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

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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

Agenda 
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:
ssbd_boundrymap

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

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.

Needed:
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.
Asprient
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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Wednesday Vote On Airport Privatization Consultant Contract?

rexcMake your voice heard! Contact Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact information at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Board Room (200), City Hall
1200 Market
Open to the Public City

Online Calendar Notice/Agenda Agenda does not mention Airport Privatization Consultant Contract. Agenda has generic “Approval of Contracts” item and reference to an Exhibit. That’s where the Privatization Consultant Contract with ties to Rex Sinquefield would be found. The Exhibits are never attached to the Agendas posted online. I Sunshined the Exhibits last week. Should have received a reply Tuesday but did not.

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After the E&A business agenda, they will receive the proposed 2019 Budget from the City’s Budget Director. It is not posted yet but will be, eventually, here.

The Mayor has chosen a Rex Sinquefield affiliated consultant for the project. At least one of the two other members of Board of E&A- Comptroller or Board President- must vote with the Mayor in order for the contract to be approved.

It appears that Comptroller Darlene Green will vote with the Mayor on the contract. Page 6 of the Minutes of March Airport Commission Meeting reveal that the Comptroller negotiated and won a financial adviser contract on the deal. That would indicate she got oversight she wanted and probably willing now to vote for the deal.
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Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here

You can submit Comments on airport privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here Y

You can view currently posted Comments (52 so far) to the FAA here

Contact information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Tuesday & Wednesday Bus Service Reduction Meetings

busvintageThere are 27 bus routes serving St. Louis City. Bi-State Development Agency (d.b.a Metro) proposes to Eliminate 5 of 27 bus routes; Eliminate specific streets served for 13 of 27 bus routes; makes no route changes to 6 of 27 bus routes; and makes minor changes to 2 of 27 bus routes. One route- City Limits- I still haven’t figured out.

In Soulard, we’re losing #8 and #20. No more bus service for Allen Market senior citizens. No more bus service for Vincent’s Market and Fields Foods. I don’t count #10 Gravois as an option because Gravois @ Russell and Gravois @ 13th are very dangerous to cross, particularly after dark and even worse when it rains/snow. Lots of people who work here get here by bus.

No more bus service through Shaw and down Russell. No more bus service on Cherokee or in Holly Hills or on The Hill. No more bus service for Crown Candy. No more bus service in a lot of places. That’s the current proposal.

Make your voice heard. Contact Bi-State/Metro, Mayor, Board President, and your Alderman.

4-7 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Bi-State Development Agency
 (d.b.a. Metro )
Information Event on Changes to Bus Service
(Metro Reimagined- increased bus frequency + elimination of bus service)
Central Library, 1301 Olive
Open to the Public

11 am to 2 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Bi-State Development Agency
Public Hearing on Changes to Bus Service
St. Louis City Municipal Court, 1520 Market

Metro Reimagined webpage (includes proposed service map and survey )

Current Bus Service Map

Bi-State does not provide a list of service eliminations/reductions on their websites. Or not yet anyway. I have been comparing current maps and the proposed map. Posting some of the info here after the Contact Information.

Contact Information…
Bi-State/Metro at reimagined@metrostlouis.org
Raymond A. Friem, Executive Director, Metro Transit rafriem@metrostlouis.org
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

Proposed Service Changes…
I am not including County buses. Don’t have time for that. I am not including info on frequency increases/reductions because it varies greatly from route to route and time of day when compared to current schedules.

#4 Natural Bridge: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: No Change

#8 Morganford: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated on Shaw, Grand, Russell, S 12th. New Route would be Central West End Transit Center to Catalan Loop Transit Center via Duncan, Boyle, Vandeventer, Tower Grove, Center Cross, Arsenal, Morganford, Meramec, and Broadway

#10 Gravois LindellCurrent Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: No Change

#11 Chippewa: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated on Jefferson between Chouteau and Market, Market from Jefferson to 14th, and 14th from Market to Spruce

#13 Union: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: No Change

#14 Botanical Gardens: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Route Eliminated

#16 City Limits: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: unclear

#18 Taylor: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated on Carter, Marcus, Lee. Service ends at O’Fallon Park Rec Center. Service Eliminated to North Broadway Taylor Transit Center.

