Second French Quarter police safety sales tax measure approved for April 24 ballot

French Quarter residents will get another chance to vote on a sales tax to pay for additional New Orleans Police patrols after the ballot measure was approved Thursday.

The French Quarter Economic Development District, which includes all six members of the City Council, voted unanimously to approve measure, which heads to a April 24 election and would levy a $0.245 sales tax on purchases made at businesses (minus hotel rooms) in the Vieux Carre.

The tax would last from May 1, 2021 until April 30, 2026 and the first $2 million raised would pay for supplemental police patrols in the French Quarter, while the rest would go towards other public safety-related programs, such as homeless assistance.

French Quarter voters rejected a similar measure, with 67% voting against it, on Dec. 5.

The measure was introduced by FQEDD and District C City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer and supported groups such as the French Quarter Business Association and the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.

But the best part of the FQEDD’s Jan. 14 meeting wasn’t the discussion on the ballot measure resolution, but the fine lesson City Council procedure.

Before members could actually vote on the ballot measure, they had to first vote on three amendments: two by District E Councilmember Cyndi Nguyen and one by Palmer.

Palmer’s amendment added language that would equally split the remaining cash for public safety programs (after the initial $2 million was collected for police patrols) and allow the sales tax trust fund to be administered by the French Quarter Management District, which is an unelected body, although it would be subject to quarterly budget and expenditure reports to City Council.

Nguyen’s amendments included: not letting the FQMD administer the funds and amending Palmer’s amendment to eliminate the 50/50 split requirement for more patrols and other public safety programs.

“[Gisleson Palmer] offered an amendment to the resolution, the original one,” said Lora Johnson, the council clerk. “In order for her amendment to be adopted, Councilmember Nguyen offered an amendment to that amendment. I will read Gisleson Palmer’s amendment first, but it can’t be adopted because Councilmember Nguyen offered an amendment to that amendment. So we will take up the original amendment and then I will read the amendment to that amendment first, and if the body chooses, we will adopt Councilmember Nguyen’s amendment first. After it’s adopted, we go back to Gisleson Palmer’s amendment, and adopt it as amended.”

Did you get all of that?

Here’s what happened:

1. Read resolution for ballot measure resolution and amendments.
2. 10-minute break to allow public comment.
3. Read public comment.
4. Read Gisleson Palmer’s amendment.
5. Read Nguyen’s amendment to Gisleson Palmer’s amendment.
6. Adopted Ngyuen’s amendment to Gisleson Palmer’s amendment.
7. Adopted Gisleson Palmer’s amendment as amended.
8. Read Nguyen’s second amendment resolution.
9. Adopted Nguyen’s amendment.
10. Adopted the ballot measure.

Addendum, Jan. 20, 2021, 12:22 p.m. CST: Nguyen’s second amendment failed by a 4-2 vote.

Here’s a video of the meeting:

Just no clue

The patron Saint of being unaware.

We have seen countless examples around the country of clueless Governors, Mayors and political hacks being oblivious to public optics. Locking down cities, closing businesses and placing Draconian regulations on the general public all the while exempting themselves from the very rules they institute. Hypocrites? Perhaps they just lack the self awareness that they are not above those that they govern.

Mayor Cantrell posted the following on Twitter:

An alter holding a prayer candle with her photo on it “Phase 2, What did I say?” What kind of an arrogant mindset would think that this was appropriate? I’m only barely religious and never have been a Catholic, but I was shocked by this. If it was given to her as a gag gift, fine. Just keep it in your kitchen as a chuckle for friends and family. To place it on a shrine surrounded by crosses and a relief of the Last Supper and post it on social media is totally oblivious the optics.

I recognize that the leftist Democrats hold things like religion and God in contempt. It’s all open to ridicule. Except for Islam which they are quick to defend. You know, the religion that oppresses women and still openly practices slavery.

Previous posts of hers have shown her view of New Orleans to be homogeneous city of just the African-American culture. No recognition of the dozen or so other cultures that are woven together that make up the city. Catholicism is a major influence in this community. To place herself in the same position as Saints shows not just narcissism, but insensitivity to the beliefs of others. Whether she intended to mock a major religion or not, that is how it came across.

The tweet was deleted after a few of us commented on how clueless she seemed to be concerning the beliefs of others.

Take a look at how she proposed to handle Mardi Gras 2021. To have the floats be set up stationary and small groups to be allowed to approach the floats (while remaining six feet apart) while those on the floats hand them throws. They could not be called “float riders” since they would be stationary and also standing at a safe distance. Also no alcohol. Add to that ingenious plan the arrow stickers on Bourbon Street intended to keep opposing foot traffic on opposite sides of the street. Has she even been to a parade or walked Bourbon Street?

Mayors in every major city around America are showing what power crazed tyrants they want to be. Evidently being a political tyrant isn’t enough, now they have to strive to be a deity. I get a kick out of some of her sycophantic followers on social media praising her lock down and chastising those of us who want the city to re-open. “Do you want people to die?” Well, Latoya can just wave her hand and bring them back to life I now assume.

Mayor Cantrell, if you really want to be viewed as a religious figure, might I suggest Shiva the destroyer.

LaShiva the Destroyer

The Latoya Phase 2 candle is available on MY HOOD EXCHANGE for only $18.50