Local bloggers are running an informal contest to see how long it takes before whatever subject that pops up turns into a conversation about food. My bet is that a lot of discussions just as quickly turn into conversations about zoning enforcement.
The New Orleans City Council will soon vote on the future of citizen participation in our city. It’s an ideal mandated by both a post-Katrina amendment to the City Charter and the city’s long-overdue master plan. But despite overwhelming popular support, it appears to be in grave peril.
Two events intended to foster greater community participation in New Orleans government activities will take place this week. Residents can learn Wednesday about how other cities get the public involved in making budget decisions.
Since Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s inauguration nearly a year and a half ago – he’d know how many days it has been – he’s enjoyed an amicable relationship with the City Council that serves as his legislative check and balance. Members laugh at his jokes.
Despite years of work involving dozens of meetings with thousands of residents, a plan to create a formal system for citizen interaction with city government has run into a buzz saw of opposition, with the most objection recent coming from a city council member. The Committee for a Better New Orleans has been devising and revising its plan, working at what its leader thought was the behest of the City Planning Commission.