Call Before 2 pm Today/Wednesday. Not Tomorrow. Today. Demand A Public Vote On Airport Privatization

E&AAirportPlease join Expect Us in a Day of Action, Today, Wednesday, February 20th.

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Action #1: Before 2 pm Today- Call the Board of Estimate & Apportionment and demand a public vote on Lambert Airport Privatization. Any of the three E&A members can make a motion at Today’s E&A Meeting to send the issue to a public vote

☎️Call Mayor Lyda Krewson at 314-622-3201
☎️Call Comptroller Darlene Green at 314-622-4389
☎️Call BOA President Lewis Reed at 314-622-4114

Action #2: 2 pm Today- Join Expect us at Today’s E&A Meeting and show your support for a public vote on Airport Privatization.

Wednesday Vote On Airport Privatization Consultant Contract?

rexcMake your voice heard! Contact Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact information at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Board Room (200), City Hall
1200 Market
Open to the Public City

Online Calendar Notice/Agenda Agenda does not mention Airport Privatization Consultant Contract. Agenda has generic “Approval of Contracts” item and reference to an Exhibit. That’s where the Privatization Consultant Contract with ties to Rex Sinquefield would be found. The Exhibits are never attached to the Agendas posted online. I Sunshined the Exhibits last week. Should have received a reply Tuesday but did not.

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After the E&A business agenda, they will receive the proposed 2019 Budget from the City’s Budget Director. It is not posted yet but will be, eventually, here.

The Mayor has chosen a Rex Sinquefield affiliated consultant for the project. At least one of the two other members of Board of E&A- Comptroller or Board President- must vote with the Mayor in order for the contract to be approved.

It appears that Comptroller Darlene Green will vote with the Mayor on the contract. Page 6 of the Minutes of March Airport Commission Meeting reveal that the Comptroller negotiated and won a financial adviser contract on the deal. That would indicate she got oversight she wanted and probably willing now to vote for the deal.
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Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here

You can submit Comments on airport privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here Y

You can view currently posted Comments (52 so far) to the FAA here

Contact information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday E&A Vote On Airport Privatization Consultant Contract?

rexcMake your voice heard! Contact Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact information at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Board Room (200)
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda (E&A usually does not post Agenda until 2 pm Tuesday before Wednesday meeting)

The Agenda, when posted around 2 pm Tuesday, will likely not mention Airport Privatization Consultant Contract.

If posted like any other contract brought to E&A, it will be included under a generic “Approval of Contracts” Agenda item. The Agenda item will reference an Exhibit. The Exhibits are never attached to the Agendas posted online.

Unless Mayor Lyda Krewson says it is happening, we might not know until the meeting.

The Mayor has chosen a Rex Sinquefield affiliated consultant for the project. At least one of the two other members of Board of E&A- Comptroller or Board President- must vote with the Mayor in order for the contract to be approved.

January 30th, 18 Members of the Board of Aldermen signed a letter asking that Mayor Krewson not hire the Sinquefield group because of conflicts of interest.

The Mayor needs 15 aldermen to vote with her on a final privatization deal, so the 18 dissenting aldermen on the consultant issue appeared to spell trouble for privatization.

But something happened. The Board of Aldermen then adopted Resolution 220 that, among other things, turns over transparency on the Airport Privatization process to the consultants.

“The consultants will provide a transparency portal accessible to all members of the general public through link to the City of St. Louis Website, that will offer easily understood explanation of facts related to the APPP and comprehensive and timely reporting of the due diligence activities under way on behalf of the city. Such portal will in every possible case provide access to documents, contracts, reports, meeting minutes and other materials so that any member of the public may at any time review the activities of the city with respect to the APPP”

I have a Sunshine request (made February 19th) to try and find out who wrote that Resolution. “transparency portal” sounds like consultant language to me. Thursday is the due date for City Counselor to tell me how much the City is charging to sort through an alderwoman’s emails to find all incoming emails relating to airport privatization. Happy Sunshine Open Records & Meetings Week to us!

Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary feed here

You can submit Comments on airport privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here

You can view currently posted Comments to the FAA here

Contact information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Wednesday: E & A Meeting, Yet Again No Online Posting Of Exhibits

yTkejEGTEThe Board of Estimate & Apportionment (E & A), comprised of the Mayor, Comptroller, and Board President, serves as the most important body on spending for the City of St. Louis because the Board of Aldermen needs its permission on money matters and because E & A can act unilaterally to move money around in the City’s Budget.

2 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Board of Estimate & Apportionment
Mayor’s Office, Room 200, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (but not a public meeting with testimony by the public)

City Online Calendar Notice – E & A posts its notices exactly 24 hours in advance. E & A Agendas never include Exhibits, the meat and potatoes of what they are acting on. The Exhibits are never posted online and can only be accessed by a Sunshine request, or getting a copy of something from one of the three members.

At each E & A meeting, decisions on millions of dollars are made in a matter of minutes with little if any debate. An E & A meeting over 7 minutes is rare. Here is the December E & A meeting on YouTube. 

Monday Meeting: New GO Bond Ballot Issue

yTkejEGTEMake Your Voices Heard. Contact your Alderman and Mayor, Comptroller, Board President. Contact info at end of post.

UPDATED regarding aldermen on Capital Committee

9 am Monday, January 8, 2018
City Capital Committee
Board of Public Service Conference Room
Room 305, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

*City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda

The Agenda for this meeting is a proposed GO Bond ballot issue. Last month, Comptroller Darlene Green called for a vote on a $50 Million GO bond issue.

There are no citywide elections scheduled for St. Louis City until the August Primary and November General State Elections. There is no money budgeted by the City for an April municipal election or other citywide special election. Last November’s special election costs for the vote on Prop P sales tax was funded by the use tax generated from last April’s Prop 1 sales tax for Economic Development (Metrolink expansion, neighborhood revitalization, public safety,…)

2016 Go Bond ballot issue

The City Capital Committee is established by ordinance and includes…
1) Budget Director (who chairs)
2) Community Development Agency Director
3) President, Board of Public Service
4) President, Board of Aldermen (or designee)
5) One Alderman appointed by Board President
6) Board of Aldermen Ways & Means Chair (or designee) – this seat on the committee is vacant because the Ways & Means Chair was appointed Assessor by Mayor and Board President has not announced/appointed a new Ways & Means Chair
7) Comptroller (or designee)
8) One management staffer @ Comptroller Office
9) Mayor (or designee)

The City has no webpage for this committee, no Meeting Minutes posted online. 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie was a Board of Aldermen representative on the Capital Committee until 18 months ago. 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer says she inquired last week about the alderman seat on the Capital Committee and believes it is vacant.

There is also a Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditures established by ordinance and consisting of…
2 members appointed by each of the City’s 28 Aldermen
4 members appointed by Mayor 4 members appointed by Comptroller
4 members appointed by Board President

There is no webpage for this Citizens committee, no Meeting Minutes posted online.

The ordinances creating both of these committees is found at City Code 5.35.020, 5.35.030, 5.35.040. 
Contact Information…
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed
Members of Board of Aldermen

*Friday morning- meeting notices for this meeting were taped outside elevators at City Hall. The notice was not posted to the City Online Calendar.

Noon Friday- a copy of the notice was posted on Twitter asking Mayor, Board President, Comptroller, about the lack of online notice.
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Friday-Saturday afternoon- Comments were posted regarding the lack of online information.
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5:30 pm Saturday- Meeting Notice was posted online and the Mayor’s Twitter account announced same. Now the Mayor has been asked to post additional information online.
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An Important Read From Team TIF On City’s Finances: Revenue, Expenses, TIF Debt, Tax Abatement, Pensions

yTkejEGTE01/01/2017 Team TIF Blog: Stormy Fiscal Seas Ahead for St. Louis- A Look at the City of St. Louis’s FY2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

“Over the next 27 years, the City is projected to spend $636,466,000 in service of the TIF obligations that the city had issued as of June 30, 2017.”

“At over a billion dollars and growing, the police pensions could be a ticking time bomb that nobody has yet shown the courage to address.”

“The City’s Net Position held fairly steady at $1.3-$1.45 billion, for many years after the 2008 recession. After FY2013, the City’s Net Position has begun a dramatic decline. Some of this is due to the large debt load that was taken on, in order to win the NGA site selection process, though that can’t account for the entirety of the City’s declining fiscal position.”

“In 2013, the City’s net position was valued at $1.32 billion. As of June 30th of this year, it had halved to $646.5 million. The rate of the City’s Net Position decline slowed between 2015 and 2016, but has begun accelerating between 2016 and 2017. That the City’s Net Position has been halved in only a handful of years is of great concern. This declining position of is especially concerning, as the Comptroller notes that the Scottrade bonds hadn’t been signed, which would have added another $64M in obligations to the City’s books. This would have further decreased the City’s Net Position, but litigation held up the issuance of the bonds.”

 

Tuesday: Vote Tishaura for Mayor #ONESTLOUIS

tj_logo_web7th Ward Independent Democrats
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr.
Endorse

For Mayor: Elect Tishaura Jones
For Comptroller: Re-Elect Darlene Green
For 7th Ward Alderman: No Endorsement
Yes on Proposition S

Polls Open 6 am to 7 pm
Polling Place Look-Up 

7th Ward Rides to Polls: 314-630-7599

Election Problems:
Call Board of Election Director at 314-622-4239
Call Board of Election at 314-622-4336
In 7th Ward Call Committeewoman Marie Ceselski at 314-630-7599

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