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,...

WHAT WE’RE SAYING: Senate Committee Tanks Bill To Spare Students with Outstanding Lunch School Lunch Bills Embarrassment

Last week, the state Senate Education Committee voted 4-2 to reject a bill that would have prevented schools from punishing and embarrassing students with outstanding lunch debts. The bill would have prohibited the public identification of such students and relieved them of extra chores or exclusion from any school privileges for unpaid...

What We’re Saying: It’s time for Louisiana to Get Rid of Non-Unanimous Verdicts

One of only two states in the nation that actually allows juries to render verdicts in felony criminal trials without all 12 jurors agreeing, Louisiana is long overdue in changing its jury system. First, the system is steeped in racism—a remnant of Jim Crow, the post-emancipation de facto and de...

What We’re Saying: The New Orleans City Council Did What?

City leaders are obviously not serious about addressing affordable housing. That’s what we said when it was recently reported that the New Orleans City Council amended a zoning ordinance to allow multi-unit housing developers in an area known as the River Overlay District to build taller buildings without setting aside...