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1-22-14 1:10pm Angela: with Mayor Mitch Landrieu

Jan 22, 2014|

Angela talks with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ahead of his bid for re-election in 10 days.

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Well we are less than ten days away from an election that will affect us for the next four years. The candidates for mayor have very individual thoughts on what needs to take place to take the city forward. And today were giving each of the three candidates a whole hour to tell their positions. Our first hour the sitting mayor Mitch Lander. The next to Howard -- this king and the third hour Dennis back mare's. I cannot thank you enough mayor Mitchell Andrew for taking time out of what has -- one of the disease people on this earth to take a -- -- it means a lot. We have tried on many occasions and I just your schedule is crazy but this isn't this is a very important election. And I want to talk we have many issues to talk about. On that we've gleaned from really a lot of people that we do a weekly thing here on neighborhoods. And we really listen to what people are talking about. But before we get into all of that I would like to talk about. Really the number one issue your opponent seem to be drumming. Is that. Even though you speak of one city one voice in fact you really -- controller. That you really don't accept criticism well. And I'm just interested in New York. Thoughts on. First of all decent people especially candidates say almost anything during campaigns most of miniature. A people that have been knowing me for. As a legislative for sixteen years. As a coach -- of Little League team loses the lieutenant governor as the mayor. Know that in the past four years. All of this stuff could not possibly have gotten done. If I would not able to bring people together just the other day -- announced. The -- building new airport mayors have been trying to do this thirty years this requires communication with the executive branch of the federal government the cabinet secretaries. It requires communication with the governor in the state legislature requires communications with the City Council require three and a half years of planning. It requires a lot somebody you can listen now profit 450 community meetings I think 22 budget meetings and thousands of meat and all solace and really really well. And one of the things that that. Try to explain to people is that we came in office this city was in catastrophe folks remember this was right after the BP -- also hit Katrina Rita I glanced off the national recession. The BP oil -- we were in -- of -- mass. -- -- -- and -- hold on a budget the police department was out of money. In October Norton was floundering -- one opened somebody had to take hold this get people together and make decisions so. Like this in addition to listening is important to a very very well talk is really cheap. Because it doesn't cost anything but getting things done is the gold standard when people look at. What we have accomplished as -- people that can only be accomplished if we're one team one fight one voice once said he. Then people will note that that narrative is not true male. One of the things -- people alluding to was up -- two very powerful people now one of the things that the mayor has to do is make me really important decisions. And not try to make decisions based on what I think based on whatever. Is in the best interest -- all of the people of the city. For example one capital projects we had a couple of billion dollars in request we only had 900 million dollars spent around which meant yet -- half the people now and get frustrated. An angry about that but the people who want to not hire me to be yes man. They are meeting get things on and in some instances you have to tell people know sometimes -- of people the wrong way when you do that on and it's part of it but output folks cannot deny. That are that are in opposition. Two to me into the future this city is how much stuff we as a city have gotten on the public knows about you know when I came in office. Two thirds of the people thinking about leaving. Now two thirds of the people say the city's gone in the right direction that numbers speaks volumes now. There are lots parts of the city that haven't come along as quick as others we cannot leave any part. Of the city behind everybody knows you can't everything all at once it takes time especially with limited resources because we get as much money as we needed. I'm given how much damage we have to -- takes time it takes effort with the progress we have made in creating jobs opening up retail. The market -- an -- really been terrific the retail things are important. The humanist and really showed that the majority of people are happy with the direction people. Our life is gone. There are still some issues but let's start first with the -- that was a big Costco river walk. -- how we created jobs in the city that we've created 4500 jobs in the in the last four years and they go from high and jobs like GE. Which would never even think about coming to the city before four years ago the Cayman -- have given us 300. Jobs that pay you know six figure salaries all the way down to construction workers. That are working on the 200 projects in the coming out of the ground you remember the infamous statement about Crane's coming out in this what we actually have them. And they're all over the city now once and we created an old business alliance which is the public private partnership. To actually get things moving people said we want retail now 61 retail outlets have opened. In this city in the last four years that we're not. On line to do that before so we got on the phone we talked to major retailers. We have a new ball coming right down the street at the river walk. I'm -- in that market is coming to -- opened up. On the agent and opened up in the water -- goes opened up the first one in the state Louisiana we have to wal -- common one engine -- one in the east. And and we have lots of money examples of the trend moving aggressively in the right