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New Orleans Citizens Reform a Corrupt, Fallen City

Jul 25, 2014

Watchdog groups like the New Orleans-based Bureau for Governmental Research and the Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives at Tulane University provide data and oversight.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Filed under: City Government, Economic Development, Levees, Orleans Parish

City’s new zoning law moving toward approval

Jul 24, 2014

(The current zoning law) was called “incoherent, over-amended, outdated and vague” in an October 2003 study by the Bureau of Governmental Research. “Interpreting the zoning ordinance is well beyond the reach of the typical developer, not to mention the average citizen,” the report said.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: City Government, Orleans Parish, Zoning

Non-profit-owned property could generate much-needed tax revenue

Jul 23, 2014

“The only restriction is that it can’t be used for unrelated commercial purpose, but that means somebody can hold property for an investment, they can hold it and not redevelop it, which creates its own set of blight problems,” said BGR President and CEO Janet Howard

Source: FOX 8

Filed under: City Government, Government Finance, Orleans Parish, Taxation & Assessments, Taxes

Mayor Landrieu’s approach to city contracts heads to New Orleans voters

Jul 10, 2014

Janet Howard, executive director of the government watchdog group Bureau of Governmental Research, said the proposal doesn’t require the mayor accept the selection committees’ recommendations. And should the mayor terminate a hiring process, there is no requirement that he explain himself in writing.

Source: | The Times-Picayune

Filed under: City Government, Contracting, On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

Orleans voters to be asked to decide on contracting rules

Jul 10, 2014

BGR President Janet Howard said her organization has lingering concerns. She said the charter also should require that the mayor either accept a selection committee’s recommendation or else terminate the specific procurement involved and explain that decision in writing.

Source: The Advocate

Filed under: City Government, Contracting, On the Ballot, Orleans Parish

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