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Court Watch NOLAimage

Court Watch NOLA’s mission is to monitor each part of the Justice System to ensure transparency and accountability at every level. moreCourt Watch volunteers attend court hearings and trials in all sections of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court and monitor the progress of cases as they proceed through the courts from arraignment through sentencing.To volunteer, visit the website.
Court Watch NOLA is supported by The New Orleans Crime Fighting Coalition. less

This is NOLAimage

“This is NOLA” is a free monthly event at the Joy Theater and showcasing the newest sights, tastes and sounds of New Orleans. moreWith the intention of offering a snapshot of the local contemporary culture of the city, the event will feature musical performances, visual art installations, street food, craft cocktails and other elements representative of contemporary New Orleans culture. less

NOLA Green Rootsimage

NOLA Green Roots facilitates garden training for hundreds of participants. moreBy developing community gardens, we teach youth, low-income residents, and senior citizens how to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost. less

School Readiness Tax Creditimage

The SRTC business tax credit for Louisiana businesses is pretty straightforward. moreA business can donate up to $5,000 to a CCR&R and get 100% of their money back on the Louisiana income taxes.Upon receipt of the donation, we send them a letter and a receipt.

When the business files their income taxed with the Louisiana Department of Revenue, they will claim the credit and attach the receipt as documentation.Because it’s a refundable tax credit, if the business owes less than the amount of their donation, the state will actually write them a check.

So, if a business donated $5,000 but only owed $4,000 in taxes, the state will mail them a $1,000 check.The refundable credit can be taken against individual income tax, corporation income tax, or corporation franchise tax depending on the business’s entity type.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue also offers some additional information, including links to the relevant laws, on their web site: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/individual/school_readiness.aspx#taxcred5.It’s the very last tax credit mentioned on the page.

The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants recently highlighted the program in their newsletter in an article available at http://www.lcpa.org/lagniappe_Oct12_schoolreadiness.html.

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Times Picayune Historical Archivesimage

The Times Picayune Archives going back through the 1800s.

Estimating Power Usage of Common Household Appliancesimage

This site, run by the US Department of Energy, helps you estimate what the power costs are for anything in your home.

Indepenent Police Monitorimage

The Office of the Independent Police Monitor (IPM) is an independent civilian police oversight agency created in August of 2008. moreOur goal is to improve police services to the community, citizen trust in the NOPD, and officer safety and working conditions.We do so by bringing accountability to the police department through independently observing the complaint investigation process; by bringing transparency to the department by increasing access to public information about NOPD; and by insuring that departmental discipline, personnel practices, and policing practices are fair to both citizens and individual officers.

Website: www.nolaipm.org – Click on the “Police Monitor” Link.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nolaipm

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nolaipm or @nolaipm

Phone: Main Number is 504-681-3223 Complaint Hotline is 504-681-3217
Email: Policemonitor@nolaoig.org
Walk -in: 525 St.Charles Avenue
We can also make arrangements to meet complainants elsewhere.IF more comfortable, people can make complaints with our community partners:

Safe Streets/Strong Communities 504-522-3949 1600 Oretha Castle Halley Blvd
Women with a Vision 504-301-0428 215 North Jefferson Davis PKWY
Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate (504) 310-8766 2809 Harvard Ave, Metairie
PIB Can be reached at 504-658-6100 1118 N Rocheblave.They are now open to 8 pm and have a 24 hour hotline to record complaints as well. less

NOLA Tech Weekimage

NOLATech Week is a celebration of the technology industry in New Orleans, which debuted in 2013.  It is in partnership with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and held in October each year.

Civic Source – Tax Salesimage

Civic Source is an outsourced listing of all tax sales for various cities, including New Orleans.

The Lens’ “Vault” of Municipal Informationimage

The investigative journalism site The Lens has uploaded thousands of New Orleans city contracts to DocumentCloud and enabled full-text search as well as searching by department and vendor. moreThey have also included City salaries and have included a primer on how to read a government contracts and outlined what city agencies handle what. less

Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope of New Orleansimage

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans provides children in need between the ages of 10 and 18 with a stable home, positive parenting, high-quality education, and the support needed to reach their full potential.

Where Ya Rackimage

Having recently installed their 100th bike rack, Where Ya’ Rack is a project of the Young Leadership Council to help spread bike racks all around New Orleans.

Entergy Energy Efficiency Programsimage

Entergy New Orleans encourages energy efficiency by providing rebates for ceiling insulation, wall insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, and high efficiency air conditioning and heat pumps in existing homes. moreDepending on what measures installed the customer may be able to receive rebates as much as $1,000 when installing a new high efficiency A/C, ceiling and wall insulation.

Entergy also provides incentives to new home builders for homes that are built 15% greater than the 2006 IECC Energy Code currently in place in Orleans Parish.

For more information, visit the website or call 1-866-721-0249, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. less

STAIR – Start the Adventure in Readingimage

STAIR is a volunteer-based, non-profit children’s literacy organization that provides reading tutors for public school 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students. moreSTAIR was founded in New Orleans in 1985.Over the last 28 years, STAIR‘s trained volunteers have tutored more than 6,000 public school children who qualify for the program.Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders to improve their reading and language skills. less

Sidewalk Rules and Regulations for New Orleansimage

Maintaining a sidewalk in a proper state, free from hazardous conditions is the responsibility of the residential or commercial property owner.  Check this site for specifics.

New Orleans Street Repairsimage

This site provides residents a way to search and view planned and in-progress street repairs around the city.

Tipitina’s Foundationimage

Tipitina’s Foundation supports Louisiana and New Orleans’ irreplaceable music community and preserves the state’s unique musical cultures through its four main programs. These are: Instruments A Comin’, Sunday Youth Music Workshops, Tipitina’s Internship Program and Tipitina’s Music Office Co-Ops.

WorkNOLAimage

WorkNOLA is a website that features jobs in the New Orleans area.

Eat Safe Louisianaimage

The Eat Safe website is maintained by the Dept of Health and Human Services. moreIt allows users to see reports on over 30,000 food service establishments throughout the state. less

EPNO (Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans)image

EPNO is a giving circle that aims to engage young professionals in philanthropy and to increase the impact that these individuals can have by pooling their resources in a grant-making process for local nonprofit organizations. moreEach participant pledges $500 of his/her own money, and then has that matched by an employer, an outside funder, friends/family, etc.So, each person has $1000 to pool in a focus group (usually about 8-9 people per group) to then dole out the sum ($8000 – $9000) to selected grant applicants. less