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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Amount of money held in metro banks remains high

Lest you think it doesn't matter... this is what will helpNew Orleans survive and become a 21st Century City
See Full Article below:
Published: Sunday, October 30, 2011, 9:20 AM 

Thousands of homes have been rebuilt, businesses have reopened and levee improvements are substantially complete, yet six years after Hurricane Katrina, local banks are still awash in cash. After Hurricane Katrina, the amount of money held at local banks rose sharply as people deposited their insurance checks in bank accounts while making their rebuilding plans. It was a fairly expected occurrence.

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Economies recovering from disaster often see a buildup in bank deposits as a result of the insurance payouts. The funds are usually spent in the months following the disaster.
But despite all the rebuilding that has taken place since Katrina, the amount of money on deposit at local banks hasn't dropped to anywhere close to where it was before the storm. In fact, after declining slightly from 2006 to 2008, the amount of money held at local banks has again been climbing over the past few years. As of June 30, metro area bank deposits totaled $29.2 billion. In June 2005, area bank deposits amounted to $20.1 billion, or $23.3 billion in today's inflation-adjusted dollars.
Why the puzzling pattern? Bankers, economists and other experts say it's a mix of the local story of the long path of hurricane recovery, changes in the New Orleans economy after the storm, and a bit of money from BP. The economic anxiety about the future that is gripping the nation may also be encouraging consumers to keep money in their bank accounts.
High levels of bank deposits don't necessarily mean that it will be easier for consumers to get loans. Credit and underwriting standards are still tight after the 2008 financial crisis, and banks say that consumer and business demand for loans is weak. But bank deposits are a window into people's saving behavior and how the flow of money has changed in the New Orleans area in recent years.
Karl Hoefer, president of IberiaBank's Louisiana market, said that lots of insurance money flowed into the New Orleans area after Katrina, and people spent it rebuilding homes and businesses. But the money didn't stop flowing a few years after the storm: insurance disputes that ended up in litigation took several years to get resolved, the city has only recently settled some of its disputes with the Federal Emergency Management Agency over rebuilding payments, and projects such as replacing school buildings across New Orleans and construction on the University Medical Center complex are just beginning.
When the financial crisis hit in 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. increased the amount of bank deposits it would insure to $250,000 per account and came up with several other programs to protect money in banks. In the process, Hoefer said, the FDIC created a safe haven where people could store more of their money and protect it from the whims of a turbulent stock market at a time when there were few other investment opportunities.
Economic uncertainty
Three years later, the stock market remains volatile, and even though individuals and businesses aren't earning much interest on their deposit accounts, they're more keen to preserve their capital rather than risk it all in the stock market. Individuals are conserving cash because they're worried about job losses, and companies are sitting on money in case they need to draw on their own liquidity if they can't get the credit to expand, take advantage of an opportunity in the downturn, or plug a hole if something goes awry in their business, Hoefer said.
Meanwhile, the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil disaster again gave people reason to be fearful about the future and cautious with their money. As of Oct. 24, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the organization set up to make reparations to people outside of court, has paid nearly $1.7 billion in Louisiana, putting more money in people's bank accounts.
Loren Scott, professor emeritus of economics at Louisiana State University, said the amount of money people have been paid by BP is probably more than many people would have earned fishing, since some payments are designed to take care of the possibility of economic dislocation extending into the future. In addition, increased economic activity from the cleanup efforts could have generated other earnings that could allow people to put money in the bank.
Rising incomes locally
Meanwhile, Scott said, even though the population of New Orleans is smaller after Katrina, the people that remain are earning more money than they used to. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary in the New Orleans area was $32,750 in May 2005. In May 2010, the most recent figures available, the average local salary was $41,000. One reason the amount of money on deposit remains elevated, Scott said, is that the New Orleans area economy has a different mix of people with different earning power than before the storm.
But Brian Bowling, vice president in bank supervision, regulation and credit risk management at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said the story of robust bank deposits in New Orleans since 2008 is really the same thing that's happening nationally. "It's just the uncertainty. People are holding more and conserving more in cash, both consumers and businesses," Bowling said.
Bowling believes that's the case because the ramp up in deposits in New Orleans over the past three years looks just like the increase in deposits in other cities such as Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Ala., and Tampa, Fla., even though they didn't face Katrina or the brunt of the oil spill.
Hoarding cash
Furthermore, national economic anxiety is readily apparent in bank deposit numbers from this summer, when the European debt crisis was getting worse and Congress was deadlocked over raising the debt ceiling. According to figures from the Federal Reserve, the amount of money on deposit at U.S. banks grew fairly consistently in 2009 and 2010, but this summer, as concern was building over Europe and the debt ceiling was mounting, deposits nationally grew at an annualized rate of 8.3 percent in June, then jumped to 18.9 percent in July, before falling back to 8 percent in August and 2 percent in September.
All of that makes Bowling pretty certain that businesses and individuals in New Orleans are hoarding cash just like their counterparts elsewhere in the country. "All of those things would lead me to believe that New Orleans doesn't look out of line with any other market or the national numbers," Bowling said.
Steve Hemperley, greater New Orleans market president for Capital One, the area's largest bank, said he agrees with Bowling, that the recent uptick in deposits is all about economic uncertainty.
"Many banks are flush with deposits," Hemperley said. "People feel more comfortable preserving their liquidity. Even though they may not be earning a whole lot of money, they may not be losing a whole lot of money."
Rebecca Mowbray can be reached at rmowbray@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3417.
 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Polling locations 17-10 & 17-12 return to NorthWest Carrollton!

