GCIA Elects Officers for 2013

At its Wednesday, January 23 Board Meeting, the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association elected its Officers for 2013. The 2013 Officers include:


President- Dalton Savwoir, Jr., Gentilly Terrace & Gardens Improvement Association

Vice President- Betty Muller, Mirabeau Gardens Neighborhood Association

Treasurer- Sidney Cates, V, Gentilly Terrace & Gardens Improvement Association

Secretary- Brenda Nolan, Paris Oaks/Bayou Vista Neighborhood Association

Parliamentarian- Victor Gordon, Pontilly Neighborhood Association

Congratulations to these Officers!

Pictured (left to right): Dalton Savwoir, Brenda Nolan, Betty Muller, and Victor Gordon. Not Pictured: Sidney Cates, V

Pictured (left to right): Dalton Savwoir, Brenda Nolan, Betty Muller, and Victor Gordon. Not Pictured: Sidney Cates, V


NOPD Hot Sheet Link

Do you have an issue to report to the NOPD, such as drug dealing, abandoned homes or cars, loitering, noise, or illegal business activities? Then fill out an NOPD Hotsheet and return it to your Police District. If you live in the 3rd District, you can fax the completed Hot Sheet to (504) 658-6169 (fax). Here is the link… NOPD Hot Sheet

Please continue to report suspicious activities.

GCIA Hosts Moonlight Bike Ride on March 29

On Friday, March 29, GCIA is hosting a night-time bike ride fundraiser. The Moonlight Bike Ride planning committee needs your help making this event a success! We are looking for businesses to be event sponsors, and neighbors to be participants in this fun event.

For $150 to $300, a business can be an event sponsor and get great exposure with a table at the event, their name on the t-shirts and in advertisements, and can get 4 to 8 free tickets to participate in the ride. More information on can be found in the Sponsorship Flyer. Please pass this information to businesses you know.

We also want to get the information to people to participate in this event. The bike ride is approximately 10-miles along the Lakefront. The ride starts at 7pm and is followed by an after event celebration with food, drinks, and music. Registration is just $20 for adult and $10 for children and it includes a free t-shirt! There is more information about the event in the Outreach Flyer. You can register by going to this link: http://moonlightbikeride.eventbrite.com/#

Feel free to share this information. Thanks for your help!

Outreach Flyer

City Planning Update: CPC set to move back to City Hall

The City Planning Commission staff will move back to City Hall on Martin Luther King Jr Day (Monday, January 21). City Planning’s office have been located across the street from City Hall at 1340 Poydras Street, 9th floor since Hurricane Katrina. City Planning will move to the 7th floor of City Hall as part of the City’s One-Stop-Shop for permitting department (like Safety and Permits, HDLC, and VCC).


In other City Planning Commission news, their Neighborhood Participation Program (which will improve their notification requirements) should be adopted and the implementation should start by this March. Also, City Planning Commission is expected to release the latest draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) after Mardi Gras.


Breakdown of new City Council Committee Assignments

At yesterday’s (January 10) City Council meeting, Council approved new committee assignments made by the Council President Stacy Head. Go to the following link to see all of the new committee assignments: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101890603744-812/Committee+full+small.pdf


Here is how all of the committee assignment break down. Jackie Clarkson will chair the most committees with four (4), while James Gray will not chair any committees. When you look at committee membership (not including alternates), Stacy Head and Susan Guidry are on the most committees with seven (7) each, while LaToya Cantrell and James Gray are on the least committees with five (5) each. When you include alternates, Susan Guidry is on the most committees with ten (10) and James Gray is on the least committees with six (6). What this shows is that committee membership and leadership is skewed towards the more senior members, while the two new Councilmembers have the least committee assignments and chairs. Here is the complete committee assignment breakdown:




Committees (including alt)

Stacy Head




Jackie Clarkson




Susan Guidry




LaToya Cantrell




Kristin Gisleson Palmer




Cynthia Hedge-Morrell




James Gray





District D Alcohol Beverage Permit moratoriums are renewed by City Council

Councilmember Hedge-Morrell authored two alcohol beverage (ABO) permit moratoriums for District D that were approved by 6 to 0 votes. These ABO permit moratoriums renew the existing moratoriums and will last for one year. The moratoriums require all businesses seeking a new ABO permit to get approval from City Planning Commission and City Council. So these moratoriums are not an outright ban on new alcohol beverage outlets, but they require will require City Council approval before they sell alcohol. Here are the links to the ordinances…