Thursday, 30 December 2010 05:00

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landreiu Highlights First Year

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ow is the Landrieu Administration doing as it moves into the year 2011?  What are its 2010 accomplishments?

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took office on May 3 bolstered with great public enthusiasm exhuasted with the eight years of Mayor C. Ray Nagin's tenure. 

To seize the moment of the new decade, the Landrieu administation has published its own inventory of some of its "highlights".

Tell us below is you agree with the administration's ?

Since taking office, Mayor Landrieu has been driven by one thing – results. Recognizing that the key to fulfilling
his mission of improving the quality of life for all New Orleanians is tackling crime, creating jobs and investing
in our children, Landrieu has worked to restore public confidence in city government. Landrieu made tough
cuts to address this year’s $80 million deficit. Moving forward, his structurally-sound and fiscally- prudent 2011
budget is citizen-driven and designed to deliver the successful outcomes the people of New Orleans expect.
• Partnered with the Department of Justice to reform the NOPD
• Hired Ronal Serpas who has a demonstrable record of reducing crime in urban areas
• Worked with Chief Serpas to revamp the NOPD’s top-heavy leadership structure
• Instructed NOPD to work with OIG and Police Monitor on records and information requests
• Opened COMSTAT meetings to the public and press
• Released detailed, 65-point plan to fight crime, build community trust and reform the NOPD
• Revamped Project Safe Neighborhoods to get guns off the streets
• Now providing public with “Calls for Service” raw data for crime maps
• Announced the creation of Cops, Clergy, and Community Coalition that will serve as a uniting force to
rebuild faith, restore citizen trust and enhance quality of life services in the NOPD
• Recent polls show new public confidence in and improved perception of NOPD
• Created Criminal Justice Working Group to review plans and information relating to the size of the
Orleans Parish Prison complex
• Secured federal SAFER grant of $8.5 million to hire 78 new firefighters
• Instituted a national best practice Deputy Mayor system
• Moved back to a five-day work week to provide better service to residents
• Issued sweeping executive orders to reform the city’s procurement process
• Increased access to city business for DBEs
• Cut City’s take-home cars in half
• Implemented NolaStat- a data management system to improve accountability
• Gave State of City address to set baseline for residents and layout structural budget problems
• Launched the newly redesigned and restructured website—
• Reorganized New Orleans Public Belt Railroad to bring stability to public entity
• Renegotiated all three sanitation collection contracts with local businesses for a price the City can
afford and adding curbside recycling
• Cut millions in City contracts- from MWH to IT projects
• Received Community Disaster Loan forgiveness from FEMA ($240M plus $23M in interest)
• Created Tax Fairness Commission to reform tax policies and structure
• Provided unprecedented transparency in government including fulfilling over 250 public records
requests and hosting over 80 press avails
• Cleared a backlog of 276 contracts and signed a total of 358 contracts for critical services, grants and
• Launched first-ever public-private partnership for economic development, NOLA Business Alliance
• Hosted first “Summit on Economic Opportunities for Local Businesses” to link local firms with over $6
billion in upcoming capital project investments
• Traveled to New York on business and philanthropic development mission to secure new commitments
for City
• Secured over $20 million in small business loans and education from Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small
Businesses program
• Announced over 800 new jobs and $500 million in new investments including Blade Dynamics, TCI,
Folgers Coffee, and Hyatt Regency
• Announced two new non-stop international flights and new nonstop flights for business and leisure
travelers to Baltimore, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
• Secured 4-year extension for Essence Music Festival
• Unveiled comprehensive eradication strategy to eliminate 10,000 blighted/vacant properties over next 3
• Prioritized code enforcement and sheriff’s sales in areas around schools and playgrounds
• Held 4 BlightStat accountability meetings with broad public participation
• Held first “Fight the Blight” Volunteer Day with over 250 volunteers at 5 sites across the city
• Consolidating Code Enforcement and Environmental Health into one department
• Closed deal to deliver full-service hospital in New Orleans East at Methodist site, saving taxpayers
$23.75 million in real estate deal
• Secured approximately $100 million in state and federal funds to sustain national-model primary care
clinic system
• Restructured Health Department leadership including new Health Commissioner
• Launched “No Kid Hungry” campaign with Share Our Strength to end childhood hunger
• Outlined 138 committed and funded capital recovery projects across city to rebuild parks and
playgrounds, police and fire stations, community centers, health centers, and major roadways
• Halted demolitions and moving of more than 80 historic properties in the VA hospital footprint
• Conducted peer review assessment of University Medical Center plans to align with Master Plan that
netted significant design concessions for residents
• Secured $2 million federal planning grant for revitalization of Claiborne Corridor
• Launched public private partnership to manage recreation opportunities
• Doubled funding for NORD in 2011 including dedicating 2 mills of funding in future years
• Fully funded Red Cross Swimming Program to teach 2,125 residents to swim
• Secured $1.27 million in new funding for NORD from train derailment settlement
• Developed a successful multi-tiered regional plan for protecting the Lake Pontchartrain basin with St.
Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis
• Mobilized community meetings to provide access to financial resources and support available
• Hosted a delegation of mayors from across country to gain support for oil revenue sharing and ending
the moratorium
• Utilized citizen-driven Budgeting for Outcomes process
• Held 7 community meetings, one in each council district, to gauge citizen priorities
• Delivered fiscally prudent budget to City Council two weeks early
• Budget is structurally sound and includes no partial year funding
• Held 3 Revenue Estimating Conference meetings to ensure projections are based on sound data
• Funded citizen priorities including public safety, job creation, recreation, blight reduction, improved
customer service, and vital repairs to roadways, catch basins, and streetlights
• Followed core principles of cutting smart, reorganizing, and investing in the future

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