Sunday 7th Ward Seed Swap

poppies22 pm Sunday, January 28, 2018

7th Ward Seed Swap Happy Hour
Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th in Soulard
Everybody Welcome

Public Transit: #8 Bates-Morganford and #20 S Broadway have bus stops on Russell next block south of Nadine’s, #10 Gravois-Lindell is one block east walk on Allen

We’ll be giving away winter sow seeds- Poppy, Hollyhock, Butterfly Weed, Marigold, who knows what else

butterflyweedbutterfly3Drawing for Mardi Gras Sweatshirt

Cash bar. Come have a drink and talk gardening (flower & food) with us.

bachelor buttonsVoter Registration available.


Sunday Meet & Greet With Annie Rice

annienaralNoon to 1 pm Sunday, January 28, 2018
Meet & Greet with Annie Rice, 8th Ward Candidate for Alderwoman
Kitchen House Coffee, 3149 Shenandoah in Compton Hts

Facebook Event

Public Transit: #8 Bates-Morganford (from Russell) and 6 block walk south) or #70 Grand from South Grand and 6 block walk east)

NARAL Canvass for Annie at 2 pm

7th Ward Independent Democrats and 7th Ward Committee Marie Ceselski have endorsed Annie Rice for 8th Ward Alderwoman. 

Saturday Democratic Central Committee Meeting: By-Laws, Fundraising

365px-democratslogo9 am Saturday, January 27, 2018
St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee
Chris’ @ The Docket (meeting room across the hall from restaurant)
100 N Tucker @ Chestnut
Public Transit: #32 ML King
Open to the Public (breakfast for members, public may patronize restaurant before/after meeting)

Tentative Agenda:

+ Submission of By-Laws Draft (which committee people have not received a copy as of 8:30 pm Thursday)

+ Report from Fund Raising Committee – Chair Karla May

+ Report from Special Fund Raising Committee – Rasheen Aldridge & Torrey Park



Most Recent Meeting Minutes 
Most Recent Treasurer’s Report

Saturday Town Hall With US Senator McCaskill @ Harris-Stowe

claire9 am Saturday, January 27, 2018
Town Hall Meeting with
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Emerson Center, Harris-Stowe University
Open to the Public

Public Transit: #96 Market Street Shuttle from Civic Center (runs hourly on Saturdays)

The Senator will take written questions from the audience.

1/25/2018 St. Louis AmericanMcCaskill to host town hall at Harris-Stowe on Saturday


Thursday BOA Airport Privatization Meeting

rexcMake Your Voices Heard. Contact your Alderman and Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact info at end of post.

10 am Thursday, January 25, 2018
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Transportation & Commerce Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

The Notice says, “Orientation on Airport operations.” According to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, Transportation Committee Chair, asked Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge to give a presentation and then take questions from aldermen. Lambert Airport Privatization is bound to come up in the Q & A, if not by the Airport Director.

The Selection Committee for the Airport Privatization Consultant has met seven times but still not hired a firm.

Recent articles… 1/19/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis aldermen call for transparency as city considers privatization of Lambert

1/19/2018 St. Louis American: Why did St. Louis hire a more expensive lobbyist with less experience? Jeff Aboussie’s team gets city contract through scarcely public process

1/18/2018 KMOX: Aldermen, Experts Debate Pros And Cons Of Lambert Privatization

1/17/2018 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Airport Consultant Would Only Get Paid If Privatization Goes Through

1/16/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Messenger: Critic calls St. Louis airport privatization ‘a very bad deal.’

Previous post relating to Lambert Airport Privatization

September 2017 blog post with lots of background information on Rex Sinquefield’s Lambert Airport Privatization scheme

Members of the BOA Transportation Committee include: 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, Chair; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook (elected Nov. 7. 2017); 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Members of Board of Aldermen

Tuesday LCRA: $24.5M Lost Revenue From Foundry Tax Abatement

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
@ St. Louis Development Corporation,
Suite 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/*Agenda with drawings/charts

6th Ward, Midtown, The Beaumont Building @ 2654 Locust
Apartments & Office Space
10 Year Tax Abatement

7th Ward, Riverfront, Amendment to Casino Agreement, new owner Tropicana
Reduce slot machines to 1,200 from 1,500
Reduce table games to 40 from 60
Reduce casino square footage to 60,000 from 75,000 for entertainment venues

9th Ward, Marine Villa, 3434-3436 Indiana
Habitat for Humanity: two single family homes
10 Year Tax Abatement

9th Ward, Marine Villa, Former Shepard School @ 3450 Wisconsin
Proposal for 47 apartments
10 Year Tax Abatement

12th Ward, Boulevard Heights, 3830 & 3831 Boulevard Heights Court
Condos Project
5 Year Tax Abatement
Former Mayor Slay lives around the corner from this slum.

17th Ward, Midtown, RPA1 City Foundry
15 Years Tax Abatement
Total loss $24.5 Million over 15 years

18th Ward, Vandeventer ,Various Parcels on 42XX West Cook, 42XX Finney, 42XX West Finney, 42XX CD Banks, 10XX Pendleton
40 single family rental homes
15 Year Tax Abatement funded with low income tax credits

26th Ward, Hamilton Heights, Save-A-Lot Grocery proposal @ 1301 Union
10 Year Tax Abatement
1/22/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Save-A-Lot plans grocery store on vacant north St. Louis corner

*The Agenda wasn’t posted until Today/Monday. Some agencies/offices are taking the Mayor’s Executive Order to use Missouri Sunshine Law standards for posting online to mean only post the minimum 24 hours in advance, which, for some agencies/offices, means less advance notice, going backward instead of improving transparency.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday Public Safety: Bills To Gut Neighborhood Vetoes On Liquor License Transfers, Certain Businesses

petitionMake your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

10 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room, City Hall
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar/Agenda

Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro – permitting the seamless transfer of a liquor license between a company selling their business and the company purchasing the business

Board Bill 216 by 22nd Ward Jeffrey Boyd (chairman of committee) would remove the Plat & Petition requirements for licensing of Bathhouses, Bed & Breakfasts, Billiard and Pool Rooms, Dance Halls, Pawn Shops, Photo Studios, and Tattoo Parlors. This bill had previously been assigned to Aldermen Boyd’s Streets Committee and a hearing scheduled for Jan. 8th was cancelled.

(Not Being Heard, but similar proposal) Board Bill 217 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar would also eliminate Plat & Petition, and does more, but was assigned to BOA Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee, and has not yet been scheduled for hearing.

Both Board Bills state, “no other City in the State of Missouri requires that a business submit a plat and petition prior to obtaining a business license to operate” as a reason to eliminate the requirement.

Members of the Public Safety Committee include: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President