Airport Privatization So-Called Community Meetings This Week

rexthrone2More privatization of the airport privatization process. The Rex Sinquefield-paid consultants have scheduled three public meetings this week but didn’t tell the public about them.

6-7:30 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Carpenter Library, 3309 S Grand, Tower Grove South
Public Transit: #8 Shaw-Cherokee, #70 Grand

7-8:30 pm Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Schlafly Library, 225 N Euclid,  Central West End
Public Transit: #10 Gravois-Lindell, #13 Union

2-3:30 pm Saturday. November 2, 2019
Walnut Park Library, 5760 W Florissant, Walnut Park
Public Transit: #74 Florissant

More information on this Epic Transparency  Fail over at Great State of St. Louis blog.

4 pm Tonight Preservation Agenda: 2 Benton Park, 2 LafSq Items + Closed Meeting

Missouri homesComments 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, October 28, 2019
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public Online

City Calendar Notice/Agenda

Agenda With Details/Drawings/History of Structures

In Lafayette Square Historic District, 7th Ward, 1025 Dolman @ LaSalle – Construct 2-Story Single-Family House – Staff Recommends approval with conditions

In Lafayette Square Historic District, 6th Ward, 2201-45 Hickory @ Missouri – Construct 14 Single-Family Houses – Staff Recommends approval with conditions

In Benton Park Historic District, 9th Ward, 3315 & 3327 Missouri – Construct 2-Story Single-Family house; complete alterations to adjacent single-family; construct various site improvements including garage & parking pad between the properties – Staff Recommends approval with conditions

In Benton Park Historic District, 9th Ward, 2864 Lemp – Appeal of Administrative Denial to construct 2-Story Two-Family building – Staff Recommends overturning Administrative Denial with conditions

Also on Agenda (see Agenda for details )…

3 Appeals in Central West End, all in 28th Ward

National Register Nomination for Standard Stamping Company Factory @ 2000 N Broadway, Near North Riverfront, 5th Ward

National Register Nomination for United Railways Spring Avenue Substation/Trouble Station @ adjacent Rumbold Park, Jeff-Vander-Lou, 4th Ward

And the Agenda includes the legally required notice for closed session…

“Roll call vote in open session to hold a closed meeting pursuant to the following: Proceedings involving legal actions, causes of actions or litigation or confidential or privileged communications with attorneys or auditors as provided by Section 610.021 (1)RSMo. and/or Section 610.021 (17)RSMo.”

I do not recall ever seeing that on Preservation Board Agenda. It’s one of the most transparent government entities, possibly most, in City: agendas posted online way in advance of meetings, very detailed agendas, meeting minutes posted online.

I’m told the Closed Meeting is required to receive updates from City Counselor’s Office and Cultural Affairs Staff on lawsuits to overturn decisions by Preservation Board.

— Marie Ceselski, former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

UPDATE: 78th District Special Election

RasheenonBallotFriday’s Deadline has come and gone for November 5th Special Election Write-In Candidates to file with Missouri Secretary of State.

In the 78th District, 9th Ward Republican Committeeman Mark H. Comfort filed a campaign committee- Comfort ! -with Missouri Ethics Commission on October 2nd. He then filed Limited Activity for his 8 Days Before Election Campaign Finance Report.

But, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website, Comfort did not file paperwork with Secretary of State to actually be counted as a Write in Candidate by Friday’s deadline. 

RasheencityhallphotoCongratulations to Rasheen Aldridge, officially unopposed on the ballot or by write-in candidate, the only candidate without an opponent in the November 5th Special Election, the next 78th District State Representative.

At the August 22nd Deadline for political parties and Nonpartisan/Independent candidates to file for 78th District’s Special Election, the only candidate to file was 5th Ward Democratic Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge. The Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Constitution Parties could have submitted a nominee but did not. No one submitted petition signatures to get on the ballot as an Independent candidate. Less than 200 signatures were needed.

Aldridge defeated 7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray Jr. for the nomination. Last year, Aldridge defeated Murray in his re-election bid for chairmanship of the 78th District Democratic Party Committee.

