Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dear Editilla, help Louisiana stop Senate Bill 553!

The vote Monday on the Senate floor will set the tone for the rest of the session! It's absolutely critical that we stop Senator Adley's bill SB 553.

SB 553 will halt the SLFPAE lawsuit if passed through process and not ruled unconstitutional in court.

We need your strong grass roots effort between now and Monday evening!

Please pick up the phone and call these four State Senators and ask the staffer to leave a message.

Sen Dale Erdey (225) 686-2881 
Sen David Heitmeir (504) 361-6356
Sen A.J. Crowe (985) 643-3600
Sen Conrad Appel (504) 838-5550
Tell the staffer this: I would like to leave a message for the Senator urging him to vote against SB 553 because it will dismantle the good government that citizens voted for after the levees broke.

It is critical that you make your phone call by 3 PM Monday April 14.

Want to do more? Please send a letter to your state senator urging him or her to vote against SB 553.

SB 553–filed by a northern senator–would restrict the ability of the new Flood Authority to hire qualified attorneys without the Governor's approval. Most importantly, it would undermine the Flood Authority's existing lawsuit already filed against Big Oil.

Thank you for your support of

With your help, we're winning.

Sandy Rosenthal
9th Ward Festival! Today, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, 4219 Urquhart St.

Atlanta firefighter killed in New Orleans bike wreck ~Alexis Stevens,

Fest season floods market with illegal short-term rentals ~Scott Satchfield, WVUE

Survey: New Orleanians like cops better ~John Simerman, New Orleans Advocate

Home & Garden Events calender for today 

We Won't Bow Down, Mardi Gras Indian Doc Explores Untold Stories Over 8 Years ~M.D. Dupuy, NOLA DEFENDER

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Report: 'Oil is not gone; impacts to wildlife ongoing’ ~Amy Wold, The Advocate
~Dying dolphins, bluefin tuna embryos with heart defects and hundreds of dead sea turtles washing ashore are proof the BP oil spill is still hurting and killing wildlife four years after the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Wildlife Federation claims in a new report.
The report, “Four Years into the Gulf Oil Disaster: Still Waiting for Restoration,” includes a compilation of research so far about impacts of the oil disaster on 14 species around the Gulf of Mexico.

Prospect of oil/fracking well worries St. Tammany officials ~Faimon A. Roberts III
~The type of well Helis proposes would use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a means of extracting the oil from the ground. In fracking, chemicals, water and sand are pumped into the ground to create fissures in the rock through which the oil or gas can be extracted. The process has been controversial as residents in some states have complained about effects on drinking water and other environmental impacts.
In this case, the well would puncture not just the top of the aquifer from which St. Tammany pulls its drinking water, but also the bottom, a fact that bothers Parish Councilman Jake Groby, in whose district the proposed drilling site lies.

Levee board lawyers offer to reduce fee to oil, gas defendants to settle lawsuit ~David Hammer, WWLTV
"The only conclusion by a trial judge in the state of Louisiana in the last 10 years, that I am aware of, that a lawsuit was frivolous was in LOGA's suit challenging the contract. It is nonsense for Senator Adley to use that line over and over that there's something illegal or untoward about those contracts." ~Gladstone Jones, lead attorney for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East

Newcomb Blvd. fence to come down after commission vote ~Robert Morris, Uptown Messenger

Minister Chance said Republican Vince "Tongue" McAllister’s District Office manager leaked the video

Legislators stall negotiations stall on issue of giving them to relatives ~WDSU

The 38 Essential New Orleans Restaurants ~Gwendolyn Knapp, Eater

Crescent City Homebrewer's Flea Market and Pig Roast ~Beer Buddha

French Quarter Feast ~NOLA DEFENDER

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Residents settle for $48 million in one Texas Brine Sinkhole lawsuit ~David J. Mitchell, The Advocate
Battle Brewing In Holy Cross Over Proposed Riverfront Highrise Condos ~Karen Gadois, The Lens via WWNO
~“When it became clear to them that they were not going to be getting community support , they needed to create something that would allow them to manufacture the illusion of community support,” Lower 9 resident Sarah DeBacher said.
The illusion of community support included a website created by the developer called “Revive Lower 9”. At first glance, it seems to be a general interest site dedicated to the revival of the neighborhood.  But it’s actually part of the developer’s PR campaign devised to generate support for the condos.
Oddly, a news article promoting the project appeared in a student newspaper in Massachussetts and was later retracted because of a conflict of interest. It turns out, the author of the article works for the PR company [Velocity Agency] that Angela O’Byrne, president of Perez APC, hired to run the PR campaign. Petitions in support of the project included properties with falsified information.
~Special thanks to Lower 9 Vision Coalition for this fine poster!

Holy Cross "residents" say PR campaign is ginning up support for riverfront development ~Karen Gadbois, The Lens

****This comes up before the City Council on Thursday.

Jackie Clarkson President
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
City Hall, Room 2W50
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1070
Fax: (504) 658-1077
Stacy Head Vice President
Stacy Head
City Hall, Room 2W40
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1060
Fax: (504) 658-1068
Susan Guidry Susan G. Guidry
City Hall, Room 2W80
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1010
Fax: (504) 658-1016
LaToya Cantrell LaToya Cantrell
City Hall, Room 2W10
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1020
Fax: (504) 658-1025
Kristin Palmer Kristin Gisleson Palmer
City Hall, Room 2W70
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1030
Fax: (504) 658-1037
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell
James Gray
James Austin Gray II
City Hall, Room 2W60
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1050
Fax: (504) 658-1058

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sen. Mary Landrieu treading oil and water in debate over levee board lawsuit ~Melinda Deslatte, AP via Shreveport Times

Damning Photos Reveal Wetlands Loss Due To Oil and Gas Pipelines ~Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network
Oil, gas lawsuit asking industry to fix pipeline damage to Louisiana coast as promised: John Barry~There's a lot of misinformation that has been spread about the lawsuit the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies to make them restore the part of the coast they damaged. Here's the truth: Far from being radical, the lawsuit represents the most conservative values in America. It asks the industry to do what parents are supposed to teach their kids: Keep your word, obey the law and take responsibility for your actions.
The industry has done none of those things.

Oil and gas interests have no better friend in Baton Rouge than the combative Sen. Adley ~Tyler Bridges, The Lens

Court ruling may lead to higher taxes for salt caverns ~David J. Mitchell, The Advocate

Steep Flood Insurance Rate Hikes has Roots in Corps’ Levee Mistakes

New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic hosts series of hearing-loss prevention events to keep the city listening ~Jessica Taylor, Uptown Messenger

Groups Working To Connect 9th Ward Split By Industrial Canal ~Eileen Flemming, WWNO

Celebrate Earth Day 2014 at Louis Armstrong Park on Sat, April 19th, 10 am to 7:30 pm!