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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Citywide Highlights

The state of our city is as strong as it has been in 60 years, and it is getting stronger. Now, we have a real chance to course-correct and fly. But we still have a long way to go and there are a whole host of issues on which we as a city must continue to seek higher common ground. – Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Public Safety

  • Partnered with the Department of Justice to reform the NOPD.
  • Launched 9 new NOPD recruit classes with a total of 299 recruits since May 2010.
  • Provided NOPD a 15% pay raise across the board, to improve recruitment and officer retention.
  • Redeployed nearly 85 NOPD officers on the street to respond to citizen calls for service[i], which decreased NOPD response times by more than 40%[ii].
  • Increased NOPD public outreach by opening COMSTAT to the public and creating Police Community Advisory boards.
  • Increased police transparency and accountability by implementing a new process that allows for the public release of recordings that capture critical incidents, such as officer-involved shootings, based on a clear set of guidelines that include collaboration with local and federal criminal justice agencies[iii].
  • Launched NOLA FOR LIFE, a comprehensive strategy to reduce murder that includes initiatives such as Group Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS) and a Multi-Agency Gang Unit to combat gang and group violence, CeaseFire New Orleans, and NOLA FOR LIFE Midnight Basketball. 
  • Handed down 118 grand jury indictments to violent offenders through the Multi-Agency Gang Unit.
  • Reduced the jail population at Orleans Parish Prison from more than 6,000 before Hurricane Katrina to 1,600 today[iv].
  • Awarded $1.5 million from the MacArthur Foundation to reduce the jail population even more.
  • Opened the new $47 million Juvenile Justice Center, which follows national best practices and brings all elements of our juvenile justice system into one campus[v].
  • Proposed a package of gun safety ordinances aimed at protecting our children and getting stolen guns out of the hands of criminals.

[ii] http://www.nola.gov/nopd/press-releases/2016/20160321-nopd-cuts-emergency-response-times-by-nea/

[iii] http://www.nola.gov/nopd/press-releases/2016/20160224-following-rollout-of-expansive-body-worn/

[iv] http://www.nola.gov/getattachment/Mayor/Press-Conferences/Mayor-Landrieu-s-Violence-in-New-Orleans-Address-April-27,-2016.pdf/

[v] http://www.nola.gov/mayor/press-releases/2016/20160503-pr-juvenile-justice-ribbon-cutting-ceremo/

Jobs

Rebuilding New Orleans - Housing and Infrastructure

  • Outlined 336 committed and funded capital recovery projects to rebuild parks, playgrounds, libraries, police and fire stations, and community centers, with a total investment of $1.63 billion.
  • Partnered with Nike, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Brees Dream Foundation, and Foot Locker on nearly $25 million overhaul at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park.
  • Renovated more than 460 affordable homes across the city through the $29.7 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2).
  • Worked to design and implement a new Master Plan with the force of law, creating a framework for the future of our city, and working to update the Plan by 2018.
  • Passed a new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance to govern land use across the city, preserve neighborhood character, and encourage affordable housing development.
  • Launched and completed $52.3 million first-time homebuyer soft second mortgage program to help nearly 900 families buy their first home.
  • Selected as the first candidate for the White House Local Resource Network, which will engage private and philanthropic stakeholders with pro bono, municipal projects.
  • Helped 100 homeowners afford critical repairs to their homes through the City’s owner-occupied rehab program.
  • Invested more than $1 billion in rebuilding all the major housing projects; there is a stock of 14,430 rental units available for low-income families.
  • Awarded a $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant to rebuild the Iberville/Treme neighborhood.
  • Awarded a $2 million federal planning grant to revitalize the Claiborne Corridor.
  • Awarded $141 million through the National Disaster Resilience Competition grant to rebuild and revitalize the Gentilly neighborhood.
  • Reduced homelessness by 65% and functionally ended veteran homelessness in New Orleans.
  • Chosen by Partnership for a New American Economy and Welcoming America to participate in Gateways for Growth Challenge to attract, retain and integrate immigrants as a part of the economic growth strategy.
  • Launched City’s resilience strategy, Resilient New Orleans, awarded the 2016 National Planning Excellence Award for a Best Practice by the American Planning Association.
  • Engaged in aggressive fight against blight by consolidating departments, streamlining processes, and demolishing, remediating, or bringing into compliance over 4,400 blighted units.
  • Collected $7.3 million through the City’s lien foreclosure process, fines, fees and liens, and auctioned over 2,800 abandoned vehicles generating over $1.8 million to the city’s General Fund
  • Mowed over 1,400 blighted lots through the innovative Lot Maintenance Program, providing jobs to neighborhood residents[i].
  • Adopted final Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps for New Orleans that remove many properties from Special Flood Hazard Areas.
  • Torn down or fixed up 15,000 blighted units since 2010.
  • Blight strategy recognized by Harvard Kennedy School of Government as “Bright Idea in Government”[ii].
  • Released a 10-year plan to end homelessness in New Orleans.

