The fight between New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and former trash company owner Sidney Torres, who is known for his rockstar good-looks, is apparently over, for now.
After a two hour sit-down with Landrieu yesterday, Torres said he will give the city room to make progress, telling the Advocate “It was good to see the mayor pull everybody in the room together and basically look to everyone to show he was very concerned and that he was willing to listen.”
And today, Torres announced via the Keep The French Quarter Safe Facebook page that he will pull his TV ad spots which criticized Landrieu for not devising a plan to fight violent crime in the city when it has been an issue for some time now.
“We’re excited to have opened a dialogue w/ the Mayor and his administration,” announced Torres on the Facebook page. “They laid out some solutions and have committed to implement them immediately. We have pulled our media campaign in a show of good faith. We are hopeful for this new beginning. Thank you all for the support, and I trust that we all will continue to fight to keep the French Quarter and our beloved city, safe. We remain committed to our efforts. Stay tuned.”
According to the Advocate, the meeting between Landrieu and Torres will kick off a proposal for the city to hire off-duty New Orleans police officers to patrol Bourbon Street.
Torres originally came out of the wood-works to criticize Landrieu after his French Quarter home was burglarized. Since, he has been the leading force to motivate and demand that Landrieu do something about the upswing of violent crime in New Orleans.
As we reported days ago, the murder rate in the city has dropped. However, violent crime is spiraling out of control.
The NOPD has not yet released the fourth quarter crime statistics for rapes, robberies and assaults in the city, but based on the first three quarters of 2014 alone, the stats surpassed crime stats from the entire year of 2010, which means the city has gotten progressively more dangerous under Landrieu.
In the first three quarters of 2014, there was a 24 percent increase in crimes against people and a 13 percent increase in property crimes.
Here’s the ad that Torres is pulling: