flood watch remains through Thursday, as Harvey is expected to move eastward then tick north by Wednesday night.

The city braces for the possibility of more flooding following Aug. 5 floods and the recently publicly revealed compromised pump system. Sewerage & Water Board reports 107 of 120 pumps "are available to be operational in the event of heavy rainfall," according to the city.

Meanwhile, a banner hanging outside pump station No. 1 reads, "I think I can, I think I can."

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Report: Coroner Jeffrey Rouse will not seek reelection

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 6:18 PM

New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse.

New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse has dropped his campaign for reelection in the two-man contest for the job — but it's too late to get his name off the ballot. In a statement Aug. 24, Rouse said he had only "reluctantly" filed for reelection this summer but announced he will refocus on his work in psychiatric care, in which he worked prior to his election in 2014.

Dwight McKenna, who Rouse beat in that election, is the only other contender in the 2017 race. Rouse congratulated McKenna "on becoming the first African-American coroner of our great city" — though votes cast for Rouse in the fall will still count. If he wins, Rouse will have to submit his resignation, leaving an interim coroner in his place before the city holds a special election.

Rouse was running for his second term as coroner, a position held by only three people over the last five decades. Rouse's predecessor, Dr. Frank Minyard, served 10 consecutive terms in the office, beginning in 1974. Minyard had backed Rouse, who worked under Minyard in psychiatry for more than a decade and also served as his chief deputy coroner before running for the office — a position Rouse asserts should not be elected.

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