This is a BEAUTIFUL Picture
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for the FIRST TIME since Hurricane Katrina
polling locations 17-10 and 17-12 have returned to the neighborhood.

Bike Lane advocate 2011 Urban Hero - J. Ruley


Bike Lanes shouldn't be a second thought. 
Many people use transportation other than cars, trucks, motorcycles.   Some people walk, take the bus, or ride a bike.  Complete Streets acknowledges this. And this is why NorthWest Carrollton as asked and will keep asking for bike lanes on Earhart and down Carrollton Avenue.

A favorite quote from the Nola.Com article below: “Recreational riders stay out of traffic,”  
Other cyclists ride for transportation and THAT is what we need our planners and Public Works staff to understand and advocate.  Non-recreational riders, pedestrians are as important as cars. Jennifer Ruley gets it.   Hands clapping Jennifer. 


See FULL ARTICLE below from Nola.com
When Jennifer Ruley was growing up in Algiers in the 1980s, smack in the middle of seven siblings, her busy mother didn’t have time to drive all the kids to school. Jennifer, like most children in the neighborhood, biked or walked to Alice Harte Elementary School.
jennifer ruley.jpgJennifer E. Ruley advises the city of New Orleans on cycling issues. The Intersection of Filmore and St. Bernard is now the hub of bike lanes in Gentilly Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Today, as a bicycle and pedestrian engineer advising New Orleans City Hall, Ruley, 41, works to make the city safer and more accessible for walkers and bikers of all ages. For her efforts, Ruley will be recognized Saturday as the Urban Conservancy’s 2011 Urban Hero.
“I always think of her when I see the bike icons on the street,” said Dana Eness, executive director of the Urban Conservancy. “She really embodies everything we are trying to do in terms of creating a better connected, more walkable, pedistrian-friendly city.”
Ruley came to the city “on loan” from the Louisiana Public Health Institute through a public health grant in 2004. With a master’s degree in civil engineering and a decade of experience in the public and private sectors, her job was to help New Orleans neighborhoods become more walkable and bikeable.
That work later included helping the city implement new bikeway and pedestrian safety projects under the 2005 $240 million, five-year capital bond issue, which represented the first time bike and pedestrian projects would be explicitly funded through the city’s capital improvement plan, said Ryan Berni of the Mayor’s Office.
Hurricane Katrina gave the process a jolt, as major and minor roads all over the city had to be repaired, Berni said. Meanwhile, attitudes toward bikers and walkers were becoming more welcoming.
Ruley acknowledged that New Orleans is considered walkable because it’s compact and has commerce woven into the fabric of neighborhoods. But better sidewalks, curb ramps and signals can take a city to the next level: pedestrian-friendly.
“With time, this has become much more mainstream,” Ruley said. “It’s about people. It’s about health.”
It’s a topic that’s close to her heart personally, as well as professionally. As a college student and then a young professional in Baton Rouge, Ruley biked for recreation, riding up to 80 miles a week along trails and in parks. “Recreational riders stay out of traffic,” she pointed out.
Then she started biking to work. “Commuters are a whole different animal,” sharing the road with sometimes-grudging drivers, Ruley said.
Before Ruley leaves her Bayou St. John home, she straps on a helmet. She’s had a couple of close calls when cars turned in front of her or swerved as if they were deliberately trying to hit her. She’s lived — and biked — in many areas of the city, including Gentilly, the university section, Bywater and her home turf, Algiers. On a busy road, a designated bike lane is safer and “legitimizes that user,” she said.
“It is rewarding to see the large number of people using these new facilities and the positive comments I’ve heard from the community,” Ruley said. “Bicyclists and pedestrians can be a tough crowd to please. So it’s nice to know when we get it right.”
With the goal of improving health, City Hall has seen a golden opportunity to add bike paths, bike ways and walkways without adding huge costs, Berni said. Since the storm, the city has quadrupled the miles of bike-friendly asphalt in the city, he said.
The engineer commutes to the CBD in her work clothes — a short-sleeved polo shirt, corduroys and loafers on a recent day. She locks her black “commuter clunker” right outside the front door of City Hall while drivers jockey for expensive downtown parking spots. She also hops on the bike to inspect road construction around the city, making sure that bike lanes or walkways are built correctly and channel users as intended.
If it rains, “I get wet,” she shrugs.
In her free time, Ruley walks her beagles, Linus and Humphrey, on the banks of Bayou St. John, and volunteers with an animal rescue group. She also travels the world and has found ideas to make streets more accessible to walkers and bikers.
Eness, of the Urban Conservancy, says the roadwork is making an impact. “Once you have safe, easy ways for people to travel by something other than car, and you pair that with accessiblity with bike racks, you see those bike racks being used. Every single bike rack is chock-a-block full of bikes,” she said. “That either means people are getting there who couldn’t before, or you are getting relief in some of those congested parking areas.”
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Jennifer Ruley will be recognized as the 2011 Urban Hero at the Urban Conservancy’s 10th anniversary fundraiser, “You Are Here” at the Icehouse, 2803 St. Philip St. in Mid-City. There will be silent live auctions of local products, along with “street baskets” featuring items reflecting the character of local commercial corridors. There will be live music, and a pedicab company will offer complimentary rides. For event information, contact Keely Hill at 504.561.7474 or keely@staylocal.org. Tickets may be purchased online at www.youarehereforapurpose.eventbrite.com or at the door.
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Annette Sisco is community news editor. She can be reached at asisco@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3310.

