Councilmember Susan G. Guidry Hosts District “A” Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, October 5th

What:  District “A” Councilmember Susan G. Guidry hosts a Town Hall Meeting to provide information to Uptown university area residents on neighborhood issues including ABOs (alcohol beverage outlets), neighborhood parking, zoning, drainage, safety, and construction projects.


Residents who have concerns are encouraged to attend and to bring photographs and written descriptions of problem areas.


Representatives from the City will be available to respond to individual questions.


When:            Wednesday, October 5, 2011

            6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Where:         Nunemaker Auditorium, Loyola University
                       (free parking available in the Loyola West Road Garage,

                       enter campus from the St. Charles driveway)

                       6363 St. Charles Ave.

                       New Orleans, LA 70118 


(Nunemaker Auditorium is located on the third floor of the Monroe Science Complex, directly behind the Communications/Music Complex which is on the corner of St. Charles and Calhoun)  


                       (Click here for map)


Who:            – Councilmember Susan G. Guidry – District “A”

                      – Representatives of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Administration 

                      – Representatives of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans           

                      – Representatives of the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments

                      – Representatives of Tulane University and Loyola University  

Contact:     Deborah Langhoff                  

               Chief of Staff

               Office of District “A” Councilmember Susan G. Gudiry

               (504) 658-1010


“Fighting Blight Right: A Panel Forum on Alternatives to Demolition”

What: A moderated panel forum on viable alternatives to demolition to address New Orleans’ blight problem. The forum seeks to engage an audience of city, state, and federal policymakers, media, neighborhood organizations, housing non-profits, and members of the public.
Title: Fighting Blight Right: A Panel Forum on Alternatives to Demolition
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Parish Hall, 8000 block of Plum Street, New Orleans
When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 6:30 PM
Who: Louisiana Landmarks Society, Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Preservation Resource Center
Cost: FREE and open to the public
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Byrd Family Foundation/Winifred Evans Byrd Intervention Fund for Louisiana of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

RSD Meeting at Johnson School – Wednesday, September 21st

The RSD has scheduled a meeting with RSD representatives, including John White, new RSD superintendent, Johnson School staff and the community on Wed., Sept. 21, at 6:00 pm, at Johnson, 1800 Monroe St.. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss RSD’s plans for Johnson and other RSD run schools.

I hope all of you are able to attend and will pass the word to your friends and neighbors.

I have attached a link to an article on today about Patrick Dobard, RSD Deputy Superintendent for Policy and Community. The reason I am attaching the article is the last section “Engaging the Community.” I believe we have an opportunity to begin a dialogue with RSD and Johnson staff about how we can help create a viable neighborhood school.

Betty DiMarco

New Orleans Tax Sales



Information on Tax Sales next Week

September 15th, 2011  


Beacon Administrators and Blight Team Leaders:


2677 properties are scheduled for tax sale next week online.  Learn which properties are in your neighborhood and how you can help ensure sales will abate blight.  


A tax sale is the sale of overdue taxes on a property.  A purchaser pays the overdue taxes to the City and receives a tax sale deed to the property.  After the period of three years (18 months if blighted), if the original owner does not pay back the taxes, the purchaser can pursue clear title to the property.  Tax sales can be a good investment opportunity for the purchaser and can in some cases lead to property acquisition.  To learn more about the details of the process, click here.    


Although they generate income for the City, tax sales generally have not been a great tool to address blight because investors tend to live outside of the community and are not directly affected by the condition of the property.  They also have little incentive to clean up the property until they obtain title. Residents, on the other hand, are daily affected by the condition of the property and would be more likely, as purchasers, to clean it up.  We believe the only way tax sales can be successful in abating blight is for residents in the community to be the purchasers.  Purchasing a tax sale can be a good investment, can lead to property acquisition, and can better the quality of life in your neighborhood.


Click here to see the map we have created of the properties going to auction.  Please circulate this map to residents in your communities who might be interested in purchasing a tax sale, especially residents who own the property next door to one being auctioned.


The auction will be held online through CivicSource and will be open September 20th, 21st, and 22nd. 


Please feel free to forward this to interested neighborhood leaders.


Laura Mellem, Neighborhood Coordinator

Beacon of Hope Resource Center

145 Robert E. Lee Blvd.



2011 CRNA Membership Survey

Attached is a summary report of our 2011 member survey with comparisons to prior year surveys. Our board will use your feedback to guide us this coming year.CRNA 2007 2010 2011 Survey Summary

September CRNA Board Meeting

Please note our meeting this month will be held on Thursday, September 15th, 7 pm. An agenda and location is on the attached document.Agenda for September 2011 Draft

Crime Action Summit