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6th District NONPACC Meeting

July 18, 2013

Lt. Frank Young began the meeting, explaining that Commander Bardy was unable to attend due to a simultaneous PCAB (Police Citizen Advisory Board) meeting with several district commanders. He also explained that the meeting would be short due to a Trayvon Martin vigil being held tonight as well. He said he did not anticipate any violence at the vigil.

There were about 14 people in attendance, including citizens, a representative from a neighborhood security organization, Robert Morris from the Uptown Messenger, and several officers. Cameras from channel 4 news were also present.

Lt. Young explained that the meeting would mostly focus on the recent spat of armed robberies in the district, as that is of the most concern to police and citizens involved.  He went through each of the robberies, explaining what happened and where they are in their investigations:

7/17/13, 9:40 am, a woman in her sixties visiting friends from out of town was robbed at gunpoint in the 1200 block of Harmony Street near Camp. A witness saw the car and described it as a new black Kia with a temporary license tag in the window and a red Ray Brandt dealer plate. Police are looking for the vehicle.

7/14/13, 4:30 am, a man returned home in the 2300 block of Magazine to find two men waiting for him. He was ordered into his home and robbed. Lt. Young reported this incident is under investigation, and may not have been a random act.

7/12/13, a woman leaving Zea restaurant was robbed in the 1600 block of Terpsichore by a man with a knife, who took her purse. The police do have video of the incident.

(three incidents) 7/10/13, around 11 pm, three men, one with a baseball bat, robbed three separate individuals within a 40 minute period. The robberies took place on Clio, Annunciation and Coliseum streets. One victim was beaten so severely he had to be hospitalized and have head surgery. Police apprehended the perpetrator with the bat, identified as Keith Williams, thanks to the help of witnesses who reported the incident immediately. They have video surveillance and potentially DNA evidence from the bat, and are hoping to identify the other two perpetrators as well. The men were stealing cell phones, particularly iphones.

7/8/13, 11:15 pm, a man was hit in the head with a gun and robbed by two men in the 2500 block of Magazine Street. Police have video of the suspects.

7/8/13, 9 pm, a man who had just parked his car near Clio and Carondolet was attacked by two men who punched him and stole the car, a white Ford Focus. The car was later recovered on Calais Street in New Orleans East.

7/7/13, 3 am, a woman robbed at gunpoint at Annunciation and Thalia.

Lt. Young also described an incident in which a 90 year old man was robbed in central city. He was forced into a car, his wallet was stolen, and he was returned to the area he’d been taken from. Young reported that the man’s clothing might yield dna evidence that would help find the perpetrator.

More details of the recent armed robberies can be found at UptownMessenger.com

Lt. Young stated that despite this recent spike, the 6th district is still down in armed robberies 45% from last year. Besides the three incidents involving the three men and the baseball bat, he does not see any connections between the robberies. He is redirecting officers to patrol the Garden District, Lower Garden District and surrounding areas. He is also in contact with the Garden District Patrol in an attempt to coordinate efforts. “We need all the help we can get,” he stated.

Lt. Young also described a recent example of a citizen seeing suspicious activity and not reporting it, only to learn later that his information could have prevented a crime. “Never feel like you’re wasting our time,” Lt. Young said. “Please call!”

A citizen in attendance asked about a recent increase in the homeless population under the I10 overpass between Magazine and Camp. Lt. Young stated he would check into it. The same citizen asked for more mounted police in the areas where armed robberies have been occurring. Lt. Young and Sgt Danny Scanlan explained that horses cannot be used in the summer months due to the heat. Lt. Young reiterated that she would see an increased presence.

Lt. Young stated that narcotics are always a concern as well, and invited a narcotics detective to answer questions from those in attendance.  Individuals described areas of concern in their neighborhood, and the detective met with them after the meeting to obtain more information.

I asked Lt. Young if there was anything else of concern we might not have noticed due to the spike in armed robberies. He said no, other than an increase in theft of porch furniture and other items left outside such as grills, shutters, and even architectural pieces attached to houses and copper gutters. The narcotics detective stated that he has been attending meetings throughout the city and that everyone is reporting these types of thefts.

Lt. Young reiterated as he closed the meeting that he believes this recent rash of armed robberies is a spike and will not be an ongoing increase. He maintains that the majority of violent crimes are committed by a small number of people, and that the NOPD has collected enough video and DNA evidence that they are hopeful about catching those responsible.