Friday, October 21, 2011

5th Annual Palmer Park Halloween Party

Friends of Palmer Park ~ FOPP
5th Annual Halloween Party!
 
Come join us as we celebrate the culmination of everyone’s hard work in the park. Time to have fun!
 
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6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct 29
 
 
Park party kicks off in the park near the new play-set
 
 
Each family is asked to bring their drinks (we have coolers with ice) and a
spooky dish to share.
 
FOPP will provide tables, tents, paper products, music, etc…
 
This magical neighborhood event is FREE however, for those that can afford it, a suggested donation of $5.00 helps pay for event expenses and future park projects.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bank Robber Nabbed in MidCity Carrollton @ Canal

The New Orleans Police Department- Public Information Office


New Orleans Police Nab Suspect in an Attempted Early Morning Bank Robbery on Carrollton


The New Orleans Police Department in conjunction with the FBI arrested 49 - year- old Calvin Johnson in connection with an attempted Mid City bank robbery. The incident occurred around 10 this morning at the Capital One Bank located in the 4100 Block of Canal Street. 

Detectives reported Calvin Johnson entered the bank and handed a bank teller a note with the words “No bait” written on it. Johnson became startled at which time he   grabbed the note and walked out of the bank. Officers on proactive patrol in the 4300 block of South Carrollton Ave observed a subject matching the description of Calvin Johnson.  The officers brought Calvin Johnson back to the bank where the FBI agents made a positive identification.

Calvin Johnson currently has outstanding warrants for Forgery and Theft from an incident in 2010. New Orleans Police will book Johnson with the outstanding warrants while the FBI will book him with the Attempted Bank Robbery.

The New Orleans Police Department, under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas, is engaged in a complete transformation in its approach to ensuring that New Orleans is a safer place to live, work and visit. The police force, which currently employs dedicated men and women, is committed to transparency, accountability, collaboration and integrity. To learn more about the NOPD and our services, visit http://www.nola.gov/GOVERNMENT/NOPD and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/New-Orleans-LA/New-Orleans-Police-Department-Official/133853236665761


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Officer Frank B. Robertson, III

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Night Out Against Crime - Palmer Park

