|Facing fallout from alleged dirty tricks in his 2010 campaign, the District of Columbia incumbent faces a serious threat from council member Muriel Bowser.
The Shreveport Regional Arts Council continues their monthly series event Saturday with a tribute to Stan "The Record Man" Lewis, a Shreveport record producer.
Lewis will be honored at the free event through music, interviews, art and a peek at the local music mogul's personal memorabilia collection.
The Shreveport City Council voted on Tuesday to move forward with the refinancing of the Convention Center Hotel bonds, but it led to a heated debate over the status of the city's financial advisor.
The Harahan City Council on Thursday (Jan. 16), voted unanimously for a resolution calling for a special audit of Harahan's finances, speaking in favor of transparency in city government. "It's kind of hard not to support this, if you support financial transparency in the government," said Councilwoman Dana Huete, as she encouraged her fellow council members to support the resolution.
The resolution calls for a legislative audit of Harahan's finances, to ensure that the city's spending is legal and logical.
A New Orleans City Council committee hearing scheduled to be held Friday on a proposed new sound ordinance was abruptly canceled late Thursday.
Housing and Human Needs Committee co-chairs Stacy Head and Kristin Gisleson Palmer issue the following joint statement:
The City Council has worked for five years to improve the city's sound ordinances. The lack of enforcement over time and of enforceable laws negatively impacts the quality of life in neighborhoods citywide and the health of musicians and employees, and also stymies development.
Harahan City Council member Cindy Murray and Mayor Vinny Mosca have appeared at odds since Murray voted down development on the former Colonial Golf and Country Club. While Murray raised concerns with how the proposed development, which is adjacent to her home, would affect drainage, Mosca spoke for the development, saying that Harahan's dwindling tax base required the city to look to commercial property to boost sales-tax revenue.
On Wednesday, Murray submitted a last-minute resolution to Harahan's agenda for the council meeting on Thursday (Jan.
A growing public rift over proposed changes to New Orleans' noise ordinance, which could affect how loud live music is performed across the city, is set to come to a head Friday (Jan. 17), when the City Council's Housing and Human Needs Committee discusses the issue in a special meeting .
Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the noon session to debate the issue. Opponents say the proposed revisions would criminalize New Orleans' most important cultural treasure; proponents of the measure say the new rules are aimed primarily at a handful of nightclubs that have made life unbearable in some areas through the blasting of amplified recorded and live music.
Jefferson Parish Council member Paul Johnston on Wednesday (Jan. 15) led a unanimous vote to deny a resubdivision in Old Jefferson, which would have paved the way for the construction of 15 new homes in a parcel that neighbors said is too small to support such density.
"I feel this is overdeveloping the neighborhood," Johnston said, to applause.
Most of those clapping made up a band of 30 or so Old Jefferson residents in the audience who said they represented a group of 410 neighbors who oppose the project.
Backed by an influential chorus, Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock asked the Parish Council on Wednesday to uphold his office's blanket access to the emails of public employees. McClintock called on the New Orleans inspector general, the president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission and his boss, the chair of the Ethics and Compliance Commission, who defended his position and decried any restrictions as an "abuse of authority" and a scuttling of the inspector general's office.
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