City Budget Meeting with Joe Giarusso Nov 10, 6:30pm


CRNA invites you to meet with Joe Giarusso about the City Budget’s process which begins November 1. This is an important time to understand the mayor and council’s priorities – as well as the parameters the Council has put into place.

The presentation will be 15-20 minutes followed by about 40 minutes of questions.

Join Zoom Meeting on November 10, 6:30pm


Meeting with DPW 17 Oct, 6-8 pm!!!

CM Giarrusso’s office sent this out: “We know many residents have questions regarding street construction work, street light repairs, catch basin cleaning, etc. so CM Giarrusso has asked the Department of Public Works to join us for a District A meeting so that your questions can be answered. The meeting will be in a meet & greet style (different tables for each project) so you can join anytime between 6pm – 8pm and walk up to the table(s) where you want to ask questions.”

Where: 4621 Canal Blvd (Thurgood Marshall School cafeteria, enter on St Patrick St.)

When: Mon 17 Oct, 6-8 pm

Link to the only RoadworkNOLA map I can find for our nhood (we are Hollygrove/Leonidas):

Changes in CRNA

The last two years, we’ve done some fairly impressive actions; thank you to everyone for being so responsive. We truly do get more done when neighborhoods work together. Increasingly, we are seeing proposals that affect us city-wide, too.

Effective 30 September, I am stepping aside as CRNA president. I will continue on the Board (my term ends Dec 30, I decided in January not to renew it, so this is only ending a few months early). It’s time for me to attend more closely to personal matters, like my health (mental and physical!).

As of Oct 1, I will no longer be the point-person or primary contact who assesses and distributes emails, organizes meetings, sets up and distributes agendas, and etc. BUT, I WILL continue to focus on zoning, land use, CPC, and S&P, which are my primary interests.

Other Board members will take responsibility for the areas of their own interests. The Board should hammer this out at our next meeting.

Starting on 1 October, I will forward the emails that I get as follows:

  • SWB: Ariane Livaudais
  • Juvenile justice, affordable housing, education: Betty Dimarco
  • Entergy, renewable energy, tree planting, Community Lighthouse: Julianna Padgett
  • Land use, zoning, CPC, S&P: Elaine Leyda

Cheers, and thanks for all the good work we’ve done!


Healthy Homes ordinance mtg, Tues 9/26, zoom

I’m writing to invite you to a TNO Citizen Seminar with Maxwell Ciardullo and Monique Blossom (from Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center) about the Healthy Homes ordinance, which is going for a vote at City Council next week.

The session will be over Zoom on Tuesday, September 26th at 4:30pm. It will last one hour.

To register, visit

The Healthy Homes would:

  • establish a basic standard of health and safety for all rental units in New Orleans
  • create an avenue for renters and neighbors to report substandard conditions at rental properties
  • protect tenants from being evicted for seeking repairs (yes, that’s currently allowed)

More info about the proposal here:

LA Senate District 5 (us) candidate meet & greet

Tuesday, 27 Sept 2022 at 5:30 til 7:00, come talk with Royce Duplessis and Mandy Landry. Both are running for the seat vacated by Karen Carter Peterson.

St. Rita’s School gym, 65 Fountainbleau Dr. Parking lot & event entrance is across from Broad Place.

At the Nix again: Community Office Hours

Mon, Tues, Wed at the Nix, 10:30 til 5:00. You can go in person OR do a virtual meeting. Must register for both: 504-658-4985 or at www/

Speak up to SWB & DPW

Sat, 24 Sept, is a “Neighborhood Leaders Roundtable” from 9:00 to 11:00 am. The topic is “infrastructure.” SWB and DPW will be there. Registration ends Friday, September 16th at 5PM–cheeky.

Location: Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124


About This Heat

I asked NOLAReady if there are cooling stations, and they pointed me to their website I’d hoped for some buses and water distribution, and there is nothing near our neighborhood, which is discouraging; the Nix is not yet open. I’ve copy-pasted the info below:

NEW ORLEANS – The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for Thursday, June 16th through Tuesday, June 21st  from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.  

The weather forecast indicates that high humidity levels will result in heat index values – that is, temperatures that “feels like” – 108 to 112 degrees in New Orleans on Thursday, June 16th through Saturday, June 18th. Slightly drier air may keep peak heat index values in the 100-105 degree range from Sunday through Tuesday (6/19/22 – 6/21/22).   

These hot temperatures can become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Residents can visit to find localized updates on weather conditions when considering outdoor activities. 

Individuals seeking shelter during the daytime may visit the following locations: 

  • Arthur Monday Community Center is open Friday, 7 am – 4:30 pm (1111 Newton Street, Suite 101. New Orleans, LA 70114)
  • Allie Mae Williams Multi-Service Center is open Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm (2020 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113)
  • Andrew P. Sanchez Multi-Service Center is open Friday, 8 am – 8 pm (1616 Fats Domino Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117)
  • For the homeless population:
    • Ozanam Inn has a cooling area from 5:30AM – 6:30PM daily (2239 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70119)
  • All New Orleans Public Library locations are open Monday-Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm and Friday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, with the following exceptions: 
  • Nix is closed for Capital Projects.  
  • Alvar only has contactless pick up at this time.  
  • Hubbell is closed Thursday, June 16, due to facilities issues. 
  • All locations will be closed on Monday, June 20th, in commemoration of Juneteenth. 

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat: 

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day. 
  • If you have to perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening. 
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun. 
  • Most importantly, please stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. 
  • The very young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated. 

For more information about heat-related illnesses and tips on staying cool, visit  

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70 degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly, to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency.  

Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately. 

Nix Update: 13 June 2022

“The flooring treatment began Tuesday, June 7th  which included removal of tile glue, stripping and waxing in sections.  As each section dries completely, furnishings are moved to treat remaining floor sections.

Once the flooring treatment is completed, all furnishings will be reassembled and then the staff flooring will receive treatment.

Final step will be a thorough/commercial grade cleaning of library branch in preparation of a soft reopening to be determined.”

Summer Break

CRNA is not meeting until Sept, when we’ll have a Board meeting (time and place TBD).

I encourage everyone to watch the City Council meetings and to keep up with what’s happening there. Meetings are recorded and archived for those of us who can’t watch them live. See