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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 will have two open seats on the November 6 ballot. The second vacancy comes after District E Councilman Jon Johnson’s guilty plea to federal corruption charges.

Tyler A. Gamble / Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Former State Senator Diana Bajoie is the newest member of the New Orleans City Council. Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed the longtime legislator to represent District B for the next six months.

New Orleans City Council leaders hope to end impasse

May 16, 2012

A proposal that might make it easier for black candidates to win posts on New Orleans' City Council now has the support of all current council members.

The council president and vice president made that announcement Wednesday evening.

The only two African-American members of the 7-member council have stayed away from recent meetings after the council deadlocked on the issue earlier this month.

There was already one vacancy on the council, so the apparent boycott by Jon Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell made it impossible to get the quorum needed to conduct business.

The Secretary of State’s Office is checking results of the race for one of two at-large seats on the New Orleans City Council. Experts don’t expect the review will the change the result.

The Lens

City officials Tuesday could take the first moves to expand the city’s number of taxicabs by as many as 120 Tuesday as they discuss a series of ordinances meant to improve the frequently criticized fleet.

The New Orleans City Council will be discussing a possible moratorium on demolishing properties considered by officials to be in danger of collapse.

The New Orleans City Council has been asked to keep up the pressure on the state's Road Home program. Members heard an update yesterday on what is — and isn't – happening with getting funds to people still working on recovery from Hurricane Katrina.