Absentee Voting is underway for the November 5th Special Election to fill the vacancy caused by resignation of 78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.  In all, there are six Missouri House seats across the state with Special Elections that day.

78th District Missouri House Special Election
Special Saturday In Person Absentee Voting
9 am to 1 pm Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Board of Elections, 300 North Tucker

You may also vote Absentee in person 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Elections, 300 North Tucker. Absentee Ballot Information including Printable Application

Check your Voter Registration here

In the 7th Ward, Voters in Precincts 4, 5, and 6 (voting at Central Library in Downtown, St. Vincent’s Hall in LaSalle Park, and Metropolitan Community Church in Soulard) are in 78th District. Voters in 7th Ward, Precincts 1, 2, 3 (voting at Sigel School in McKinley Heights) are in 79th District represented by State Rep. LaKeySha Bosley.

All Wards and Precincts located within 78th District:

2nd Ward, 6th Precinct
3rd Ward, 1st Precinct
3rd Ward, 9th Precinct
5th Ward, 2nd Precinct
5th Ward, 3rd Precinct
5th Ward, 4th Precinct
5th Ward, 5th Precinct
5th Ward, 6th Precinct
5th Ward, 8th Precinct
6th Ward, 8th Precinct
6th Ward, 9th Precinct
7th Ward, 4th Precinct
7th Ward, 5th Precinct
7th Ward, 6th Precinct
8th Ward, 6th Precinct
9th Ward, 1st Precinct
9th Ward, 3rd Precinct
9th Ward, 4th Precinct
9th Ward, 5th Precinct
9th Ward, 6th Precinct
20th Ward, 1st Precinct
20th Ward, 3rd Precinct
20th Ward, 5th Precinct
20th Ward, 6th Precinct
25th Ward, 6th Precinct

7th Ward Halloween Goings On

halloween22019 Halloween Events & Weather-related Cancellations in/near 7th Ward Neighborhoods – Please check event’s information page for additional cancellations.


Indoors. 8 pm Friday, October 25, 2019- Edgar Allan Poe, as Interpreted by Anne Louise Williams @ Lemp Mansion. Adults. $20.  3322 DeMenil.

Outdoors. Noon-2 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Benton Park Halloween Parade & Trunk or Treat. Kid friendly. Free. Benton Park Neighborhood.

Indoors/Outdoors. 5-8 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Benton Park Halloween Tour sponsored by St. Louis History & Architecture, Adults. $15. Benton Park Neighborhood.

Indoors. 8 pm to 12:30 am Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Lemp Mansion Halloween Bash. Adults. $70 Advance. $80 Door. 3322 DeMenil.

Indoors. 7 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2019 – Halloween Trivia @ Lemp Mansion. Adults. $40. 3322 DeMenil.


Outdoors. Compton Heights should be having a Hayride but the only information on their website is Ticket purchase.

Indoors. 5-8 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Magic Chef Mansion Haunted House Halloween Tour. Adults. $18. 3400 Russell.


Indoors. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 25-27, 2019. Trick or Treat at City Museum’s Slides. Kid friendly. $16. 750 N 16th.

Indoors. 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Kids’ Blues Boogie Family Day sponsored by National Blues Museum. Kid friendly. Free. But unclear if there’s a Fee for accompanying adults. 615 Washington.

Indoors. Noon to 4 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Monster Mash Teen Party sponsored by Central Library. Teen friendly. Free. 1301 Olive.

Indoors. 2-4 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Monster Mash K-5 Kids Party sponsored by Central Library. K-5 friendly. Free. 1301 Olive.

Indoors. 6:30-10 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Frights & Heights @ Gateway Arch. Kid friendly. $17 includes Tram trip to top of Arch; Kids under 3 Free. 11 N 4th.


CANCELLED but businesses still have candy for Trick or Treaters, so please stop by: 11 am to 1 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Tricks & Treats on Park sponsored by Lafayette Square Business Association. Kid & Pet friendly. Free. Lafayette Square’s Fountain Park Plaza, Park Ave @ Mississippi Ave.

