Roundup: 225 GIVES / New Orleans polling places / City-parish upgrades  

    Deadline: The deadline is Nov. 5 for nonprofits to register for the 225 GIVES fundraiser event. The campaign, launched by the Capital Area United Way and Baton Rouge Area Foundation, will take place Dec. 1. The organizations hope to raise $4.2 million that day for area nonprofits. Already, more than 145 organizations are registered to participate. All 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region are invited to take part in 225 GIVES. Check out the 225 GIVES website for more information. 

    Power’s back on: New Orleans’ Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin argued Sunday over who’s responsible for providing generators if some polling places didn’t have electricity on Election Day but by the end of the day it appeared all polling stations would have power. Cantrell had said Sunday that up to 11 precincts in the city could still be without power Tuesday, nearly a week after Hurricane Zeta took down power lines. She said Ardoin and his commissioner of elections, Sherri Wharton Hadskey, “are refusing to provide support for generators” for those precincts. Read the full story. 

    New tech: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome today announced the launch of the first phase of the City-Parish Unified Communications Telecommunication System Upgrade. System upgrades will replace the existing 42 individual communication systems within city-parish offices. In addition to unifying the City-Parish systems, the technology upgrades will replace obsolete technology; decrease system maintenance costs; increase call traffic capacity and decrease mobile and long-distance calling costs. The city-parish expects to save $1.5 million over five years. The upgrades will be completed in two phases throughout 2021.