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Jackie Clarkson Stuck in City Hall Elevator for 45 Mins.

Many question Mayor Mitch’s plans to relocate City Hall to Charity Hospital, and perhaps all naysayers need to persuade them is a trip in one of the building’s elevators. Council President Jackie Clarkson was one of four today trapped in the lift for about 45 minutes, according to the Mayor’s Office. Landrieu’s Press Secretary Tyler Gamble gave NoDef the timeline, and he said the incident points to the city’s need for new digs. 


The timeline is as follows: Clarkson and three others found themselves stuck on the second floor at 1:40 p.m. Property Management staff went to the 10th floor to try to reset the elevator.


Ten minutes later, after “several unsuccessful attempts,” the staff contacted the city’s contractor Schindler, whose closest repairman was in the CBD at the Roosevelt. By 2:15 p.m. , Schindler’s employee was able to let Clarkson and her fellow prisoners out of their municipal cage. The contractor shut down power at 2:20 p.m., with repairs set for tonight.


Gamble told NoDef, “This isn’t the first time the elevators have stopped working in City Hall and it won’t be the last. City Hall is an outdated and inefficient building that faces a number of structural issues on a daily basis. This situation is an example of why the City has been working on other alternatives for a modern municipal complex.”


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