IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: Paul Pastorek Will Bring a New Disaster to Puerto Rico

Apparently, the Department of Education in Puerto Rico did not get the memo. You know, the one that makes it clear that the so-called education reform that took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, the one led by Paul Pastorek, failed. They obviously don’t know or understand the harm...

What We’re Saying: Yeah, Ya’ Right, Mayor Cantrell!

We Have TOO LITTLE to LOSE! Plans to build a hotel in the footprint of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Development District received a pretty tough blow in recent days with a clear and resounding voice of dissent from Mayor LaToya Cantrell. It’s not the she doesn’t think the...

What We’re Saying: It Don’t Mean A Thing

So, at its Thursday (Aug. 9) meeting, the City Council approved a motion directing the city planning commission to incorporate recommendations and initiatives contained in the Smart Housing Mix Ordinance Study into comprehensive zoning ordinance amendments that would establish a mandatory inclusionary zoning overlay district, create a new mandatory inclusionary base zoning district, and create...

What We’re Saying: Three Facts the New Orleans City Council Must Consider as it Revisits the Short-Term Rental Ordinance

There is a reason visitors choose short-term rentals. Short-term rental attend functions at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. They go to the French Quarter and downtown. They come to New Orleans for business, pleasure and conventions. They patronize bars, restaurants and attractions across the city. Yet, they choose to...

WHAT WE’RE SAYING: EVERY NOW AND THEN, THEY GET IT RIGHT!

Every now and then, our state leaders get something right! That now and then most recently occurred on May 18 when the Louisiana Legislature did not grant Harrah’s a 30-year contract extension to operate the state’s only land-based private casino with table games.  With only six-years left on its current deal,...