Tuesday, October 11, 2010
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Invited Guests include
CM Susan Guidry; Sen. Karen Carter Peterson; Rep. Neil Abramson
2nd District NOPD Leadership and Officers
Music by
Shocking Blond
Plum Street Snoballs + Crêpes à la Carte + Fruit Sensations
Prize Wheel + Fire Engine Exhibit
Hot Dogs for $1.00 Donation
(NOPD 2nd District & NOFD Fire House at Carrollton & Claiborne)
bring your donations
Fire House needs - Gift certificates to Robert's Fresh Food Market
NOPD 2nd  District needs - Gift Certificates to Office Depot
organized by
Carrollton  Area Network
Sponsors
Robért Fresh Market      5 Minute Oil Change     Walgreens 
&
Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association; Carrollton United; Central Carrollton Association; 
Fontainebleau Improvement Association; Maple Area Residents Inc.; StateStreetDrive.com;
Northwest Carrollton Civic Association; Palmer Park Neighborhood Association;
Participating Partners
Daughters of Charity; AARP; Entergy
Visit our Facebook page - http://facebook.com/CANOAC

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

James Gill GETS it.... Thank you Mr. Gill


Now all we need is for the city to figure what to do about the blighted properties Toris Young has left in our neighborhood.

Toris Young is under indictment and in trouble with the law.... Again.

Toris Young is Bibleway.  Bibleway owns 3 consistently Blighted Properties with code violations in NorthWest Carrollton.
These empty lots do not eliminate blight they only create a different kind. Please see the photos in the links:


http://nwcarrollton.blogspot.com/2011/09/bibleway-blight-its-everywhere.html
Location Address 2940 JOLIET ST
Owner: BIBLE WAY BAPTISTCHURCH Mailing Address P O BOX 850341 NEW ORLEANS, LA 70185
This location has Permitting & Safety Issues. The sand is piled too high on the lot and has covered the drains and the sidewalks.


Location Address 8419 S CLAIBORNE Ave
Owner: BIBLE WAY BAPTISTCHURCH
Mailing Address 1829 HAMILTON ST NEW ORLEANS, LA 70118



http://nwcarrollton.blogspot.com/2011/09/bibleway-blight-abandoned-cars-on-apple.html
Location Address 8325 & 8523 Apple
Owner: Greater Bibleway Housing CDCL
Mailing Address 2936 Joliet St. New Orleans 70118


2925 Joliet is also a Bibleway Property but it has an unoccupied house on it.
8515 Pritchard Place is also listed as a Bibleway Property. This property has a house on it.


The city's blight stat meetings focus on number of houses demolished as a measure of success.  We will measure success when these vacant lot properties are consistently cleaned up and the houses are renovated and occupied.  We've been asking for help addressing these issues for YEARS.  All we've seen is James Gill's opinion columns and Toris Young repeatedly in jail.  What can the city do to help with this issue? 

See Opinion by James Gill in the Times Picayune >>>
Pastor Toris Young racking up indictments: James Gill

The effrontery of our thieving pastor Toris Young is something to behold. According to his latest indictment, Young screwed the federal government out of close to a million bucks while awaiting trial for running up large bills on credit cards in other people's names.

toris_young.JPGhe Rev. Toris Young.
Young, who had been indicted for fraud and identity theft just before Katrina, wound up in the penitentiary after pleading guilty in 2006. Meanwhile, the feds now allege, Young took the Small Business Administration to the cleaners for imaginary reconstruction of a church and ancillary buildings destroyed in the storm.
The SBA transferred the last installment to Young's bank account on the very same day he began his sentence for the earlier scam.

We already knew that Young is not the most circumspect of crooks. He had been out of prison for less than a year when he pulled a bank fraud in Mississippi. Last year, he pleaded guilty to that one too, and is now back inside. A perusal of his most recent indictment suggests that it will be many more years before he is at liberty again.

If a smart crook does not draw attention to himself, far less do his utmost to get his name in the newspapers, Young must be deemed a pretty dumb one. As soon as he got out of the joint, he was to be found pushing his way to the front wherever the cameras gathered. In 2009, he was a leading light in the drive to recall then-Congressman Joseph Cao, which was pretty stupid, considering the law does not allow a congressman to be recalled. Meanwhile, he joined Corey Miller in a campaign to stop "senseless murders" on the streets of New Orleans.

Miller is something of an expert on the subject on murder and was under house arrest awaiting trial for one at the time. His stage name as a fairly successful rapper was C-Murder, so this was not a crime-fighting duo with much credibility. Miller got life.

Young, meanwhile, held himself out as the head of a vast ministry built up since his ordination in 1987 by "a council of International Pastors under the Auspices of The Spoken Word Ministerial Alliance of Greater New Orleans." According to his website, his empire, with its "main sanctuary" on Joliet Street, included a children's church, a computer lab, a school, a cafeteria, administrative buildings and two housing complexes for the poor and elderly. Young had been undaunted by Katrina; his church remained "live and full of the "Holly Spirit." No, it wasn't Christmas; Young meant that the Paraclete had descended on Joliet Street.

Well, he didn't find much there. Certainly yours truly did not when paying a visit in 2009. Where the array of glorious buildings purportedly stood, a few scruffy and vacant lots were all that was to be seen. The address given for one of the housing units did not exist, and the other was a pumping station.

It was not because of a shortage of cash that Young's ministry no longer existed, if, indeed, it ever had. He did not let the grass grow under his feet when Katrina struck, claiming extensive damage to church property and applying on Sept. 10, 2005, for a low-interest federal loan.

According to the indictment just handed up, Young extracted $923,000 from the SBA on the strength of forged construction invoices. All the money went into Young's pocket, and the feds now want it back. Good luck on that one.

Oct. 12, 2006, was a decidedly mixed day for Young in his relations with the federal government. While the marshals carted him off to the pen, the SBA credited his bank account with the balance of the loan, $463,900. He had little chance to spend the loot right away, presumably, but he was evidently hard up a few months after his release.

In the fall of 2009, he was up to his old tricks, opening a bank account in Mississippi with someone else's Social Security number and stolen money orders. A Mississippi federal judge gave Young 27 months in January last year, but, since he was still on probation at the time, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk tacked on another 24.

Now that he has been indicted again, Rev. Young is in what can only be described as a holy mess.

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James Gill is a columnist for The Times-Picayune. He can be reached at jgill@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3318.

Polling Locations return to Incarnate Word


Yeah!!!!!!
We are HOME from our PostKatrina voting exile at Xavier University.
Xavier was nice and very good to us but it is better for everyone to be able to walk to the polls.
Thanks to all the government services for the followups and follow throughs that made this happen.
6 years was long enough!!!!!!
17/10, 17/12     changed    TO    
Incarnate Word Head Start, 8326 Apricot St., New Orleans, LA

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SELA Phase 1 - dumping into Monticello's bottleneck

The article in the Times Picayune today (in full below)  indicates that Phase 1 of our nightmare is starting. 

We all know, from conversations with representatives at the Corps of Engineers, this means that eventually more water will get dumped faster into the Monticello Canal.  This means that the Monticello (which *already* fills during heavy rainfall) will fill faster.  We also know that without an increase in the capacity at the railroad tracks (near Airline) that this will backup in Monticello and eventually backup into the houses in Hollygrove and Carrollton and Broadmoor and Fountainebleau.   When there are very high water levels in the Monticello the drains in the streets start backing up.

Don't believe us. Ask the Corps of Engineers and S&W about the restriction (narrowing) of the Monticello at the railroad tracks near Airline. They will tell you it is real. They will tell you it is a potential problem.  They will tell you that they were working with Joseph Cao when he was in Congress to get monies to address the issue.

So our question is: where is the money to eliminate the restriction?  Without this money and a plan all that is being done is moving water from Uptown into Hollygrove, Carrollton and Broadmoor.  Our understanding was that Congress was being lobbied to provide funding to allow for the restriction to be removed.  Can anyone provide an update on the comprehensive plan for the SELA projects and how the Monticello drains (or doesn't because of the restriction) into the flow also coming from Palmetto and into the 17th Street Canal?

The article from the Times Picayune today (in full below)
The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $27.1 million contract to increase drainage for the Carrollton area with improvements to an underground concrete canal along South Claiborne Avenue between Monticello Avenue and Leonidas Street. The project, part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, is aimed at allowing the drainage system to accommodate runoff from a 10-year rainfall event.
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A 10-year rainfall  in New Orleans represents 9 inches of rain in 24 hours, a corps spokeswoman said.
The 38-month project will be built by Louisiana-based Cajun Constructors Inc., and includes about 2,500 feet of covered canal and the relocation of sewer and water lines to accommodate the project. A notice to proceed will be issued to the company this month, and the job is expected to be completed in the winter of 2014.
The new canal will parallel an existing canal in the South Claiborne Avenue neutral ground and will tie in to the existing Monticello Canal and to a similar new canal to be constructed under the South Claiborne Avenue Phase 2 contract at Leonidas Street. The new canal will be built in the traffic lane closest to the neutral ground in the west-bound roadway, and will require the closure of adjacent traffic lanes at times.
The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board will brief the public on the project at a meeting that is not yet scheduled. The S&WB will brief residents along Napoleon Avenue about a similar project at a meeting Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 4526 South Claiborne Ave.
The second phase of the Claiborne project, including canal improvements on Claiborne between Leonidas and Lowerline streets, will be awarded next spring.
This is the 13th SELA contract awarded in New Orleans, financed with money made available by Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, with 35 percent of the cost borne by the S&WB.

