Regular Meeting

June 09, 2016 

City Council Chamber

City Council June 9, 2016 Regular Meeting News Summary

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness presented its 2016 hurricane preparedness plan to the council as a Special Order of Business. The council also approved the distribution of funds from the City Council/Harrah's Community Support Grants Program, issued a proclamation to actress E'Myri Crutchfield and held moments of silence for Muhammad Ali and New Orleans police officer Natasha Hunter.

City of New Orleans Prepares for 2016 Hurricane Season

The 2016 Hurricane Season started on Wednesday, June 1. The National Weather Service has predicted an average hurricane season, but Aaron Miller, Director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, cautioned residents to be aware that it only takes one storm to cause substantial damage.

Citizens are encouraged to "Get NOLA Ready" by visiting Tools are available on the website to help citizens develop a plan, gather supplies, sign up for emergency alerts and much more

Honoring the Life of Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali

Photo Credit: Muhammad Ali
Today, City Council Vice President Jason Williams took a Point of Personal Privilege to recognize boxing legend Muhammad Ali. In 1978,  Ali got in the ring with Leon Spinks at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (then Louisiana Superdome) for the world heavyweight boxing title. Ali would go on to defeat Spinks making this the third time in his career to earn the title, and the first fighter to ever do so.

Not only was he a legendary boxer, but he was also a leader in the civil rights movement. A moment of silence was offered to pay respect to Ali who passed away on June 3, 2016.

"Being great in athletics does not mean that you are automatically great in the world, but in the case of Muhammad Ali, lightning did strike twice in once place. As rare as it is, he was great both in the ring and out of the ring," said Council Vice President Williams. "He made history in this city when he became the only fighter in the world to be a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion."

Proclamation Issued to Actress E'Myri Crutchfield for her Starring Role in the Roots Series

City Council Members Pictured with E'Myri Crutchfield and her mother

District "B" Councilmember LaToya Cantrell took a Point of Personal Privilege to issue a proclamation to E'Myri Crutchfield for her role as the young "Kizzy" in the 2016 remake of Roots. Crutchfield is a native of New Orleans and has had roles in Vacation (2016) alongside Ed Helms and Christina Applegate as well as in the television series The Kicks (2016).

"It has been such a privilege to watch E'Myri excel at her craft on the screen," said Councilmember Cantrell. "This amazing daughter of New Orleans is such a shining example of the great talent that our city possesses. I know E'Myri will continue to make us proud, and I look forward to seeing her in her next film or tv project."

Distribution of City Council/Harrah's Community Support Grants Program Approved at Today's City Council Meeting

The council voted to approve the distribution of funds from the City Council/Harrah's Community Support Grants Program. The program provides annual grant support to local organizations and projects that contribute substantially to the well-being, development and growth of the New Orleans community. Grant funds are available twice a year, in the late spring and fall, with each councilmember being allocated $16,071 to distribute to more than 60 organizations.

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