Tuesday Night BOA Hearing On Marijuana Bill

MarijuanaMake your voice heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

6:30 pm Tuesday, January 13, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Legislation Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 180 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, and 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, to regulate the use of City resources to enforce laws against marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, to enforce marijuana laws by restricting illegal acts regarding marijuana usage or possession, to allow for police use of marijuana as cause for reasonable suspicion in searches, to minimize disproportionate penalties for violations, to prioritize enforcement activities of the City of St. Louis, including the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and to eliminate redundant law enforcement of marijuana laws where adequate enforcement exists under federal law which prohibits the same conduct.

On 1/26/2018 the Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill 193 by Board President Lewis Reed et al to reduce fines for some marijuana offenses.

Related News/Commentary…

1/26/2018 St. Louis American: The tale of two marijuana bills

12/20/2017 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Police Continue to Cite Blacks for Marijuana Possession at a High Rate

12/12/2017 St. Louis American: Why a former Missouri Supreme Court justice helped write a marijuana reform bill

12/8/2017 Riverfront Times: Marijuana Legalization Proposal Gets Grilled by St. Louis Aldermen

11/20/2017 Riverfront Times: After Blasting Marijuana Legalization Bill on NextDoor, Lewis Reed Proposes Alternative

11/18/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Getting caught with pot in St. Louis would be less expensive under proposal

11/7/2017 Riverfront Times: After St. Louis ‘Decriminalized’ Weed, Police Cited 800+ People

10/25/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New bill would allow for use, sale and growth of marijuana in St. Louis

10/25/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis alderwoman seeks to block enforcement of anti-marijuana laws  

Members of the Legislation Committee include: 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 28th Ward Alderwoman Heather Navarro. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President 

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Tuesday BOA Meeting On Trash Services: Privatization On The Table?

rexcMake your voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact information at end of post.

9 am Tuesday, February 13, 2018
St. Louis City Board of Aldermen
Streets, Traffic, Refuse Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Per Capital Committee discussions on what would be funded (and what not) by the proposed $50 Million GO Bond Issue for August Ballot, the City has a $60M, and growing, backlog in fleet replacement, including Streets/Refuse vehicles. It is not up for funding under the proposed bond issue.

This could be the beginning of trash service privatization. The Mayor has mentioned to aldermen that she’d like to explore privatization of Refuse, Parking, Water, in addition to Lambert Airport.

To give you an idea on private trash service…
Here are the prices for St. Louis County’s Trash Districts
Here is a link to services provided to unincorporated County residents by those private companies

Members of Streets Committee: 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd, Chair; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 4th Ward Alderman Samuel L Moore; 11 Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin; 13th Ward Alderwoman Beth Murphy; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all BOA committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Monday Civilian Oversight Meeting

COBOffice5 pm Monday, February 12, 2018
St. Louis City (Police) Civilian Oversight Board
Room 4029, 1520 Market, City Hall West
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda:  No Agenda posted with Calendar Notice (as of 7:30 am Monday), website link belongs to City home page, not COB (as of 7:30 am Monday)

Agenda

Minutes of November Meeting

It looks like they are trying to get a meeting between IAD and COB staff regarding protester complaints and going to send a letter to Chief of Police and the Director of Public Safety regarding officers displaying/not displaying name tags.

Wednesday Ways & Means: Prop P Reallocation; Hotel Welfare

yTkejEGTEMake your voices heard! Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

10 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Ways & Means Committee
Leisure Room, Room 230
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 246 by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg to provide the conditions under which reallocation of Prop P funds may be made with Board of Aldermen approval.

This bill does not prevent reallocation of the Sales Tax and Use Tax. It makes the Board of Aldermen a real player when it does happen.

This bill does not impact any other earmarked sales and use tax money. The City is free to reallocate those funds for purposes other than what voters intended.

Board Bill 207 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia to establish a Community Improvement District (special taxing district) for hotel at former site of Harry’s on Market.

