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December 5th 2013 Global Green USA

NOLA's GEAUXgeous 'n Green, DEC 5th!

Join us in celebration of our City and supporters at Global Green’s 3rd Annual NOLA Fundraiser on December 5th.

Party with us at an exclusive penthouse venue in the glow of NOLA’s iconic Falstaff sign. Show off your best eco/recycled/re-purposed glamorous fashions, dress up as your favorite celebrity OR create one of your own!

Strut your stuff for photos on the green carpet, music, silent auction, raffle, and more…as we celebrate our region’s sustainability stars.

GEAUXgeous ‘n Green NOLA
Thursday, December 5th
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Falstaff Beer Garden
2600 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA

To reserve your tickets in advance: https://globalgreen26418.thankyou4caring.org/geauxgeousngreen

This year’s honorees:

· Foster Campbell, Lambert Boissiere & Scott Angelle, Louisiana Public Service Commission – for passing the much needed statewide Energy Efficiency rules

· Grasshopper Mendoza and Steve Picou – for their tireless water management work since Katrina

· The Alliance for Affordable Energy – for successfully advocating for progressive energy policy locally and statewide

· Councilmember Susan Guidry – for her dedication to an outstanding energy efficiency program for New Orleans

· The Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development – for its past and ongoing support of the Lower 9th Ward and the Holy Cross Project

· James Perry, Greater N.O. Fair Housing Action Center – for his commitment to the environment and to affordable housing in the City of New Orleans.

PURCHASE TIX, here: https://globalgreen26418.thankyou4caring.org/geauxgeousngreen

SPONSORSHIP information,here: https://globalgreen26418.thankyou4caring.org/geauxgeousngreensponsor

October 1st 2013 Global Green USA

Sustainability Series, October 1st: There Grows the Neighborhood, Innovations in Local Fresh Food Access in New Orleans

There Grows the Neighborhood:
Innovations in Fresh Food Access for New Orleans

This month’s installment of our Sustainability Series will focus on innovations in healthy, fresh food access for all New Orleanians.

Join our discussion with community activists, professionals and volunteers who are creating oases in neighborhood “food deserts”, engaging our youth in urban community farming, creating aquaponic, hydroponic and rooftop agriculture as growing alternatives, plus the latest on farmers markets, volunteer opportunities… and more.

Presenters and topics for the evening will include:
~ Bradley Spiegel, Bayou Rebirth –
Update on urban farm development in the Upper 9th Ward
~ Tess Monaghan, Good Eggs –
Farm to fridge groceries, delivered
~ Kevin Rothschild, Vertifarms –
Rooftop, aquaponic and hydroponic farming
~ Travis Cleaver, EcoUrban –
Growing at home, composting, water management
~ Clare Giesen, Grow Dat Youth Farm –
Growing food, nurturing leaders
~ and more!

Sustainability Series
Tuesday, October 1st
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Ave.
New Orleans, LA

Join us for organic refreshments, wine, signature cocktail and networking at 5:30 pm, with our presentation beginning at 6:00 pm. CEU’s available for AIA members. Please email for more information.

Very special thanks to our great friends at Whole Foods Market, City Greens and Beaucoup Juice for their amazing support of our Sustainability Series!

Global Green NOLA proudly partners with the AIA New Orleans Chapter and USGBC Louisiana Chapter on our Sustainability Series – a presentation and community discussion focusing on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

September 26th 2013 NOLA TimeBank

NOLA TimeBank Picked to Join IOBY's Crowd-Funding Campaign

NOLA TimeBank has been chosen as one of 10 winners from across the US in the first-ever Get2ogether Neighborhood Challenge! We will be working with our partner, IOBY, to raise money for expanding our reach.

With the NOLA TimeBank, services are exchanged for time credit as opposed to services being exchanged for money. Time credit earned can then be used for another service offered in the NOLA TimeBank. Members both give and receive services that cover a wide variety of abilities. In doing this the NOLA TimeBank members create connections and strengthen their communities through sharing their time and skills with one another.

For the month of September, all donations made to the NOLA TimeBank will be matched dollar for dollar by the Center for a New American Dream. So far NOLA TimeBank has raised over $800, however, we still have a long way to go to reach our goal!

To help us reach our goal or to learn more about our crowd funding campaign click the link below
https://ioby.org/project/nola-timebank-neighborhood-expansion

August 2nd 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Grow Dat in Architectural Record

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The program teaches high-school students to grow–and cook–fresh produce, and in March it added the Go Dat mobile farmstand, a converted boat trailer with a sail-like canvas roof that folds down for transit.

More info at http://archrecord.construction.com/features/critique/2013/1307-Urban-Oases.asp

At Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, high-school students not only tend 4 acres of crops in City Park, they also learn how to cook with them. To create the farm, architecture students from the Tulane City Center–the design-build program at the Tulane School of Architecture–converted a disused golf course damaged by Hurricane Katrina into agricultural land, which began production in January 2012, and built an adjacent education pavilion. With each crop, the high-school students learn several recipes, explains Emilie Taylor, design-build manager for the project. “Many students are in single-parent households, and often end up cooking for the family,” she says. “If we can give them skills and access to food, they’ll cook better for their siblings.”

In March, Grow Dat began hitting the road, too. For his thesis project, Tulane master’s sstudent Justin Siragusa created a mobile farmstand from a modified boat trailer. That evolution underscores the potential for these types of interventions to build on one another. “It’s such a simple idea,” says Darnstadt. “You can grow tomatoes in the garden, then sell them to a mobile market, and you see this whole small-scale network of neighborhood enterprises form around food.” Narrative above courtesy Architectural Record. More at:
http://archrecord.construction.com/features/critique/2013/1307-Urban-Oases.asp

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An opportunity for adults interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable urban agriculture through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers.
More info in the link:
http://growdatyouthfarm.org/2013/07/09/announcing-our-adult-farm-internship-program/ ***
The Grow Dat Youth Farm’s mission is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food.

You may have seen this sign on the way to the dog park in City Park. Click on the sign to learn more about this program.

July 12th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Bastille Day Celebration July 13

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Norbert Slama and Raphael Bas (Manouche Musette) will perform from 5 – 7 and Johnny J and the Hitmen from 7 – 9. Cynthia Scott will sing the Marseillaise at 5:30. Ukulele Jake will perform at the Bastille Day Celebration too!

Come on out from 5 pm to 9 pm on Saturday, July 13th and enjoy the Bastille Day Celebration in Faubourg St. John. Generously brought to you by the Faubourg St. John Merchants Association.


(3100 block of Ponce de Leon just off Esplanade)

Please join us for the annual Faubourg St. John Merchants Association Block Party on Ponce de Leon Street between Esplanade and North Lopez.

Saturday, July 13, 2013 | 5 PM – 9 PM | Le Marseillaise will be sung by Cynthia Scott

Come dance in the street at our annual Bal Populaire! | Local merchants will sell food and beverages on the street. | Art market with local artists | Children’s activities and fun for the whole family! | This event is sponsored by the Faubourg St John Merchants:

Cafe Degas | Fair Grinds Coffee Shop | Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association | Maple Street Book Stores | Nonna Mia | Pal’s Lounge | Santa Fe Restaurant | Swirl Wines


In addition to a cool art market and great kids’ table there will be plenty of food, drink and dancing in the street at the Bastille Day Celebration in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon on Saturday, July 14th from 5 pm until 9 pm. Plan to join the fun! It’s free!

June 20th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Go Ride the Streetcar


Riding the St. Charles streetcar down its historic line is a great opportunity to see different areas of New Orleans, including the mansion lined Garden District and oak tree canopied university area of Uptown. A single ride is $1.25, or purchase a day pass for $3for unlimited rides.

GoNOLA TV is a regular video segment on New Orleans food, music, shopping and nightlife. Visit http://www.gonola.com for all the best places to eat, drink, shop and play in New Orleans or head on over to http://www.neworleansonline.com and plan your vacation today! ***
photos below by Charlie London (originally posted at FSJNAdotORG on May 24, 2012)

Upon returning from the May 10th BlightStat meeting, I had the opportunity to, once again, ride New Orleans’ fine public transportation.

Click on the map for a larger view


If you haven’t taken a ride on a New Orleans streetcar or bus lately you really are missing out.


The streetcar operator told me each one of these refurbished streetcars cost 1 million dollars!

Get a great view of New Orleans’ architecture. Take the bus or the streetcar!

Architectural Vignettes
New Orleans, with its richly mottled old buildings, its sly, sophisticated – sometimes almost disreputable – air, and its Hispanic-Gallic traditions, has more the flavor of an old European capital than an American city. Townhouses in the French Quarter, with their courtyards and carriageways, are thought by some scholars to be related on a small scale to certain Parisian “hotels” – princely urban residences of the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors particularly remember the decorative cast-iron balconies that cover many of these townhouses like ornamental filigree cages.

European influence is also seen in the city’s famous above-ground cemeteries. The practice of interring people in large, richly adorned aboveground tombs dates from the period when New Orleans was under Spanish rule. These hugely popular “cities of the dead” have been and continue to be an item of great interest to visitors. Mark Twain, noting that New Orleanians did not have conventional below-ground burials, quipped that “few of the living complain and none of the other.”

One of the truly amazing aspects of New Orleans architecture is the sheer number of historic homes and buildings per square mile. Orleanians never seem to replace anything. Consider this: Uptown, the City’s largest historic district, has almost 11,000 buildings, 82 percent of which were built before 1935 – truly a “time warp.”

The spine of Uptown, and much of New Orleans, is the city’s grand residential showcase, St. Charles Avenue, which the novel A Confederacy of Dunces aptly describes: “The ancient oaks of St. Charles Avenue arched over the avenue like a canopy…St. Charles Avenue must be the loveliest place in the world. From time to time…passed the slowing rocking streetcars that seemed to be leisurely moving toward no special designations, following their route through the old mansions on either side…everything looked so calm, so prosperous.”

The streetcars in question, the St. Charles Avenue line, represent the nation’s only surviving historic streetcar system. All of its electric cars were manufactured by the Perley Thomas Company between 1922 and 1924 and are still in use. Hurricane Katrina flood waters caused severe damage to the steel tracks along the entire uptown and Carrollton route and had to be totally replaced and re-electrified. The cars themselves survived and are included in the National Register of Historic Places. New Orleanians revere them as a national treasure.

Creole cottages and shotgun houses dominate the scene in many New Orleans neighborhoods. Both have a murky ancestry. The Creole cottage, two rooms wide and two or more deep under a generous pitched roof with a front overhang or gallery, is thought to have evolved from various European and Caribbean forms.

The shotgun house is one room wide and two, three or four rooms deep, under a continuous gable roof. As legend has it, the name was suggested by the fact that because the rooms and doors line up, one can fire a shotgun through the house without hitting anything.

Some scholars have suggested that shotguns evolved from ancient African “long-houses,” built here by refugees from the Haitian Revolution, but no one really knows.

It is true that shotguns represent a distinctively Southern house type. They are also found in the form of plantation quarters houses. Unlike shotgun houses in much of the South, which are fairly plain, New Orleans shotguns fairly bristle with Victorian jigsaw ornament, especially prominent, florid brackets. Indeed, in many ways, New Orleans shotguns are as much a signature of the city as the French Quarter.

New Orleans’ architectural character is unlike that of any other American city. A delight to both natives and visitors, it presents such a variety that even after many years of study, one can still find things unique and undiscovered.

This material may be reproduced for editorial purposes of promoting New Orleans. Please attribute stories to New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2020 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 504-566-5019. http://www.neworleanscvb.com/.

June 20th 2013 Global Green USA

Sustainability Series, June 20th: Living with Water

Sustainability Series, June 20th: Living with Water

New Orleanians and our coastal neighbors have long been defined by our resilient relationship with water. As we face the challenges of flooding, land subsidence and aging infrastructure – now more than ever we know how crucial it is to protect and restore our coasts and wetlands – and that we must include water management in our politics, our urban design, and our personal choices at home.

In coordination with the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Urban Water Series on June 19th and the EPA Region 6 Conference in New Orleans June 17th-21st, Global Green presents:

Water Management Discussion and Site Tour
Thursday, June 20th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Propeller, 4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA

This month, Global Green will dive into the water conversation with local design, planning and policy experts as we explore how we can work together to preserve and improve the quality-of-life in our homes and communities by following sustainable water management practices on every level.

Join us at 5:30pm for networking and delicious, locally-sourced dishes, juices and wines – thanks to our generous friends at Whole Foods Market and Beaucoup Juice, fellow Eat Local Challenge sponsors Café Reconcile… and more!
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Scheduled Topics and Presenters, June 20th:

Coastal Issues in Our Region
Blue Carbon: An Innovative Opportunity for Louisiana’s Wetlands – Jeff Supak, Global Green

Urban Water Strategies for Our New Orleans Metro Area
Urban water management design – David Waggonner/Aron Chang, Waggonner & Ball Architects
Green infrastructure planning for City of New Orleans – Madeline Goddard, Sewerage &Water Board

Water Management and Conservation in Your Home and Neighborhood
NOLA Water Wise advice for your home – Monica Rowand, Global Green
Holy Cross Project water features, update – Michelle Pyne, Global Green
Home landscaping and storm water management how-to’s – Demetria Christo, EcoUrban

Tour of Community Green Broadmoor Site
Washington & Broad Site tour/demos of water features: rain barrels, bioswales, etc – Colleen Morgan, Bayou Rebirth
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Global Green proudly partners with the AIA, New Orleans Chapter and USGBC, Louisiana Chapter in hosting The Sustainability Series, a monthly panel presentation and community discussion focusing on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility. FREE and open to the public. CEU’s available for registered AIA members.

For more information, please contact Heidi Jensen:

Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/183242871840774/

June 18th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

New Orleans Tomato Company

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New Orleans Tomato Company: Locally Owned, Locally Grown

New Orleans Tomato Company will be launching their Original Pasta Sauce in July, 2013 once they have bottled 500 units. Their cane sugar ketchup will be released about a month after that and then their salsa and tomato basil soup will be offered in the Fall. New Orleans Tomato Company will be hitting the farmers markets once they’ve completed bottling of their pasta sauce, again which will be available in July. William Mauk is a chef by trade. He has strict sanitation practices in the kitchen, and as an urban farmer, grows enough tomatoes for all these products. Currently, New Orleans Tomato Company gets its tomatoes from Becnel Farms right here in Louisiana. All the herbs are grown by New Orleans Tomato Company.

Stay tuned to FSJNAdotORG for more about the New Orleans Tomato Company.

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New Orleans Tomato Company: Locally Owned, Locally Grown

June 13th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Improving Life in New Orleans WITHOUT Tax Dollars

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http://www.treehugger.com/cars/biggest-bicycling-infrastructure-achievement-north-america-youve-never-heard-about.html

Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail


Back in 2007, treehugger.com wrote about the beginning of an ambitious project in Indianapolis, with the goal of creating a vast network of beautiful protected bike/pedestrian paths around the city center to connects the city’s five downtown Cultural Districts, neighborhoods and entertainment amenities, and “serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system”. Fast forward to today, and Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail has become a reality, yet it has been flying under the radar compared to some other bike initiatives like, for example, New York’s Citi Bike. That’s too bad, because the Indianapolis Cultural Trail deserves the spotlight, and should serve as a model for other cities. In the words of our friend Clarence at Streetfilms, it could be “the biggest bicycling infrastructure achievement in North America and yet it’s still practically a secret.”

See for yourself how cool it is:
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/biggest-bicycling-infrastructure-achievement-north-america-youve-never-heard-about.html

 

June 13th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Improving Life in New Orleans WITHOUT Tax Dollars

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http://www.treehugger.com/cars/biggest-bicycling-infrastructure-achievement-north-america-youve-never-heard-about.html

Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail


Back in 2007, treehugger.com wrote about the beginning of an ambitious project in Indianapolis, with the goal of creating a vast network of beautiful protected bike/pedestrian paths around the city center to connects the city’s five downtown Cultural Districts, neighborhoods and entertainment amenities, and “serves as the downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system”. Fast forward to today, and Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail has become a reality, yet it has been flying under the radar compared to some other bike initiatives like, for example, New York’s Citi Bike. That’s too bad, because the Indianapolis Cultural Trail deserves the spotlight, and should serve as a model for other cities. In the words of our friend Clarence at Streetfilms, it could be “the biggest bicycling infrastructure achievement in North America and yet it’s still practically a secret.”

See for yourself how cool it is:
http://www.treehugger.com/cars/biggest-bicycling-infrastructure-achievement-north-america-youve-never-heard-about.html

 

May 31st 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Neighbor Shows Art

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Jacques Soulas | New Work in Oil |
June 1st through the 30th

Opening Reception | June 1, 2013 | 6-9pm

Ariodante Gallery | 535 Julia Street |New Orleans
(504) 524-3233
http://www.ariodantegallery.com



Jacques Soulas
Home: 504 324-6529
Cell: 504 810-8237
visit my art gallery on the web:
www.jacquessoulas.com

May 14th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Food Trucks to Visit Neighborhoods Tuesdays

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1ST BI-ANNUAL ROLLING THROUGH: A MOBILE SERIES

My House NOLA announces the 1st Bi-Annual Rolling Through: A Mobile Series, taking place on Tuesday evenings in May and June. This is the first community-centered food truck festival series in New Orleans. The series will highlight 3 more unique New Orleans neighborhoods and nonprofit partners – Central City (Good Work Network), Broadmoor (Broadmoor Improvement Association), and Bywater.

“The series is unlike any other event in New Orleans,” says event organizer Barrie Schwartz “Our mission is to draw attention to New Orleans neighborhoods, support our nonprofit partners, spotlight the mobile food truck movement, and support our local small business owners.”

Schwartz adds that a portion of the proceeds will be given to the nonprofit partners.

Old New Orleans Rum, The Boston Beer Company and YELP are sponsoring the event.
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The Bayou Treme Center, in collaboration with My House NOLA, is excited to announced a series of free food truck festivals and film screenings in several neighborhoods and on the grounds of our Bayou-Treme campus on Tuesday, June 4th. The Bi-Annual Rolling Through Series will feature local food vendors and a film screening.

The details are as follows:
What: 1st Bi-Annual Rolling Through Series with food trucks and film screenings!
Where: Bayou Treme Center (2541 Bayou Road – near Broad and Esplanade)
When: First Tuesday of June (6/4) from 5-9pm
Cost: Free admission to festival with (5 dollars) suggested donation for film screening; various prices for food truck items

April 10th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Neighborhood Associations Team Up for Children

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The Fairgrounds Triangle Neighborhood Association has worked diligently to oppose the sale of alcohol at 1544 Gentilly Boulevard. At its April 8th board meeting, the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association voted to oppose alcohol sales at 1544 Gentilly Boulevard.

no-drunk-zone1544 Gentilly is less than 50 feet from Olive Stallings Playground. Before the building was demolished, people consuming alcohol purchased from the store were constant fixtures in the playground. Now that the store is gone the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhood has improved exponentially.

So, what’s the problem? The store is gone. The problem is that the owner of the property wants to rebuild the building and once again have the lessee sell liquor across from a children’s playground.

The neighborhood associations, whose boundaries overlap at Stallings Playground, unilaterally oppose alcohol sales at 1544 Gentilly.

April 8th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

BIKE SHARE | BE THERE

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Wednesday, April 10 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm


Mosquito, Termite & Rodent Control Board
2100 Leon C. Simon Drive

April 6th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

TRASH MOB | SUNDAY | 1 pm

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trashmobThe heavily traveled bike and pedestrian route of the Jeff Davis Highway has grown a particularly dense garbage patch where it meets D’Hemecourt right on the north side of the Jeff Davis Bridge. So we’ll be picking up trash (and recyclables) at the 3400 Block of D’Hemecourt like rock stars do.

1. Select your weapon:

http://www.ehow.co.uk/list_6564477_litter-picker-tools.html (not pictured – your gloved hands)

2. Show up at D’Hemecourt and Jeff Davis Parkway this Sunday at 1pm


TRASH MOBs are being done elsewhere.
Let’s band together and do it in New Orleans!

February 28th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Faubourg St. John Cultural District

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At the January 14, 2013 board meeting, the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association board voted to support a Cultural District in Faubourg St. John

Click on the logo for more information.
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February 27th 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Headquarters

photo and article courtesy Broad Community Connections
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Headquarters Barber Beauty & Natural Hair Salon is sleek and polished, with shiny dark wood floors, exposed brick, and modern fans, yet the place retains a classic barbershop feel with old-style chairs and lighting, and the tan uniforms worn by the eleven barbers working at the shop.

The positive, soulful music playing and Spanish-style exterior makes for a truly special location on North Broad for Headquarters.


The shop celebrated its second year on Broad Street in October, owner Jamal McCoy said. The business was relocated to the corridor as a part of the land acquisition for the VA hospital from its old Banks Street location. McCoy said he loves the feel of neighboring Ursulines Avenue and the accessibility for people using the bus system of having his shop on a main street. The store has been getting more traffic after the move to Broad Street and the addition of a large front window so passers-by can see the shop’s unique style, McCoy said. Many times up to 30 customers are in the store, which also boasts an impressive salon in its upstairs area, he said.


“I’m thankful to be in a place like this,” said Jay Free, a barber-in-training who comes to learn from McCoy. “It’s not like an ordinary place you could be in—no negative energy could come into this environment…you could come in with a bad attitude and leave with a positive state of mind.”


In addition to creating a positive environment in the shop, barbers have been active in the corridor and surrounding neighborhoods. The shop has hosted voter registration drives, and McCoy is part of the organization Barbers Against Crime, in which barbers are trained to talk to youth about violence and promote positive events, such as basketball tournaments, in their communities.


“A lot of these kids will share information with their barbers that they won’t share with other people,” McCoy said. “Sometimes you can influence them from making the wrong decision.”


Headquarters is open 9 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday at 1101 N. Broad Street.

February 21st 2013 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Bike Share Program

BIKE-SHAREArticle courtesy NOLA DEFENDER. Click on the bikes for more.

NOLA has buses, and plans for streetcar expansion are underway. Nonetheless, with less than 1400 cabs in a city of more than 360,000, it’s hard to get around in the Crescent City. Thanks to Bike Easy, the EPA, and city officials, public transportation could soon become a little easier with a new bike share program. The initiative is still in its infancy, but the first step marks a major jump for New Orleans as she makes plans to join the ranks of 22 other major American cities.

Next time you see a drunken tourist with a hand grenade, put on a friendly face. He or she could be subsidizing cheap, eco-friendly public transportation for us locals. Over Super Bowl weekend, Bike Easy and the City teamed up to implement a weekend-long bike share program that served over 500 people in five days. Under the long term bike share plan, tourists will be able to buy a $5 pass that will allow them to use their bike for 30 minutes at a time for free.

NoDef spoke to Bike Easy Director Jamie Wine about the plans. “There are two different fees, one for residents and one for tourists,” explained Wine. “The tourists are subsidizing the residents’ use of the system.”

A local can buy an annual pass for $65-$85, the cost is still to be determined. “It’s less than the cost to ride the bus,” said Wine.

Wine said the program fulfills their nonprofit’s core goals.

“That’s the thing about biking, it touches many different pieces. There are four major pieces [in Bike Easy’s philosophy]. Transportation equity, environmental improvement, traffic congestion reduction, and physical activity,” said Wine.

The program is already in effect in a number of American and European cities. One of the federal funds New Orleans may be able to tap is the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ). For years, New Orleans’ air quality was actually too good to receive such a subsidy. However, the feds upped their standards for clean air, and New Orleans is now eligible.

“There are less dirty standards now, so New Orleans might be able to qualify for CMAQ money,” explained Wine.

The city has already received what is called a “Technical Assistance Grant,” from the EPA. Wine clarified that the grant is “not money. They bring experts in to walk the city through the process. At this point the number of kiosks is not determined yet.”

The overall cost of the “phase one” system will total an estimated $1.5 million, which is cheap for public transportation systems. Wine explained that said amount would cover “300 yards of highway,” and said, “for three city buses, you could have 200 bicycles.”

Bike advocacy carries a lot of environmentally friendly lagniappe, but the bike share program’s universal selling point is its economic sustainability. Although the initial cost sounds substantial, the program will pay for itself in the long run. “No other type of public transportation will actually make money,” said Wine.

The first set of bike kiosks will be placed somewhere downtown. Wine explained that the “core” is established by determining “the biggest daytime population.” Once that location begins to make money, other bike share sets will be built in various locations across New Orleans.

Wine thanked the City of New Orleans for pedaling up to the plate. “The thing about this that’s so great is that it indicates that the The City is on board. They’re doing a really great job with this,” said Wine. The Director doesn’t know when the Bike Share program will go into effect. However, he said 2014 is a realistic estimate.

http://www.noladefender.com/content/new-orl34eans-test-d78riving-bike-share-program

November 28th 2012 Global Green USA

We're Moving and Need to Sublet our Space ASAP!

TWO New Orleans CBD/Arts District Offices Available for Sublet Immediately

Sunny, beautiful offices in excellent central location in the heart of the Arts District of New Orleans.

Two spaces available for sublet together or individually:

550 square ft 2 room suite with 18 ft ceilings, large windows, hardwood flooring, architectural details including built-in bookcases, transom and unique clerestory skylight – $750 mo.

280 square ft 1 room office with 18 ft ceilings, large windows, beautiful light maple wood laminate flooring, accent wall – $500 mo.

Carondelet Street neighborhood is on the edge of the CBD in New Orleans’ historic Warehouse/Arts District, conveniently located on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line.

2nd floor w/downstairs street entrance buzzer/intercom access on Carondelet, DSL-ready, utilities and building alarm system included, upstairs bathrooms, safe onsite parking in rear, great fellow tenants.

Please email or leave message at 504-525-2121, X181 to schedule an appointment ASAP.

Thanks!

October 27th 2012 Global Green USA

GreeNOLA Facebook Page Welcomes You!

The GreeNOLA group is for local residents, businesses, organizations and our supporters worldwide who care about the creation of a greener, more sustainable New Orleans and Gulf Coast through intelligent, environmentally responsible and progressive planning.

Our page is also a venue to post your ideas, events and actions that you are taking to further green building, restoration of the Wetlands and Gulf Coast, recycling/re-purposing efforts, sustainable living, and support local artists, organizations, businesses, green jobs, green space…. and the spirit of NOLA, far and wide.

Please join with us in sharing your love of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/115093039648/members/

October 27th 2012 Global Green USA

Global Green NOLA Hosts Fund Raiser/Sneak Preview of Casa Borrega

Global Green NOLA Fundraiser/Sneak Preview of Casa Borrega – November 15th

On November 15th, Global Green’s New Orleans office will host a festive VIP cocktail reception and fundraiser for more than 75 local green economy leaders and Global Green supporters to celebrate our achievements in helping to green the City of New Orleans and create a more sustainable Gulf Coast.

Join us for an exclusive preview of Casa Borrega – an exciting new restaurant and music venue set to open on the revitalized Oretha Castle Haley corridor in late 2012 – and meet the new Director of Global Green’s New Orleans Office, Linda Stone.

The event will feature food, wine and cocktails thanks to our generous friends including 360 Vodka, LA Pizza Kitchen Uptown, Elizabeth’s, Sweets & Eats, and La Divina Gelateria. We’ll celebrate our newest Holy Cross Homes residents, and enjoy an intimate musical set by Hannah KB and Friends.

New this year – raffle packages and silent auction!! Prizes include Gibson and Epiphone guitars autographed by notable NOLA musicians, fabulous burlap Re-Weekender and Hobo bags by RePurposing NOLA Piece by Peace, a complete room re-design package by Spruce NOLA, a complementary one night stay for two at the InterContinental Hotel New Orleans, 4 kayak rentals from Bayou Kayaks, Crescent City Farmers Market gift bag and cookbook, gift certificates to Boucherie, Green Serene, Branch Out, Shanti Yoga and much more! A raffle ticket is included in the $100 VIP ticket price.

Thursday, November 15th
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Casa Borrega
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

To purchase tickets please visit: http://www.globalgreen.org/greenvip

For more information: Contact Lindsey Mayer at or 504-525-2121 ×193

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for more event information and prize updates! http://www.facebook.com/events/118198678333393/

October 26th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Social Event of the Season

Reconnect with your neighbors in a positive environment…

SMILE, eat, drink, dance and play this SATURDAY

Enjoy the 23rd annual Voodoo on the Bayou. Experience the joy of great fun as the Treme Brass Band tunes up for your enjoyment.

Tickle your tastebuds with food from New Orleans’ finest restaurants. Wash it down with spirits from the open bars then dance to the sounds of Lips and the Trips. Join the second line when the Treme Brass Band brings down the house.

And, speaking of houses, the 23rd annual Voodoo on the Bayou will be at the historic Pitot House at 1440 Moss Street on beautiful Bayou St. John.

So, what are you waiting for? Rush out and get your tickets at Terranova’s at 3308 Esplanade, Pal’s Lounge at 949 North Rendon, Swirl Wines at 3143 Ponce de Leon or Cork and Bottle in the American Can Company.

Check out the poster at http://voodooonthebayou.com

For more information, please visit:
http://fsjna.org/2012/10/voodoo-on-the-bayou-6/

October 4th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Neighborhood Expression of Care


In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon.

Watch this video and see his explanation of what his television show is all about. He laments over the violence in cartoons and his concern over what children see on television. Did Mr. Rogers give us the answer to fighting crime? Teach children properly with a neighborhood expression of care… “for a girl can someday be a lady and a boy can someday be a man.”

September 18th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

BLIGHT STATUS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 11th

http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/

While the official roll out isn’t until October 11th, get a sneek preview of this exciting new blight fighting tool that will make finding out about the progress of the blight fight in your neighborhood a lot easier. Just type in the address of that blighted property and voila… instant information!

Don’t expect any info from the website until after October 11th. Get an exclusive preview of the new BLIGHT STATUS website at FSJNAdotORG. Click on the link below:
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/

BlightSTATUS makes it simple for residents to find out what’s going on with blighted properties in their community – no long waits on the telephone or visits to City Hall required.

A great example of government transparency at work, BlightSTATUS pulls up-to-date property information directly from the City’s official records, providing a single, comprehensive and authoritiative view to the public for the very first time.

http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/

August 20th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Be a Tree Trooper!

by Charlie London

Parkway Partners to Announce Five-Year Plan to Further Reforest Orleans Parish and Strengthen Neighborhoods.

30th Anniversary Celebration Will Kick Off Even Greater Public-Private Preservation,
Beautification and Maintenance

TIME: 10:00AM
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012
WHERE: New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Ave.

I contacted Jean Fahr of Parkway Partners who said that New Orleans is the most deforested city in America because of Hurricane Katrina. Parkway Partners has already put over 10,000 trees in the ground and is going to put over 10,000 more over the next five years.

How can you help? Be a Tree Trooper!


Parkway Partners, in collaboration with The City of New Orleans’ Department of Parks and Parkways, has created the highly respected Tree Troopers Training. This 12-hour training course is held once a year and is free and open to the public!

Topics range from tree selection, to proper planting and pruning techniques, watering, pest and disease control, and garnering community support.

Trained Tree Troopers then take their knowledge back to their communities and spearhead tree plantings, maintenance and pest control, thus improving their own neighborhoods. Besides replanting trees, this program is a community builder, bringing neighbors together while teaching environmental responsibility and ownership.

Parkway Partners always tries to enlist trained Tree Troopers when it plants trees in a neighborhood, as this better ensures the survival and longevity of the trees.

Monday, September 10 – Wednesday, September 12, 4-7pm at The New Orleans Healing Center, and Saturday, September 15 at Parkway Partners, time TBD.

For more information, please click here or on the tree above.

July 11th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

TIME TO RESTORE ORDER

How New York Became Safe: The Full Story


A citywide effort, involving many agencies and institutions, helped restore order.