Rain or Shine. 1-5 pm Saturday, October 26, 2019 – STLBeer Halloween Party sponsored by St. Louis Brewers Heritage Foundation. Adults Only. $40 Drinker. $5 Designated Driver. Lafayette Park @ 2023 Lafayette.


Outdoors. 5-8 pm Friday, October 25, 2019 – Soulard Halloween Decorated Golf Cart Parade & Trunk or Treat sponsored by Soulard Restoration Group. Kid & Pet friendly. Free. Soulard Neighborhood. Starts at BKZ Legion Post 422, 2601 S 11th @ Sidney.

Indoors. 7:30 pm to 12:30 am Saturday, October 26, 2019 – Magic, Mystics & Mayhem: A Vintage Halloween Soiree @ Mad Art Gallery. Adults. Price varies. 2727 S 12th.

Indoors/Outdoors. 4 pm to Midnight Saturday, October 26, 2019. Soulard Halloween Pub Crawl. Adults. Tickets vary. Soulard Neighborhood.

Outdoors. 6-9 pm Thursday, October 31, 2019 – Trick or Treat Soulard. 


This Week’s Airport Privatization Meetings

rexcMake your voice heard!
2 pm Today/Tuesday, October 23, 2019
Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President)
Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to Public but Room holds very few people
Meeting Agenda  includes “Airport Working Group update on the status of the process of exploring a public-private partnership for the lease, management, operation and/or development of the Airport by Paul Payne, Chairman” – Payne is City’s Budget Director. He recently voted with Mayor and Board President, who have ability to fire him, to go forward on Airport Privatization with Request For Qualifications. These updates were required every 60 days by Board of Aldermen Resolution. They have not happened.
11 am Thursday, October 24, 2019
Airport Privatization Advisory Working Group
Rom 3005, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public
1 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019
Board of Aldermen
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
Agenda includes
Board Bill 19 for Public Vote on Airport Privatization via ordinance 
Board Bill 77 for Public Vote on Airport Privatization via charter amendment
Board Bill 93 for Federal Grant to assist Board of Aldermen examine Airport Privatization 
Presentation by Airport Privatization Consultants. Again, these are consultants paid for by Rex Sinquefied’s Grow Missouri. Sinquefield will be reimbursed if a privatization deal is made. AND per Board of Aldermen Resolution, these privatization updates were due every 60 days and have not happened.
Background information on Airport Privatization
News archives on Airport Privatization since 3/2017

CANCELLED. Mayor’s Freeholders might get confirmed Today/Wednesday

citycountymap2See St. Louis Post-Dispatch story on Cancellation.

Deadline for confirmation by Board of Aldermen of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s 9 Board of Freeholder Nominees is Today/Wednesday.

Last Night/Tuesday, St. Louis County Council confirmed 8 of 9 Nominees made by County Executive Sam Page. The 9th Nominee has been out of the country and not available for a vetting meeting with County Council. She will likely be confirmed next week.

Under Missouri Constitution, Governor appoints 19th Freeholder, someone from outside City and County. Yesterday, Governor Mike Parson appointed someone who lives in Jefferson County but owns property and works at a law firm in St. Louis County. I don’t think that embraces the spirit of the constitutional provision- someone without a vested interest in outcome of Freeholders, someone neutral.

The hold up in City on confirmation is representation of North City on the Freeholders Board. Of the Mayor’s 9 Nominees, only one resides in North City.

The Mayor’s Nominees were sent to Board of Aldermen’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. It met once to vet Nominees and has meet twice to deliberate and vote on Nominees. No vote has taken place. The fourth meeting is today.

2:30 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Meeting on Mayor’s Nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders Meeting Notice/Agenda

Also scheduled for a special meeting today is the Full Board of Aldermen. The Full Board has its regularly scheduled meetings on Fridays, except when Friday is a holiday weekend.

If Intergovernmental Affairs Committee does not approve the Mayor’s Nominees, there may be a move to bypass the Committee and bring the Nominees to floor for vote by Full Board. Whether they can do that legally is in question. Board of Aldermen Rules provide a mechanism to remove “bills” from committees and bring them to Full Board without approval by committee. But nominations by Mayor are not bills. There is no bill sponsor or document other than letter from Mayor announcing her nominee.

