Tops of the Town 2013
Our Readers’ Picks in a Range of Categories
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MOST ADMIRED FEMALE NEW ORLEANIAN:
Our readers really like Mayor Mitch Landrieu and newly elected councilmember-at-large Stacy Head. Both lead their respective categories by large numbers. Curiously, they don’t always seem to like each other so much.
There has been noticeable tension between the mayor and Head – a rising star in local politics.
Part of the tension could be Head’s penchant for asking tough, sometimes exasperating questions. The good news, though, is that Landrieu and his staff usually have the answers – a reversal from Head’s early days on the council when questions were aimed at the helpless administration of Ray Nagin.
Some people tsk-tsk tension among elected officials, but that’s the way democracy works and far better than if everyone marched to the same tune.
What is important is that Landrieu and Head are two of the brightest minds in local politics. There integrity is unchallenged; their intelligence is unquestioned.
As councilmember-at-large, Head rotates annually as council president with her co-at-large member, and in that capacity fills in for the mayor when needed. Landrieu will be beginning the last full year of his first term in 2013, but seems like a lock for reelection. Barring some sort of political bounce, Landrieu and Head seem likely to be overseeing City Hall for at least the next five years. Tension is not always bad, but maybe every so often there can be a hug.
LONGEST LINE AWARD
As a post-Katrina reform, New Orleans reduced the number of assessors from seven to one. That, however, shouldn’t mean that the line at City Hall should be seven times as long. With homestead exemptions in mind, homeowners had to spend their day in the halls of City Hall as though they were waiting for Black Friday at Walmart. Here is hoping that the assessor’s office becomes seven times more efficient.