city government land use

City Planning Commission unanimously approves jail retrofit proposal

  By Daniel Schwalm, Mid-City Messenger In a victory for criminal justice reform advocates, the New Orleans City Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to recommend that the City Council approve a zoning change that would allow for the renovation of the existing New Orleans jail to accommodate inmates with mental health conditions. Read More…

city government elections

Jay Banks and Lesli Harris will go to runoff for City Council District B race

  By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger  The race for the City Council District B seat has been tough, and it’s not over yet. Incumbent Jay H. Banks won 45% of the vote in the election on Saturday, while challenger Lesli Harris won 37%, meaning that both Democrats will go to a runoff on Dec. 11.  Read More…

city government elections

Joe Giarrusso rides a landslide into re-election for City Council District A

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger For Joe Giarrusso III, the question was not whether he would win his re-election bid for City Council District A, but by how much. The answer: by a landslide.  Giarrusso crushed his competition, Libertarian Amy Misko and fellow Democrat Robert Murrell, and won with 76% of the vote in Saturday’s Read More…

city government events

Code Enforcement officials to answer questions during Community Office Hours

The Neighborhood Engagement Office for District B will host the Department of Code Enforcement during Community Office Hours on Wednesday (Nov. 10). Code Enforcement officials will answer questions and address concerns virtually from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Community members must have an appointment to speak with a city officials. The 15-minute appointments can be scheduled Read More…

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city government transportation

Traffic advisory: Closures on Broad Street overpass for bike lane upgrades to begin Monday

Beginning Monday (Nov. 8) weather permitting, the Department of Public Works (DPW) and its contractor Pavement Markings will temporarily close lanes on the South Broad Street overpass between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to perform maintenance and upgrades on the bike lanes between Third Street and Tulane Avenue. One lane of traffic in both directions Read More…

city government events

Sanitation Department officials to address questions Wednesday at District B’s Community Office Hours

Representatives from the city’s Sanitation Department will be joining the District B representative from the Neighborhood Engagement Office on Wednesday (Oct. 27) for Community Office Hours. The outreach event is being held Wednesday at a new location, the Central City Library at 2020 Jackson Ave. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the Read More…

city government elections politics

Challenger Lesli Harris leads the District B pack in campaign contributions

By Sharon Lurye, MId-City Messenger With the primary election for City Council less than a month away, the candidates for the District B seat have spent more than $200,000 battling for a seat, according to the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program. But it appears that several candidates have had Read More…

city government elections politics

Joe Giarrusso is crushing his opponents in campaign contributions for District A City Council race

By Sharon Lurye, Mid-City Messenger With less than a month to go until the primary election, the three candidates for the District A seat on the City Council have collected more than $285,000 in campaign contributions. Unfortunately for two of those candidates, almost all of that money has gone to incumbent Joseph Giarrusso III.  The Read More…

city government elections

Candidate questions: Councilman Jay H. Banks, District B

The upcoming election, which includes an open primary for all City Council seats, will be Nov. 13. To give voters a chance to learn the policies, platforms and personal attributes their City Council candidates plan to bring to the office, Mid-City Messenger has sent questionnaires to all of the District A and District B candidates. Read More…

city government elections

Candidate questions: Amy Misko, City Council District A

The upcoming election, which includes an open primary for all City Council seats, has been rescheduled for Nov. 13 due to Hurricane Ida. To give voters a chance to learn the policies, platforms and personal attributes their City Council candidates plan to bring to the office, Mid-City Messenger has sent questionnaires to all of the Read More…