City approves demolition of seven buildings for CVS at Elysian and Claiborne | The Lens – One member of the public objected, saying neighbors had just learned about the project. An engineering firm representative said project leaders would revise the site plan based on their input.
Neighbors of crumbling Spanish-American Church hope for stronger enforcement against blight-owning nonprofits | Uptown Messenger — “Neighbors and members of the Coliseum Square Association hope the stalemate over the building will lead to stronger enforcement of blight laws against neglectful nonprofits.”
The Parks and Recreation Theory of America’s Future | The Atlantic – An interactive map based on quality-of-life and other factors forecasts significant growth in Orleans Parish in the next few years. Growth in Jefferson is predicted to remain stagnant.
Government & Politics
As annual legislative session draws near, lawmakers ask, Where’s Bobby? | The Lens – Out-of-state travels combine with weakened political power to make Jindal something of a no-show as his term winds down.
Zurik: Senate pres. spends $253K on Saints, Tigers | FOX 8 WVUE – Legislators use money from Political Action Committees for sporting-event tickets and transportation expenses. Critics say that PAC money is intended to fund specific political campaigns.
Campaigns Are Buying Your TV Subscription Data | LaPolitics – Cable providers want subscribers’ data so that they can run targeted advertisements.
Property tax up for debate again | The Advocate – ““I was not with Mitch. But that’s over with. He won. He’s mayor,” [Rep. Jeff] Arnold, D-Algiers, said. The real problem, in Arnold’s view, is that Landrieu isn’t open to suggestions and doesn’t want to compromise. “His approach to the Legislature is not always conducive to a positive outcome for his agenda,” Arnold said.”
Times-Picayune asks for more time to respond to subpoena | The New Orleans Advocate – A judge overseeing a bribery case has ordered the Times-Picayune to turn over information on commenters suspected of being federal prosecutors or FBI agents. The newspaper says it needs more time to comply. In my opinion, their excuse for the delay borders on the ridiculous:
The Times-Picayune’s motion for additional time does not indicate whether the newspaper plans to appeal [U.S. Magistrate Joseph] Wilkinson’s order. Rather, it says producing the information by Wednesday may be difficult because “the individuals associated with The Times-Picayune who have the ability to retrieve the information at issue are located out of state, and the retrieval of the information involves review of multiple databases by personnel in several states.”
Sheriff gives tour of new parish prison | The Advocate – Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who is currently in a re-election runoff, believes the “direct supervision” offered by the new jail’s layout will curtail some of the problems that led to the federal consent decree.
In Hollygrove shooting, NOPD must abide Supt. Serpas’ ‘thorough and complete’ promise: James Varney | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Opinion writer Varney says the police chief must keep his promise to uncover all the facts of the shooting of Hollygrove resident Keith Atkinson.
There are those unwilling to accept the fact bad guys can make bad decisions, as Atkinson may have done on Belfast Street; that is, those who will forever believe [New Orleans Police officer Jonathan] Hirdes had no business firing his gun. Then there are those convinced it is perfectly understandable and acceptable that anyone with a rap sheet winds up getting shot by a cop.
Zeringue takes state’s coastal reins as Graves departs | The Louisiana Weekly – Jerome Zeringue talks about his start as chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He points to several different federal funding sources for the state’s Master Plan.
Why Taxpayers Will Bail Out the Rich When the Next Storm Hits | NBC News – NBC found 500 instances in which FEMA “remapped waterfront properties from the highest-risk flood zone, saving the owners as much as 97 percent on the premiums they pay into the financially strained National Flood Insurance Program.”
Local legislators focus on education | Daily Comet
[Rep. Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville] filed two bills that aim to keep lawmakers more informed. One would require charter schools get letters of consent from legislators representing their district. … Another bill would require the department to update lawmakers on the growth and quality of charter and private schools that accept students via the Student Scholarships for Education Excellence Program.
Commentary: The University of Mississippi’s latest “incident” brings both pain and opportunity | Hechinger Report – A Confederate flag and a noose were draped over the campus statue of James Meredith, who was the first African-American to attend Ole Miss. Jake McGraw, who edits the Rethink Mississippi blog, believes this ugly act can be used in a meaningful way to promote racial progress on campus.