District C Newsletter July 2016


Higgins Gate Cleanup

Blight has been of major concern in Algiers for more than a decade. After Hurricane Katrina, I watched and waited for something to be done. Instead of getting the relief we all wanted and deserved, many of the blighted areas in Algiers became worse. This blight situation is one of the reasons I ran for the office of District C Councilmember. It has been an uphill battle, but with the help of the Administration and the newly elected board of the Algiers Development District (ADD), we have finally reached a resolution to remove the major blight of Higgins Gate. This cleanup is a major step down the road to improving the quality of life in Algiers. I believe that the removal of this eyesore will lead to new interest in the economic development of this area. THE DETAILS ARE:


The City of New Orleans and ADD
have agreed to commit

$500,000 EACH
to this project

This is only the beginning of the good news for Algiers. Please know that I am working daily to make Algiers a safe and prosperous place to live.

Canal Street Sinkhole

Canal Street Sinkhole

I would like to thank the administration, Sewerage and Water Board and Harrah’s for working together to expedite the repair of the Canal Street Sinkhole. I co-authored the ordinance to make emergency repairs. Due to the quick response of the administration, the area where a partial collapse was initially discovered in one of the tunnel walls of the 1966 Rivergate Expressway Tunnel project, was blocked off to traffic, and no one was hurt when the roadway collapsed into the tunnel. The lake-bound lanes of Canal Street were closed on April 15, 2016 and reopened after the completion of all repairs on June 14, 2016. To all parties involved, I’d like to say “Job well done!”

College Track Signing Day

Visiting and supporting “College Track”, a national college recruiting program working with students from underserved communities starting the summer before ninth grade through college graduation. The ten-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships.

Master Plan

The City Planning Commission is gearing up for review of the City’s Master Plan. The deadline for submitting proposed amendments to the Master Plan for consideration by the City Planning Commission is August 31, 2016. Applicants for a map amendment request must conduct a Neighborhood Participation Program meeting in advance of submitting their application. The review and approval process will be from August 1, 2016 to July 16, 2017.

The Plan for the 21st Century, is mandated by the City Charter and is a planning framework tool, taking into account New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental and economic future. This Master Plan reflects the values and priorities that emerged through a community participation process. According to the City Charter, it must include, but is not limited to the following areas of consideration: “Vision, Goals, and Policy; Land Use; Transportation; Housing; Community Facilities and Infrastructure; and Historic Preservation.” It further states as its purpose the “development goals, objectives, and policies for the physical growth and development of the City.” The Master Plan also establishes the future land use plan which determines the type of zoning on individual parcels. It was first adopted in 2010 by a unanimous vote of the City Council and the legislation was signed by Mayor Landrieu. The Master Plan is updated every few years to keep up with the changing needs of the City and its constituents. Community leaders and individual property owners may want to consider reviewing their zoning and future land use designations to make sure the Master Plan aligns with your individual plans and those for the community. For further information, you can visit the City Planning Commission website at http://www.nola.gov/city-planning/mpamendments/


L.B. Landry Cleanup

District C Quarterly Community Cleanup on LB Landry Ave with Landry-Walker football team.

Fischer Senior Residential Housing Tree Planting

I worked with Dillard and Harvard University students to beautify the surroundings of the Fischer Housing seniors.

Fischer Senior Citizen Luncheon at Dillard University


Mentoring tomorrow’s civic leaders

Creole Tomato Festival

This festival gets bigger every year. Keep up the good work!

Single Marines Day of Service

 Scores of Marines participated in a day of community service around Algiers. Our office joined in with other partners to help with the cleanup.


Promoting the importance of healthy living and fitness with the N.O. Saints at McDonogh 32 Literacy Charter School.

BB King

Attending the Grand Opening of BB King Blues Club, preserving our great musical traditions and bringing jobs to New Orleans

French Quarter Festival

An estimated 732,000 people were in attendance this year.

Oyster Festival

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, French Quarter restaurants committed 10% of their total sales proceeds to the New Orleans Oyster Festival. This will not only help the festival, but it will also assist the causes it helps to fund throughout the year.

Partnered with Rovert Royal Foundation

True Religion

 On June 10, 2016, True Religion held
the grand opening of a flagship store at 739 Canal Street.
Shopping in New Orleans just got a little better!

Lafitte Greenway

Participating in Safe-Tea on
the Greenway at the Lafitte
Greenway to raise crime
prevention awareness.

Crescent Park Bazar

This outdoor market features
over 30 local artisans, children’s activities, food trucks
and more on the Mandeville Wharf in the newly opened
Crescent Park. The Bazaar is held the third Saturday of
every month from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m., with the exception of
a winter and summer break.

Job Fair

n May 10, 2016, I hosted a job fair in partnership with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was a huge success!!! More than 25 vendors were there to greet the 270 attendees who showed up at the Behrman Gymnasium seeking employment. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Consular Corp

At the May 21, 2016 City
Council meeting, I invited the members of the Louisiana Consular Corps to stand in solidarity and honor the lives lost due to terror attacks in Belgium, Turkey and the Ivory Coast as well as in other countries around
the world. We held a moment of silence in memory of those killed. Mayor Landrieu was
also in attendance.

Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals are an issue across the country, and here in
New Orleans, as well. The next public hearing on short-term rentals
is the City Planning Commission meeting on August 9th.

Commitiee Meeintgs

Public Works, Sanitation,
and Environment
Committee Meeting

For Earth Day, the City Council’s public works committee heard presentations on concrete, forward-thinking steps New Orleanians can take to become more sustainable, produce less waste, and make the best use of environmental resources.
The topics included:
• The future of electric vehicles in the city
• Innovative ways to reduce food waste, including composting
• Food recovery efforts

To learn more about electric cars and the Clean Fuel Partnership visit:

For more information on composting, visit:

For more information on food waste reduction and food recovery visit:

Youth Services and
Special Committee


It is my mission to be a part of the solution to the many issues plaguing our youth. Since the start of the Youth Services and Empowerment Special Committee, which I chair, I have embarked upon a fact-finding mission to know the truth about the statistics on issues such as poverty, health and unemployment. I look forward to having presenters with programming that takes into account and provides answers to the problems our young people face in New Orleans.

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