Thursday STL Dem Debate Watch Parties

DemDebateA tentative contract agreement has been reached between Unite Here Local 11 and  Sodexo. Thursday’s Democratic Presidential Debate at Loyola Marymount University will go on.

Watch Parties in St. Louis are scheduled at…

In St. Louis City

Join 24th Ward Progressive Democrats
@ Pat Connolly Tavern
6400 Oakland, Dogtown
Event Info

Join Team Warren for Pot Luck
3910 McDonald, Tower Grove
Event Info

Join Team Warren & Drinking Liberally
@ Urban Chestnut
4465 Manchester, The Grove
Event Info

Join Steven Smith
@ The Royale
3132 S Kingshighway, Tower Grove South
Event Info

In St. Louis County…

Join Team Warren
@ Fitz’s Balcony Bar
6605 Delmar, University City
Event Info

Join Team Yang
@ Fitz’s Balcony Bar
6605 Delmar, University City
Event Info

Join Team Warren
@  Rock & Brews St. Louis
17258 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield
Event Info

Holiday Events In 7th Ward Neighborhoods

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Fridays 4-8 pm
Saturdays-Sundays Noon-8 pm
Monday, December 23 to Wednesday, January 1 Noon-8 pm
Downtown
Winterfest Ice Rink @ Kiener Plaza
Free if you bring your own skates.
Free skate rental Fridays for Children (ages 3-15)
Skate rentals $12 Adults, $7 Children (ages 3-15)

Wednesday through Saturday, Tours 11 am, Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm
Soulard/Benton Park
Christmas @ DeMenil Mansion
$10 Adult, $5 Children under age 12

Fridays-Sundays 5-10 pm thru December  30
Soulard
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights
Free

Special Events

10:30 am Friday, December 13, 2019
Downtown
Storytime Theater presents A Christmas Carol @ Central Library
1301 Olive
Perfect for Grades K-5
Free

5-8 pm Friday, December 13, 2019
Soulard
Santa Comes to Soulard
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Santa for the kids, cookies, music
Free

7-9 pm Friday, December 13, 2019
Soulard
Handbell Concert @ Trinity Lutheran Church
812 Soulard
Free

5-8 pm Friday, December 13, 2019
Downtown & Compton Hill
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Campbell House Museum @ 1508 Locust
Magic Chef Mansion @ 3400 Russell
$30 Advance, $40 Limited Day Of

10 am Saturday, December 14, 2019
Soulard
Keys for Keys Carols at the Spinet Concert @ Soulard Market
Free, but donations accepted for Places for People assisting persons who are homeless

10 am to 4 pm, Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown
Makers Market @ City Museum
750 N 16th
Shop Goods/Gifts from 25 Local Makers + Brands, Live Music, S’mores & Hot Chocolate
$16 Admission to Museum

2 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown
Storytime Theater presents Holidays Around The World @ Central Library
1301 Olive
Perfect for Kids
Free

3 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Soulard
St. Louis Metro Singers Holiday Concert @ Saints Peter & Paul Church
8th @ Allen
Fee, but collection for the singers will be taken

5 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown
3rd Annual Neighbors United Holiday Dinner hosted by Pot Bangerz
Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust
Volunteers needed, donations of gifts for the homeless needed
Free, everyone welcome

5-8 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019
Downtown & Compton Hill
An Old Fashioned Christmas
Campbell House Museum @ 1508 Locust
Magic Chef Mansion @ 3400 Russell
$30 Advance, $40 Limited Day Of

Noon-5 pm Sunday, December 15, 2019
LaSalle Park
Holiday Bazaar @ 4 Hands Brewery
1220 S 8th
A Holidays Shopping opportunity, 15 vendors and growing
Free

Noon Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Downtown
Holiday Concert @ Old Courthouse, Gateway Arch
Music by Vita Cantus Choir
Free

11 am to 1 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Downtown
Holiday Open House @ Central Express Library
815 Olive #160
Light Refreshments
Free

6-10 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Benton Park
Benton Park Neighborhood Association Holiday Party & Membership Drive
Yemanji Brasil, 2900 Missouri
Info pending

7-10 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Soulard
Christmas Tree Painting @ Jingle Bar
Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S 12th
Paint & Sip Party with local artist Brittany Halaska
$35 Advance

4-6 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019
Downtown
Winter Break Party for Kids @ Central Library
1301 Olive
For K-5 & Teens. Crafts, Activities, Winter Treats
Free

6 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019
Downtown
Holiday Concert with Carlos Brown, Jr of Jazz St. Louis @ Central Library
1301 Olive
Free

4 pm Saturday, December 21, 2019
Downtown
The Longest Night Service & Candle Lighting Ceremony
Centenary United Methodist Church, 55 Plaza Square
The names of those who have died homeless in the past year will be read, candles will be lit in their honor. 
Free

5-10 pm Monday, January 6, 2020
Soulard
Twelfth Night Celebration, official start of Soulard Mardi Gras
Party Tent @ Soulard Market Park on Lafayette
5 pm Doors Open. 5:15 pm petitioning to begin Mardi Gras. 6:40 pm parade/procession thru Soulard, then crowing of Mardi Gras Rex and raising the Mardi Gras flag.
Free. Cash Bar @ Tent.

St. Louis Bus & Train Riders Unite: Meeting Monday

BuschBusRide a Metro/Bi-State bus/train? Previously rode a bus/train but had to give it up because your route/stop was eliminated or became too inefficient/inconvenient to use? Would you leave the driving and parking to Metro/Bi-State if only decent service were provided in your area? This meeting is for you. Riders are organizing for changes and need your participation.

7-8:30 pm Monday, December 16, 2019
Transit Justice Organizing Meeting
Sponsored by St. Louis Economic Justice Coalition
@ World Community Center
438 N Skinker @ Kingsbury, Central West End
Open to the Public
Pizza & Soft Drinks provided
Event Facebook Page

Public Transit to Event
2-3 Blocks South of Meeting Place: Metrolink Skinker Train Station #16 City Limits bus
3-4 Blocks North of Meeting Place: #97 Delmar bus

Wednesday: State Auditor Galloway To Speak @ Aldridge’s 78th Dist Town Hall

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Very pleased to share that State Auditor Nicole Galloway, CPA will speak @ 7 pm Wednesday’s 78th Dist Town Hall @ Central Library sponsored by Rasheen Aldridge 78th District State Rep Elect

Galloway is currently auditing the City of St. Louis, department by department. Recently, her highly critical audit of the City’s special tax districts was released.

Galloway will also be on St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis On The Air at Noon Wednesday. You may Tweet questions for Galloway @STLonAir or email questions to talk@stlpublicradio.org

This 78th District Town Hall is also a collection point for donated new games, toys, dolls, etc. for the 78th District Christmas Toy Drive for needy children. Bring something if you’re able.

7 pm Wednesday, December 11, 2019
78th District Town Hall with State Rep. Elect Rasheen Aldridge
& Toy Drive
Central Library, 1301 Olive
Open to the Public
Everyone Welcome

Facebook Event page

Tuesday Airport Privatization Scam Meeting

rexcA lot has gone on in the privatization process for St. Louis Lambert Airport over the past week. The Airport Commission, which will have no say on privatization, had a heated conversation with Deputy Mayor Linda Martinez, the Mayor’s staff lead on privatization.  During the grilling, it was discovered that Martinez is not familiar with “risk assessment.”

Board President Lewis Reed, who has a seat on the Airport Commission, told Channel 2 Fox News that the Airport Commission has a say in privatization, which is incorrect.

There is a lot of land around airport (but not all) that is OK environmentally, according to a consultant, and can be developed, either by the City after bonds paid off in a few years or via lease of operations (privatization). The Rex Inc Airport Privatization Scam is as much about land development as it is making money for consultants.

But there’s also airport related land with environmental issues and a Sunshine request has been made to get the information.

Board Bill 175 was filed to require a public vote on privatization of City assets, including but not limited to St. Louis Lambert Airport.

And to no one’s surprise, Friday, a lawsuit was finally filed against the City for conducting airport privatization business in private and to void decisions made in private. 

Make your voices heard on Airport Privatization. Contact the Mayor, Comptroller, Board President, BOA Transportation Chair, and your Alderman. Comment online to Federal Aviation Administration. Contact links provided in this post.

11 am Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Airport Privatization Advisory Working Group Meeting
Third Floor Conference Room, 1520 Market Street, City Hall West
Most of the Meeting will be Closed to the Public

City Calendar Meeting Notice

Agenda. It’s not clear from the Agenda if the Request for Proposals will be issued this week or not. Once that happens, the timeline for privatization may be within six months.

Video of 12/05/2019 Meeting of the Airport Privatization Working Group (the part open to the public)

Video of the 12/04/2019 Airport Commission Meeting where Commissioners took the Mayor’s staff to woodshed.

St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed(news articles from 3/23/2017 to Present as well as information on pending legislation for a public vote on airport privatization and grant funding for privatization research)

Please post a comment online to Federal Aviation Administration on St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization (APPP) here. There are 123 Comments last I checked. You can view them here. 

The St. Louis Not For Sale Prop V initiative petition drive is underway to require a public vote before Lambert Airport Privatization. https://www.facebook.com/STLNFS/

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Alderwoman Marlene Davis (member of Airport Commission, Chair of BOA Transportation Committee)
Members of Board of Aldermen

Tuesday Liquor License Hearing for Reign Restaurant @ Former Copia

drinks9:00 am Wednesday, December 10, 2019
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 
1200 Market
Open to the Public City

Calendar Notice/Agenda

9:20 am Hearing
1122 Washington Unit 1, previously Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden, Downtown, 7th Ward – Reign Restaurant – Dana Kelly, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Summer Garden

Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Sunshine Issues Continue

DecSSBDSoulard Special Business District is a special taxing district that funds security/safety services within part of Soulard via property tax collected in part of Soulard. Boundaries.

This Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 on requiring meeting notices be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law, which requires Notice AND Agenda posted 24 Business Hours in advance. For a 6:30 pm Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted online by 6:30 pm previous Friday. SSBD did not post on City Calendar until 7:53 am Today/Monday and the Notice has no Agenda.

Soulard Special Business District is not Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee, which posts meeting notices and agendas on Nextdoor and Soulard’s weekly email newsletter, as a neighborhood association activity, is not required to post to City Calendar.

Soulard Special Business District is not the new Soulard Community Improvement District, which will fund improvements in part of Soulard via special sales tax collected in part of Soulard. Two of the Special Business District directors, however, are also Community Improvement District directors. Boundaries

Special Taxing Districts have received great criticism from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

6:30-8 pm Monday, December 9, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

Agenda: Not Provided in City Calendar Notice or Soulard Special Business District’s website.

Most recent posted Meeting Minutes: None. Soulard Special Business District does not post Minutes online.

Soulard Special Business District also does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart showing percentages to various categories. That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen. Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF, the off duty police officers who patrol in Soulard, Downtown, elsewhere in vehicles marker “Police.”. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

There’s $6,000 budgeted for “Business Management,” so there’s no reason meeting Notices & Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.