Councilwoman Kristin Palmer has ‘serious skepticism’ that the city will be able to enforce new STR rules under Cantrell’s draft budget
Council members also questioned whether the Cantrell administration is properly tracking and allocating millions in funds dedicated to short-term rental enforcement.
Council passes $1 million fine and lower allowed profit for Entergy, over objections from Mayor Cantrell and the company
Entergy threatened to bring litigation against the city or try to change the profit rate again next year, which would cost customers an additional $7 million in regulatory costs, the company claimed.
Bollinger attempts to transfer $8 million industrial tax exemption to New Orleans, bypassing the local approval process
The exemption the company wants to transfer predates new rules calling for local input.
The majority of city schools earned a C or a D in the Louisiana Department of Education annual A-F letter grade ratings released Wednesday. The ratings take into account state standardized tests and other factors.
Algiers house severely damaged in fire is owned by state senator, has thousands in outstanding city fines
Sen. Troy Carter told The Lens that the fines were levied in error, and there were never any true violations on the house.
Council avoiding further debate on Entergy’s allowed profits, despite objections from Entergy and Mayor Cantrell
Last week, Mayor Cantrell sided with Entergy over the City Council, saying the company should be allowed to collect a greater profit from customers.
The state identified issues with the schools last year after monitoring them as part of a federal consent decree. They were placed on corrective action plans months ago. It’s not clear why the district waited until last week to respond.
behind the lens
School assessment grades are in, City Council approves new electric and gas rates, and an Algiers home belonging to Senator Troy Carter goes up in flames.
Recent maneuvers on short-term rental enforcement jeopardize public trust, and the city can’t afford that right now
When people no longer trust the system, they stop showing up to voice their opinion, or to vote in favor of ballot measures intended to finance improvements for the public’s benefit.
By voting in support of the dismissal of municipal and traffic warrants, fines and fees, the New Orleans City Council created an opening for more than forty-thousand New Orleanians to escape a vicious cycle of poverty and incarceration. By coming together to imagine a more just criminal legal system, our city is positioned to jump from being the target of civil rights lawsuits to being a leader in reform.
Because the people of Louisiana did not support Proposition #4, to give New Orleans the chance to create tax relief programs to address the affordable housing crisis, we must ask the Mayor and City Council to #PutHousingFirst and roll back our millage rates.
Rise St. James and Concerned Citizens of St. John plan a second march to raise awareness about the impact of the chemical industry in Louisiana’s ‘Death Alley.’
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