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SWB spewing diesel fuel

Diesel fuel has been sporadically spewed onto nearby cars, homes, property, especially on Spruce St. This is not new; it was first reported in 2012 or 2013. I myself reported it to SWB in a summary of surveys we did of residents affected by the SWB industrial noise; that summary was sent to the Mayor, the Council, SWB and Ghassan last year. I spoke to Ghassan and Mr Spooner about it in person during a tour of the Carrollton facility last fall and was told they’d look into it.

SWB agreed to help residents fill out insurance claim forms for damages, thanks to Ariane’s pursuit of this matter. Ariane has been in touch with David Hammer, who recently interviewed her and Mr Wilson, another neighbor. We look forward to that story on WWL. Many thanks to Ariane, Matt McBride, Melissa Lily, and Andreas Hoffman for their ongoing work on this and so many other problems with SWB.

Meanwhile, David Hammer reactivated the 2013 WWLTV story yesterday. It is here:


Filming: 4/1-4/6, Oak, Dante, Dublin, Carrollton

Dear Residents and Business Owners: 

SG Productions, LLC will be filming some scenes for a new feature film entitled “Heart of a Lion” (The George  Foreman biopic) in the 8100 & 8200 Blocks of Oak St. on Tuesday, April 5 between the hours of 4PM and 4AM.  We will be filming several exterior scenes along Oak St. 

We will have all of our basecamp and crew parking in private lots to help minimize some impact on the neighborhood.  We will need to post some streets for “No Parking” in order to keep our working trucks close as well as keep some  areas clear for picture. This is a period movie and the scenes we are filming will be taking place in much earlier  decades, so we need to keep a couple of blocks clear in each direction so we can make sure there are only “period  appropriate” vehicles in the shots.  

We will be requesting to post the following areas for “No Parking” beginning at 6:00AM on April 1st through  5:00PM on April 6th to keep clear for working trucks. This is EXCLUDING THE WEEKEND (5PM on Friday until  6AM on Monday): 

1200 Block of Dante Downtown Side) 

Lower ½ 1200 Block of Dublin (Both Sides) 

1200 Block of Carrollton (River Side) 

We are also asking for the following areas to be posted for “No Parking” from 12:01AM on Tuesday, April 5th,  until 5AM on Wednesday, April 6th, to keep the street for picture: 

8100 & 8200 Blocks of Oak St. (Both Sides) 

Upper ½ 1100 Block of Dublin St. (Both Sides) 

We are asking for some intermittent traffic control with the help of police officers, and pedestrian control, on  Tuesday, April 5th between 2PM and 4PM & from 6PM – 5AM for safety and to keep the background “period  appropriate at the following intersections: 

Oak St. @ Dante, Oak St. @ Dublin, Oak St. @ Carrollton, Dublin St. @ Zimple, Dublin St. @ Plum 

We will not make any loud noises or disturbances in the area. Signs will be taken down immediately after filming. Our  endeavor is to make this as pleasant an experience as possible for the neighborhood. The key to continuing New  Orleans’ role as a premiere filming destination is community involvement and support. We thank you so much for  your hospitality and patience. Do not hesitate to contact us any time. 


David Thornsberry Valerie Ryan 

Location Manager Assistant Location Manager 

(504) 339-1820 

Native Plant Initiative: Plant sale, Iris Society, landscaping workshop, and more

Native plants require no fertilizer and are more low maintenance than exotics, and are much better for pollinators. The Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans is a good, active group of volunteers. Here’s their newsletter, with info on upcoming events, including the LessLawn/LawnLess educational exhibit at the upcoming Spring Garden Show.


Redistricting: Public Comment Period & Open House

To increase public engagement in the citywide Redistricting process, the New Orleans City Council has announced that it will extend the public comment period by implementing in-person meetings, as well as an Open House event for citizens.

The Redistricting Open House will take place on Monday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Following the Open House, there will be two listening sessions taking place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: Residents from all districts are invited to participate in both listening sessions. 

