Government & Politics
Michael Bagneris raises $220,000 in bid to replace Mayor Mitch Landrieu | The Lens – That includes $50,000 from Bagneris himself. Meanwhile, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s campaign reported spending $600,000.
Stephanie Grace: Political predictions for 2014 | The Advocate – Grace hits it on the head with this forecast:
Issues likely to remain in the news include the state’s cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry, fair treatment of gay and lesbian residents, Common Core educational standards, higher-ed funding, overly generous tax breaks and long-term financial stability of the newly privatized LSU hospital network.
New Orleans City Council says hush all that noise: Jarvis DeBerry | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Will noise ordinances clamp down on New Orleans’ distinctive aural environment, fundamentally changing the tenor of the city?
Local law school to revamp educational approach, make legal study more practical | The Louisiana Record — Changes at Loyola’s law school:
Under the plan, law students may select from four “Practice Tracks” in criminal, civil litigation, social justice or transactional practice that will partner them with an experienced attorney who they will observe and learn from. …
Christine Cerniglia Brown, leader of the College of Law’s office of skills and experiential learning, said the changes will make students more marketable and more engaged in their legal education.
Nationwide, law school enrollment has declined 24 percent in the past three years.
Dis-location: School choice, residential segregation and educational inequality | Thomas B. Fordham Institute – A new paper drawing on international data claims that school choice has a mixed effect on school segregation, but does not decrease student performance.
New Sewerage and Water Board station slated for Mid-City | Mid-City Messenger – The 23-foot-high lift station on North Solomon Street will have a similar design to six other stations planned for eastern New Orleans, according to Chris Bergeron of the Sewerage and Water Board.
New Orleans opens new food truck permit process | Gambit
Food truck permit registration is now through the city’s “one-stop shop” for business permits and licenses (but not available online). There are 100 mobile food vendor permits available, thanks to legislation that passed last July allowing for trucks and fewer operating restrictions.
Texas Brine to build new barrier at sinkhole | The Advocate
Texas Brine Co. says it will build a new protective barrier along the southern side of the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole amid rising concerns about rapid sinking under part of the levee holding back the hole’s briny and oily contents.
In the interim, Texas Brine is moving to repair and raise the existing levee section that sank.
Saving New Jersey’s Coast | The New York Times – After Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie has changed his views on eminent domain. At a meeting with coastal homeowners last spring, Christie said installing beach dunes for flood protection is nonnegotiable. “We are building these dunes whether you consent or not,” he told them.
New Orleans murders fall again in 2013 | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Homicides are down despite little evidence of a drop in total shootings. This article says the lower homicide rate could be attributed to advanced blood loss prevention techniques learned from the military, which saved more lives in the emergency room.
Watchdog group sues Supreme Court committee studying judges’ workloads | The New Orleans Advocate – The Bureau of Governmental Research has argued that Orleans Parish has an excessive number of judges, and is now suing to learn more about the deliberations of the legislative committee studying the matter.
[The nonprofit Bureau of Governmental Research] took legal action this week, filing a lawsuit against a committee led by state Sen. Edwin Murray, D-New Orleans. The lawsuit claims Murray’s committee, set up by the Louisiana Supreme Court at the request of the Legislature in 2011, is violating state “sunshine” laws by refusing to release records of its work or open its meetings to the public.