info below from Charlie London
As part of the ordinance allowing the New Orleans Fair Grounds to expand their operations to allow for slot machines the Fair Grounds is required to fund enhanced NOPD patrols in areas surrounding their facility. The patrol consists of two patrol cars operating 24 hours per day 7 days a week. The officers in the cars will have mobile phones and can be contacted directly by residents in the patrol area. The patrol area is defined as the area bounded by Desaix Boulevard to Moss Street to Ursulines Avenue to North Broad Avenue to St. Bernard Avenue to Desaix Boulevard.
Mobile phone numbers of Enhanced Patrol officers:
Please keep in mind that this patrol is in addition to regular police patrols. We should still call 911 in case of emergencies. After calling 911 it might make sense to call one of the numbers above.
Simple Crime Fighting Tips
Please use these tips to eliminate the opportunity for a crime in your home or on your street.
• Light Places Discourage Crime/Dark Places Encourage Crime: Leave a light on at your front and back door all night. Set timers on lights when you are away. Remove dead limbs and bushes from in front of windows. Report all street lights out as soon as you notice them. Call 311, and remember to get a service request number. When you call, give the pole number and the address of the house closest to the pole.
• Make sure you have your house number close to the front and back doors of your house. Dark numbers on light trim are easiest to read. During an emergency, this could save precious moments.
• Install a peep hole in your exterior doors if you do not have glass around the door. NEVER open the door to a stranger. Call 911 if you are suspicious of a caller.
• Add deadbolt locks to all of your doors, particularly those with glass near the doorknob. Remove the key from the lock. If you want to keep a key close to the door for emergencies, make sure it is not reachable from the glass panels in the door.
• Make sure to notify your neighbors when you are going to be away. Set timers on both indoor and outdoor lights. Arrange for papers, mail and flyers to be taken in, and ask neighbors to place some trash in your super can and wheel it to the alley on trash day. Arrange for the lawn to be mowed while you are away. These simple steps can greatly reduce your chances of becoming the next burglary victim.
• If you have alarm systems in your car and home, use them. If you have an alarm system in your home, and you have a skylight, make sure to have the skylight wired to the alarm system. This is a new way of entering homes without being detected.
• Leave your emergency numbers with a neighbor, and leave a copy by the kitchen phone, if you have one.
• Do not leave lawn mowers, bicycles or baby strollers in the yard unattended. • NEVER leave your purse in a shopping cart at the market, in your desk at work unattended, or on the back of your chair in public. Not only will your money and credit cards be used, but you could loose your personal identity. Personal identity theft is the fastest growing crime in our area.
• Shred all documents that contain any personal information about you or your family members (bank statements, credit card receipts, etc.) to avoid being a victim of Identity Theft.
• Never take valuables to the gym with you. Even lockers that are locked can be the scene of a theft.
• Check your surroundings before getting out of your car on your way into the house, and out of the house on your way into your car.
• Remove all valuables from sight in your car, especially GPS, iPods, CDs, cameras, laptops, purses and money. If you must leave something in your car, store it in the trunk. When valet parking, leave only your car key.
• NEVER leave your car running without you in it. Besides inviting a car theft, it is also illegal.
• If you witness a crime, write down the details as soon as possible, and keep the paper in a safe place. It could mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Call 911 and read from your sheet.
• Get to know your neighbors. If you know who belongs on your block, it is easier to spot someone who does not belong. Report suspicious behavior to the police. If you suspect it is a crime, call 911. Use the words “Possible Crime in Progress.” Get involved in your community. Apathy is the partner of crime.
ORDINANCES CONCERNING THE FAIRGROUNDS
INFORMATION CONCERNING SLOTS & EXPANSION OF HOURS
2005 and 2006 Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association discussions of slots at theFairgrounds
February 14, 2007 WWL-TV report on slots at the Fairgrounds
April 30, 2008 Senator Ed Murray proposes bill to lower taxes on slots at the Fairgrounds
August 4, 2009 meeting minutes of the Fairgrounds Citizens Advisory Committee
August, 2009 Fairgrounds Citizens Advisory Committee consideration of FairGrounds proposals
September 9, 2009 information on meeting agenda
September 10, 2009 WWL-TV report on expansion of hours at the Fairgrounds
September 14, 2009 article in the Times Picayune
September 16, 2009 special meeting of the Fairgrounds Citizens Advisory Committee on expansion of hours at the Fairgrounds
1978: Fair Grounds Barn
1979: Jazz Fest Parking
1981: Jazz Fest Parking and Security
1983: Night Racing
1984: Night Racing and Off Track Betting
January 19, 1984 article in the Times Picayune concerning night racing.
February 8, 1984 article in the Times Picayune concerning off-track betting.
February 23, 1984 articles in the Times Picayune concerning night racing.
March 6, 1984 article in the Times Picayune concerning night racing.
April 6, 1984 article in the Times Picayune concerning altercation between Mayor Dutch Morial and FSJNA representative Alvin Bordelon over night racing.
April 7, 1984 article in the Baton Rouge Advocate concerning altercation between Mayor Dutch Morial and FSJNA representative Alvin Bordelon over night racing.
April 7, 1984 article in the Mobile Register concerning altercation between Mayor Dutch Morial and FSJNA representative Alvin Bordelon over night racing.
April 9, 1984 article in the Times Picayune concerning the neighborhood celebration of the end of the racing season. The party also included a demonstration against night racing. That’s Nelson Savoie with the peace sign and Warren Guidry next to him. Warren got a permit way ahead of the start of racing season for a block party on Mystery St. for the last day of racing. This essentially blocked entry to VIPs accustomed to using the Mystery St. gate. It called attention to disregard for the neighborhood by the Fairgrounds. Nelson’s brother Sterling, brought his band, we started up, police came, the permit was declared legitimate and neighbors who had been afraid of the Fairgrounds joined us for the party. Nelson’s brother played music under a tent in our driveway at 1509 Mystery St. We had great media coverage. The Fairgrounds had just hired a consultant to determine why they were doing so poorly and the number one issue was public relations. The notoriety of our actions brought the Fairgrounds to the table for the first time and an ordinance was the outcome.
April 19, 1984 article in the Times Picayune concerning night racing.
May 25, 1984 editorial in the Times Picayune stating night racing is unfair to the neighborhood.
November 16, 1984 article in the Times Picayune noting changes in the racing season.
1988: Off Track Betting
April 7, 1988 article in the Westbank News section of the Times Picayune concerning off-track betting.
April 7, 1988 article in the Metro section of the Times Picayune concerning off-track betting.
April 20, 1988 article in the Times Picayune noting resolution of issues with Faubourg St. John.“Leaders of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association say they are pleased with the Fair Grounds’ agreement to reduce night outdoor lighting, provide free on-site parking and take other steps to avoid disrupting nearby residents.”
2014: NOLA.com Does a Series of Articles about the Fair Grounds
statement from Cullen P. Landry
In 1975, FAUBOURG SAINT JOHN stopped plans to establish a restaurant and bar on Moss Street near Esplande Avenue in the beautiful home next to the Shell station. We were successful with arguments about safety concerns and the proximity of Cabrini High School to a liquor outlet. It was our first big win.
We went on to be victorious in fights against the Fairgrounds Corp.’s plans to further degrade our quality of life in the city’s greatest neighborhood. In 1984, we legally closed down the Mystery Street gates on Louisiana Derby Day with a Fais Do DO in the middle of the street. We had a permit and no one was arrested for civil disobedience. From then on, Fair Grounds management truly took our fledgling association very seriously!
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