direction and I think people look at that -- -- this is what we were four years ago. We've made great progress but would be great if we can do more -- the next four years what would you hope. We could bring -- listen once this is what happens when you began to show people success when the city gets opened up the business and people like the Wall Street Journal. And force -- to say. Best place to do business in America fastest growing city in America at GE planted their flag at Goldman Sachs plan if there is some school boys let's get there. I think the you can see a much much more aggressive. Are an acceleration of retail outlets in the city we wanna rideau canal street which is why we wanna put charity hospital back in play because help move the commercial -- -- that way. And nothing with me with a lot of success we just. I'm cut the ribbon the other day on on Claiborne avenue in Washington for magnolia market we did this city market. We opened -- circle foods the other day in next week or open up whole foods that would never had this level of acceleration of retail. In the city before because of public said they wanted to we heard them. And we you know listen talk -- cheap but getting things done was legal standing -- for but again back for economic development what do you see coming in the next four years. That could bring in also some good -- and I'll listen to get we have. The airport for example. Is the infrastructure project to help rebuild plan that took it from being a small. Southern town that bypassed new ones we are now building a new international that would miss the thirty years have tried to get this on our team actually get it. We are we have clearance from the executive branch of the federal government the federal transportation. You know commission FAA green -- the environmental assessments of the -- that is gonna create 101000 jobs. This Georgia water -- revealed that we talked about -- years now and go that's gonna create 101000 jobs in the university medical center. And the amount of value did you as we get from Madison is gonna -- 101000 jobs when that happens you have all those people work -- Net change in their pocket they got to go somewhere. Right to buy groceries to spend on clothes and now that will open for business and now that we have success in retail you -- see in the national retail -- coming into the city in a way. That people always one for a long time. Speaking of the hospital the cops and health care statewide. In two universities how does that effectiveness. Well first of all we have. A number of different universities. And institutions of higher education so. Cuts in many areas even -- that state institutions affected so you're an island soon have both been really hurt. By the cuts in higher education and our really recommend the -- to the legislature that they restore those cuts it's very important. Also Delgado most people don't know this is the second largest institution in the state and again perhaps as one of the most important because they are the ones. That have to do the job training for the individuals that exist that don't have jobs training them for the jobs that we now know -- -- And so it's really critically important that the legislature and the governor get together and make sure that that funding is robust now. As a relief to the university medical center and that the re creation of that in the VA that's ago the money is there for that. And and I believe that those are going to be -- what we have to deal with them that was not just. The patient care that the doctor training but we have to do research so you know many of these people -- on -- international expert earnings. Could do incredible things in terms of how -- take his research and turning into a product. That can actually treat individuals with brain disease we wanna do this with genetics we wanna do with cancer. That particular entity could be as powerful if not more so in the airport itself so. -- a lot of wonderful growth in both of those areas in the coming years. Let's shift gears a little bit again talking to our neighborhood groups and and learning a lot they've been so many victories and that's primarily what they talk about. But the two issues that keep coming up. -- streets and the lights and I know that you you know I've talked about within miles of streets and we've done 101000 might. But perception is we don't have enough flights whole blocks of no lights and still -- mixed. Well look let's say two things first of -- remember where were we for years ago where are we now and where where we go on when we came in four years ago most of the street lights out. In this city I think -- forty to 45%. We have we have fixed more street lights that you can count in the thousands and thousands of men and got the number down to only 6% being out now what is wrong with the street lights. Is that many of them in the wiring is structurally as sound in the city has never historically had a sustainable source of funding. To pay for the complete overhaul we absolutely have to do that but we have 6% of the street lights on and we got here that was 3040 so we've made great progress. We still have some work to go in the fact of the matter some of the street lights are out because all of the road work that's being done necessitates that the lights come out. For example on on -- saint Charles avenue on Carrollton are on other areas when they've -- all of those streets keeps had to -- -- all over the city. Some of the -- have to come down for a time now. In terms of streets where -- we for years ago. Right we were in them in a bad situation we have done 100 miles. Of road we have never done that much road -- matter -- in our -- anywhere in the city right now and not be inconvenienced. But the work that's being done on the roads and we that we gonna continue to do more of that. Having said that we live in a swamp. And we have had bad routes for as long as we can remember in finding the money to do the interior streets because we've done all the major streets. Almost every one of them in the city but the interior street to gonna continue to be a challenge for us