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2-3-14 3:10pm Angela with City Council candidates Jackie Clarkson and Nadine Ramsey

Feb 3, 2014|

Angela talks with City Council District C runoff candidates Jackie Clarkson and Nadine Ramsey.

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Will we are bad we we're talking to Jayson Williams who is running for council person at large against Cynthia hedge around. And this half hour we're delighted to have for a runoff for council district seat Jackie Clarkson who want served in that job. As well as councilman at large and making Ramsey. Who was a judge for years. I'm looking at both the view. Ladies and I'm saying 24. Votes. With 24 votes I've got to get your reaction. You do have 24 votes that night she thought blocked. I had no idea what to expect I am overwhelmed and ecstatic through very grateful to be in the -- And yet you were saying it by 1024. Poor people thought a -- Well I'm excited to be in a run off because I got there at the last minute. And wasn't expecting to run again so I was very grateful for anything I got hot and very grateful to have a chance to still try again. You don't just I'm telling you all but districts he really is one of the world's biggest and most diverse areas and includes the quarter. To remain the marinate and of course Algiers. So let's start with one of the big high water and saint -- yes no it is huge and wonderful. But one of the biggest issues. From one side of your district to the other. Is getting there and that's about the fair. And Jacqui you've voted to add the two dollar fee to cross and Nadine you -- against that lets discuss that. OK first of all you have to understand why we have a two dollar -- Number one and the totals came off the average. And that's what funded the fearing it would say the ferry -- several times in my career and by keeping making sure of the total money always went to the -- -- so when there was no longer any told money. There were no -- we went to the state legislature we went to the governor went -- -- No one would guarantee costs that ferry boats could run and run on full schedule. So -- We would be dependent on highway fund one which having been in the legislature -- -- disdain and he get in line behind every bridge. In Louisiana. And having served in the legislature I know what happens you wait to turn -- the bridges disintegrating are the ferries are running. There isn't always money right there to get something done. So that's why we weren't desperate to have something to sustain the ferry boats they wouldn't quit running. So the -- TA we wanted to do a private public partnership. And that community and Algiers was has been very supportive behind this especially -- his point that you is that the most and so I -- And the east bank which employs a lot of those people while supportive of this. We -- TA wanted to do a private public partnership but they weren't legally allowed to negotiate with the Department of Transportation with DOT. Who runs a fairies a state -- affairs in that city. So. I wrote a resolution -- authored it. At the regional planning commission. Giving them the authority which we can do I represented the city on our -- giving -- -- PC the authority to be the the entity that could allow. Art TA and DO TD to negotiate they negotiated. We will all apart all the public hearings we had endless public hearing spoke on City Council anarchy day. And it was -- that the players weighed down. And follow these minimum fares with gonna get full fairy coverage plus new ferry bouts. And I defy anyone that thinks they can go get that there -- state money that'll do the same thing. Okay nineteen Ramsey. You're saying it's taxing the four. It is we know that the fairies or the major source of transportation for many families many working class people. I don't think the first option should have been to tax working and poor people middle class people who use the fairy who needed to get back and forth to work. We make called it a minimum fare a thousand dollars per year is not minimum too many many people. It's a source of income it's how to make their livelihoods and that's what I see it. Don't charge them more immaturity for the public transportation. I never see it no fair unfair. So how would you then pay for the fairies it would be. A tree but not two dollars what we've talked about is certainly like to see defeated decreased. And secondly talking about retail sales on the fairy itself in the terminal. We do advertising. On our team -- -- -- think about doing an appetizing on a fairy we have to start thinking out of the box we can't say. The first response is going to be to tax. Let's be innovative about this and look at a police look at at the rap industry. Our first response was not to tax that's why we spent almost a year fight. Fighting to keep the income that would sustain -- fairies a lot of missed Palmer and I -- this fight. And then -- -- and landed in the regional planning commission so we you know we always united as a city. And with our administration as to where we were going to keep these very first thought was not to tactics not to have and it's not a tax it's up there. And it was too light is on spare exactly and in addition to this and it was the lowest we -- get -- It wasn't because we thought they kind of for anybody can afford two dollars it was the minimum we can get to get the service we need. And to get the new boats that we're getting as we have boats and our very own umpire remembers attack that are breaking game count and so. Number one. With would have approached the hospitality industry about doing something to subsidize their workers. We've and we've. We yet we've all been thinking out of his box for a long time to say these -- many times. We talked retail but retail doesn't get started fast enough. Nor can make enough money we had to get on with keep an -- about people one of loss there income loss and livelihoods. I want everyone to stay with this we're gonna continue this talk between those vying for district city Jackie Clarkson Clarkson and Nadine -- stay with us. Our very special -- strike now councilwoman Jackie Clarkson and named dean Ramsey. Both of them vying for district seat. We talked about the series very important for both sides. Of the river now let's talk about something that is is hot is I can remember the certainly on the radio show and that is the noise ordinance. Very divergent groups and I just wonder how you think a compromise can be pulled off -- -- What I've talked about throughout this campaign trail is skating all of the stakeholders together. Now the soundscape plan that came out. That the city paid for for the experts to do the plan. Was something that all of the stakeholders were at the table. The people I talked to felt as if they were included they had a voice I think that's a very good point for us continue to work with. The changes that have been made and will be presented to the council I'm obviously. People have felt left out and that's what we've talked about -- one -- and inclusive community we want everyone to be back at the two people so I think. The plane we head is a good starting point I think that's how we get a compromise make sure. All of the stakeholders. Are back at the table that their voices heard and to let them know that we're listening we're working with. All of the stakeholders work. The table originally very definitely a lot I've worked I've -- I've done Miller's ordinances. Several times in my twenty some years. And one of the reasons we had to re doing is -- on. Back when we changed it from the Health Department to the police department we had trained police in reading decibel we don't have enough police to. Put them in that division anymore so we had to change it back to the Health Department we have a better plan much better plan than -- to make it work. Without being a burden on the police that was number one to that was another reason I was the first reason to rewrite the law so that it's back with the Health Department and enforceable. Secondly we did bring everybody can like twenty different groups that came together. And on the musicians have to know -- not after live music not after our local indigenous music that's what we trying to say there's a lot of no -- that goes on a lot of it through illegal use of amplifiers. That is noise that is drowning out the live music we want to say the Latin music this is gonna affect the street music. I authored Frenchman street to extend the French Quarter. To give more of the knees follow live music that's what these cities all about our own local musicians with live music. Wind -- hurting -- -- just seems having done this to this show on. This issue I mean it is very contentious and -- How and it's because a lot of people don't understand -- -- wrong mile that there are rules on the books now and -- him Jonas boys I think. But they can't be enforced because they're from an old system that's what I was saying they're from when the police she used to read as a now we don't have an expertise and they have so now the enforcement's been moved into the Health Department. And the new law has to. Make that it has to coincide with that enforcement. OK. It's. It is a quality of life issue. But a gain what needs to it will we need to see is everyone involved. The plan that we hand is a good starting point it was lopsided when they were three amendments made. People still felt left. They felt left. I don't think they mis read the ordinance I don't think they misunderstood it. They might not include and that's what a lot of those but clamoring has been about. And I wanna put on the record I was not a part of the amendments and -- I was part of the withdrawal it is okay. Let's just quickly talk about crime because it's happening more and more on the West Bank. As well as as the east bank what can we do that we're not doing. First -- -- -- -- getting more cops we know beyond that well first now our budget. Which was a very balanced budget and had more revenues and expenditures. And had a fund balance and that's like. The first of many many many years helped improve our bond ratings which -- we sold forty million dollars at Wall Street which means now everyone's gonna have infrastructure money that's number one. So what does that do what we can clean up some bad areas self help with crime but it's in that budget -- 150. Police. Not promised pay 450. Police state of the art training class on the streets this year that's number one Algiers. Angela actually has a lowest crime rate in the city right. And I can bring that to you documents. And what more we gonna continue to do more of the same that we've been doing. By and espanola polite programs are expanding they getting better and better. And everything we've done with the criminal justice system and all of alive with the administration and the more police on the streets are all coming together Nadine -- Those things may be coming together but the real issue is we have increasing violence in districts -- we have an increasing amount of crime in our city. Many of you know. My campaign workers. About actual people who helped -- put out signs in in our community -- held up by gunpoint. So we can no longer see what is going to come we have to address what are we gonna do right now. Beyond funding the police department fully getting more officers. Have talked about community policing. I'm working with neighborhood associations to tighten up the neighborhood watch programs. On and just doing things in coverage neighbors to be a way. We we can't say we're going to take care crime in the future it's an immediate crisis. I'm particularly in Algiers -- in numbers of going out but violent crimes we have to start talking about that now. Stay with us we're gonna continue our discussion with the two candidates for districts say we have one minute for our two candidates to say what they would like Nadine Ramsey. Thank you I've enjoyed being here this afternoon thank you for this opportunity. I was honored to have served our city for many years as the judge my desire for public service continues. It's an honor to serve the citizens of New Orleans in district season one -- district. The votes Saturday showed that voters want change they want new leadership. It was overwhelming. And I am ready to leave I look forward to the opportunity. And thanks again Jackie Clarkson. Thank you Angela for having us and has spent a thrill to run again in my own district I love representing this district of that'll 24 years I've been in government. We people do want change and we have been an agent of change this counsel in this administration working together. We have you wouldn't have an inspector general in the and in in the charter which is autonomous and can over can inspect all of us UN have amassed his client with the force of law in the charter. If it had been for this administers counselor in this administration and so we have been changed and we need to come back to continue.