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Monday, August 30, 2010

2010 Animated Population Recovery Map - GCR

Article in New York Time showing animated New Orleans repopulation map by GCR & Associates.

"While New Orleans has not fully recovered from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, a local research group, GCR & Associates, estimates that up to 80 percent of the city’s population before the storm has returned. The group analyzed utility, sanitation, mail and voter activity statistics to track the number of people resettling in the city. Click below or on the map to get more details on resettlement patterns in New Orleans or one of four key neighborhoods."

Too bad you can't zoom in to other neighborhoods.

Friday, August 20, 2010

NORD Public Private Partnership - District A CommunityMeeting

Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, August 24th
Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal Street

The proposed NORD reform changes to the City Charter will be discussed. The proposal will appear on the October ballot for a vote of the people, and this meeting is an opportunity for an informed presentation and question and answer period.

Joining Councilmember Guidry will be Councilmember-at-Large Arnie Fielkow and the Chair of the Citizens Advisory Panel on NORD, Rod West.
On October 2nd, voters will decide on a proposed change in the City Charter to reform NORD. Tuesday's meeting will be an exceptional opportunity for residents to learn more about this proposal and ask questions of those who have worked on NORD reform and studied recreation departments in other cities.

Susan Guidry: "Though visionary in some ways when it was formed in the 1940's, today NORD presents shocking disparity among recreation facilities, programming, and funding across the City. Many of our children are growing up without the benefits that good recreation mentoring produces in young men and women. I support the work of NORD CAP, which promotes a more modern organizational structure, similar to the award winning recreational department in Baton Rouge, to begin building positive momentum and new recreation opportunities to improve quality of life for all New Orleanians."

Tuesday's meeting is presented for the District A Community, though all are welcome to attend. Please encourage your neighbors to attend.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Don't Text and Drive


Louisiana Laws > Revised Statutes > Title 32 > Chapter 1 > Part IV > Subpart L > § 32:300.5 - Use of certain wireless telecommunications devices for text messaging prohibited

A.(1) Except as provided in Subsection B of this Section, no person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.

For purposes of this Section, a person shall not be deemed to be writing, reading, or sending a text message if the person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in a wireless telecommunications device for the purpose of making a telephone call.

(2)(a) "Wireless telecommunications device" means a cellular telephone, a text-messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a stand alone computer, or any other substantially similar wireless device that is readily removable from the vehicle and is used to write, send, or read text or data through manual input. A "wireless telecommunications device" shall not include any device or component that is permanently affixed to a motor vehicle. It does not include citizens band radios, citizens band radio hybrids, commercial two-way radio communication devices, or electronic communication devices with a push-to-talk function.
(b) "Write, send, or read a text-based communication" means using a wireless telecommunications device to manually communicate with any person by using a text-based communication referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

B. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the following:
(1) Any law enforcement officer, firefighter, or operator of an authorized emergency vehicle while engaged in the actual performance of his official duties.
(2) An operator of a moving motor vehicle using a wireless telecommunications device to:
(a) Report illegal activity.
(b) Summon medical or other emergency help.
(c) Prevent injury to a person or property.
(d) Relay information between a transit or for-hire operator and that operator's dispatcher, in which the device is permanently affixed to the vehicle.
(e) Navigate using a global positioning system.

3) A physician or other health care provider using a wireless telecommunications device to communicate with a hospital, health clinic or the office of the physician, or to otherwise provide for the health care of an individual or medical emergency through a text-based communication.

C.(1) The first violation of the provisions of this Section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred seventy-five dollars.
(2) Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.
(4) Any violation of this Section shall constitute a moving violation. A law enforcement officer shall enforce the provisions of this Section only as a secondary action when the officer detains a driver for an alleged violation of another provision of this Chapter.
Acts 2008, No. 665, §1, eff. July 1, 2008.
(3) If the person is involved in a crash at the time of violation, then the fine shall be equal to double the amount of the standard fine imposed in this Subsection and the law enforcement officer investigating the crash shall indicate on the written accident form that the person was using a wireless telecommunications device at the time of the crash.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mayor in District A

As part of the administration's implementation of the "budgeting for outcomes" program, residents will be asked what priorities they want the city to focus on in setting its 2011 budget.

