Clarkson will remain active in civic life

NEW ORLEANS — Jackie Clarkson’s term as councilwoman at-large might end next spring, but just because she will no longer report to work every day at City Hall does not mean she’ll stop being involved in civic life.

The veteran legislator said this week that while she has no plans to run for office again, she does plan to remain on a number of boards on which she currently sits. She declined to say on which she’ll remain active but said it will be five or six.

A licensed Realtor, she said she might also dip her toe back into the real estate pool, though she is not certain of that.

Clarkson has served as an elected official for nearly 25 years.

She was elected to three nonconsecutive terms as councilwoman for District C in 1990 and 2002 and won a special election in November 2007 for an at-large seat. She was re-elected to her at-large seat in February 2010.

In between serving the city, she represented District 102 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002.

Now the time has come to relax, she said.

“I’m going to go home and take care of a very good, dedicated husband,” Clarkson said.

Tweet raises debate about city’s founding

NEW ORLEANS — It seemed like a perfect coincidence: Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s state of the city address on Monday was scheduled for the exact day the city was founded.

“New Orleans was founded 295 years ago today. Happy Birthday #NOLA! #nolalove,” tweeted @MayorLandrieu a short time before the rosy speech was set to begin.

It is a known fact that Bienville founded the city in 1718. The exact date, though, is not so definite, and responses to the mayor’s claim of a specific date began to fly nearly as soon as Landrieu — or someone in his office — tweeted that tidbit.

Tulane professor and geographer Richard Campanella, who has authored several books on New Orleans history, asked under the Twitter handle @nolacampanella7, “My understanding is that work commenced on New Orleans in late March/early April 1718. May I ask where you got May 7?”

When a response from @Editilla showed that the information apparently came from a Wikipedia entry, Campanella responded bluntly. “That’s the evidence? Wikipedia? So far as I know,the exact date of the initial clearing was not documented.”

That “fact” on the Wikipedia page is not cited.

Certainly, though, that had to be right, Twitter user @skooks replied: “The founding date was set by Bienville specifically to coincide with future State of the City addresses.”

@MayorLandrieu never responded to any of the questions his online followers posed.

He did, however, make it clear during his speech that we all live in a great place, regardless of when exactly it was founded.

“Everybody has started to realize what we’ve always known. New Orleans is the coolest city in America,” Landrieu said.

Compiled by

Danny Monteverde