Recreation

Health

  • Restored 24-hour healthcare to N.O. East by opening East After Hours Urgent Care, which has served over 5,400 patients.
  • Secured significant new funding and operators for full-service hospital in New Orleans East.
  • Transitioned City primary care centers to neighborhood clinics, allowing the Health Department to focus on public health issues like obesity and behavioral health.
  • Served over 750,000 meals throughout Summer 2015 to kids across the city in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers of America, Healthy School Food Collaborative, Orleans Parish School Board, Sodexo, Revolution Foods and Chartwells[i].
  • Published Behavioral Health Resource Guide to promote mental health and substance abuse support services.
  • Preserved network of neighborhood clinics, which serve 59,000 patients across the region.
  • Rebuilt and reopened the $130 million New Orleans East Hospital.
  • Health Department’s Fit NOLA initiative ranked first in the United States Conference of Mayors 2016 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards and received $150,000 to work with local public schools to improve access to healthy food and physical activity.
  • Opened $1.1 billion world-class University Medical Center, with the new VA hospital to open soon.

Reforming City Hall

  • Eliminated a $100 million deficit inherited in 2010 and balanced budgets by cutting smart, reorganizing, and investing in those things that return value to the taxpayers.
  • Used citizen-driven Budgeting for Outcomes process to develop key priorities which resulted in balanced and structurally sound budgets.
  • Eliminated wasteful spending by reducing take-home cars in half, reigning in overtime and credit card spending, and cutting and renegotiating contracts of all sizes from MWH to sanitation to technology contracts.
  • Launched 3-1-1 service center, a consolidated call center designed to make city government more user-friendly and responsive to non-emergency concerns.  
  • Revamped the City’s website to provide more services and resources online.
  • Raised over $76 million in federal grants and private philanthropic resources including $30.5 million Choice Neighborhoods grant and $4.2 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to help reduce murder.
  • Completely reformed the procurement and contracting process so that contracts are awarded based on what you know, not who you know.
  • Selected for Obama Administration's "Strong Cities, Strong Communities" initiative to support local priorities.
  • Created weekly STAT meetings to track blight reduction, quality of life issues, procurement and payment processes, and revenue collection and cost containment efforts.
  • Developed semi-annual ResultsNOLA report for citizens to track performance.
  • Launched One Stop Shop for permitting, resulting in a median wait time of 8 minutes for any license or permit in 2015—down more than 50% from a year earlier[i].
  • Created an Integrated Infrastructure Management System between the City and the Sewerage and Water Board to coordinate all infrastructure projects and repairs to ensure that they are performed properly and efficiently[ii].
  • Reached historic settlement with the Firefighters Union in decades-old back pay and pension lawsuits, saving taxpayers at least $200 million[iii].
  • Upgraded S&P credit rating to A+, the third upgrade since 2010, allowing the City to obtain lower interest rates and saving taxpayers money[iv].
  • Improved the entrance and lobby of City Hall to better serve all residents, including limited-English speakers, as a part of the White House Building Welcoming Communities Campaign.

Transportation & Sustainability

  • Completed $45 million streetcar expansion on Loyola Avenue.
  • Completed a $16.7 million rail yard rebuild at the Port of New Orleans Louisiana terminal, allowing the Port to increase efficiency and create 284 construction jobs and 100 permanent marine and cargo handling jobs.
  • Launched pedicab operations in French Quarter, a new industry that has created over 100 jobs
  • Passed major reforms to taxicab industry which focus on improving passenger experience and safety.
  • Added TNCs like Uber and Lyft to provide more reliable transportation options.
  • Committed to building "Complete Streets".
  • Increased bikeways and pedestrian walkways from 5 miles pre-Katrina to more than 100 completed or in planning.
  • Awarded Bronze-level Bike Friendly and Walk-Friendly Community designations.
  • Initiated weekly curbside recycling program with 35,000 participants and processed 8,000 Christmas trees for wetlands restoration.
  • Secured $2 million from Department of Energy for efficiency upgrades at four libraries and 800 LED streetlights installations.
  • Launched NOLA Wise revolving loan program to encourage residential and business energy efficiency.
  • Fixed more than 43,000 streetlights, and converted more than 80% of our streetlights to energy-efficient LED lights[i].
  • Completed 262 street projects, paved 116 miles of paved streets, and filled more than 270,000 potholes[ii].
  • Negotiated a $2 billion lump sum settlement with FEMA to repair Hurricane Katrina-related damage to New Orleans’ roads and subsurface infrastructure[iii].
  • Opened the $9.1 million Lafitte Greenway, a 2.6-mile multi-use trail and linear park connecting the French Quarter to Bayou St. John[iv].
  • Awarded a total of $15 million in federal grants for a new, state-of-the-art ferry terminal at the end of Canal Street.
  • Began construction on the $42 million North Rampart Street/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar Expansion Project, set to open in 2016.
  • Completed the $208 million Submerged Roads and Paths to Progress programs in partnership with the state Department of Transportation and Development and the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Convened Fix My Streets Financial Working Group to help find solutions and funding for New Orleans’ long-term infrastructure needs, including interior street repairs[vii].
  • Announced a major RTA service expansion in April 2016 that will include more overnight service, more buses on the busiest routes, and an airport line that will bring people to work as construction begins to ramp up.
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