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September 1, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Moreno and Partners to Hold Tarp Distribution Tomorrow, September 2, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Council President Moreno and Partners to Hold Tarp Distribution Tomorrow, September 2, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

NEW ORLEANS - Council President Helena Moreno, State Representative Matthew Willard (District 97), and former State Representative and attorney Juan LaFonta will distribute tarps to residents impacted by Hurricane Ida on Thursday, September 2, from 1 PM to 3 PM at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. No documentation is required.

August 20, 2021

Helena Moreno

Crisis Intervention Strategy Task Force to Hold First Public Meeting on Monday at 1 PM

Crisis Intervention Strategy Task Force to Hold First Public Meeting on Monday at 1 PM

NEW ORLEANS - The Crisis Intervention Strategy Task Force (CISTF) will hold its first meeting on Monday, August 23, at 1 PM to begin building out a citywide effort to reimagine emergency response in New Orleans.

 

August 19, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Requests Budget Include $15 Living Wage for Public Employees

Council President Requests Budget Include $15 Living Wage for Public Employees

NEW ORLEANS - Council President Helena Moreno hosted City of New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Gilbert Montaño during today's regular meeting to present a final plan to raise the living wage for City workers to at least $15/hr. The presentation was prompted by Moreno's motion M-21-238, which required a pay analysis of increasing the living wage to $15 within 45 days. CAO Montaño's presentation confirmed that all City workers would receive at least $15, that the Administration was working closely with Civil Service to make the necessary pay plan adjustments, and CAO Montano confirmed to Moreno that the 2022 budget would contain funding for a $15 living wage for all city employees.

 

August 5, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council Moves Forward with Historic Pardoning of Simple Possession of Marijuana

Council Moves Forward with Historic Pardoning of Simple Possession of Marijuana

NEW ORLEANS - The City Council has passed several major agenda items authored by Council President Helena Moreno to end penalties for small amounts of cannabis possession and pardon roughly ten thousand convictions and pending cases. This will help gain community trust with police and allow New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers to focus their efforts on reducing recent spikes in violent crime. While the Council does not have the authority to legalize recreational marijuana (only the State Legislature can accomplish that), it does have the power to fully decriminalize as it has done today. 

August 2, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council to Move Forward with Pardoning Simple Possession of Marijuana to Increase Law Enforcement Focus on Curbing Violence

Council to Move Forward with Pardoning Simple Possession of Marijuana to Increase Law Enforcement Focus on Curbing Violence

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council President Helena Moreno announced her local cannabis decriminalization legislation is moving forward for final approval this Thursday, August 5. The package of legislation pardons thousands of summonses issued by NOPD and creates an innovative “automatic pardon” for any future summonses, functionally removing penalties for small possession of cannabis in New Orleans.

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