Tuesday Drinking Liberally Ballot Issue Happy Hour

JunedlJoin the Left-Leaning Community to discuss two Constitutional Amendments on the November 8th ballot with two A-List Guest Speakers from 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday at our Drinking Liberally Happy Hour @ Nadine’s Gin Joint, 1931 S 12th, Soulard.

Ed Smith, Policy Director, Missouri Coalition for the Environment, will speak on Amendment 1: Parks, Soil, Water Sales Tax Renewal.

Denise Lieberman, Senior Attorney, Voter Protection Program, Advancement Project, will speak on Amendment 6: Voter Photo IDs.
DLphotoBallot Language for the November Constitutional Amendments.

Bruce Franks, Jr. will provide an update on the 78th District re-vote case.

Attendance Prizes. Host buys first round.

More information on Drinking Liberally St Louis Chapter.



Congratulations 7th Ward Committeeman Murray on Election as 78th District Chair

marty7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr. worked very hard to get a quorum together for Saturday’s reorganization meeting of the Missouri Democratic Party’s 78th District Legislative Committee. A majority of the Committee members appreciate his time and efforts coordinating this important meeting and we elected him to chair the organization.

Also elected were Bruce Franks, Jr. (9th Ward) to serve as Secretary and Megan Betts (5th Ward) to serve as Treasurer.

8th Ward Committeewoman Annie Rice was elected Vice-Chair but the position is again vacant due to residency. Committeewoman Rice’s ward lies, in part, in the 78th District but she herself resides in another House district. We will elect a Vice-Chair at the next meeting.

Missouri House and Missouri Senate legislative district committees exist under both Missouri Statute and Missouri Democratic Party By-Laws to nominate candidates to some special elections to fill vacancies. The district committees, comprised of the party committeemen and committeewoman in wards within a district, entirely or in part, serve as the primary during some special elections.

In addition to serving  as the primary for a special election, legislative district committees may raise and spend money by forming a political action committee and registering with the Missouri Ethics Commission; conduct meetings; register voters, and engage in all other election activity permitted by law.

You can find contact information, Meeting Minutes, information on weighted voting and more at the 78th Legislative District web pages here.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Tuesday LCRA Blightingpalooza Includes Redevelopments In 7th Ward-related Neighborhoods

Pierre Laclede Statue

See St. Louis Magazine article on Blighting: How Owners of a $600,000 House Get Away With Paying $400 in Property Taxes For years, St. Louis aldermen have been gift-wrapping tax breaks with no strings attached. Who pays? The city schools.

Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
3 pm Tuesday, August 23, 2016
1520 Market #2000 (City Hall West)


Agenda items affecting Neighborhoods in or partially in 7th Ward.

Compton Heights
2254-56 S Grand, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting


1600-1742 Washington Ave, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard & 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis: Monogram Building Redevelopment Agreement. This is the project which closes 17th Street. Already Blighted.
614 N. 11th, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting
2217 Locust, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting
Civic Center Redevelopment Area, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Release from a Deed of Trust of a Building Height Restriction.

Fox Park
2327 Allen, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting
McKinley Heights
2329 Ann, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting
2212-30 Shenandoah, 7th ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Blighting

801-825 Ann, 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar: Redevelopment Agreement. Already Blighted.

Tower Grove East
3425 Magnolia, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia: Blighting.

Monday Preservation Board Agenda: 1300 Russell Apts & Southwest Bank Proposals

Pierre Laclede Statue4 pm Monday, August 22, 2016
St. Louis Preservation Board
1520 Market (City Hall West), Room 2000

Full Agenda

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.

1302-24 Russell,
7th Ward (Owner: Maximus Holding, LLC c/o Propper Construction) – Demolition of Vacant Industrial Buildings for 126-Units New Construction. This proposal’s revisions were available for inspection by neighbors at an August 13th open house held at Mardi Gras Inc HQ.


3826-28 Russell, 8th Ward (Owner: Michael and Mary Bender, 2828 Russell, St. Louis MO 63110) – Appeal of Director’s Denial of construction of retaining wall without permit

2245-53 S Grand, 8th Ward (Owner: L’Origine Commons LLC, 2247 S Grand, St. Louis MO 63104) – Appeal of Director’s Denial of construction of retaining fencing

VANDEVENTER/National Register Site
4171 West Belle Place, 18th Ward (Owner: Janinea Shelton, 436 Hill Trail, Ballwin MO 63011) – Appeal of Director’s Denial on Demolition 2-Story Brick House

nextSTL article on Preservation Board’s Monday Agenda


St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee: August Treasurer’s Report

365px-DemocratslogoMeeting Notice
St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee
When: 6 pm Tuesday, August 16th
Where: Amsterdam Tavern, 3175 Morganford, just south of Tower Grove Park
Agenda: 1) Election of Officers: A Chair and a Vice Chair (one of whom shall be a woman), a Treasurer and a Secretary (one of whom shall be a woman), and a Sergeant  At Arms. 2) November General Election.

Treasurer’s Report

As of 07-15-16, there was $38, 680.95 in the State Account.
Currently there is $37,463.70 in the State Account.
As of 07-15-16 there was $14, 437.82 in the Federal Account.
Currently there is 14,437.82 in the Federal Account.
Checks cleared from Proposition E : Checks were issued to wards that put out a ballot with Proposition E on it.
15th Ward Democratic Organization: $200.00
22nd Ward Democratic Organization: $200.00
Building use for Beer and Pretzel Fund Raiser (clean -up): $200.00
Crusoe’s Restaurant, Central Committee meeting/Breakfast: $617.25
Total spent: $817.25

Respectfully Submitted:  Jesse Todd