Resilience and Opportunity

Dear friends and colleagues,
 
Have you heard about Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita? We gathered more than 20 local scholars to document our collective learnings post-Katrina and pulled all of this knowledge together in a book.
 
Published by Brookings Institution Press, Resilience and Opportunity appeared on book shelves on the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina just one month ago.
 
This book will be invaluable to new students at our local universities or anyone else who's recently arrived and getting involved in New Orleans’ rebuilding efforts, and to those of us that have been watching and contributing to our community’s progress since the day we returned home.  Moreover, it is in hot demand from decisionmakers all over the world who are grappling with recent disasters hitting major population centers.
 
What's in the book?  You can get a taste by watching this 3-minute video featuring some of the authors who contributed. Check it out at:
 
Sincerely,
The GNOCDC team
Melissa Schigoda, Allison Plyer, Ben Horwitz, Charlotte Cunliffe, Elaine Ortiz, and Susan Sellers
 
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The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is a product of Nonprofit Knowledge Works and is supported in part by United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area, Community Revitalization Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Baptist Community Ministries, Metropolitan Opportunities Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and data users like you.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fight Fraud. Shred Instead!

What:
Fight Fraud. Shred Instead!
When:
Saturday, October 8, 2011
10 am - 1 pm
Where:
Daughters of Charity parking lot
3201 South Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans 
Dear Neighbor,
It's estimated that every year more than eight million Americans fall victim to identity theft, losing over 40 billion dollars annually.  How do criminals do it? They steal your personal information.
Fight fraud. Shred instead!

You're invited to a free shredding event hosted by AARP and Shred-It, a secure document destruction company.

Bring your financial statements, cancelled checks, credit card statements and pre-approval offers, payroll stubs, insurance forms and out dated medical records for shredding.  Protect yourself from identity theft and shred old documents that contain personal information.

You can shred up to five bags or one medium sized box.  This free event is for individuals only -- companies not allowed.

AARP staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you with your materials and provide information about identity theft and consumer fraud.

Powered by nearly 500,000 members, AARP Louisiana is a champion for all generations to live their best lives, independently, in their own homes and communities.  Discover more of what AARP and its army of volunteers do in Louisiana at www.aarp.org/LA.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Community Conversations with Candidates

"Community Conversations with Candidates" starting next week. Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is hosting a series of non-partisan, candid conversations with local candidates to discuss important housing related issues in New Orleans. From housing discrimination to new construction to affordability, we're interested in hearing from members of the community on the issues that affect them most. Come out, meet your local candidates and find out where they stand on issues affecting us all.

  
Tues. Oct 4th:
Senator, 3rd District & State Rep 99th District;
Invited: J.P. Morrell ,Cynthia Willard-Lewis, Wesley T. Bishop, Samuel Cowart
Vaughans Lounge, 800 Lesseps St, New Orleans, 6-8pm
  
Wed. Oct. 5th:
Civil District Court Judges, Div. B & Div.E
Invited: Regina Bartholomew, Ellen Hazeur, Nakisha Ervin-Knott, Clare Jupiter, Kris Kiefer
Bridge Lounge,1201 Magazine Street, New Orleans, 6-8pm

  
Thurs Oct. 6th:
State Rep. 94th District
Invited: Josie Haas, John Labruzzo, Nick Lorusso       
Ralphs on the Park, 900 City Park Avenue, New Orleans 6-8pm

  
Tues. Oct 11th
Commissioner of Insurance
Invited: Jim Donelon, Donald C. Hodge
Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street, New Orleans, 6-8pm
  
  
Wed Oct 12th:
State Rep 98th District
Invited:Neil Abramson, Fenn French, Myron Katz   
Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak St, New Orleans, 6-8pm  
   
Thurs Oct 13th: 
State Rep 102nd District:
Invited: Jeff Arnold, Carlos Williams
Tout De Suite, 347 Verret Street, New Orleans, 5-7pm