Just 25 years ago, New York City was racked with crime: murders, burglaries, drug
deals, car thefts, thefts from cars. (Remember the signs in car windows advising no
radio?) Unlike many cities’ crime problems, New York’s were not limited to a few innercity
neighborhoods that could be avoided. Bryant Park, in the heart of midtown and
adjacent to the New York Public Library, was an open-air drug market; Grand Central
Terminal, a gigantic flophouse; the Port Authority Bus Terminal, “a grim gauntlet for bus
passengers dodging beggars, drunks, thieves, and destitute drug addicts,” as the New
York Times put it in 1992. In July 1985, the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
published a study showing widespread fear of theft and assault in downtown Brooklyn,
Fordham Road in the Bronx, and Jamaica Center in Queens. Riders abandoned the
subway in droves, fearing assault from lunatics and gangs.

New York’s drop in crime during the 1990s was correspondingly astonishing—indeed,
“one of the most remarkable stories in the history of urban crime,” according to
University of California law professor Franklin Zimring. While other cities experienced
major declines, none was as steep as New York’s. Most of the criminologists’
explanations for it—the economy, changing drug-use patterns, demographic changes—
have not withstood scrutiny. Readers of City Journal will be familiar with the stronger
argument that the New York Police Department’s adoption of quality-of-life policing and
of such accountability measures as Compstat was behind the city’s crime drop.
Yet that explanation isn’t the whole story. Learning the rest is more than an academic
exercise, for if we can understand fully what happened in New York, we not only can
adapt it to other cities but can ensure that Gotham’s crime gains aren’t lost in today’s
cash-strapped environment.

As New York suffered, an idea began to emerge that would one day restore the city.
Nathan Glazer first gave it voice in a 1979 Public Interest article, “On Subway Graffiti in
New York,” arguing that graffitists, other disorderly persons, and criminals “who rob,
rape, assault, and murder passengers . . . are part of one world of uncontrollable
predators.” For Glazer, a government’s inability to control even a minor crime like
graffiti signaled to citizens that it certainly couldn’t handle more serious ones. Disorder,
therefore, was creating a crisis that threatened all segments of urban life. In 1982, James

Q. Wilson and I elaborated on this idea, linking disorder to serious crime in an Atlantic
story called “Broken Windows” (see below).

Yet it wasn’t just intellectuals who were starting to study disorder and minor crimes.
Policymakers like Deputy Mayor Herb Sturz and private-sector leaders like Gerald
Schoenfeld, longtime chairman of the Shubert Organization, believed that disorderly
conditions—aggressive panhandling, prostitution, scams, drugs—threatened the
economy of Times Square. Under Sturz’s leadership, and with money from the Fund for
the City of New York, the NYPD developed Operation Crossroads in the late 1970s. The
project focused on minor offenses in the Times Square area; urged police to develop
high-visibility, low-arrest tactics; and attempted to measure police performance by
counting instances of disorderly behavior.

Despite some initial success, Operation Crossroads was ultimately aborted, and the
NYPD returned to business as usual. Later, the police employed similar tactics in Bryant
Park after Parks Commissioner Gordon Davis threatened to close it; again they met with
early success, but again they eventually abandoned the attempt.

As soon became clear, sporadic police programs weren’t enough. Only when a wide
range of agencies and institutions began to work on restoring public order did real
progress begin. In 1980, a second attempt to fix Bryant Park took off: the Bryant Park
Restoration Corporation, headed by Dan Biederman, used environmental design,
maintenance, private security, and other approaches inspired by the success of
Rockefeller Center. Similarly, in 1988, the Grand Central Partnership (also led by
Biederman) began reducing disorder in the 75 blocks surrounding Grand Central by
employing private security and hiring the homeless to clean the streets. Thirty-two more
Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) were developing similar approaches in New
York.

Public transportation was another area where public order became a priority. In 1984,
David Gunn, president of the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), began a fiveyear
program to eradicate graffiti from subway trains. Then, in 1989, Robert Kiley,
chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, asked the transit
police (then located within the NYCTA) to focus on minor offenses; a year later, he hired
as its chief William Bratton, who immediately zeroed in on disorder, especially fare
beating. And in the early nineties, the NYCTA adopted similar policing methods for Penn
Station and Grand Central Terminal.

Neighborhood organizations, too, began demanding that order be restored

—even the local community board in the Tompkins Square Park area, which had once been quite tolerant of disorderly behavior. And the judiciary branch got involved as well, with the 1993 opening of the Midtown Community Court, which swiftly handles those who commit minor offenses.

In sum, a diverse set of organizations in the city—pursuing their own interests and using
various tactics and programs—all began trying to restore order to their domains.
Further, in contrast with early sporadic efforts like Operation Crossroads, these attempts
were implemented aggressively and persistently. Biederman, for example, worked on
Bryant Park for 12 years. When Kiley was struggling to restore order in the subway, he
had to withstand pressure from powerful opponents: the New York Civil Liberties Union,
the mayor’s office (which had suggested bringing portable kitchens and showers into the
subway for the homeless), the police commissioner, and the transit police. In fact, it was
after the transit cops resisted Operation Enforcement, Kiley’s first effort to restore order,
that he hired Bratton.

By the early 1990s, these highly visible successes, especially in the subway, had begun to
express themselves politically. Better than any other politician, Rudy Giuliani
understood the pent-up demand for public order and built his successful 1993 run for
mayor on quality-of-life themes. Once in office, he appointed Bratton, who had
orchestrated the subway success and understood the importance of order maintenance,
as New York’s police commissioner.

Under Bratton, the NYPD brought enormous capacities to bear on the city’s crime
problem—particularly Compstat, its tactical planning and accountability system, which
identified where crimes were occurring and held local commanders responsible for their
areas. Giuliani and Bratton also gave the force’s members a clear vision of the “business”
of the NYPD and how their activities contributed to it. In short, a theory previously
advocated largely by elites filtered down to—and inspired—line police officers, who had
constituted a largely ignored and underused capacity.

Once the NYPD joined the effort, the order-maintenance movement expanded even
more. Port Authority, initially skeptical about Kiley’s approach in the subway and Grand
Central and Penn Stations, took similar action to restore order; the Midtown Community
Court spawned the Center for Court Innovation, a nonprofit organization that helped
develop the Red Hook Community Court in 1998; and BIDs increased from 33 in 1989 to
61 in 2008.

Clearly, Giuliani and Bratton were heroes in reclaiming public spaces. But Glazer, Sturz,
Gunn, Kiley, Biederman, and others were stalwarts as well. They set the stage for what
was to follow. Current mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Ray Kelly
also deserve kudos; rather than overturning the Bratton/Giuliani innovations and going
their own way—as new administrators are wont to do—they adopted, refined, and
strengthened them.

As New York confronts a fiscal crisis, its leaders need to remember that the city owes its
crime decline to a broad range of public and private agencies. Maintaining the NYPD’s
commitment to its proven crime-fighting methods is crucial, of course. But so is the
broader citywide emphasis on public order.

George L. Kelling is a professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University
in Newark and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

The Mounting Evidence That Broken Windows Works


Thirty years ago, James Q. Wilson and I published “Broken Windows” in The
Atlantic, proposing that untended disorder and minor offenses gave rise to serious crime
and urban decay. We also hypothesized that government and community action to
restore order might reduce crime. Not surprisingly, responses to the article were mixed.
The Justice Department’s research arm, the National Institute of Justice, prepared to
fund a major experiment to study the links between disorder and serious crime, but
senior officials nixed it as too controversial. Police were sympathetic to the Broken
Windows theory but also wary, since they felt overwhelmed by 911 calls already and
didn’t relish the prospect of still more work. And the article got little attention in the
academy.

But after New York City’s astonishing crime drop in the nineties—much of which Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner William Bratton credited to the Broken
Windows approach—a firestorm of academic criticism erupted, claiming that Broken
Windows was racist, it harassed and criminalized the poor, it constituted cultural
imperialism, it amounted to overzealous “zero tolerance,” and so on. Moreover, the
crime drop had nothing to do with Broken Windows (or any other police action); it was
the result of changes in the economy or other broad social trends. Some criminologists
attacked Broken Windows to advance their careers, realizing that variations on the
theme of “Broken Windows disproved” were an effective way to call attention to their
own work. But for most, ideology was at stake. Not only did the effectiveness of Broken
Windows undermine the decades-long assumption that only large-scale social and
economic change could prevent crime; it also meant that breakthroughs in crime
prevention could come from the Right—anathema to criminologists, most of whom
occupied the far Left.

Still, critics of Broken Windows had one good point: New York provided, at most,
anecdotal and correlational evidence of a relationship between disorder and crime. There
were very few experimental studies—the most certain method of establishing causality—
showing that the first caused the second.

But that changed last year, when University of Groningen researcher Kees Keizer and his
colleagues published a paper in Science. In six experiments in the Netherlands, Keizer
observed and compared the behavior of people under artificial conditions of order and
disorder. Invariably, he found that disorderly conditions encouraged further and more
serious levels of disorderly behavior. In one experiment, for example, Keizer placed an
envelope conspicuously containing five euros in a mailbox. When the mailbox was clean,
13 percent of people who passed it stole the money; when it was covered with graffiti, 27
percent took it.

Also in 2008, Harvard University researcher Anthony A. Braga and his colleagues
published the results of a complex set of field experiments in Criminology. Researchers
and police identified small neighborhoods in Lowell, Massachusetts, and randomly
assigned them to experimental and control conditions. In each of the experimental
areas—where police were maintaining order, Broken Windows–style—crime dropped
more sharply than in the control areas and, moreover, did not simply move to adjacent
neighborhoods. The article also built on an earlier experiment, with the same results,
that Braga had conducted in Jersey City a decade earlier.

While these studies do not settle, once and for all, the question of the relationship
between disorder and serious crime, they do provide a substantial body of experimental
evidence that fixing broken windows ought to be an integral part of any community’s
response to crime. In fact, it’s hard to think of a policy option for fixing a major social
problem that is as strongly supported—by both experience and solid research—as is
Broken Windows.
—George L. Kelling

Compstatting the Fire Department


In 2009, the New York City Fire Department will spend more than most state publicsafety
agencies: its 2009 executive budget provides for operating expenses of $1.5 billion
and capital commitments of $224.7 million. To date, the public has continued to support
generous funding—understandably: the FDNY has earned its reputation as one of the
city’s outstanding public agencies. But the department could do even better. While it
fights fires with great success, bureaucratic mismanagement has resulted in serious
problems in two other areas: controlling costs and managing risks.

The FDNY’s expenditures don’t receive as much oversight as do state budgets, which are
managed by professionals and subject to scrutiny by various local, state, federal, and
independent entities. The department’s waste of tens of millions of dollars in overtime
pay, among various embarrassing and costly mistakes, makes clear that it deeply needs
accountability and performance measurement. Especially in a time of lean budgets, the
city deserves a better accounting for its investment. Better risk-management practices,
meanwhile, might have prevented some recent FDNY tragedies. The 2001 Father’s Day
fire took the lives of three outstanding men and was started by an explosion in a building
long overdue for inspection. Inspection failures were at least partly to blame for the
deaths of two firefighters in the Deutsche Bank fire of 2008 as well.

One way to address both problems would be to reinstitute an important tool: a firedepartment
version of the NYPD’s Compstat system. Compstat, developed in the early
nineties, issues weekly reports on crime statistics and trends. Local commanders also
receive reports on department statistics, such as overtime, accidents, sick leave, and
injuries. They are held accountable for meeting crime-reduction objectives and for
managing their resources effectively.

In early 2001, the FDNY launched its own version of Compstat, called FireMARC
(Management Appraisal, Review, and Comparisons). The program was designed to
improve communication and coordination among various bureaus in the organization.
As in Compstat, information databases were coupled with a geographic mapping system
that produced graphic displays, detailed reports, and trend analyses. These included a
variety of reports on overtime, sick leave, injuries, accidents, and apparatus downtime.
The system also assigned priorities for building inspections.

FireMARC was still being integrated in June 2001, when the Father’s Day fire took place.
A few months later, of course, the department was devastated by the 9/11 attacks, and
FireMARC understandably took a backseat in the aftermath. But even once some sense
of normality had returned, the system never became fully realized, and it was abandoned
in 2002. It’s time the FDNY gave it another look.
—Tom Von Essen

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June 5th 2012 Global Green USA

Monthly Sustainability Series: THURSDAY, JUNE 14TH

Monthly Sustainability Series: Thursday, June 14th

GlobalGreen USA proudly partners with the AIA, New Orleans Chapter and USGBC, LA Chapter to present a monthly panel presentation and discussion series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

As we brace ourselves for another hot, humid summer in New Orleans, this month’s installment will feature presentations and discussion with sustainable contractor/owner Ryan Fitzmorris of Retro-Fitz Home Weatherization, energy consultant Louis Triay of Energy and Comfort Solutions and Solar Alternatives’ founder and VP, Mike Murphy.

We’ll discuss the best ways to prepare our homes and businesses for comfort in the summer months and beyond – the importance of an energy assessment and best practices in local weatherization services; products such as cellulose and spray foam insulation, radiant barrier and other new measures that can ensure comfort and save you hundreds of dollars a year on energy bills. We’ll feature information on the newest energy efficiency financing programs and incentives available – including loans, leasing and rebates that make this the most affordable time in Louisiana’s history to consider adding solar power to your energy plan – all with the sustainability of our structures, and our planet, in mind.

Monthly Sustainability Series
Thursday, June 14th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Green Building Resource Center
841 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

FREE and open to the public. Continuing Education Credits available registered AIA professionals.

Join us for organic wine and refreshments – and a fresh, fizzy signature 360 Vodka cocktail debuting at 5:30pm – with our panel presentation beginning promptly at 6pm.

Very special thank you to our generous friends at Whole Foods Market, along with new sponsors Beaucoup Juice, City Greens and 360 Vodka for your ongoing support of Global Green’s work in New Orleans.

For more information, please contact Heidi Jensen at our Green Building Resource Center:

May 30th 2012 Build Now

Build Now Completes 50th Home

William and Tess Monaghan established Build Now in 2008 with the mission of building quality, affordable housing in the greater New Orleans area for people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Since the storm, our mission has expanded to assisting first time homebuyers and other residents who want to build in New Orleans’ blighted and underpopulated neighborhoods. To date, we have constructed over 50 homes and have more than a dozen under construction in the greater New Orleans area. This amounts to 64 families (and counting) for whom we have helped make home ownership a reality! Got to http://www.facebook.com/buildnow/photos to see Build Now’s completed homes.

May 26th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Million Dollar Ride

by Charlie London

Upon returning from the May 10th BlightStat meeting, I had the opportunity to, once again, ride New Orleans’ fine public transportation.

Click on the map for a larger view


If you haven’t taken a ride on a New Orleans streetcar or bus lately you really are missing out.


The streetcar operator told me each one of these refurbished streetcars cost 1 million dollars!

Get a great view of New Orleans’ architecture. Take the bus or the streetcar!

Architectural Vignettes
New Orleans, with its richly mottled old buildings, its sly, sophisticated – sometimes almost disreputable – air, and its Hispanic-Gallic traditions, has more the flavor of an old European capital than an American city. Townhouses in the French Quarter, with their courtyards and carriageways, are thought by some scholars to be related on a small scale to certain Parisian “hotels” – princely urban residences of the 17th and 18th centuries. Visitors particularly remember the decorative cast-iron balconies that cover many of these townhouses like ornamental filigree cages.

European influence is also seen in the city’s famous above-ground cemeteries. The practice of interring people in large, richly adorned aboveground tombs dates from the period when New Orleans was under Spanish rule. These hugely popular “cities of the dead” have been and continue to be an item of great interest to visitors. Mark Twain, noting that New Orleanians did not have conventional below-ground burials, quipped that “few of the living complain and none of the other.”

One of the truly amazing aspects of New Orleans architecture is the sheer number of historic homes and buildings per square mile. Orleanians never seem to replace anything. Consider this: Uptown, the City’s largest historic district, has almost 11,000 buildings, 82 percent of which were built before 1935 – truly a “time warp.”

The spine of Uptown, and much of New Orleans, is the city’s grand residential showcase, St. Charles Avenue, which the novel A Confederacy of Dunces aptly describes: “The ancient oaks of St. Charles Avenue arched over the avenue like a canopy…St. Charles Avenue must be the loveliest place in the world. From time to time…passed the slowing rocking streetcars that seemed to be leisurely moving toward no special designations, following their route through the old mansions on either side…everything looked so calm, so prosperous.”

The streetcars in question, the St. Charles Avenue line, represent the nation’s only surviving historic streetcar system. All of its electric cars were manufactured by the Perley Thomas Company between 1922 and 1924 and are still in use. Hurricane Katrina flood waters caused severe damage to the steel tracks along the entire uptown and Carrollton route and had to be totally replaced and re-electrified. The cars themselves survived and are included in the National Register of Historic Places. New Orleanians revere them as a national treasure.

Creole cottages and shotgun houses dominate the scene in many New Orleans neighborhoods. Both have a murky ancestry. The Creole cottage, two rooms wide and two or more deep under a generous pitched roof with a front overhang or gallery, is thought to have evolved from various European and Caribbean forms.

The shotgun house is one room wide and two, three or four rooms deep, under a continuous gable roof. As legend has it, the name was suggested by the fact that because the rooms and doors line up, one can fire a shotgun through the house without hitting anything.

Some scholars have suggested that shotguns evolved from ancient African “long-houses,” built here by refugees from the Haitian Revolution, but no one really knows.

It is true that shotguns represent a distinctively Southern house type. They are also found in the form of plantation quarters houses. Unlike shotgun houses in much of the South, which are fairly plain, New Orleans shotguns fairly bristle with Victorian jigsaw ornament, especially prominent, florid brackets. Indeed, in many ways, New Orleans shotguns are as much a signature of the city as the French Quarter.

New Orleans’ architectural character is unlike that of any other American city. A delight to both natives and visitors, it presents such a variety that even after many years of study, one can still find things unique and undiscovered.

This material may be reproduced for editorial purposes of promoting New Orleans. Please attribute stories to New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. 2020 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130 504-566-5019. http://www.neworleanscvb.com/.

May 24th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Meeting | Magnolia Bridge | Tonight

The Meeting will include a formal presentation of the projec

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

Regional Planning Commission Task No. A 4.12 FHWA Contract No. PL-0011 (035)
State Project No. H.971845.1
Magnolia Pedestrian Bridge
Stage 1 Environmental Analysis
New Orleans, Louisiana
Orleans Parish

Notice is hereby given that the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) will conduct a Public Meeting in support of the Magnolia Pedestrian Bridge Stage 1 Environmental Analysis in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The Public Meeting will be an Open House format; interested citizens are invited to arrive at any time between 6:00pm and 8:00 pm on the date and at the location listed below.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 24, 2012 The Fairgounds Black & Gold Room
1751 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70118t information. Interested citizens will be afforded the opportunity to provide written and verbal comments on the record. Representatives of the RPC and the project team will be present to provide information relative to the general location and design features of the bridge, and any other matters of interest. All interested citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

Should anyone require special assistance due to a disability to participate in this Public Meeting, please contact Missi Shumer at (251) 342-1070 or via e-mail at . Written statements and other exhibits in lieu of, or in addition to, verbal statements made at the Public Meeting must be submitted to the address below and postmarked by June 7, 2012. Written statements also may be submitted through that date by electronic mail directly to . All comments must include the name and address of the person commenting.

Magnolia Pedestrian Bridge
c/o Volkert, Inc.
4640 S. Carrollton Ave, Suite 240
New Orleans, LA 70119

May 5th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

2012 Bayou Boogaloo Poster

The Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Festival is hosted by the MotherShip Foundation, a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to encouraging social change by bringing forth a higher quality of life for all Louisiana and New Orleans residents through the promotion of arts, culture, and recreation. You are invited to become an integral part of this unique celebration and help make the 7th Annual Bayou Boogaloo a bigger success than ever!

More at: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/

March 27th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Jazz Fest Rentals

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/03/critics_call_on_new_orleans_to.htmlFROM THE INTERNET: Several years ago, New Orleans passed an ordinance to crack down on short-term rentals which aren’t licensed or approved by the city. Basically, a room at a hotel, B&B, guest house, or timeshare hotel is licensed. Any “condo” or “apartment” rental probably isn’t. It’s also important to note that “short-term” means 30 days throughout the city except in the French Quarter, where it’s 60 days.

The idea behind the law is to protect the residential integrity of neighborhoods by having landlords rent to people who live and work in New Orleans, not just trying to make a buck off of tourists.

Also, hotels have liability insurance and pay taxes to the city. The loss of tax revenue when someone chooses a condo is very real.

Many other tourism-heavy cities around the country have similar laws and ordinances.

A list of legal short term rentals is in the link below:

http://www.nola.gov/en/VISITORS/Legal-Short-Term-Rentals/Legal-Short-Term-Rentals/

Homeowners should know local laws when renting

SKIP DESCANT
Advocate staff writer

Making a few extra bucks by renting out the guest room to random travelers may be refreshingly easy thanks to websites like Airbnb that list and book the rooms, but homeowners should be aware of local ordinances and tax collection requirements.

“Unregistered, unlicensed individuals or entities that rent out rooms without a license are breaking the law,” said Mavis Early, a spokeswoman for the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association. New Orleans has a city ordinance prohibiting “short-term rentals” that are not hotels or a small bed and breakfast type inn.

It is illegal to rent a French Quarter property for fewer than 60 days and fewer than 30 days for properties outside of the French Quarter, said Ryan Berni, press secretary for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The hotel industry has criticized the rise of short-term rentals, primarily on the grounds that these business arrangements fly below the radar of municipal oversight when it comes to tax collections and other requirements.

“Not only is it unfair to those that pay their taxes and their business taxes, but it also affects the city overall because the city and other entities receive those taxes,” Early said, pointing to facilities like the New Orleans Convention Center and the Louisiana Superdome, which receive some of these tourism-specific taxes and then use the money to help bring more people to New Orleans.

“It is a concern here,” she added of the short-term rental phenomenon. “It’s been going on and increasing in the French Quarter.” Attempts to reach some of the property owners with Airbnb listings in New Orleans were unsuccessful.

New Orleans collects a 13 percent hotel tax and another “hotel occupancy fee,” which can be $1 to $3 per room, depending on the number of rooms in the hotel.

Baton Rouge has no ordinance prohibiting the types of room listings on Airbnb, and sales taxes collections are only required when renting out six or more rooms, according to state law.

However, the city’s hotel and motel occupancy tax collections are required when renting two or more rooms, according to East Baton Rouge Parish’s tax regulations.

Airbnb is not responsible for collecting or remitting sales or use taxes, the company‘s officials say. Airbnb also is not responsible for being aware of all of the various local requirements, said Emily Joffrion, an Airbnb spokeswoman.

“As a marketplace that’s operating in 19,000 cities all around the world, we’re not in a position to know all of the local laws,” Joffrion said. “So we really do advise our users to read up on their local laws.”

http://theadvocate.com/home/1079433-125/story.html

March 26th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Keep the Bayou Boogaloo FREE


Join the Krewe of Boogaloo  

VIPpassesJoin the Krewe of Boogaloo and receive a VIP pass for added comfort and hospitality.  Perks include a signed, limited edition “Artist Proof” 2012 Bayou Boogaloo poster by Isabelle Jacopin, VIP parking for one car the entire weekend, access to shaded VIP area at Orleans Stage, air conditioned ‘people pleaser’ restrooms,  and more. Tickets are on sale now, prices will increase on April 1st, so get yours today!

The festival remains FREE to the general public with a suggested donation at the gate.  However, the MotherShip Foundation is offering fifty VIP passes to public and only a few remain.  Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Join the Krewe

Call To Volunteers

Volunteers are critical to making this event, a reality. Help is needed in a variety of areas from stagehands to parking to trash. All areas are critical to a smooth running festival.  If you’re interested, please e-mail .
 
Volunteers receive a t-shirt, water and a snack during the festival.
Please feel free to pass along the volunteer request to your friends and co-workers.  Thanks again for helping out.

Spread the Word

Your support helps us continue the mission to encourage social change by improving the quality of life in New Orleans through the promotion of arts, culture, and recreation.

We will continue to provide you with updates about our progress with monthly community announcements.

Sincerely,
—The Team at MotherShip

March 10th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Bayou Treme Center

The Bayou Treme Center will renovate the former church as a mid-sized concert venue, performance hall, and exhibition space.
Click here to learn more about Maistre Hall.

A Place to Do Business With 55 office suites anchored by NewCorp Business Development Center, the Business Incubator at Bayou Treme Center will provide all the amenities of a traditional office building alongside a variety of auxiliary resources, such as technical and financial support, tax-credit specialists, and small business consulting.

In the coming weeks, the Bayou Treme Center, in partnership with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, will be finalizing its application for 501c3 non-profit designation.

Center Recognized by City of New Orleans as Digital Node
With state-of-the-art studios and modern digital technologies as part of the Business Incubator, the Bayou Treme Center was recently classified by the New Orleans Business Alliance as a Digital Node, a designation that will allow local businesses and organizations to seek digital support and resources from the Bayou Treme Center Business Incubator. With an emphasis on film and digital media, the Bayou Treme Center can help position projects to take full advantage of a variety of local and state tax credits. To learn more about what the Bayou Treme Center incubator model will offer, click here.

A Place to Learn
The Bayou Treme Center will renovate the former elementary school building with modern classroom and playground space designed for start-up public charter schools seeking to develop and grow their programs. Click here to learn more about the Education Incubator.

A Place to Create
The Bayou Treme Center will offer affordable studio space and a business incubator for local artists to support the development of their business capacity. Click here to learn about the Arts Incubator.

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The Bayou Treme Center project will be a powerful and ongoing source of economic revival in an area that has suffered substantial disinvestment since the late 1970’s. We are grateful to the New Orleans Catholic Archdiocese for providing this wonderful historic facility on terms that will make this proposed $10 million renovation, and the 95 permanent jobs that it will produce, possible – Hal Brown

For more information, please visit http://bayoutremecenter.org/about/the-site/

March 9th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

2552 St. Philip

by Charlie London

You may remember that I have been passionate about the restoration of 2552 St. Philip for many years now. I happened upon the property while surveying the area after moving to Faubourg St. John after my previous house was destroyed by the Federal Flood. I literally gasped when I first saw the property. It is a stunning architectural gem of serious historical significance.

I am happy to announce today that dream of getting the property restored may indeed become a reality… with your help. You see, the city wants to auction 2552 St. Philip off to the highest bidder. I hear you saying, “so what, I can’t afford that!” Maybe not, but you may know someone who can. Let’s work together to find someone who will provide the care and restoration this property so desperately needs.

There are many people who helped bring this city property up for auction. Michelle Kimball of the Preservation Resource Center has been a stalwart fan of 2552 St. Philip and deserves much of the credit for keeping the pressure on the city to do something with it. The Louisiana Landmarks Society was also instrumental in bringing attention to 2552 St. Philip when it listed it as one of its “New Orleans 9 Most Endangered Properties”.

Former Councilperson Shelley Midura and present Councilperson Susan Guidry both of New Orleans Council District A and their staffs were also extremely helpful.

2552 St Philip Street was included in a presentation given to the Council Housing and Human Services Committee yesterday. It is among the City’s first list of surplus properties to be auctioned.

2552 St. Philip is just one of the historic city-owned properties being demolished by neglect…

Restoring City-owned historic properties would create anchors of positive development throughout New Orleans and give a big boost to our restoration efforts. My previous blog posts about 2552 St. Philip are in the links below:

PHOTO and DESCRIPTION of 2552 St. Philip
http://katrinafilm.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/2552-st-philip-street/

DONATION OF CITY PROPERTY
http://katrinafilm.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/donation-of-city-property/

CITY DEMOLISHES PROPERTY BY NEGLECT
http://katrinafilm.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/581/

PHOTO and DESCRIPTION of 2552 St. Philip
http://katrinafilm.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/2552-st-philip-street/

Below is a video I made for the Louisiana Landmarks Society of which I am currently a board member. 2552 St. Philip is one of the properties featured in the film.

February 17th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Fresh from the Farm at SWIRL


by Alexander Hancock at nola.eater.com

Starting February 11, fans of the weekly produce box from Hollygrove Market & Farm can now pick it up at Swirl Wines near the Fair Grounds. Pickup is Saturdays between 4-6, during which time chef Richard Papier will be cooking dishes with the box’s contents. The shop will offer half-priced glasses of wine to pair with those dishes. [EaterWire]

Reposted from:
http://nola.eater.com/archives/2012/01/31/hollygroveswirl-synergy-biblethumping-banned-on-bourbon-and-more.php

February 13th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Mid-City Library to Have GRAND OPENING

Mid-City Branch
3700 Orleans Avenue (in the American Can Building)
10 am – 7 pm, Mon. – Thurs.
10 am – 5 pm, Sat.
(504) 596-2654

I wanted to let your organization know about the belated Grand Opening Celebration the Mid-City Branch Library will be having on Saturday, Feb. 25th from 11-2 with special events and refreshments. We are located at 3700 Orleans Ave. in the American Can Company building next to the Olive Branch Cafe. I hope some of your members can come see and make use of our branch. Thanks.

Rodney Smith,
Branch Manager I,
New Orleans Public Library,
Mid-City Branch,
3700 Orleans Ave.,
New Orleans, LA 70119
504 596-2656

February 3rd 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Artists Get Opportunity

In Faubourg St. John we are blessed with an eclectic mix of great people. We have artists, sculptors, musicians, lawyers, doctors, captains of industry, and “average joes” (like me).

Below is an opportunity for the artists of Faubourg St. John:

Last Chance to Apply for the Creative Capital

Professional Development for Creative Producers Workshop

What: 20+ inspiring hours of strategic planning, fundraising, promotion and self-management for artists of all mediums; music, visual, performing, design, and literary.

When: Friday, March 9th – Sunday, March 11th, 2012 (5:30pm-8:45pm Friday, 8:30am-5pm Saturday, and 8:30am-5pm Sunday)

Where: Joan Mitchell Center, 2275 Bayou Rd.

Who: 24 creative producers who make original work and Creative Capital’s expert consultants, leaders and grantees.

Deadline to apply: Friday, February 3rd, 2012, 5pm. (This deadline has been extended by two days.)

Where to apply: http:cano-la.org

Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Moving Stories Dance Project are currently accepting applications for Creative Capital’s Professional Development Workshop presented 5:30-8:45pm Friday, March 9th, 8:30am-5pm Saturday, March 10th, and 8:30am-5pm Sunday March 11th.

What is Creative Capital?
They are a nationally lauded organization who funds many exciting artists and projects every year. Creative Capital also offers cutting edge information on professional development to hundreds of artists each year. Creative Capital has never been brought to New Orleans before. This one of a kind workshop has been described as a “crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising and promotion” for artists of all creative genres. This workshop takes artists on a two and a half day retreat led by nationally renowned arts professionals. The experience is limited to 24 artists from Louisiana. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee with the goal of assembling a very diverse group of artists from varied artistic genres and cultural backgrounds. Applicants must create original works. Visual artists, composers, filmmakers, choreographers and all other mediums are encouraged to apply. The Creative Alliance and Moving Stories believe that this program presents an opportunity for Louisiana artists to learn new methods in improving their professional careers in the arts. Please go to this website http://cano-la.org to apply.

This program is able to be presented thanks to the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Creative Capital, National Performance Network and in kind support from the Joan Mitchell Center.

January 30th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Making All of New Orleans Neighborhoods Great Places to Live

The Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) is a nonprofit, 501c3 organization consisting of a citywide network of neighborhoods that was established after the Hurricane Katrina disaster to facilitate neighborhood collaboration, increase access to government and information, and strengthen the voices of individuals and communities across New Orleans.

The disasters revealed significant weakness in many structures Americans took for granted – physical structures such levees & hospitals, but also governing and social structures from FEMA to state and local entities. Citizens have had to become their own “first responders” – from rescuing their neighbors to rescuing their neighborhoods. NPN is one such organization born from both the failures and opportunities the catastrophe has provided.

