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Mailbag: Keep Royal's Pedestrian Mall Open


Earlier in December, Brennan’s restaurant spearheaded a push to close the pedestrian mall on Royal Street. Reader Chris Olsen, a small business owner working out of the Quarter, was appalled by the idea. He launched a petition and penned an open letter to Council-Member Nadine Ramsey.


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Hutson Responds to OIG Attack



Alan Moore is smiling somewhere. His question, “Who watches the watchmen?” provides a quick summary of the most recent question in New Orleans government. On Tuesday (9.29), New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux publicly released an intense letter demanding that the Ethics Review Board fire Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson for "ethical misconduct and unprofessional conduct.” At 11p.m. on Wednesday (9.30) night, Hutson fired back with a letter of her own.


Mailbag: NOPD Must Embrace Project NOLA


Crime is on the rise and so are the surveillance cameras that let locals stream videos of violence at the click of a mouse. Bryan Lagarde of Project NOLA, a crime camera advocacy group, says that if the police worked better with his organization crime might be on the decline. In an open letter to Superintendent Harrison Lagarde calls on the Department to embrace Project NOLA. read the letter after the jump.


Monumental Donation


The push to remove the four controversial monuments quietly took a big step forward this week. A letter from the Mayor’s Office to the City Council announced that an anonymous donor has offered full funding to take down the the monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, PGT. Beauregard, and the White League.


K10: No White Flags


Many portions of the Recovery elicit controversy. When Gleason blocked an Atlanta punt in 2006, he earned a spot in locals' hearts. Then, the courage that the former Saint later displayed in the face of ALS coupled with his devotion to his adopted home moved the entire City. Ten years after the Federal Flood, Gleason has published an open letter about NOLA and Evacuteer.org.


Back in Blue: OIG Praises Eighth District


The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is not shy when it comes to voicing concerns about shortcomings in the NOPD. (In fact, it's their job.) However, IG Ed Quatrevaux released a letter today to praise the Eighth District. The watchdog says that during a previous audit, they discovered a systematic misclassification of crimes involving lost or stolen wallets. However, Quatrevaux, says the subsequent facts show that the police actually made changed and began handling the situation properly.


Ink Stink: Mayor Mitch Takes to NYT to Rebut Gov


Bobby Jindal is not the only Louisiana pol who is flirting with the Old Grey Lady. Mayor Mitch took to the New York Times’ op-ed pages to rebut Jindal’s April 23 letter advocating “religious freedom” laws in Louisiana similar to the legislation rolled back in Indiana and Arkansas after public outcry.


MailBag: Golfer Tees Off On New Course


The South Course in City Park is being rebuilt, but some citizens would rather that the land remain wild. This week, protestors took to trees in an attempt to block construction. Then reader Chip Patterson wrote in with a counterpoint. Today, Ben Kappel offers the opinion of a golfer against the course in an Open Letter to Bob Becker, CEO of New Orleans City Park.


Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Jindal Pushes Iran Letter


Bobby Jindal does not have much foreign policy experience, an impediment in the forthcoming Republican primaries. So, da Gov’ is working hard to vocally insert himself into the ongoing debates about matters abroad. Recently, Jindal has set his crosshairs on the G.O.P. cause celebre, Senator Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran.


Mailbag: ProjectNOLA Demands City Support


ProjectNOLA founder, Bryan Lagarde is angry with City Hall. Today, he writes an open letter to the Mayor demanding that the City help maintain the ProjectNOLA camera system by assisting in the search for private funding as well as supplying volunteers to screen crime footage. 


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