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Jefferson council seeking to limit IG’s access to its records

The Jefferson Parish Council is moving again to restrict Inspector General David McClintock’s access to records that could fall under the umbrella of attorney-client privilege, inflaming a long-simmering fight between the watchdog and some council members. The latest clash resurrects a dispute that dates back to last fall, though with a slightly different focus: concern by… Continue reading →

Lon Burns, DA’s only election challenger, wins round in court over candidacy

Lon Burns

Lionel “Lon” Burns, the only candidate challenging Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro for his job in upcoming elections, won another round in court Wednesday in his fight to stay on the Nov. 4 ballot. Burns, a former Orleans Parish prosecutor, faces a legal challenge on the grounds that he did not file state tax returns… Continue reading →

Harahan mayor disputes audit’s findings

Harahan spent more than 8 percent over its budget and bought police cars without seeking bids last year — issues that potentially violate state laws, according to an audit of the city’s finances. Harahan Mayor Vinny Mosca disputed those findings Monday even as Councilwoman Cindy Murray, one of his most vocal critics, said they were a… Continue reading →

Ex-HANO director’s firm under investigation by HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is conducting a criminal probe that is examining the consulting firm led by former Housing Authority of New Orleans Executive Director David Gilmore, who was brought in to right the troubled agency in 2009, HUD’s Office of the Inspector General has confirmed. According to the OIG, HUD’s Office… Continue reading →

Civil service changes blocked until at least mid-October

A temporary restraining order preventing a major overhaul of the city’s hiring and promotional processes for thousands of civil service employees was extended Thursday until Oct. 17, when representatives of the city’s police and fire unions and the Landrieu administration will argue about whether the changes should be blocked permanently. The order was set… Continue reading →

High court punts on Judge Marullo’s eligibility, meaning he’ll stay on ballot

Frank Marullo

Frank Marullo, the longest-serving judge in Louisiana, has won the legal battle over whether he can run for re-election at age 74. The Louisiana Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to take up the lawsuit challenging Marullo’s eligibility, letting lower court rulings in his favor stand. And the decision quickly started reshaping the… Continue reading →

Tammany officials agree on oversight of Coroner’s Office finances

Pledging a new era of cooperation and transparency, St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister and Coroner Charles Preston signed an agreement Tuesday that is intended to end more than a year of legal wrangling over who should have the final say over the Coroner’s Office’s finances. Under the terms of the agreement, Preston will have to… Continue reading →

Committee to consider changes to St. Tammany’s home rule charter

Northpark Office Park has won the Parkway Project Beautification Award from The Parkway Project. Seen here are Barry Spizer, left, and St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.

Citizen activists have been pushing for years for a review of St. Tammany’s home rule charter, and they’ve gained an ally in St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, who agrees that the 15-year-old document could stand another look to make sure it still fits the needs of a growing parish. Now, with the appointment of an… Continue reading →

Landrieu launches effort to help unemployed black men find jobs

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Ameer Baraka, an ex-offender turned Television actor, talks with Mayor Mitch Landrieu after he announced a new comprehensive Economic Opportunity Strategy designed to connect disadvantaged job seekers and businesses to new opportunities at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

Hoping to reverse long-standing trends that have left New Orleans’ black population — particularly black men — at an economic disadvantage, the city unveiled an initiative Monday aimed at connecting the most needy job seekers with work opportunities. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said New Orleans, like the state and federal governments, has done a poor job in… Continue reading →