New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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General information
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Mayor:Mitch Landrieu
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:2014
Next city council election:2018
City council seats:7
2014 FY Budget:$505 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:378,715
Gender:51.6% Female
Race:African American 60.2%
White 30.5%
Hispanic or Latino 5.2%
Asian 2.9%
Two or More Races 1.7%
Unemployment:7.5%
Median household income:$36,681
High school graduation rate:84.7%
College graduation rate:33.0%
Related New Orleans offices
Louisiana Congressional Delegation
Louisiana State Legislature
Louisiana state executive offices
New Orleans is a city in Orleans Parish, Louisiana. As of 2013, its population was 378,715.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of New Orleans utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Mitch Landrieu is the current Mayor of New Orleans.[2]

City council

The New Orleans City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[3]

Membership

The New Orleans City Council is made up of seven members. Five are elected by the city's five districts, while two are elected at-large.[3]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The New Orleans City Council features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[4]

A current list of New Orleans City Council committees can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the New Orleans City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[5]

For a full list of New Orleans city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: New Orleans, Louisiana municipal elections, 2014

The city of New Orleans held mayoral and city council elections in 2014. The primary took place on February 1, 2014, and a runoff election runoff election was held on March 15, 2014 for city council.

Mayoral incumbent Mitch Landrieu won re-election in the primary, earning more than 50 percent of the vote. Consequently, the mayoral runoff election scheduled for March 15, 2014, was called off.[6][7]

Budget

New Orleans' adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $505 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
1300 Perdido St
2nd Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-4900
Email: mayor@nola.gov

City Council
1300 Perdido Street
Second Floor West
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1000

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Orleans Parish, Louisiana ballot measures

The city of New Orleans is in Orleans Parish. A list of ballot measures in Orleans County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Louisiana

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 360,740[9]

Consolidated City-Parish with Charter

No ordinance initiative or referendum process was found in the New Orleans City charter or code. Charter amendments may be initiated by petition signed by 10% of registered voters or 10,000, whichever is fewer (New Orleans Charter, Sec. 9-201 to 203).

New Orleans Charter

Lobbying

In 2013, New Orleans' federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $320,000.[10] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[11][12] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which New Orleans filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
14 Fed Budget & Appropriations
2 Homeland Security
2 Transportation
1 Urban Development
1 Housing
1 Disaster & Emergency Planning
1 Economics & Econ Development

See also

External links

References