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Anxiety as Hurricane Harvey Arrives on Katrina's Anniversary



Sadly, we were sweating it out in New Orleans this past weekend on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, wondering if Hurricane Harvey would head east once it finished dumping its unfathomable deluge on southeastern Texas. But as we learned prior to Harvey’s hit on Texas, it wouldn’t take a storm of biblical proportions to turn New Orleans’ streets into a series of venetian waterways. All that’s required is one well-placed torrential downpour lingering over us, and parts of the city – if not the city itself – would be disabled.


Tropical Update: Hurricane Harvey Forms in Texas


The storms hovering over Texas for the last several days don't seem satisfied enough to stay in the Lone Star state. This week, city officials have been preparing New Orleans for impact from Hurricane Harvey, even though weather reports forecast that the Category 4 tropical storm will not hit New Orleans directly. Though evacuation is not advised, there is plenty that city dwellers can do to prepare for the heavy rains coming our way. 


The Veteran Politician

Get to Know Michael Bagneris, the Man With a Solid Campaign to Be the Next Mayor of New Orleans



It would be a mistake to underestimate Michael Bagneris. Sure, he faces 17 other candidates in his bid to become Mayor of New Orleans — including his two leading opponents, up-and-coming political stars Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and former Judge Desiree Charbonnet — but Bagneris makes a strong case to take over the highest office in the Crescent City. Read on for NoDef’s interview with the mayoral candidate, where he sounds off on the city’s safety, job markets, and his dreams of New Orleans in the future. 

 


Mr. Green

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's New Climate Action Strategy — And What It Means for New Orleans



Earlier this month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a Climate Action Strategy for the city of New Orleans. The comprehensive strategy aims to cut New Orleans’ greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and uphold the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement. The plan builds off of 2015's Resilient New Orleans, which introduced a broad range of actions that continue to aid New Orleans in being less susceptible to hurricanes, heavy rain, crumbling infrastructure, and storm surge. Landrieu's new plan differs from any preceding urban plan in one key way: it's aggressive goal to prevent sea level rise, flooding, and other pollution costs.

 


Eceaux System


It’s a big week of announcements for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Just days after teaming with the New Orleans Police Department to propose a new pay plan for law enforcement, the mayor unveiled the city’s new climate action strategy. “Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our coastal communities, nation and world,” said Mayor Landrieu in a statement. The plan, titled Climate Action for a Resilient New Orleans, features 11 strategies and 25 actions to combat greenhouse gas emissions in the city over the next 13 years. 


Makes Cents: Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Announce New Pay Plan


Ahead of his final State of the City address on Thursday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the launch of a positive initiative for the New Orleans Police Department today. Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison together shared a revamped plan for pay and career advancement within the city’s police department. 


Third Time's A Charm: Mayor Landrieu to Give State of the City Address This Week


May this be lucky number three. After rescheduling his long-awaited State of the City Address two times prior, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is set to give his speech this week at the Civic Theatre. 

 


The Cost of the Affordable Housing Crisis

The Policy Breakdown



New Orleans' affordable housing crisis is certainly not isolated to this one city in the country. The present state of housing in the Crescent City follows a national trend where urban property values are increasing at rates which push impoverished, marginalized communities out of urban centers. According to the Smart House Mix Ordinance Study, produced by New Orleans’ city planning commission, residents unable to afford increasing rent, property taxes, and lifestyle costs are forced to pay back the value realized in increasing housing costs through more limited access to transportation and social services that are typically more accessible near urban centers.

 


Mayor Mitch Landrieu to U.S. Mayors: We Must 'Occupy the Radical Center'


Mitch Landrieu is now at the helm of the US Conference of Mayors (USCM), as president of this long-standing, vital organization. His leadership comes at a time when the organization is arguably making its biggest impact in its 75 years of existence by spearheading a nationwide city-led initiative to meet the Paris Climate Accord’s CO2 emissions cap, while doing so in a way designed to preserve environmental resiliency, coastal resiliency, and economic opportunity.

 


Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Address U.S. Conference of Mayors as 75th President


Further adding fuel to the potentially presidential fire, it was announced Friday that Mayor Mitch Landrieu will deliver an address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) on Monday, June 26th in Miami Beach. 

 


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