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Mike Yenni, Elton Lagasse schedule second debate

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- Michael S. Yenni takes the oath of office for a second term as Kenner Mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

The two announced candidates for Jefferson Parish President, Elton Lagasse and Mike Yenni, will meet in a second debate on Sept. 16. Having already debated on the east bank, the candidates will now appear on the other side of the river at the Harvey Canal Industrial Association at Timberlane Country Club, 1 Timberlane Drive in Gretna.… Continue reading →

Live video from WWL-TV: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discusses judge's ruling on firefighter back pay lawsuit

Mayor Mitch Landrieu faces house arrest unless he presents a plan by next Friday to give firefighters $75 million in back pay, a judge said Friday morning. Civil District Judge Kern Reese told Landrieu — who was called into court along with five members of the City Council — that he was holding him in contempt… Continue reading →

City makes new offer to New Orleans firefighters in back pay lawsuit, but union rejects it; courtroom showdown due Friday

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Retired New Orleans Firefighter Robert Reuther holds a sign with fellow marchers as they gather in Duncan Plaza to protest the back retirement wages they say they are owed in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Mayor Mitch Landrieu faces house arrest unless he presents a plan by next Friday to give firefighters $75 million in back pay, a judge said Friday morning.

With yet another courtroom showdown looming between firefighters and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration in a lawsuit over decades of back pay, city officials have outlined a new plan that would cover the full $75 million owed over 30 years, though it would require firefighters to give up claims to tens of millions of dollars in interest and to… Continue reading →

West Jefferson Medical Center’s credit rating plummets after bleak financial picture comes into clearer focus

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

In light of its bleak finances, the publicly owned West Jefferson Medical Center’s credit rating on $136.2 million in outstanding debt has fallen from investment grade to below investment grade, Moody’s Investors Service announced this week. Moody’s said its rating for the Marrero hospital could fall even further, given that the medical center isn’t… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish presidency candidate Elton Lagasse tells Crimefighters to keep its endorsement after group votes to back his opponent

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse in 2013.

Two days after participating in a Crimefighters of Louisiana Inc. debate, Jefferson Parish presidency candidate Elton Lagasse on Thursday told the victims advocacy group to go ahead and keep their endorsement. Not that Crimefighters was going to give its endorsement to Parish Council member Lagasse anyway. Shortly after the debate, the group’s 50-member executive board… Continue reading →

Vieux Carre Commission calls for removal of statue that honors white supremacist group

People walk past a monument dedicated to the Battle at Liberty Place in New Orleans, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. Opponents and supporters of a move to remove  prominent Confederate monuments are preparing to speak out over the fate of the monument in the French Quarter, dedicated to a violent uprising against a Reconstruction-era government. The fate of the monument is being discussed by a commission that oversees the French Quarter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Following in the footsteps of two other city boards, the Vieux Carre Commission voted Wednesday to recommend the removal of a controversial statue celebrating a white supremacist group’s violent attempt to overthrow the state government during Reconstruction. None of the commission members spoke before the unanimous vote, which followed comments from more than a dozen members… Continue reading →

Councilman Elton Lagasse, Mayor Mike Yenni debate who is better prepared to keep Jefferson Parish safe

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse in 2013.

With qualifying for the Oct. 24 primary a week away, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse — the two men competing to become Jefferson’s next parish president — debated Tuesday evening on who is better equipped to tackle public safety issues in the parish. Also showing up at the Metairie forum hosted… Continue reading →

St. Tammany leaders hoping to create mental health crisis center on former hospital campus

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister speaks during a press conference Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at the Northlake Behavioral System near Mandeville.

Back when St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain was a cop in Abita Springs and Covington and he came across somebody having a mental health crisis, he would take the person to Southeast Louisiana Hospital east of Mandeville. These days, that person would go to the jail Strain runs. Now, parish leaders, led by President Pat… Continue reading →

New Orleans to hold third online auction of tax-delinquent properties Wednesday

The city will put another 155 “adjudicated properties” up for online auction on Wednesday, the third wave in a process intended eventually to sell off almost 1,800 tax-delinquent parcels spread across Orleans Parish. About three-quarters of the properties are vacant lots. Winning bidders will receive full ownership and title insurance for each property.… Continue reading →

Rep. Steve Scalise criticizes ‘dangerous’ Iran deal, plans town hall at Jefferson Parish Council chamber

Associated Press file photo by MELINDA DESLATTE -- Republican House Majority Whip U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, will discuss President Barack Obama’s proposed nuclear deal with Iran during a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Parish Council chamber on the East Bank, his office said Tuesday. Scalise, the House majority whip, will be joined by American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Rubin,… Continue reading →

Beloved pediatrician Dr. Keith Collins, noted for his strong bonds with young patients, dies at 45

Keith Collins, MD

Dr. Keith Collins, an affable pediatrician who rose to local prominence by forging close bonds with his patients and their parents, died Saturday. He was 45. The founder of Collins Pediatrics in Metairie and Lakeview, he earned a reputation as a caring, hard-working and knowledgeable doctor and quickly became a prominent member of the… Continue reading →

Lawyer to challenge Robottom for St. John presidency, and other area political news

Danny Becnel, a well-known trial lawyer and class-action specialist from LaPlace, has announced he plans to run for St. John the Baptist Parish’s highest office this fall. Becnel, 70, said his disgust with the performance of incumbent President Natalie Robottom prompted his decision. He criticized Robottom’s handling of Hurricane Isaac in 2012, saying… Continue reading →

Officials praise public housing residents while opening Bienville Basin community

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former HUD Secretary (now director of OMB) Shaun Donovan, right, talks with former public housing resident Alfred Marshall after the ribbon cutting for the Bienville Basin Community, the redeveloped Iberville project.

On his second visit to New Orleans since taking the top job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Julian Castro thanked New Orleans public housing residents Friday for their resolve, character, grit and patience in managing the long, slow road to rebuilding the city’s subsidized housing after Hurricane Katrina. “You have… Continue reading →

Tattered flag that flew outside Kenner home during Katrina to serve as reminder of city emergency operations center’s importance

This framed American flag flew outside of a Kenner home during Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005, and emerged from the storm tattered. It was hung outside of the city's Emergency Operations Center on the eve of the storm's 10-year anniversary to be a reminder of the importance of the emergency operations center in the event of future hurricanes and other disasters. (Photo provided by Kenner city spokesman Bob Ross)

A Star-Spangled Banner that flew outside a Kenner home during Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago and emerged from the storm tattered will be permanently displayed in the city’s emergency operations center to remind everyone of why that building exists, Mayor Mike Yenni said Friday at a dedication ceremony for the flag. “Like the city,… Continue reading →

Mandeville Councilman Rick Danielson won’t push to override mayor's veto of lakefront ordinance

It seems that Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere’s veto of a controversial lakefront ordinance will go unchallenged. Facing likely defeat, City Councilman Rick Danielson said he does not plan to try to override the mayor’s veto at the council’s first meeting in September, meaning the veto will stand. Danielson’s decision likely averts another… Continue reading →

Gretna lifts boil-water advisory; new tests show no E. coli in the water system

Gretna officials on Friday lifted a boil-water advisory they had issued a day earlier. They said they had concluded that fears about bacteria in the municipal water supply were unfounded. Follow-up inspections showed that Gretna’s water system was never contaminated despite an earlier test suggesting that E. coli and other coliform… Continue reading →

Former President Bush praises improved schools in New Orleans since Katrina; says little about his administration’s failures after the storm

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--President George W. Bush, who was president during the federal levee failures in the aftermath Hurricane Katrina in 2005, greets Warren Easton students during a Katrina 10 event remembering the 10th anniversary in New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is at top left and Laura Bush greets students at right.

Former President George W. Bush arrived at Warren Easton Charter High School on Friday with glowing praise for the charter school movement that has transformed public education in New Orleans in the past decade. “Isn’t it amazing?” Bush said. “The storm nearly destroys New Orleans, and yet now New Orleans is the beacon for school reform.”… Continue reading →

‘You inspired all of America,’ Obama tells crowd on New Orleans visit

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- President Barack Obama gives remarks Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at the Andrew P. Sanchez & Copelin-Byrd Multi-Service Center in the Lower Ninth Ward. The president met with residents and participated in a roundtable discussion as part of a week of events commemorating the10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Casting the disaster that befell New Orleans a decade ago as a failure of government not just to protect its people but also to deal with problems of inequality, racism and a lack of housing and health care, a visiting President Barack Obama on Thursday painted the region’s recovery as a source of inspiration and pride, as well… Continue reading →

Kenner Planning Commission recommends approval of plan for apartment complex at old movie theater site

Kenner’s Planning Commission has recommended that the City Council approve a proposed apartment complex of three- and four-story buildings on a former movie theater property near the Esplanade Mall despite the objections of an adjacent neighborhood. Commission Chairman Robert Pastor said the plan to erect the Gateway at Esplanade complex was endorsed at a… Continue reading →

Judge refuses to exempt Marigny from new zoning district

Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese denied a request Thursday for a temporary injunction that would have barred the city from implementing a provision in the new comprehensive zoning ordinance that will allow buildings up to 80 feet tall in Marigny and other riverfront neighborhoods. Reese said he was troubled by the freedom the law gives… Continue reading →

President Obama highlights the work of residents, government in the region’s recovery

President Barack Obama greets residents in the the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  Tremé is one of the oldest black neighborhoods in America, which borders the French Quarter just north of Downtown.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Thursday with a speech that highlighted the work that residents, local officials and his administration have done to help New Orleans recover from one of the worst disasters the nation has ever faced. At the same, he acknowledged that the rebuilding is not over,… Continue reading →

Engineer: Adding steel rails on top of Causeway’s concrete barriers would make bridge much safer

Adding a steel rail atop the concrete barriers that line both spans of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway would make the bridge safer, a Texas A&M engineer told a Mandeville audience Wednesday night. The present barriers, especially the 25-inch-high ones on the southbound bridge, are too low to prevent high-profile vehicles, such as trucks and… Continue reading →

Jindal blasts Obama for 'politicizing' Katrina anniversary in letter

Marking a major milestone in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina, city and state officials including Gov. Bobby Jindal celebrated the opening of the new, $1.1 billion University Medical Center in Mid-City on Wednesday, promising a world-class facility that will treat rich and poor alike. The event saw Jindal, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, and… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts draws another re-election challenger in Jimmy Lawson

At-large Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts has drawn a second challenger in his bid for re-election this fall. Former longtime parish councilman Jimmy Lawson announced Wednesday that he will run for Roberts’ seat during the Oct. 24 primary. Louis Congemi — the former Kenner mayor and parish councilman — declared he would do the same… Continue reading →