CANCELLED. Absentee Voting Underway For April Sewer District Rate Hike Election

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St. Louis County and St. Louis City voters will go to the polls April 7th to vote on a Rate Hike proposed by Metropolitan Sewer District to fund a $500 Million Bond Issue. In St. Louis City, this is a Special Election, no other ballot issues or candidates are on the ballot. In St. Louis County, this is a Municipal General Election.

Absentee Voting for this election began March 11, 2020.

You may vote Absentee by Mail. Downloadable Absentee Ballot Application here. Last Day To Request Absentee Ballot By Mail is March 25, 2020.

You may Vote Absentee In Person 8 am to 5 pm Weekdays at Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

Additional Absentee Voting Information at St. Louis City Board of Election.

The April 7th ballot issue does not directly say a rate hike is involved. You have to know that “To comply with federal and state clean water requirements, shall The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) issue its sewer revenue bonds… to be payable solely from the revenues derived by MSD from the operation of its wastewater sewer system” means Rate Hike. Previous Rate Hikes also did not say Rate Hike.

Sample Ballot
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MSD’s ballot issue campaigns are run by Stenger-saga and St. Louis City and County Prop P (sales tax hike for police) consultant The Kelley Group. The new ballot issue campaign committee is named “Campaign for Clean Water STL.” The first major donor to this MSD campaign was $35,000 from SAK, a pipeline contractor in O’Fallon, Missouri. You might remember SAK from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s “After controversial MSD vote, winners donated more than $150,000 to Stenger campaign” story.

Previous Metropolitan Sewer District ballot issues:

April 2, 2019: City and County voters rejected an impervious surface charge proposal by MSD

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $900 Million Bond Issue

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve $0.10 property tax hike proposal by MSD

June 5, 2012: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $945 Million Bond Issue

August 5, 2008: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $275 Million Bond Issue

Also See…

1/31/2019: Info on MSD Consent Decree @ Missouri Coalition for the Environment

4/30/2012 St. Louis Public RadioFederal judge approves MSD consent decree

12/12/2003 St. Louis Post-DispatchMSD must find new way to raise money after Missouri Supreme Court ruling

Today/Wednesday: Voter Registration Deadline for April Sewer District Rate Hike Election

register-to-voteSt. Louis County and St. Louis City voters will go to the polls April 7th to vote on a Rate Hike proposed by Metropolitan Sewer District to fund a $500 Million Bond Issue. In St. Louis City, this is a Special Election, no other ballot issues or candidates are on the ballot. In St. Louis County, this is a Municipal General Election.

Voter Registration for this election ends March 11, 2020.

Absentee Voting for this election begins March 11, 2020.

Last Day To Request Absentee Ballot By Mail is March 25, 2020.

The April 7th ballot issue does not directly say a rate hike is involved. You have to know that “To comply with federal and state clean water requirements, shall The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) issue its sewer revenue bonds… to be payable solely from the revenues derived by MSD from the operation of its wastewater sewer system” means Rate Hike. Previous Rate Hikes also did not say Rate Hike.

Sample Ballot
MSDAprilBallot

MSD’s ballot issue campaigns are run by Stenger-saga and St. Louis City and County Prop P (sales tax hike for police) consultant The Kelley Group. The new ballot issue campaign committee is named “Campaign for Clean Water STL.” The first major donor to this MSD campaign was $35,000 from SAK, a pipeline contractor in O’Fallon, Missouri. You might remember SAK from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s “After controversial MSD vote, winners donated more than $150,000 to Stenger campaign” story.

Previous Metropolitan Sewer District ballot issues:

April 2, 2019: City and County voters rejected an impervious surface charge proposal by MSD

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $900 Million Bond Issue

April 5, 2016: City and County voters approve $0.10 property tax hike proposal by MSD

June 5, 2012: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $945 Million Bond Issue

August 5, 2008: City and County voters approve rate hike proposal by MSD to fund $275 Million Bond Issue

Also See…

1/31/2019: Info on MSD Consent Decree @ Missouri Coalition for the Environment

4/30/2012 St. Louis Public RadioFederal judge approves MSD consent decree

12/12/2003 St. Louis Post-DispatchMSD must find new way to raise money after Missouri Supreme Court ruling

 

Tuesday Public Hearing On Airbnb Regulations

public_hearingMake your voice heard. Contact your Alderperson and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact info at end of post.

