Crown Candy Owner To Moderate 7th Ward Candidate Forum

candidate-forumWe’re very pleased to announce Andy Karandzieff, Owner, Crown Candy Kitchen and former Republican Candidate for Mayor, will be King of Questions (Moderator) at our 1:30-4 pm Sunday, June 10th, 2018, Candidate Forum for Democratic Candidates for 79th District State Rep.License Collector, and Recorder of Deeds who completed our Candidate Survey. The event will be held at Nadine’s Gin Joint (Patio), 1931 S 12th, Soulard, and is Open to the Public.

Additional Information

No Public Notice for Thursday BOA Budget Meeting: Sheriff & Circuit Atty

Budget9-10 am Thursday, May 31, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Room Unknown
Maybe Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – None
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Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen, confirmed by Alderman Muhammad tonight
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9 am Sheriff’s Office Budget: p. 89 Sheriff budget will be cut by 5 employees.

9:30 am Circuit Attorney’s Office Budget: p. 88 Circuit Attorney budget will increase by 7 employees to be paid from other than General Revenue, does not say which sales/use tax being used.

During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).

Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen 

Wednesday LRA Agenda: Gardens In McKinley Hts, Fox Park, TGE

communitygarden8:30 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Land Reutilization Authority
SLDC Board Room, 2nd Floor
1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public.
Arrive by 8:15 to sign in to speak

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda: No Agenda or direct link posted with Notice

Agenda

In 6th Ward, Gateway Greening Land Trust is trying to purchase Tower Grove East Community Garden and Fox Park Farm but there is a Double Offer situation with developer Simpson Closser wanting the Tower Grove East Garden parcels

In 7th Ward, McKinley Meadows has made a Counter Offer of $1,050 for its two garden lots at 2257-2261 Missouri.

Wednesday Budget Hearing: 26 Staff To Be Cut From Neighborhood Stabilization

Budget9-11 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – Notice fails to give Agenda (as of 11 pm Tuesday)

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Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen-

9:00 am Board of Public Service Budget

BPS has a $642,106 increase for equipment services. There’s also $5.3 Million in lease purchases of vehicles. One of the things that went very wrong during the Schoemehl Administration’s fiscal crisis was lease purchase agreements with balloon payments. We really had financial problems when those came due.

Facilities Management, the city employees who maintain city buildings, is losing 4 employees. Housekeeping, the employees who clean toilets and floors, dump out trash, losing 1 employee. The carpenters/painters crew for city buildings is being cut by 1 employee. The Facilities Management crew at Police Department was moved to Facilities Management budget and they are losing 2 employees.

10:00 am Public Safety Budget

The Director’s office gets $100,000 more for contractual services.

Fire Dept has 20 positions funded by FEMA grant that ends in October and they have to be added General Revenue expenses afterward.

Building Division- Housing Conservation is adding 1 employee. 2019 will be the first fiscal year for the vacant building registration fee expected to generate $0.5 Million. Lead Abatement program has a $300,000 in contractual services.

Neighborhood Stabilization Office- decrease of 13 employees. Neighborhood Stabilization Team- decrease of 13 employees. 

During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).

Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Tuesday Budget Hearings: Police Dept & Election Board

Budget9-11 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but no public testimony)

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda – Notice fails to give Agenda (as of 8:40 am Monday)
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Agenda- as listed on last page of last Thursday’s Calendar Letter to Board of Aldermen-

9:00 am Police Department Budget: SLMPD Budget begins on page 190 here

I don’t understand the Police Department Budget. There is too much being moved around, funding from so many sources, and I cannot make any sense of it. Normally, I can look at a department budget and say for certain what’s going on. Police Budget, nope.

10:00 am Board of Elections: Elections Budget begins on page 334 here

Election Board will be decreased by 1 staff position. The Personal Services is increased by $651,387 because of all the part-time and election day judges for four elections during the FY2019 cycle- 2 statewide and 2 citywide elections.

During the Budget process, the Board of Aldermen can only decrease a line item, cannot increase a line item. Increasing budget items is up to Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President).

Members of Ways & Means Committee (per City website, which has proven to be inaccurate in these matters) include: Chair 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore, 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard, 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

If you’d like to weigh in on this with your elected officials, here’s who to contact…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

7th Ward Candidate Forum Set For Sunday, June 10th

candidate-forumThe 7th Ward Independent Democrats Candidate Forum for License Collector, Recorder of Deeds, and 79th District State Representative will be held 1:30-4 pm Sunday, June 10th. Place TBA, most likely Nadine’s Patio.

Candidates will receive the candidate survey and forum instructions over next 48 Hours.

We hope to soon announce the name of a very exciting Forum King of Questions (Moderator). Still working on Time Lord (Timekeeper) for the event.

The King of Questions will draw questions from the candidate surveys, read aloud the question and the answer time allotted, and each candidate will answer. The King of Questions will also ask candidates one question of his own preference.

Each candidate will be able to make an opening and closing statement. Order of speakers will be determined by drawing of straws, coin toss, or other fair and impartial manner, and after first question round the order will rotate.

The Time Lord will strictly enforce the time allotted for each speaker.

Candidate survey answers for Personal Side of the Candidate will be posted on our blog as they come in. Answers to Candidate Views portion of survey will be posted to blog after the Candidate Forum. Candidates must complete the survey according to the instructions and by the deadline in order to participate in the Forum.

Drinking and eating will be encouraged at this event.

There will be Attendance Prizes.

Voter Registration will be available.

We will be collecting school supplies and backpacks for schools in 7th Ward neighborhoods at this event. See St. Louis Public Schools Supply List.