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Bringing Back the Channel

Irish Channel residents

Irish Channel residents

For six years I’ve called the Irish Channel my home. My interest in the revitalization of the neighborhood came early in my residency. With unsupervised young people roaming the streets and a desire to meet my neighbors and make the neighborhood more attractive for families, I joined the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (ICNA) and served on its board for three years.

Back in 2008, members of the ICNA were struggling with NORD’s lack of programs in our area. A group of our members started a Youth Basketball League to give the kids something constructive to do. Saturday mornings were spent rallying the people of the Channel to support the league which was made up of four teams on courts rehabilitated by former Hornets player Chris Paul. At the Championship Tournament, the Hornets sent Hugo and a few staffers who awarded the children Hornets backpacks filled with a hat, t-shirt, and a basketball of their own. The success of the league resulted in NORD resuming athletic programs and to support it, residents of the Channel and Delachaise neighborhoods formed the Lyons Burke Boosters.

Around the same time I met a woman who was the director of the New Orleans Institute. She was organizing the city’s first Jane’s Walks. Named for an urbanist in the 70s, Jane Jacobs, there are now worldwide Jane’s Walks in major cities that encourage residents and visitors to explore neighborhoods and discuss the connection between its people, landscape, education, history, crime and businesses. My husband and I have led these walking discussions in the Irish Channel for the last four years and we have partnered with businesses like Sucre, Café Rani, Belladonna and Belladoggie as well as the NOPD 6th District which provides us with a police car escort so we can walk in the streets.

Irish Channel residents

Irish Channel residents

Through my work as VP of Louisiana Restaurant Association, I was tapped by HandsOn New Orleans to serve as Principal for a Day in a local school. Specifically, I requested a school in the Irish Channel and was appointed to Laurel Elementary, now Sci Tech Academy. Work with the school extended beyond the one day and resulted in the planting of an edible garden at the school. This brought together a committee of the ICNA—the Greening the Channel Krewe—led by Michael Karem.

Through Parkway Partners, the residents and ICNA were awarded 75 crepe myrtles and sweet olives to plant in front yards, along walkways and along Jackson Ave. We approached the Home Depot for a grant to fund the project, allowing us to purchase shovels, gator bags, stakes, etc. For the school project, we used those funds and volunteer residents to bring HandsOn New Orleans, the school, the ICNA and Home Depot together to beautify the grounds and plant a garden.

As a NPN Capacity College graduate, it prepared me to continue working with residents, not only of the Irish Channel, to better their communities. In particular, my desire is to help the young people of our city become the leaders we so desperately need.


6th District NONPACC meeting

June 20, 2013

Commander Bardy began the meeting by discussing the arrests made the last three Fridays concerning gang-related activity. He reported that there has been a long period of working up to these arrests, that they took a systematic approach and feel proud of what they have accomplished. He described the Hoffman Triangle as “getting cleaned up.”

June coverage in uptownmessanger.com

Next, Commander Bardy presented his power point on the current trends and statistics. In the month of May in the 6th district, there were 2 homicides, 1 rape, 1 aggravated burglary, 4 business burglaries, 7 residence burglaries, 7 auto burglaries, 6 armed robberies, and 1 simple robbery. There were 25 auto thefts, and no purse snatchings.

Commander Bardy reminded the group that Quality of Life Officer Joseph Joia? and CoCo Sergeant Yolanda Jenkins have 4 officers patrolling Magazine Street 24/7. With two on and two off, there should be two officers on the street at any given time.

Year to date data reflects a 59% drop in armed robberies, down from 49 to 20 this year. Bardy explained that this is a good measure of the aggression in a community because the parties generally don’t know one another. Simple robberies are down 77.8%, aggravated assaults are down 37%, and auto burglaries are down 24%. Violent offenses are down 40% this year.

There is a city-wide increase in theft, which Bardy attributes to increased reporting rather than increases in the crime itself.

Bardy stressed that citizens should continue to report any suspicious behavior, using Crimestoppers, the district’s direct line, or hot sheets. Any and all information will be appreciated. Seeing heavy traffic at a house or people stopping and exchanging money are examples of activity that can be reported as potentially drug-related. Such reports will be investigated further.

Although there was an increase in arrests this week, there were only 3 persons crimes. These included a gun arrest on the corner of Claiborne and MLK blvd; a murder on Prytania next to Zara’s Supermarket; and a domestic violence arrest.

Commander Bardy went through the DDACTS (Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Stops) – to show how the Sixth District (and others) are evaluating criminal trends, and showing pockets of high activity. He referred to these pockets as “heat signatures” and described being able to concentrate manpower in these areas to have the highest impact.

