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:

New Orleans Police implement NYE parking restrictions throughout the French Quarter

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Parking restrictions and closures were implemented along several French Quarter streets starting Wednesday in anticipation of the New Year’s holiday, according to the New Orleans Police.

Starting Wednesday, New Orleans Police will close Decatur Street from Toulouse to Dumaine Streets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the Dick Clark Rockin’ New Year’s Eve event.

Then on Thursday, Decatur Street between Canal and Dumaine streets will be closed from 6 p.m. until just after midnight.

Additionally, Jackson Square will be closed, and Madison and Wilkinson streets will be closed from 6 p.m. and midnight.

Bourbon Street will be closed to cross traffic, including vehicular or pedestrian traffic, between Iberville and Dumaine Streets from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 and until 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2021.

Parking is prohibited at the intersection of Royal and Frenchmen street for New Year’s Eve, according to New Orleans Police.

In addition, New Orleans Police have asked the Department of Public Works to designate no parking zones in the 700 and 800 blocks of the following streets between Royal and Dauphine from Thursday, Dec. 31 at starting at midnight and until 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021:

Iberville, Bienville, Conti, St. Louis, Toulouse, St. Peter and St. Ann streets; Orleans Avenue; and the 800 block of Bourbon Street.

Canal Street on both sides from Convention Center Boulevard to Burgundy Street will also be closed from Thursday, Dec. 31 at starting at midnight and until 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

The following street sections will be closed to parking from midnight on Dec. 31 to 6 a.m. on Jan. 1:

Both sides of Decatur Street from Dumaine to Conti streets, both sides of North Peters Street from Conti to Canal streets and both sides of the 500 and 600 blocks of Frenchmen Street.

Department of Public Works tow truck drivers will be standing by to enforce the parking restrictions, according to New Orleans Police.

Below is a map for reference.

New Orleans Police identify man wanted in connection to Bourbon Street shooting

New Orleans Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man wanted in connection to a shooting that injured a man on Bourbon Street Saturday.

A shooting was reported from inside a building in the 300 block of Bourbon Street shortly before 11 p.m. after a man tried to break up a fight and was shot in the leg, according to New Orleans Police.

The man was transported to a local hospital via ground ambulance.

Detectives identified John White, 30, as the perpetrator in the shooting, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of White is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867. 

John White. Photo courtesy of NOPD; graphic by Eric T. Styles.

The Quarter Report!

The following is taken from the New Orleans Police calls-for-service daily log and includes incidents reported in and in the area immediately surrounding the French Quarter. The signal type may be changed or reclassified for up to 36 hours after the incident is marked up, according to the NOPD. Graphic by Eric T. Styles.

Monday, Dec. 14:

Incident — At 1:16 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 700 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 2:08 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 3:35 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 4:49 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 600 block of Chartres Street.

Incident — At 5:40 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated assault near the intersection of Canal and Bourbon streets.

Incident — At 9:07 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 700 block of Dumaine Street.

Incident — At 1:32 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:25 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a violation of a protection order in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:22 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 5:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 5:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of Port of New Orleans Place.

Incident — At 6:36 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 7:39 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery near the intersection of St. Philip and Chartres streets.

Incident — At 9:58 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 700 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 11:24 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 900 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft near the intersection of Decatur and St. Peter streets.

Tuesday, Dec. 15:

Incident — At 5:50 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 600 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 6:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 500 block of Toulouse Street.

Incident — At 10:36 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a residence burglary in the 800 block of St. Philip Street.

Incident — At 10:58 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations in the 100 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 11:27 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Henriette Delille Street.

Incident — At 1:41 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 400 block of Barracks Street.

Incident — At 2:07 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of reckless driving near the intersection of North Rampart and Canal streets.

Incident — At 2:09 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 500 block of Port of New Orleans Place.

Incident — At 2:17 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run in the 800 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 2:43 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Wednesday, Dec. 16:

Incident — At 7:06 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 1000 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 9:23 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an unclassified death in the 1000 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 9:37 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a extortion threats in the 700 block of Dumaine Street.

Incident — At 9:50 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:24 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hold up alarm in the 400 block of Esplanade Avenue.

Incident — At 12:11 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a quality of life issue in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket near the intersection of Decatur and St. Ann streets.

Incident — At 2:01 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a quality of life issue in the 1000 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 2:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 3:07 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 1100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:15 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run near the intersection of Canal and North Peters streets.

Incident — At 5:47 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 900 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 8:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 500 block of Governor Nicholls Street.

Incident — At 10:46 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 800 block of Bienville Street.

Thursday, Dec. 17:

Incident — At 7:20 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 1100 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 8:29 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 700 block of Bienville Street.

Incident — At 10:03 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of St. Ann and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 11:24 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of Chartres Street and Esplanade Avenue.

Incident — At 1:38 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run near the intersection of Canal and Camp streets.

Incident — At 5:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto accident near the intersection of St. Ann and Chartres streets.

Incident — At 7:25 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hold up alarm in the 1000 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:01 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Friday, Dec. 18:

Incident — At 2:08 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 700 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 4:04 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 700 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 10:35 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of shoplifting in the 800 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 1:23 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 5:04 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an unauthorized use of a vehicle near the intersection of Canal and Dorsiere streets.

Incident — At 5:18 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 5:45 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision in the 700 block of St. Peter Street.

Incident — At 6:37 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 100 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 7:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of Esplanade Avenue.

Incident — At 7:30 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run near the intersection of Iberville and Royal streets.

Incident — At 7:32 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 1100 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 7:42 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 1000 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 9:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11:40 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hold up alarm in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:46 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an unclassified death in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Saturday, Dec. 19:

Incident — At 12:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with release in the 700 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 12:54 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run with injuries in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 1:30 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:18 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 800 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 6:38 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Royal and Governor Nicholls streets.

Incident — At 11:23 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 11:32 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 11:35 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Conti and North Rampart streets.

Incident — At 12:31 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Iberville and Royal streets.

Incident — At 1:42 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a noise complaint in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 3:12 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 1000 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 3:15 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 1000block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 3:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 4:37 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 6 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 200 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 6:41 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 7:37 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 900 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:52 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of reckless driving near the intersection of Burgundy and Toulouse streets.

Incident — At 9:56 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 100 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 10:10 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a sexual battery in the 100 block of Iberville Street.

Sunday, Dec. 20:

Incident — At 12:59 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a DUI near the intersection of St. Peter and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 4:21 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a municipal attachment in the 1200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 4:22 a.m., New Orleans Police received two reports of municipal attachments in the 1200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 6:01 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with release in the 1200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 10:21 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 100 block of Magazine Street.

Incident — At 11:45 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 100 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 12:08 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 200 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 800 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 4:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 4:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple rape in the 300 bock of Royal Street.

Incident — At 5:49 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an unauthorized use of a vehicle in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 5:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 6 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 6:08 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of reckless driving in the 600 block of St. Peter Street.

Incident — At 7:15 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of St. Peter and Bourbon streets.

Incident — At 7:25 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of Decatur and St. Philip streets.

Incident — At 7:26 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 100 block of Roosevelt Way.

Incident — At 7:46 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a sexual battery in the 900 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated battery in the 900 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:39 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:40 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 900 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 8:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated assault in the 200 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.

New Orleans Police seek man accused of using gun in Canal Street armed robbery

(Photo: Dshawn Johnson | NOPD)
New Orleans Police have obtained an arrest warrant for a man accused of using a gun during an armed robbery on Canal Street Saturday.

The incident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. in the 0 to 10 block of Canal Street, near Harrah’s Casino, when a Black male suspect with an apparent gun in his hand allegedly grabbed the victim’s bag before fleeing the scene, according to New Orleans Police.

Through an investigation, Eighth District detectives identified the suspect as 28-year-old Dshawn Johnson.

Johnson will be arrested for an armed robbery and use of a firearm in a robbery when located, New Orleans Police said.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or on Johnson’s whereabouts is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.