Calling all singers! & 13 July Assembly, Together New Orleans

Kahlida, of Together New Orleans, is calling for singers to join a choir for the 13 July Assembly (see her email below). ALSO, please register for the 13 July Assembly (it’s both in-person AND virtual), share with neighbors, friends. If you want to attend in person and need a ride, let us know.

We are inviting people who love community and love to sing to help form a one-time-performance TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY CHOIR for a Citywide Assembly of Congregations and Citizen Organizations on Tuesday, July 13th, 6:30pm.

–> The choir will preform 3 or 4 well-known songs at the July 13th Assembly
–> There will be a rehearsal on Wed, July 7th at 7pm at First Grace United Methodist Church Church, 3401 Canal Street
–> Participants will meet early for the July 13th event at 5pm at Dillard

The choir will be led by Director Senais Edward III.

If you would like to take part in the July 13th Community Choir, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE. (URL is www.togethernola.org/TNOchoir.)

The gathering will adhere strictly to the City of New Orleans Public Health Guidelines available here. (page 9 on “choirs and live music.) All participants must be fully vaccinated to participate.

If you have not registered for the July 13 assembly, you can register online at www.togethernola.org .

CRNA Meeting 8 July, 6:30, Zoom

This will be a short meeting. All are welcome. Joe G will come, but has a big meeting to get to, in person, so he’ll leave at 7:00 sharp.

If you have not paid for the yard signs I delivered last week, please do so. And if you’ve not bought your enchanting CRNA yard sign, featuring Mr P, please do so. They’re only $8.00.

Agenda:

6:30: Approve minutes, treasurer report
6:45: Joe G updates, esp on illegal dumping on Monroe St, unpermitted renovation on Green
7:15 Elaine on not having an August meeting, yard signs distribution & sales, letter & packet re: SWB industrial noise
7:30 Bob Murrell running for District A seat, Q&A
7:40 Bernard on getting a spot at the Arts Market with our canopy;  Elaine on reminder of Together New Orleans assembly on 13 July at Dillard or virtual, Rep Aimee Freeman coming to Sep or Oct  meeting(which is best?)
8:00 Adjourn
Time: Jul 8, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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City Council Meeting today 7/1/21!

A few items of special interest are on the agenda: Living wage for City contractors; rename Caffin Ave as FATS DOMINO Ave (!); rename Palmer Park to MARSALIS HARMONY Park (!); and directing CPC to have a public hearing to set a Treme IZD, have Treme residents collaborate on plans for Treme [i.e., Municipal Auditorium etc.]. You can submit comments online at https://council.nola.gov/meetings/2021/20210701-regular-meeting/ Be sure to use the item number.

28a. CAL. NO. 33,352 -BY: COUNCILMEMBERS BROSSETT, GISLESONPALMER, GLAPION, BANKS AND NGUYEN Brief: An Ordinanceto amend and reordain Section 70-806 and 7-813of the Code of the City of New Orleans to increase the required living wage for city contracts and city financial assistance agreements; and otherwise to provide with respect thereto. Annotation:ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED.(Council Rule 34. Postponement Deadline 10/1/21).(Technical Correction needed).(Economic Development & Special Development Projects Committee recommended approval).To Be Considered at1:30 p.m.

28b. MOTION–NO. M-21-238 –BY: COUNCILMEMBER MORENO Brief: Requesting the Chief Administrative Officer provide a pay and classification analysis of increasing the hiring rate to at least $15 per hour for classified employees in classifications whose hourly rate is currently below $15.00 within 45 days. Annotation: ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED.(Council Rule 34. Postponement Deadline 10/29/21).To Be Considered at 1:30 p.m.

CAL. NO. 33,356 -BY: COUNCILMEMBERS GIARRUSSO, GISLESONPALMER, NGUYEN, MORENO AND GLAPION Brief: An Ordinance to change the name of the Palmer Park to Marsalis Harmony Park; and otherwise to provide with respect thereto.Annotation: ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED. (Council Rule 34. Postponement: 10/15/21).To Be Considered at 12:00 Noon.

23. 3823.CAL. NO. 33,344 -BY: COUNCILMEMBER NGUYEN Brief: An Ordinance to change the name of the entirety of Caffin Avenue to Fats Domino Avenue; and otherwise to provide with respect thereto.

38. MOTION –NO. M-21-228–BY: COUNCILMEMBER GISLESON PALMER Brief: Directing the City Planning Commission to conduct a public hearing to establish a new Interim Zoning District (IZD) to be named the Protect Tremé IZD, the intent of which is to prohibit government offices, public works and safety facilities, to safeguard the Tremé neighborhood from uses detrimental to its historic structures and culture until a comprehensive vision for the future of Tremé, specifically Louis Armstrong Park, is developed by its residents in collaboration with the City.Annotation: ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED.(Council Rule 34. Postponement Deadline 10/29/21).

Good news!

From Dist 98 Rep. Aimee Freeman, via Twitter: Governor Edwards signed HB7 into law as Act 449. Starting July 1, 2022, Louisiana will no longer have a sales tax on child and adult diapers and menstrual products. Thank you to the advocates who helped end the Pink Tax.

Thanks, Aimee!

Rescheduling 7/27 picnic to Sept.

Sorry, but after consulting the weather deities, we’ve decided to reschedule the 6/27 picnic. The weather and common sense have won. As soon as we pick a date in September, we’ll announce it.

BUT if you want an enchanting CRNA yard sign(s), let me know–I can do a delivery run this Saturday afternoon!

2nd People’s DA Coalition, 8 July, 6:30 pm

From email: “After decades of racist overcharging and over sentencing by Leon Canizzaro, New Orleanians elected Jason Williams to be their new District Attorney last November. As a candidate, District Attorney Williams committed to a platform that would redefine public safety and enact critical reforms, including limiting the ways prosecutors can use their discretion to force plea deals and longer sentences.

“On July 8th, the New Orleans People’s District Attorney Coalition will host its second conversation with District Attorney Williams to learn about what the District Attorney will be doing to address prosecutorial discretion, criminal procedure, and how the DA’s office will be developing resources for crime survivors.

More than 800 New Orleanians tuned in to our first forum with District Attorney Williams. RSVP today and together we can hold Jason Williams accountable throughout his tenure as District Attorney.

“It is up to the people to ensure that District Attorney Williams stands for the community and frees our people. Prisons and police do not keep us safe and incarceration is destroying generations.

“District Attorney Williams is poised to shift the power of his office, if we hold him accountable. Save your spot at our upcoming Forum with District Attorney Williams on July 8th at 6:30PM.

Picnic, Sun 27 June 4:00-7ish, Palmer [sic] Park

Come meet your neighbors for an hour or so at Palmer [sic] Park on Sunday, 27 June! No agenda, just a time to visit in person. No membership in anything is required.

Bring snacks, friends, significant others, kids, dogs on leashes. We’ll have some food, ice chests, cold drinks, ice. 

(We’ll also have CRNA yard signs (featuring Mr P) for sale ($8), for those who are interested.)

RSVP regrets, please. If the weather looks bad, we’ll reschedule.
Hope to see you there!

City budget time! Public hearings start 6/23, online

At the link is the schedule for the PUBLIC hearings related to the Capital Improvement Plan, requests from various departments for funds (library, parks & parkways, DPW, Juvenile Justice Intervention Center, Audubon, Dept of Sanitation, SWB, among others. You can watch online.

“The City Planning Commission, in accordance with Sections 3-117, 5-402, and 6-104 of the Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, will hold public hearings to consider Capital Budget requests by the departments and agencies of the City for the 2022-2026 program years.  All hearings will be held via video/teleconference or in a designated conference room located in New Orleans City Hall, at 1300 Perdido Street, 7th floor, New Orleans, Louisiana, on the dates and times.”

It’s good to hear what they’re asking for, especially because there may be items on the November ballot. Here’s more info: https://nola.gov/city-planning/capital-improvement-plan/

Get a CRNA yard sign!

They are tastefully small, yet mighty, and feature our very own Mr. P. Let me know if you’d like one; they’re $8.00 each. (We’re working on setting up a PalPal for CRNA, but for now, it’s just cash.)

Reminder: Together Louisiana mtg w/ Gov Edwards Monday 6/14

“I’m writing to remind you of an upcoming meeting with Gov. John Bel Edwards, Together Louisiana is hosting Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m.

Register here to attend.

Please join the meeting at 1:40 p.m. to prepare for Gov. Edwards, who is expected at 2 p.m.

The meeting is an opportunity for us to review the 2021 legislative session, strengthen our relationship with Gov. Edwards and propose a few pieces of legislation we’d like him to consider vetoing in the interest of our communities.

Hope to see you there!”