78th Dist Community Meet Ups With State Rep. Bruce Franks

capitalState Rep. Bruce Franks Legislative Page (includes bills filed)

Downtown
6-8 pm Tuesday, December 27th
Washington Avenue Post
1315 Washington Avenue
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Old North St. Louis
6-8 pm Wednesday, December 28th
LaMancha Coffeehouse
2800 N 14th
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Soulard
7-10 pm Thursday, December 29th
Howard’s
2732 S 13th
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Gravois Park
6-8 pm Friday, December 29th
Yaquis
2728 Cherokee
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School Board Survey & Filing Info & More

schoolboardWhat do you want to know about the candidates for St. Louis City School Board? Please send your questions to ward7stl@aol.com and they may be included in the 7th Ward 2017 School Board Survey. Our 2015 School Board Survey and answers are posted here. 

There most definitely will be a question on return of local control to the elected St. Louis City School Board, a question on tax abatement, and request for specific solutions on School-to-Prison Pipeline. You need not submit those issues.

Filing for St. Louis City School Board ends January 17th. The list of current candidates is here. 

Information on requirements and some rules to running for school board are here.

The former School Board Member who represented St. Louis City Public Schools on Tax Increment Finance Commission was in the news last week.

12/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “TIF commissioner who questioned redevelopment ousted, but school board chief says there’s no connection” 

12/22/2016 Riverfront Times: “Appointee Who Opposed City Foundry Tax Break Booted From TIF Commission” 

Dr. Molly Metzger’s “What is TIF?” Presentation is a great TIF 1o1.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Corporate Welfare: The Mad Rush To Approve Tax Abatement & Bonds Before New Mayor

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, November 13th
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Agenda: There’s a lot of big projects being rushed through the system and more on the way.

In Not A Big Project Agenda Items, in Bohemian Hill, 1725 S Tucker & 1716 S 13th are being sold by LCRA to Allied Property Group LLC for renovation.

Way down the Agenda you’ll see that LCRA is about to hire Spencer Fane, the law firm that fought the City’s minimum wage increase, to do some legal work. It’s also the law firm that hired 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar after he voted against raising the minimum wage.

Filed under “Transparency Fail” – Neither the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Commission nor Planned Industrial Expansion Authority  have, as of 9 pm Tonight/Monday, posted agendas online for their Tuesday meetings.

Board President Lewis Reed filed a board bill  for online posting of meeting notices, a poorly written one in my opinion, but hasn’t bothered to have a hearing on it.

Making government more transparent should be an issue in the upcoming mayoral race.

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Commiteewoman

UPDATED: Interested In Running For St. Louis City School Board?

schoolboardTuesday, December 13th, filing begins for the April 4th St. Louis City School Board Election. Filing closes January 17th. The April Election is also St. Louis City General Election for the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen for odd-numbered wards, and two Rex Sinquefield ballot issues.

Three School Board members will be elected on April 4th for seats presently held by Susan Jones, Bill Monroe, and Kathy Styer. School Board members are elected at-large by non-partisan ballot.

List of Current School Board Candidates

Information on Elected School Board

If you are interested in running for School Board, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski (630-7599 ward7stl@aol.com) would like to have coffee or a beer with you to talk about your running and answer any questions you have about filing or running, including campaign finance reporting requirements.

Here is some basic information about filing for School Board.

Where and When to File: Filing is done at the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners, 300 N. Tucker between 8 am and 5 pm Weekdays, December 13th to January 17th.

Qualifications for running for School Board:

  • Must be a resident of the City of St. Louis for at least three years.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen for at least three years.
  • Must be a Registered Voter in the City of St. Louis.
  • Must be at least 24 years of age.
  • Must not owe any taxes.
  • Must not have an interest in any contract with or claim against the School Board, either directly or indirectly.
  • Must not be registered or required to be registered as a sex offender.
  • Must not have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor under the federal laws of the United States.
  • Must not have been found guilty to or pled guilty to a felony under the laws of Missouri.
  • Must not have been found guilty to or pled guilty to an offense committed in another state that would be considered a felony in Missouri.
  • Must file a Personal Financial Disclosure Statement.
    Must file Campaign Finance Reports with Missouri Ethics Commission.
  • Filing Fee: $100

Missouri School Board Association’s A Candidate’s Guide to Running for the School Board

While we elect the School Board, we were disenfranchised by the State of Missouri and our public schools are run by an appointed Special Administrative Board. Information on appointed SAB. 

On January 10th is of this year, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to give full accreditation to St. Louis Public Schools, a major step toward our elected School Board regaining control of the district.

Late December, the former School Board Member who represented St. Louis City Public Schools on Tax Increment Finance Commission was removed from the Commission.

12/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “TIF commissioner who questioned redevelopment ousted, but school board chief says there’s no connection” 

12/22/2016 Riverfront Times: “Appointee Who Opposed City Foundry Tax Break Booted From TIF Commission”

Dr. Molly Metzger’s “What is TIF?” Presentation is a great TIF 1o1.

Some news articles from earlier this year our evolving accreditation and local control situation:

9/16/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Is St. Louis school district getting closer to elected control?

08/29/2016 St. Louis Public Radio: Transition talks for St. Louis Public Schools remain on hold 

2/16/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Appointed board to run St. Louis schools for another 3 years 

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Monday Preservation Board Includes Lafayette Square Apartments & SW Bank

Pierre Laclede Statue4 pm Monday, November 28, 2016
St. Louis Preservation Board
1520 Market (City Hall West), Room 2000

Full Agenda

CHEROKEE-LEMP HISTORIC DISTRICT/BENTON PARK
19o1 Cherokee, 9th Ward (Owner: Paul Pointer, P Squared B LLC, 4406 Spotted Fawn, Wentzeville MO 63385) – Appeal of Director’s Denial on replacement of six windows on front facade without permit.

FOX PARK
2855 Magnolia, 6th Ward (Owner: Kullin Schoeffel, 9822 Antonia, St. Louis MO 63123) – Appeal of Director’s Denial on Retaining Wall without permit.

LAFAYETTE SQUARE
1708-26 Park, 7th Ward (Owner: Chris Goodson/Gilded Age) – Construct 3-Story Apartment Bldg

SOUTHWEST GARDEN/REBER PLACE HISTORIC DISTRICT
2301-2335 S. Kingshighway Blvd, 8th Ward (Owner: Southwest Bank of St. Louis/BMO Harris Bank. Developer: Draper & Kramer, owners of Hampton Gardens) – Demolition of Southwest Bank storefront and New Construction

Help Write The 7th Ward Alderman Candidates Survey

City Hall3As a follow up to the offer to help candidates for 7th Ward Alderman understand campaign finance laws and election rules (Interested In Running For 7th Ward Alderman?), I am also interested in your help writing the 7th Ward Independent Democrat’s 7th Ward Alderman Candidates Survey.

Please submit questions here or by email to ward7stl@aol.com.

Our survey will ask personal side questions and issue questions. Candidates will turn in the survey responses prior to the January 16th Candidates Forum. We will draw from the questions at the Forum and then post all the answers after the Forum.

Candidate filing for Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen of off numbered wards begins 8 am Monday, November 28th, 2016 and closes 5 pm Friday, January 6th, 2017.

Tell us what you’d like to know from the candidates. These should be questions for all Democratic Primary alderman candidates, not candidate specific questions.

Here are the questions and answers from the 7th Ward Alderman Candidates Survey in 2015.

Here are more samples.

2016: 7th Ward Circuit Attorney Candidates Survey

Thank you for your assistance.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Interested In Running For 7th Ward Alderman?

City Hall3Next Monday, November 28th, filing begins for the March 7th St. Louis City Municipal Primary for the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, and Aldermen for odd numbered wards. Filing closes January 6th.

If you are interested in running for 7th Ward Alderman in the Democratic Primary, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman Marie Ceselski (630-7599) would like to have coffee or a beer with you to talk about your running and answer any questions you have about filing or running, including campaign finance reporting requirements.

Here is some basic information about filing for alderman that applies to all wards.

Where and When to File: Filing is done at the St. Louis City Board of Election Commissioners, 300 N. Tucker between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, November 28th to January 6th.

Qualifications for running for Alderman:

7th Ward Neighborhoods: All or part, sometimes a few blocks, of the following Neighborhoods- Benton Park, Compton Heights, Downtown & Downtown West, Fox Park, Kosciusko, Lafayette Square, LaSalle Park, McKinley Heights, Near North Riverfront, Peabody Darst Webbe, Soulard, Tower Grove East.

7th Ward Map

– Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman