Tuesday Mother Jones Birthday Party

5-8 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tuesday Mother Jones May Day Birthday Party
Sponsored by St. Louis Workers Education Society and Mother Jones Lives
McGurks, 1200 Russell

A celebration of the life of Mother Jones, Mary Harris Jones.

We are bringing the birthday cakes- extra super lemon and extra super chocolate- with special Mother Jones decorations.

Facebook Event


Tuesday Streets Committee Hearing On Soulard Alley Vacation

public_hearing_image9 am Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Board of Aldermen
Streets, Traffic, Refuse Committee
Leisure Room, City Hall
1200 Market

City Calendar Notice/Agenda

Three Boards Bills including Board Bill 4 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar to vacate L shaped alley within Shenandoah, 10th, Lami, Menard.  There is a two home on three lots development on Menard.

Members of the Streets Committee: Chair/22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; Vice-Chair/7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley;; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Monday Soulard Safety Meeting

soulard-sign-outside7 pm Monday, April 30th, 2018
Soulard Restoration Group
Safety Committee Meeting
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Crime Stats
Incidents of Concern – Discussion of new items and review of action items
Court Advocacy Efforts – NIS statements for upcoming cases
Neighborhood Victim Support
Neighborhood Public Security Camera Status Update
Soulard Special Business District Items
Safety Walk

SRG Safety Committee is not the Soulard Special Business District, special taxing district for property tax to fund extra security. Next meeting of SSBD should be May 14th. Boundaries:

SRG Safety Committee is also not the proposed Soulard Community Improvement District, a special taxing district for a sales tax to fund improvements. Boundaries:

UPDATED Week 1: New Bills Filed @ Board of Aldermen

sausagemakingNow with links to bills added. The making of sausage (filing of new legislation) for 2018-2019 Board of Aldermen session begins this week.

The Friday BOA Agenda is posted here.

I have picked out a few filings to highlight.

Voice your approval, disapproval, concerns, questions to your alderman and bill sponsors. Contact information for all Aldermen and Board President Lewis Reed is here.

Alley Vacation in Soulard BB4 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar – An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate travel in 10 foot wide “L” shaped alley in City Block 798 as bounded by Shenandoah, 10th, Lami, Menard. The Menard side is where the two new homes approved by Preservation Board on MOnday are going in.

2 Board Bills relating to Eliminating Plat & Petition. I have not had a chance to look at either of these to see if these are same rotten legislation as last session.

BB10 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, not Assigned to Committee yet – An Ordinance pertaining to the Zoning Code requiring that certain uses that are regulated by a plat and petition process under the License Code and Building Code be made a conditional use, prohibited use, or use by right under the Zoning Code (current Zoning Code).

BB32 by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, not Assigned to Committee yet – An Ordinance concerning certain business license regulations set forth in Title 8, which require the completion of a plat and neighborhood consent petition prior to obtaining an occupancy permit; repealing Ordinances 56788, 57294, and 58645, pertaining to Arcades containing a severability clause; and an effective date clause (current applicable Code)

Campaign Finance Reform BB35 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, 24th Alderman Scott Ogilvie, 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, assigned to Legislation Committee – An Ordinance pertaining to campaign contribution limits; amending Ordinance 70357 Sections 1 and 3, and repealing Section 4 of said ordinance, to acknowledge newly passed State of Missouri maximum limits on campaign contributions and to decrease maximum limits on campaign contributions for local elections as provided herein.

Relating to City Employees…

Amending Whistleblower Law BB6 by 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, Assigned to Legislation Committee – An ordinance repealing Ord. 70475 and in lieu Thereof enacting a new Ordinance to be known as the City Whistleblower Law, pertaining to reporting improper governmental action and providing protection from retaliatory action for reporting and cooperating in the investigation and/or prosecution of improper governmental action; containing definitions, procedures for reporting improper governmental action and retaliation, and penalties; and containing severability and emergency clauses.

Eliminate Residency Rule (horrible idea), Charter Amendment BB21 by 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, Assigned to Legislation Committee- An ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the City, a proposal to revise Section 2 of Article VIII of the City Charter which requires City employees to reside within the boundaries of the City and thus allow said employees, except for City Agency and Department Directors appointed by the Mayor, to reside outside of the boundaries of the City, and; providing for an election to be held for voting on the proposed revision and the manner of voting thereat and; for the publication, certification, deposit, and recording of this ordinance; and containing an emergency clause.

Revote on Ward Reduction (also initiative petition drive, always interested in help collecting signatures), Charter Amendment – BB25 by 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, Assigned to Legislation Committee – An ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the City a proposed amendment to the Charter of the City to maintain the Board of Aldermen as body of twenty-eight Aldermen representing twenty-eight wards, and preventing its reduction beginning December 31, 2021, to a body of fourteen Aldermen representing fourteen wards as called for under Article I, Section 3 of the City Charter; providing for an election to be held for voting on the proposed amendment and the manner for the voting; and for the publication, certification, deposit, and recording of this ordinance; and containing an emergency clause.

Detention Facility Advisory Commissionunclear what impact if any on lawsuitsBB5 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Assigned to Public Safety Committee – An Ordinance establishing a Detention Facility Advisory Commission that shall receive public complaints regarding the City of St. Louis Justice Center and Medium Security Institution detention facilities and shall, at its discretion, review and investigate such complaints as well as patterns of issues and systemic concerns the City’s detention facilities and their operation it has identified and where the Commission deems appropriate, make recommendations to the Department of Public Safety, the Board of Aldermen, and Mayor with respect to Corrections.

Metrolink Security Agreement with St. Clair CountyBB37 by 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Assigned to Public Safety Committee – An ordinance pertaining to the authorization of a mutual aid agreement between the City of St. Louis and St. Clair County, Illinois, for St. Clair County, Illinois, law enforcement officer employees to provide law enforcement services and activities on MetroLink property within the city limits; containing definitions; a severability clause; and an emergency clause.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Monday Night Drop Off: Food Drive for Brown Bag Meals for Unhoused Neighbors

brownbagYou can drop off items at:
Drinking Liberally Happy Hour
6:30-9 pm Monday, April 23
Nadine’s on the Patio, 1931 S 12th, Soulard

We collect individual serving foods for Lafayette Park United Methodist Church’s Brown Bag Meals Program for our unhoused neighbors.

Individual Serving packages of Crackers & Tuna
Individual Serving packages Crackers & Peanut Butter
Individual Serving Fruit Cups
Individual Serving Fruit Drinks
Individual Serving Raisins
Individual Serving Applesauce
Individual Serving Cookies

We are not currently collecting food pantry items, foods that need preparation or refrigeration.

Monday Preservation Board: Asprient Project in CWE + 2306-08 Menard

pierre4 pm Monday, April 23, 2018
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

Agenda With Details/Drawings
City Online Calendar Notice

Soulard, 7th Ward
2306-08 Menard (Owner/Developer/Architect: Randy Middeke/Killeen Studio) Construction of 2 Detached Single-Family Houses on 3 vacant parcels (no plans submitted for the garages). Cultural Resources asks for some revisions.

Central West End/DeBaliviere Place, 28th Ward
5539 Pershing (Owner/Developer/Architect: Asprient Properties-Rainier One LLC/VE Design Group) – Construct 7-Story Apartment Building on site that is half vacant and half parking lot. The Preservation Board Agenda does not list the Asprient part of the ownership.
More about Asprient in 08/03/2016 Riverfront Times: St. Louis-Based Asprient Has Some Tenants Fuming 

It’s likely the project will show up on the Tuesday LCRA Agenda, that will be posted on Monday, for tax abatement.

Asprient is also the developer of Whistler Apartments in Soulard. 11/14/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Soulard apartment project seeks sales tax break, slated for opening by 2019  

And is developer for Bouros Mop Factory in Lafayette Square. 1/10/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New owners plan rehab of Bouras Mop building

Contact the Preservation Board using the email form here 

Monday Drinking Liberally Happy Hour with Cori Bush & Mark Osmack

April232018Join the Left-Leaning Community for socializing and interrogating two congressional candidates…

6:30-9 pm Monday, April 23, 2018
Drinking Liberally St. Louis Chapter Happy Hour
Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th, Soulard
RSVP to mtceselski@aol.com
or Facebook

Format: We will go around the tables and each introduce ourselves and ask our guest speakers an international, national, or state question relating to Congress. Both speakers will answer same question. Please prepare questions in advance.

dl1Guest Speakers for April 23rd include:

1st U.S. House District Candidate Cori Bush – If you are not familiar with Cori, here is an interview with St. Louis Public Radio: Cori Bush and Percy Green discuss 2 generations of St. Louis civil rights protests The 1st House District includes all of St. Louis City and most of North St. Louis County.

2nd U.S. House District Candidate Mark Osmack – The Riverfront Times ran a very interesting piece on Mark: Mark Osmack Is Running for Congress, and You Should Take Him Seriously . The 2nd U.S. House District includes parts of St. Louis County, Jefferson County, and St. Charles County. Mark spoke at our March Happy Hour but the room was under 25 (lots of RSVP cancellations because of weather and flu), so we are inviting him back.

Voter Registration Applications Available

We’re again collecting food for Lafayette Park United Methodist Church’s Brown Bag Meals Program for our unhoused neighbors. Items being collected- individual serving packages of crackers & tuna, crackers & peanut butter, fruit cups, fruit drinks, raisins, applesauce, cookies.
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