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Early Childhood Education, 30 April

On 30 April, we can vote for Early Childhood Education. Recently, Together New Orleans did a presentation about why this is important. 

If you did not get the chance to attend, you can view the recording of the Zoom session here.  

Please Support Live Oak Cafe!

The Live Oak Cafe is hurting because of lost revenue and inventory during COVID-19 and the effects of Hurricane Ida. Let’s please support them, by eating there and/or donating to their gofundme.

Clare, the owner/cook, did a great deal to help during the pandemic, and after Hurricane Ida, when she cooked and distributed free food and let people charge their devices when her power came back on. She partnered with Chef’s Brigade to provide and deliver meals. She has done fundraisers for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Butterfly Project, Black Lives Matter, and more. Clare encourages musicians, and pays a living wage to musicians and employees. She’s a good neighbor, and the neighborhood is better off for her and Live Oak’s being here.

Live Oak Cafe’s Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-a-caf-that-cares-with-culture

Update on Oil Spewing from SWB Turbine

For some time now, an oily substance has been spewing occasionally from one of the turbines at the SWB Carrollton Treatment plant. If affects nearby residents’ cars, property, etc., especially on Spruce Street. Thanks to CRNA’s Ariane, who finds this stuff on her house and car, LA Dept of Environmental Quality did a field inspection. SWB has agreed to provide car covers to affected residents. We’re still waiting to learn more about that. They also brought insurance reps to help residents fill out claim forms for damages.

SWB said, a month back, it would take up to 90 days to identify the substance, and there was nothing they could do to stop it. David Hammer did a story on this not long ago.

An update, from Matt:

“On April, 18, 2022, the state issued a notice of deficiency (NOD) to S&WB over their failure to clean up the turbine oil from turbine 5, in violation of state regulations. They obviously did not buy the S&WB argument that there was nothing their cleanup contractor OMI could do, as we saw they claimed in the April 1 letter Grace Birch sent.

There is additional detail in the NOD: the leak had been occurring for weeks. It also corrects the source turbine to T5 from the erroneous citation of T6 in the original field inspection form.

S&WB have to respond within 30 days with a description of what they did to clean up the mess. If their response is not satisfactory, they can be referred to the LDEQ Enforcement Division for issuance of orders or penalties.”  Link to the document: https://edms.deq.louisiana.gov/app/doc/view?doc=13227221