Mayor Mitch Landrieu

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a bleak assessment to the City Council about consent decrees designed to reform the police department and jail. The mayor warns that severe cutbacks are in store if both reform plans take effect in this budget year.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu outlined dire circumstances on the horizon in an emergency meeting of the New Orleans City Council Thursday morning, warning that the city will be forced to drastically cut services and furlough public safety employees if they adhere to the U.S. Department of Justice's consent decree mandating changes at the Orleans Parish jail complex.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is gearing up for a battle over implementing two consent decrees designed to reform the city police department and jail.  

The New Orleans mayor's office says a ribbon cutting will be held later this month to mark the consolidation of several city offices into what it calls a "One Stop Shop" for securing permits and licenses.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said Thursday that the offices involved are completing their moves to the City Hall One Stop Shop this week.

Those include the City Planning Commission, Historic Districts Landmarks Commission, the Safety & Permits office, and the Vieux Carré Commission, which governs development in the historic French Quarter.

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Basketball is once again part of a plan to reduce violence in New Orleans. Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the third season of the city’s midnight basketball league, this time to be held in Central City.

An independent engineering firm will determine why the Superdome lost power during the Super Bowl. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is still calling the Big Game celebrations a “spectacular success” despite the 34-minute outage.

New Orleans’ mayor and police chief have issued statements in support of President Obama’s plan to strengthen gun control. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is urging Congress to go further in broadening the scope of crime reduction.

There are two new members of the New Orleans City Council. One political expert sees the result as a wash for Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote later today on a proposed rate hike for the Sewerage and Water Board. Political muscle is being flexed to get it passed.

The New Orleans City Council is now reviewing the budget proposed for next year by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. The city is dealing with lower revenues and higher expenses.