Fox in the Hen House

Neighbors First for Bywater’s board has voted to write Mayor Cantrell in opposition to her hiring of Peter Bowen to head a newly created entity to help make New Orleans “the world’s best city to do business” (and by business they seem to be talking, basically, about tourism, despite concerns by many people to broaden the base of the New Orleans economy). Mr. Bowen is a former executive with Sonder, perhaps the biggest Airbnb platform operating in the city. His new position would give him oversight in regulating Airbnbs as well having a finger in many other pies critical to our neighborhoods. Gilbert Montaño, the city´s CAO, refers to “neighborhoods as businesses in my mind,” so that may give you an idea of his approach. The Office of Business and External Services, the new entity which Mr. Bowen will head, will have 233 employees and a budget of $20.8 million. 

We urge you to write the mayor and cc the Council to protest this highly inappropriate hire and the creation of an entity which concentrates a great deal of power in the hands of one man. Below I am enclosing a link to an article in The Lens and the relevant emails. I am also including references to several petitions now circulating in regard to this action that are now circulating. Remember: a letter, even a short one, is always more effective than signing a petition. Do both. 

mayor@nola.gov

jarwilliams@nola.gov; helena.moreno@nola.gov; joseph.giarrusso@nola.gov; Jay.Banks@nola.gov; Kristin.Palmer@nola.gov; jcbrossett@nola.gov; Cyndi.Nguyen@nola.gov; jay.h.banks@nola.gov

https://dsaneworleans.org/we-oppose-the-hiring-of-peter-bowen/

https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-peter-bowen

We plan to hold a virtual general meeting of NFB on the first Wednesday in September (September 2) at 6 pm. Candace Newell, our newly elected state representative will be present and will take questions. These questions should be emailed to us ahead of time (info@nfbywater.org), but we will give you more information closer to the event. 

In the meantime, thank you for your attention and help. 

Stay strong,

Julie 

Julie Jones, President

NFB

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NFB General Meeting – July 1, 2020

Held via video conference. 

After the inevitable technical issues the meeting started at 6:05PM when Julie introduced Allison Cormier from the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office. She informed us of The Marigny / French Quarter Transportation meeting July 7th. She then reminded us how important the census is, and encouraged everyone to participate and spread the word. New Orleans has a census web site at 2020census.nola.gov. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and the money the area will receive from the federal government is dependent on the census numbers of the population.

Julie then introduced District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and her Chief of Staff Andrew Sullivan. {It took us a minute to get the sound to work} Julie began asking questions that were submitted by NFB members in advance. 

Q: There are rumors that flights to New Orleans have been filling up, especially from Texas and Florida where bars are closed due to record numbers of COVID-19 infections. What are your thoughts about having bars open in the French Quarter that are likely vectors for COVID-19?

Councilmember Palmer responded that she doesn’t feel confident all the bars are being compliant with current rules, and has been communicating with the mayor about the issue. There is a task force that is actively out checking for compliance. She encourages residents to call 311 if they see bars that are not being safe. 

City Council and the mayor have conference calls at least once a week. The recent increase in COVID-19 cases seem to be the result of community spread. There is no evidence to suggest any increase in spread from recent Black Lives Matter protests, as most participants wore masks. Mr. Sullivan noted that while the number of infections in Louisiana is going up, New Orleans has not seen the same increase. Councilmember Palmer is encouraging hotels to provide masks to guests.

City Council is still meeting via video conference, and land use issues are starting to get attention once again. 

Q: Some studies link high density environments to the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. Since residents in the HANO/ITEX development may be at higher risk would you now rethink your support for this high density plan over the older low density version? 

Councilmember Palmer said the plans for the HANO/ITEX development were mostly a “done deal” before she came into office. She and her staff worked to get the project designated a “planned development” so that neighbors would continue to have input as the plans are finalized. She is not aware of studies suggesting increased spread in apartment buildings. Nursing homes have been problematic because they share many common spaces.

Q: Would you support a study by the New Orleans Inspector General or Tulane University regarding the CPC staff and their decision making process regarding all zoning changes and conditional use requests in this area? 

If people feel there is a trend or an issue that warrants a third party investigation Councilmember Palmer would be open to it. All neighborhoods should be treated fairly and equitably. The city should be responsive to its constituents. She is open to a third-party investigation, but is not sure which body (I.G., Tulane or ??) is the most appropriate. 

Q: During the Phase II re-opening are all businesses in the Bywater allowed to expand their commerce outdoors into parking areas and green spaces,  even if they do not have a food certificate?

W

It is supposed to only be food service establishments, but the administration is being a lot more liberal and allowing businesses to do more to try and make up for lost business during the pandemic. As soon as the emergency orders are lifted the normal rules will be enforced again. Expanding into the public right-of-way still requires a special permit, especially due to ADA requirements. “Parklets” (small seating areas in parking spots) are an option being explored. Frenchman Street is an example of an area where this might be beneficial, and in Bywater where sidewalks are narrow. It is complicated when public space is being dedicated to private uses.

Q: Our sanitation workers are essential workers. Their work is dangerous. Why can’t the City demand a contract  for them with decent wages and protective gear?

City Council has asked for a copy of the contract to see what can be changed. Councilmember Palmer agrees it is a big issue and will keep us updated as they find out more. 

Q: When people leave bars and restaurants they will often loiter on the sidewalks in front of neighbors’ houses and they are not wearing masks. What can be done about this? Whom do we call when we see groups of people not physically distancing and not wearing masks? Also whom do we call when we suspect a neighborhood establishment is not adhering to guidelines?

As discussed earlier, calling 311 is encouraged as they are linked directly to the newly formed task force. 

Q: Is there any update on the Naval Support Facility?

No update yet. The food pantry Councilmember Palmer organized has been operating on the Holy Angels property, which is owned by the same developers. She has been in regular contact so will seek an update when they next speak. Last she heard was that HUD had approved the proposal to build workforce housing on the property, and they are now waiting to work out financial details.

Q: Markey Park is a wreck. 

The council member’s office has contacted Parks and Parkways and NORD and they will follow up. The plastic over the water fountain is probably for safety reasons due to the pandemic. Julie pointed out that the children’s side of the fountain was broken before the pandemic.

Q: New Orleans is one of the most deforested cities in the US. There are many documented benefits of urban tree cover, from water management to alleviating the heat island effect to mental well-being. Bywater is about to lose 10 mature sycamores and live oaks in the 800 block of Montegut and another 10 mature oaks and magnolias at 4100 Royal. The local tree planting nonprofit, SOUL (Sustaining Our Urban Landscape) is proposing a change to the CZO to protect heritage trees on private property and to create a ‘no net loss of tree canopy’ strategy. Would you support such a change to the CZO?

They are working on draft legislation right now. If somebody cuts down a tree there has to be recourse, and the trees should be replaced “caliper for caliper”. Old growth trees really can’t be replaced, and there needs to be a way to prevent losing them. We should hear a lot more on this new legislation as it develops over the next few months. 

Brian Luckett asked that we be kept informed if there are ways NFB can support the new ordinance. He then commended Council member Palmer for her efforts with the food pantry, which has been very successful. She noted how helpful and generous Bywater volunteers and businesses have been. 

Q: Zoning docket 41/20 essentially makes converting a building that has been reduced in the number of units back to a higher number of units by right. Currently this would require a conditional use. There are concerns about it proliferating STRs. What is the purpose of the change? What would the rules regarding the ability to increase the footprint of a building be?

Councilmember Palmer didn’t know about the proposal until a week ago and heard similar concerns from other neighborhood groups. Her office has asked the motion to be deferred so it can be studied more and there can be more robust community engagement. The assumption is that it is an effort to increase housing, but she is not aware of any studies that have been done regarding potential impacts the change may have. The building would need to have been been the larger number of units previously to be eligible. There are still a lot of questions. It will be deferred until at least July 16th.

Any housing unit you are able to put on the market helps with the affordable housing issue by driving down cost in general. Getting vacant or blighted housing back into commerce should be encouraged, and less complicated to negotiate with the City. Regulating the amount of STRs in newly renovated multi-family units is worth discussing, but given the current economic impact of the pandemic Councilmember Palmer is hesitant to crack down on STR regulation. She doesn’t want people to lose their homes. She theorizes the proliferation of STRs will slow “post-COVID” as the economy of the city changes. An over reliance on hospitality has proven unstable for the local economy, and the city will need to adjust priorities. HMR-3 already requires a conditional use for STRs, and limits the number of allowed STRs, but enforcement is an issue. 

Councilmember Palmer and Mr. Sullivan were thanked for their time, patience, and assistance with our technical difficulties.

EVERYONE WEAR A MASK! AND FILL OUT YOUR CENSUS!

The meeting ended at about 6:50PM.

Submitted by Tyler Harwood, secretary 

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NFB Board Video Meeting – 6/28/2020

Started at 5PM

Present – Julie Jones, Joe Brown, Michael Owings, Tyler Harwood, and Allen Johnson from the FMIA.

The meeting was to discuss Zoning Docket 41/20. If a building was multifamily at any point in the past but since converted to single family, to change back to multiple units currently requires a conditional use in some zoning districts. This change would make it a permitted use. Bywater has a number of properties that would be affected by this change. The proposal already went through City Planning and was approved. The only vote against it was by Commissioner Stewart, who thought they needed more input from the neighborhoods. FMIA submitted a letter to the CPC, but it was lost and not included in the report. The letter addresses multiple concerns that were never discussed in the report. City Council will vote on the motion at an upcoming meeting. There is a lot of information in the proposal and the ultimate goal is not abundantly clear, but in their report the CPC introduced the possibility it could increase affordable housing. The definition of “affordable housing” isn’t clear, and there is no guarantee the property owners would make units affordable. The risk is that these properties may be split up to make more STRs or smaller “pied-à-terres” for non-residents. It will be difficult to enforce homestead exemption, and the current STR regulations have proven to be difficult to enforce. Property owners would also be allowed to expand the footprint of their buildings. More STRs or vacation homes would mean less voters and less money for struggling essential local businesses. 

NFB should take a position and write a letter to City Council. We discussed whether we should ask for our neighborhood to be taken out of the proposal, or ask for a full ban of STRs in the affected properties. The FMIA is asking to be left out of the changes until a full study can be completed on the impact that existing STRs and tourism has on their neighborhood. He also thinks there will be a limit on the allowable footprint expansion, so it’s not a major concern at this time.

The board plans to discuss the issue further via email and vote on how to proceed.

Meeting ended at  6:08PM

Submitted by Tyler Harwood, secretary

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NFB Board Meeting – June 3, 2020

Present: Julie Jones, Brian Luckett, John Andrews, Michael Owings, Susan Korec, Stephen Haedicke, Anthony Eschmann, Rhonda Findley, and Tyler Harwood. 

The meeting was held via video chat due to the coronavirus pandemic, and started promptly at 6pm. Despite a few technical issues with audio it went fairly well. 

Julie told the group that the Riverfront Alliance has been active and that she and Brian have been present for meetings with councilmembers Palmer, Williams, and Moreno. The group discussed concerns with the compromised Neighborhood Participation Process (NPP) protocols (LINK), as well as a lack of activity and personnel at Safety and Permits. They also discussed the future of New Orleans tourism, how to make it less intrusive to residents, favoring residential development over hotels, and favoring local business over big chains. The recent loss of a few historic buildings to fires was also discussed. 

The board then talked about the continuously deteriorating conditions at the former NSA buildings. We wondered when the period of “due diligence” would expire, and if the city still has some responsibility for maintaining the property. There was a rumor Joe Jaeger gave up the lease (which has since been confirmed to be false). Concerns and inquiries always seem to result in blame-shifting. 

Rhonda Findley suggested NFB host an online general meeting and there was some discussion around how to best organize it. If possible, it would be great to get updates from Councilmember Palmer and a representative of NOPD. Tyler will look into how best to host it. It was agreed we would have the meeting July 1st at 6PM. 

Brian Luckett proposed NFB make donations to a food banks that has been distributing food in the area, and Tyler encouraged NFB to support the Krewe of Red Beans “Feed The Second Line” as well. Brian motioned that we make donations to both, Micheal seconded, and it was unanimously approved. 

Julie then expressed concerns about our inability to have a board election, which should have been months ago. Anthony explained that the bylaws do include an emergency rule that would allow us to appoint a new board member to fill empty seats until we can hold the next election. John motioned we appoint Joe Brown (pending his consent), and Micheal seconded. The motion was unanimously approved. 

We continue to get emails from Myra Harris, who lives across the street from the warehouses at Royal St. and Montegut St. Myra has a long history of issues with noise from special events held at StudioBE, an art gallery in one of the warehouses. Tyler sent a letter to Councilmember Palmer’s office that explained her concerns, mainly with amplified music, loud generators parked in front of her home, and a possible change in designation that could allow more special events. Mary Cunningham, who is familiar with the issue, responded immediately and informed us that the change in designation was allowed by right. The letter was forwarded to Safety and Permits. There have been no special events in many months, but Myra still has issues with noise from people who come to take photographs in the parking lot across from the gallery, and she does not like the murals. John agreed to write Myra and tell her we have done all that we are able to do for the time being, but that we will continue to monitor the situation should noise from special events become a problem in the future. 

The meeting ended at 7:18pm

Submitted by Tyler Harwood, secretary

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Louisiana Covid-19 Resources

Food Insecurity

  • Giving Hope, Inc., for up-to-date information, please visit our Facebook  page. The Food Pantry will be serving groceries to their clients and new clients through a drive through system Tuesday – Friday noon – 5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm. Address: 13040 I10 Service Road, New Orleans, LA
  • Nola Tree Project Meal Distribution Starting March 17th, from 3-5pm, going from Monday to Friday, NOLA Tree Project will be distributing free hot meals from Second Harvest. 
    • Meal Pick Up Location:  Nola Tree Project Headquarters – 1509 Filmore Ave, New Orleans.   
    • If you are an elderly resident or homebound and in need delivery, please contact Connie Udo at connie@nolatreeproject.org.
  • Gladewaves https://www.gladewaves.org/ 

Get Weekly Meal Assistance – Crescent City
“In conjunction with the Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office, Gate Group, a manufacturer of hot, cold, and ambient shelf-stable foods for the airline industry, will be providing free weekly meals for those impacted by COVID-19 related food security issues. Please complete this form to be added to the list if you are in need of assistance. This effort is being organized by Sarah Manowitz of Oz New Orleans and Reed Wendorf of Ambush Magazine.”

Big Red Box Food Pantry Locations

  • The Church of Annunciation- 4505 S Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • St Rita Catholic Church- 2729 Lowerline St, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • Saint Philip’s Episcopal Church- 3643 Aurora Dr, New Orleans, LA 70131
  • Second District Police Station-  3401 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70125
  • Kids of Excellence- 3301 Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126
  • Trinity Community Center- 3908 Joliet St, New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Our Lady of Prompt Succor- 2320 Paris Rd, Chalmette, LA 70043
  • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church- 3245 Manhattan Blvd, Harvey, LA 70058
  • NOLAREADYhttps://ready.nola.gov/incident/coronavirus/resources/
  • Meals for children who are out of school during this time, please click here for a list of schools around the state that are offering breakfast and lunch pickup while the schools are closed.
  • NOLA Community Feeding Stations for youth under 18 enrolled in a public school https://nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1923 St. Philip Street, NOLA 70116
    • Breakfast and Lunch – Grab & Go meals – meals will be served curbside
    • March 17 – April 13, Monday – Friday from 10am – Noon
    • Please come to the outside of the school cafeteria
    • Available to all children 18 and under
    • All children must be present to pickup. No ID required.
  • Victory Fellowship 5708 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70003
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 – 8 PM
    • Drive through
    • 1 bag of groceries per family
    • No ID required
  • Total Community Action Food Pantry 4518 Thalia St. 

Offering supplemental food assistance to families on a daily basis from 8am-5pm beginning Tuesday, 3/17/2020

  • Top Box Foods
    • Since many community members are avoiding stores and markets, Top Box Foods can serve as a resource through affordable grocery service. Service is open to everyone, and they accept EBT credit cards, checks, and cash. 
    • Every precaution to ensure food is handled safely, and limit contact with customers during deliveries by accepting pre-payments online or over the phone, and a drive-thru pickup system in which we bring orders to customers’ cars. More information can be found via the following link. https://mailchi.mp/b8f234e3ee0f/order-due-date-extended 

Mental Health/Behavioral Health

Need Volunteers

  • Giving Hope, Inc., need volunteers to help in the Food Pantry. If you or anyone you know is able to help, please contact Lan Hoang at lan@givinghopenola.org
  • COVID19 affects our most vulnerable. Seeking volunteers for food & supply distribution, clinical support, and more. ready.nola.gov/donate
  • Familias Unidas En Accion needs donations to help the immigrant families currently in their care.Below is a list of things they need. (Donation drop off is near the 7th Ward), (504) 444-2890. Asking folks not stay at the door to meet one another to follow social distancing recommendations. 

Water

Food

Cooking oil

Toilet paper

Powdered milk

Lysol 

Household disinfectants

Laundry detergent

Dishwashing soap

Hand sanitizer

Disinfecting wipes

Clorox

  • Network Volunteers – Our goal is to provide your organization with a sustainable support structure of volunteers and resources. We know our partners are still out here working to empower our communities and want to follow their example by finding new ways to support them in this unique situation.

Informing our volunteer network of 40,000+ volunteers of your needs: 

  • Are you still actively looking for in-person volunteers? 
  • Are there virtual/remote volunteer projects you could use help with? (graphic design, outreach, database management, etc. etc.)
  • Do you have an active fundraising campaign or anything else you would like us to share? 
  • Please let us know of your current needs so we can share them with potential volunteers! 
  • Ensuring we know the best way to reach you and getting your feedback: 
  • Are you the appropriate person to contact regarding volunteer needs moving forward or should we be communicating with someone else? Please let us know your preferred point of contact and communication method and we will update our records accordingly 
  • Would you or someone on your team like to set a meeting in the coming weeks to talk about our larger partnership, future project ideas, and ways we can better work together? Shoot us an email with your availability and we will get something on the calendar
  • Contact Caitlin: (901) 626-5581, caitlin@networknola.orgwww.networknola.org
  • Women With A Vision – If you are in need of services, or if you need resources related to getting or remaining healthy, please call us at (504) 302-8822. If you do not receive an immediate response please leave a message and we will get to you as soon as possible.

Regional Information

NOTE from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell (mayorcantrell@nola.gov):  It is VERY important that EVERYONE in the city complete the census https://2020census.gov/ !  This is how the federal government decides funding amounts for public resources!  Complete your census and make sure that everyone is counted!  It is more important than ever!  These will be our VITAL resources (including Medicaid funds).

  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana – https://www.unitedwaysela.org/covid-19-preparedness-tips-and-information with resources in the links
  • Louisiana citizens can dial 2-1-1 or go online https://unitedwayswla.org/211, 24/7 to reach a live 2-1-1 specialist to discuss available help and information for COVID-19. 
  • Citizens can also text the keyword “LACOVID” to 898-211 to have instant access to the most current information available in our state
  • Text COVID19 to 888777 for real time NOLA updates
  • Louisiana Department of Health Keep Calm Through COVID 24/7 Counseling Hotline: 1-866-310-7977
  • Louisiana Department of Health Compulsive Gambling Hotline: 1-877-770-7867
  • Louisiana Department of Health General Information Hotline: 2-1-1
  • Northeast Delta Human Services Authority 24/7 Helpline:  1-800-256-2522
  • NORD – 
    • Summer programs are still on and applications are online at www.nordc.org.  
    • Kids Café opened yesterday and served 200 children.  Will cont. to be open at 11 locations (www.nordc.org) from 4-6pm.  They are prepared to serve more
  • RTA –   
    • Running with essential travel ONLY.  It’s going for now and the city will follow orders as they come from Dr. Jennifer Avegno, New Orleans Health Department Director
    • #1 priority is getting patients to dialysis.  
  • Utilities –   
    • There will be no cutoffs during the crisis, payments are being relaxed.  
    • City is working with providers to increase public wifi and offer more public hotspots.  This will be available for 60 days.  
  • New Orleans Children and Family Services – 
    • City-wide children food sites are listed at www.nolapublicschools.com/covid19/nutrition
    • 43 sites are walkable for residents and caregivers CAN pick up food for their children if children cannot go.  
    • WIC visits have been waived and follow ups are being made by phone.  
  • NOLA-311(Non-emergency services resources), dial 3-1-1
    • Since March of 2012, NOLA-311 has been the go-to non-emergency services resource for the citizens of New Orleans. From streetlight outages to pothole repair to blight control and so much more, New Orleans residents can call 3-1-1 to speak with one of our highly trained NOLA-311 service agents about resolving non-emergency issues, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (Callers from outside the City of New Orleans may dial 504-658-2299.)
    • In addition to calling 3-1-1 to submit a non-emergency request, New Orleans citizens may also submit a service request on the NOLA-311 website or reach out to us through the NOLA-311 Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.

Kidney 

DiabetesAssociation of Diabetes Care & Education Specialist 

Other resources

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March Board Meeting and April General Meetings Cancelled

Due to ongoing related to the COVID-19 pandemic both the March 18 2020 board meeting and the April 1st 2020 General meetings were cancelled. In the mean time the board continues to communicate via email and conference calls. Neighbors are encouraged to contact NFB at any time with questions and concerns.

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Support local restaurants! And don’t go hungry!

This is a current list of restaurants in Bywater that are open for pick-up. Some have curbside service; many have delivery available. Call ahead to order and check on days/times/menu listings. Many also sell drinks to go. Note some of these phone numbers for orders are not the regular #. These listings are subject to change, and it’s possible that I’ve missed something. The FMIA (Faubourg Marigny Improvement Assn) has a list of restaurants in Marigny

Galaxie,  827-1443, 3060 St. Claude

Pizza Delicious, 617 Piety, 676-8482, 12% automatic service charge

Frady’s, 3231 Dauphine, 949-9688 (no seating allowed outside)

Suis Generis, 309-7850, 3219 Burgundy

Red’s Chinese, 3048 St. Claude

The Joint, 949-3232, 701 Mazant, $20 minimum

Bywater American Bistro, 2900 Chartres, popups operating inside, not sure of phones

Luna Libre, 3600 St. Claude, 237-1284

Jack Dempsey’s, 738 Poland, 943-9914

Sneaky Pickle, 4017 St. Claude, 218-5651

Junction, 3021 St. Claude, 504-272-0205 (2-7PM)

Bar Redux, 801 Poland, 592-7083

AND, for the canine or feline diner, Bark Market, 3041 N. Rampart, 949-1525 (they, too, deliver and have curbside pick-up; they are listed as an essential business now)

You can order cans and bottles of beer for pickup from Parleaux Beer Lab HERE – They’re open daily from 11-7

RESTAURANTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED: The Country Club, Bratz Y’All, Satsuma, Shake Sugary, Bywater Bakery, Bacchanal

If you know one we’re missing please let us know! – info (at) nfbywater.org

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Conference Call with Mayor Cantrell regarding Covid-19

NFB President Julie Jones was one of the Neighborhood Association and Community Leaders that participated in a March 18th conference call with Mayor Cantrell regarding updates on the COVID-19 pandemic. More information, along with some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers can be found HERE.

Stay safe, stay calm, and be good to one another!

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NFB Board Meeting – January 12, 2020

Present: Julie Jones, John Andrews, Anthony Eschmann, Steve Jacobs, Rhonda Findley. Meeting held at Julie’s house.

We did not have a quorum, so simply had a discussion of the following topics:

Food for next general meeting: Steve Jacobs will provide pizza. Utensils and glasses: not clear. Somebody needs to step up.

Topics already decided for next general meeting: Donna Wakeman (Marigny) will discuss how to get the history of your house; a representative from the market at the foot of the Rusty Rainbow will attend; we hope that Captain Young can be there.

We discussed how to get a better turn-out for meetings and talked about flyering areas—especially areas where there is a development proposal that may be contentious.

Rhonda brought up the possibility (considered previously) about finding an intern to help with management and writing a grant to get funding. Steve reminded us that he and Nancy had checked on Tulane some time ago and found that their interns get booked very quickly. We really did not pursue this topic any more.

We spoke briefly about problems related to Studio Be noise complaints. 

We decided to hold the next board meeting on Wed, February 12, same time, since the next normal meeting date would coincide with the Krewe of Nix parade, which is popular. At the next meeting, we particularly want to consider new board members—what kind of person we want, who might be interested—so it will be an important meeting, and, especially with this change of date, we hope that all board members will attend.

The meeting ended at about 8:20. 

Julie Jones, with the help of Steve Jacobs, writing in the absence of our secretary Tyler Harwood.

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The January 2020 General Meeting was a Social!

NFB hosted a winter social at Luna Libre (3600 St. Claude) instead of holding a general meeting January 8th. It was a blast! Lots of great tacos, fun neighbors, and yummy margaritas! Thanks to everyone that attended and helped make it happen.

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