Message from CRNA President

Friends and Neighbors:

If you pay attention to the news at all, you know that the Legislature is in session and is drawing new district boundaries for state representatives, senators and congresspersons. 

For the past ten years, those of us in the four precincts closest to the river have been represented by Rep. Cameron Henry, whose district is primarily in Jefferson Parish.  Nothing against Mr. Henry personally, but many of us have been seeking to have the district boundaries changed so that we would be represented by a person with an Orleans parish base—and that our Carrollton/Riverbend neighborhood and Carrollton generally would be not be divided up in such a way that no one has our part of Orleans as a base (and, therefore, no one feels responsible to “speak for Carrollton.”)

In a bill that now seems to have considerable impetus, the situation could be even worse.  Marshall Hevron, an attorney and former CRNA board member, has been following this process fairly closely.

He sent me the following a little earlier and suggested that I might send it to our CRNA membership:

Dear Neighbors,

            As you may know, the State Legislature is in the middle of its once a decade re-districting session. During this session, lawmakers use census data to draw new districts for the State House, State Senate, and Congress.

            The Jefferson Parish legislative delegation is pushing a plan that would place Carrollton and parts of Uptown in the legislative districts of Jefferson Parish representatives John Labruzzo and Cameron Henry (see the attached map). Under this plan, known as Amendment 248 to House Bill 1, residents of Bucktown and Uptown would be in the same district. Additionally, the Carrollton neighborhood would be carved up and represented by two different Jefferson Parish politicians. The result is less representation for the Carrollton, University, and Uptown neighborhoods. The plan may come up for a vote as early as Tuesday afternoon (March 29) and appears to have Governor Jindal’s support.

            Please call or e-mail Speaker Jim Tucker at: larep086@legis.state.la.us  or (504)393-5646. Let him know that you want our neighborhoods united in the legislature and that you oppose Amendment 248 to House Bill 1.

            Also, please call State Rep Nick Larusso (R-Lakeview). Rep. Larusso is the only State House member from Orleans Parish to support the plan. Rep. Larusso can be contacted at larep094@legis.state.la.us or (504)483-4711.

 

This is Jerry again:  If you look at the attached map, you will see that TWO Jefferson-based districts would now divide up Carrollton (and parts of Uptown) and another that is heavily Lakefront-based would also take in several of our precincts.

If you care, the information for taking action appears above.  Re-districting of the state senate and of Congress, where similar issues affect us, remain more up in the air at the moment.  We’ll try to keep you informed.

General Meeting

We are also planning a General Meeting of the neighborhood association for Thursday evening, April 14 at 6:30, at St. Andrew’s, Carrollton and Zimpel.  More info on speakers and guests (city agencies, etc) — and food — to follow.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us.  

Best, Jerry

Jerry Speir, President

Carrollton/Riverbend N’hood Assn.

jerryspeir@gmail.com

 Amdt 248 Map

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3-1-1 Service Returns

Dear New Orleans Neighborhood Leader,

It pleases me to announce the return of 3-1-1 service for Orleans Parish, a critical component of City Hall’s upcoming AskNOLA initiative.  Although we are still a step or two away from having live operators field every incoming call, today’s reactivation of the 3-1-1 information hotline marks a milestone on our path toward a fully-functioning issue reporting system.  I will keep you informed as future phases of AskNOLA are unveiled.

For now, please take a moment to view, print, share and link your websites to “The AskNOLA Guide“.

Shortcut for webmasters:

http://bit.ly/asknola-guide
The guide gives citizens a preview of all 3-1-1 services currently being offered at the City of New Orleans Hotline.

Stay tuned for more information next week!

Sincerely,

 – Tim G., Administrator
   NOLAhoods.com

Fall 2010 CRNA Newsletter

CRNA Fall 2010 Newsletter

Carrollton Area Network Caroling

Join the surrounding Carrollton neighborhood associations as we hold our 2010 Caroling in the Park, starting at 5:30 pm, Saturday, December 11, 2010, in Palmer Park.

Letter from CRNA President, Jerry Speir

Friends and Neighbors CRNA Letter from President October 2010

Spring 2010 CRNA Newsletter

CRNA 2010 Spring Newsletter

Upscale wine bar proposed for Oak Street

The long vacant and deteriorating building at 8118 Oak could be the site of an upscale wine bar if the developer can obtain all necessary approvals. At an on-site meeting last night the preliminary plans were presented to a crowd of about 100 nearby neighbors, Oak Street merchants and other interested parties.

The plans call for about 85 seats, live music (jazz combo scale), a large selection of wines, plus beer and spirits, food service, sound proofing and upscale finishings and fixtures. There is also room for 6 or so parking spaces in the rear of the property.

There is the fact that a moratorium on alcoholic beverage outlets, including bars, has been in effect for the area since April. The developer must obtain a waiver from the city council in order to open the wine bar. She is cooperating with the neighborhood in order to explain the nature of her business, respond to concerns and gain support for such a waiver. That was the main reason for the meeting last night.

Judging by comments made during and after the meeting those in attendance generally approved of the plans. Local merchants were enthusiastic about the possibility of having more early evening traffic on the street. Several said they would stay open later if the wine bar brought more customers onto Oak Street after 5:00.

Opposition seemed to center around two issues:

  • First, some fear that bars tend to attract trouble, including litter, loitering, vandalism and so on. We certainly see this with certain bars and ABOs in our area now, including the Frat House and small stores at Dante and Willow and Oak and Leonidas that sell take-away alcohol.  The developer countered that the upscale nature of the proposed business, and a “no one under 21” admission policy, will attract a much different clientele, with the target market being middle-aged folks looking for a sophisticated place Uptown for a drink, conversation and some music.
  • Second, there is a concern about the potential that allowing such a bar might create for a wave of other bar applications on Oak and for how that could impact the future of the street generally.  At bottom, all such applications are subject to approval by the City Council and we have only our civic activism to rely on to influence those political decisions.

Another meeting is planned soon and the time and place will be publicized in advance through this site and emails.