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Move City Hall to the Municipal Auditorium? Petition, March-rally

If you are so inclined, here is a petition against the proposal: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-save-the-municipal-auditorium-in-new-orleans?signed=true

A protest march-rally is set for Thurs. 17 June, from 5:00 to 6:00 at Louis Armstrong Park; the march will proceed to City Hall from there. It is organized by the New Orleans Culture Preservation Committee, the Greater Treme Consortium, and the Save Our Soul Coalition.

Results: Palmer Park –> Marsalis Unity Park!

Thanks to Carrollton United and Betty for organizing the discussion last Thursday, and to Joe G for suggesting the discussion. My apologies for missing the meeting. “Marsalis Unity Park” is the result, and a very good one. Thanks to Julianna, Joyce, Dave, and Nicole for attending and contributing.

Joe G will contact the Marsalis family and bring this result to the Council.

Here’s a link to the story in Uptown Messenger: https://uptownmessenger.com/2021/06/carrollton-neighbors-back-marsalis-unity-park-as-the-new-name-for-palmer-park/

NONPACC tonight 6/8/21

Good morning, this is a reminder that tonight’s NONPACC meeting will be held in person at the 2nd District Station 3401 Broadway St. @ 6:30 PM. Masks will be required due to being inside a government building. Hope to see you there.
Edgar Staehle
Second District

Filming on Oak & Dante 6/10-6/11

7:00AM Thurs, June 10 – 7AM, Fri June 11th (PREP/SHOOT)

8300 BLOCK OAK ST (both sides)

1100 BLOCK DANTE ST (both sides)

1200 BLOCK DANTE ST (both sides)

Thanks to Sean for sharing this info!

Renaming Palmer Park Zoom discussion, 3 June

On Thursday, 3 June at 6:00 pm Carrollton United is hosting a discussion about the renaming of Palmer Park. All neighbors are invited. Below is Betty’s email invite and the Zoom link. Included are the results of the survey I sent out two weeks back.

Good morning Carrollton neighbors and friends,
For those of you new to the recent emails and discussion about Palmer Park Renaming effort, Elaine Leyda, Pres. of CRNA, graciously agreed to conduct an online poll to help come up with a new name for Palmer Park.  The results were shared with several of us on this email and with Councilman Giarrusso’s office.  Here are the results:
Number of Votes                        Name suggested

95                                          Ellis Marsallis

22                                                Earl Palmer

13                                                Judge Wisdom

5                                                  Unity

5                                                  Friendship

1                                                  Dream
After receiving the results, Councilman Giarrusso suggested a meeting, as soon as possible, for neighbors to discuss these results before sending them to the entire City Council for approval.  Since Carrollton United meets on the first Thursday of each month, we volunteered to host this discussion on June 3 at 6:00 pm.

Below is the Zoom link for the meeting.  Please share with members of your neighborhood organizations and others in our Carrollton neighborhood.  If I’ve left off any neighborhood organizations, please forward to them.

Topic: DiMarco Zoom Meeting Time: Jun 3, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 856 5222 9773Passcode: 342270

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“Help Not Handcuffs” sessions

Below in an email from Pastor David Brazil inviting neighbors to attend a session (in-person OR virtual) about their program, “Help Not Handcuffs.” This is a proposal for a mental health crisis response team, and that is much needed. Please check out the website (opprcnola.org/help-not-handcuffs) , and sign up for a sessions. NOTE: You can attend ANY of the virtual ones, in your District or in another one.

Dear Friend,

I’m writing as a member of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition (OPPRC) to tell you about the launch of our newest initiative ‘Help Not Handcuffs’. Since 2004, OPPRC has been working to reduce the jail’s population, improve conditions, and create a safer and more just New Orleans. As part of that mission, we are calling for the creation of a community-based crisis response team to respond to emergencies involving our neighbors facing mental health crises. It is critical that we protect our most vulnerable neighbors, as risk of death from police intervention is seven to sixteen times greater for people with mental illness than for those without, particularly those with untreated mental illness. By creating a trained response team, we’ll be able to reduce unnecessary police interactions and save our city $10 million, money that could be used to fund desperately needed housing, healthcare, and education programs. 

Starting Tuesday, May 25, OPPRC and our partners will host a series of 10 in-person and virtual ‘learn and share’ community sessions where we hope to engage with neighbors about what a non-police mental health crisis response team would mean for each locality. The sessions will take place every Tuesday (virtually), and Saturday (in-person) over five weeks and will include time for attendees to listen to their neighbors and learn about the proposed mental health crisis response team. 

We hope you’ll not only join us for one of the sessions, but encourage your neighbors to do so as well. You can learn more about OPPRC’s citywide effort to ensure those facing mental illness receive the care they need rather than being shuttled in and out of jail by visiting opprcnola.org/help-not-handcuffs

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about the upcoming meetings. I look forward to continuing our conversation. 

Thank you, 

David Brazil

Pastor David Brazil (he/him), Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, Organizer

4035 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125

o 504 264 2189 | c 504 439 2458 dbrazil@opprcnola.org www.opprcnola.org

SWB: What is the status of T(urbine) 4 and why is there still so much noise?

5/21/21, Melissa asked, and Ghassan replied:

“Good morning Melissa,  T-4 is back on line however we are having a few issues with it and is not considered fully available (or reliable),  hence the need to continue to rely on T-1 until such time we are 100% confident of T4 reliability. Same goes for the EMD’s. We will need to run them every 12 hours for about 30 minutes or so to ensure they are warm and to ensure their availability when we need them. This is a learned and new practice based on recent experience having difficulty starting them cold.

As for the noise mitigation, we are committed to pursue efforts to mitigate the noise as best as possible. We are assessing available resources from the System’s funds to help pay for the implementation. As I committed to CM Giarrusso yesterday we will share timeline as soon as it is firmed up.  

Once again we apologize for the adverse impact this is causing you and the neighbors. We will keep you posted as things progress for the better.

Kind Regards,

Ghassan Korban, P.E.

Executive Director,

Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans

Op-ed from City Councilmembers Giarrusso and Banks: New priorities are needed in fight against violent crime



Parks & Parkways at Community Office Hours, Wed 5/26

Next week Community Office Hours (COH) continue from the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office (NEO) (Monday through Wednesday from 10:30 am to 5 pm at the Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.).  

I will have a special guest on Wednesday, May 26, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.  My guest will be from the City’s Department of Parks and Parkways.

As noted previously, this iteration of COH is by appointment only to provide some extra COVID 19 protective protocols for library staff and citizens.    

So, feel free to make an appointment with me, as the need arises, by connecting to nola.gov/COH; or please call (504) 658-4933

Blood Drive Mon. 5/24 at Rosa Keller, 1-6 pm

Blood drive at Rosa Keller Library, Monday, May 24, 1 pm to 6 pm. Please donate if you can, here or at the Blood Center locations.