Sunday-Monday Screenings for Oscar Nominated St. Louis Superman

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Oscar nominated Documentary Shorts – including St. Louis Superman (the story of former State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr)  – will be shown in a block 6 pm Sunday and 7 pm Monday at

6 pm Sunday: Des Peres Cinema, 12701 Manchester

6 pm Sunday: Ronnie’s Cinema, 5320 S Lindbergh

7 pm Monday: Des Peres Cinema, 12701 Manchester

7 pm Monday: Ronnie’s Cinema, 5320 S Lindbergh

The Oscars will be awarded Sunday, February 9th

Saturday Galloway for Gov HQ Grand Opening in Soulard

HQJoin State Auditor Nicole Galloway and Supporters
1:30 pm Saturday, February 1st, 2020
For Grand Opening of Galloway for Governor
St. Louis Headquarters*
2200 S 12th, Soulard

Speakers: State Auditor Nicole Galloway
State Senator Jamilah Nasheed
78th District State Rep. Rasheen Aldridge

Stop by to meet Galloway, Nasheed, Aldridge and volunteer.

*Also Missouri Democratic Party’s St. Louis HQ

Saturday Warren For President Canvass in Shaw Neighborhood

WarrenBannerJoin Volunteers for Elizabeth Warren‘s campaign for President
10 am to 12;30 pm Saturday, February 1st To Canvass Voters in Shaw Neighborhood

Sign Up here
Meet at Dorothy Park community garden, 4060 Shenandoah @ Thurman

Find other Team Warren activities in St. Louis here 

Remind your friends, family, neighbors that Voter Registration Deadline for Missouri’s March 10 Presidential Primary is February 12th and Absentee Voting is underway.

February 12th Voter Registration Deadline For Mo Presidential Primary

register-to-voteYou must be Registered to Vote by February 12th, 2020 to vote in the March 10th, 2020, Missouri Presidential Preference Primary.

Sample Ballot at Board of Election.

Websites for most Presidential candidates on Ballot, by political party. 

Check your Voter Registration here. 

You may Register to Vote online.

You may Register to Vote by Mail.

You may Register to Vote at any Dept of Motor Vehicles fee office including the one at City Hall manged by the City Collector of Revenue.

You may Register to Vote at any St. Louis City Public Library, but call in advance to make sure a Voter Registrar is available.

You may Register to Vote at the St. Louis City Board of Elections, 300 N Tucker, 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday.

Absentee Voting has begun for the Presidential Primary. 

Thursday Liquor License Hearing: Bogart’s in Soulard

drinks9:20 am Thursday, January 30, 2020
Excise Commission
Room 418, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

9:20 am Hearing
1627 S 9th @ Lafayette, Soulard, 7th Ward – Hogapalooza LLC dba Bogart’s Smokehouse  – Niki Puto, Manager
+ Full Drink
+ Sunday
+ Sidewalk Cafe

Absentee Voting Underway For Presidential Primary: Vote Warren!

WarrenBannerHelp Elect Elizabeth Warren.​ Make sure to get your Absentee Ballot in if you’ll be out of town March 10th Election Day. Ask your neighbors and friends if they need to vote Absentee.

Printable Absentee Ballot Application and instructions for Absentee Voting By Mail here. February 26th is the Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot by Mail.

You may vote Absentee in person from 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday at the Board of Election, 200 N Tucker.

March 7th Special Saturday In Person Absentee Voting Hours 9 am to 1 pm @ Board of Election, 300 N Tucker Downtown.

Missouri voters will go to the polls Tuesday, March 10, 2020 to nominate candidates for U.S. President. St. Louis City Election Board information on election.

For the Democratic Party, Missouri will have 68 Pledged Delegates to the National Democratic Convention to nominate their candidate. Candidates are allocated delegates proportionally based on the results of the March 10 Primary. A candidate need 15% of the vote at the Congressional District or Statewide to earn one or more delegates.

Voter Registration ended for this election February 12. Voter Registration information here.

Monday Preservation Board Meeting: 1 Soulard & 2 Fox Park Appeals

lacledesepiaComments 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 buforda@stlouis-mo.gov

4 pm Monday, January 27, 2020
St. Louis City Preservation Board
Room 2000, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

Online City Calendar Notice (the link where it says Website is actually Agenda page)

Agenda with Details/Drawings/History of Structures

In Soulard, 7th Ward…

1017-19 Geyer (construct a single family house) was on Preliminary Agenda but not on Final Agenda.Also see pages 13-18 of Agenda from 7/30/2018 

1722-30 S. 9th, Llywelyn’s Pub – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to retain 2 garage doors installed without permit and not up to historic code – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

In Fox Park, 7th Ward…

2647 Shenandoah – Appeal of Director’s Denial to install 33 solar panels on roof – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

In Fox Park, 6th Ward...

2743 Gravois – Appeal of the Director’s Denial to Retain a Commercial Building Built Without a Permit – Staff Recommends upholding Director’s Denial

See Agenda for other items including 4 National Register Nominations.

Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Still Sunshine Issues

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Soulard 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. 

Monday’s Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 requiring meeting notices with agendas be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law. Special Tax Districts are required to post Notice AND Agenda at least 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 the Notice on City Calendar but did not post Agenda.

I have looked for Meeting Agendas and Minutes on the District’s website and did not find anything until recently. There is now a page for Agendas and Minutes hidden under “Helpful Resources” tab. There is, however, no Agenda posted for Monday’s meeting.

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The December 9th meeting had an Agenda posted to the District’s website notices the day of the meeting.  Previous post on Soulard Business District Transparency Issues.

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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

Soulard Special Business District does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart of expense categories showing percentages.

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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 Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.

UPDATED: Sunshine Request For Soulard CID Tax Election Results

Updated January 13, 2020 with January 10, 2020 response from David G. Richardson, Husch Blackwell, attorney for Soulard Community Improvement District. The records will be turned over by January 17th. You would think that part of the records could be turned over immediately. Hard to believe the election authority- Husch Blackwell- does not have a file folder with a letter to Soulard CID Board with number of  votes cast, number of Yes votes, number of No votes, that could be forwarded as partial  comply with Sunshine request.

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Imagine if your city had a website that failed to provide contact information- no physical address, no phone number, and the email link was dead, but if you clicked on and read every page, eventually you’d find the email address buried on another page.

Imagine if your city held a tax election where the ballots were mailed and counted by a law firm, not conducted by your Election Board or elected County Clerk or Election Director, and the election results were not posted online except percentage of Yes and No votes.

That’s the situation with Soulard Community Improvement District. It is, under State law, a taxing district, a political subdivision, a governmental unit. It is bigger than many cities in Missouri. And it has a transparency problem, which would come as no surprise to the Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

Soulard CID held a mail in sales tax election conducted by its legal counsel- Husch Blackwell.

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It has failed to publish election results even remotely resembling that what would happen in an election conducted by Board of Election.

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To get the election results, I have made a Sunshine request today.

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I’ll let you know the response. I plan on writing more on this faux election later.

— Marie Ceselski, former 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman