Walkout Is Over In New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans City Council is back in business with all seven members.
Council members Jon Johnson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell walked out of a May 3 meeting and boycotted subsequent meetings. Their absences — plus an unfilled vacancy — meant the seven-member council couldn't muster the five members needed to conduct business.
The walkout occurred amid a dispute over a proposed city charter change and over selection of an interim district council member to fill a seat vacated when District B member Stacey Head was elected to a city-wide at-large seat.
With the council unable to act, the duty of filling the vacancy fell to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who chose former state legislator Diana Bajoie (BAJ' wah) to fill the vacancy. All seven members were present for Thursday's regular meeting.