New BOA Committee On Youth Seeks Public Input Monday Night

public_hearingThis is a new Board of Aldermen Committee soliciting public comment on purpose and focus of committee.

6 pm Monday, July 1, 2019
Board of Aldermen
Education & Youth Matters Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda.

Facebook Event.  

Members of Committee include Chair/20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, Vice Chair 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 8th Ward Alderwoman Annie Rice,9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 26th Ward Alderwoman Shameem Hubbard, 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Info for all Alderpersons and President Reed

Airport Privatization News Updated

yTkejEGTEGet the latest on Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary here.

Airport Privatization-related Meetings this week:

1 pm Tuesday BOA Transportation Committee: Airport Privatization Public Vote (added 8:38 am Monday)

2 pm Tuesday Rex Inc Airport Advisory Working Group

2 pm Wednesday Airport Commission

Monday Preservation Board Appeals: Twisted Ranch- Illegal Signage; Soulard Garage Door- vehicle door & curb cut

TwistedRanchSignComments may be submitted up to an hour before each Board meeting and will be presented to the Board and entered in the meeting record. Email comments to Adona Buford, Preservation Board Secretary at

4 pm Monday, June 24, 2019
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

Online City Calendar Notice

Agenda With Details/Drawings/History of Structures (there are some interesting mistakes in the Agenda. On one page a Soulard property is said to be in Central West End. On two pages, Shannon’s and Jack Buck’s are noted on 7th Street in Soulard.

In Soulard Historic District, 7th Ward, 1729-31 S. 7th @ Soulard, Twisted Ranch Restaurant – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to retain 100 foot signage painted without a permit. There are two additional illegal signs on posts. – Cultural Resources Office Staff recommends Preservation Board uphold the Director’s denial

In Soulard Historic District, 7th Ward, 711 Soulard, Soulard Garage Door and Fence – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to widen existing vehicle door and construct new curb cut – Cultural Resources Office Staff recommends Preservation Board approve the widening of the vehicle door but uphold the Director’s denial of the 12-foot curb cut

In Benton Park Historic District, 9th Ward, 3327 Illinois, Shaw Holding Group new construction – Appeal of Director’s Denial to construct a 2-story Single-Family Building on vacant lot – Cultural Resources Office Staff recommends Preservation Board overturn the Director’s Denial of the new construction, with conditions

See Agenda for other items in Shaw, Forest Park Southeast, and North I-44

Two Soulard, 1 Benton Park Occupancy Permit Appeals Today

public_hearing1:30 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2019
St. Louis Board of Adjustment
Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice


In Soulard, 7th Ward…

900 Shenandoah @ S 9th, previously 9th Street Deli, across from Pontiac Square Park, 7th Ward – Appeal #20233 filed by Soulard Gyro & Deli, LLC, previously at 2022 S 12th, from the determination of Building Commissioner in denial of an occupancy permit authorizing
+ sit down/carry out restaurant no liquor
+ front seating
Zone: D – Multiple Family Dwelling District

2/29/2019 Riverfront Times: Soulard Gyro Is Moving to a Bigger, Better Spot in Soulard

1009 Russell, Soulard Fine Arts Building, same building as The Island Frozen Yogurt & Liqueurs, 7th Ward –  Appeal #20235 filed by Eclectic Taste from the determination of the Building Commissioner in the denial of an occupancy permit authorizing
+ retail sales business; retail sales of clothing and accessories
Zone: D – Multiple-Family Dwelling District

In Benton Park, 9th Ward…

2800 Indiana @ Lynch, Benton Park, 9th Ward – Appeal #20232 Appeal filed by Rain Dog LLC, dba Small Change from the determination of the Building Commissioner in the denial of an occupancy permit authorizing
+ bar
+ outdoor seating
ZONE: F – Neighborhood Commercial District

3/1/2018 Riverfront TimesSmall Change Brings That Planter’s House Magic to a Benton Park Dive

We Need Answers On Today’s Cancelled COB Meeting

COBOfficeSomething is up at the St. Louis City Civilian Oversight Board, the agency charged with reviewing and investigating “citizen complaints against alleged misconduct of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.”

Per the City’s Public Meeting and Public Event online Calendars, the June 17th COB “Open Board” meeting was cancelled on June 13th.

→ Was the City’s (Police) Civilian Oversight Board meeting cancelled because of  The Plain View Project exposing racist/bigoted posts on social media by St. Louis police and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed calling for COB review of the posts?

→ Why does the cancellation say “Open Board” instead of Board? Per past meeting Agendas, the COB always meets at 3 pm and votes to go into Closed Session (not open to public) and at 5 pm begins Open Session (open to the public). Is there still a Closed Session Today?

→ What happened to COB Public Comment period? November 19, 2018 COB Meeting Agenda was the last Agenda showing a Public Comment period.

→ Where are the 2019 COB Meeting Minutes? The last online posted Meeting Minutes are for December 18, 2018 meeting. #TransparencyFail

→ Why has Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards been frequenting the 4th Floor of 1520 Market, City Hall West, where the COB Office is located? His office is in Room 401, 1200 Market, City Hall. Edwards, as Public Safety Director, is the boss of the Police Department the COB is charged to investigate complaints on.  The COB is supposed to be an independent agency.

Additional reading*. As you can see, this local news story is also a national story.

6/17/2019: The Seattle Medium: Thousands Of Police Officers Outed In Slew of Racist Facebook Posts

6/14/2019 St. Louis American: Public (and one cop) tells police leadership of their distrust and fear of police

6/12/2019 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Religious Leaders Want Police Officers Fired For Racist Social Media Posts

6/11/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Racist Facebook posts by St. Louis police getting ‘extensive’ review

6/10/2019 KMOX: City police Facebook posts under review

6/10/2019 Channel 2 Fox: St. Louis aldermen hold hearing to discuss police officers’ racist social media posts

6/7/2019 AP: Racist, violent posts by police: St. Louis police among those investigating

6/7/2019 AP: St. Louis officers pulled from street over social media posts

6/7/2019 Channel 5 KSDK: Several St. Louis police officers put on administrative duty while internal affairs investigation underway

6/6/2019 St. Louis American: Nasheed calls for civilian review of bigoted social media posts by cops

6/6/2019 APCity of St. Louis Workers Headed for Social Media Training

6/6/2019 St. Louis American Editorial: Time to ‘do something about’ racism in St. Louis police ranks 

6/6/2019 Across U.S., officials alarmed by the Facebook posts of police officers

6/5/2019 The RootPolice Officers Get Exposed for Making Racist Social Media Posts, So Cities Decide to Investigate

6/5/2019 AP: Departments investigating racist, violent posts by police

6/5/2019 St. Louis American: Ethical Society of Police calls for firing of cops over racist posts

6/5/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis to step up anti-discrimination training for all civil service workers, not just police

6/5/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sensitivity training coming for St. Louis officers in wake of report on racist Facebook posts

6/4/2019 Washington Post: Racist posts from police officers’ social media accounts trigger a wave of investigations

6/4/2019 CNN: St. Louis and Philadelphia police are investigating reports of racist, anti-Muslim Facebook posts by some city officers

6/4/2019 Channel 2 Fox: St. Louis police investigating reports of officers’ offensive Facebook posts

6/4/2019 KMOX: St. Louis police under investigation for racist, violent social media posts

6/4/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Police investigate racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts linked to St. Louis officers 

6/3/2019 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Cops’ Nastiest Facebook Posts Now Being Reviewed by Internal Affairs

6/3/2019 Hundreds of racist, violent Facebook posts linked to St. Louis police officers by national group

6/3/2019 The Hill: Analysis of police officers’ Facebook accounts finds hundreds of violent, racist posts

6/3/2019 Washington PostWhen Police Officers Vent on Facebook

6/1/2019 BuzzFeed: A review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of officers around the US — the largest database of its kind — found officers endorsing violence against Muslims, women, and criminal defendants.

*If I missed a news story related to the racist posts, email link to me at to I can update the list.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman