Earlier this month, Sidney Torres IV — the former owner of SDT Waste & Debris Services, which provided garbage service to the French Quarter — aired an ad on local television blaming Mayor Mitch Landrieu for a spate of violent crimes in the Quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.
At the time, Torres said he intended to air similar ads in nearby cities, aimed at potential New Orleans tourists. Last week he did just that, airing commercials in Baton Rouge.
One of the ads (which can be seen at www.keepthefrenchquartersafe.com) concludes with people saying, "I don't feel safe. I just don't feel safe," and asking, "How many more? How many more robberies? How many more assaults? How many more shootings?"
"Demand a plan from our mayor," the commercial concludes. "Our city depends on it."
Landrieu has stayed mostly quiet on Torres' salvos, telling WWL-TV, "He made millions and millions and millions of dollars off of garbage contracts in the French Quarter, and maybe he should just take some of that money and do it himself, if he thinks it is so easy. It's just not."