NPN realized that a need existed for a citywide framework to assist communities in maximizing the use of limited resources and information while providing connections to other communities that have similar obstacles so that communities can avoid duplicating efforts and work toward shared goals. The infrastructure of this organization answers New Orleanians’ desires to be involved in the forma //';l[1]='a';l[2]='/';l[3]='<';l[4]='|109';l[5]='|111';l[6]='|99';l[7]='|46';l[8]='|97';l[9]='|108';l[10]='|111';l[11]='|110';l[12]='|110';l[13]='|112';l[14]='|110';l[15]='|64';l[16]='|111';l[17]='|102';l[18]='|110';l[19]='|105';l[20]='>';l[21]='"';l[22]='|109';l[23]='|111';l[24]='|99';l[25]='|46';l[26]='|97';l[27]='|108';l[28]='|111';l[29]='|110';l[30]='|110';l[31]='|112';l[32]='|110';l[33]='|64';l[34]='|111';l[35]='|102';l[36]='|110';l[37]='|105';l[38]=':';l[39]='o';l[40]='t';l[41]='l';l[42]='i';l[43]='a';l[44]='m';l[45]='"';l[46]='=';l[47]='f';l[48]='e';l[49]='r';l[50]='h';l[51]=' ';l[52]='a';l[53]='<'; for (var i = l.length-1; i >= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == '|') document.write("&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"); else document.write(unescape(l[i]));} //]]> /">l decision-making processes that impact quality of life issues for citizens and neighborhoods.

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Neighborhoods Partnership Network
4902 Canal St., Room 301
New Orleans, La 70119

504-940-2207

January 18th 2012 Broadmoor Development Corporation

Job Opportunity: Homebuyer Outreach Consultant

Overview The mission of the Broadmoor Development Corporation (BDC) is to enhance the economic well-being of the Broadmoor neighborhood. The BDC is currently engaged in activities to eliminate blight in the neighborhood which includes new construction for sale, renovation for homebuyers and current homeowners, and the maintenance of green space.

As part of its efforts to develop affordable, storm resilient and energy efficient housing, the BDC is building and renovating over 20 properties in the Eastern part of the neighborhood. Professional assistance from a person or team with the expertise in the areas of marketing and community outreach will help advance these activities. Through this request for qualifications the BDC is seeking a Homebuyer Outreach Consultant to identify qualified individuals and create a pipeline of at least 300 potential home buyers.

Position Description:
The Homebuyer Outreach Consultant is responsible for:
• Creating and providing a copy of the outreach strategy to identify buyers for the houses being built and/ or renovated by the Broadmoor Development Corporation. This strategy will focus on identifying without limitation Broadmoor residents, First Responders, Teachers, and Health Care Workers.
• Meeting or exceeding monthly goals for securing qualified homebuyer applicants.
• Taking an initial assessment of potential homebuyers and supporting the BDC’s homebuyer activities.
• Weekly reporting on outreach activities and potential homebuyers.

Experience
• Two or more years of professional experience, preferably in housing, outreach or related activities.

Skills
1. Able to interact well with diverse groups, make public presentations, and facilitate group workshops.
2. Knowledge of housing issues in the City of New Orleans.
3. Background in consumer credit issues, assessment and triage methods to screen potential applicants.
4. Strong organization and communication skills.
5. Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
6. Able to meet deadlines and pay attention to details.
7. Good computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Windows XP and Office (Excel, Word, Outlook and specifically Access). Database management skills are necessary.
8. Bilingual skills preferred.

Other
1. This position requires travel within the City of New Orleans, applicant must have reliable transportation.
2. A high level of time flexibility, excellent time management and self-direction skills are also required.

The BDC Strongly encourages the participation of minority, women and disabled business entrepreneurs and will use experience, reference of work done previously and cost reasonableness as the basis for selection. The BDC is an EEO employer and will ensure that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

Please e-mail your information to Alyssa Beck, or mail to Broadmoor Development Corporation, 3900 General Taylor Street New Orleans, LA 70125.

January 17th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Prepare to Renovate!

Prepare to Renovate! Start off 2012 right with PRC’s newest educational program, the Advanced Renovation Workshop

This series includes three workshops:

Wednesday, Jan. 11 · 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 · 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 · 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the PRC
923 Tchoupitoulas St.
(in the Warehouse District)

Attend the inaugural class of PRC’s newest education seminar!

For beginners and experienced renovators alike, this series of workshops taught by local professionals will prepare you to tackle your own renovation.

Topics covered include:
Project Management
Building Systems
Sustainable Renovation Techniques
Working Successfully with Your Contractor
Navigating Permitting Agencies
How to Interpret Construction Documents
Maintaining the Historic Character of Your House and Local Resources

Presenters include:
Wardlaw Witherspoon
Peter Trapolin, AIA
Allison Saunders
Bill Robinson
Harvey Wier
Jennifer Farwell
Chris Draper

For more information, or to register: www.prcno.org

Suzanne N. Blaum
Director of Education and Outreach
Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 636-3399
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www.prcno.org

January 6th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

New Orleans Food Co-Op

Look for the Magical Mystery Tour every Wednesday at FSJNA dot ORG. The Magical Mystery Tour focuses on interesting items in and around Faubourg St. John.

Joining the New Orleans Food Co-Op makes healthy, affordable groceries a reality for our community. As a member-owner, you are eligible to receive a share of the co-op’s profits each time you shop. Patronage points will be added to your account that will go toward your future refunds. Active member-owners are also eligible for other benefits including voting rights, in-store perks and discounts at supporting businesses. Please click on the graphic above to go to the New Orleans Food Co-Op website for a full list of benefits.


January 5th 2012 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Crime Strategy

from the New Orleans Police Department’s Public Information Office
(January 2, 2012)- Today Superintendent Ronal Serpas released the 2012 Crime-fighting plan for the New Orleans Police Department.

“The new police tactics we announce today, coupled with Mayor Landrieu’s Strategic Command to Reduce Homicides, give us new tools that we need to make a difference in New Orleans,“ said Superintendent Serpas.

The biggest advantage to this new strategy is the department’s ability to focus and zero-in on locations where crime trends are most prevalent, as opposed to covering broader crime areas. New software acquired last year, which is now in place, enables the NOPD to do this.

“The 2012 refinements released today, expand upon the strength of the NOPD 65 Point Plan to re-build the New Orleans Police department by being able to utilize several state-of-the-art crime analytic software programs purchased and installed throughout 2011“, said Superintendent Serpas.

“What is noteworthy about this plan is that we now have the unparalleled ability to use laser-like focus to fight both major and minor crimes within our community. Instead of using manpower to cover the large area of , say, a half mile, we now have the computer intelligence and knowledge to focus at the street level, many times no bigger than four to five square blocks“, Serpas said.

As the technology becomes more familiar with all districts, the department will better understand crime trends and criminal habits, and information will be reviewed and updated to fine-tune policing strategies.

Superintendent Serpas said, “We will routinely produce maps that direct our aggressive, professional and impartial policing in the areas of our city linked by homicides, shootings, guns and drugs in ways that are supported by best practices and evidenced based policing of hot spots models used in other cities.”

“Key to the future of this department is building the professionalism of the men and women who serve with pride and dignity”, Superintendent Serpas said.

“Due to the Mayor’s and City Council’s action on the NOPD’s 2012 budget, which provides stability for planning, we look forward to reviving the Police Officer II, III and IV promotional system in a unique partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police in 2012; promoting critically needed sergeants and lieutenants to ensure that our service is the finest it can be; and, by hiring the first NOPD Training Academy of our administration in early 2012.“

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Tania Dall | Eyewitness News | wwltv.com

NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD has a new crime fighting strategy for 2012. The department says its creating special patrol sectors; keeping officers in the same neighborhoods; and utilizing state-of-the-art crime analyzing software to zero-in on locations prone to crime.

“All the information, software management tools we needed to be smarter, more accurate, laser-like focus on several block streets as opposed to several 100 block wide. We’ll be on those spots every day, all day and I think it’s going to make a difference,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas during a news conference on Friday.

The city’s police department says community involvement is also critical to curbing crime. Edward Buckner with “The Original Big 7 Culture & Heritage” Club agrees. Kids call him “Coach Ed.”

“As a whole family all of New Orleans is worse off right now,” said Buckner who runs a backyard operation from his 7th ward home. It’s a place where kids can sew “Mardi Gras Indian costumes” and have a safe place to go.

Buckner’s main goal is to keep younger generations engaged, out of harms way and off the street.

“We’re using the beading technique and beading work as a tool of discipline and a place for children to come and create and discover themselves with their art,” said Buckner.

The New Orleans native believes to stop crime, kids need more extracurricular activities and if they break the law, they need to serve the time.

“The laws should state if you get caught with a gun for no reason at all, you have no paperwork on the gun, you should do at least two years,” said Buckner.

As 2012 gets underway, Buckner, like Chief Serpas, can only hope for a more peaceful new year.

“I do think and I feel very good that 2012 is going to be a better year,” said Serpas as a news conference last Friday.

Other changes coming to NOPD this year include the revival of its officer promotion system and the hiring of 30 new officers for a new Police Academy.

December 29th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Ten Thousand Small Businesses


THE THIRD GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES CLASS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Interested small business owners must apply by January 23, 2012

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development has announced that the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is currently accepting applications to enroll in the program’s third class. Applications from small business owners are due January 23, 2012.

The 11-session business management education program will meet from late March – June. Classes are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and some Saturdays at Delgado Community College. Participants also commit 6-8 hours per week for out-of-class activities geared toward their business. Business owners eligible to apply for the program are required to have been in business for two years or more; and to have at least four employees, a revenue stream of $150,000 to $4 million per year, and a business that is poised for growth.

In advance of the application deadline, those interested in applying or seeking more information about the program are invited to attend one of two information sessions held at Delgado Community College, City Park Campus (Building #3, Room 222). Dates for those sessions are: January 5, 2012, 5:30 p.m. and January 17, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

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First announced in November 2010, 10,000 Small Businesses is designed to help local small business owners create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services. Small business owners accepted into the program will study accounting, human resources, negotiation, and marketing. Accepted applicants will also participate in one-on-one business advising sessions, accounting workshops, and pro bono legal clinics.

December 29th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

New Orleans Enjoys Startup Boom

Dean Burridge sent in this NPR post.
Photo by Charlie London

New Orleans has long been known as one of America’s hardest luck cities, struggling over the years with poverty, crime, corruption and tragic disaster. But the city’s darkest days have sparked a surprising new entrepreneurial spirit.

Residents Billy Bosch and Matt Mouras, for example, are trying to launch a nutritional beverage company and are getting a leg up from Idea Village, a nonprofit that helps nurture the city’s entrepreneurs.
“We have people that have had experience building businesses, people that have already gone through the process that are coaching us. And they’re also extremely connected locally. They can put us in touch with the resources we need as a startup,” Mouras says.

Idea Village co-founder and CEO Tim Williamson says the organization has helped some 1,100 businesses get off the ground.

“It’s meant to be a place for you to trust your crazy ideas,” Williamson says.

And some of those ideas are taking hold. Inc. magazine has called New Orleans “the coolest startup city in America.”

Williamson says it’s no coincidence the entrepreneurial boom came in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“Katrina did many, many things, but one is the next day everyone became an entrepreneur. We were all starting over in some way,” Williamson says. New Orleans was closed, he says, so there was nothing to lose by trying something new.

Allison Plyer, deputy director of the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center, says that entrepreneurial spirit was never part of the climate here before.

“New Orleans historically has been very much a third-world economy; the exploitation of raw materials, in our case, oil [and] cheap labor. So there wasn’t a lot of drive to innovate,” Plyer says.

Plyer says that before 2005, when Katrina struck, New Orleans lagged the nation in startups. Now the city exceeds the national average by about 30 percent.

The new ventures include software companies, digital media firms and industries that have developed to handle some of the problems Katrina posed; water management and education reform, for example.

Young people have flocked to the city, most of them with college degrees, reversing a decades-old brain-drain problem. Jessica Shahien, 25, left for college and had no intention of coming back home.

“I saw New Orleans as kind of a corrupt, sort-of backwards place. I wasn’t going to inherit a family business, I wasn’t going to go into hospitality or oil and gas, so why would I stay?” Shahien says.

But she says Katrina rekindled her connection to the city. Now she’s running 504Ward, a play on the New Orleans area code. It’s a brain-gain initiative aimed at keeping young adults in the city.

You can be a 20- or 30-something and really make a difference really quickly. They come thinking it will be an adventure, and then they have the opportunity to do something they would have to wait 10 years in another city to do,” Shahien says.

Nolan Rollins, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, has been working to make sure the city leverages the post-Katrina investment and new business climate, and that minorities aren’t left out.

“This is our ‘Go West, young man.’ This is really the opportunity to make a difference from a generational standpoint,” Rollins says. “If we aren’t making sure they’re a part of the new economy, we’re going to destabilize our economy, there’s going to be no ability for the city to actually grow.”

And that’s been a challenge with the entrepreneurial boom, says Plyer.
“It is not including a lot of the longtime residents of New Orleans. So it’s primarily white folks,” Plyer says. “There are not a lot of African-Americans who are involved in the ecosystem as it’s getting developed.”

Painter Myesha Francis, 32, with her own gallery in the arts district, is an exception. Francis doubts she’d own her own business by now if she hadn’t gotten a start two years ago at the Entergy Innovation Center in the 9th Ward, one of several entrepreneurial hubs in the city.

“I don’t think it would have happened this fast, because the Innovation Center made it possible for me to have the space and be able to work because the rent was reasonable,” Francis says.
Now she’s in a prime location but does struggle to find enough business. “People still spend along color lines; along who they like, who they know, who they don’t know,” she says.

She says some of the city’s old ways hang on. Francis has had to turn to nontraditional lenders, for example, to borrow money for her business. Venture capital has long been the missing piece in the economy here. But even that’s changing, as new angel investors look to fund nontraditional companies.

Clayton White is co-founder of the year-old South Coast Angel Fund.
“You don’t have to be connected to the right rich person to get investment. Now you just need to know we exist,” White says.
The state has helped with angel tax credits and other incentives for startups. And it has invested nearly $50 million in the New Orleans BioInnovation Center; four stories of modern lab suites designed to commercialize technologies coming out of local universities.

“A lot of the research that was being done down here would just remain in the lab or sit in filing cabinets, or it was being licensed away,” says Aaron Miscenish, president of the downtown center.

Now, young graduates can work on scientific breakthroughs right here in New Orleans; by testing old DNA samples that would otherwise be sitting, gathering dust.

For example, a company called InnoGenomics is trying to develop new DNA marker systems to work even in disaster conditions. The idea came to InnoGenomics CEO Sudhir Sinha after he was unable to identify victims of Hurricane Katrina.

New Orleans’ future depends on keeping and growing this kind of intellectual talent, says Michael Hecht of Greater New Orleans Inc., an economic development alliance.

“How do we ensure that this new culture, which is forward leaning, which is optimistic, becomes the permanent new New Orleanian culture and is not just a bit of rebuilding euphoria?” Hecht says.

He’s hoping the city’s low cost of living and famed lifestyle will help. For someone under 35, he says, the ability to make a meaningful impact and also have fun is a “pretty unbeatable cocktail.” Pun intended, he says.

http://www.npr.org/2011/12/29/144074234/in-katrina-s-wake-new-orleans-enjoys-start-up-boom

December 27th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Skate Park Meeting at City Hall Wednesday

The City and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) announced that three public meetings will be held to review proposed locations for a skate park. In October 2011, a skateboard ramp was donated to the City and NORDC.

The proposed locations for installation are Joe Brown Park, Behrman Memorial Park, or the Lafitte Greenway.

The three public meetings will be held in the New Orleans City Council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street, 1st floor, on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


Wednesday, January 4, 2012; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Skate Park Site Selection Criteria

Map of NORD Parks Recreation Facilities December, 2011

December 27th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Klaus Weiland to Play at Fair Grinds Friday

FAIR GRINDS COFFEEHOUSE
3133 Ponce de Leon
New Orleans, LA 70119
(just off the 3100 block of Esplanade in beautiful Faubourg St. John)

Hope some of y’all who remember Klaus can make it to Fair Grinds on Friday. And, if you weren’t around back in the day, come support live folk music and get an earful of some of the finest playing you’ll ever hear! An Evening with Guitar Wizard Klaus Weiland.

Friday Night December 30, 2001
8:00 pm

Fair Grinds Coffee House
http://fairgrinds.com/
3133 Ponce de Leon St. New Orleans
$10.00

Klaus Weiland is the best guitarist you’ve never heard of, and he’s returning to the New Orleans area to play for the first time in thirty years.

Habituees of the Quarter and New Orleans coffeehouses may remember the flamboyantly attired German musician with the English accent who killed us softly with his acoustic guitar in the late 70s and early 80s. Whether jamming with Charmaine or Little Queenie, with New Leviathan’s Eric Glaser or just hanging out with a mandolin, Klaus always brought fluency and craft to his playing.

His cds include: Pebbles, Acoustic Passion, Listen to the Sky, and Cathedral Forests. An EP, Lotte, is available on iTunes.

His web site: www.klausweiland.com

Performance Videos from the UK’s New Music Express:
http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/M3XLaH3zZUY/search/klaus-weiland

See Klaus Weiland Is Back in Louisiana on Facebook
(we’re just dying for you to “LIKE” him)

“Your music regulates my breathing.” Art Neville

“The best guitarist in Europe.” Finbar Furey, Dublin

late 80’s Conceived, built (500 auto tires, 20,000 plastic soda bottles, 12miles of lobster trapline, all rescued from the environment) and sailed with my brother Chris “Bubbles” Weiland, together with a wonderful bunch of volunteer eco-adventurists in Key West.

December 24th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

REBRIDGE NOW!

Happy Holidays Re-Bridgers:

My son was chanting Re-Bridge NOW in the back of the truck this morning so I thought I would send a holiday note and let you know how we are standing at the end of the year. My friend took this attached shot of the Magnolia Bridge all lit up (thanks to Cabrini!) for the holidays.

Mignon Faget AdornAments
SOLD OUT! – Mignon Faget sold all of the 300 AdornAments that were made on this first run – the Magnolia Bridge and Re-Bridge’s efforts to save it proved to be a very popular item (but we knew that).

Bubbles for the Bridges
We beat our own estimates and raised over $20K at the first annual gala, Bubbles for the Bridges, but we also had a swell time! The Sanctuary was warm and inviting, the weather was ideal, the Creole String Beans were grooving, Commander’s food was excellent, we had a great selection of hard to find elsewhere Silent Auction items, and well, the guests were all fantastic. Thanks all of you who supported this event. We are still sending out the thank you notes to all the wonderful donors who helped make the event a huge success.

Fundraising
Re-Bridge will hold two flagship events a year, a Crawfish Boil in the Spring that our past Chair, Mary-jo Webster, has volunteered to oversee, and the fall Gala. Otherwise, we will be seeking additional funds from private and public foundations to help us reach our matching goal. As you know we were awarded $844,400 from the Transportation Enhancement Act to rehabilitate the Magnolia Bridge. We need $220K to match those funds and have raised to date $40K. So we have a ways to go. In addition to seeking funds, our tee shirt and Mignon Faget’s AdornAment sales and individual donations made to our website or mailed in are helping us towards that goal. We will begin looking into the Dumaine Street Bridge now that a new director of the Department of Public Works has been announced.

What you could do for Re-Bridge:
LIKE us on Facebook
DONATE on our site – rebridge.org
BUY A TEE SHIRT – sold at Swirl – they are hip, ultra soft and hot looking.
BUY AN ADORNAMENT – Mignon Faget will have to make more after Christmas.
Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to another year of your help.

RE-BRIDGE NOW!

Rachel Dangermond
Re-Bridge Chair
1055 Moss Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
504.309.2116
415.336.9543 Cell
www.rebridge.org

December 22nd 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Prepare to Renovate!

Prepare to Renovate! Start off 2012 right with PRC’s newest educational program, the Advanced Renovation Workshop

This series includes three workshops:

Wednesday, Jan. 11 · 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 18 · 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25 · 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At the PRC
923 Tchoupitoulas St.
(in the Warehouse District)

Attend the inaugural class of PRC’s newest education seminar!

For beginners and experienced renovators alike, this series of workshops taught by local professionals will prepare you to tackle your own renovation.

Topics covered include:
Project Management
Building Systems
Sustainable Renovation Techniques
Working Successfully with Your Contractor
Navigating Permitting Agencies
How to Interpret Construction Documents
Maintaining the Historic Character of Your House and Local Resources

Presenters include:
Wardlaw Witherspoon
Peter Trapolin, AIA
Allison Saunders
Bill Robinson
Harvey Wier
Jennifer Farwell
Chris Draper

For more information, or to register: www.prcno.org

Suzanne N. Blaum
Director of Education and Outreach
Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 636-3399
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www.prcno.org

December 22nd 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

REBRIDGE NOW!

Happy Holidays Re-Bridgers:

My son was chanting Re-Bridge NOW in the back of the truck this morning so I thought I would send a holiday note and let you know how we are standing at the end of the year. My friend took this attached shot of the Magnolia Bridge all lit up (thanks to Cabrini!) for the holidays.

Mignon Faget AdornAments
SOLD OUT! – Mignon Faget sold all of the 300 AdornAments that were made on this first run – the Magnolia Bridge and Re-Bridge’s efforts to save it proved to be a very popular item (but we knew that).

Bubbles for the Bridges
We beat our own estimates and raised over $20K at the first annual gala, Bubbles for the Bridges, but we also had a swell time! The Sanctuary was warm and inviting, the weather was ideal, the Creole String Beans were grooving, Commander’s food was excellent, we had a great selection of hard to find elsewhere Silent Auction items, and well, the guests were all fantastic. Thanks all of you who supported this event. We are still sending out the thank you notes to all the wonderful donors who helped make the event a huge success.

Fundraising
Re-Bridge will hold two flagship events a year, a Crawfish Boil in the Spring that our past Chair, Mary-jo Webster, has volunteered to oversee, and the fall Gala. Otherwise, we will be seeking additional funds from private and public foundations to help us reach our matching goal. As you know we were awarded $844,400 from the Transportation Enhancement Act to rehabilitate the Magnolia Bridge. We need $220K to match those funds and have raised to date $40K. So we have a ways to go. In addition to seeking funds, our tee shirt and Mignon Faget’s AdornAment sales and individual donations made to our website or mailed in are helping us towards that goal. We will begin looking into the Dumaine Street Bridge now that a new director of the Department of Public Works has been announced.

What you could do for Re-Bridge:
LIKE us on Facebook
DONATE on our site – rebridge.org
BUY A TEE SHIRT – sold at Swirl – they are hip, ultra soft and hot looking.
BUY AN ADORNAMENT – Mignon Faget will have to make more after Christmas.
Thanks for all your support, and we look forward to another year of your help.

RE-BRIDGE NOW!

Rachel Dangermond
Re-Bridge Chair
1055 Moss Street
New Orleans, LA 70119
504.309.2116
415.336.9543 Cell
www.rebridge.org

December 22nd 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Skate Park Meetings

The City and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) announced that three public meetings will be held to review proposed locations for a skate park. In October 2011, a skateboard ramp was donated to the City and NORDC.

The proposed locations for installation are Joe Brown Park, Behrman Memorial Park, or the Lafitte Greenway.

The three public meetings will be held in the New Orleans City Council chamber, 1300 Perdido Street, 1st floor, on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Wednesday, January 4, 2012; 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Skate Park Site Selection Criteria

Map of NORD Parks Recreation Facilities December, 2011

December 21st 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Build a Bicycle and Make a Difference

The New Orleans Community Bike Project exists to promote the use of bicycles and other human-powered transportation; to assist all bicyclists in learning to maintain their vehicles; to provide a space for sharing community resources and fostering community education; and to promote the reuse of materials that might otherwise be thrown away.

Plan B is a community-run bike project that functions as an open workspace for bicycle building and repair. The workspace makes an array of professional bike tools available for use to the public for free while volunteers offer free help and instruction in bike repair. The bike project makes donated parts available at low cost. Additionally, complete used bikes are also available at reasonable, fair-market prices. All of the proceeds from sales are used to keep the project running and allow us to offer free stand time, tool library use, and bike education programs to the general public.

Shop: 1024 Elysian Fields | New Orleans, LA 70116 Phone: 504-272-PBNO (7266) Email: //';l[1]='a';l[2]='/';l[3]='<';l[4]='|109';l[5]='|111';l[6]='|99';l[7]='|46';l[8]='|108';l[9]='|105';l[10]='|97';l[11]='|109';l[12]='|103';l[13]='|64';l[14]='|116';l[15]='|99';l[16]='|101';l[17]='|106';l[18]='|111';l[19]='|114';l[20]='|112';l[21]='|101';l[22]='|107';l[23]='|105';l[24]='|98';l[25]='|97';l[26]='|108';l[27]='|111';l[28]='|110';l[29]='>';l[30]='"';l[31]='|109';l[32]='|111';l[33]='|99';l[34]='|46';l[35]='|108';l[36]='|105';l[37]='|97';l[38]='|109';l[39]='|103';l[40]='|64';l[41]='|116';l[42]='|99';l[43]='|101';l[44]='|106';l[45]='|111';l[46]='|114';l[47]='|112';l[48]='|101';l[49]='|107';l[50]='|105';l[51]='|98';l[52]='|97';l[53]='|108';l[54]='|111';l[55]='|110';l[56]=':';l[57]='o';l[58]='t';l[59]='l';l[60]='i';l[61]='a';l[62]='m';l[63]='"';l[64]='=';l[65]='f';l[66]='e';l[67]='r';l[68]='h';l[69]=' ';l[70]='a';l[71]='<'; for (var i = l.length-1; i >= 0; i=i-1){ if (l[i].substring(0, 1) == '|') document.write("&#"+unescape(l[i].substring(1))+";"); else document.write(unescape(l[i]));} //]]> ">

Click on the bike to learn more.

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2239 Piety St in the Upper 9th Ward | New Orleans
(at the corner of Piety and N Tonti)

RUBARB is an all volunteer run space, which means no bosses, no workers and no pay. We all participate in making the space, tools and parts organized and accessible, and any money that is received goes toward tools and parts and all other basic needs of the shop. Our primary goal is to provide adequate tools and competent help to meet the needs of those who desire to build and repair bikes. RUBARB is an educational space where we all can share and learn from each other’s skills and experiences.

To meet these goals we currently offer:

Ways to build or get your own bike – start with a bike that needs a little repairing and a donation for all the needed parts and a person can finish the bike and make it their own. Work trades are also a welcomed way to get a bike and contribute to the shop. We also have a few bikes ready to ride, which we ask a $40 – $80 contribution for.

the EARN-A-BIKE program – after completing a series of 4 steps, which include learning basic maintenance and bike building skills, youth earn bikes that they take home with them.

step #1: fixing a flat. this is a basic skill that every bike owner should be able to do! kids learn to patch a punctured tube and should then be able to fix their own if experiencing a flat on their bikes.

step #2: overhauling a wheel. this step requires the earn-a-biker to take apart a wheel, regrease it, and put it back together. not only does overhauling a wheel make it ride smoother and last longer, but kids get a chance to see what’s inside a hub, how it works, and how it goes together.

step #3: overhauling a bike. this is the time when kids pick out a bike to earn and begin working on it. some of our bikes are in various states of disrepair, so s/he may not only be overhauling the bottom bracket and wheels, but adjusting the headsets and brakes and piecing together parts such as handlebars and seats.

step #4: help beautify RUBARB. in this final step, the earn-a-bike participant does something to help brighten, organize, or simply make the shop a more enjoyable space. so far kids have made t-shirts, painted a mural, created a sculpture out of bike parts, organized our tubes, and painted ornaments for our tree made out of rims.

download the earn-a-bike flyer here

December 15th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

BlightStat Moving to Monthly Meetings

by Charlie London

BlightStat 29 | December 15, 2011

Beginning in 2012, the BlightStat meetings will be held once each month instead of bi-weekly. This was the 29th BlightStat meeting to which the public was invited.

Click here to view a PDF of the City of New Orleans’
December 15, 2011 BlightStat Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2012 will be the next meeting date. Then the second Thursday of each month thereafter.

Inspections
514 over the last two weeks. Ms. Basco indicated the backlog has increased slightly but the inspectors are working diligently in their assigned districts.

Inspection sweeps were done throughout the city with several being done during the recent “Fight the Blight” day held in each council district.

Mr. Wise reviewed the map of inspections with Ms. Basco.

Mr. Kopplin asked about the progress of the “occupied property” strategy. Ms. Basco said she is working on it. Occupied houses are not currently cited for blight.

Hearings
The backlog has been reduced significantly. Mr. Square indicated the majority of 311 calls are for code enforcement. Mr. Kopplin indicated that a target needs to be set for getting rid of the backlog. Mr. Kopplin suggested the February, 2012 meeting would be a good date to shoot for but would like closure on the backlog.

The greatest number of hearings were held this bi-weekly period with 413 hearings completed.

Demolitions
Mr. Carrere indicated 7 strategic demolitions with 3 being done during the recent “Fight the Blight” day, one of which was a 24 unit apartment building.

Cold weather drives vagrants into unoccupied buildings which often results in fires.

FEMA demolished 15 structures and 20 units.

44 properties removed from FEMA demolitions due to compliance.

Mr. Wise indicated that the strategic demolitions program has finite resources so the city needs to maximize the benefit for the resources available.

Interim Nuisance Abatement Program
Mr. Ferrouillet indicated 15 properties were cut during the “Fight the Blight” day. Contract for lot cutting is being re-bid and should be done by March, 2012.

9th Ward Lot Clearing
Mr. Lessinger indicated that 775 lots have been cut so far. Mr. Wise indicated that issues that affect people is the main focus of fighting blight. Blight affects public safety and quality of life.

Five FEMA trailers still remain.

Illegal Dumping
Ms. Lear indicated the Sanitation Department is still focusing in the 9th Ward and New Orleans East. Almonaster and Michoud are hot spots for tire dumping.

Sheriff Sales
Mr. Gray indicated that the highest amount ever was collected from the recent Sheriff Sale bringing the total to 1.2 million for the year.
Ms. Breaux indicated her team met with the owners of 609 Jackson Avenue about what action they are going to take to rid the city of this blighted property. (former medical facility) Ms. Breaux’s team is still working with the owner to get the owner to demolish the property or sell it.

Mr. Gray indicated 125 properties will be sold at a Sherrif Sale on January 10th. He also indicated sales are done every Thursday.

Mr. Wise indicated about 35% of the properties that go to Sheriff Sale are actually sold.

Mr. Kopplin indicated that economic development and blight strategy go hand in hand.

Mr. Lessinger discussed strategies for improving the number of properties sold at Sheriff Sales.

Auction updates for code lien foreclosures are posted on http://data.nola.gov/

Ms. Wilkerson said that 85 NORA closings were done over the past two weeks. Ms. Wilkerson will be leaving early in 2012 when the NORA program gets discontinued.

Mr. Kopplin indicated his goal is to have as many hearings as possible to get properties in compliance and to reduce the number of properties that end up in the backlog due to title research, contacting heirs, etc.

Mr. Kopplin indicated that the City Council authorized two additional Sanitation Rangers to help fight the dumping problem.

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NEW ORLEANS | Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:39pm EST Next up for New Orleans’ recovery: fighting blight
By Mark Guarino
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A city policy involving demolitions, inspections, community meetings and Saturday morning elbow grease is reviving New Orleans neighborhoods at a faster rate than most expected after Hurricane Katrina put 80 percent of the city underwater six years ago.

“This is a total groundbreaker for the city,” said Allison Plyer, chief demographer of the nonprofit Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.

“There’s never been this intensive an effort previously to combat blight.”

Even before the levees broke, New Orleans struggled with many of the classic elements that produce vacant homes and empty lots: systematic population loss, a troubled economy and crime.

Then Katrina accelerated blight. Some 110,000 New Orleans residents did not return to their homes in the five years since the storm, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In October 2010, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, then just six months in office, launched a blight initiative he said was designed to turn around 10,000 properties by 2014.

By the end of this year, city officials say, nearly 4,000 properties will fit that bill, lowering the city’s total number of blighted properties to less than 42,000, according to data from the United States Postal Service, which tracks such figures as vacant homes where mail is not collected.