10 am Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Kennedy Room, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public. Meeting Notice says Public Testimony will be heard.

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Meeting on Board Bill 222 sponsored by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, and 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro.

2/13/2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New effort underway to regulate short-term home rentals in St. Louis

If you google “short term rental” in News, you’ll see this is an issue all over the country.

There is another Airbnb regulation bill, Board Bill 221, not on the Agenda.

Members of the BOA Public Safety Committee include: Chair/23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Vice Chair/22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 22nd Ward Alderwoman Shameem Hubbard, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all BOA committees.

Contact information for all Alderpersons and Board President 

Vote Elizabeth Warren

WarrenBannerMissouri voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to nominate candidates for U.S. President.

Polls Open 6 am to 7 pm. Find your polling place here. 7th Ward Polling Places here. Check your voter registration here.

Vote Elizabeth Warren for President.

Warren suspended her campaign but remains on the ballot. It means you can vote for her. It’s a Presidential Preference Primary, Vote your preference.

Suspended campaign as opposed to ending, also means, Warren keeps delegates earned. If she gets 15% of the vote in the Missouri Presidential Presidential Primary, she gets one or more delegates from Missouri to the Missouri Democratic Party Convention and Democratic National Convention. The conventions not only nominate a candidate for the Presidential General Election but also write the party platforms.

Want Elizabeth Warren’s Plans in the platforms? Vote Warren.

It’s an open primary. Voters may chose to vote a Democratic Party, Republican Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party, or Constitution Party ballot.

For the Democratic Party, Missouri will have 68 Pledged Delegates to the National Democratic Convention to nominate their candidate. Candidates are allocated delegates proportionally based on the results of the March 10 Primary. A candidate needs 15% of the vote at the Congressional District or Statewide to earn one or more delegates.

Sample Ballot at Board of Election. All candidates and their websites, all parties.

Saturday Special Absentee Voting Hours For Presidential Primary @ Board of Election

WarrenBannerMissouri voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to nominate candidates for U.S. President. 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 7th Special In Person Absentee Voting Day @ Board of Election, 300 N Tucker.

It’s an open primary. Voters may chose to vote a Democratic Party, Republican Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party, or Constitution Party ballot.

For the Democratic Party, Missouri will have 68 Pledged Delegates to the National Democratic Convention to nominate their candidate. Candidates are allocated delegates proportionally based on the results of the March 10 Primary. A candidate needs 15% of the vote at the Congressional District or Statewide to earn one or more delegates.

Vote Elizabeth Warren for President. Warren is on the ballot and will be awarded delegates if she secures 15% of the vote or better. See Here’s what happens to delegates after their candidates drop out @ Vox.

Sample Ballot at Board of Election. All candidates and their websites, all parties.

Absentee Ballot Information including Printable Application.

You may vote Absentee in person from 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Elections.

 

Wednesday Liquor License Hearing For Ballpark Village 3 AM License?

drinks9 am Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9:20 am Hearing
9:40 am Hearing
651 Clark Ave aka #4 Cardinal Way, Ballpark Village, Downtown, 7th Ward –  BPV Market Place Investors d.b.a. Sports & Social – Manager not listed
Unclear from Calendar Notice what is being sought, but it looks like
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Summer Garden
+ 3 am

Special Saturday In-Person Absentee Voting @ Election Board

WarrenBannerMissouri voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to nominate candidates for U.S. President. Both St. Louis City and St. Louis County Election Board will hold Special In Person Absentee Voting 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 7th.

St. Louis City Board of Election is located @ 300 N Tucker, Downtown, St. Louis City.
St. Louis County Board of Election is located @ 725 Northwest Plaza, St. Ann.

It’s an open primary. Voters may chose to vote a Democratic Party, Republican Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party, or Constitution Party ballot. Candidates who filed for Missouri’s Primary but suspend or end their campaigns remain on the ballot. Voters may also vote Uncommitted on a party ballot.

For the Democratic Party, Missouri will have 68 Pledged Delegates to the National Democratic Convention to nominate their candidate. Candidates are allocated delegates proportionally based on the results of the March 10 Primary. A candidate needs 15% of the vote at the Congressional District or Statewide to earn one or more delegates.

Absentee voting for this election began January 28. February 26th Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot by Mail.

Sample Ballot at Board of Election. All candidates and their websites, all parties.

Absentee Ballot Information including Printable Application.

You may vote Absentee in person from 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Election.

Vote Elizabeth Warren for President.

Help Elect Elizabeth Warren by attending an event, canvassing, phone banking, etc.

Monday Liquor License Hearing For Boom Boom Room Burlesque New Home

drinks9 am Monday, March 2, 2020
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9 am Hearing
1229 Washington, Downtown, 5th Ward –  Jupiter Cafe d.b.a. The Boom Boom RoomBrandy Dunn Callahan, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday

Liquor License Hearing required for new location. The Boom Boom Room has moved from 14th & St. Charles to 1129 Washington, Mark Lemp Footwear Building, previously home to VooDoo Saint Louis.

Wednesday BOA Meeting On Airbnb Regulations

meeting notice2Make your voice heard. Contact your Alderperson and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact info at end of post.

This is a meeting on one of two board bills relating to Airbnbs introduced last week. It’s not clear from the meeting notice- “The Public Safety Committee will meet to discuss and review the following that this is a public hearing where public testimony will be taken or a public meeting. This could be an introductory meeting with a public hearing tba, possibly on an evening or weekend. Just not sure. 

11 am Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Kennedy Room, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public. Meeting Notice says “.” 

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Meeting on Board Bill 222 sponsored by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro.

2/13/2020 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New effort underway to regulate short-term home rentals in St. Louis

If you google “short term rental” in News, you’ll see this is an issue all over the country.

There is a companion bill, Board Bill 221, not currently on the Agenda.

Members of the BOA Public Safety Committee include: Chair/23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Vice Chair/22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 22nd Ward Alderwoman Shameem Hubbard, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all BOA committees.

Contact information for all Alderpersons and Board President 

Please File For 7th Ward Dem Party Posts And Organize The Ward

7th Ward MapSt. Louis City’s 7th Ward needs a Democratic Party Committeeman and Committeewoman who work together to organize the ward. Absent that, it needs either a Committeeman or Committeewoman who shoulders the burden alone, as I did for seven years. Please be that team or that person who does the work- organizes an open ward organization, sponsors candidate and ballot issue forums and surveys, holds voter registration drives and GOTV canvasses, does a mailing every election and produces a ward ballot with endorsements by members, and raises money to fund those activities. Currently, that is not happening because I resigned and the current Committeeman is only interested in going to other people’s meetings and campaign events, selfies, and scheming to obtain higher office. I will write more on this later.  

8 am Tuesday, February 25th, filing begins for the August 4th Missouri Primary for…

Statewide Offices: Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer

All U.S. House of Representatives seats

State Senators in Odd Numbered Districts including an open seat in 5th District, which includes all of 7th Ward, currently served by term limited State Senator Jamilah Nasheed

All State Representatives including 78th District and 79th District serving 7th Ward.

County Offices: St. Louis City Circuit Attorney, St. Louis City Sheriff, St. Louis City Treasurer

Political Party Committeeman and Committeewoman for each ward.

Filing Closes March 31st.

Here is some basic information about filing for Committeeman and Committeewoman.

Current St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee

Where and When to File for Committeeman or Committeewoman: Filing is done at the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners, 300 N. Tucker between 8 am and 5 pm Weekdays.

Qualifications for running for Political Party Committeeman or Committeewoman:

  • Must be a resident of the Ward for at least one year prior to election.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Must be a Registered Voter.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must not owe any taxes.
  • Must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement.
  • Must file Campaign Finance Reports with Missouri Ethics Commission or or St. Louis City Election Board.
  • Filing Fee: $100

7th Ward Boundaries and Maps. You receive a large wall map of ward and registered voter data when you file for office.

— Marie Ceselski, former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman