In the last four years crime has dramatically increased in District #94. Marsala has been writing about the increase in crime. Link to articles.
Five years ago, Marsala created a Facebook Page to inform residents of crime in District #94. Link to Facebook Page.
In September 2022 his car was stolen. On Easter Sunday afternoon in 2023, his neighbor’s boat was stolen. During July 4th week of 2023, the wheels were stolen from a neighbor’s car. On the morning of August 17th, 2023 over 70 shots were fired at the intersection of Veterans and Fleur de Lis.
Despite the increase in crime and threats to Public Safety, incumbent Representative Hilferty has stayed the course with her 2019 proposal that was passed into ACT 152 to convert West End Lakeshore Park into a Bourbon Street type activity zone in the heart of District #94.
Louisiana’s in person voting provides for better election integrity that mail-in ballot harvesting. Even then voter rolls have inactive voters on them. People who have not voted in two years should be removed from the voter rooster and have to re-register to vote.
Research in Pew’s report underscores the need for registration systems that better maintain voter records, save money, and streamline processes.Our democratic process requires an effective system for maintaining accurate voter registration information.
Voter registration lists are used to assign precincts, send sample ballots, provide polling place information, identify and verify voters at polling places, and determine how resources, such as paper ballots and voting machines, are deployed on Election Day.
However, these systems are plagued with errors and inefficiencies that waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence, and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections.
Voter registration in the United States largely reflects its 19th-century origins and has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society. States’ systems must be brought into the 21st century to be more accurate, cost-effective, and efficient.
Research commissioned by the Pew Center on the States highlights the extent of the challenge:
Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.
More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.
Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.
Former Mayor Mitch Landrieu received $35 Million in Federal Funds claiming he had matching funds in New Orleans to convert the former U S Navy Base at Poland Avenue into an Emergency Operations Center and evacuation facility for hospitality workers during a hurricane.
The facility could have also been used during the Corona Virus epidemic of 2020.
The $70 million in funds were transferred to New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, which is broke and has never accounted for them.
Moving the airport terminal in Kenner from the South side to the North Side is an example of government waste. $300 million will be spent building the flyover, that will destroy the Veterans Heights neighborhood. Another $500 million is needed to connect the north side back to the southside which has the Amtrack Station, employee parking, and car rentals. Massive no bid contracts were awarded.
32-acres of wetlands were covered with concrete. A large amount by Landrieu Concrete, who owns the lime-green trucks.
Rather than use reserves and seek funding matches of 3 to 1 grants for recreational and environmental projects, the MYHMC is awarding confidential contracts totaling over $400,000.00 to Mitch Landrieu’s former Deputy Mayor to find developers for West End Lakeshore Park, which is state owned. www.RetifPark.org.
State Acts form 1906 and 1910 seem to prohibit the planned development of bars, residential, commercial, hotel, and video poker. Four studies by the Regional Planning Commission have shown the area to be “saturated” with bars and restaurants. Will Federal Money be obtained to build a Jazzland, Plaza Shopping Center, Uptown Village, or Lazy Jack project that fails and leaves blight?