Election Results for December 8th

by Charlie London

The map above shows the precincts in Faubourg St. John. The precincts shown above are not an exact match to Faubourg St. John’s boundaries but are close. The December 8th vote was close in Faubourg St. John with 121 voting yes and 128 voting no for the additional fee for 911 upgrades.

The overall vote in Orleans Parish was almost 2 to 1 against with 9,046 votes cast for yes and 15,795 votes for no.


info below from State Representative Jared Brossett


This Saturday, December 8th all Orleans Parish residents will be asked to vote on a Parish-wide Proposition to allow the Orleans Parish Communication District, the agency that operates the city’s 9-1-1 emergency phone system to increase the fixed rate emergency telephone service charge for 9-1-1 services for all Orleans Parish residential and commercial service users, and wireless commercial mobile radio service connections.

The increase will take effect January 1, 2013 and will pay for upgrades to the 9-1-1 system. If the ballot measure is approved the increase will be as follows: proposing to charge $2 per month for residential lines and $3 for each commercial line, up from $1 and $2 respectively and to charge $1.26 per month for wireless phones, an increase from the current rate of 85 cents.

The city is in the process of revamping its emergency call operation to increase efficiency and allow all operators to handle police, fire and emergency medical services calls. The transition requires upgrades in technology and more training.

The new rates would bring in an estimated $7.45 million, and by law is to be used solely by the Orleans Parish Communications District for service improvements.

There has been an increase in 911 calls since Hurricane Katrina and having a modern and well staffed call center is essential to public safety. For more information on this measure check out the Times Picayune story here.

State Representative Jared Brossett
6305 Elysian Fields
Suite 404C
New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone: 504-286-1033
Fax: 504-286-1035
Email: brossettj@legis.state.la.us

Be Prepared | Not Scared

photos and video by Charlie London unless otherwise indicated
9pm Tuesday from Bob Breck at WVUE-TV: Isaac has essentially stalled, moving slightly southwest over the last couple of hours. 10 pm Tuesday: Bob Breck: radar image indicates storm is showing some movement again toward the northwest –after essentially stalling
Neighbor Eileen Duke suggests, “Toilet won’t flush? Simply line your toilet, over the lid, with a 13 gallon kitchen garbage bag. The ideal situation would be to first scour the toilet — making it squeaky clean! The best time to do this is at the first indication that toilets are not flushing normally. Keep a clean bucket handy to escort this out of the house and into the trash.”

Neighbor Jim Danner wrote at 7:51 pm 2012aug28 on the Yahoo group, “Winds at Lakefront Airport are 46 MPH sustained gusting to 63 MPH”.

“hrdouv” writes on the Yahoo group at 6:49 pm: “Pecan tree down in back of 1120 N. Dupre St.”

Power outage map —> http://viewoutage.entergy.com/nola.aspx

Leading edge of Isaac as it approaches Zephyr Stadium at 6:30 a.m. on August 28th. Photo by Charlie London

Neighbor Conrad Abadie says, “If you have an icemaker in your refrigerator, you might want to empty it into a small ice chest. It should come in handy when you lose power and will keep you from having to open the refrigerator.”
Neighbor Bill Dalton sent in this interesting link to the Google Crisis Map for Hurricane Isaac —> http://google.org/crisismap/2012-tropical-system-isaac
New Orleans Museum of Art will be closed Tuesday, August 28 – Wednesday, August 29
due to Tropical Storm Isaac. NOMA & Besthoff Sculpture Garden will re-open to the public, weather permitting, on Thursday, August 30 at 10 am.
Deutsches Haus will be closed this Wednesday and possibly open Thursday.
Neighbor Eileen Duke made this suggestion on the Yahoo group:
“For those that are staying, let’s please watch out for people casing our neighborhood… I’m not suggesting that anyone confront trespassers on properties other than their own, but we could at least sound a car alarm if we see someone entering someone’s backyard, etc. That could be a signal of sorts.”
Neighbor Vince Booth sent in this link for traffic information:
Hurricane Hunters on TWITTER —> https://twitter.com/NOAA_HurrHunter
Call 1-800-9-OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243) for downed power lines or gas leaks.
Louisiana contraflow lane reversals start 30 hours before the onset of
tropical winds. A local software team has created a Google Maps mashup
to make the state’s contraflow evacuation routes easier to understand.
Visit contraflowmaps.com to plan your route.
Please visit www.getagameplan.org and www.gohsep.la.gov to get detailed information on building a family emergency plan, emergency supplies, and evacuation information. Ready.gov is available with FEMA preparedness information. The city’s 311 system will be up and active during this storm. Please report any non-emergency issues to 311 including downed trees, signs and traffic light outages.

Computer projections of the hurricane show New Orleans as a place where the hurricane is likely to make landfall. Why not make preparations now?

Be prepared, not scared. Visit the link below for a few suggestions:

And, one of the things you should be doing on a regular basis is cleaning that catch basin near your home.

Check out the link below for more information:

Accurate, immediate information, straight from the City of New Orleans to you via text, call, or email. NOLA Ready is the City of New Orleans’ emergency alert system and official source of information about every emergency situation, from power electrical outages to hurricane evacuations. What you need to know, when you need to know it, wherever you need to know it. Click here to sign up.

More info at: http://new.nola.gov/ready


And, even if you have done it already, CLEAN THAT CATCH BASIN near your home. It gets re-clogged after every rain event. The pumps can’t pump what they can’t get.


In the midst of hurricane preparations it’s easy to forget the simple stuff. If your trash pickup days are Monday and Thursday, don’t forget to put out the can.
If the hurricane arrives, it might be a while before trash pickup resumes.


With any calamity anywhere there are always opportunists. Bring in anything that could be transformed into a missle or be of value to an opportunist.

Magnolia Bridge over Bayou St. John at 1 pm on August 28th.

August 27, 2012 – New Orleans, LA – The New Orleans City Council continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac and its anticipated impact on the City of New Orleans. The City Council is staying apprised of the storm’s development and working with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Mayor’s Office to ensure that the city is fully prepared.

All residents are asked to take proper precautions to stay out of harm’s way. Each person should have a gallon of water per day for at least three days, as well as non-perishable food items and can openers. Residents are also encouraged to clean catch basins and secure all outdoor furniture. Trash pick-up stopped today and will not resume until later in the week; therefore, all residents are asked to secure their garbage cans and any loose debris.

Streetcars ceased operation at 2 p.m. today (Monday), but buses will stay operational until wind gusts reach 25 mph. Neutral grounds will be open for parking starting this afternoon. Most airlines will cease operation once winds reach 35 or 40 mph.

Louisiana price gouging laws are in effect from August 26, 2012 through Tuesday, September 25, 2012, following the state of emergency declaration from Governor Bobby Jindal. The price gouging statute prohibits the raising of prices above the pre-emergency levels unless there is a national or regional market commodity shortage. If you suspect price gouging, please contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office at 800-351-4889.

Important contact info:

Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 821-2222(NOPD) or 311
Mental health or special medical needs: 658-2500
Entergy: 1-800-9-OUTTAGE to report downed lines, power outage or gas leaks
Log onto entergy.com to sign up for text alerts regarding power restoration timing
Detailed hurricane-readiness information: ready.nola.gov

For additional information, visit www.nolacitycouncil.com and www.nola.gov

New Orleans 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 Stacy Head; Council Vice-President and Councilmember-at-Large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson; District “A” Councilmember Susan Guidry; District “B” Councilmember Diana E. Bajoie; District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; District “D” Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell; and District “E” Councilmember Ernest F. Charbonnet.

Add a quick tree inspection to your hurricane to-do list today for the safety of you, neighbors and property:

Check all medium and large trees for dead limbs, hanging snags, and leaning habits. Keep in mind that soggy soil doesn’t hold tree roots as well, and large, leafy canopies can catch a lot of wind, particularly with tall water oaks and red oaks. Note all trees that are located N and NE of your home as hurricane winds typically come from these directions.

If you feel unsafe in your home due to a tree problem, ride out the storm in a neighbor’s home until you can consult a certified arborist. And remember, trees can actually help minimize wind damage to our homes and property when they are well-cared for and planted in the right place. If we take care of them, they’ll help us out too.


Whether it’s a boil water advisory or hurricane alerts, you need to be ready… NOLA READY! Learn more by visiting the links below.



On the Web – http://new.nola.gov/ready/


Via Email – http://new.nola.gov/ready/emergency-alerts/


On Twitter – https://twitter.com/nolaready


On Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NOHSEP


Readiness starts with you

Whether manmade or natural, every emergency situation is different, and requires both citizen and City to be prepared. From the Final Four to the Super Bowl, all-hazards alerts to hurricane evacuations, 24/7, 365 days a year, agencies across the City of New Orleans work to keep you safe and our city prepared for any event or emergency.

For our City to be ready, our citizens must be ready.

We must take all take important steps to prepare for an emergency. At NOLA Ready, we provide all the information residents need to travel their own road to being ready, including how to:

City-Assisted Evacuation

City-Assisted Evacuation assists Orleans Parish residents and/or tourists who cannot self-evacuate during a mandatory City-wide evacuation by providing transportation from designated City evacuation pick-up points to the Union Pacific Terminal bus station, for outbound transportation to State and Federal shelters. Learn more here.

Sign the NOLA Ready pledge

Join Mayor Mitch Landrieu and make a commitment to the City committed to you. Make a Plan. Mark Your Name.

Because I love New Orleans, I know how I will leave New Orleans. I am New Orleanian. I am NOLA Ready.

Sign the Pledge

Get notified: Emergency Alerts

Accurate, immediate information, straight from the City of New Orleans to you via text, call, or email. NOLA Ready is the CIty of New Orleans’ emergency alert system and official source of information about every emergency situation, from power electrical outages to hurricane evacuations. What you need to know, when you need to know it, wherever you need to know it. Sign up here.





  • Prescription medication for a month
  • Aspirin and non-prescription medicine
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • CASH
  • Drinking water (2 gallons per day per person)
  • Containers for storing water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Eating utensils, paper plates and towels
  • Baby supplies (up to 3 weeks)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Battery powered TV or radio
  • Boards for your windows
  • Matches
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Lantern with extra fuel
  • Fuel for your generator or saw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Month’s supply of pet food
  • Cat litter
  • Tools and shovel
  • Latex and regular work gloves
  • Rope or heavy cord
  • Toiletries and feminine supplies
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Household bleach without lemon
  • Sturdy work shoes or work boots
  • Have a plan of action for your pets. Many shelters will not take them. Call the SPCA for more information to help you prepare for evacuating your pets… (504) 368-5191.
  • http://www.la-spca.org