We have lost track of how many subsidized hotel projects there are in Downtown right now. This hotel is getting…

  • 5 Years 90% Tax Abatement
  • Sales Tax Exemption on construction materials
  • Keeps 1% Sales Tax from via Community Improvement District controlled by company

The Company also owns Residence Inn at Jefferson & Highway 40, which collects and keeps sales taxes from a Community Development District and Transportation Development District.

9/27/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New hotel on former Harry’s Restaurant site to break ground soon http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/new-hotel-on-former-harry-s-restaurant-site-to-break/article_c9b3475d-d8f3-51bd-a400-73f592d43e18.html

Members of Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Committee include: 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson, Chair; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 13th Ward Beth Murphy; 14th Ward Carol Howard; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Joe Vaccaro; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact information for all Aldermen and Board President

Public Safety Now On Wednesday, Plat & Petition Still Agenda, #ProtectTheZone Added

saloonHappened Today- Meeting Day/Time Changed + Agenda Items Added

Make your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

11 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar/Agenda

Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro – permitting the seamless transfer of a liquor license between a company selling their business and the company purchasing the business

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This board bill keeps being scheduled and then either disappears from the agenda, the meeting is canceled, or they run out of time and postpone to the next meeting. Week after week. It’s been going on since October.

Also now on the Agenda…
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Board Bill 34 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn to create a buffer zone around health care facilities.

Board Bill 241 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin to add fines assessed by the Building Commissioner to real estate property tax bill if unpaid more than a year.

Board Bill 242 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin. This is a companion bill to Board Bill 241 on collection of fines assessed by Building Commissioner.

Members of the Public Safety Committee include: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Wednesday Board Of Adjustment: Lafayette Prep Appeal

public_hearing_image1:30 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Adjustment
Room 208, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public City

Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Wednesday’s Agenda Includes one 7th Ward/Lafayette Appeal:

“APPEAL #11057 – Appeal filed by Lafayette Preparatory Academy from the determination of the Building Commissioner in the denial of a building permit authorizing the Appellant to construct addition, per plans, for a school, zoning only at 1900 Lafayette. WARD 7 #AB-539972-17 ZONE: “B” – Two Family Dwelling District”

February 14th Agenda includes one 7th Ward/Soulard Appeal:

“APPEAL #11066 – Appeal filed by Joseph Klitzing from the determination of the Board of Public Service in the denial of a boundary adjustment at 823 and 825 Allen. WARD 7 BPS#125199 ZONE: “D” – Multiple-Family Dwelling District”

Wednesday Airport Meeting w/o Privatization Update

rexcMake your voices heard. Contact the Mayor, Comptroller, Board President, and your Alderman. Contact info at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission Meeting
Terminal 1, Lindbergh Conference Room (Ticketing Level)
10701 Lambert International Blvd
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda

Very odd. This is the first Airport Commission meeting since Mayor Krewson picked her Airport Privatization Consultant. And, yet, privatization is not on the Agenda- no update from the Mayor or the Consultants. The Airport Director and Airport Commission, in addition to Board of Aldermen and public, continue to be left out of the process.

Previous post relating to Lambert Airport Privatization

Latest news/commentary on Lambert Airport Privatization…

2/2/2018 KMOX: ‘Angry 18’ Aldermen Want Rex Sinquefield Out

2/2/2018 St. Louis Magazine- Hartmann: St. Louis doesn’t have to give up its airport to tap its potential

2/1/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Messenger: King Rex clears the chess board as he plots his Lambert privatization strategy

1/31/2018 NextSTL Op Ed by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer: Lambert Airport by the numbers 

1/30/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: More than half of St. Louis’ aldermen call for rejecting Sinquefield-affiliated firm as airport consultant

1/30/2018 Riverfront Times: 18 Aldermen Ask City to Stop Contract with Grow Missouri for Airport Lease

1/31/2018 (Updated) St. Louis American: Sinquefield-funded nonprofit lands consulting firm contract

1/26/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sinquefield-affiliated Grow Missouri among firms selected to advise on privatizing Lambert

Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary Feed (3/23/2018-Present)

Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
Members of Board of Aldermen