Developer drops height of Holy Cross condos to allay neighbors’ complaints | The Lens – The Perez firm proposes 60-foot rather than 75-foot buildings, but a neighborhood leader says that’s still too high.
City Park board votes to change park hours; may open gate between garden and amusement park | Mid-City Messenger – Attorney General Buddy Caldwell wrote a letter expressing concern about visitor safety in City Park after dark. It prompted the board to change hours the park is open. Previously the park closed at 11 p.m. Now it will close a half hour after sundown.
As buildings rise in Mid-City, old structures have new potential | FOX 8 WVUE
The old Pan American Life building on Canal Street is now open and being prepared as an administrative building for the new veterans’ hospital. The $2 billion UMC-VA hospital project has benefited hundreds of workers as well as Mid-City property owners.
“There’s a lot of property value increase,” said resident Josef Wright. “I think there’s a lot of mania at the moment, that should settle down once the hospital opens.”
Decibels and the New Orleans noise ordinance: a quick guide | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – Decibel level readings build science, if not consensus, into the debate over a noise ordinance. But, as the article points out, such such measurements can be misleading, because they “don’t increase linearly, but rather exponentially.” (I did not know that.)
Jean-Paul Villere: Flipping frenzy extends to Central City | Uptown Messenger – A double in Central City (!) purchased 18 months ago for $29,000 was renovated and recently sold for $326,000 (!).
Government & Politics
Landrieu seeks special riverfront tax district to pay for decrees and pensions | The Lens – The tourism industry is falling in line behind the measure — to avoid yet another hotel/motel tax increase.
New York Times poll: Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in Louisiana | Gambit – The poll results are interesting against the backdrop of this fall’s U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Rep. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy will likely try to tie Landrieu to the president, while Landrieu will emphasize unpopular positions Cassidy shares with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Staying “us” | Library Chronicles – Blogger Jeffrey Bostick digests recent articles on tourism and authenticity. He concludes: “It’s fine to worry about how the tourism industry adds to or subtracts from the cultural meaning of ‘us’ but while we’re doing that we should also ask whether the industry serves us. Or do we serve it?”
New formula for distributing revenues bumps up public school allocations | The Lens – The Orleans Parish School Board corrected an accounting error months ago; more of the new money results from adjusted budgeting practices.
Gov. Jindal: Leave education to local control | USA TODAY – The Louisiana governor cites the increasing involvement of the federal government as the reason why his views on Common Core standards flipped from support to opposition. Jindal opines: “As we have seen in Obamacare, President Obama’s Washington believes it knows better than the peasants in the states. But centralized planning didn’t work in Russia, it’s not working with our health care system and it won’t work in education.”
81 more Louisiana schools recognized by U.S. News and World Report | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune — The rankings are based on factors other than sheer academic achievement:
Louisiana’s top three schools, according to U.S. News, are Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna and New Orleans Charter Science Academy and New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High. The rankings took into account a school’s minority and poverty enrollment, as well as performance on national and state standardized tests.
Civil rights complaints are filed against three N.O. schools | The Louisiana Weekly – The lawsuits allege the strict behavior rules at the school lead to excessive suspensions.
Twitter / CSRCLensNola: U.S. News and World Report – Remember to follow @CSRCLensNola for the latest on New Orleans charters.
Parishes not part of effort to sidetrack wetland suits | The Advocate – “Even as the Louisiana Legislature is moving toward derailing the lawsuit a New Orleans-area levee board filed against 97 energy companies for damage to coastal marshes, lawmakers appear to be backing off action against similar litigation filed by Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.”
Researchers see signs of progress at Macondo wellhead site | The Sun Herald – Aquatic life has returned to the epicenter of the disastrous 2010 BP oil spill.
East bank levee authority attorneys launch ‘Sunshine Squad’ web site to oppose legislation aimed at killing authority’s wetlands damages lawsuit | NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune – The web site counters arguments made by legislators supporting bills that would retroactively scuttle the local levee board’s lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.
N.O. Cupid: NOPD Issues Social Media Guidelines | NOLA DEFENDER – The police department release lists safety tips for social media users. The reception from the local twitter-sphere has included some mockery, I can attest.
Oklahoma court lifts stay of executions, heading off confrontation with governor | The Guardian
The Oklahoma supreme court has dissolved its stay of the executions of two men who challenged the state’s secrecy about its source of lethal injection drugs. The court reversed the decision of a district court judge who said the law that keeps the source secret is unconstitutional.
The turnaround heads off a potential constitutional crisis sparked by the state’s Republican governor, Mary Fallin, who had tried to override the stay by issuing an executive order to go ahead with the sentences.