Thursday, January 27, 2011

Councilmember Head District B Update

Most of my constituents are primarily interested in having city government's performance improve. They want to focus on the basics: infrastructure, crime control, nuisance enforcement, and blight reduction. I believe these efforts, which focus on the basics, will have secondary benefits - in addition to improving residents' quality of life - such as business development and growth, and increased property values.

To this end, I am continuing to help the administration move blighted properties to sheriff sales, improve the performance of the Sewerage and Water Board, fund Public Works, and report nuisance bars to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for prosecution.

I recently chaired a Public Works Committee meeting and obtained testimony from the Director of Public Works that the administration will enforce basic parking laws, including towing abandoned vehicles and dangerously parked vehicles (e.g. vehicles blocking others' driveways). You can directly request towing of these vehicles by calling (504) 658-8100.

I also received testimony about the status of streetscape projects in District "B". They are as follows:

- South Claiborne Streetscape: Construction to begin April

2011 (Napoleon Ave. to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)

- Broadmoor Streetscape: Construction to begin March

2011 (General Pershing St. to Broad St. to S. Miro St.)

- Oretha Castle Haley Streetscape: Bid and Award phase

in April 2011 (Felicity St. to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)

- Freret Streetscape: Construction to begin April 2011

(Napoleon Ave. to Jefferson Ave.)

- Tulane and Jefferson Davis Streetscape: Construction to begin

in May 2011 (Baudin St., Clark St., D'Hemecourt St.)

NBA News

The Hornets are on a nine game winning streak! Please come out

and support the New Orleans Hornets. Attendance at home

games is critical to keeping the Hornets in New Orleans as the

NBA uses attendance records in their decision to relocate or

keep the Hornets in New Orleans.


- Taylor playground is undergoing a renovation, and community

participation is planned for Thursday, January 27 beginning at 11

a.m. to help clean up and paint the exterior of the building (click

here for map). For further information, please contact Brooke

Smith at or (504) 658-4943.

- Norwood Thompson Park will be receiving a number of

renovations to its bathroom, basketball courts, seating and

murals. Entergy and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation

are sponsoring the effort to improve the park.

Crime Walk

There will be a crime walk sponsored by the Milan Focus

Group & Freret Neighborhood Center on Wednesday, January

26 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center

located at 4025 S. Saratoga St. (click here for map). Second

District Police Commander Captain Albert and Councilmember

Head will be in attendance. For further information, please

contact Mary Ellen Alexander by home phone at (504) 897-9747 or

office phone at (504) 896-9857.

Community Events

The Central City Partnership meets the last Friday of every

month at 1 p.m. at 2020 Jackson Ave., in the Allie Mae

Williams Auditorium (click here for map). The public is welcome to

attend and participate. Also, the public is invited to volunteer to

participate in the Youth Think Tank, which seeks the perspectives

of youth affected by violence in the Central City area. For further

information, please contact Evelyn Green at (504) 258-4328


Energy Smart Program

Entergy New Orleans will partner with qualified customers who

wish to participate in the Smartview Energy Management test

program on how to track your electricity usage, lower costs, etc.

Entergy New Orleans will provide customers with easy-to-use

tools, training and information at no additional cost. Participants

will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis and

registration is limited. Qualified participants must be Entergy New

Orleans residential electric customers with an active account

since January 1, 2010, and meet specific household income


For more information, call Entergy New Orleans toll free at 1-

855-33-SMART (1-855-337-6278), visit the Entergy New

Orleans Customer Care Center at 3400 Canal St. (click here for

map), or visit Customers can

also contact or visit these partnering organizations to learn more

about the program:

- Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans - 2200 Lafitte

St.; (504) 827-9963

- New Orleans Council On Aging - 2475 Canal St., Ste. 400; (504)


- Green Light New Orleans - 8203 Jeannette Street; (504)


- Kingsley House - 1600 Constance St.; (504) 523-6221

- Neighborhood Development Foundation - 1429 Rampart St.;

(504) 488-0155

- Total Community Action Inc. - 1420 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.;

(504) 827-0337

Helpful Numbers to Report Quality of Life Issues

- 2nd Police District

(504) 658-6020

Sgt. Ernie Joseph (

Officer Edgar Staehle (

Officer Wilford Eddington (

- 6th Police District

(504) 658-6060

Sgt. Yolanda Jenkins (

Officer John Favaloro (

Officer Joseph Joia (

- 8th Police District

(504) 658-6080

Sgt. Janet Williams (

Officer Roger Jones (

NOLA City Council
The New Orleans City Council is the legislative branch of New Orleans city government. The Council considers and enacts all local laws that govern the City of New Orleans. The Council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City, as recommended by the mayor, and continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The City Council is also the regulatory body for public utilities. It also reviews and has final say on many land use and zoning matters, as well as considers major economic development projects for the City. As a Board of Review for Orleans Parish, the Council examines appeals of property tax assessments for real estate taxes, and certifies tax rolls to the Louisiana Tax Commission. Other responsibilities of the Council include overseeing the operation of the public access television in Orleans Parish.

The City Council is comprised of five districts and two councilmembers-at-large. Council President and Councilmember-at-Large Arnie Fielkow; Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson; District "A" Councilmember Susan G. Guidry; District "B" Councilmember Stacy Head; District "C" Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; District "D" Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell; and District "E" Councilmember Jon D. Johnson.

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