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In 1974, the Jazz franchise began in New Orleans as the 18th team to enter the NBA. The team's first major move was to trade for star player Pete Maravich (who had played collegiately at LSU) from the Atlanta Hawks for two first-round draft picks, three second-round picks, and one third-round pick over the next three years.
Although he was considered one of the most entertaining players in the league and won the scoring championship in 1977 with 31.1 points per game, the Jazz's best record while in New Orleans was 39–43 in the 1977–78 season. Maravich struggled with knee injuries from that season onward.
Venue issues were a continual problem for the team while in New Orleans. In the Jazz's first season, they played in the Loyola University Fieldhouse, where the basketball court was raised so high that the players' association made the team put a net around the court so that players wouldn't fall off of the court and into the stands. Later, they played games in the Louisiana Superdome, but things were no better due to high demand for the stadium, onerous lease terms and Maravich's constant knee problems. They also faced the prospect of spending a whole month on the road each year due to Mardi Gras festivities. Years later, founding owner Sam Battisone claimed that there was no contingency plan in case the Jazz ever made the playoffs. However, the Superdome's manager at the time, Bill Curl, said that the stadium's management always submitted a list of potential playoff dates to the Jazz management, but these letters were never answered.
After what turned out to be their final season in New Orleans, they were dealt a further humiliation when the Los Angeles Lakers selected Magic Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft. The pick would have been the Jazz's had they not traded it to acquire Gail Goodrich two years earlier. Also, the Jazz had given up the rights to Moses Malone in order to regain one of the three first-round picks used for the Goodrich trade.
Moving to Utah
Despite being barely competitive, the Jazz drew crowds during their first five years. However, by 1979 the franchise was sinking financially. Barry Mendelson, the team's executive vice president for most of the early years, said one factor in the financial trouble was an 11 percent amusement tax, highest in the nation at the time. The team also couldn't attract much local corporate support—an important factor even in those days—or local investors.
Battisone concluded that the franchise could not be viable in New Orleans and decided to move elsewhere. After scouting several new homes, he decided to move to Salt Lake City, even though it was a smaller market. However, Salt Lake City had proven it could support a pro basketball team when it played host to the American Basketball Association's Utah Stars from 1970 to 1976. The Stars had been extremely popular in the city and had even won an ABA title in their first season after moving from Los Angeles. However, their finances inexplicably collapsed in their last two seasons, and they were shut down by the league 16 games into the 1975-76 season after missing payroll. Although Salt Lake City was not known for its jazz culture, the team decided to keep the name, as well as the team's original colors of green, purple and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras).
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans owner Tom Benson had indicated early in his ownership that he wished to change the team's name to something more local, with his preference being a return of the name "Jazz" to the city. However, Utah indicated they had no interest in returning the name due to over 25 years of history associated with it, including two finals appearances. On December 4, 2012, it was reported that the Hornets will be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning with the 2013-2014 season, after Louisiana's state bird, the Brown Pelican. These reports were officially confirmed on January 24, 2013, when the Hornets officially announced said name change and unveiled accompanying logos and a blue, gold and red color scheme.
This petition is specifically in response to the recent lawsuit against Balcony Music Club (BMC) and citations handed down to Maison, Mojito’s and Vaso, as well as complaints against the noise levels of Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets and against www.hearthenolamusic.com.
The French Quarter is the life-blood of New Orleans tourism – tourists come in the millions spending in the billions. And tourists don’t come here for a quiet sleepy town. After Katrina, city officials encouraged tourists to return to enjoy The Big Easy and people from the US and across the globe answered the call. As a result, tourism dollars have helped to reinvigorate the city. No city in the US boasts the live music scene that New Orleans does. The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau website (http://www.neworleanscvb.com/press-media/press-kit/whats-new/) details the growth since Katrina.
We understand that French Quarter homeowners should enjoy the advantages of living in this incredible community. However we also believe that living in such a place comes with the understanding that crowds and music are a part of life. There are many beautiful and quiet neighborhoods in New Orleans. Moving next door to a music club would lead one to believe that peace and quiet is not a priority.
We assert that just as French Quarter residents expect bar/restaurant owners to comply with city noise ordinances that residents also take it upon themselves to take measures to keep noise out (by installing double paned glass or taking other such measures).
That being said, noise ordinances should be followed – with reasonable and agreed upon ordinances in place and officers equipped with properly working decibel readers. In the case of a noise complaint, officers can report to the scene and take a reading. If necessary, citations can be issued and reported with the actual decibel number. Business owners can then equip themselves with decibel readers, police their establishments (making adjustments to their venues if they wish) and work in cooperation the city. This way, should the noise level occur from street activity, officers can focus on the true culprits of the noise. As enjoyable as impromptu street music can be, business owners and the musicians who perform in their venues should not be penalized if they are not the true source of the problem.
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In order to memorialize the greatest moment in New Orleans Saints history, we ask for a simple name change of the New Orleans Causeway.
Seems like all the big chains abandoned us after Katrina. Let's start with a different look for our city.
The Johnny Adams Blues Organization is committed to:
* Assisting Rhythm & Blues artists in need;
* Honoring pioneering Rhythm & Blues artists;
* Educating the next generation of Rhythm & Blues fans;
* Building appreciation of Rhythm & Blues music through performances and concerts.
We are concerned that:
25% of the oil and gas consumed by Americans is at risk
30% of the seafood that feeds the nation is jeopardized.
The nation’s largest port system that handles agriculture, petro-chemicals, manufactured goods and commodities is vulnerable.
We recognize the importance of Louisiana’s unique wetland’s ecosystem and its role in protecting Louisiana’s commerce and coastal population from storm damage.
Currently Louisiana has 30% of the total coastal marsh- and accounts for 90% of the coastal marsh loss- in the lower 48 states.
Louisiana’s wetlands are America’s wetland and they need your help! We are asking you to please support legislation to fund the restoration of America’s wetlands such as the Gulf Coast Protection Act, the America’s Outdoors Act introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu.
Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the American taxpayer.
Since 1927, the leveeing of the Mississippi River has cut off fresh water, sediments and nutrients to the 7th largest delta on Earth – a place called America’s WETLAND – causing coastal Louisiana to suffer. Every year, 24 miles of Louisiana shoreline washes away, resulting in the loss of valuable wetlands equal in size to a football field every 30 minutes.
Leading scientists and engineers have designed solutions to restore America’s wetland. The money for coastal protection does not need to come from the Amercian taxpayer."
New Orleans is a wonderful city with lots of charm. We are not a poor city and want more upscale shopping opportunities.
Eastern New Orleans is a place to raise families and escape the hassle of the city.
We want a community that thrives on success and to keep it that way in a NEW and IMPROVED Eastern New Orleans.
ExxonMobil’s Chalmette Refining, LLC uses Hydrofluoric Acid (HF), a highly dangerous and lethal chemical used in its oil refining processes.
Newer, safer processes have been developed, including modified HF, patented by the ExxonMobil Corporation. The refinery is located in an area vulnerable to hurricanes (such as Katrina and Rita) increasing the possibility of a fatal accident.
Should an HF release occur, the entire New Orleans area risks death and injury. The only safety measure that protects a million plus people from this danger is a man made water wall, subject to both human and mechanical failure.
TELL EXXONMOBIL TO TAKE AWAY HF AND PROTECT THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS AREA!! PROTECT YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND AN AMAZING CITY!!
Shelley Midura received campaign contributions from lawyers and other consultants who get paid millions of taxpayers dollars for working on Entergy regulation issues for the city council of New Orleans, and thereby increasing the Entergy bills of District A constituents thus fullfilling backroom campaign promises
Shelley Midura rezones residential property to commercial without consulting surrounding neighbors in District A
Shelley Midura advocates a Mega Wal-Mart in District A
Shelley Midura works in collusion with others(Eddie Sapir) to put a 5 star restaurant out of business by changing the license of the business in District A
Shelley Midura advocates a Charity Emergency Room in Depaul Therapeautic Hospital of District A
Sworn into the New Orleans District A council office less than a year ago, Shelley Midura promised transparency and has violated this pledge over and over again.
New Orleans is one of the few places left where a local economy and small retailers still thrive. This has helped create the unique character and culture of our city.
The proposed national big box retail development in the Mid-City and Bayou St. John neighborhoods would destroy our small local businesses, ruin our local economy and create a traffic nightmare.
There are many empty shopping malls and strip malls in areas that would welcome a big box retail development because it would help revitalize their neighborhood. In the Mid-City/Bayou St. John neighborhoods, however, this kind of retail development threatens the quaint, small town character, ambiance and culture of these neighborhoods and would drive a stake through the heart of our city.
As the Times Picayune article said, big box retailers have been looking for entry into our city "to expand from the suburbs into the urban core". This is not just about the Mid-City and Bayou St. John neighborhoods, this is a “Battle for New Orleans“.
August 29, 2005 was a day of utter devastation for the people of New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina's storm surges breached the levees and flooded about 80% of the city. It not only ruined the city alone, it ruined lives, leaving many dead, injured, and homeless.
To this day, the government has done as little as they can get away with for these people. With Global Warming, storms will become stronger. We need to update our systems to protect against this. I think it's time for the wonderful people of this nation to fight back.
Before you pass this up, thinking "well, that's the risk you take by living in a place destined for hurricanes at one point or another." Think about this. Wherever you go you risk facing a natural disaster. The point is not where you live, the point is that New Orleans is home to many people.
It's time for them to rebuild their lives with confidence. If it was your home, you would want something done as well. Please sign this petition and let our voices be heard.
Louisiana deseparately needs better government to move forward.
The author of this petition would like it known had I campaigned for Mitch Landrieu as Mayor of New Orleans he would have won. I regret campagning for his opponent in that election. New Orleans remains in chaos. Hopefully, Mr. Landrieu will reconsider running as Governor to get the entire state moving forward as we continue into the 21st century.