What’s on the Ballot in Today’s Municipal Elections?

November 13, 2021

Voters across Louisiana’s 64 parishes are headed to the polls today in what is predicted to be a low turnout election. While only the four constitutional amendments are on the ballot in many parishes, New Orleanians also have the opportunity to cast their vote for Mayor, Sheriff, Assessor, Clerk of Criminal District Court, City Council […]

Slavery Is Over; City Employees Deserve a Living Wage

July 8, 2021

It’s been more than 150 years since President Lincoln ended slavery but that doesn’t mean some city employees don’t have to work two or three jobs to support their families. They are often renters, not homeowners. They surely can’t afford to send their kids to private schools. For most, vacations longer than an occasional weekend […]

Mariah Moore Could Be the First Transgender Member of the New Orleans City Council

March 26, 2021

On Friday, March 26 local social justice advocate Mariah Moore formally announced her candidacy for the New Orleans City Council District D seat. Moore is a lifelong New Orleanian with deep roots in the city’s 7th and 9th wards.  Moore explained, “I’ve been working up towards this moment for 2 years now…I just thought it […]

Rep. Matthew Willard Launches Effort to Cap Residential Property Assessment Increases; Moreno Writes Letter of Support

March 23, 2021

Rising property tax assessments in New Orleans have been an ongoing issue for several years. Now, a new bill proposed by State Rep. Matthew Willard would cap residential property valuation increases at 10 percent a year, unless the valuation change was due to renovation or sale. This could help slow the erosion of affordable housing across New Orleans - which has been in the middle of an affordable housing crisis for several years.

City Council Bows to Entergy with Renewable and Clean Portfolio Standard, Meanwhile Energy Bills Skyrocket

February 6, 2021

In March 2020, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously to pass a “Renewable and Clean Portfolio Standard” (RCPS), which would mandate carbon emissions reductions from the city’s energy provider, Entergy New Orleans. The RCPS comes nearly three years after the Council published their Climate Action Plan, which envisions a 50% reduction in New Orleans’ greenhouse […]

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