Jun 212017

Crime around the Mid-City Security District stayed on an even keel last month compared to the rest of 2017, though auto thefts and auto burglaries increased.

MCSD responded to 12 auto thefts last month and cleared two of those crimes, Palumbo said. One vehicle was left unlocked, two were left with left keys in the ignition and only one showed evidence of a forced entry. Continue reading »

Jun 202017

The Orleans Parish Libertarian Party is working to grow their party while earning recognition on the ballot, but community engagement is the first step.

Mike Dodd, chairman of the local party, encouraged other Libertarian party members to run for smaller city and statewide seats so the party can gain political traction. Offices such as Orleans Parish School Board, seats on the magistrate court and even the city’s Inspector General would be good options for the smaller party. Continue reading »

Jun 202017

Police are searching for this man in relation to an armed robbery earlier this month (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a man wanted for armed robbery

The victim told police he was standing at the intersection of South Jeff Davis Parkway and Palmyra Street on June 9 at around 11:45 a.m. when he was approached by an unknown black male who asked for a dollar.

The victim said he gave the suspect a dollar and walked to the 3300 block of Palmyra Street to be near his coworker, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 202017

One man was found dead in his car with several gunshot wounds Monday night on the 11000 block of North Roman Street, police said.

New Orleans Police Department First District officers responded to shots fired in the area around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Once on scene, officers discovered a male victim inside of a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on scene by EM, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

Golfers enjoy the new golf course in City Park, which asked for $25 million in project funding for the city. That request was denied. (Claire Byun).

By Jamal Melancon

City Park’s capital expenditures have reduced by nearly $300,000 this year, though officials are still fighting to get state and city funding after denial from the City Planning Commission.

Capital expenditures decreased from $840,000 to $550,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, according to the park’s monthly budget statement. The $550,000 is allocated for capital improvement projects.

Bob Becker, City Park CEO, said there is still not enough funding for emergencies like water leaks and utilities improvements for a facility operating at City Park’s large and complex size. The park is almost entirely self funded and is entering its eighth year in a row receiving no general state funding, Becker said. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

Gun violence continues to plague us.

No, I’m not thinking of the recent shooting of congressional representatives in Virginia. I’m not thinking about terrorist attacks. I’m not thinking of police brutality.

Rather, I’m thinking of the shootings on our streets, which typically do not make national news but nevertheless shatter lives and break hearts.

Three of hearts: public domain image

Most everyone wants the violence to stop. Bullets fly, people die, mothers cry, we demand change — and yet the violence continues year after year.

Current methods aren’t effective. Clearly, we need to try something different.

Here are some concrete changes we could make in order to reduce violent crime in our society. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

Ske’ McQuirter (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a runaway 14-year-old female.

The reporting person said she last saw Ske’ McQuirter, 14, in the bedroom of her residence in the 2500 block of Palmyra Street at 10 p.m. Friday. When she went into McQuirter’s bedroom Saturday morning, McQuirter was missing and there was a note on her bed stating that she had run away, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

On Thursday, June 22, LCIA is hosting a workshop for the construction industry, “Opportunities for Contractors in Stormwater Management.” The event will be co-hosted by the Urban Conservancy and StayLocal. The issue of stormwater management—what we do with rainwater when it hits the ground—is an important issue in New Orleans.

During the day-long class, attendees will learn about:

  • The history of stormwater management in New Orleans
  • The paradigm shift toward green infrastructure and new building practices
  • New city ordinances and codes that require water management to be considered on new construction
  • Available building materials and products that are used in green infrastructure
  • The increasing demand for green infrastructure

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