going forward so this August to be about how much you wanna pay. What are you want your money to be -- or so we've got the two police consent -- got to hire more police officers we wanna do more for an art we wanna do more more more and more. And that limited resources how do you do that in a reasonable amount at -- that the taxes remain at a place where the city new laws can remain competitive that's a discussion that the city. Have to have with itself and I -- we -- you're absolutely the next question and and we -- want to talk about crime but we can do that another segment. How do we get more money into the city. Within the -- not Washington. The issue of so I -- are so that was. Essentially a Miller a billion dollars worth of untaxed property that are primarily nonprofits. I know early in your your tenure you brought up the thought of having a commission that would look at this. Whether it's attacks or it's a fee all of these entities the schools the churches the nonprofits. In fact are using all of the facilities that were painful. Wouldn't this be. A good source of income well I would. I would general let's just say this a city has to have enough revenue. From whatever sources are out there. To support whatever services the people demand that's like the general. And tax reform in this state for the last thirty as the general rule has been. Make sure that you have a number of different ways that people can pay -- the sales income property. Our fees and fines. As setter and -- that no exemption so that everybody pays a little bit that's kind of the general. Now that gets messed up all watching different ways when you get into the specifics of itself. Generally what we have done is we have caught very aggressively but with a scalpel so that the government because it has to get small but we don't have the same kind of revenue. From the federal government on the state that we used to get. We have save money by reorganizing boards and commissions and downsizing the number of people that we have and consolidated network. We've taken the savings from that and reinvested it in things we know like doubling the funding for north. You know almost increasing by 30% the number of polls that we haven't getting more kids into the summer jobs program and then finally have to grow the economy. If you wanna get into the issue of taxes and tax exemption drastically clearance from the legislation to do this and as soon as you do it. You have religious institutions not for profits this thing Ono and I don't know see you wanna give us an incentive to keep don't we do so why do you -- tax us. It's a very difficult issue to sacred -- And quite frankly and -- the public really has not have the political will. To address that issue that is a long term fight. That is not gonna create any new revenue in the near future unless everybody in the city in the state get together and decide they want to do but I haven't seen evidence that people really wanna do that. From the -- our report it was so common that it. If that billion dollars were in fact valued and taxed. Or feet or whatever it would cut individuals taxes by almost 20%. That is significant maybe that's where the political well. Obviously it it could but do you would you we hear you hear from the archdiocese -- from Tulane Loyola. Or see the universities and listen we really didn't make a great contribution to the city. On this a reason why you don't tax the property that we have because of educating people and that is of more value to use and this would be their argument. I'm what I'm saying is this issue has been haggled over for many many many years and hasn't led to. A reasonable result Horry conclusion and so. One thing that's happening in America is a federal government's getting smaller the state government is getting smaller. And what's happening is down on the local level where the rubber meets the road tough decisions have to be made and you have to tell some people now. And of course that's not an easy thing to do. But we can't have everything all the time and we certainly can have. Everything at the same time and we just we're gonna have to work through that over the next couple is because we have a lot of needs. And we have neighborhoods that need more work on but the point of this election is where what -- four years ago. Where we now where -- go on and off we go on in the right direction and do you wanna keep gone in the right direction do you wanna change and go back I think. It's a pretty clear choice I think people wanna go forward and I think you wanna continue the work that we don't they know that we have a lot more to do. And they liked the fact it would all come together you're not gonna have unanimity. In any democracy but I mean this is a city that has been as united as most cities in America have been in a long time. And it and it is it the examples of that of all the things that we have gotten -- you can't get them done. If you don't listen if you don't work with people if you don't bring them together and quite frankly on the execution side which is getting it done you don't really kind of make sure that we operate disciplined. On time on task. Under budget those kinds of things. And yes sometimes you gotta you gotta work -- you got to get people to do. You know what maybe they don't wanna do and wanted to get something done it's getting this thing done that really matters that creates as virtuous cycle of success. That allows CEOs who from not here to see that the city of New Orleans has turned around. There's a lot of examples about how we should sit around a lot talked to each other and made each other feel that we get much done I got elected to get stuff done. Having to make those tough choices which -- saying they're all hard okay. Something and we're gonna go to to individual issues such as most recently this noise ordinance. Have been put on hold -- going to be re addressed. But the question is how do we fairly. Cheap one of the most unique neighborhoods on earth to French Quarter same neighborhood. And still keep the music playing. Well that that the -- -- which state the issue a little bit different how do you maintain authenticity in the beauty of the French Quarter as a historic property and also how do you continue to. To ferment and create one of the greatest cultural. Cities by eight encouraging music and how to -- peacefully coexist together. Almost an impossible task. Have not quite frankly than happy -- with the stakeholders in how they have really kind of danced around each other. I expect more of them to be honest with you because he can't come from the top has got to come from the bottom up so. As you know I was raised in in music and and I have a lot of friends in in the creative industries and as a lieutenant governor I've really promoted what I call the cultural economy the -- house out of jobs is really important. That the city of new -- remain its authentic self and that we promote music that we promote culture. But that doesn't mean that you can do it anywhere any time in as loud as you want at the same time. -- -- of the fact that the French -- one of the most historic neighborhoods in America but it's not just a residential neighborhood it's enabled the belongs to the entire world. And so trying to find a way to get the residents of the French Quarter. To get the business owners of the French Quarter. To get other folks that work in the French Quarter in communion with the musicians. Is has proved to be very very difficult task these sound harness that was proposed. That was taken down from the City Council was not ready for prime time. Com I just got finished a meeting with -- some folks about this issue and told them that you gotta get back in the rom. With all of the stakeholders and let the adults in the room deal with the issues -- the extremist out. Right think about which reasonable think about how you can be cordial to you neighbor think about how you can help each other. Enjoy the things that you particularly need. Make sure that you know that art and music of really important. And the musicians please be respectful of other people space we ought to be able to figure this out we haven't been able to do it yet and enforcement and enforcement is important about what you can't you can't enforce an unfair law. And so my interest is besides helping everybody get it right is to make sure that whatever the law is that it's fair. So that we enforce -- it's not subject to challenge I think there's a lot of room to grow I think there's some really thoughtful. Members of the cultural communities and musicians that can be said at the table with the French Quarter residents and the business owners as well and working out but this is a very beautiful place that we all live in that we all love we all have to peacefully -- is no more difficult place to do that. You know than in the water and I'm hoping that the that the you know cool heads will prevail on this issue but we've got a lot more work to do. Stay with this we're gonna continue our discussion with. Mayor Mitch Lander also candidate Mitch -- stay with -- now let's go to the newsroom and Chris Miller. Our guest this hour is on mayor Mitch land true and -- talk about all kinds of things but. Now let's talk about crime and I know the good news with the budget was in fact you were able to hire -- 150 new guys to go -- men went. Many people say that is not enough that we need many more than that and that's. As indenture chief surpasses said. Oftentimes on any given district and only have three of four people on the street and people wanna see those cars they wanna see the boots or street they want fast response. Three weather right I mean but it but again when we got here just to remind everybody. I inherited a city government that was completely broken and that was broke in a city that was on the verge of bankruptcy rid of 100 million dollar hole. In our budget -- 25% of our budget that we at the close -- six months. And the police department literally would have been on a month out of money on October 1 so we have to really hard decisions we could have laid off half of the city's workforce. Which would have needed to do to close a budget hole. -- but end and we could laid off police officers and firefighters we didn't do that and we got. To cutting aggressively suffering negotiated every contract in the city you mute everybody remembers all the big fights hard decisions. We had the furloughs city employees for one day out of out of the week -- -- myself and my entire top team and -- city employees took a 10%. Pay cut. -- but we did not lay off firefighters nor do we layoff police officers. As a matter of fact at the same time we doubled the funding for -- because part of crime is making sure that you give the kids something to do. Now what has happened over the -- next three years as we have tried and now we have a balanced budget for years in a row got rid of the city structural deficit which used to strangle us. On and we have a little money in the bank. What we what we have been able to do is start to hire police officers back in a fairly large -- couple things have gone on we -- and right now I'm 150 new police officers. We have a hundred new police cars on the street we have a hundred more common with a 450 body cameras coming now we get all of this while we also negotiated. To consent decrees that cost the city in excess of about sixty million dollars over ten years that's a that is a very hard thing to do now. People say well we need more of course we need more police officers. The question again continues to be. You know how always gonna find the money to do five we have five consent -- actually not just the sheriff's. And the police how we can hire more police offices. And how many more do we need I think the number 16100. Is what the right number is and we have to over time. Make sure that we aggressively get that that number of police officers that we have a 150 coming right -- On as we speak with the recruiting all over the city. I want to thank the men and women and a PD they do a good job under difficult circumstances and by the way while we would do all that stuff. They also handled 22 of the nation's biggest sports entertainment and cultural events that have never been done including a suitable also. It's quite amazing that we've done well -- -- say that's. That in terms of crime last year we had the lowest number of murders in this city in almost thirty years because for years ago people were saying we need to reduce the murders and so that is what we have done now. This city has always been a violent city this is not something that's new anybody that's ever lived here for a long time knows that we are way too much crime. We have to take a comprehensive approach to fixing it we do need more police officers but we can't arrest our way. Out of the crime problem you've got to get an early with kids you gotta increase in crew improve no hard would double the funding for that. -- really -- really -- expanded -- exponentially. We have more on the -- feeding programs during the summer we have more swimming lessons we have more enrichment program. And you also have a program we recently did a show on on. Looking at which is sort of a and a general fought throughout the state. Is hiring more people coming out of prison absolutely this is called it this is called and the box end up. Recidivism so everybody knows it when everybody goes to jail if if -- not. If there's no rehabilitation gone on in jail on the individuals come out. There's probably two thirds likelihood that they gonna go back and so will we wanna do is. We wanna train folks it's called reentry programs to make sure that they are trained appropriately integrated back into the community we also want encouraged. Businesses to hire people. Who had been previously convicted but serve that time who have felons in the city led the way by -- -- on the -- and the box -- -- -- a box on your application that you have to check off. Which is or you -- and what happens is people won't even apply now if you apply for a job. And then later date you get to the point where they can -- then they can ask you. Did your Fallon then they can do the background check on you but that gives people an incentive really to help these folks to all of those that robust piece and I just told you about. The the band the box the reentry programs mental health and substance abuse. The which she cease fire will we try to separate people who got recent conflicts the multi agency gang unit. The group -- reduction strategy is a comprehensive approach that we call no lawful life. Which is designed to give people in the city everybody mothers fathers ministers coaches in the in this sense of we need to have a murder free city. And we have to have a violence free city and although the police department is really important. And the way they prosecute cases with the idea which is much more aggressive than we used to be you've got to do all of those things -- the cities and Agassi and I think we're making headway we have a long way to go. And this -- to the city still way too violent. But but we are moving in the right -- -- helping sick one day 16100 police today we have what under 12100 you have to under twelve -- -- -- -- a 150 now and we'll keep hiring until we get to the 16100 number your your two opponents have both said if they were elected they would John relieved chief surpass. If you are re elected will you keep them. This is what I'm gonna say about that because that's not an issue in my opinion it should be discussed during the campaign. Should not be reelected I am going to go through my time illustration. Because all of them know that every day is an earned day and this is true about my deputy mayor as it's true about my department and destroy Obama fire chief and my police chief. And do an assessment of where we are a team where the city has to go. And before inauguration day I'll make a decision not just about him and I'll make a decision about everybody else that works me as well because it has to be a team. That works I think chief surpasses -- an excellent job under very very difficult circumstances and as I said. You know listening is important hawkish cheap about what you gonna do and how you gonna do it and so I would just say to them -- and then what. Right in the the most OK and then what and then what exactly what are you gonna do how you do how are you gonna pay for how you gonna get us there. How you gonna pay for the consent decrees how are you gonna fix the streets how he would put the cameras back on. All of those kinds of things easy to talk about to you add the numbers up. And then you civil what are you gonna cut to get there say that that gets into what I would consider to be the hard work in the reality of governing you have to make tough decisions. About one thing or the other because it's zero sum game now when I came in office for years ago my decisions war between terrible and worse. And then they got between bad and terrible than bad bad. Then good the bad now we getting into good or better and that's what you want the city and that's why that people in the city feel like it's moving in the right direction because it is and hopefully. In the next four years by 2018 -- 300 anniversary we'll we will have recreated all the hard core foundational issues that are necessary so that the next. Mayor and the next administration actually really can compete on an international level like we're moving towards right now. Stay with this were continuing our top with Mitch Landrieu right after this. All right we're talking with Mitchell Andrew. In ten days the election who can believe that's happening that quickly we hope everyone will go vote. And now let's talk about some specific areas. The middle built train. -- wants to switch from the proposal is that it would switch from. Jefferson going into areas of new moral right the neighborhoods are upset. What are your thoughts on what I know about it right now -- so like a good idea at all -- like the people Orleans -- gonna take the brunt of it. Albert is very very early in this study process I think that decisions at least five might even be ten years away. I'm nothing can get done unless all both parishes agreed to -- based on what I've heard what I've seen. You know I'd have to hear a lot more. To convince me you know the new -- is