Finally, Commander Bardy asked representatives from the Police Citizen Advisory Board to speak. They discussed efforts to bridge the gap between citizens and police. These boards were created as part of the consent decree to oversee transformation of our police department in 2012. Bardy suggested moving the monthly NONPACC meeting to our district police station in an effort to share information from the PCAB with a broader population. He asked those in attendance to consider this idea and tabled it for further discussion at the next meeting.

Link to a story about the forming of the PCABs

Bardy maintains that citizens should feel certain their officers are there to help them, and urges people to file complaints if they have problems with any officer. Bardy ended the meeting with a statement he reports using often—“These are not MY officers, they are YOUR officers.”

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Meeting Minutes: 6/13/2013

The meeting was convened at 7:07 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Irish Channel Christian Fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kyle NORDC Community Advisory Team:
Our Team: Annunciation, Lyons, Burke, Wisner Playground

Do recommendations for programming

Need more people

deadline to sign up: July 15

Training later July

Has application to share

Mark Redding: clarification on what the geographic parameters (wants to make Soraparu a partner)

Ed: Participated in early CAT Team meetings. Thinks they have the possibility of being quite successful. One team by the river, one team for CC/Hoffman, one team in Gert Town area. Take all the parks in the team/area and try to coordinate the participation in the sports teams. Do we have the opportunity to get funding from NORD to support these programs? (personal editorial)

Age limit: anyone older than 8

Lindsey Tubbs, runs the Lyons Burke Booster Club
Handouts

Report- Lyons Center construction complete 9.4M construction. Roof- fancy 130 mph wind withstanding. Chevron- state of the art dance floor-NOBA running program, Grand opening for that tomorrow night. Pool open, refer to the handouts for pool info, hours, and programming. Will be enforcing leash laws at the Lyons fields. Computer labs haven’t been hooked up.

Booster Club- get to run the concession stand at Lyons Center, will need volunteers. Baseball season underway, no games at Lyons or Burke. Needs donations and fundraising ideas with ideas. Coach Ed = soccer and track/field.

Ed- little change in soccer implementation with NORD. YLC partnered with NORD to do a soccer program. More successful this year than last year. Multi-year agreement. Struggled with NORD for scheduling. Has a difficult time keeping a schedule more than 36 hours in advance. Pickup games – 20-40 ppl on weekends. (when baseball hit, lost the boys) would have gotten more participation if scheduling is more solid. Soccer and track run concurrently. Fun to coach. 78 points. 3 city champions. Try to have a unified track team by the river.

Booster club, a little less than $1K in the account. Need sponsorships. Story about a kid, participated in track in jeans straight from school. Soccer will be on M-W, and Track will be on T-Th, March, April, May. Will be looking for soccer coordinator for next year.

Budget- Ed

People need to be paying their membership dues.

Have $2400 in our account. Net worth of $2,760.54.

Collected $695.89

Books are always open, anyone can request to look at bank statements and checkbooks

Burke Park lights

Lower lights- 37 of 38 lights are functional. They accomplished everything. $20K appropriations from the state – Karen Carter.

NORD are going to take the roll up door for the bathroom and will install more accessible doors

Cultural Overlay District

Harvey called the NA chair in Treme who oversaw the process of the district overlay.

ICNA would be the applicant for this district. As the applicant, we are the ones to do the legwork.

Allan- are we talking only about corner lots? Turnbull

This applies only to the residentially zoned area, if the neighborhood agrees that there is appropriate

Trey- how are we going to structure this survey? Need clarification on what the property is.

Mailer- $800-900 (per Ed) most effective

What would the advantage be to have a cultural overlay district?

Ed- the intent would be that businesses would be open during the day, that would not necessarily impact the lives of the residents? Marigny- Cake Cafe

Owner claims it has been a positive, and have worked with the neighborhood.

Ed- We need more information. Will speak to Treme.

Boundary to be revised- Annunciation-Tchoup?

What will be going in these properties?

Overlay district, we would decide what is compatible? What would be profitable? Market analysis?

Ed- propose that the Land Use Committee hash it out. Is it worth this effort? Draft a survey, and have it discussed at a future meeting.

Karen: what would the types be? Land Use Committee had whittled the list down- the survey should include everything that is possible.  Alcohol is not permitted, anything after 2K sf not permitted, need to be open only from 7 am-8 pm.

Question: Do you think this is necessary?

Pro/Con on website?

Karen: renters as well as owners should be consulted.

Office of N’hood Engagement can assist.

Crime Camera Grant we will receive high priority in the next round. we are moving forward.

Adjourned, 8:05 pm


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