#19 St. Louis Avenue: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated to St. Charles Rock Road Transit Center as well as St. Louis Avenue to North 13th (Crown Candy, LaMancha Coffee, et al) and Howard. New route starts at Delmar Loop Transit Center, goes east on Delmar, north on Goodfellow, east on St. Louis Avenue, south on N Florissant, south on N 13th to Civic Center Transit

#20 South Broadway: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Route Eliminated

#30 Arsenal: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated to NGA on S 2nd, Watson, Chippewa, Shrewsbury Transit Center. New Route is Arsenal, north on McCausland, west on Southwest into St. Louis County, Manchester, ends at Maplewood Transit Center

#31 Chouteau: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service extended to Maplewood Commons Shopping Center

#32 Martin Luther King: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Would serve Cole, not Washington Ave, 9th, 10th

#40 North Broadway: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: No Change

#41 Lee: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: From Civic Center will run north on 14th to Cole (not Carr) to 20th, then regular route + instead of ending at Halls Ferry Circle/Riverview will continue to Jennings Station

#42 Sarah: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated to North Broadway Taylor Transit Center. Forest Park to Sarah (not Vandeventer, Laclede) north to Evans (not Aldine) to Whittier (not Sarah, Labadie, Ashland) to Fair, W Florissant, ends Harris

#59 Dogtown: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated to Hampton and St. Louis County. New Route is CWE Transit Center south on Taylor to Clayton and around Hudlin Park, Kingshighway south to Oakland and St. Louis Community College, ending Wise

#70 Grand: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated to North Broadway Taylor Transit Center. Route will end at Grand @ N 20th

#73 Carondelet Broadway: Current Schedule/Maps
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated to Lemp and Cherokee. New Route is Civic Center/14th south to Chouteau east to Broadway, south to Meramec, west to Virginia, south to Michigan, south to Ivory and Alabama and into St. Louis County, ending at South County Center

#74 Florissant: Current Schedule/Maps
Proposed Route Changes: No Change

#80 Park Shaw: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Route Eliminated

#90 Hampton: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Service Eliminated thru Forest Park. Service will go around Forest Park and return to normal route at DeBaliviere. Service Eliminated on McLaren and Halls Ferry, new route is Goodfellow to Hall Ferry Circle and Riverview to Riverview Transit Center. On the south, Service Eliminated to Catalan Transit Center, service stops at Hampton Transit Center.

#94 Page: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: New Route is 14th (not 18th) to Market, west to North Compton to MLK and Page, west to St. Louis County

#95 Kingshighway: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: No Change

#96 Market Street Shuttle: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Route Eliminated

#97 Delmar: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Barely resembles Delmar route. Eliminated Service to Washington Ave, 14th to Compton. Service on Delmar at 14th west to Jefferson, serving MLK west from Jefferson to Franklin, west to Enright, Vandeventer back to Delmar and west to St. Louis County.

#99 Downtown Trolley: Current Schedule/Map
Proposed Route Changes: Route Eliminated

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Monday: Last Day for 2017-2018 Board of Aldermen Session

City Hall3Make your voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President on issues you care about. Contact info at end of post.

10 am Monday, April 16, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Sine Die (adjournment of 2017-2018 Session)
Board Chambers, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

Online Calendar Notice (No Agenda posted with meeting notice)

Agenda found here

Appointments by Mayor
Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority Commission: Christoher Saracino
St. Louis Housing Authority Commission: Regina D. Fowler and Bryan Cave real estate development attorney Constantino Ochoa

Some of the Bills still on Calendar:
Board Bill 34CS: Health Clinic Buffer Zone
Board Bill 171: Removing Paul McKee’s Vacant Building Fee Exemption
Board Bill 233: Subpoena Power for (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Board Bill 262AA: City Foundry #2 TIF

Contact Information for Your Alderman and Board President