“What happened is we got better at what we’re supposed to be doing and that, by getting more aggressive, property owners know we’re coming and know we mean consequences so they start to self-correct,” Landrieu told Reuters.

FEDERAL BILLIONS

In the early post-Katrina years, billions of federal recovery dollars helped the city buy abandoned properties and either demolish them or sell them to neighbors, as well as encourage residents to return and rehabilitate their homes.

Then came Jeff Hebert, the city’s inaugural director of blight policy and neighborhood revitalization.

He has sped up property inspections, held regular community meetings and implemented little changes like redirecting workers in a jobs program to mowing overgrown lots in devastated neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward, which hadn’t seen a lawnmower blade in years.

Herbert also helped the city steer away from tax sales of foreclosed properties, which can drag on for three years, to sheriff’s sales, which award new property owners a clear title immediately upon purchase.

“That may be our single biggest policy shift,” Hebert told Reuters. “Our goal is not necessarily to demolish houses but the end goal is to get houses back into commerce.”

Landrieu said the new measures are designed to address his administration’s three priorities: crime, jobs and schools.

“Blight is the thread that depends on whether or not we have success in those areas,” he said. “It’s a major threat to public safety and quality of life.”

Despite the city’s efforts, about 25 percent of New Orleans housing remained vacant in 2010, according to the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center.

Title issues, contractor fraud and rebuilding costs are saddling recovery, and some residents say the city isn’t acting fast enough to prevent neighborhoods from falling behind.

EIGHT FEET OF WATER

Take Rose Johnson. Her neat, two-story home in the city’s Broadmoor neighborhood took nearly 8 feet of water and she spent $130,000 to return it back to its original splendor.

Her neighbor did not. In the years that passed since the storm, the vacant Italianate home next to Johnson’s receded, as if reclaimed by the earth.

Pink exterior plaster is crumbled at the ground and this month, the stairs caved in. Johnson, 65, took it upon herself to mow the grass and hired an exterminator to set baits around her house so the rats next door wouldn’t infest her own.

She said she called the city several times but has seen no progress. “It’s a mess. I want them to tear it down,” she said of city officials. “It’s not fit to live in.”

Demolition creates its own challenges. Some community organizers complain the city leaves the foundation behind on houses it demolishes, preventing lots from reverting to green space and creating another version of blight. The city has demolished over 2,100 blighted properties so far this year.

“Demolitions are a mixed bag,” Plyer said. “If you do a lot of demolition then you have a dumping problem. People come and dump tires and debris and trash.”

Population recovery is one reason New Orleans appears to be advancing on blight. Even though the New Orleans population is 21 percent less than before the storm, the population more than doubled between 2006 and 2010, to 343,800.

Katrina helped mobilize the city’s public-private web of civic and neighborhood organizations and city departments, says Margery Austin Turner, vice president for research of the Urban Institute, a nonprofit policy analysis group based in Washington, D.C.

“I don’t think you would have seen that kind of capacity in New Orleans prior to Katrina,” she told Reuters.

Evidence of that is a section of Broadmoor where a development corporation set up by the neighborhood association in 2006 is rehabbing homes it purchased with $5 million from the Clinton Global Initiative. On one Friday in late November, 200 volunteers built a new playground for the nearby school.

“Our residents have skin in this game,” said David Winkler-Schmit, communications director for the association. “We know what we need.”

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You can review reports on all of the previous BlightStat Meetings in the links below:
Blight Sweep in 9th Ward: http://fsjna.org/2010/11/blighted-beginnings/
BLIGHTSTAT ONE: http://fsjna.org/2010/11/bi-weekly-blight-business/
BLIGHTSTAT TWO:http://fsjna.org/2010/11/keeping-our-eyes-on-the-prize/
BLIGHTSTAT THREE: http://fsjna.org/2010/12/what-gets-measured-gets-managed/
BLIGHTSTAT FOUR: http://fsjna.org/2010/12/blight-busting/
2010 Year End Update: http://fsjna.org/2010/12/year-end-update-from-the-landrieu-administration/
BLIGHTSTAT FIVE: http://fsjna.org/2011/01/the-5th-dimension-of-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT SIX: http://fsjna.org/2011/01/a-sixth-sense-for-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT SEVEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/02/the-7-heavens-of-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT EIGHT: http://fsjna.org/2011/02/8-by-ya-mommas/
BLIGHTSTAT NINE: http://fsjna.org/2011/03/blightstat-9/
BLIGHTSTAT TEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/03/blightstat-10/
BLIGHTSTAT ELEVEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/04/blightstat-11/
BLIGHTSTAT TWELVE: http://fsjna.org/2011/04/blightstat-12/
Mayor’s State of the City Address: http://fsjna.org/2011/04/one-city-that-shares-one-fate/
BLIGHTSTAT THIRTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/05/blightstat-13/
BLIGHTSTAT FOURTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/05/blightstat-14/
BLIGHTSTAT FIFTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/blightstat-15/
CITY GETS REPORT CARD: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/city-gets-report-card/
BLIGHTSTAT SIXTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/blightstat-16/
BLIGHTSTAT SEVENTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/blightstat-17/
BLIGHTSTAT EIGHTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/07/blightstat-18
BLIGHTSTAT NINETEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/07/blightstat-19/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY: http://fsjna.org/2011/08/blightstat-20/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-ONE: http://fsjna.org/2011/08/blightstat-turns-21/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-TWO: http://fsjna.org/2011/09/blightstat-22/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-THREE: http://fsjna.org/2011/09/blightstat-23/
FIGHT BLIGHT RIGHT: http://fsjna.org/2011/09/fight-blight-right/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-FOUR: http://fsjna.org/2011/10/blightstat-24/
CITIZENS PARTICIPATE: http://fsjna.org/2011/10/citizens-participate-in-new-orleans/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-FIVE: http://fsjna.org/2011/10/blightstat-25/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-SIX: http://fsjna.org/2011/11/blightstat-turns-one
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-SEVEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/11/27-meetings-about-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-EIGHT: http://fsjna.org/2011/12/blightstat-28/

December 15th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Port to Receive Rail Yard Improvements

research by Dean Burridge

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today (December 15, 2011) that 46 transportation projects in 33 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of $511 million from the third round of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s popular TIGER program, including $16,738,246 for the Port of New Orleans that “will rebuild a specialized rail yard at the Louisiana Avenue terminal along the Mississippi River. The overall project has two components: construction of a new 12-acre freight rail intermodal terminal; and resurfacing and fortifying a 4-acre storage yard that is used for ultra-heavy project cargoes.The project’s objective is to reduce congestion, facilitate the movement of marine and rail cargo, stimulate international commerce, and maintain an essential port asset in a state of good repair.”

Also announced was $9,814,700. The project will deploy Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) improvements on and around four highway bridges that span the Mississippi River in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The bridges include the Helena Bridge (US-49, MS & AR); the Greenville Bridge (US-82, MS & AR); the Vicksburg Bridge (I-20, MS & LA); and the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge (US-84, MS & LA). The improvements include dynamic messaging signs, vehicle detection devices, closed-circuit television, highway advisory radio, and other fiber optic connections that will coordinate communication across the bridges. The project will also include real-time river monitoring systems that will provide information for barges traveling beneath the bridges.

http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/dot16511a.html

http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/FY2011TIGER.pdf

December 14th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Lafitte Corridor One of Seven to Receive National Attention

Photos at http://fsjna.org/2011/12/lafitte-corridor-one-of-seven-to-receive-national-attention/

Katie Moore / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar made a special stop in New Orleans during his visit on Wednesday.

He announced that the Lafitte Corridor has been chosen as a priority project for scarce federal funds.

Trains once carried cargo from the river to the lake on it, but it could soon carry people.

“Right now, this is an abandoned rail corridor. It’s basically just wasted space,” said Bart Everson, president of the group Friends of the Lafitte Corridor.

The Lafitte Corridor runs 3.1 miles through the city and is now slated for the development of a hiking and biking trail.

“We fully expect to break ground on phase one in 2013. So, in short order we can actually expect to see a trail being built. Now, it’ll be a very basic trail to begin with,” Everson said.

The project already has $7.5 million in Community Development Block Grant funds from Katrina.

“Because this project has been selected as one of the seven priority projects in the United States of America, and that’s a pretty big place, you will have priority in the funding even during these tough times,” Salazar said.

It puts the Lafitte Corridor on the short list for federal dollars as part of the “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative.

“We don’t know what the dollars will be at this point, but it will add to the assistance and the funding that we’re getting,” said Councilwoman Susan Guidry.

Even the hope of additional funding is welcome for those who have fought for years now to make New Orleans a great place to live, bike and even hike.

http://www.wwltv.com/news/lafittecorridornationaldesignation-135617473.html

article below by Alex Woodward of GAMBIT WEEKLY

Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, met with Friends of the Lafitte Corridor today on the banks of Bayou St. John, flanked by a post office and Parkway Bakery & Tavern. Salazar announced the Obama Administration’s prioritized commitment to the to the Lafitte Corridor project via the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, led by the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and coordinated by the White House Domestic Policy Council. It also partners with local communities, specifically for outdoor and parks projects like the Lafitte Corridor. (To clarify a previous post: Salazar’s mention of $7 million is from an already-in-place Community Development Block Grant from the Louisiana Recovery Association, allocated to the Lafitte Corridor.)

“This is part of the revitalization of New Orleans,” Salazar told Gambit. The project will break ground in 2013.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar walks along the future Lafitte Corridor with Bart Everson, president of the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor.

Bart Everson, president of the Friends of the Lafitte Corridor (FOLC) group advocating for the project, said despite the project being “down in the weeds,” the “greenway” will “reclaim the space left behind,” rejuvenating a corridor formerly used as a shipping canal, a railway, and now for drainage, and open the space to its communities and visitors. It has the potential, Everson said, “to reconnect the city to its natural landscape.” Community meetings on the project’s design plans wrapped up this year.

More than 400 million people visit the United States’ 397 parks each year, Salazar said. “We are the envy of the world.” The administration’s three goals through the initiative are “preserving the crown jewels of America,” like the Everglades; protecting and preserving the country’s rivers systems; and, where the Lafitte applies, preserving the “great urban parks,” one of President Barack Obama’s highest priorities, Salazar said.

The Lafitte project is one of only seven parks projects nationally the administration is taking on. “Literally thousands could’ve been taken on,” Salazar said, adding the administration will work closely with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office and New Orleans City Council. (District A councilmember Susan Guidry said she wants the greenway to connect communities to the rebirth of Lake Pontchartrain.) The National Parks Service also will promote the greenway nationally.

“We don’t quit,” Salazar said to the crowd. “The best days of New Orleans are still ahead of us. … Ten years from now (the greenway) will be one of the iconic places (in New Orleans) and will look very different from what it does today.”

http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2011/12/14/sec-of-interior-gives-greenlight-to-lafitte-corridor-greenway

December 13th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Dec 14: Important Fed Visits Lafitte Corridor

Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, will visit the Lafitte Corridor on Wednesday, December 14th at NOON.

Friends,
It appears the Department of the Interior is taking an interest in the Lafitte Corridor greenway project. The Secretary of the Interior (Ken Salazar) will be here Wednesday (Dec. 14) and would like to meet the Friends of Lafitte Corridor. Please come join us at noon at the very end of Bayou St. John, where the corridor intersects Jeff Davis Parkway. There will be time for some Q&A as well as a brief stroll on the site of the future greenway. The whole thing will be over by 1 PM. I’m sure you have many more questions. So do I! Unfortunately at this time I don’t know more than what I’ve spelled out here. It’s all come together rather quickly, and I hope to learn more Wednesday. Please join us.

Bart Everson
President
Friends of Lafitte Corridor

November 9th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Magical Mystery Tour - Pedicabs

Pedicabs were recently allowed by law in the City of New Orleans. Pedicabs were out in force shuttling people back and forth to the Voodoo Experience held in City Park.


This huge sculpture was one of the many unusual sites at the recent Voodoo Experience in City Park.

The Magical Mystery Tour occurs every Wednesday at FSJNA dot ORG.

November 6th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

One Year of BlightStat

by Charlie London

It’s been one year since the city invited the public to attend the BlightStat meetings. Today’s meeting was the 26th BlightStat meeting that the public was invited to attend.

At the first BlightStat meeting, Mayor Landrieu spoke about the hearing process noting that, “Continuances should be the exception rather than the rule.”

There’s been much progress toward that end over the last year. New hearing officers have been hired, case managers have been assigned, and the case review process has been streamlined. All in an effort to get properties adjudicated and if necessary, moved to Sheriff’s sale. Read more about that first BlightStat meeting in the link below:
http://fsjna.org/2010/11/bi-weekly-blight-business/

Mr. Kopplin noted that I was likely the only one who has made it to all of the BlightStat meetings so far. You can review my reports on all of the previous BlightStat Meetings in the links below:
Blight Sweep in 9th Ward: http://fsjna.org/2010/11/blighted-beginnings/
BLIGHTSTAT ONE: http://fsjna.org/2010/11/bi-weekly-blight-business/
BLIGHTSTAT TWO:http://fsjna.org/2010/11/keeping-our-eyes-on-the-prize/
BLIGHTSTAT THREE: http://fsjna.org/2010/12/what-gets-measured-gets-managed/
BLIGHTSTAT FOUR: http://fsjna.org/2010/12/blight-busting/
2010 Year End Update: http://fsjna.org/2010/12/year-end-update-from-the-landrieu-administration/
BLIGHTSTAT FIVE: http://fsjna.org/2011/01/the-5th-dimension-of-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT SIX: http://fsjna.org/2011/01/a-sixth-sense-for-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT SEVEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/02/the-7-heavens-of-blight/
BLIGHTSTAT EIGHT: http://fsjna.org/2011/02/8-by-ya-mommas/
BLIGHTSTAT NINE: http://fsjna.org/2011/03/blightstat-9/
BLIGHTSTAT TEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/03/blightstat-10/
BLIGHTSTAT ELEVEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/04/blightstat-11/
BLIGHTSTAT TWELVE: http://fsjna.org/2011/04/blightstat-12/
Mayor’s State of the City Address: http://fsjna.org/2011/04/one-city-that-shares-one-fate/
BLIGHTSTAT THIRTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/05/blightstat-13/
BLIGHTSTAT FOURTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/05/blightstat-14/
BLIGHTSTAT FIFTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/blightstat-15/
CITY GETS REPORT CARD: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/city-gets-report-card/
BLIGHTSTAT SIXTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/blightstat-16/
BLIGHTSTAT SEVENTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/06/blightstat-17/
BLIGHTSTAT EIGHTEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/07/blightstat-18
BLIGHTSTAT NINETEEN: http://fsjna.org/2011/07/blightstat-19/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY: http://fsjna.org/2011/08/blightstat-20/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-ONE: http://fsjna.org/2011/08/blightstat-turns-21/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-TWO: http://fsjna.org/2011/09/blightstat-22/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-THREE: http://fsjna.org/2011/09/blightstat-23/
FIGHT BLIGHT RIGHT: http://fsjna.org/2011/09/fight-blight-right/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-FOUR: http://fsjna.org/2011/10/blightstat-24/
CITIZENS PARTICIPATE: http://fsjna.org/2011/10/citizens-participate-in-new-orleans/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-FIVE: http://fsjna.org/2011/10/blightstat-25/
BLIGHTSTAT TWENTY-SIX: http://fsjna.org/2011/11/blightstat-turns-one

NOTES FROM THE NOVEMBER 3, 2011 BLIGHTSTAT MEETING ARE BELOW:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE CITY’S NOVEMBER 3, 2011
BLIGHTSTAT PRESENTATION

Mr. Oliver Wise began the meeting with introductions and announcements. He announced the one year anniversary of the BlightStat meetings and presented buttermilk drops to those in attendance.

Mr. Hebert introduced Ken Grossman who is working with the City because of a grant from HUD. Mr. Hebert also introduced Allison Plyer of the Community Data Center who began the meeting.

She discussed the new report which is available at gnodc.org. Please visit the link below to read her report:
http://www.gnocdc.org/HousingDevelopmentAndAbandonment/index.html

Ms. Plyer presented the following facts: New Orleans peak population was in 1960. Between 1960 and 1980 suburban development expanded while historic neighborhoods in New Orleans experienced abandonment.

The “sliver by the river” experienced growth in the 1990’s. After Hurricane Katrina singles are attracted to downtown living but more households move out than move in. Westbank gains households.

Mr. Kopplin asked about the depopulation of New Orleans. Ms. Plyer indicated that while population does fluctuate, overall population in New Orleans is down. Large growth is happening in St. Tammany Parish and other areas north of Lake Ponchartrain.

Ms. Plyer stated that the “baby boom” generation is getting older and there will be a “demographic tidal wave” of elderly in the next few years. She indicated that the city may want to pursue measures to keep elderly in their New Orleans homes.

Mr. Kopplin discussed redevelopment programs for vacant housing like the soft-second program. He indicated that rehab of vacant housing is the focus of the Landrieu administration.

Mr. Hebert indicated that many people want larger homes and are moving to suburbia to get them.

Ms. Bascos introduced “Tammy” who will be working on hearings with Ms. Illarmo.

Inspections continue to exceed goals with 22,000 inspections done this year and 469 inspections during this bi-weekly period.

Ms. Bascos continued with a discussion of the inspections backlog with Mr. Wise inquiring about the time it takes between a call for an inspection and when the inspection takes place. The goal of having the inspection take place within 5 days is not currently happening.

Inspectors have specific areas to cover now and that seems to be working well.

Ms. Illarmo continued the meeting stating that 352 hearings were done during the last two weeks with 315 hearings set for the next two weeks.

Mr. Kopplin asked what the plan is to close the gap. Mr. Hebert indicated that Ms. Illarmo is working nights and weekends to keep things moving.

Mr. Lessinger indicated that “Tammy” will be focusing on higher level management of the blight cases. This was in response to Mr. Kopplin’s question on what is to be done to “close the gap”.

Mr. Hebert indicated that the Case Management system is a problem with getting blight cases adjudicated.

Mr. Kopplin discussed with Ms. Illarmo about the churning of re-inspections due to case resets and indicated that 26 hearing officers have been hired and the process needs to move along efficiently.

Mr. Kopplin indicated that the hearings backlog should disappear by December 31, 2011. He also indicated that he wants citizens to be able to call up on January 1, 2012 and be able to find out information about blighted properties easily.

Mr. Kopplin stated, “Don’t submarine our goals” when referring to the backlog of blight cases.

Mr. Wise indicated the backlog is down to 1600 from 2200. Mr. Wise indicated that hearings productivity has increased while Mr. Kopplin expressed his gratitude for that.

Mr. Hebert indicated that “undesirable resets” of blight hearings has gone down from 67% last November to 23% this November.

Mr. Carrere discussed the “Total Demolitions by Program” slide. He indicated that a large apartment complex that sat languishing due to some procedural errors has been cleaned up.

Mr. Kopplin continued with a discussion of the problems encountered with demolition contractors.

The FEMA representative indicated FEMA funded demolitions are moving along. He indicated that during 2008 and 2009, people were not renovating properties but many more are now due to increased enforcement via blight hearings.

Mr. Kopplin indicated that the HDLC has a new booklet on how to properly and inexpensively rehab historic properties. The city is getting contractors to use the HDLC guidelines when doing rehab on historic properties for the small rental program. Please visit the link below to learn more about the Historic District Landmarks Commission guidelines for proper restoration:
http://www.nola.gov/RESIDENTS/HDLC/Guidelines/Guidelines/

Mr. Keith Ferrouillet of INAP indicated the contractor has equipment issues so not many lots were cut this bi-weekly period.

Mr. David Lessinger indicated 12 people have been hired under the Job 1 program several of which are ex-offenders to perform grass cutting in the 9th Ward area. Over 100 lots have been cut already.

Ms. Lear indicated 3 front-end loaders are damaged and need repair. She once again asked citizens to immediately report dumping. Citations are being issued.

Mr. Hebert indicated that tire dumping is a huge problem. He said he saw a boat in the middle of one street and the boat was filled with tires.

Mr. Kopplin indicated that he would like greater emphasis on catching violators or solving the problem. It’s not individuals but small tire shops that are doing most of the dumping.

Tires are recycled through LDEQ via COLT. Learn more about the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and tire recycling by visiting the link below:
http://www.deq.state.la.us/portal/DIVISIONS/FinancialServices/WasteTires.aspx

Mr. Wise indicated that a lot more Sheriff Sales happened over the last two weeks.

Mr. Granderson said many of these properties were re-sales that did not sell at the first auction so the asking price was lowered.

Mr. Granderson said that Mr. Ryan Berni will be sending out a press release about the upcoming Sheriff sales.

Mr. Kopplin asked how many properties are scheduled for sale. Mr. Granderson indicated that goals for the year will not likely be met.

Mr. Kopplin put pressure on Mr. Granderson to get contractors that help with the Sheriff sale process to produce results the City is paying for… namely that blighted property sales increase significantly before the end of this year.

Mr. Kopplin requested an email blast be sent out with links to properties for sale to make it easy for people to find properties they may be interested in.

Ms. Wilkerson reviewed the stats on NORA properties and announced that another auction is coming up this Saturday.

Mr. Hebert said the City has learned from other cities what enforcement mechanisms work in different situations.

Mr. Kopplin indicated he is “deeply uncomfortable” with differential enforcement based on how an area is affected by blight.

November 3rd 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Comments Due on Esplanade Repaving

Esplanade Avenue from Moss Street to Claiborne Avenue will be repaved via the Submerged Roads Program.



This will be done under State Project number H.005898.

After reviewing the PDF in the link below, you
can submit comments by November 6th, 2011 to:

LADOTD, Environmental Engineer Administrator
P.O. Box 94245
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245

Click here for PDF about the paving on
ESPLANADE from Moss to Claiborne

October 26th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

Magical Mystery Tour - Voodoo Dog

Have you seen the signs around the neighborhood promoting this Saturday’s Voodoo on the Bayou?



Click on the picture or go to http://voodooonthebayou.com for more information.

Every Wednesday look for a new Magical Mystery Tour post at FSJNA dot ORG. AND, on Sundays, look for the Postcard from Home at FSJNA dot ORG.

October 10th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Forum with State Senate Candidates Specific to New Orleans East Community - Wed. Oct. 12, 6:00 pm

NEWS RELEASE | VILLAGES OF THE EAST COALITION

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2011
Contact: Minh Nguyen; , (504) 253-6000

VILLAGES OF THE EAST COALITION HOSTS PUBLIC FORUM WITH STATE SENATE CANDIDATES SPECIFIC TO THE NEW ORLEANS EAST COMMUNITY
Forum will offer space for attendees to ask questions of the candidates

New Orleans – The Villages of the East Coalition is hosting a State Senate Candidates Forum with Senators J.P. Morrell and Cynthia Willard-Lewis on issues specific to New Orleans East. The forum is open to public, which will provide the candidates the space to report what they have done in the Senate, give their current analysis, and explain the next steps on how they will work with the community to improve the conditions in New Orleans East. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Sarah T. Reed High School Auditorium, 5316 Michoud Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70129.

The candidates will be asked to discuss their plans on how they will work with the New Orleans East community to improve the education, economic, environmental, infrastructural, health, housing and transportation issues in New Orleans East. They will also be asked to discuss how they plan to work with the Villages of the East Coalition to create opportunities that will prepare the young people of New Orleans East to participate and successfully engage the New Orleans community and in the 21st century economy and society. The candidates will also be answering questions from the public.

A participant in the Villages of the East Coalition noted, “We know there are a lot of questions we need to answer as we work towards building a brighter future for New Orleans East, but we can’t do it alone.”

Minh Nguyen, Executive Director of Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) comments, “This forum will be different from many of the other meetings with candidates. It will not be a debate. Instead it will be a forum and a space where we the community can ask questions and hear what their views are on the issues we care about most in our community and what they plan to do about it.”

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Villages of the East Coalition is a multiethnic group of community leaders residing in and around the Michoud are in New Orleans East who came together to build a community that fosters safety, enrichment and opportunities for neighborhood youth. The Coalition is comprised of representatives from the Maple Ridge, Oak Island, Village de l’Est, and Willowbrook Neighborhood Associations, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVNCDC), Metropolitan Youth Foundation, New Orleans East Charter Academies (NOECA), Vietnamese Initiative in Economic Training (VIET), and parents and other community members with organizational support from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA), Puentes New Orleans, and Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN).

September 30th 2011 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

City Park Opens Arbor Room

The $2.3 million reception hall is next to the Popp Fountain and is being paid for with FEMA money and funds raised by the Friends of City Park.

What: A new venue – The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain – is set to open at New Orleans City Park. The Arbor Room replaces a structure that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Costing $2.6 million, the Arbor Room has exquisite views of both Popp Fountain and a field of mature trees. The 5,200 square foot facility accommodates 400 guests for a standing reception or 350 for a seated affair. The party can expand to more than 1,000 by utilizing outdoor patios and the adjacent Popp Fountain. The ceiling soars to 28 feet on the west side of the building.

Additional features of the Arbor Room include a bride’s room and a full kitchen.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of volunteers and park staff have worked to plant more than 100 trees and install other extensive landscaping in and around the complex.

Funding for the Arbor Room was provided by FEMA, Friends of City Park and City Park.

Where: The Arbor Room is located just north of Popp Fountain. The main entrance is via a brick sidewalk that passes by Popp Fountain.
When: The Arbor Room has been under construction for just over one year. Media is welcome to stop by on Sunday, October 2nd between noon and 3 p.m. to witness more than 1,200 Latter and Blum agents and staff enjoying the new facility at a company picnic.

What they are saying: “The public and event planners really like the new facility. We have more than 40 events scheduled at the Arbor Room over the next six months” said Pat O’Shaughnessy, Director of Sales for City Park.

“We are so excited about having our annual company picnic at this new venue. The Arbor Room at Popp Fountain and surrounding grounds are spectacular and they meet our needs exactly” stated Bob Merrick, CEO Latter & Blum Inc. “We anticipate a great event and hope to come back year after year.”

Please visit the link below for the rest of the story:
http://business.fsjna.org/2011/09/city-park-opens-arbor-room/

August 31st 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

FAIR HOUSING REPORT DEMONSTRATES HUD’S EFFORTS TO END HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows that the agency is resolving individual housing discrimination complaints faster, increasing its focus on complaints that affect multiple people, and launching more investigations using its authority to initiate cases on behalf of discrimination victims where no one has filed a complaint. HUD’s Annual State of Fair Housing Report also illustrates how the agency is helping municipalities and state and local agencies receiving HUD funding to comply with civil rights requirements and holding non-compliant recipients accountable.

“Our goal is to put an end to unlawful housing discrimination,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “We have made progress in reducing housing discrimination, but more work needs to be done to make ‘fair housing…part of the American way of life,’ as President Johnson said in 1968 when he signed the Fair Housing Act into law.”

More than 10,000 fair housing discrimination complaints were filed in fiscal year 2010, according to the report. Discrimination based on a person’s disability continued to be the largest single category of complaints. Of the 10,155 complaints filed with HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies, 48 percent alleged disability discrimination, 34 percent alleged discrimination based on race, and 15 percent alleged discrimination based on family status – consistent with the number and type of complaints received during the previous three years.

The report shows that in fiscal year 2010, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies processed 4,494 new complaints within 100 days, 328 more than in 2009 and 583 more than in 2008. The report also shows that HUD proactively pursued its own Secretary-initiated investigations, charging four and conciliating eight cases that developed from such investigations, and launching another 10 such investigations.

This year’s report shows that HUD has placed greater emphasis on ensuring that recipients of HUD funding create greater housing opportunities for minorities, families with children, and people with disabilities. In 2009, Westchester County, New York, a recipient of HUD funding, entered into a settlement agreement with HUD and others to resolve claims that the county had falsely certified compliance with the requirement to affirmatively further fair housing. HUD continues to work with the federal monitor and the county to ensure the county’s full compliance with the agreement.

HUD’s activities in fiscal year 2010 have led to significant relief for victims of housing discrimination, including:

Ø African Americans in whose neighborhoods a bank did not locate branches or provide banking services. A conciliation agreement between HUD, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council, and the First National Bank of St. Louis, Missouri, provides that the bank will increase its commitment to minority and low-income communities by, among other things, investing more than $2.5 million over four years in St. Louis City, North St. Louis County, and St. Clair County, Illinois.

Ø Women on maternity leave who were denied mortgage loans and insurance. HUD launched a landmark maternity leave case investigation that resulted in a settlement with Cornerstone Mortgage Company and a charge against Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). In the settlement, a Washington state woman was awarded $15,000 based on her claims that she was denied a mortgage loan even though she was on paid maternity leave and planned to return to work. The settlement also created a $750,000 victims’ fund to compensate other borrowers who experienced discrimination because they were on pregnancy or maternity leave at the time they were applying for a loan. In a separate action, HUD charged MGIC with discriminating against a Pennsylvania family by denying their application for mortgage insurance unless and until the wife returned to work from maternity leave.

Ø African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and families with children who were tenants or prospective tenants of an apartment complex that engaged in widespread discriminatory rental practices. In 2010, HUD charged the owners and managers of the subject apartment complex in Renton, Washington. In 2011, the Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement that provides that the housing provider will, among other things, pay $85,000 in damages and $25,000 in civil penalties and maintain a common recreational area for all tenants, including children.

Ø Six families with children who were charged fees for using the common recreational areas of a condominium. In 2009, HUD charged the owners and managers of the subject condominium in Methuen, Massachusetts. In 2010, the Department of Justice obtained a consent decree under which the housing provider must, among other things, pay $130,000 in damages and $20,000 in civil penalties.

In addition, the report highlights how HUD, through its Section 3 program, is creating jobs for low-income residents of areas where HUD-funded construction is taking place, and contracting opportunities for the businesses that hire them. Between 2009 and 2010, the program provided jobs to more than 16,000 residents and contracts to 2,900 Section 3 businesses. HUD also announced, in June, that it was providing $600,000 in competitive grants to enable public housing authorities and state and local agencies that receive Section 3 funding to hire a program coordinator to help report on the success of their job creation and training efforts.

Going forward, HUD will continue to reach out to groups that have historically lacked sufficient protection from housing discrimination, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. HUD has announced that it will issue a rule to clarify that the term “family,” when used in HUD programs, includes all eligible LGBT couples and individuals.

Furthermore, the Department is expanding its education and outreach to immigrants. HUD is conducting fair housing conferences throughout the nation to raise awareness of fair housing rights among advocacy and social service organizations working with immigrant communities. Also, as part of HUD’s efforts to make its programs accessible to all, the agency has translated more than 100 vital documents into 17 different languages.

For a copy of HUD’s Annual State of Fair Housing Report, go to:

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=ANNUALREPORT2010.PDF.

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 10,000 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), 800-927-9275 (TTY).

August 26th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

FetchPuppy: A Faithful Friend to Local Businesses, Shoppers, and Charities

FetchPuppy is a New Orleans-based online deal site, custom-built and scaled to benefit New Orleanians in countless ways by providing online deals while directing a portion of revenue generated to the local charity that gets the most votes each week.

Refer a great local business and get a $50 referral fee. Nominate your favorite local non-profit to receive 10 percent of all sales completed in a week. Purchase a coupon for the daily deal. There are so many ways to play with this pooch.

For more information on FetchPuppy, please visit http://www.fetchpuppy.com/.

August 26th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Rebirth Financial Links Small Businesses to Lenders

Rebirth Financial serves the greater New Orleans community by connecting small businesses with banks and individual lenders. This local start-up makes it easier for small business owners to acquire loans and allows them to focus on their business, instead of chasing money.

NOLA Brewing have benefitted from this innovative lending platform. “Without Rebirth Financial, we wouldn’t have been able to expand and increase our production by 100 percent and finally put our products into cans,” says Kirk Coco, founder and CEO.

Learn more at rebirthfinancial.com.

August 24th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INITIATIVE PREPARES N.O. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR PROFITABLE CAREERS

In the very near future, an emerging group of new technologically savvy professionals will be required to occupy process operator positions in Louisiana’s petrochemical plants and other process industries due to natural attrition. Local industry leaders, education experts and community and business partners are working collectively to develop that future workforce.

An Open House for PTEC at Landry will take place at the school, 1200 L.B. Landry Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114, today, Wednesday, August 24, from 10:30AM to 11:00AM. A reception, facility tours and equipment exposé will follow.

The Process Technology (PTEC) program currently underway at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans is an innovative, dual enrollment initiative that provides technical training to high school students, while allowing them to enroll in college coursework simultaneously.

PTEC is the science of manufacturing that contains all of the elements of production, which will control the quality of a product. Careers in this area are found in refineries and manufacturing plants and typically require an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology/Process Technology. For the PTEC program at Landry, the school, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), Nunez Community College, Nunez’s Industrial Technology Advisory Committee, ConocoPhillips, the Orleans Scholarship Foundation and the Algiers Economic Development Foundation (AEDF) are working collectively to grow and sustain the program.

LDOE has been instrumental in certifying PTEC instructors for the classroom and working with the program’s visionary Lawrence Donsereaux, II, Alliance Team Leader for Training and Development at ConocoPhillips and Chairman of Nunez Community College’s Industry Advisory Committee, and Alliance Training Supervisor Radford Bustin to develop, pilot and fully launch the program.
“The ConocoPhillips Alliance Refinery is excited about the launch of the Landry PTEC program,” states Ray Rigdon, the refinery’s Operations Manager. “Our Training Department has invested significant time and resources in partnership with Landry, Nunez, and the state of Louisiana to bring this curriculum to the Algiers community and the students. We see this as a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved and a significant step toward developing a qualified local workforce.”

Ava Dejoie, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator for LDOE, recalls the charge from former LDOE Superintendent Paul Pastorek last year to bring college classes to Landry. Dejoie says: “The initiative has blossomed into so much more. The classes are at Landry, and the business and the community are at Landry. Better still, industry experts are serving as part-time instructors. These individuals are Landry and New Orleans Public School alumni. They are mentors and role models to the students.”

Donsereaux, an alumnus of L.B. Landry’s class of 1969 said, “This has been a dream of mine. I know that these students can be future employees of ConocoPhillips or other operators. This lab opens up a world of opportunity.”
Upon successful completion of the program, students have the potential to earn $50,000 to $70,000 annually. Similar models are in place at several Louisiana colleges that offer Associate Degrees in industrial Technology/Process Technology, including Louisiana Technical College, McNeese State University, SOWELA Technical Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College and Baton Rouge Community College.

As the only school in the nation to have received National Association of Industrial Technology accreditation, Nunez will offer the college coursework and credentialing to PTEC students at Landry. ConocoPhillips donated a significant amount of PTEC lab equipment, while the New Orleans Student Scholarship Foundation donated $10,000 to the program. The Algiers Economic Development Foundation is serving as a conduit between the education, community and business sectors to sustain the program.

“Program sustainability is a major component of enhancing and expanding this initiative. The Algiers Economic Development Foundation brings critical partnering opportunities to the business community for workforce and resource development purposes,” said Christopher Kane, President of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

The first cohort of PTEC students started the program about two weeks ago. Approximately 40 students are enrolled in Landry’s PTEC program, which is facilitated by two former industry professionals who have undergone an extensive certification process with LDOE. One long-term goal is to expand the program to service adults.

Invited guest and speakers include: L.B. Landry Principal Lee Green; Ava Dejoie, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Education; Lawrence Donsereaux; Radford Bustin; Tommy Warner, Chancellor, Nunez Community College; Ray Rigdon, Operations Manager, ConocoPhillips; Judge Roland Belsome, Chair, Orleans Student Scholarship Foundation; and Christopher Kane, President, Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

August 24th 2011 Global Green USA

Global Green USA: Monthly Sustainability Series - August 24th, 2011

NOLA Wise – A New Financing Opportunity for a Healthy and Efficient Home

Global Green USA proudly partners with the AIA, New Orleans Chapter, and USGBC, LA Chapter, to present a monthly panel and community discussion series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

This month, join Global Green USA Program Manager Camille Lopez to discuss NOLA WISE – an exciting new energy efficiency, job creation and financing program to help New Orleanians live comfortably, save energy, and save money. The program, in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Department of Energy, helps New Orleans homeowners save at least 15% on their utility usage, connects homeowners to trusted, vetted, and nationally certified green contractors, and provides incentives and low interest loans to help pay for your upgrades.

We’ll discuss how to get involved with the NOLA WISE program, the process of screening and hiring a home energy rater, what energy efficiency measures you might install, and how you can reduce your project cost by accessing incentives. Green Coast Enterprises’ Co-Founder Reuben Teague will discuss the innovative financing options available to all homeowners or residential rental property owners in New Orleans, contractor selection, and how contractors can take advantage of job training opportunities available through the NOLA WISE program.

NOLA Wise: A New Financing Opportunity for a Healthy and Efficient Home
Wednesday, August 24th, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Global Green USA’s Green Building Resource Center
841 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served at 5:30 PM, panel presentation begins at 6:00 PM.

Very special thanks to our good friends at Whole Foods Market and Ste. Marie Restaurant for their generous support of our Sustainability Series.

For more information on this and past events, please see the Global Green USA website: http://globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/ or contact Heidi Jensen at our Green Building Resource Center:

August 18th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Drop the Chalk to be celebrated as “Champion of Change” at White House

Drop the Chalk to be celebrated as “Champion of Change” at White House
New Orleans resident is one of 11 entrepreneurs being honored in the ceremony
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Jennifer Medbery, founder of Drop the Chalk—the first company to be financed by the New Orleans Startup Fund, will be honored during a ceremony at the White House. The Teach for America alumna is one of 11 entrepreneurs who will be recognized as “Champions of Change.” The program is an ongoing series where the White House highlights individuals who have created effective projects and initiatives that have helped better their communities.

Founded in 2009, Drop the Chalk is a web-based education software company that enables teachers to collect and analyze classroom data in real time. The company seeks to catalyze education reform by empowering teachers to use student data effectively. In April 2011, the Startup Fund—designed to accelerate local early-stage companies that demonstrate high-growth potential—announced that it would fund the company.

“I cannot express how grateful and humbled I am to be included as part of the White House’s ‘Champions of Change’ program,” said Medbery. “For two years, I have been striving to bring an innovative data analysis solution to educators, and it is nothing short of an absolute honor to have that passion recognized in this way.”

Craig Cordes, founder of New Orleans-based Cordina Frozen Drinks, will also be honored during the White House’s ceremony. Both Drop the Chalk and Cordina are members of The Idea Village’s Entrepreneur Class of 2010. Drop the Chalk secured a $100,000 investment through the organization’s Entrepreneur Challenge, and Cordina was the winner of the Coulter Challenge IDEApitch during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2010.

The full list of individuals included as Champions of Change during today’s event is as follows:

Torya Blanchard – Detroit, MI, Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes
Craig Cordes – New Orleans, LA, Cordina Frozen Drinks
Jennifer Donogh – Carnation, WA, Young Female Entrepreneurs
Kwanza Fisher – Atlanta, GA, Neighborhood Mathematica
Zach Hamilton – Scottsdale, AZ, DevilWash
Susan Koger – Pittsburgh, PA, ModCloth
Josh Linkner – Detroit, MI, Detroit Venture
Jennifer Medbery – New Orleans, LA, Kickboard by Drop the Chalk
Alex Rincon – Helena, MT, four0six
Andrew Yang – New York City, NY, Venture for America
Erica Zidel – Somerville, MA, Sittingaround

Today’s announcement adds to a growing list of accolades for Medbery. Earlier this summer, Drop the Chalk was featured in Businessweek’s list of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011” and in Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of young business owners.

In addition to these honors, the company is the recipient of numerous other national awards, winning the Domain Companies’ prize at the Tulane Business Plan Competition, the UPenn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition, and the Tulane University New Day Challenge. Drop the Chalk was also a finalist for the Mass Challenge, the Unreasonable Institute, and the Echoing Green competition.

“We are thrilled for the national recognition of Jen and Drop the Chalk,” said Matt Wisdom, Chairman of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “Not only does this underscore Jen’s remarkable efforts, but it also highlights Greater New Orleans as the hotbed of innovation it has become. She should be very proud of her work, and I expect more good things to come her way.”

To qualify for funding from the New Orleans Startup Fund, startups must be headquartered within the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region and must demonstrate a clear vision to grow their business to between $20 and $50 million in revenue within five to seven years.

“We are pleased to see that two of the 11 honorees are based in our region,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc. and CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “The economic comeback of Greater New Orleans has been led by entrepreneurs. GNO, Inc. extends its congratulations to Jen and Craig for their success to-date and wishes them the best in the future.”

The “Champions of Change” ceremony begins at 2:45 p.m. EDT today. The White House will stream the event live at whitehouse.gov/live.

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About New Orleans Startup Fund

The New Orleans Startup Fund is a non-profit 501©(3) evergreen seed fund established by Greater New Orleans area business and financial leaders to accelerate the growth of early-stage, innovative businesses into venture-ready companies. The Startup Fund’s mission is to create jobs and economic prosperity for the 10-parish region of Greater New Orleans by providing seed capital and business assistance to early-stage firms that demonstrate significant growth potential. The Startup Fund measures success by the creation of a strong portfolio of companies able to attract outside financing and the development of a local capital ecosystem.

More information can be found at http://www.neworleansstartupfund.org.

August 18th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Interested in the development of the Lafitte Corridor?

Are you wondering, “What, exactly, IS the Lafitte Corridor?”

Go to http://www.lafittecorridorconnection.com for more information.

Lafitte Corridor Connection Kick-Offs
http://www.lafittecorridorconnection.com/workshops.html

Some of the following events have already occurred. See below for tonight’s workshop, Thursday 8/18 and future events

To provide an opportunity for the general public to hear about the project, comment on initial analysis, and express interest and concerns about the project. Keypad polling devices will be used to collect public feedback.

Monday, August 15th – 6PM to 8PM
Two Locations: Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street and Grace Episcopal Church located at 3700 Canal Street
Lafitte Corridor Connection Open Studio

To provide flexible hours for the general public to stop in and view progress on the project. Only necessary to participate if unable to communicate ideas and concerns during the kick off or other opportunities.

Daily August 15th-19th from 10AM to 5:30PM

Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street. (Studio hours are extended August 16th-18th to 7PM to play the Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game)

Lafitte Corridor Connection Topical Discussions

To provide an opportunity for the general public to provide input on issues and opportunities relative to the specific topic. Only necessary to participate if unable to communicate ideas and concerns during the kick off or other opportunities.

Daily August 15th-19th from 4:30 PM to 5:30PM

Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street

* August 15: Recreational Activities and Programming AND Corridor Education, Employment and Jobs Opportunities * August 16: Greenway Arts and Interpretive AND Transportation, Stormwater, and Infrastructure * August 17: Land Use and Urban Design AND Housing and Economic Development Strategies * August 18: Financing, Operations and Maintenance * August 19: Health and Environment

Lafitte Corridor Connection Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game

To provide an opportunity for the general public to play the Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game – a tool for drawing out public preference and priorities for the greenway, greenway park, and corridor.

* August 15 – 19: 11:30am – 12:30pm * August 16 – 18: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Lafitte Corridor Connection General Community Meeting

To provide the public with a chance to comment on proposed plans, recommendations and strategies. Keypad polling devices will be used to collect public feedback and determine preferences and priorities.

Saturday, August 20th from 9:30AM to 12:00PM
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus – Student Life Center, Lac Pontchartrain Room at 615 City Park Avenue

Workshop Dates
Workshop 1 August 15-20, 2011
Workshop 2 TBD (mid-November)
Workshop 3 TBD (mid-February)

August 5th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Mayor Landrieu and Councilmember Head to Hold Community Budget Meeting Next Week

From the City Media Advisory:

Contact:
Ryan Berni
504-658-4992 (office)
504-621-9504 (cell)

“On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will launch a series of community meetings in each councilmanic district to discuss 2012 budget priorities. The first meeting will be co-hosted by District B Councilmember Stacy Head. They will be joined by Deputy Mayors, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, NOFD Superintendent Charles Parent and department and agency heads. The Budgeting for Outcomes process is aimed at producing a more citizen-driven budget and ensuring improved government performance and accountability.

Prior to the meeting, from 5:30-6pm, the City will host a Resource Center with representatives from several City departments and agencies. During that time, citizens will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with various departments about specific complaints and concerns.

WHO: Mayor Mitch Landrieu Councilmember Stacy Head- District B City officials

WHAT: District B Community Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Resource Center- 5:30pm Meeting- 6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Dryades YMCA 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113 “

August 4th 2011 Trinity Christian Community

Trinity Christian Community/Americorps

Trinity Christian Community is seeking to employ Americorps members to provide Rebuilding and Community Development services throughout the city. AmeriCorps members must be U.S. Citizens, have graduated high school and pass a criminal background check. Contact Chantel Dunn by phone 504-482-7822 or by email for more information.

July 27th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

POSTPONED: Financial Planning & Wealth Management for Neighborhoods

The Capacity College Clinic on Financial Planning & Wealth Management for Neighborhoods for tomorrow, Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. has been postponed.

If you already registered and made a payment for the clinic, we will reimburse you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or call me at 940-2207.
Thank you for your interest in NPN’s Capacity College!

July 26th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Treasurer Kennedy Discussion on the Fiscal Realities of the UMC Hospital Project

Treasurer Kennedy is coming to town.

This is your chance, as a member of the public, to sound off on the proposed UMC hospital. Bring your suggestions, your questions, and make sure you voice is heard. Call for the state to do the right thing – and reopen Charity Hospital as a brand new facility within the shell of the existing and historic Charity Hospital building.

Treasurer Kennedy has consistently questioned the wisdom, in a fiscal sense, of building a new medical center in Lower Mid-City. And now, more than ever, we need a dose of this realistic viewpoint before the state commits itself to a crippling mistake.

Here are the details:

Treasurer Kennedy Discussion on the Fiscal Realities of the UMC Hospital Project

July 26, 2011

6:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana

We encourage folks in New Orleans East who are concerned about Methodist Hospital to attend and find out how the unnecessary expenditures on the UMC affect the likelihood of financing for a hospital in the East.

We encourage anyone concerned about the risk of a true fiscal boondoggle to attend. Despite all the talk about the project moving forward, there are some very real risks that have not been addressed, specifically on the financing and operation costs.

We urge anyone concerned about mental healthcare facilities in New Orleans to attend as well. You’ll recall that a study by Blitch Knevel Architects, on behalf of the State of Louisiana, said that part of Charity could be renovated to provide the area with a stand-alone mental healthcare facility. The state’s own study says this.

Finally, we urge any community members to attend who are concerned about the precedent set by the disastrous treatment of the Lower Mid-City neighborhood by the city, state, and federal government. New Orleans neighborhoods should not stand for the utter disregard, disrespect, and outright hostility toward their residents. And the state and city governments, should not bowl over and hang their own residents out to dry when they start to see dollar signs before their eyes.

Come on out on Tuesday night. The current UMC push jeopardizes the return of a hospital to New Orleans because it is so irresponsible. We are strongly in support of the event on Tuesday night because we view it as a way to help ensure the success of a world class institution that is sustainable and right for the city and the state. For this to happen, all options and alternatives must be considered, including the Charity Hospital option.

July 18th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Marc Morial says black unemployment has actually worsened during recovery

“The black unemployment rate (has) increased since the recovery has begun.”
Marc Morial on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

National Urban League president Marc Morial said on “Meet the Press” that unemployment among blacks has actually worsened since the start of the recovery. Is he right?

During a discussion of high unemployment on the July 17, 2011, edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League, turned the spotlight on unemployment among African Americans.

“We have a jobs crisis in America,” said Morial, the former mayor of New Orleans, “and I think that the debt-ceiling discussion should be decoupled from the deficit discussion, and the nation needs a jobs plan. We have 14 million people out of work. The black unemployment rate is at stifling levels. It’s, in fact, increased since the recovery has begun. “

We decided to check whether the black unemployment rate has gotten worse since the recovery began.

We looked at federal Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers starting in June 2009 — the month the National Bureau of Economic Research determined was the end of the last recession and the start of the recovery.

In June 2009, the unemployment rate for African Americans was 14.9 percent. In the most recent month, June 2011, the rate was 16.2. So the black unemployment rate definitely did rise over that period.

If you look closer at the numbers, they have actually zig-zagged a bit. The rate peaked at 16.5 percent in March and April 2010, before falling as low as 15.3 percent in February 2011. Since then, the rate has climbed almost a full percentage point over four months.

Still, in the period Morial specified, the black unemployment rate increased by more than a full percentage point.

We should note that Morial has some justification for focusing on black unemployment rates.

Of the four major ethnic groups tracked by BLS — whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans — only blacks saw unemployment rise over the period Morial cited.

White unemployment dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.1 percent from June 2009 to June 2011. Hispanic unemployment dropped from 12.2 percent to 11.6 percent. And Asian unemployment dropped from 8.2 percent to 6.8 percent. All told, the overall unemployment rate fell from 9.5 percent to 9.2 percent.

In fact, some segments of the black labor force showed even higher rates of unemployment. For instance, the most recent unemployment rate for blacks between the ages of 16 and 24 years was 31.4 percent.

July 18th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

100 Urban Entrepreneurs Pitch Event: Last day for submission is Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Don’t forget to invite your clients to submit their business plans and pitch their business ideas for a shot at $10,000 from 100 Urban Entrepreneurs.
Click here for more details: http://www.100urbanentrepreneurs.org

100 Urban Entrepreneurs Pitch Event: Last day for submission is Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

100UE in New Orleans: July 20, 2011

NEW ORLEANS’S ongoing renewal and recovery continues on Wednesday, July 20, when 100 Urban Entrepreneurs heads into the Crescent City to host a 60-Second Business Pitch event. If you’re in or near New Orleans and have a great idea for a business, we want to hear from you.

Click here to do the following

STEP 1: Not sure how a 100UE 60-Second Business Pitch event works?

STEP 2: Read the Official Submission Rules and Guidelines.

STEP 3: Submit your business idea and apply for the pitch event.

That’s it! A representative from the 100UE funding committee will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if you’ve been selected to participate in the pitch event. You’ll make the best case for your business in front of a live audience and our panel of judges. At stake? $10,000 in startup financing and eight weeks of intensive business mentoring — your chance to join the more than 40 other entrepreneurs we’ve funded and mentored.

Have any questions ahead of time? E-mail us at . Good luck — and we hope to see you in New Orleans on July 20!

July 18th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Register now for the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit set for July 20

Co-hosted by: The White House, The Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans Business Alliance, Operation HOPE, & multiple federal agencies

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
8 a.m.- 9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Forum

Xavier University
Xavier University Center
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125

www.whitehouse.gov and http://www.nola.gov
Twitter: #urbanforum

BACKGROUND:
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in partnership with the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council, will host an Urban Entrepreneurship Forum on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Xavier University in New Orleans to focus on providing tools to support job growth and foster economic success for local entrepreneurs.

“We are focused on creating jobs, putting people back to work, and ensuring access to economic prosperity for all New Orleanians,” said Mayor Landrieu. “I am pleased to partner with President Barack Obama to develop innovative ways like this forum to get capital on the street and to support local and disadvantaged businesses. President Obama’s continued commitment to New Orleans has been extremely beneficial to our recovery, and our network of entrepreneurs will benefit from access to this caliber of expertise and support.”

President Obama has laid out a vision to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world – a plan critical for America’s cities and long-term economic competitiveness. Earlier this year, President Obama re-launched the White House Business Council, which focuses on gathering ideas from the private sector and working in close coordination to support the growth and success of American businesses and entrepreneurs.

As entrepreneurship plays a central role in creating jobs and economic opportunity, the Obama administration is committed to creating public-private and nonprofit partnerships to support current entrepreneurs and spark a new generation of urban entrepreneurs. To focus on these initiatives to boost job growth in America’s cities, the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council are partnering with Mayor Landrieu and other mayors to concentrate on ways to strengthen urban entrepreneurship.

This forum is part of a series of Landrieu administration events and programs targeted at supporting local businesses. Last fall, Mayor Landrieu held the City’s first summit on economic opportunities for local businesses, “People of New Orleans Rebuilding New Orleans” at the Marriott Hotel. Over 500 local businesspeople heard presentations from The City, Sewerage & Water Board, Recovery School District (RSD), Orleans Parish School Board, Veterans Administration, University Medical Center, and US Army Corps of Engineers about upcoming capital projects and over $6 billion in procurement opportunities for local firms. The City has also partnered with Goldman Sachs, HOPE Credit Union and Delgado Community College on the $20 million 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which links local businesses with practical business training and access to capital.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

See the registration form

Residents and businesses interested in more information should contact Blake Stanfill at 504-658-8425 or .

The event is open to pre-credentialed media. Media interested in covering the events should email and .

July 18th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

IS A 'GAP' LOAN FOR YOU? HUD program can lend up to $50K to homeowners in mortgage crisis

2011-07-18

Ericka Johnson had never been late on the mortgage payments on her four-bedroom suburban Atlanta home, but now the single parent to a daughter in college is four payments behind.

Her financial challenges were brought on by a layoff from her legal assistant job in February. Efforts to lower her payments through a loan modification have been unsuccessful so far, so she was hoping that the $1 billion of federal monies recently earmarked for the Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program (EHLP) would be an option for relief. No such luck.

Georgia is not among the 27 states (and Puerto Rico) that qualify for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that allows eligible homeowners to qualify for loans maxing out at $50,000, without any interest over a two-year time period.

The loan is considered a deferred mortgage payment “gap” loan. Eligible homeowners must be unemployed or underemployed, three or more months behind on their payments and living in their homes with the intent to stay. July 22 is the deadline for pre-application.

Johnson says she considers the program a good gesture, but thinks the federal money could have been better spent on job creation. “I think it’s a waste of money, to be honest,” says Johnson of Snellville, Ga. “The priority should be getting people working rather than bailing them out of a mortgage they can’t pay. Teach me how to fish so that I can eat for a lifetime.”

For a listing of the qualifying states and eligibility requirements for EHLP, visit hud.gov.

July 6th 2011 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Civil Rights Organizations Settle Road Home Discrimination Case

STATE AMENDS PROBLEMATIC HURRICANE RELIEF PROGRAM

(New Orleans, LA) – Today, African-American homeowners and two civil rights organizations announced a settlement in a post-Hurricane Katrina housing discrimination lawsuit brought against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Louisiana regarding the “Road Home” program.

The suit alleged that the formula used to allocate grants to homeowners through the Road Home program – the single largest housing recovery program in U.S. history – had a discriminatory impact on thousands of African-American homeowners. Road Home program data show that African-Americans were more likely than whites to have their Road Home grants based upon the much lower pre-storm market value of their homes, rather than the estimated cost to repair damage.

For example, one African-American plaintiff whose rebuilding grant was based upon pre-storm value received a $1,400 grant from the State to rebuild her home; but she would have received a grant of $150,000 had her rebuilding grant been based on the estimated cost of damage to the home. These types of shortfalls played a key role in slowing down the recovery effort. Under the terms of the settlement, HUD and the State of Louisiana will direct additional funds to individuals in heavily-affected parishes whose grants were based upon pre-storm value.

The lawsuit was brought by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and five African-American homeowners in New Orleans, representing a potential class of over 20,000 people. All plaintiffs are represented by co-lead counsel, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, as well as Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr. Including today’s settlement agreement, the plaintiffs have achieved significant relief for homeowners in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana:

- In response to the plaintiffs’ housing discrimination lawsuit, HUD and the State of Louisiana changed the Road Home program grant formula to provide full relief to more than 13,000 homeowners. All eligible low- and moderate-income homeowners received supplemental grant awards totaling $473 million based upon the estimated cost of damage to their homes, rather than the original grants based merely upon the much lower pre-storm market value of their homes.

- By virtue of the settlement agreement, HUD and the State of Louisiana have agreed to amend the Road Home program to offer additional large supplemental rebuilding grants at an estimated value of over $60 million to several thousand homeowners whose initial Road Home Option 1 grant awards were based on the pre-storm market value of their homes and who have been unable to rebuild their homes.

- In addition, the settlement agreement will provide thousands of homeowners additional time to rebuild their homes without the fear of penalty or foreclosure by the State of Louisiana. Under the agreement, Road Home Option 1 homeowners whose grant awards were based upon pre-storm market value can receive a one-year extension of the re-occupancy covenants attached to their Road Home grants.

“I am glad that by standing up against this flawed program we made a difference for so many other people,” said Almarie Ford, one of the individual plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Shanna Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance said, “In addition to providing significant relief for individual homeowners, the Road Home lawsuit will serve as a warning to HUD and state officials nationwide to avoid the future use of pre-storm market value or similar market-driven criteria that have an obvious discriminatory impact on low-income and minority homeowners.”

During the almost six years since the storm hit, countless homeowners struggled to rebuild. Many have not yet succeeded, particularly in Orleans Parish.

“Regrettably, the Road Home program became a road block for many.” said James Perry, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center. “This settlement is a step in the right direction toward getting more hurricane-affected homeowners back into their homes. HUD and Louisiana must keep America’s promise to build a better New Orleans. And they must do so in a manner that is fair and equitable for all people regardless of their race.”

John Payton, Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), said, “People who had similar homes and suffered the same type of damage should not have been treated differently simply because of the neighborhoods in which they live. All New Orleanians, and all Louisianans, deserve a fair chance at rebuilding their homes and communities.”

The coalition of homeowners and organizations that brought the lawsuit has vowed to continue providing assistance to homeowners and working for a fair recovery for all.

Read more about the lawsuit at http://www.gnofairhousing.org

June 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Louisiana Energy Day

On July 18, 2011, we invite you to participate in LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY, a major forum featuring top industry and government leaders, speaking on:

· Exxon Mobil’s announcement that it has made the biggest discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in more than a decade, projected to produce the equivalent of 700 million barrels of oil. The discovery will generate billions of dollars and create thousands of new jobs.

· Shell’s announcement of its multi-billion-dollar investment to develop its major Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

· New oil spill response plans and technologies, including the latest from the Exxon-led response consortium.

· New energy security measures, following al-Queda’s announcement that it is targeting U.S. oil and gas infrastructure for future terrorist attacks.

· Opportunities to provide clean energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency solutions for U.S. military installations in Louisiana, responding to new federal mandates.

· Smart Grid developments for Louisiana.

· New Louisiana solar energy tax credits.

· New government grants and programs for the Louisiana energy industry.

· Congressional and state legislation affecting the Louisiana energy industry.

· How the Louisiana energy industry is giving back to communities and people.

Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER NOW!

Your response is greatly appreciated.

For more information, including sponsorship details, contact us at

Louisiana Energy Day
DATE: July 18, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
MORE: email for information
Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER NOW!

June 15th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Improve Drainage and the Appeal of your Street and your Neighborhood Clinic Part of the Capacity College Summer Leadership Colloquium

Learn how you and your neighbors can improve drainage in response to rainwater that collects on your street and in your neighborhood.

This can help you maintain, protect, and even increase your property value.
Finally, learn from and ask questions of Sewerage and Water Board, state environment, and land-use representatives.

Thursday, June 23
9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center
2405 Jackson Avenue, Board Room
New Orleans, LA 70113

Facilitators
Steve Picou, LSU AgCenter
Jeff Dauzat of the State Department of Environmental Quality
Scott Finnney, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
Jen Roberts, Bayou Land Resource Conservation & Development Council
Louis Jackson, CDM Engineering

Limited Seating Available!

Register now & pay online: http://www.npnnola.com/about/view/350/register-for-all-npn-events

NPN Members: $10
Non-Members: $15

Become a NPN Member now!
Questions? Call NPN at 504-940-2207
Email
http://www.npnnola.com

To register for NPN events and programs, go to ABOUT NPN on the website and click Register for NPN events.

June 13th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Register for the LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY on July 18

On July 18, 2011, we invite you to participate in LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY, a major forum featuring top industry and government leaders, speaking on:

• Exxon Mobil’s announcement that it has made the biggest discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in more than a decade, projected to produce the equivalent of 700 million barrels of oil. The discovery will generate billions of dollars and create thousands of new jobs.

• Shell’s announcement of its multi-billion-dollar investment to develop its major Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

• New oil spill response plans and technologies, including the latest from the Exxon-led response consortium.

• New energy security measures, following al-Queda’s announcement that it is targeting U.S. oil and gas infrastructure for future terrorist attacks.

• Opportunities to provide clean energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency solutions for U.S. military installations in Louisiana, responding to new federal mandates.

• Smart Grid developments for Louisiana.

• New Louisiana solar energy tax credits.

• New government grants and programs for the Louisiana energy industry.

• Congressional and state legislation affecting the Louisiana energy industry.

• How the Louisiana energy industry is giving back to communities and people.

Louisiana Energy Day is produced by the Energy Leadership Forum, bringing together the oil and gas industry, the renewable energy industry, and government leaders at all levels to empower energy security for the United States.

For further background information: http://www.leadershipforum.us/energy-leadership

LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY is an extraordinary opportunity for you to be involved in one of the most lucrative industries in the world. Participate in the forum, get the latest information, and meet key decision-makers.

Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER NOW!

Please click the link below, view the invitation, and respond by clicking either the Yes or No button at the bottom of the invitation. Your response is greatly appreciated.

Click here to respond

For more information, including sponsorship details, contact us at

Best Regards,

Energy Leadership Forum
http://www.leadershipforum.us

May 2nd 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Check out the Second Line Conference: Ends May 3

Why Second Line?

See schedule and RSVP here: http://www.secondline.com/schedule

In New Orleans, the Second Line is a part of our traditional funeral services. The First Line refers to the procession of mourners from the church to the cemetery, accompanied by slow, dirge-like music. The funeral party is somber, grieving for their lost loved one.
Then, the Second Line is the parade flows out of the cemetery. Upbeat music and dancing celebrate their loved one’s “next life” — an eternity of bliss, free from the tribulations of earthly existence.
In the same way, the Second Line conference is not designed not to mourn the failings of post-World War II capitalism, but to celebrate and nurture the evolving new forms of capitalism that are starting to take shape. Capitalism’s “next life” is being shaped by those who see a profitable economy that is also socially responsible, equitable and sustainable.

Why NOLA?

New Orleans, America’s current societal Petri dish after Hurricane Katrina, is the scene of disruptive innovation, leveraging creativity and design to tackle many of the problems also vexing the rest of the world. The renaissance is fueled by a combination of locals who returned and an influx of designers, technologists, artists, social entrepreneurs, and business professionals looking to put their ideas into play.
On-going experiments in social and business innovation maintain the interest of global change agents looking to apply the lessons learned here.
Against the backdrop of New Orleans the Second Line Conference will create an international forum to demonstrate how business can innovate through design, experience, strategy, and technology.

Disruption and innovation are art forms that can lead to major social change and economic benefits, (as well as temporary cures for senioritis). Need better proof? Attend Second Line Conference, a two-day gathering of folks who harness creativity to tackle problems and create sustainable social change.

Join innovators across industries to hear and brainstorm how New Orleans’ individuals and businesses can excel through “disruptive innovation,” design, strategy, and technology.

What are we excited about disrupting? Our workday, for starters, having seen the breathtaking SLC schedule. You’ll be awed by the morning speakers, (Wendell Pierce! Leah Chase! James Carville! Google Android and Lonely Planet!) and puzzled by the time slots, (12 minutes?), the perfect inspired-yet-questioning mindset to segue into SLC’s dynamic, interactive afternoon panels.

May 2nd & 3rd
8am-4pm, plus night events

May 2nd 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

REGISTER NOW! Coastal Restoration Financing Briefing

RSVP here: http://www.cvent.com/events/coastal-restoration-financing-briefing/invitation-ad03f538186447c6893963b6b56d56f2.aspx?i=502d8614-e295-4fb6-bf45-3fe0a08370cd

Last Thursday at the historic Gulf Coast Leadership Summit, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu announced that BP is contributing $1 billion for coastal restoration. The first $500 million will be received within 45 days.

Contracts will be awarded to support projects such as rebuilding coastal marshes, replenishing damaged beaches, restoring barrier islands and wetlands, building public boat launches and docks, and much more.

You are invited to the Coastal Restoration Financing Briefing, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in New Orleans. Receive the latest information from top officials and experts on:

  • Coastal restoration priorities of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Each state will receive $100 million to be awarded for projects.
  • Coastal restoration priorities of the U.S. Department of the Interior and NOAA. The agencies will receive $300 million to be awarded for projects.
  • Proposal and contracting procedures.

This new coastal restoration program is an extraordinary opportunity for you to be involved in empowering a better U.S. Gulf Coast. Participate in the Briefing, get the latest information, meet key decision-makers, and get prepared to develop your proposal.

Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER TODAY!

Please click the link below, view the invitation, and respond by clicking either the Yes or No button at the bottom of the invitation. Your response is greatly appreciated: http://www.cvent.com/events/coastal-restoration-financing-briefing/invitation-ad03f538186447c6893963b6b56d56f2.aspx?i=502d8614-e295-4fb6-bf45-3fe0a08370cd

April 21st 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Win-Win-Win: The Advantages of CBA's for the Community, Developers, Government & You!

Win-Win-Win: The Advantages of CBA’s for the Community, Developers, Government & You!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 8:30 a.m. -11 a.m.

ULI Louisiana’s CrossReach Initiative and The Public Law Center will be hosting a Community Benefit Agreements symposium on May 10 at Dillard University to provide education about the players and processes involved in CBA’s.

Come hear the perspectives of community activists, real estate developers, and government officials, and find out how CBA’s can benefit you!

Registration Details to follow shortly!

March 31st 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Oil Spill Commissioners Confirmed

President Barack Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling through Executive Order 13543 on May 21, 2010. The Commission examined the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and developed options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future. This included recommending improvements to federal laws, regulations, and industry practices.

Below is a list of Commissioners who will be attending the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit:

  • Senator Bob Graham, Co-Chairman, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Frances G. Beinecke, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Donald Boesch, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Terry D. Garcia, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Cherry A. Murray, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
    Read more here: http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/page/commission-members

March 31st 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

The Ford Foundation Announces a $1.5 million Grant to the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Work Continues in Housing, Regional Economic Development, and Transportation

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announces a $1.5 million grant from the Ford Foundation
to continue its work in connecting low-income people to affordable housing, good jobs, and transportation.

“For the last several decades the Ford Foundation has supported the Greater New Orleans Foundation on various initiatives to create a more thriving community for all,” says Albert Ruesga, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. This important work continues with Ford’s support for GNOF’s Community Revitalization Fund and new Metropolitan Opportunity program.

The Ford Foundation’s grant will enable the Greater New Orleans Foundation to support strategies that end the concentration of poverty that often occurs in metropolitan areas. “We’re working to address the numerous challenges faced by those less fortunate throughout the Greater New Orleans region,” says Ryan Albright, metropolitan opportunities program officer for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “By partnering with community stakeholders, we can produce innovative solutions to the numerous challenges that confront people who live in low-income communities by better connecting them to affordable housing, jobs, and transportation.”

In some communities the poor may have access to affordable housing, but there is a scarcity of decent-paying jobs. Conversely, in high opportunity areas, there may be jobs, but no access to affordable housing. Compounding the problem is inadequate transportation. The grant award is designed to support efforts that reduce blight; promote inclusive regional economic development; increase long-term affordable workforce housing; and advance equitable transit oriented development in the region.

“Take for example the BioDistrict,” says Albright. “All kinds of jobs will become available with the creation of this biosciences industry in Mid-City. We want to be sure we’re connecting people on a regional level with these economic opportunities.”

“This grant continues to build on our historic commitment to the equitable revitalization of the New Orleans metropolitan region,” says Jerry Maldonado, program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity Unit. ”The Greater New Orleans Foundation is ideally suited for this work. Their recent investments in workforce housing over the past several years have made a tremendous impact. Now they can extend their good work regionally with this grant. ”

For more information, please visit http://www.gnof.org/.

March 31st 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

16th Annual Tulane Law School Summit on Environmental Law and Policy

Please join us this weekend at Tulane Law School’s 16th Annual Summit on Environmental Law and Policy, entitled The Energy Equation.

The Energy Equation will focus on many of the hot topics in United States energy policy, including declining reserves in our most popular energy resources, the pros and cons of our renewable energy resources and how policy decisions influence energy use in the United States.

Our own Forest Bradley-Wright will be a panel member for the discussion entitled The Demand Side, which will take place on Saturday at 2 PM.

The entire schedule can be found here:http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsOrgs/tels/telc/index.aspx?id=8798

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Do you care about the Lafitte Corridor? Become a Greenway Ambassador!

Do you care about the Lafitte Corridor?
Become a Greenway Ambassador!

What does a Greenway Ambassador do?
Learn about the history of and future plans for the Lafitte Corridor
Share this knowledge with the community, including at the Hike on April 16
Help keep your community engaged with the greenway project

What’s in it for you?
Free Greenway Ambassador t-shirt
Learn local history while helping make history as we prepare for the Greenway
Meeting neighbors who are as supportive of the Greenway as you are!

Becoming a Greenway Ambassador includes a training on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m.
SIGN UP TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR TODAY:https://spreadsheets1.google.com/viewform?hl=en&hl=en&formkey=dGpNVUNFRkZzQ3N2V0ZDcmdHSVVSdGc6MQ#gid=0

If you have any questions, please email Maggie Tishman at .

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

2011 BYWATER HOME TOUR IS ALMOST HERE -- APRIL 3 SEE THE BEST OF THE OLD, THE NEW, THE GREEN

Seven Bywater sites will be open next Sunday, April 3 for the annual
Home Tour. Organized by Robyn Halvorsen, this year’s tour is loosely
anchored to Macarty Park, with houses on Mazant, Burgundy, Pauline and
Alvar. Houses include the all-new, all-green art house at Pauline &
Burgundy, the home of Sallie Ann Glassman and Pres Kabacoff, the
meticulously renovated Creole cottage of Doug Brantley and Kevin
Viveratti on Mazant and four other marvelous houses.

The tour, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., begins at Camellia Manor, 906 Mazant
Street. Tickets are $12 BNA members, $15 general admission. More
information on the BNA website, http://www.bywater.org, or contact chairwoman
Robyn, .

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

DESIGNING A NEW ST. CLAUDE CORRIDOR INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS LOOK AT MARIGNY, ST. ROCH & BYWATER

Good grief, you’re probably thinking if you read past the headline on
this article, NOT another planning meeting! In Post-Katrina New
Orleans we have been through the Master Plan, the Comprehensive Zoning
Plan, levee plans, park plans, charettes with graduate students from
Harvard to Unknown U., forums on rebuilding, renovating, rethinking.
There’s even a name for this peculiar-to-New -Orleans-condition:
Planning Fatigue. BUT, time to shake it off. Enquiry by Design, the
three-day project that will study our three interlinked neighborhoods,
could yield rich results for Bywater.

The team of nine internationally-known architects, landscape
architects, planners, designers and preservationists will present an
overview of their project on Wednesday evening at the Healing Center
on St. Claude Avenue. The group launches into an intensive survey,
study and discussion, concluding with another program on Friday night,
also at the Healing Center. The Enquiry group, led by London architect
Jon Allen, are exponents of the new urbanism, stressing the importance
of walkable neighborhoods with local businesses and services
integrated into the community fabric.

**The St. Claude Enquiry by Design has been organized by a coalition
of groups, including local organizations, the Preservation Resource
Center and the Healing Center. The American Institute of Architects
and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are also sponsors.
The most interesting mover behind the event is the Prince’s Foundation
for the Built Environment (http://www.princes-foundation.org). It’s the
creation of Britain’s Prince Charles, well-known for his zeal for
traditional architecture and agriculture. Less well-known is the
prince’s vision of sustainable, green cities. His foundation is active
worldwide with Enquiry by Design events and long-term projects such as
training young people in traditional building crafts. The foundation
has instituted a New Orleans version of the UK building crafts
training in collaboration with the PRC. It is called the Rebuilding
Communities Craftsman Apprenticeship Program and its students will be
full participants in the St. Claude project.**

Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, Wednesday opening presentation, 6:30 p.m., Friday closing review, 6:30 p.m., free, , .

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

A STREETCAR NAMED BYWATER? ATTEND MARCH 29 PUBLIC MEETING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

As New Orleans moves toward a modern, clean mass transit plan, the
exclusion of Bywater from the planned North Rampart Street-St. Claude
Avenue streetcar line is an ongoing frustration in our community.
While planners tell us the St. Claude line will cross Press Street and
run to Poland Avenue “someday,” there is ample research to show that
the $90 million public works project can include Bywater NOW.

The final public hearing on the St. Claude streetcar plan is Tuesday night (March 29) at St. Paul Lutheran School in the Marigny. This is our last, best chance to effect the decisions about the streetcar route. How do we make Bywater heard? By filling the hall with Bywater streetcar supporters. It is CRUCIAL that we impress upon the decision-makers the depth and breadth of the support for bringing the streetcar into Bywater.

Don’t leave this make-or-break meeting to the handful of indefatigable
community activists who go to the important (but tedious) meetings and
report back to us. If you want the streetcar in Bywater, you have to
vote for it by being at this meeting. Come and bring your family, your
friends and neighbors.

Need a ride or help getting there? Let us know
() and we’ll get you there! The meeting
organizers will make accommodations for anyone needing special
assistance (such as interpreter) to participate in the meeting. To
make arrangements, call 504.228.2626 at least 48 hours in advance of
the meeting.

Meeting info: St. Paul Lutheran School, 2624 Burgundy Street, 6-8 p.m.

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Become a LA Delta Service Corps Host Site

Become a LA Delta Service Corps Host Site
Application Workshop on April 5th 11am-1pm @ FGUMC 3401 Canal Street

Dear New Potential LA Delta Service Corps Host Sites,

LA Delta Corps can place members with nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government offices. We are specifically looking to partner with grassroots organizations that fit into our goals described below.

My name is David Ferris and I am the New Orleans Liaison for the LA Delta Service Corps. I want you and your organization to know about the opportunity to place a Delta Corps member within your organization to help you mentor new leaders, build organizational capacity and do more good in your community through direct service. I am also excited about strengthening among New Orleans Host Sites a cooperative coalition committed to work for healthy communities, racial and economic equity, social justice, and sustainability, as well as to the process of grassroots organizing in our communities and mentoring young and emerging leaders as means to those ends. If these goals align with the mission of your organization, and you have the capacity to participate in the program, please consider this opportunity and use me as a resource to help make it happen!

On April 5, from 11am to 1pm in New Orleans at First Grace UMC, there will be a meeting with representatives of existing host sites and new potential partner organizations.

I would like to invite you to this meeting where we will launch the 2011-2012 Host Site Application. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge of our program, investigate ways AmeriCorps members could enhance your program and to meet existing site supervisors.

The meeting is free of charge and we will provide lunch. In order to best anticipate how many attendees we will have, please RSVP by March 25 so we get enough lunch. If you would like more information but cannot attend this workshop call or email me and I would be happy to discuss this with you.

For those of you who would like to explore this kind of partnership without a time commitment to complete the application, you can complete a short letter of intent which will be due by May 6 (email me for instructions).

LDSC is seeking host sites for the Sept 2011 – July 2012 term and is specifically recruiting small, grassroots organizations who want to partner with LDSC to mentor individuals rooted in Louisiana communities, develop their members’ capacities for organizing and leadership, and improve organizational effectiveness.

Your organization may be well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity, to utilize a Delta Corps Member Position to develop the capacity of rising community leaders or young organizers, develop a new community project, create new partnerships and collaborations, and strengthen your organization.

LDSC Positions require a $7,500 cash match (subject to change) from each Host Site Organization. Corps members serve 40 hours per week for 11 months, a total of 1700 hours, starting Sept 1, ending July 31.

LA Delta Service Corps – Host Site Application Workshop – April 5th 11am-1pm @ FGUMC 3401 Canal Street
When
Sat, March 26, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Here is some additional information regarding the changes in our application this year along with a timeline:

The meeting will be held at the First Grace Church on Canal Street: (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=205007843853995826106.00043529f44fab727054d&t=h&z=8&iwloc=00045a55b365dd31cb0e3)
from 11am-1pm. Enter the church from the rear parking lot. Lunch will be provided. Please email me by March 25th if you plan on attending.

Some of the changes in the application will be as follows:
1) We will place a heavy emphasis on incorporating our new initiative “healthy futures” (I didn’t make up the name). This will include adding sites that directly serve to combat issues of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/Aids, teen pregnancies, infant mortality, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse etc. Examples of projects are; starting an afterschool sports team, providing outreach and education to new teen mothers, helping parents sign their children up for LaChip, retrofitting houses to make them “greener”, starting a recycling campaign, etc. Mentoring programs will also fall into this initiative as keeping kids off the streets and teaching them about how to make good choices is part of creating a healthy future for that child.

2) We will also be looking for sites that have been and will be heavily invested in developing the leadership skills of their members. Supervisors will be expected to be mentors and thus will be called corps member mentors. We are also trying to development a model where the training that the members get through LDSC can be and should be shared with other members of your organization. If you have suggestions for how to do this please let us know or at least be ready to discuss at the meeting.

3) We will be making changes in our recruitment to directly address the need for more diversity in our corps. We will also encourage sites to foster community members to become corps members. Often times the people that we provide service for could use the LDSC experience to make huge differences in their futures. Keep in mind that members may even benefit from the childcare assistance that AmeriCorps provides if they have little ones at home.

4) All sites whether returning or new will have to complete the entire application as it is our first year of a new 3 year grant cycle.

5) No change in the cash match. It will still be $7,500 for non-construction and $9,000 for construction positions.

The timeline for the spring and summer is as follows:
April 8th Host Site Application available on website http://www.ladeltacorps.org
May 13th Host Site Applications due to LDSC
May 13th Corps Member Applications available on website
May 27th Host Site Selections Announced
June 1-3 Host Site Orientations and Corps Member Recruitment seminar
July 8th Corps Member Applications due to LDSC
July 11-22 Corps Member Interviews with LDSC
July 18 –August 5th Members interview with Sites
August 12th Host Sites final decisions made / members placed
Sept 1or 2nd Corps Members first day at site/ LDSC paperwork orientation
Sept 5th Labor Day – Members Off
Sept 7-9 Corps Member Orientation/PPD

David O. Ferris
t: 770.883.5637
New Orleans Liaison, LA Delta Service Corps

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

EcoUrban Job Openings

Hello, Friends!

EcoUrban LLC Sustainable Landscaping now has two positions open.
Please to forward to potential interested parties.

For more info re: what we do, please visit: http://www.ecourbanllc.com

Positions:
Project Manager
General Labor

Both Positions require:
Availability 5 days per week, Monday through Friday
An eye for aesthetic balance and form (re: plant shaping and positioning)
Ability to perform light to heavy manual labor outdoors daily
Ability to think thoroughly through logistics and daily tasks, including tool and vehicle coordination
Good, efficient work ethic
Must have a valid driver’s license
Must be able to drive standard transmission vehicle
Previous landscaping or construction experience required

Other helpful skills include:
Carpentry skills
Masonry skills
Irrigation installation experience
Must be able to work well as a team member
Small engine and vehicle mechanical knowledge
Truck ownership is a plus (mileage reimbursed at $0.55 per mile)

Additional Skills Required for Project Manager Position:
Previous team leadership experience
Ability to communicate clearly, providing a bridge between owners and labor force
Ability to delegate tasks to others, including: site and machinery upkeep,
Proactive thinking to help EcoUrban expand into new horizons

There is some flexibility for a vacation in the summer.

Please email contact info and current/previous work experience to: .

We take pride in what we do! Join our team of folks who share a green vision for New Orleans!

-Travis & Demetria

EcoUrban LLC

Sustainable Landscaping Design & Services

Demetria Christo & Travis Cleaver, Owners

504-274-8774

www.ecourbanllc.com

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

EcoUrban Seeking New Soil Site

Dear Colleagues,

Eco Urban is now looking for a site to expand our soil production.

Site features would need to include:
4000 sq ft minimum
Access for heavy vehicles/equipment
Elevation sufficient to keep lot drained
Modest rent
Gravel or concrete slab a plus

Feasible rental scenarios may include:
Renting space while the owners are not using the site
Renting or Purchasing a vacant lot or parking lot

Location:
Location needs to be in light-industrial zone
Conducive neighbors a plus
The closer to Midcity the better

Please email us at or call 504-957-7706.
Feel free to forward this on to anyone who might have any leads.

Thanks!

-Travis & Demetria

EcoUrban LLC

Sustainable Landscaping Design & Services

Demetria Christo & Travis Cleaver, Owners

504-957-7706

www.ecourbanllc.com

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

The Bush Man Eco-Competiton 2011

The Bush Man Eco-Competiton 2011: A Male Eco-Competition with an Environmental & Social Justice Purpose

Who we are & What we’re doing

Eco-Lifestyles L3C is a hybrid green business located in New Orleans, La that provides eco-guidance and develops innovative eco-projects to help individuals, businesses, & communities’ transition into a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Presently, we’re planning a multi-dimensional competition for October 23, 2011 along with a host of cultural, environmental, & sports related preliminary events starting on April 22, 2011. Our mission is to highlight the Natural Eco-Friendly Man with all of his Diverse Qualities!

THE PURPOSE is to popularize healthier and sustainable living among the black community starting with black males who are constantly subjected to negative profiling & stereotyping views. That hinders or prevents them from obtaining fair & equitable opportunities in the education, job, and housing sectors.

THE DOUBLE BENEFIT is that it not only provides contestants with pertinent environmental info, experiences, and exposure; but the competition also serves as a platform for on-going awareness & interest in the survivability of the “San Bushmen” People of Southern Africa, earth’s oldest eco-friendly homo-sapiens; which is why we chose to title the competition after them. And plus, their imposed name is perfectly suited for our target market- which is intended for, but not limited to Black males (ages 21-35) who embrace their ethnic & natural identity by wearing their hair in a Bush/Afro, Dreads/Locks, Braids, or Plaits. Additionally, we’ve come to find that they both share in cultural & identity struggles when attempting to live a natural lifestyle.

F.Y.I- Monies raised will support the on-going production of this annual competition with 25% of event merchandise proceeds donated to the legal & cultural battles being waged on behalf of the Bushmen people’s right to their ancestral lands. Let’s all commit to the preservation of eco-sustainable Human Cultures & their ways – at home & abroad! To find out more about the importance of the Bushmen people, their land, and their culture go to our fb page: Save The Bushmen & Their Land. For their plight is also our plight!

What We Need & What You Get

To successfully launch our eco-campaign & competition, we need to raise an estimated $22,000, or 2/3 of our total budget to cover major expenses. These expenses are the following: production staff & supplies, multi-media marketing, merchandising, venue(s), preliminary events, staging design. If our financial goal is not reached within the intended deadline, we will postpone the project until we reach our targeted goal. We will establish on-going communications with contributors until needed funds are obtained. Furthermore, we will also be seeking out socially responsible companies for sponsorship commitments & merchandising ‘Save The Bushmen’ tee shirts to ensure that this project is actualized.

We implore you to align yourself with an environmental imperative by helping us get the word out, and also by participating as a contributor or partner. On the side of this page you can discover perks that are being offered for your financial commitment. We welcome your comments & suggestions as we make dynamic steps together to make a difference in greening our world & preserving Eco-sustainable Cultures. If you have a desire to make a greater commitment as a contributor, partner, or to participate somehow, feel free to contact us at .

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Financing Your New Home

Build Now TALKS presents a free seminar on how to get the
funds you need to build a new house on your pre-Katrina property

Thursday, April 21, 6 PM
5713 Elysian Fields Avenue

Do you need a new home on your property? This seminar will focus on how to put together the financing package you need using numerous financing sources, from construction loans to Increased Cost of Compliance funds to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

To pre-register or for more information, contact us at
(504) 373-6962 or .

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

AEDF April 2011 Quarterly Business Luncheon

Featured Presentation:
Federal City Development
An Update and Overview

Invited Speakers include Representatives from:

United States Marine Corps
Algiers Development District
New Orleans Federal Alliance
HRI

Wednesday, April 6

11:15AM – 12:00PM Networking Reception
12:00PM – 1:00PM Luncheon and Program

English Turn Golf and Country Club
1 Clubhouse Drive
New Orleans 70131

Sponsored by:
Algiers Redevelopment Foundation
Crescent City Schools
Latter and Blum

Ticket Prices/Individual Seating
Members $30 · Non Members $35

For Reservations call Barbara Waiters at 362.6436 or email: .

Limited opportunities for sponsorship and tables available
To acquire membership please call 362-6436.

Algiers Economic Development Foundation
Phone: 504.362.6436
Fax: 504.362.6564
http://www.algierseconomic.com

Click this link to download the sponsorship form: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103773510400-14/2011+AEDF+Quarterly+Luncheon+_April+6.pdf

March 28th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Old Algiers Churches to Jazz Up Services for RiverFest™

Five neighborhood churches will offer special jazz-related services the weekend of April 2-3 as part of the seventh annual RiverFest™, a cultural celebration in Old Algiers.

Participating churches include All Saints Catholic Church, 1441 Teche Street, 5 p.m. vigil on April 2 and Sunday services as follows: Greater Providence Baptist Church, 623 Newton Street, 7 a.m.; St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1100 Verret Street, 11am.; Beautiful Zion Baptist Church, 1017 Elmira Street, 7:30 a.m. and Mt. Olivet Episcopal Church, 530 Pelican Street.

“The foundation for jazz and other forms of music came from the churches, so we wanted to make that part of the celebration of the culture of Old Algiers,” said RiverFest™ Chair Valerie Robinson. “These historic churches will have an opportunity to honor those who were a part of the creation of jazz over the past century as well as those who are performing music influenced by jazz today.”

The church programs may include anything from a jazz service to a simple tribute to jazz musicians. As part of the celebration, RiverFest™ will provide commemorative fans for those who attend the services.

RiverFest™ will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 2-3 on the levee at Mardi Gras World Westbank, 233 Newton Street. Musical performances will include Algiers Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Panorama Jazz Band, Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Tuba Skinny, Tommy Sancton and New Orleans Legacy, Irvin Mayfield and Dr. Michael White and the Liberty Jazz Band.

For more information, visit http://www.oldalgiersriverfest.com

March 25th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Streetcar Expansion Public Meetings to be held Tues, March 29 and Wed, March 30

Streetcar Public Meetings

Rampart/ St. Claude Streetcar Project
When:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where:
St. Paul Lutheran School
2624 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Convention Center / Riverfront Streetcar Project
When:
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where:
Morial Convention Center
Room 283-284, Hall H

The RTA is finalizing environmental and engineering documents for the Rampart/ St. Claude and Convention Center / Riverfront Streetcar lines. These meetings will provide factual, up-to-date information on the RTA’s efforts to fund and build the new streetcar program.

March 14th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Senator Karen Carter Peterson will host Neighborhood Town Hall Meetings in District 5 this week

Dates and Locations Below

NEW ORLEANS – Senator Peterson will host a series of neighborhood town halls to solicit comments and concerns from her constituents prior to the legislative sessions this spring. The town halls will take place across the Senator’s district, from Central City to Carrollton, and will provide a forum for New Orleanians to speak out on their priorities in the coming sessions. Senator Peterson has also invited representatives from several state agencies, including Revenue, Education, Insurance and Health and Hospitals to attend and answer questions. Representatives from Council Districts and State Representatives’ offices have also been invited.

“Our state faces serious challenges that will affect us all, so before I speak as our voice in Baton Rouge, I want to hear yours. That’s why I am hosting several town halls during the week of March 14th in neighborhoods all over Senate District 5. Representing District 5 begins with listening to my constituents and their concerns.”

DATES AND LOCATIONS

Irish Channel
Date: March 14th
Location: ICCF Church, 819 First Street
Time: 6:00pm

Central City
Date: March 15th
Location: Dryades YMCA, 1746 Jackson Avenue
Time: 5:30pm

Broadmoor
Date: March 16th
Location: Andrew Wilson School, 3617 General Pershing
Time: 6:00pm

Carrollton
Date: March 17th
Location: St. Matthews, 1337 S. Carrollton Avenue
Time: 6:00pm

February 23rd 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

Crescent City Connection Tolls, Algiers Ferry & General DeGaulle Drainage Project

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

AEDF in partnership with Sen. David Heitmeir, Rep. Jeff Arnold, Rep. Jim Tucker & New Orleans Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

DATE:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 TIME:

6:00PM to 8:00PM

LOCATION:

L.B. Landry High School

1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans, LA

PRESENTERS:

Secretary Sherri LeBas and David Miller

of the Louisiana Department of

Transportation & Development

February 22nd 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods provides resources, community awareness

Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Concordia and the Louisiana Public Health Institute has formed a partnership to launch a new website called Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods.

This morning, various community action representatives and neighborhood activists learned more about the website that will provide resource development for healthy neighborhoods such as neighborhood health data, personalized neighborhood webpages and other useful tools and guides.

Healthy neighborhoods are those which address the broad drivers of health such as social justice in housing, education, employment as well as healthy nutrition, active living and health care services.

Neighborhood data is a function on the Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods site that will display information such as child care services, farmers markets, fire stations and grocery stores.

The new Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods site will also have mapping functions and monitor demographics provided by residents in various neighborhoods.

Read more here:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Neighborhoods-Partnership-Network/141757308388

February 11th 2011 Build Now

Build Now to Host Community Blight Forum - February 23, 2011 @ 6 pm

Blight and Recovery: Policy, Challenges, Needs, Solutions
Feburary 23, 2011
6:00 PM
ASI Community Center
3401 St Claude

Attendees
• Jeff Hebert, City of New Orleans
• David Lessinger, WhoData.org/NHS
• Allison Plyer, GNOCDC
• Ariana Tipper, NORA
TBD, Office of Community Development
• Neighborhood and non-profit leaders

GOALS

- Inform neighborhood and non-profit leaders of recent progress in blight reduction and hurricane recovery, as well as recent changes to blight and recovery policies

- Solicit feedback from neighborhood and non-profit leaders on impact of current recovery and blight policies on quality of life and property values in their neighborhoods

- Provide neighborhoods with opportunity to present the needs of their communities – i.e. assistance in collecting or analyzing blight and vacancy data, locating homeowners, attracting new buyers to the neighborhood – and solicit assistance

- Brainstorm strategies via which neighborhoods can effectively contribute to the redevelopment of their communities

AGENDA

- Introductions – Short presentation by each panel member – Feedback from neighborhoods: What is working and what is not – Needs assessment from neighborhoods: What is your neighborhood’s biggest need?

- Brainstorm:
o How can we best prioritize recovery and blight reduction efforts to maximize resource efficiency and align with neighborhood goals?
o How can neighborhoods set realistic goals for recovery and blight reduction?
o How can neighborhoods provide effective input into the recovery and blight reduction process?

For more information call (504)373-6962 .

February 10th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

News on Nomination of Breach Sites to National Register

Few things speak more directly to the mission of Levees.org than our quest to place two levee breach sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

To help us navigate the daunting application process, we have retained historian and author Dr. Mark Barnes to assist us with nominating the 17th Street Canal breach site in the Lakeview neighborhood and the Industrial Canal (east side north) breach site in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Dr. Barnes, an associate professor at Georgia State University has worked on thousands of nominations in his 35-year career with the National Park Service.

We offered Kevin McGill of the Associated Press an exclusive to the story. He accepted and his story has appeared in many news outlets including WWL-TV, WDSU-TV, and the Times Picayune.

Click here for the story which appeared in The Birmingham News.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2011/02/hurricane_katrina_levees_group.html

Press conference In addition to Dr. Barnes, we have enlisted a team of experts and civic leaders to assist with the time-consuming nomination process including Elliot Perkins, Director of the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission for the City of New Orleans, Steve Nelson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University, and Rashida Ferdinand, Executive Director for Sankofa Community Development Corporation.

Click here to see the Team members enlisted thus far.

http://levees.org/team-to-nominate-levee-breach-sites-to-national-register-of-historic-places/

Soon we shall be commemorating a historic event of national significance that people all over the world saw on TV.

Thank you for your support of Levees.org.

We’re winning.

Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, Levees.org
http://www.levees.org

February 2nd 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

City Council will vote on jail reform Thursday

We, as members of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, have been meeting with various members of the City Council to educate them further about the negative impact of an oversized jail and the need to adhere to the 1,438 bed limit on OPP recommended by the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Working Group. We have shared with them loads of information, many documents, individual stories and numerous concerns expressed to us by many of you.

On Thursday Feb 3 at 3pm, the City Council will vote to adopt an ordinance that closely follows the language of the Criminal Justice Working Group’s recommendation to cap the jail size at 1,438 and to decommission and demolish the old buildings of OPP. This cap is crucial to deciding the future of our city.

Will we continue to be home of the largest per capita jail in the nation? Or will we put stock in the reforms that have been proven as best practices in public safety across the country? Now is the critical time to reach out to our elected leaders and press them to do the right thing.

Councilman Arnie Fielkow is the Council President and Councilman at Large and so his job is to represent all those who live in the city. Based on our meeting with him, we are concerned that Councilman Fielkow will defer on this issue to the leaders of the Criminal Justice Committee of the City Council. As City Council President, we want to encourage him to take a strong position and show leadership on this issue.

We are asking you to take action by contacting Councilman Fielkow to express your concerns at . Thank him for having a strong track record on supporting evidenced based reforms for better public safety. Remind him that as President, he has a responsibility to show leadership on such an important matter. Let him know that you will be following this issue and that you feel strongly that the jail should be held to a size limit of 1,438.

This is the language that we are using to express our position on the ordinance:

“We declare our support for the Land Use Ordinance pertaining to the construction of a new jail currently under consideration by the City Council. We believe that this ordinance captures the spirit of the resolution passed by the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Working Group on November 22, 2010 and is an important step in creating a safer and more humane New Orleans.”

We hope send out action alerts based on information from meetings with other councilpersons to the persons who live in their districts,too. If you haven’t already given us your address and/or council district, please respond with that information and we will work to make sure that you receive the action alert for the councilperson who represents your council district if and when we are able to schedule a meeting with him/her.

The vote will be held during the regular City Council meeting on this Thursday, February 3 at 3pm. We ask that anyone who can attend please do so to show their support. We suggest that people come with their voter registration card pinned to their shirts. If you’ve misplaced your card, you can have city hall reprint one for you before the meeting. If you don’t have one, we will also have cards that express your support for the resolution that you can pin to your shirt, too.

Thank you,

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

February 2nd 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Deadline Extension for Capacity College is Feb. 8

Capacity College Registration Week!

Feb. 7-14

Course Catalog will be posted on http://www.npnnola.com soon!

* Winter/Spring course offerings will be in data, communication/outreach and advocacy * Apply for NPN membership now and register for Capacity College at a discounted rate. Complete an online membership application at http://www.npnnola.com/about/view/220/membership

Download the 2011 Capacity College application now:

http://www.npnnola.com/about/view/219-333/capacity-college-application

Extended deadline is Feb.8, 2011

Submit applications to or fax to 504-940-2207.

January 26th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Mayor Landrieu announces new operator for New Orleans East hospital

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday that the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System will be the operator for the planned community hospital in eastern New Orleans.

Read the full story: http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com/2011/01/mayor-landrieu-announces-new-operator.html

January 26th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Mayor’s group made jail decision based on bad info from Sheriff

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman appears to have misled the public about the ownership of a key property that is part of his planned jail complex.

Gusman told a jail working group convened by Mayor Mitch Landrieu that the city owned the property. But his office has owned it since 1992, according to public records.

The distinction is important because the sheriff’s ownership of the land places him in a more powerful negotiating position with city officials over the new jail. The block is in a strategically important position.

Read more on The Trumpet Blog
http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com/2011/01/mayors-group-made-jail-decision-based.html

January 26th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Town Hall Jail Forum Tonight: Will You Be There?