not get the short end of the stick and it sounds like we are and that's something that you can fighters is going to be decided by the state though it's it's it's really a federal state and local battle that it will take quite a long time so it's in its very initial stages. You know at the moment. And again this is a neighborhood type thing but the area bank street to fixing the road to talk about past and progress. But they had to stop because all of the sudden sewage and water boarded a command and it just sort of showed that there wasn't enough coordination. With all of the work that needs to be done which trying to get them. How can that better be where right now as a matter of fact the department of public works. The -- -- -- sitting in the same room together. On the street project but come with as people have said this just is an interest thing critique. We want to get any roads built now we do and so many roads that it's inconvenience -- -- that's bothering people then again you can't it's hard to have it both ways and to get it perfect. Secondly we have really. All tired infrastructure. Under the city and sometimes when they get into the middle of a project to find a problem that they never knew existed before until they have the coordinates -- -- yes it. Citizens you know part of the sacrifices. Is to be patient with. Really all of the progress that's being made now one of the things that I am insisting on doing as we reorganized a -- of water -- -- much closer relationship. With the office of public works and if not merging them together making sure that they continue to work together. On a day to day basis to coordinate that workers it is frustrating to tear something up and enough to go back and do it again. Having said that the people of the city understand that we're bleeding 40% of -- water her out of -- I've training you can't keep giving away forty cents of every dollar. If you know you wanna be financially healthy until the new. Rate increase on all of the major work is being done because well on the EPA consent decree in the third -- that I mentioned today. On is gonna take some time is gonna take some patience but we should have a much more secure water source and -- system when we finished. On the other -- is gonna -- 101000 jobs. Huge amount of work to be done but there will be inconvenience and -- is -- to get around and that's going to be federally funded. Well some of it is federally funded I was able to go back and secure a couple hundred million dollars in federal funds but it's all going to be funded by the rate increase that we put in place for over ten years OK right that's been a common and so it's going to be a combination of both. What is the toughest part of your job. -- it's easy on the toughest part of my job is. Getting the emails in the morning about young African American and being shot. On the streets and then having to go to funerals and deal with the mothers that's by far the most difficult painful part. Of what I do enough of spoken about this very directly. And very forcefully. Forcefully on the national stage with the US conference of mayors at the National Press Club and of course -- talk about it a lot here. I'm we have the a culture of violence that is developed. And it's gotta stop I mean it's just way too much it doesn't make any sense and we very way too many children and that that is the hardest part. Of what I do -- Britain. Governing the city new launches a blessing I mean it really is one of this is a beautiful city. The people make it really really easy because everybody really even odd even hours day we really do love each other. And as I'd like saying everybody from north understands this the New Orleans gets all opinion and no matter how complicated gets it's -- it's a place that we are rush back to and so. Even though -- job is hard because ours along. On the benefit that you get from just a personal gratification tomatoes see so many people meet so many people. Here -- joys and really hit the frustrations. Is it's a -- it's a burden but it's a sweet -- and to be honest with you but at the end of the day. I feel 100% confident that the people of the city have turned a corner. And have really felt. What what it feels like to win and to do well to have people who are not from here speak well of us. So I'll just remind people what people were saying for years ago than ever gonna come back quietly rebuilding there. They can't get anything done they run a corrupt government they can't spend a dollar. Blah blah blah that's not with the -- now now what this thing and whether some Wall Street Journal forms of the Brookings institute of the New York Times is wow. What's gone on them and they really are doing things it would never seen before how did they figure out the school system they figure -- health care. How -- they rebuild a city they want to water seventeen feet not long ago and now. What do they don't again this Super Bowl champion -- console that what is going on. And this saying that if people wanna know how to rebuild America in the new government where the federal government's not doing much and not -- the state governments not to much -- say it. Go to New Orleans to see what's happening now. Let me say this that is much progress as we made in its products in about the last four years a much more excited about the next four and wanna. Make everybody the city understand why it's important that we don't leave any neighborhood behind some of us -- recovered faster than others but the city has to move forward together. And it really is important that the Ninth Ward -- toward the seventh ward New Orleans east everybody feels like they're part of the recovery we have a lot of good stories to tell. About the work that was done but we have a lot more to do together but I'm really. Completely convinced about 2008 -- 300 anniversary. Is really going to be a beautiful story to tell in the city's gonna become the city she always dreamed she could be. Mitch Landrieu thank you for being with us we'll be right back. Candidate -- not -- king is up next stay with this now let's go to the newsroom and Chris Miller.