Roundup: City-parish manager leaves  / Element Hotel gets permits / Hair braiders file suit

    Changing hands: Rachel Haney, the city-parish chief communications officer, is leaving her position to become the communications director for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Haney was hired by Mayor Sharon Weston Broome in early 2018 after previously working for Robin & Associates, a government relations firm. A replacement for Haney has yet to be announced.

    Moving forward: A permit was issued Wednesday for construction to begin on Louisiana’s first Element Hotel, along Summa Avenue and the planned Midway Boulevard. Construction on the nearly 76,000-square-foot building will cost $16 million and last 16 to 18 months. The five-story Element is a high-end, boutique-style hotel.

    Braiding: Three Louisiana hair braiders today filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana State Board of Cosmetology, claiming the board’s strict and unusual requirement that braiders take 500 hours of training harms business and hampers economic liberties. Lynn Schofield, a plaintiff in the lawsuit who owns several hair salons, says she had to close some of her salons because the policy kept her from being able to staff her businesses, according to a news release from the plaintiffs’ law firm, Institute for Justice.  

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