Read more on The Trumpet Blog at http://www.npntrumpet.blogspot.com/

January 26th 2011 Global Green USA

GBRC Monthly Panel Series: January 26th

Global Green is proud to partner with the AIA, New Orleans Chapter and the USGBC, LA Chapter to present a series of monthly panel discussions on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Sustaining Our Coastal Resources: Louisiana’s Water Challenge

Grasshopper Mendoza, Marco F. Cocito-Monoc, and Don Blancher will lead our discussion on the pressing need to better manage the abundance of water resources in our communities, including innovative concepts for sustainable stormwater infrastructure, the imperative need for Louisiana’s coastal restoration, the Coastal 5+1 Initiative and New Orleans’ first Water Challenge competition – a creative, entrepreneurial competition brought forth in partnership by The Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) and The Idea Village – as we work together in the coastal parishes to educate and organize our citizens, businesses and leaders to find solutions to coastal land loss before it is too late.

Please join us for an informative and lively discussion with light organic refreshments and wines from our generous sponsors at Whole Foods Market and Atchafalaya Restaurant. Refreshments served at 5:30pm, discussion begins at 6pm.

Wednesday, January 26th
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Green Building Resource Center
841 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Global Green events are FREE and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Heidi Jensen at our Green Building Resource Center: , and see our website here: http://www.globalgreen.org.

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January 25th 2011 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

City Jail Work Group Members Respond to Community Feedback with Jail Forum, Advocacy

Community leaders share their insights about the meaning and impact of different jail sizes

In light of the community conversations around the proposed expansion of Orleans Parish Prison, NPN has been asked to host another town hall forum this Wednesday, January 26 from 6pm to 8 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne in New Orleans.

Last week’s town hall forum on the jail size that NPN hosted was a huge success and we hope to connect these important conversations to the work of the NPN Advocacy Task Force.

Neighborhood Partnership Network, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization consisting of a citywide network of neighborhoods that was established after the Hurricane Katrina disaster to facilitate neighborhood collaboration, increase access to government and information, and strengthen the voices of communities across New Orleans, is pleased to sponsor this Town Hall Forum on the size of the city jail.

One of the most significant decisions that we will make as a community about our future centers directly around the city jail. At stake is more than the size of the jail, as you will hear from our guest panelists. But, what is truly at stake is the potential to make a bold statement about who we are as a community and what values we hold dear. With the size of the jail as a catalyst, we could potentially end wasteful and inefficient practices and policies that have failed for decades.

Join us as we give each panelist the opportunity to explain what each has learned from their experience as members of the mayor’s jail working group and what they believe are some of the critical issues that need to be resolved as we move forward.

BEFORE THE FORUM
Please come to the Advocacy Task Force meeting from 5pm to 6 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne in New Orleans, which is also the location of the town hall forum.

December 7th 2010 Global Green USA

Green the Holidays with the Green Light District and Global Green!

GBRC Monthly Events: Green the Holidays with the Green Light District: December 9th, 2010

Global Green, in partnership with the AIA New Orleans Chapter, USGBC – LA Chapter and the Young Leadership Council of New orleans proudly join the green conscious collaboration of businesses known as the Green Light District for a festive evening of sustainable shopping at the Green Light District Holiday Launch Party on December 9th!

Global Green will join local sustainable businesses Branch Out, Green Serene, UP/Unique Products, Spruce Eco Studio, Canopy and more – for an after hours street party/shopping spree in the Lower Garden District on Magazine Street between Jackson Avenue and Clio Streets.

Stop by our Global Green table in front of Branch Out, 2022 Magazine Street, for organic wines and refreshment from our generous friends at Whole Foods Market and Atchafalaya Restaurant, and the official debut of our new NOLA green dat t-shirt. Shop and party your way throughout the Green Light Distict, then join the crowd at Bridge Lounge for a signature green dat cocktail!

WHEN: Thursday, December 9th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

WHERE: The Green Light District, 2000-2100 Magazine Street
AND Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

Please email Heidi Jensen at our GBRC for more information: – and we’ll hope to see you there!

October 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

JeffCAP hosted its first Energy Expo

JeffCAP hosted its first Energy Expo at the Marrero Community/Senior Center, 1861 Ames Blvd. on October 14, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Energy Expo was open to all. The JeffCAP Low-Income Heating Entergy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) clients were strongly encouraged to attend. The expo featured many exhibition booths with products, services and programs intended for the entire community from Entergy, Atmos, Lowe’s, Home Depot, JeffCAP Weatherization, West Jefferson Medical Center and the Alliance for Affordable Energy. Educational presentations, demonstrations, raffles and giveaways were provided throughout the day. View photos from the event at: http://npnnola.com/associations/organizations/sub/352/jefferson-community-action-programs/photo-gallery/

October 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Make A Difference Day: Believe in Change

October 23, 2010 marks the 20th anniversary of Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. Millions of Americans will unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others on this day. Do you believe in the power of neighbors helping neighbors? Discover how you can Get HandsOn and truly create change on this historic “Make A Difference Day.” Visit http://www.handsonnetwork.org to create and register a volunteer project happening on October 23, or join an existing project or RSVP program in your community. Check out where individuals and groups are making a difference in their communities across the nation! USA WEEKEND and HandsOn Network invite you to utilize their tools and resources to increase the impact of your “Make A Difference Day” projects or to start your own project. Be an RSVP volunteer leader, and engage others in service on “Make a Difference Day” Service is a part of your life – lead others in making it a part of their lives too! Become a Get HandsOn Service Leader and introduce your family and friends to the service movement which leads them to make an impact in their communities!

See how JeffCAP is making a difference in Jefferson Parish by visiting our photo gallery:
http://npnnola.com/associations/organizations/sub/352/jefferson-community-action-programs/photo-gallery/

October 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Do you believe in change? JeffCAP RSVP centers answer the question

WE WANT TO CHANGE and empower our seniors to raise their educational level so they can become self-sufficient. Our center is starting with physical fitness to later promote educational fitness.” -Anthony Williams
Hazel Hurst Community Center

WE ARE MAKING CHANGES through our volunteers. We have former patients who are now working as volunteers. Our volunteers adapt very well to the positive changes and improvements at our hospital.” -Nina Victory
East Jefferson General Hospital

WE ARE CHANGING our community by delivering food boxes to people who are unable to pick up the items from our center. Our Make Groceries Day program serves 75 to 100 Bridge City residents every Friday, too.” -Jessie Taylor
Bridge City Community Center

WE ARE MAKING A CHANGE by preserving the cultural heritage in Gretna. We preserve the past to help our community make a difference for the future. We have ‘little gems’ at our center that we desire to share more often with our young people to inspire them to make a difference, too.
-Patricia Butts
Gretna Historical Society

For more information on BELIEVE and MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY, visit
http://npnnola.com/associations/organizations/sub/352/jefferson-community-action-programs/news-archive/

October 5th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT: JeffCAP RSVP Advisory Board

At JeffCAP RSVP, our purpose is to provide enrichment for older adults through significant community service. We encourage our volunteers to bring a lifetime of talent, experience, skills and hobbies, to community projects, organizations and agencies needing talented individuals. RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with thousands of local and national organizations. The JeffCAP RSVP Advisory Board is vital to accomplishing this purpose. The board represents the members of our communities who have a strong knowledge and interest in the senior population in Jefferson Parish. They also possess an awareness of community needs that our volunteer services aim to address. Our newest board members are two outstanding individuals who are joining us in the effort to empower our volunteers and services. Nancy Arceneaux, volunteer coordinator for the Jefferson Parish Department of Juvenile Services, will bring her expertise and experience working with troubled youth. Katherine Hoover, disability affairs specialist for the Jefferson Parish Office of Citizens Affairs, will provide her extensive experience and expertise in the needs and affairs of seniors and disaster preparation.
“I believe these women will enhance RSVP’s capacity to create new volunteer opportunities,” said Elizabeth Cook, RSVP coordinator. At RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. And, you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. In short, you find the opportunity that’s right for you. If you have any questions about the JeffCAP RSVP Advisory Board or general inquires about JeffCAP RSVP, contact Elizabeth Cook at 504-736-6165 or email .

September 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

JeffCAP, Trumpet Release Party with AARP a success

Trumpet Release Party with AARP at
Adams Street Cultural Center a Huge Success!

On September 15, JeffCAP and over 60 NPN community members gathered to celebrate the release of the September/October release of The Trumpet Magazine at the Adams Street Cultural Center. Enjoying delicious food provided by Ms. Dee’s Catering (fried chicken, smothered chicken, casserole, bread, peas, salad, and amazing bread pudding), neighbors talked to neighbors and the AARP discussed their commitment to advocating for walkable sidewalks for all neighborhoods and safe walking for all ages.

Anna Morgan and Dr. Rodney Wooten talked about their work to unify the Carrollton neighborhood they belonged to, giving options and hope to residents. Their hospitality was wonderful, and their facility is available to rent for retreats, meetings, parties, or whatever your organization might need. You can contact Anna at with any questions.

The Trumpet’s staff is already gearing up for the next issue coming out in November. The focus of the issue will be on Education and the Neighborhood Spotlight will be on Mid-City.

September 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: Planning and Implementation Grants

Application deadline: October 26, 2010

This program provides support for implementation efforts to transform neighborhoods of concentrated poverty into mixed-income neighborhoods of long-term viability, grow communities and metropolitan areas, support positive outcomes for all residents, and ensure that current residents benefit from transformation. Support is also provided for planning efforts for the development of comprehensive neighborhood transformation plans that integrate effective strategies to implement public and/or assisted housing revitalization, the coordination and design of supportive services, and neighborhood-level planning to improve a range of neighborhood assets.

For more information, visit the link: http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/programs/ph/cn/fy10funding.cfm

September 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

Community Food Projects should be designed to (1): (A) meet the food needs of low-income people; (B) increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs; and © promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and/or (2) meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for (A) infrastructure improvement and development; (B) planning for long-term solutions; or © the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Due date is November 17, 2010. Click here for more information.

September 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Funds Still Available for Low Income Prescription and Transit Tokens Program

Call our JeffCAP Community Centers for an appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Avondale Community Center 349-5414

*Bridge City Community Center 349-5464

*Dorothy Watson Community Center 736-6480

*Marrero Community/Senior Center 349-5950

*Gretna Community Center 376-2130

*Harvey Community Center 227-1221

  • Hazel Rhea Hurst Community Center (504) 838-4277

September 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

APPLY NOW FOR FUNDS FOR SUPPORT SERVICES

Jefferson Community Action Programs (JeffCAP) and the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) have funds available for the following supportive services:

Ø Bus service vouchers for Jefferson Parish residents

Ø Emergency clothing, school and work uniform vouchers

Ø Life sustaining medication vouchers

Ø Food Services Vouchers

Ø Utility Assistance

Ø Rental & Mortgage Assistance

Jefferson Parish citizens recently unemployed, underemployed or attending a job-training program are encouraged to apply now by calling the community center in their area for an appointment.

Funds are available only until September 30, 2010!

Appointments can be scheduled by calling one of the following JeffCAP Community Centers, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

• Avondale Community Center (504) 349-5422, Diana Smith
Serving the Avondale, Waggaman, Grand Isle and Westwego area

• Gretna Community Center (504) 376-2133, Dr. Clara Byes
Serving the Gretna and Terrytown area

• Bridge City Community Center (504) 349-5464, Jessie Taylor
Serving the Bridge City, Avondale, Waggaman and Westwego area

• Harvey Community Center (504) 227-1221, Darlene McKinnies
Serving the Harvey and Lafitte area

• Dorothy Watson Community Center (504) 736-6477, Luisa Cazabon
Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan and surrounding area

• Hazel Rhea Hurst Community Center (504) 838-4287, Anthony Williams
Serving Metairie and Jefferson area

• Marrero Community/Senior Center (504) 349-5953, Samuel Ridgley Serving the Marrero area

September 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

NEED HELP? FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE! CALL TODAY!

Jefferson Community Action Programs (JeffCAP) and the Low-Income Entergy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) have funds available for energy assistance.

Jefferson Parish citizens are encouraged to apply now by calling the community center in their area for an appointment. Funds are available only until September 30, 2010!

Appointments can be scheduled by calling one of the following JeffCAP Community Centers, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

•Avondale Community Center (504) 349-5422
Serving the Avondale, Waggaman, Grand Isle and Westwego area

•Gretna Community Center (504) 376-2133
Serving the Gretna and Terrytown area

•Bridge City Community Center (504) 349-5465
Serving the Bridge City, Avondale, Waggaman and Westwego area

•Harvey Community Center (504) 227-1221
Serving the Harvey and Lafitte area

•Dorothy Watson Community Center (504) 736-6488
Serving Kenner, River Ridge, Harahan and surrounding area

•Hazel Rhea Hurst Community Center (504) 838-4287
Serving Metairie and Jefferson area

•Marrero Community/Senior Center (504) 349-5953 Serving the Marrero area

Learn more about JeffCAP at http://www.jeffparish.net/index.cfm?DocID=1179

September 17th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Funds Still Available for Low Income Prescription and Transit Tokens Program

Call our JeffCAP Community Centers for an appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*Avondale Community Center 349-5414

*Bridge City Community Center 349-5464

*Dorothy Watson Community Center 736-6480

*Marrero Community/Senior Center 349-5950

*Gretna Community Center 376-2130

*Harvey Community Center 227-1221

◦Hazel Rhea Hurst Community Center (504) 838-4277

August 5th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

GRN hosts Defend the Gulf movie screening campaign

Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is hosting a Defend the Gulf movie screening to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Katrina in late August. The goal is to host to 200 events!

Media attention focused on BP’s drilling disaster may be waning, but the oil and its impacts are still greatly affecting the Gulf region. Late August/early September, right before Congress comes back from Labor Day recess, will be an important time to rally the support of your friends for the Gulf, and it’s a good time to have a fun gathering.

GRN is currently fighting hard in DC to make sure the public, and especially affected communities, has a formalized way of overseeing the oil and gas industry in the Gulf. We’re also pushing to make sure EPA and others figure out the long-term impacts of the unprecedented amount of dispersants used for this spill.

You can help make sure the nation learns the lessons of BP’s oil disaster and that the Gulf is restored by hosting a Defend the Gulf movie screening this August 29. Please register to host today to help hit the goal of 200 events and build the national outcry for a healthy Gulf.

For the Gulf,

Aaron Viles
Campaign Director
HOST A PARTY: http://action.healthygulf.org/p/salsa/event/common/public/create.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=593

July 30th 2010 marketumbrella.org

Crescent City Farmers Market Program "MarketMatch" Matches Food Stamp Shoppers Up to $25 per Market Visit

Crescent City Farmers Markets Match up to $25 in Food Stamp Purchases per Market Visit

Baskets of peak-season Creole tomatoes and tender okra aren’t the only sweet deal at the three weekly Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) right now. Marketumbrella.org is once again matching SNAP (food stamp) purchases up to $25 per market visit at all CCFM locations, while supplies last, through its MarketMatch program.

During marketumbrella.org’s Summer 2009 MarketMatch pilot, $10,000 in SNAP purchases were matched, resulting in a 600% increase in SNAP sales during the pilot and a 300% residual increase. The 2010 MarketMatch program is made possible by generous support from the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Community IMPACT Program and the National Rural Funders Collaborative. Marketumbrella.org is the sponsoring non-profit for the CCFM, the first farmers market in the Deep South to overcome the food stamp digital divide back in 2005.

For more information, please visit: http://www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org

July 16th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

IRS: Gulf Coast Assistance Day July 17

The Internal Revenue Service announced the locations of Taxpayer Assistance Centers in seven Gulf Coast cities that will be open this Saturday, July 17 to provide help to taxpayers impacted by the BP oil spill.

The following locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time:

1110 Montlimar Drive, Mobile, Ala.
651-F West 14th St., Panama City, Fla.
7180 9th Ave. North, Pensacola, Fla.
2600 Citiplace Centre, Baton Rouge, La.
423 Lafayette St., Houma, La.
1555 Poydras Street, New Orleans, La.
11309 Old Highway 49, Gulfport, Miss.
Individuals who have questions about the tax treatment of BP claims payments or who are experiencing filing or payment hardships because of the oil spill will be able to work directly with IRS personnel at any of these locations on Saturday.

Last week, the IRS announced the opening of a dedicated phone line for victims of the Gulf oil spill –– 866-562-5227. This special toll-free line is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will also be open to callers on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time.

In certain cases, IRS staff can assist oil spill victims by suspending collection and examination actions. Taxpayers who need this assistance must request it. Others may decide to continue making payments because interest will continue to accrue on outstanding balances, even if some penalties are abated.

In addition to postponing collection actions, the IRS continues to have a number of other ways to help taxpayers deal with oil spill issues or other economic hardships, including:

Added flexibility for missed payments on installment agreements and offers in compromise for previously compliant individuals.
Consideration of a taxpayer’s current income and potential for future income when negotiating an offer in compromise.
Accelerated levy releases.
Assistance of the Taxpayer Advocate Service for those experiencing economic harm and seeking help resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels.
Related Information

For further information, including the tax treatment of BP compensation payments, see Questions & Answers about the Gulf oil spill. Taxpayers are also encouraged to visit DisasterAssistance.gov and RestoretheGulf.gov, which have information on assistance for Gulf oil spill victims.

July 14th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Obama administration official to attend BP town hall series

TOWN HALL MEETINGS WITH KENNETH FEINBERG

PUBLIC INVITED

At the request of the State of Louisiana, Kenneth Feinberg, selected by President Obama to administer the $20 billion British Petroleum (BP) claims fund, will attend a series of town hall meetings in Louisiana this Thursday, July 15.

The town hall meetings will be held in Terrebonne, Plaquemines, and Jefferson Parishes. The locations and times of these meetings are as follows:

· 11:30 a.m. – Houma/Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd., Houma, La. 70360 (open to media and the public)

· 2:30 p.m. – St. Patrick Catholic Church, 28698 Hwy 23, Port Sulphur, La. 70083 (open to media and the public)

· 4:30 p.m. – Lafitte Civic Center, 4917 City Park Dr., Lafitte, La. 70067 (open to media and the public)

July 9th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

CHANGES TO LINEUP AND START TIME OF THE ISLAND AID CONCERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2010

Changes have been made to the lineup and start time of the Island Aid Concert in Grand Isle scheduled for Saturday, July 24, 2010 on the beach directly across from the Community Center, 3811 Highway 1, Grand Isle, LA.

As previously reported, the Island Aid Concert was to begin at 11 a.m. The organizers for the concert recently announced that the gates to the event will open at 10 a.m. and the concert will begin at 10:45 a.m. Additionally, changes were made to the entertainment lineup. The new lineup will be as follows:

Stage 1 Stage 2

Three Dog Night Doug Kershaw

LeAnn Rimes The Topcats

Little River Band The Wiseguys

Amanda Shaw Hurricane Levee Band

Admission to the concert is $10 per person for the all-day event. Revenues from ticket sales will go to the Grand Isle Alive Promotion Fund to raise money to aid in rebuilding the fishing and tourism industry in Grand Isle.

The event will feature two entertainment stages, food, crafts, clothing, commemorative Island Aid Concert memorabilia and more.

For the latest information regarding the Island Aid Concert, please monitor the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo website, http://www.tarponrodeo.org.

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July 3rd 2010 Global Green USA

UPDATE: Oil Spill Disaster Response VISTA: Global Green

Global Green – Oil Response VISTA (AmeriCorps)

This opportunity is a year-long volunteer commitment with a stipend.

Member Duties: The Oil Spill Response Intern will assist senior staff in coordinating Global Green’s regional and national efforts in response to the BP Gulf Oil Spill. Work may include PR writing, photography, grant writing, research, note taking, drafting and editing reports and policy documents, meeting attendance, site visits, and event coordination.

Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Health Coverage, Relocation Allowance , Stipend, Training.

Terms: Requires full time service without outside commitments.

Service Areas: Community and Economic Development, Community Outreach, Disaster Relief, Education, Environment, Coastal Restoration

Qualifications: Good verbal, written, computer and telephone skills; interest in policy and environment. Experience working for a governmental or nonprofit org is a plus but not required.

Service Description: Global Green USA’s Oil Spill response is a multi-faceted effort to stave off economic and environmental damages and ensure a safer, greener future for our region and the nation. All Oil Spill VISTAs will be expected to spend time at the site to familiarize themselves with the problems, participate in cleanup activities when practicable, and document the damage to wetlands, wildlife and communities. The rest of the time will be spent collaborating with like-minded organizations to develop solutions and educate the public.

Program Start/End Date: 08/09/2010 through 08/08/2011

Work Schedule: Full Time

Education Level: High School Graduate minimum, though College Degree preferred

Age Requirement: Minimum 18 years of age, Maximum: None

Program Location: New Orleans, LA

Other requirements: Vehicle (Mileage reimbursements provided)

Accepting Applications: NOW through 7/30/2010

Qualified Applicants should email resume and cover letter to:

AmeriCorps VISTA Information: http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp

Global Green USA: http://www.globalgreen.org

July 2nd 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Save the Gulf partners with JeffCAP for oil spill recovery

Save the Gulf is comprised of private citizens from the West Coast who have a genuine concern for our nation. This non-politically affiliated movement decided not to sit at home and watch another disaster occur to the Gulf Coast again. Recently, the movement started an initial trip to Southeastern Louisiana where volunteers worked very hard to collect supplies and donations from the West Coast to give the supplies to real victims of the oil spill.

Sponsorships for these trips are supported by generous donations through Universe Broadcasting. Save the Gulf is not affiliated with BP or any subversive agencies. The movement consists over 30,000 “patriots” who desires to assist the victims of the oil spill and its recovery efforts.

Save the Gulf’s donations will go to JeffCAP and the Plaquemines Parish Health Department to provide supportive services to the victims of the oil spill.
Universe Broadcasting Corporation is now willing to offer a $1 donation per individual who sends a Umail at http://www.UmailWizard.com to The National Wildlife Federation. You can do this for free for a limited time. In light of recent events, the Universe Broadcasting Corporation has created a fund of $1,000 to be dispersed to The National Wildlife Federation to help the wildlife affected by the oil spill. This fund will be donated when 1,000 individuals send one Umail using a new patent pending system. If one 1,000 Umails are not sent, the Umails that have been sent will be tallied and will make a donation based on that number. Every Umail sent is free and you can track and share your Umail forever.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT! Visit http://www.savethegulfcrew.com and the Save the Gulf notes section on Facebook for more information.

June 29th 2010 Global Green USA

FREE Green-It-Yourself Series - June 29th

Green- it-Yourself Series: June 29th

Summer is officially here and we know ya’ll are sweatin’ it out in the Big Easy.

This panel will discuss HVAC systems, fans and air-conditioning window units. It will give individuals tips on how to recognize energy efficient models and how to improve the efficiency of existing models. Most importantly guest speaker Mike Bowen of HumbleHG, LLC will discuss how to save money by installing the appropriate system for your home and or apartment.

Hosted by: Global Green’s Build It Back Green Program
Tuesday, June 29th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
At: Good Work Network
1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. NOLA

Build It Back Green events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this and past events, please contact Vincent Fedeli at our Green Building Resource Center: , and see our website here: http://globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/. Visit Global Green’s blog to find out what Build it Back Green is up to http://globalgreen.org/blogs/

June 28th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

IRS Provides Tax Help, Guidance to Gulf Oil Spill Victims

IRS Provides Tax Help, Guidance to Gulf Oil Spill Victims;

Special Assistance Day Planned for July 17

IR-2010-78, June 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today provided guidance to individuals and businesses affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and announced a number of new efforts to help affected taxpayers, including a special Gulf Coast Assistance Day on July 17.

“This is a very difficult time for many people affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. As residents of the region cope with the evolving situation, I want to assure them that the IRS will be doing everything it can to provide tax help to those who need it,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “We encourage anyone who has an issue with the IRS to contact us and explain their hardship, and we will work with them to find a solution. We’ll do everything we can under current law to help taxpayers.”

The guidance released today is based on current law, and it explains how recipients of payments from BP should treat the payments for tax purposes. According to the current law, BP payments for lost income are taxable in the same way that the wages or business income these payments are replacing would have been. The law treats compensation for lost wages or income differently for tax purposes than compensation for physical injuries or property loss, which generally are nontaxable.

Every person can have unique financial circumstances, so the IRS encourages taxpayers to review their tax situation or talk with their tax preparers about the implications of payments or compensation from the oil spill.

The new information is available in a question-and-answer format on a special section of the IRS website, IRS.gov. The IRS is closely monitoring the situation in the Gulf, and additional information will be added to IRS.gov as it becomes available.

To help people in the Gulf Coast area dealing with tax issues, the IRS also announced a special assistance day on July 17 in seven cities. Taxpayers and tax preparers will be able to work directly with IRS employees to resolve tax issues, including specific topics related to the oil spill. The IRS will hold the Gulf Coast Assistance Day in four states:

· Alabama: Mobile.

· Florida: Panama City and Pensacola.

· Louisiana: New Orleans, Houma and Baton Rouge.

· Mississippi: Gulfport.

Times and specific locations will soon be announced and will be available on IRS.gov.

In addition, taxpayers with problems related to the Gulf spill will soon be able to reach IRS personnel through an IRS toll-free telephone line. Specially trained IRS personnel will be available to help people with tax questions related to the oil spill. More information will be available soon about this telephone line.

The IRS encourages taxpayers in the Gulf struggling with payment or collection issues to contact the agency. The IRS continues to have a number of ways to help taxpayers dealing with oil spill issues or other economic hardship issues, including:

· Assistance of the Taxpayer Advocate Service for those taxpayers experiencing particular hardship navigating the IRS.

· Postponement of collection actions in certain hardship cases.

· Added flexibility for missed payments on installment agreements and offers in compromise for previously compliant individuals having difficulty paying.

· IRS employees will be permitted to consider a taxpayer’s current income and potential for future income when negotiating an offer in compromise.

· Accelerated levy releases for taxpayers facing economic hardship.

Related Information:

www.Disasterassistance.gov

June 28th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

JeffCAP Oil Spill Assistance in Grand Isle

What: Jefferson Community Action Programs Oil Spill Assistance
When: June 29 & 30, 11:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m.
Where: Grand Isle Community Center
Why: To assist the victims of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
How: Oil spill victims are encouraged to apply and submit applications for supportive services.

For more information contact Diana Smith (504) 349-5414

June 28th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

JeffCAP Oil Spill Assistance in Lafitte

What: Jefferson Community Action Programs Oil Spill Assistance
When: June 28 & 29, 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Where: Town of Jean Lafitte Council Chambers
Why: To assist the victims of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
How: Oil spill victims are encouraged to apply and submit applications for supportive services.

For more information contact Darlene McKinnies (504) 227-1221

June 21st 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Larry King Live telethon to benefit Gulf Coast tonight

On Monday night, CNN will have a telethon on Larry King Live from 8-10 p.m ET in support of recovery in the Gulf Coast. The program will repeat 12-2 a.m.

Donors will have the opportunity to give to three areas of need: 1. people (through United Way) 2. animals (through National Wildlife Federation) 3. environment (through The Nature Conservancy)

United Way Gulf Recovery Fund
2-1-1 in the Gulf reports a dramatic spike in calls, as they are inundated with requests by people who need help and by those who want to volunteer. To date, thousands of families have received help with food, clothing, utility assistance, rent and mortgage relief, and access to health and mental health care.

The United Way Gulf Recovery Fund will provide emergency assistance and support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives by addressing educational, financial and health-related challenges.

Funds will be channeled to the United Way Oil Spill Assistance Regional Fund, created by the leadership of United for the Greater New Orleans Area and supported by United Ways along the Gulf from Florida to Louisiana. We are uniquely positioned as a leader in the Gulf and a resource to many both within, and outside of our service area.

There are many celebrities confirmed so far and United Way Worldwide is working on the myriad other details. You can see more at http://www.liveunited.org and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We are excited about this opportunity and hope that you will take a moment to share details regarding the telethon with your friends and co-workers.

United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area
serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes
2515 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

June 17th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

JeffCAP needs volunteers for Coastal Care Fairs

You are invited to volunteer with JeffCAP in the upcoming Coastal Care Fairs hosted and produced by the Our Home, Louisiana Coalition.

The May explosion of the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the resulting oil leak have radically affected the environment, the physical and economic health of our friends and neighbors in South Louisiana.

Founded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, the coalition currently includes Tulane Community Health Centers, Magellan Health Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, Louisiana Serve Commission, Louisiana Workforce Commission, Health and Wellness Institute, Corporation for National and Community Service, United Way, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation and Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP.

The coalition will provide health information and resources as well as other services related to the well-being of the affected communities.

The first activities of the coalition will be several Coastal Care Fairs over the course of the summer. The fairs will include:

· Health screenings
· Children’s programming
· Job opportunity information
· Social service programs
· Public health information
· Wellness information and stress management workshops

JeffCAP needs volunteers in Grand Isle, Lafitte and Harvey. The Coastal Care Fair dates and locations are:
Tuesday, June 22, Grand Isle
Grand Isle School, 149 Ludwig Lane

Wednesday, June 23, Lafitte
Jefferson Parish Library, Lafitte Branch, 4917 City Park Drive

Thursday, June 24, Harvey
Jefferson Parish Library, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd.

Monday, June 28, Thibodaux
Lafourche Parish Library, Thibodaux Branch, 314 St. Mary Street

Thursday, July 1, New Orleans
New Orleans Public Library, Latter Branch, 5120 St. Charles Ave. (10:30am)

Wednesday, July 7, Cutoff
Lafourche Parish Library, South Lafourche Branch, 16241 E. Main

Thursday, July 8, Houma
Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive

Friday, July 9, Chalmette
Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center Ballroom, 8245 Judge Perez Drive

Monday, July 12, New Orleans
New Orleans Public Library, Martin Luther King Branch, 1611 Caffin Ave. (10:30am)

Tuesday, July 13, Morgan City
Morgan City Municipal Auditorium, 728 Myrtle Street

Tuesday, July 27, Houma
Terrebonne Parish Library, East Houma Branch, 778 Grand Caillou Road

Plaquemines Parish: to be scheduled

All events will be from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Email to receive volunteer information. For more information, visit ourhomelouisiana.org.

June 17th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Our Home Louisiana Coalition Coastal Care Fairs

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has partnered with several companies, organizations and government agencies to form the Our Home Louisiana Coalition—dedicated to improving the health and welfare of Louisianians affected by the crisis in the Gulf.

The coalition will provide health information and resources as well as other services related to the well-being of the affected communities. The first activities of the coalition will be 12 Coastal Care Fairs over the course of the summer. The fairs will include:
· Health screenings
· Children’s programming
· Job opportunity information
· Social service programs
· Public health information
· Wellness information and stress management workshops

We need your help to get the word out about the Coastal Care Fairs in your community. You are encouraged to help us spread the word by:

· Sending an email to your members, colleagues and affiliates
· Posting a flyer in your establishment and/or around your community
· Join and encourage others to join the Our Home Louisiana Facebook page

Thank you! For more information about the coalition, visit ourhomelouisiana.org

June 17th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Update: Oil spill tour in Jefferson Parish

Louisiana Workforce Commission Officials Concludes Tour of Oil Spill Response in Jefferson Parish

Representatives of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and Louisiana Community Action Partnership (LACAP) toured Jefferson Parish communities affected by the oil spill disaster and visit Jefferson Community Action Programs (JeffCAP) that are offering support services in the area on June 8, 2010.

In addition, Mayor Tim Kerner of Lafitte and Jefferson Parish officials attended the tour to Lafitte and Grand Isle.

“We want to see first hand how the community action agencies we work with through Community Services Block Grant funding are helping those most affected by the continuing disaster in the Gulf,” said Johnny Riley, director of LWC Workforce Development. “These agencies help to provide front-line assistance where it is needed most.”

The tour started at the Lafitte Town Hall and included a boat tour of the area impacted by the oil spill around Grand Isle. A meeting was also held to discuss plans by LWC and LACAP to provide support services in the area. Participating with Riley was Jane Killen, executive director of LACAP; Tamarlion Carter, special project manager and coordinator of community action agency activities for LWC; Anatola Thompson, executive director of Jefferson Parish Community Development; Sharon Wegner, local area coordinator for the Jefferson Parish Department of Workforce Connection; Mayor Kerner; Jefferson Parish council officials and Nicole Ferrier, executive director of JeffCAP.

The group continued its tour of the affected area following the meeting and returned to Lafitte.

Established in 1978, JeffCAP has offered various programs for the elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged and youth in Jefferson Parish. The agency connects with federal, state, local and private organizations to provide a wide range of services.

“JeffCAP provides assistance to the citizens of Jefferson Parish every day,” said Ferrier. “During state emergencies, we strive to provide even more supportive services to help people in their time of need. Our goal is to help people who need temporary assistance get back on their feet and become self sufficient.”

A visit to programs in St. Mary Parish is also planned for the near future, according to organizers.

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For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on http://www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos from the state’s response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

May 20th 2010 Entergy Innovation Center

M. Francis Gallery Celebrates Success!

The Entergy Innovation Center (EIC) is pleased and proud to congratulate M. Francis Gallery in their move to 604 Julia St. in the Arts District. We wish you continued success!

May 7th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Spread the word about Head Start registration!

Registration for the 2010-11 Head Start school year is coming in June. In the meantime, make sure you have the following documents to register your child:

*Child’s social security card *Valid ID *Proof of income for 2009 & current 2010 income (W-2 form or current check stub) *Current immunization *Birth certificate; U.S. entry papers *LA purchase card *Medical card *Social security income—total income from Jan. to Dec. 2009 and current 2010 *Eligible age: Child must be born between October 1, 2005 — September 30, 2007

May 6th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Westbank Head Start Parent of the Year

Renee’ Ford is the Westbank Head Start Parent of the Year. Renee’ served as parent president for the 2009-10 school year. Ford will be honored at the JeffCAP Parent of the Year awards ceremony on Monday, May 10, 2010.

Ford is a hard working lady with a passion for Head Start. This school year, she successfully secured many sponsors and donations for the center such as Winn Dixie, the Louisiana Workforce Connection, Chuck E. Cheese and Sicilly’s Pizza.

Many thanks to the entire Westbank Head Start Parent Committee and Evangeline Ellis, vice-president, Donquell Davis, treasurer and Jonathan Davis, policy council representative. They worked tirelessly with Ford to make the school year a success. Congratulations to all!

May 6th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Future Leaders: Head Start Success Stories, Part III

Sean Burkhalter graduated from Lafitte Head Start. He is a honor student at L.W. Higgins High with a 3.0 GPA. Sean says “Head Start has been a major influence in my life. I remember my teachers were very caring and understanding. I was always eager to go to school.”

That type of nurturing has inspired Sean to give back to his community. Sean has been accepted into LSU where he will study medicine. Following college and medical school, Sean will pursue a career as a pediatric doctor.

Sean was voted Homecoming King at the senior prom. He is admired and respected by his peers.

May 6th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

Future Leaders: Head Start Success Stories, Part II

Bianca Epherson graduated from Westbank Head Start. She is an honor student at L.W. Higgins High School. Bianca believes that her Head Start experience enabled her to maintain a 3.4 GPA. Bianca is an confident young lady who is involved in many extra curricular activities such as JAG, Student Council, Black History Club and plays soccer. After graduation, Bianca will attend the University of New Orleans pursuing a college degree in Business Administration.

April 26th 2010 Jefferson Community Action Programs

ARRA funds now available at JeffCAP centers

Jefferson Parish citizens may now apply for CSBG ARRA funds for prescription drugs, food, one-time funding for school uniforms, job training and tuition for post-secondary education. In addition, there may be funding for transportation assistance for recently unemployed citizens and underemployed citizens. Eligiblity requirements are required for all applicants. Interested persons must apply in person at a JeffCAP community center, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Marrero, 349-5953; Harvey, 227-1221; Avondale, 349-5422; Gretna, 376-2133; Bridge City, 349-5465; Metairie, 736-6488 and Jefferson, 838-4287

January 15th 2010 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

RED LINES & KEEP OUT SIGNS - A Conference on Barriers to Open Housing: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Friday, January 15, 2010
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Lindy Boggs International Conference Center UNO – 2045 Lakeshore Drive

FREE – Registration required – Register at http://www.fitforaking.org

From historic redlining to contemporary NIMBYism, this free training will look at barriers to open housing: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Stakeholders will gain tools for understanding and combatting discriminatory housing policy and exclusionary housing practices in their communities.

YESTERDAY: Keynote speaker Beryl Satter, author of Family Properties: Race, Real Estate and the Exploitation of Black Urban America, will discuss how redlining, contract sales, and other racially discriminatory real estate practices in Chicago established stark segregation in housing. A local historian will connect Satter’s presentation to the history of housing segregation in New Orleans.

TODAY: The training will also feature a panel of local stakeholders who will discuss how Not In My Backyard (NIMBY) attitudes function currently to prevent our city’s full recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

TOMORROW: Finally, participants will spend the afternoon in break-out workshops designed to provide a variety of stakeholders with the tools they need to create healthy and inclusive communities.

Visit http://www.fitforaking.org for more information and registration.

December 1st 2009 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

GNOFHAC Urges Jefferson Parish Housing Authority to Reopen Section 8 Waiting List

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) denounces the process by which the Jefferson Parish Housing Authority (JPHA) recently opened its Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP, or “Section 8”) waiting list. A notice posted on the JPHA website on November 23rd, 2009 invites Jefferson Parish residents to fill out a “pre-application” form online, or request the form by mail between November 23rd and November 30th, 2009. The online form was removed at the close of business on November 30th, and JPHA’s notice stated that mailed requests received after November 30th or hand-delivered “will not be processed.” GNOFHAC is disappointed that JPHA chose to open its waiting list for the first time in years over the Thanksgiving holiday, a week when Jefferson Parish residents have limited access to social service and advocacy agencies, as well as post offices and public facilities that offer internet access. Furthermore, GNOFHAC is concerned that JPHA advertised the opportunity to apply for its HCVP waiting list exclusively via its website, and the legal notices section of the Times-Picayune.

The outreach that the JPHA engaged in to advertise the opening of the waitlist is insufficient in volume, and does not adequately address the needs of people with disabilities. GNOFHAC urges JPHA to reopen the pre-application process with an extended deadline, and to conduct TV and radio advertising to give the public adequate notice that the waiting list is open. Due to the obscurity of its advertising and the lack of access to resources over a national holiday, GNOFHAC recommends that JPHA extend its deadline for at least 30 days. This extension coupled with more comprehensive advertising will give Jefferson Parish residents adequate opportunity to complete the pre-application process, and will give social service agencies adequate time to reach out to their low-income clients.

GNOFHAC Interim Co-Director Kate Scott remarks, “It is unacceptable that JPHA chose to open its Housing Choice Voucher waiting list in a manner that likely bars access for many individuals most in need of housing vouchers. We urge JPHA to amend its process so as to offer equal opportunity to all Jefferson Parish residents.”

Contact: Seth Weingart

(504) 596-2100

More info at http://www.gnofairhousing.org/news.html

November 19th 2009 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

FAIR HOUSING CENTER URGES LRA BOARD TO RECOGNIZE AND ACT ON CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN NEW ORLEANS

The Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) was recently made aware that the LRA Board will consider a proposal at their next meeting on House Speaker Jim Tucker’s resolutions to move up to $1 billion dollars of Community Development Block Grant funds away from programs that create much-needed affordable housing. GNOFHAC strongly urges the LRA Board to remain focused on addressing the urgent demand for affordable housing in New Orleans, and to ensure that the dedicated funds remain committed to creating housing. Repurposing the funds would significantly risk violating the state’s statutory duty to affirmatively further fair housing.

It is critical that decisions about the development of affordable housing be based on sound data. On November 12, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center (GNOCDC) released a report entitled “Housing Production Needs: Three Scenarios for New Orleans,” which examines how much more and what types of housing New Orleans needs. In all three population scenarios considered, the GNOCDC report finds that given current trends, the projected demand for affordable units drastically outpaces projected supply. In effect, New Orleans continues to face an affordable housing crisis that will only continue to get worse over time unless addressed.

In May, the Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) released a report that examined the supply of subsidized rental housing in the New Orleans area, absent any analysis of the significant demand for affordable housing. The BGR report and BGR testimony at public hearings has been used by some to justify attempts to halt funding for the continued development of much-needed affordable housing. After the release of the GNOCDC report, BGR President Janet Howard clarified in an interview that it would be “inaccurate” for anyone to use the BGR report to demonstrate that there is too much affordable housing in the region since the report did not examine demand.

Given the clearly demonstrated, persistent need for affordable housing in New Orleans, the Fair Housing Action Center calls on Speaker Tucker and all members of the LRA Board to:

1. Accurately analyze and act on the data available regarding both the supply of affordable housing in New Orleans and the persistent demand for it, including the “Housing Production Needs” report and Janet Howard’s recent comments clarifying the applicability of the BGR report.

2. Retain all CDBG funding currently dedicated for housing where it is, and remove Speaker Tucker’s resolution from the LRA Board meeting agenda. Furthermore, consider dedicating additional resources to alleviate the affordable housing crisis that New Orleanians face.

Kate Scott, Interim Co-Director of GNOFHAC, comments “Housing remains a critical issue in the recovery of New Orleans. In determining the future of the city, policymakers should make decisions based on high quality data that speaks to the issues at hand. A full picture of affordable housing supply and demand now indicates a continued need for more affordable housing in New Orleans, and we demand that the LRA Board act accordingly.”

Contact: Kate Scott

(504) 596-2100
http://www.gnofairhousing.org

November 11th 2009 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

More Affordable Housing in Mid-City

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and First NBC Bank awarded a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (GCHP) to renovate a vacant, flooded apartment complex, creating 108 units of affordable and supportive housing. The historic Sacred Heart High School was previously converted to an assisted living facility for seniors, which has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina floodwaters damaged the property in 2005.
GCHP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote housing production and community redevelopment in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This project, to be known as 3222 Canal, is located in an area with a high demand for affordable housing, and the grant will help bridge the funding costs for renovations.

“There has always been a need for affordable and supportive housing in New Orleans, and especially since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” said Noel Henderson-James, Project Manager at GCHP. “By renovating historic and abandoned structures, we are bringing the buildings back into commerce and improving the surrounding neighborhood.”

The structure will offer affordable housing units for very low- to low-income individuals, as well as supportive housing for the homeless and those living with special needs.

“The redevelopment of the former Sacred Heart School continues the major revitalization of the famous Canal Street of New Orleans since the flooding of Hurricane Katrina. We thank the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas for its key role in making this project possible,” said Ashton J. Ryan, Jr., President of First NBC Bank.

The project remains in the initial planning stage, and construction is scheduled to begin in March 2010.

Each year, the FHLB Dallas returns 10 percent of its profits to the communities served by member institutions in the form of AHP grants issued through its member financial institutions. As of September 30, 2009, FHLB Dallas has awarded $8.4 million to projects within its five-state District, including more than $2.1 million to projects in Louisiana, resulting in the creation or renovation of 332 housing units in the state.

For more information about FHLB Dallas programs, please contact the Corporate Communications Department at 214.441.8445.

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 12 district banks in the FHLBank System created by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $67.3 billion as of September 30, 2009, is a member-owned cooperative that supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced loans and other credit products to more than 900 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. For more information, visit the FHLB Dallas web site at fhlb.com.

CONTACT: Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Corporate Communications (214) 441-8445 http://www.fhlb.comhttp://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/g38998/fhlb-dallas-and-first-nbc-bank-award-500-000-grant-to-gulf-coast-housing-partn

November 4th 2009 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

Fair Housing Center Keeps Pressure on St. Bernard Parish

While the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) is pleased with the St. Bernard Parish Councils vote to overturn an ordinance that would put a multi-family ban on the ballot for a public vote, it will continue to closely monitor the parish for any actions that violate the Fair Housing Act. GNOFHAC is especially troubled by comments made by parish officials and quoted in the Times-Picayune that seem to disregard the authority of federal courts and civil rights laws. Kate Scott, Interim Co-Director of GNOFHAC, comments, “We hope this move on the part of Parish officials to rescind the vote to ban multi-family housing signals a newfound commitment to open housing in St. Bernard Parish. We stand firm in our commitment to our mission of furthering equal housing opportunity throughout the region.

The ordinance to vote on the multi-family moratorium is the latest in a long string of race-based attempts by St. Bernard Parish to block multi-family developments in the Parish. On October 13, 2009, GNOFHAC filed a fourth Motion for Contempt in a winding legal battle, alleging St. Bernard Parish violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a 2008 Consent Order in passing the ordinance for a public vote to ban multi-family housing. Judge Berrigan previously ordered the St. Bernard Parish Council to rescind a similar ordinance, holding that the Councils intent in enacting and continuing the moratorium is and was racially discriminatory.

In response to the ordinance establishing the public vote on the 2009 moratorium, GNOFHAC spent considerable time and resources in developing an educational campaign to combat some of the myths surrounding affordable and multi-family housing. When the Parish notified the Court of its intent to rescind the ordinance, GNOFHAC slowed campaign production while continuing to monitor the actions of the Parish. Some educational resources and a timeline of GNOFHACs multi-year litigation with the Parish are available at http://www.nomultifamilymoratorium.org.

On November 4, 2009 lawyers for St. Bernard Parish provided notice to the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan that the Parish Council voted to rescind the ordinance calling for the public vote at its November 3 meeting. The Parish asked the judge to dismiss GNOFHACs Motion for Contempt.

Relman & Dane PLLC represented GNOFHAC in this matter.

Contact: Kate Scott

(504) 596-2100

More info at http://www.gnofairhousing.org/news.html

October 24th 2009 NPN Community Relations Intern

Master Plan Q and A Video - hot off the press!

Master Plan Q & A at NPN from Neighborhoods Partnership Networ on Vimeo.

Neighborhoods Partnership network hosted a Q & A session between the City Planning Commission and New Orleans Residents who had questions or concerns regarding the Master Plan. This session was held over a 2-day period and was open to the public. This video represents only a small portion of the discussions. Please visit nolamasterplan.org for more information on the New Orleans Master Plan.

October 24th 2009 NPN Community Relations Intern

Master Plan Q and A Video - hot off the press!

Master Plan Q & A at NPN from Neighborhoods Partnership Networ on Vimeo.

Neighborhoods Partnership network hosted a Q & A session between the City Planning Commission and New Orleans Residents who had questions or concerns regarding the Master Plan. This session was held over a 2-day period and was open to the public. This video represents only a small portion of the discussions. Please visit nolamasterplan.org for more information on the New Orleans Master Plan.

October 14th 2009 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

GNOFHAC files fourth motion for contempt against St. Bernard Parish

On October 13, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) filed a fourth Motion for Contempt alleging St. Bernard Parish has violated the federal Fair Housing Act and a Consent Order. On September 15, 2009, Parish officials passed an ordinance to hold a public vote on a moratorium on multi-family housing. The special election is set for November 14, 2009.

The ordinance to vote on the multi-family moratorium is the latest in a long string of race-based attempts by St. Bernard Parish to block multi-family developments in the Parish. In the course of the multi-year litigation, GNOFHAC has successfully challenged St. Bernards two previous multi-family construction moratoria, and an ordinance that restricted the rental of single-family residences to those related by blood to the owner of the property. In a prior ruling regarding a moratorium on multi-family housing similar to the one just passed by the Parish Council, the Honorable Judge Helen G. Berrigan ordered the St. Bernard Parish Council to rescind the ordinance, holding that the Councils intent in enacting and continuing the moratorium is and was racially discriminatory.

GNOFHAC is initiating an educational campaign in St. Bernard Parish to inform residents about the facts surrounding multi-family and affordable housing. The campaign will encourage residents to vote no on the moratorium.

Relman & Dane PLLC represented GNOFHAC in this matter.

James Perry, Executive Director of GNOFHAC, comments, “It is alarming that Parish officials have once again acted to block open housing in St. Bernard, but we remain committed to doing what is necessary to ensure equal housing opportunity for all.

Contact: Kate Scott

(504) 596-2100

More info at http://www.gnofairhousing.org

June 23rd 2009 Sierra Club

Citizens Urge Representative Cao to Strengthen the Clean Energy Bill

New Orleans, LA Taking part in a national Day of Action, community leaders and activists from Sierra Club, 1Sky, the Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the Alliance for Affordable Energy kicked into gear to demonstrate public support for fast, scientifically-based, and substantial action on climate change. Rallying on Friday, June 19th, in front of Representative Anh Joseph Caos New Orleans office, a spirited crowed gathered to deliver the message that America wants a strengthened clean energy bill that will provide millions of additional green jobs nationwide and help protect Louisianas coast.

The clean energy bill is the best chance we have to move America to a clean economy and develop millions of green jobs here at home, while also helping to protect our coast and communities from sea-level rise, said Jonathan Henderson, with 1Sky and the Gulf Restoration Network.

Doing nothing is not an option, notes Jordan Macha, Conservation Organizer for the Sierra Club. Doing nothing threatens our air, our water, our food and our health. We need to act now to protect our environment and to protect the health of our children and grandchildren. America has the ability to innovate and solve big problems. Investing in clean energy and reducing global warming pollution are two sides of the same coin.

The participants at the rally delivered letters to Representative Cao urging him to support key changes to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) that will limit dangerous global warming pollution, and will hasten a transition to a clean energy future:

1. Increase the Renewable Electricity Standard to deliver more clean energy jobs here in Louisiana.
2. Restore authority to the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act.
3. Create more clean energy jobs for America by reducing allocations to polluting industries.

Our lives depend on making this bill effective against global warming. We expect no less from our representatives, both democrat and republican, said John Atkeison, Director, Climate and Clean Energy Programs, Alliance for Affordable Energy

We have seventeen oil refineries in the state of Louisiana that contribute to global warming on a daily basis. This energy bill includes a provision to reduce global warming emissions from industry sources including oil companies. We have a real problem and this bill will help to solve it. Katherine Trotter, Research Analyst, Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

Sierra Club is a national environmental advocacy organization and one of the oldest conservation groups in the country, with the purpose to preserve and protect the natural environment of Louisiana and the nation.

The Gulf Restoration Network is a diverse network of local, regional, and national groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and restoring the valuable resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The GRN has members in the five Gulf states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

1Sky is a collaborative national campaign for strong federal action to tackle global climate change and invest in building the clean energy economy of the future.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental health and justice organization working with communities that neighbor the states petrochemical plants and other industrial hazards. We assist residents in their work to reduce pollution and protect public health.

The Alliance for Affordable Energy is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization dedicated to creating fair, affordable, environmentally responsible, community-based energy policies for Louisiana.

June 2nd 2009 KID smART

We'd like to hear your voice!

Wed like to hear your voice!
What are your thoughts about arts education in Louisiana? The Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) wants to know about current perceptions of art education and its presence, influence and importance to communities across Louisiana. Your feedback will be used by the LDOA to help shape future arts education policy.
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed directly at http://www.surveymonkey.com/kidsmart_public . Dont wait! Please take the time to give us your thoughts on this important issue and send this information on to other Louisiana residents.

Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2009
This project is coordinated by KID smART on behalf of the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Louisiana Department of Education. For further information, please contact Joanna Sternberg at .

May 21st 2009 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

FAIR HOUSING ACTION CENTER RELEASES RESULTS OF HOUSING ACCESSIBILITY STUDY; NON-COMPLIANCE WITH FAIR HOUSING ACT A PROBLEM FOR NEWLY DEVELOPED HOUSING

On Thursday, May 21, 2009, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) revealed the results of its recent investigation into housing accessibility discrimination against people with disabilities in the New Orleans area, including Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes. The investigation is the first to be conducted in the area since Hurricane Katrina.

The investigation showed that 100% of the twenty-two complexes investigated were inaccessible to people with disabilities. The complexes failed to comply with one or more of the Fair Housing Act design and construction standards. 81% of the complexes tested failed to comply with two or more of the requirements, and on average, the newly constructed multi-family complexes examined failed to comply with three of the seven design and construction standards.

GNOFHAC Executive Director James Perry comments, “Let this report serve as a wake up call to housing developers, government officials and people across the community. All of us must work to make New Orleans open and welcoming to all people by taking a stand against inaccessible housing.”

Learn more or download “Access Denied: An Audit Report on Housing Accessibility for People with Physical Disabilities in the Greater New Orleans Rental Housing Market” at http://www.gnofairhousing.org/news.html

May 20th 2009 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center

FAIR HOUSING ACTION CENTER SCHEDULES PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE RESULTS OF ACCESSIBILITY AUDIT

On May 21, 2009, at 10:30am, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center (GNOFHAC) will hold a press conference in the 2nd floor conference room of 1010 Common Street to release the results of its most recent audit, Access Denied: An Audit of Housing Accessibility for People with Physical Disabilities in the Greater New Orleans Rental Housing Market.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, there is increased development of new multi-family housing throughout the Greater New Orleans area. Much of this housing is required to comply with design and construction standards for accessibility as set forth by the federal Fair Housing Act. GNOFHAC conducted a systemic investigation to evaluate accessibility compliance at new multi-family housing developments in New Orleans. GNOFHAC will reveal the results of this audit at the May 6th press conference.

GNOFHAC Executive Director James Perry remarks The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, and disability. Ensuring that new developments comply with accessibility standards is critical to equal housing opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

For more information call (504) 596-2100 or go to http://www.gnofairhousing.org

November 10th 2008 Rebuilding Together New Orleans

RT works with Starbucks on Community Service Projects

As part of their 2008 Leadership Conference, 4,000 Starbucks partners (employees) will be participating in community service projects with Rebuilding Together New Orleans in the Hollygrove and Broadmoor neighborhoods. These events, which will take place October 27th – 30th, are part of a city-wide 10,000 volunteer effort, representing the largest community service project in the history of New Orleans.

“Not only is New Orleans a wonderful host for our conference, but we can also work with its citizens to help rebuild community in this historic and culturally rich city,” said Rodney Hines, Starbucks director of community investments.

Rebuilding Together New Orleans will lead Starbucks partners in scraping and painting the exterior of 31 homes and landscaping and clearing blighted lots. These efforts are managed in partnership with Trinity Christian Community, the Broadmoor Improvement Association, the Carrollton-Hollygrove CDC, and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network. In addition, the volunteers will plant 1000 trees throughout Broadmoor and Hollygrove under the guidance of Hike for KaTREEna.

Starbucks is also providing project support funding to Rebuilding Together New Orleans. “This partnership is a huge sign of progress for both Rebuilding Together and the city as a whole. It shows a commitment on the part of Starbucks to the cultural and economic importance of New Orleans,” says Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Director of Rebuilding Together. “The effects of this partnership will be felt in the long and short term and we are very excited to play such an important role in this project.”

October 16th 2008 Rebuilding Together New Orleans

RTNO's October Build a Success

On the weekends of October 3rd and 10th, an army of local volunteers descended on five of New Orleans neighborhoods as part of Rebuilding Togethers 20th annual October Build (formerly Christmas in October). Equipped with scrapers, paint brushes, caulk guns, and buzz saws, the 700 volunteers threw themselves into the rebuilding of New Orleans. This year, with an increased support staff of AmeriCorps volunteers, Rebuilding Together wanted to reach more homeowners than the previous year. With the help of 25 teams, the homes of 28 elderly homeowners throughout the city of New Orleans received 22,400 hours of volunteer labor, representing one of the largest weekend rebuilding efforts in the city since Katrina.

Volunteer teams comprised of corporations, nonprofits, and groups of friends were spread throughout New Orleans in Rebuilding Togethers targeted neighborhoods of Hollygrove, Broadmoor, Esplanade Ridge Treme, St. Roch, and Holy Cross. Corporations and organizations that were represented include Shell Oil, Whitney National Bank, Folgers, Chevron, and the Knights of Malta. Rebuilding Togethers AmeriCorps volunteers were stationed at each house to act as support for each team: calling for extra supplies, taking pictures of the action, and lending a hand in the construction when needed. It was a real tough weekend, noted AmeriCorps volunteer Ryan Hanley. Standing twenty feet in the air on a ladder and scraping the whole side of a shotgun house is hard work, but it was totally worth it.

The work scopes of each house varied greatly: most required a thorough scrape and paint, some needed new siding and fencing, and a few even called for gutting that had not been touched since Katrina. A few groups with specialized knowledge such as the LSUs School of Occupational Therapy built wheelchair ramps of elderly homeowners, thus enabling them to safely stay in their homes as long as they want.

Before Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together New Orleans focused most of its energy and work on their once-a-year event of Christmas in October. Following the destruction of Katrina, however, the needs of homeowners changed dramatically. No longer was the work of Rebuilding Together New Orleans limited to one weekend a year. Since Katrina, the organization has grown to serve the needs of elderly homeowners year round with the help of hundreds of volunteers from around the country. As a result, the Christmas in October event temporarily fell to the wayside. After a two year hiatus, the event returned last year under the new name of the October Build. As New Orleanians have slowly been able to rebuild their own homes and put their lives back to relative normalcy, the demand for local volunteerism has grown steadily. The October Build was a perfect outlet for this new energy, as evidenced by the 700 New Orleanians climbing up ladders and on scaffolding to paint their neighbors houses and bring their city back.

Walking down Walmsley Avenue in the Broadmoor neighborhood, one could not have helped feeling optimistic about the future of this city. Volunteers swarmed like bees around multiple houses and spilled out into the streets. Two houses were being worked on as part of Rebuilding Togethers October Build, but three others on the street were also independently under construction, thus proving that redevelopment is naturally contagious. The sound of hammers echoed in the air, saws roared to life, and everywhere people were working and smiling. Although this may not be the case in every part of the city, it certainly shows that where New Orleanians have concern for their neighbors, they can accomplish anything.

September 24th 2008 Neighborhoods Partnership Network

Green Jobs Now! Rally at Lafayette Square September 27

SEPTEMBER 27 will be a national mobilization to say, “I’m ready for the green economy.” We are ready to tackle the climate crisis by building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Come out to visit and tour green project sites around the city, sign up to volunteer for green community service projects, and learn where our candidates stand at a local political forum, or just come out and participate at Green Jobs Now rally!

See our events on the NPN Calendar for September 27th

Tentative Listing of Greater New Orleans 9.27.08 Events:

The Alliance for Affordable Energy at 1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70125 will host a sneak preview of our New Orleans BuildSmart learning center.

The Conservation Corps of Greater New Orleans will host a series of service projects focused on public lands and green jobs at different sites around the region. To learn more, contact the CCGNO office (504)267-7301

The Global Green House, 409 Andry Street, New Orleans. Open for public tours Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. For more information, please call 504-525-2121, email , and visit http://globalgreen.org/neworleans/holycross/

Loyola University and the Gulf Restoration Network will host the Louisiana 2nd Congressional District Candidates’ forum from 7pm-9pm at Roussell Hall on Loyola’s campus.

NOLA100 Energy Efficient Home Renovation: 1441 St. Roch (corner of St. Roch and N. Robertson), NOLA 70117 or call (504)583-1214. Tours will take place from 10AM-1:30PM

August 11th 2008 New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals Initiative (NOLA YURP)

Panelists Plug the Civic Engagement

http://blog.nola.com/tpmoney/2008/07/panelists_plug_the_civic_engag.html

Panelists plug the civic engagement that emerged after Katrina
Posted by Molly Reid, The Times-Picayune July 25, 2008 5:57PM

In the ongoing struggle to fix the social, economic and political ills that plagued New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina, the city is a more accepting and cooperative place than ever before, a panel of business and community leaders said Friday to an audience of young professionals from around the country.

In the final panel discussion of the Urban Next Summit, a two-day conference for young professionals hosted by CEOs for Cities and the local nonprofit NOLA YURP Initiative, panelists offered the audience members lessons learned during the unprecendented wave of civic engagement and cooperation post-Katrina.

Participants tried to evoke the sense of excitement and possibility that emerged after the hurricane, when New Orleanians attended weekend after weekend of planning sessions to determine how their neighborhoods should evolve as they were rebuilt. Panelists said that sense of engagement can be transplanted to other cities.

“One of the obligations for us in New Orleans is to get the word out that this is not a New Orleans problem,” said panelist Robbie Vitrano, president of Trumpet Advertising. “These are issues that every city is facing. It would be valuable if people looked at and came and interacted here. In that way, another community becomes a catalyst for thinking differently in your own community.”

Nolan Marshall III, associate director of the nonprofit Common Good and president-elect of the Young Leadership Council, said many residents have reached the point where civic participation no longer dominates their social lives, as it did after the storm. After attending so many planning meetings, he said, people are “planned out.”

However, that meeting mania gave citizens a solid understanding of the city’s bureaucracy, helping to make the job of community organizing more streamlined and focused, said Mai Dang, a community organizer for the Mary Queen of Viet Nam Community Development Corporation.

The city-wide participation in planning and rebuilding also helped neighborhoods connect and find commonality across racial, religious and socio-economic lines, Marshall said.

“The conversations about how to rebuild are going on in all these communities, the organizing is going on in all these communities … but the steps they’re taking are all the same, which really surprised me,” he said, referring to New Orleans’ storied provincialism.

“New Orleans is a city that is beginning to realize that we are a lot more alike than we are different,” said Vera Triplett, director of the University of New Orleans-Capital One charter schools. The city has also become more accepting to newcomers, a development that could better attract new residents and businesses, he said.

“I hear people saying to someone who’s lived one, two years, ‘Oh, you’re a New Orleanian.’ Before the storm, you could live here 10, 20 years, if you weren’t born here and raised here, you were not a New Orleanian,” Marshall said.

Molly Reid can be reached at or 504.826.3448.

August 11th 2008 New Orleans Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals Initiative (NOLA YURP)

New Orleans 100

http://www.alldaybuffet.org/2008/08/11/new-orleans-100/

A Look at The Good Thats Happened Since Katrina.

Millions of voices will unite to speak out about positive change in New Orleans during the week of August 25th – the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans 100 initiative will highlight and encourage discussion among millions about 100 of the most innovative and world-changing ideas to take root in the city since Katrina.

After hearing so many of the positive changes and innovative projects post-Katrina, weve decided enough is enough, said Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Co-Founder of alldaybuffet. Its time to put an end to the negative press in mainstream media. We know that the levees broke. We know that our city is dysfunctional. We know that. But do you know about Prospect.1? Or about the influx of young professionals into New Orleans? The world needs to know about the NEW New Orleans.

To combat top down media, the project will leverage bottom up tools on the social web (email, blogs, twitter, facebook, digg, etc.), which can reach a combined audience of millions to raise awareness about New Orleans and inspire action to make a difference.

The New Orleans 100″ features projects like Prospect.1, the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, and NOLA YURP, an organization that offers a support and resource network to connect, retain, and attract young professionals from diverse backgrounds for a sustainable New Orleans. The list will highlight 100 of the most inspiring people, organizations, and projects that define the rebirth of New Orleans.

Well release the list on Monday, August 25th and call on everyone on the social web to participate. Our goal is to reach 1,000,000 views by 8.28.08. Everyone can make a difference. All it takes is a click!

To view the list and find out more information, please visit http://www.alldaybuffet.org/neworleans100

Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association

BLIGHT STATUS AVAILABLE OCTOBER 11th

http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/

While the official roll out isn’t until October 11th, get a sneek preview of this exciting new blight fighting tool that will make finding out about the progress of the blight fight in your neighborhood a lot easier. Just type in the address of that blighted property and voila… instant information!

Don’t expect any info from the website until after October 11th. Get an exclusive preview of the new BLIGHT STATUS website at FSJNAdotORG. Click on the link below:
http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/

BlightSTATUS makes it simple for residents to find out what’s going on with blighted properties in their community – no long waits on the telephone or visits to City Hall required.

A great example of government transparency at work, BlightSTATUS pulls up-to-date property information directly from the City’s official records, providing a single, comprehensive and authoritiative view to the public for the very first time.

http://fsjna.org/2012/09/blight-status/