Residents can stream listening sessions at council.nola.gov/live.

The Council will continue to collect comments from the public via the Redistricting Engagement Portal. Residents are also encouraged to leave comments via the Redistricting line at (504) 620-0036 or send comments via email at redistricting@nola.gov.

WHEN: Monday, March 14, at 10 AM

WHERE: Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido St., New Orleans, LA 70112

CRNA Zoom Meeting: 10 March 2022, 6:30


6:30-7:00: Updates from & questions for Joe Giarrusso

7:00-7:10: Who is Henry Walther (Neighborhood Liaision)?


1. Volunteer planning for 3/12 gathering

2. Set a date for our first trash clean-up

3. Talk about Arts Market at the end of March (Bernard)

8:00 or sooner: Adjourn

Elaine Leyda, CRNA President is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Elaine Leyda, CRNA Zoom Meeting
Time: Mar 10, 2022 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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10 March: Filming on Oak & Dublin etc.

Dear Residents and Businesses,
We will be filming scenes for the TV Show “I’m a Virgo” in your neighborhood on
THURSDAY, MARCH 10th from approximately 12PM TO 8PM.
Please be advised that all driveways and handicap zones will be respected and kept
clear. We work closely with Film New Orleans to help ensure that we adhere to the
standards they set forth. Security and Police will be onsite during filming. If you have any
specific concerns or parking needs, please contact us as soon as possible. If you have
any large deliveries scheduled during our filming activities, let us know in advance so we
can accommodate you.
Parking will be affected on the following street on TUESDAY, MAR. 8TH through
FRIDAY, MARCH. 11TH FROM 12:01AM to 11:59PM:
Upper ½ 1100 Block Dublin St. (Both Sides)
Parking will be affected on the following streets on THURSDAY, MAR. 10TH FROM
12:01AM to 11:59PM:
8100 Block Zimple St. (Lake Side)
Lower ½ 1100 Block Carrollton Ave. (West Side- in front of old bank)
8200 Block Oak St. (River Side Only)
Lower ½ 1200 Block Dublin St. (Both Sides)
Lower ½ 1100 Block Dublin St. (Both Sides)
In addition, there will be Intermittent Traffic Control (ITC) at the corner of Oak Street
and Dublin from 12PM to 8PM on Thursday, Mar. 10th.

Nix Library Update

Well, it isn’t good news, I’m afraid. Below is the reply to my query. After more than two years, this is discouraging indeed.

“The ADA scope of work performed under CPA’s administration is complete.  NOPL recently noticed water infiltration in the building that will require some roof repair work.  They are working with Purchasing to engage a contractor to perform the work.  CPA defers to those agencies regarding a schedule for the completion of this work and the reopening of the library.”


Vincent A. Smith




Neighbors’ Spring Social


Please join us for an afternoon gathering of Leonidas neighbors, Saturday 12 March 2022, from 1:00 to 3:00 at Evening Star Missionary Baptist Church, 8920 Hickory St., NOLA 70118

Visit and meet neighbors, have some cake. Bring friends, kids, snacks if you’d like. We’ll be outdoors, but weather may move us indoors.

District A Councilmember Joe Giarrusso will pay a visit, too.

(Sponsored by Carrollton United and CRNA.)

Redistricting: Draft review, 23 Feb 2022

The next City Council meeting on resdistricting will be 23 Feb (time not yet decided). Draft maps will be reviewed. Here’s a very useful batch of information, including links to videos of previous meetings.


Updated CRNA meeting agenda, 10 Feb 2022

Joe’s office asked that he and Claire start at 7:00, so he can make another NA meeting. The Zoom link below is still valid. All are welcome; those who dial in will be asked to identify themselves.

630-700:  Treasury report; welcome new members; Elaine update on Future Plans; Betty update on her initiatives

7:00-7:45: Councilmember Joe G: update on his role as Budget Chair, new Council; presentation of Land Use 101; questions

7:45-8:00: Plans for clean-up, Arts Market (Bernard)

8:15ish: Adjourn

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