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CITY OF NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SAFETY PREPARATIONS FOR ESSENCE FESTIVAL AND FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced the public safety preparations underway in advance of the Essence Festival of Culture and Fourth of July events. The public is encouraged to be patient and prepared for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic by making transportation arrangements accordingly. The Essence and Fourth of July weekend of events are expected to bring more than 400,000 visitors to New Orleans beginning Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3.
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Traffic Advisory: Street Closure Extended Between 7200 and 7500 Blocks of Leake Avenue

NEW ORLEANS — On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works contractor, Hard Rock Construction, LLC, closed the 7200 to 7500 blocks of Leake Avenue to vehicular traffic for approximately two weeks to conduct water line repairs. Today, June 27, 2022, the decision was made to extend this closure for another two weeks to address newly-discovered waterline damage.

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES EFFORTS, INITIATIVES TO INCREASE POOL SAFETY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced efforts underway to increase awareness surrounding the dangers of unsafe, hazardous pools. “Code Enforcement is mounting an effort beginning today to aggressively identify and fix dangerous pools throughout the city,” said Thomas Mulligan, Director of Code Enforcement. “We have a number of hazardous pools on our radar which we will be abating and taking aggressive action on this summer and beyond. We encourage owners with pools not in compliance to take immediate action and contact our office. We are happy to work with our residents to collaborate on creating solutions that will keep their neighbors and other members of the community safe.”

MAYOR CANTRELL RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT STRIKING DOWN ROE V. WADE

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Roe V. Wade:. "This ruling strikes down a half-century of precedent, settled law and most importantly, access to safe and responsible medical care for millions of women. A half-century of women empowered to make their own healthcare decisions has now been tossed away by a half-dozen activist, fundamentalist Supreme Court Justices obsessed with driving a political agenda. A half-century of women being able to access safe medical care who now find themselves at risk of bodily harm, and even death, as this ruling reopens the 'Back Alley' for business," said Mayor Cantrell.

Two Alarm Fire in the 4500 Block of Frenchman St.

On Friday, June 24, 2022 at 2:34am, the New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) received a 911 call reporting a residential fire in the 4500 block of Frenchman St. Dispatched immediately, the first NOFD company arrived on the scene of 4514 Frenchman St. (an unoccupied single-family, camel backed dwelling that showed signs of recent renovation) at 2:38am. The fire had already breached the structures roof upon arrival and was beginning to threaten occupied dwellings to the left and right, this prompted the call for a second alarm at 2:52am. It must be noted that responding firefighters did an excellent job of keeping the fire form extending to the neighboring homes. Both dwellings, 4512 Frenchman and 4520-22 Frenchman, only receive minor to moderate damage to their exterior walls from radiant heat.

Traffic Advisory: Emergency Closure at Broadway St. (from Earhart Blvd. to Colapissa St.)

NEW ORLEANS — On Wednesday, June 22, the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works contractor Wallace C. Drennan closed Broadway St. from Earhart Blvd. to Colapissa St. to vehicular traffic for approximately two days due to an emergency sewer point repair. Security fencing and signage will be installed around the intersection and flaggers will be onsite to direct drivers and pedestrians.

MAYOR CANTRELL PRAISES SENATOR CASSIDY FOR HIS COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP ON U.S. SENATE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued the following statement praising Senator Bill Cassidy for his leadership in advancing bipartisan gun legislation this week:. "I would like to thank Senator Cassidy for his instrumental role in crafting and negotiating the bipartisan gun safety legislation that is poised to pass the U.S. Senate," said Mayor Cantrell.

MAYOR CANTRELL ISSUES STATEMENT AFTER GOV. EDWARDS SIGNS BILL CRIMINALIZING WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today issued the following statement after Gov. John Bel Edwards signed legislation attacking women's reproductive healthcare into law:. "I am disappointed that Governor Edwards signed a bill that criminalizes physicians who provide care to women while attacking a woman's right to be in control of her own reproductive healthcare choices," said Mayor Cantrell.

MAYOR CANTRELL CELEBRATES GRADUATES OF THE PATHWAYS PROGRAM

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the Office of Youth and Families (OYF) recently celebrated 17 graduates of the Pathways Program. “I’m excited to celebrate the graduation of our largest cohort, and I commend the deep level of commitment from the families and community that ensures an impactful program like Pathways is a success,” said Mayor Cantrell. “Programs geared toward helping our youth are a team effort, consisting of families, nonprofit agencies and small businesses, a majority of which engaged with Pathways are minority-owned. This ‘whole village’ approach further demonstrates their commitment to serving their communities. These are young people who have touched the system and were referred to this program by the courts. The largest class indicates that the judges are using the resources the city is providing. As a result, more than 90 percent of our clients have stayed out of trouble!”

MAYOR CANTRELL TRAVELS TO ASCONA, SWITZERLAND TO SIGN SISTER CITY AGREEMENT

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today is traveling to Ascona, Switzerland to participate in the official signing of a Sister City Agreement to foster a long-term partnership between the two cities. While there, Mayor Cantrell will sign the formal agreement with Mayor Luca Pissoglio on Saturday, June 25 at the Ascona City Hall and attend the Jazz Ascona Festival “Sister Cities Edition.”

CITY OF NEW ORLEANS ISSUES FILM NOTICE FOR LAKESHORE RESIDENTS

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans today announced the feature film “Twisted Metal” will be filming in the Lakeshore neighborhood on Thursday, June 23. To accommodate filming, “No Parking” signs will be posted on the 700 block of Amethyst Street, 7500 Sardonyx Street, 7500 block Canal Boulevard, 700 block Lakeshore Parkway and the 700 block Topaz Street. Crew parking will be located off-site.

HEAT ADVISORY CONTINUES IN ORLEANS PARISH THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 26

NEW ORLEANS — The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for Wednesday, June 22 through Sunday, June 26, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. The weather forecast indicates “prolonged and potentially dangerous heat conditions” with heat index values of 103 to possibly as high as 115 degrees in New Orleans. These hot temperatures and high humidity will occur each day and could become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken. Residents can visit https://weatherwise.nola.gov/ to find localized updates on weather conditions when considering outdoor activities.

New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board Announces National and Louisiana Mosquito Awareness Week

NEW ORLEANS — In recognition of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week taking place June 19 - June 25, 2022, the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTRCB) is taking the opportunity to spotlight the importance of mosquito control, provide tips on how to reduce mosquitoes around your residence and how to reduce bites. NOMTRCB is also highlighting its role in protecting the health of our residents and visitors.

MAYOR'S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS RESPONDS TO ONLINE VIDEO

NEW ORLEANS — The Mayor's Office of Communications today released the following statement on a video showing Mayor Cantrell breaking up a fight. “Mayor Cantrell intervened to diffuse a potentially violent situation. Upon witnessing an altercation, the Mayor acted in a manner in which she always implores our residents: if you see something, do something,” said Gregory Joseph, Director of Communications.

NEW ORLEANS CELEBRATES WORLD REFUGEE DAY

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the City of New Orleans today recognize World Refugee Day, designated by the United Nations as a day to honor refugees around the globe. The City has also been selected as a $12,000 scholarship recipient to become a Certified Welcoming City by Welcoming America. New Orleans is the first city in the Gulf South to receive this certification.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSICIANS TRAVEL TO JEONJU, SOUTH KOREA FOR INAUGURAL STREET JAZZ FESTIVAL

NEW ORLEANS — The City of New Orleans and Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy today announced Jeonju, South Korea’s first Street Jazz Festival taking place in the streets of Hanok Village from today, June 17 through Sunday, June 19. Several musicians traveled from New Orleans to Jeonju to participate in this inaugural event, along with Deputy Director of Arts and Culture Alana Harris.