Landrieu will be joined by Councilwomen Susan Guidry in District A and Kristin Gisleson Palmer in District C, plus his deputy mayors, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Fire Superintendent Charles Parent and other department heads.

The District A meeting will be
Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
at Grace Episcopal Church
, 3700 Canal St.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Earhart Overlay

Councilmembers Guidry and Head are putting in an extension of the Inner City Urban Corridor Overlay to include Earhart from Jeff Davis to Monticello. It is scheduled to go in on Thursday, August 12.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sexual Assault at South Carrollton and Zimple

Sexual Assault at South Carrollton and Zimple

On August 6, 2010 at approximately 1:45 am the victim was approached
by an unknown black male in the hallway of her apartment complex. At
that time the suspect produced a handgun, forced the victim into her
residence and sexually assaulted the victim. The suspect fled the
location in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6’0”, 190 pounds. Last seen
wearing a dark colored ski mask and black shirt. The suspect was armed
with an unknown type handgun.

If you have any information on this incident please notify
Second District Detectives at 658-6020 or Crime Stoppers at

Remember to report any suspicious persons or activities
you see in your neighborhood by calling 821-2222. In an emergency,
call 911 immediately.

Captain Darryl Albert
Second District

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Litter has a high price in Louisiana, research finds

Rimes Picayune Article - May 23,2010

Throwing that candy wrapper on the ground may be costing Louisiana taxpayers more than some think.

'It seems like something small but when you see litter, it indicates that no one cares about that spot. It leads to other kinds of decline in a neighborhood,' said Leigh Harris, executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful. 'It's that first place that can lead to bigger problems in a community.' According to a study conducted by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, a nonprofit organization focused on litter in the state, Louisiana is spending $40 million a year to clean up litter.

Through surveys of parish, municipal and U.S. Department of Transportation officials, researchers found that cleanup cost the state an estimated $40 million in 2009.

Leigh Harris, executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, said she thinks this is the first study of its kind in Louisiana. Harris said Keep Louisiana Beautiful was motivated to conduct the study after hearing for a long time that costs were around $15 million a year.

"Everyone throws around this number of $15 million, but no one really knew where it came from," Harris said. "I knew it was more than that."

Applied Technology Research of Baton Rouge conducted the study for Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

The researchers asked public officials to provide estimated costs of litter and disposal collection, enforcement, adjudication, and anti-litter public information and education.

Although the study measures only the direct economic impact of litter, it acknowledges that there are indirect consequences like real estate devaluation, loss of new industry and loss of tourism. It also adversely affects the environment and health. As a result, Harris said, the cost of litter is probably far higher than $40 million.

Lawrence "Buster" McKenzie, president of Applied Technology Research, was out of the country and unavailable for an interview.

Harris said she hopes that the results of the study will encourage people to speak about the impact of littering. She noted that $40 million may not seem like a lot compared to other costs, but it could be easily prevented.

"This is a cost that is totally avoidable, $40 million that taxpayers would not have to pay," Harris said. "That's money that could be put to something that's more progressive and positive."

Harris said the study did not look at differences in parish litter amounts because the purpose was not to highlight which ones were doing better or worse.

"It's really not to compare. It's really more a positive note. We're all in it," she said.

Harris said she hopes the study will result in greater awareness of littering.

"Our purpose is to support communities that are trying to make themselves cleaner," Harris said. "My hope is that this (study) will get more communities involved with Keep Louisiana Beautiful."
She added that litter does not seem like an issue at first, but it reveals the state of an area.

"It seems like something small but when you see litter, it indicates that no one cares about that spot. It leads to other kinds of decline in a neighborhood," Harris said. "It's that first place that can lead to bigger problems in a community."

Masako Hirsch can be reached at or 504.826.3330.