Feb 12, 2017|
WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.
WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.
WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.
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Good Sunday welcomed traditional thank you so much for joining us to oppose Monica pier. We know many people are dealing with the aftermath of the tornadoes in theory and he's been on and prayers are you. On today's show. It is a wave of more consistently. And I was saying work carrier ring responding to these women and millions of victims of the details on the upcoming blueprint for safety seminar on domestic violence and coordinating the response. Luck I think we can be encouraged about the possibilities of making the library foundation healthier. New Orleans public library foundation board president talked about progress accomplishments and rebuilding public trust and in April of this year the money actually begins to flow from the global settlements so we're just looking forward team on the ground restoration. Moving forward with the finalized VP global settlement and where the money going. Two lanes prevention research center and excellence in maternal and child health is hosting a series of public seminars focusing on how health. Racism and communications intersect one of the seminars is on domestic violence symbol feature of the New Orleans health departments and blueprint. For safety program we're joined by shock of say Ramirez the assistant director of two lane center for excellence in maternal and child health. And a director of New Orleans Health Department doctor Marcia Broussard. Thank you for both. Being with us today. Thank you can't let's begin with you doctor Broussard tell us about the blueprint for safety in what it's really all about the blueprint for safety. Is the city's response to pervasive. Obviously I am I guess psychic call it an epidemic of domestic violence and so we realize that as the city that we had to address this issue and a more comprehensive way. We know that in 2016. We had nearly 2500. Domestic violence calls. And as it relates to the whole country Louisiana is we're second in the number of female victims killed by mail intimate partners. So that is the reason for. You know the blueprint for safety is when its call so what we did is that we decided to. I seek information about how other cities are addressing this issue and for that reason we went to one of the best practice cities which was Saint Paul, Minnesota. And worked with him to determine what they were doing to decrease their domestic violence rates. And also. To understand their approach and so they have a best practice called the blue print for safety. And we decided. Not just the Health Department in New Orleans but also our partner agencies. Made that commitment to pursue the blueprint for safety. So you ask me what it is. It is a way of more consistently. And I would say more caring only responding to the needs of women and men who are victims of domestic violence because there's a lot going on it's not just the police department it's not just the court system but it's it's all is set several layers to this right. Absolutely when there is a domestic violence events are in most cases it's really a series of events. There are probably six. Public agencies. That are responsible for responding and there's of course at first and 9/11 or 911 communications office. That's been the victim picks up the phone and dials that number. Also there's the sheriff's office not district attorney's office of criminal court judges the department of corrections on. And the most I would say one of the most. Friendly and of all of these services is the office of the family justice center so they're just a number of agencies that are involved in the domestic violence case. And so are part of what. The blueprint is just trying to get all of those agencies on the same page making sure that there's common language in which they can address. Domestic violence stages and phases of that everyone understands what's going on in any given time. And we can provide better services to the victims. Sure if they Ramirez and the assistant director of two lane center for excellence in maternal and child health tell us about the blueprint for safety seminar that's coming up. And so we are. Please to half staff from blueprint for safety coming to two lanes downtown campus. On Wednesday February 15 at noon it's open to the public this is one of several communications and ours that we are happening. I'm eat that we have each semester I am that's cosponsored between the two points senator excellence and maternal and child health and Tulane prevention research center. The intent behind these seminars. Israeli jest to. Better understand how to communicate about some of the larger. Issues in society. And be able to do that amongst ourselves but also with the latter community that there are costs involved and it is free and open to the public and you can just show up. At noon app the school of public. Give us a clear picture of what are some of the things that the guest speakers are going to address to this does blueprint for it is actually the last step of this series for the semester. I'm previously this semester we've also had a session on health care for the formerly incarcerated. And we've also had a lot on mental health and well being for men and boys on and that focused on the saint rock neighborhood and it. And so each of these sessions. Addresses. In some way eight communication and racism. Health and social justice Celeste. About that the perhaps the different phases of faces a forms of domestic violence and talked about beside you mentioned that some of his over a series or a period of time. And we think domestic bows as someone actually hitting somebody in the face are beating them mop. That's true and it's it's not gender specific you know there female abusers as well as their male abusers. And sometimes the entire family is involved sometimes the partners involved so their many faces of domestic violence and I think it's important. For us to keep that in mind and there are probably many different types of concerns. That a victim might have and so I think that that's why in implementation of this program why there. There's a fundamental piece that that all. 911. And police officers that we asked them to do announce this call before risk questions. And then those questions have been. If they document properly. They are. They set the tone follow the other interventions that occur. And just as an example. One of the questions is where use seriously injured or do you feel as though the person. I was trying to kill you you're your children. Or someone close to use. What makes you think that that might be so. And then there's another question asked about frequency how frequency. How frequently does he or she intimidate threaten or salt you. Another of the screening questions in their four describe a time when you almost frighten them. Or injured by him or her and for have you ever been threatened for seeking help. Particularly from law enforcement's other courts those four questions if asked consistently to victims. Gives all of the the judge is. The other people involved in law enforcement even the helpers such as that the family justice center some common information that we can use to actually Taylor. That support to that particular victim to so it's very important that that that one step be done consistently. And is there a contact number. So for this seminar itself I'm one can contact. 5049887410. And that's Naimi Ingle are at Tulane school of public how you conduct a Russo is there a specific number that people can reach out to you. Yes if you are a family member or friend is a victim of domestic. Series of 24 and number. Can't use always on in the family justice center so you could call 50459. Team. 400. Think people will be with us. The New Orleans public library. Foundation has released its update on the progress in accomplishments of the New Orleans public library system joining us to talk about those accomplishments and progress that even the challenges over the last year or so. Is Bob Brown president of the New Orleans library foundation board of directors. But thanks for being with us. Well thank you so much money come delighted to spend time with you and really appreciate you. Allowing me to how would you describe until last year or so for the foundation of the library system. Monica allow me to use two words the first word is tough. But the second word is encouraging. And I think that while we head of very tough a road to walk and I know we'll talk about as time goes by. We also or in a place where I think we can be encouraged about the possibilities. Of making the library foundation healthy again. After which of course we can do and support the library system. In remaining healthy. Let's get into some of the tough things that had to happen. When you were brought on in 2015. As the the president union president you engage the board to quote move swiftly and decisively. To look into the library foundations affairs why was swift and decisive action necessary at that. Point it needed to be swift. Because first of all we hear to get to the bottom of what ever. Was causing the leakage. Resources from the library foundation. That had to be it's understood and stopped. We also know new bed if we were going to continue as a viable operation. We attitude we have to do things that would begin to reassure. The public the citizens of New Orleans that we were an organization that was taking care of its business. And dad was earning. The trust of the citizens and supporting of the public library system in the way that the people who had donated to the library foundation would expect. A big issue as the New Orleans jazz orchestra how funds were disbursed says you've been there and have been changes including a new board. What is the agreement what's the arrangement have you received the first installment payment yes I wanna begin by by saying a word of thanks to the Newell was jazz orchestra board especially Ron Foreman its chairman. And Warner Williams who is a board member. And we were involved in very very sometimes painful pot talks. But working on a memorandum of understanding between the New Orleans jazz orchestra and the New Orleans public library foundation. That MO you. Was convicted in June of 2016. It took us. From the middle of fifteen until sixteen to get things worked out. One on that matter but finally. We did. Part of that was dead beginning on January 31 of 2017. The New Orleans jazz orchestra would begin to pay back in installments. Parts of the money that had been pulled from the foundation. With the Irvin mayfield transactions. We were happy to have on jet on December 20 actually of sixteen. Ron Foreman deliver the first check. The total amount that should be returned over the five year period is 483000. Dollars. One on December 20. Ron Foreman made on behalf. The New Orleans jazz orchestra the first payment. Ninety. 6600. Dollars obviously we were delighted by that it shows good faith and very hard work on their part. And we of course has great gratitude we took 90% of them more of that money them the first installment. And put it back into the endowment account into. The treasury so to speak where it could work. On behalf of the foundation and join the other. Donations that had been given by. A donors of all one type or another in restoring. The corpus. The foundations. Endowment. 10% of that we used for. Operations. And you can do the math on on an amount here we're we're on our way and that. By the way is why I wanted to use that word encouraging in addition. Believe I talk about that toward encouraging we're joined by Bob Brown president of the New Orleans library foundation board of directors salty about the 2016 progress in accomplishments it's above what is some of the things that have you encouraged about what do you seeing. With the library system. Well of. First of all the library system like so many parts of the city and in this region. Is I think very close to full recovery from. The Katrina catastrophe I realize that it's been quite a long time eleven years since Katrina act for twelve years since Katrina. A bit at the same time we took so much devastation that it was a very very long. And hard. Effort to climb out of that and I think the library system is very close to being back. Two fold pill that's that took a very good thing. I also think that the citizens of new war on all our. Are renewing their connection to. The library. Because of the programs at the library is offering. Both the ones that happen when you come to one of Europe libraries in your neighborhood and and check out books or gore on the Internet. But also because the library goes. Elaborate system goes out into the community and does other things that schools and in parks and in. Neighborhoods sinners and the like so I believe that that the the library system. Is renewing itself as a part of the fabric. Of the community when you say a library system is it a number of locations what comprises. The system. The library system is comprised first and foremost of very very. High quality people. But there is a city librarian appointed by the mayor. And he manages the staff of the various libraries in the various neighborhoods around the city. This includes of course the main library on law you'll avenue. But there are an additional number of libraries scattered throughout. That the neighborhoods. They have very very capable staff who are. Managing those facilities. And interacting with the citizens so that the system is and and by the way. That system has a board of directors that is appointed by the mayor which oversees the work of the city library and and those who work under him so that's one part of it the other part of it is the facilities themselves the buildings the books. The computers. And all of the things that go to make four. A an education sinner an information center for people in a particular neighborhood. And it not only gives people something to do. But it raises the it raises the educational level that raises the but the quality of community. Life hit it it it. Punches elf in two a community with community when there is when there are those facilities out there that the people in the community can take advantage. And did you find religion Hurricane Katrina that it was a place to go and people didn't have access to the Internet I didn't have computers they knew. That they could go to their public library and knew that they could go to their public library. And not only get access to computers and the Internet and the like but also to hit people beer. Who could give them help and guidance and instruction. And in many cases Monica. I hope. NN. I understand what you're going through talked about play 152016. That's why seventeen. Moving forward what will be the library Foundation's focus. Moving forward. We're gonna start with you this. It is my hope that we can expand. The board of directors for the library foundation. Currently Monica where aboard a four people there's main darling Keteyian. Cleveland spears and Barbara waiters and I can't say enough about. The dedication the commitment that energy and the courage. Of those. People. I called them a lot we need more than. Anybody would want to in yet they have hung in there and stayed with the staying win obviously things did not look. So it's so bright so the first thing is to reenergize our board and we're actually going out now. And and looking at some people who have shown an interest and if we can get others to join our board particularly some of the people we have in mind. We're going to be a refresh to board and we need that. There is battle fatigue. In what we've been going through since the middle of 2015. So the first thing is to refresh our board. The second thing is to get father in to the implementation. Of a strategic plan. That we who say that we started. In January. Of 2016. We brought in and outside facilitator. We spent a full day. A full day working on a strategic. Plan for a way forward went quite frankly the way forward was was. Murky the way the way forward. Was cloudy. But we believe now that we have taken. Very important first steps and we're going to begin to build on that. Strategic plan. Last part of that is that we want to do something that. Is striking. In due arraigned. And all lasting. Helpful. For the library system we don't know what that is yet but that's a part of the strategy that we are in the process process of developing. And and and harmony with the library system with the city librarian and their board we want to come to an understanding on something. Don't know what it is yet that is very very. Important and that will have long lasting impact mean you'll keep us posted on that coral absolutely keep everyone posted on that yes Bob Brown as a guest president of the New Orleans library foundation board of directors how many Boyd members can you expand. It what we can have. As many as nine board members now but a part of that strategic plan. Is a is a continuing review. And in some cases. Editing of our bylaws so that it could be that as time goes along we could change from the nine which would now be our maximum. To some different numbers. If it was. If it made sense. That. And higher number was an appropriate. One inning of the of the interview you mentioned the two words would be tough. And encouraging. I like to ask you about the trust factor with the public do you think that you have been able to as the boy and an as a whole and able to regain the trust of the public. I think we are traveling down that path Monica we have not completely regain the trust of the public. As of yet I don't feel. It's not the public's fault the public had nothing to do with anything that may have happened that led to the loss of trust. It's our job to win it back. And we have to win it back we can't just. Look at that the citizens of New Orleans and expect dead in the absence of pure evidence that they're just gonna start loving us again. Like perhaps they once. Did but I'm I know we can do it we have a plan that's gonna get us there. And I know that when things are right the public does want. To feel good about us and to trust us and to know that we're doing good things for our community. In all of this that you find that the public really. Wants the library to be successful they they really love it that there's a place in the hearts for the library. Absolutely. Absolutely. I talked to people from time to time. And they taught these are grown ups like us and they talk about. The inspiration that they got his children by being able to go to the library lose themselves. In the shelves and in books. Librarians who inspired them to. Two who moved to seek. A certain. A to try to fulfill certain aspirations that they might have had so yes libraries. Are. The bedrock. Of. Community and we can go boy lived without libraries. If we can live without police or fire protection and Vanilla world says Bob thanks for being with us. I guess has been Bob Brown president of the New Orleans library foundation board of directors. Last year BP finalized a global settlement for more than twenty billion dollars and the settlement was to resolve environmental and economic claims in the aftermath. Of the BP oil disaster so where does this funding go what happens next we're joined by Kara Lankford. Interim director of the gulf restoration program hit Ocean Conservancy Karen thank you for being with us thank you for having me we were talking before we begin and I got the dates back courts but it's been seven years since the oil disaster April 20 of this year will be seven years since the disaster. So there really a big milestone and major news conference involving several of the gulf states. Talking about the settlement how hard fought was it and then what happens next rise for the settlements. Is over Tony billion dollars for gulf restoration and it's gonna be spread out over three large restoration programs. Lots of different players ass in the fight gulf states six federal agencies. Can spread out the money over these three restoration programs. In April of this year of the money actually begins to flow from the global settlements. So we're just looking forward to you on the ground restoration and more of a big fashion you know we've seen little. Little spurts of money here in the air over the past seven years but this is what we call you this is where the big restoration actually against the stars so basic. Lee had twenty point eight billion dollars and it's going to go into these various pacs five states six federal agencies. So what do will the average person or consume or are people who care about our Gulf Coast. What will we see as a result of this. Well you and I'm just encourage citizens to stay informed in your own states you know this is and he. Playing out. I'm at the state level in at the federal level and each state is what we column a trustee or any council member. So just be on the lookout for public meetings that's the best way to power supply again you know a purist that senator fishermen if he just enjoy eating gulf seafood this is something that you're gonna wanna be apart of and have a voice in that restoration process. And how important was public engagement leading up to last year. Well I think public engagements you know when this whole process has been important at at the different milestones you know. Citizens of the Gulf of Mexico. Rely on the golf for so many different things whether it's recreation. Whether it's for your livelihood a it'd or just the sense of place that we have and the golf I think is so special. And restoring this ecosystem. Is vital to all of those things. We're joined by Carol like -- interim director of the gulf restoration program at Ocean Conservancy talking about last year's really big announcement twenty point eight billion dollars to resolve environmental and economic claims this April Witter will be made available it's been a hard fought. Battle so so basically. Are we going to see things like with a fair issue and restoration some kinda get us a sense of how do we as citizens know that the money is there in the money is being used that it's making it different right. You're gonna see on the ground restoration projects that could take the form of an oyster reef restoration program. And you could see them you know planting reef balls on planting shell for example. An and some in some cases you know for the deep water environment which is something that Ocean Conservancy really focuses on. It might be something more like just collecting data so becoming more knowledgeable about this ecosystem which we realized after the BP oil disaster that. You know what we don't know a whole lot about that ecosystem as a whole. And the deep water environments is is very much an unknown and many risks backs of just learning more about these amazing creatures that inhabit the deep waters and that way you know when we have that information. We know paint this is how we need to go about restoration but until we know how they function in the ecosystem. It's very difficult to go about restoration deep water. Talk about the Barrick trauma research this on the way so it just a couple projects you know Ocean Conservancy like this that is focused on the marine environments. And we're looking forward to releasing some some short term priorities that our organization would like to see funded. Through this settlement monies and so one of those is a Barrick trauma research program. So everyone's familiar with with three fish for example red snapper has Canada. Big fish here in the Gulf of Mexico that we like to eat we like to catch its it's it's fun and it's tasty. But it's on this recess. Comes from the deep water. And when we catch it we bring them up rather fast and if that fish happens to be too small we need to throw it back. Many times that fish an experience is something similar to the bends like a diver would experience. So we have these fish to sender devices that allow the fish to go back to the doubts slower so it gets used to that environment slowly. And have a much better chance of survival but more research is needed to figure out what types of fish to Centre devices. Would be best cheese and we're using these to sender devices on the fish cement. Some of Mari yes and there are a lot a few different kinds so that's why the research is needed you know to figure out what what causes which didn't what's to sender device. And has of that best survival rate for the east ash and of course innovators species are always a concern talk about the life and fish it's invading their IL I think you know there's a lot of their name and scientists certainly makes you think of ferocious creature and they love to eat they eat a lot of food so they Al compete fish again like red snapper on a reef. On the that they reproduce very rapidly so we're seeing them just really overtake on the natural and artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. On their from southeast Asia and they are very tasty to eat so that's the one positive from this invader. But we need to know where they are in the Gulf of Mexico we know they're spreading but what we need to do is map that habitat in the gulf so we know this is this is what we need to target their web site. Sure is our website is a great resource and we directly to other web site from our website and that's social conservatives dot org but thinks having with the parent and you. And that is still lower today thank you so much for joining us I've been your host on a year until next time enjoyed this Sunday and the rest of your we.