4 pm Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Board of Aldermen
Meeting Agenda includes Mayor’s Nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders Meeting Notice/Agenda

Board of Freeholders background information
News archive since 11/2018 on Freeholders and County Charter Commission
Freeholder-related meeting information
may be found at the St. Louis City-County Board of Freeholders News Feed

Tuesday Debate Watch Parties

DemDebateRSVP if Event Info request. Advise showing up by 6ish to get a seat. Tip your server generously.

Please Boycott the event sponsored by Missouri Democratic Party and St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee and instead patronize these responsible establishments and sponsors.

Join 24th Ward Progressive Democrats @ The Third Rail, 5625 Manchester. Event Info

Join Elizabeth Warren supporters in Midtown @ TURN Restaurant, 3224 Locust. Event Info

Join Elizabeth Warren supporters in South City @ Lulu’s Ping Pong Bar, 3201 S Grand. Event Info

Join STL DSA for Bernie @ Earthbound Brewing, 2724 Cherokee. Event Info

Join Nebula & 4Hands Brewing @ 3407 S Jefferson. Event Info

Join 314 City Bar @ 1137 Washington. Event Info

Join Rationalist Society @ 4252 Westminster Pl. Event Info

— Marie Ceselski, Former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman


Update: 78th District Election

rasheensignOctober 2nd, 9th Ward GOP Committeeman Mark Comfort opened a candidate account with Missouri Ethics Committee to run as a Write-In Candidate for 78th District State Representative Special Election on November 5th.

St. Louis City Democratic Committeepeople with precincts in the 78th District met, voted, and nominated 78th District Chair, 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge for the post.

No other political party committee nominated a candidate.

No one collected the 200 petition signatures necessary to run as an Independent.

As of Monday, October 14th, Comfort had not filed paperwork with Missouri Secretary of State to be a Write-In Candidate. He has a Friday, October 25th Deadline. Even if he files with SOS, he will not be on the ballot. Only Rasheen Aldridge will be on the ballot.

Voter Registration has ended for this election.

Absentee Voting is underway. Special Saturday Absentee Voting Hours @ Election Board Downtown, 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, November 2nd.

Elect Rasheen Aldridge 78th District State Representative

Tuesday-Wednesday City & County Meetings on Board of Freeholders Nominees

citycountymap24 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019
St. Louis County Council
Meeting on County Executive Sam Page’s nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders
Meeting Notice/Agenda
Open to the Public

11:30 am Wednesday, October 16, 2019
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Intergovernmental Affairs Committee
Meeting to (maybe) vote on Mayor Lyda Krewsons nominees to City-County Board of Freeholders
Meeting Notice/Agenda
Open to the Public
Video of Committee’s previous meeting with Nominees

Lots of information on Board of Freeholders & News Archive 

7th Ward Committeewoman Resigns

democratic_party_logoMarie Ceselski has resigned as 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman and from Missouri Democratic Party.

7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr. will now nominate someone to fill the vacancy and St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee will vote to accept the nomination. City Democrats By-Laws require the vacancy to be filled by the person of choice of the remaining committeeperson.

Party Central Committees in St. Louis City will be elected at the August 4, 2020 Missouri Primary. Filing begins 8:00 am February 25, 2020 and ends at 5 pm March 31, 2020. Filing for Party committeepersons is at the City Board of Election.

Requirements to file for Democratic Party ward committeeperson in St. Louis City

  • Resident of St. Louis City and ward at least 1 year next preceding the election
  • Registered voter in St. Louis City and ward at least 1 year next preceding the election
  • $100 Filing Fee
  • Proof of Identity – Voter Identification card, Missouri driver’s license, birth certificate, or other form of certified identification
  • Candidate Affidavit on Tax Payment
  • You must file a candidate committee or exemption with Board of Election/Missouri Ethics Commission

7th Ward Independent Democrats has dissolved and is no longer registered with Missouri Ethics Commission. The organization’s website content will remain on this site but the site will now convert to 7th Ward St. Louis blog written by former Committeewoman Marie Ceselski and invited writers.