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

Thursday Airport Privatization Meeting #1: City’s Privatization Advisory Group

rexcThis is the group’s second meeting this week. Tuesday’s meeting was 99% closed to the public. See video & description later in this post.

Make Your Voice Heard on Airport Privatization!
+ Contact your Alderperson.
+ Contact Board of Estimate & Apportionment– Mayor, Comptroller, Board of Aldermen President.
+ Post a Comment to Federal Aviation Administration. Read previous Comments here.

11 am Thursday, November 14, 2019
St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization Working Group
JoAnne Wayne Conference Room, Terminal 1
St. Louis Lambert International Airport
10701 Lambert International Blvd
Part of meeting will be open to the public (see Agenda)

City Calendar Notice/Agenda

St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed (news articles since 3/23/2017)

Next related Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019
You Deserve A Vote! Airport Privatization Town Hall Meeting
Sponsor: St. Louis Not For Sale
Central Library, 1301 Olive
Register Here
Speakers
+Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post Dispatch Columnist
+ Ray Mundy, Ph.D., Executive Director, Airport Ground Transportation Association
+ Tyson Pruitt, Public Information Officer, Comptroller Darlene Green
+ 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, sponsor of Airport Privatization Public Vote legislation
– Privatization Proponents/Privatization Public Vote Opponents invited to participate but declined

Video of 11/12/2019 Airport Privatization Working Group Meeting. 99% of the meeting was closed to the public. This 3 Minute 39 Second video covers a conversation regarding the controversial video produced by Working Group consultants. Primarily speaking on the issue are City Budget Director Paul Payne (front center table) and Mark Ellinger (table on the right), an attorney/consultant for Rex Sinquefield’s Grow Missouri (who is funding the airport privatization process, but gets reimbursed if a privatization deal is made). Note: Most meetings of the Working Group are mostly closed to the public.

Video of 11/06/2019 St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission Meeting. Note: Commission does not have vote/input on Airport Privatization. But Privatization Working Group is required by Board of Aldermen Resolution 220 to provide privatization updates to Commission every 60 days, which Working Group has failed to do.

Video of 11/02/2019 Airport Privatization Working Group Community Meeting. Note: Public turnout was very light at these community meetings as they were only publicized by the Working Group on the Consultants website.

Video of 10/24/2019 Board of Aldermen Transportation Committee Meeting. Note: Airport Privatization Working Group is required by Board of Aldermen Resolution 220  to provide privatization updates to Transportation Committee every 60 days, which Working Group has failed to do.

Tuesday Airport Privatization Closed Meeting. Again.

rexcMake Your Voice Heard on Airport Privatization!
+ Contact your Alderperson.
+ Contact Board of Estimate & Apportionment- Mayor, Comptroller, Board of Aldermen President.
+ Post a Comment to Federal Aviation Administration. Read previous Comments here.

9:30 am Tuesday, November 12, 2019
St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization Working Group
Closed Meeting
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 3005
CLOSED to Public

City Calendar Notice/Agenda

St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed (news articles since 3/23/2017)

Next related Meeting
6:30 pm Thursday, November 14, 2019
You Deserve A Vote! Town Hall Meeting
Central Library, 1301 Olive
Register Here
Speakers: Tony Messenger, St. Louis Post Dispatch ColumnistRay Mundy, Ph.D.Tyson Pruitt, Public Information Officer, Comptroller Darlene Green; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, sponsor of Airport Privatization Public Vote legislation

Video of 11/7/2019 Airport Privatization Working Group Meeting. Note: Mostly Closed Meeting as are most of the Work Group’s business meetings.

Video of 11/06/2019 St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission Meeting. Note: Commission does not have input on Airport Privatization but Privatization Working Group is required by Board of Aldermen Resolution 220 to provide privatization updates to Commission every 60 days, which Working Group has failed to do.

Video of 11/02/2019 Airport Privatization Working Group Community Meeting. Note: Public turnout was very light at these community meetings as they were only publicized by the Working Group on the Consultants website.

Video of 10/24/2019 Board of Aldermen Transportation Committee Meeting. Note: Airport Privatization Working Group is required by Board of Aldermen Resolution 220 to provide privatization updates to Transportation Committee every 60 days, which Working Group has failed to do.

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.

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

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

Wednesday Airport Privatization Meeting

rexcHelp Stop Rex Sinquefield’s Airport Privatization Scam. Make Your Voice Heard! Contact Mayor, Board President, Alderman, Federal Aviation Administration

11 am Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 S
St. Louis City Airport (Privatization) Advisory Working Group
St. Louis Lambert International Airport
10701 Lambert International
Lindbergh Conference Room
Open to the Public

City Calendar Notice

Agenda

Airport (Privatization) Advisory Working Group – Voting Members & Contact Info
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
City Budget Director Paul Payne

Advisory Working Group – Non-Voting Members & Contact Info
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge (works for mayor)
19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis (Chair of BOA Transportation Committee)
City Counselor Julian Bush (works for mayor)

Video of 10/23 Meeting of Airport Advisory Working Group

Video of 10/25/2018 Board of Aldermen Transportation Committee Meeting on Airport

Board Bill 93 for a public vote on airport privatization.
Videos of public hearings on Board Bill 93:
10/15 Hearing  10/13 Hearing  10/3 Hearing

Contact Information for all Aldermen

If the Board of Aldermen does not put the issue on the ballot, St Louis Not For Sale intends to place it on the ballot via Prop V Initiative Petition. You can read the petition here.  They have Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon office hours. You are encouraged to sign the petition and help collect signatures.

You can make comments on airport privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here

Presently 103 Comments to FAA: 2 Supportive of Privatization and 101 Opposed to Privatization. You can read previous comment here

Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed (2017-Present)