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

10 Things You Can Do & Not Do To Help Stop Airport Privatization

#1 Submit your Comments of Opposition on Airport Privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here. Read previous Comments to the FAA here.

#2 Attend and Testify at the Evening Public Hearing in support of Board Bill 93 for a Public Vote in Airport Privatization. 

6:30 pm Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Transportation & Commerce Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room (Room 208), City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public
City Online Calendar Notice

#3 Email, Call, or Send a snail mail Letter to Members of the BOA Transportation Committee in support of Board Bill 93, particularly if your Alderman serves on the Committee or you know a member of the Committee personally. Members include: 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, Chair; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees. Contact Information.

#4 Email AND Call AND Send a snail mail Letter to your Alderman in support of Board Bill 93. Contact Information and Find Your Alderman.

stlnotforsalelogo#5 Sign your name to the St. Louis Not For Sale Initiative Petition for a Public Vote on Airport Privatization. Read the Prop V Petition here. If the Board of Aldermen won’t put the issue on the ballot, The People will.

Stop by and sign the Prop V Petition
@ St. Louis Not For Sale Office Hours
3203 S Grand, upstairs
6-8 pm Wednesdays
Noon to 2 pm Saturdays

#6 Collect signatures from your neighbors, friends, and family for the St. Louis Not For Sale Petition for a Public Vote on Airport Privatization.

Stop by and pick up a Prop V Petition
@ St. Louis Not For Sale Office Hours
3203 S Grand, upstairs
6-8 pm Wednesdays
Noon to 2 pm Saturdays

#7 Email, Call, or Send a snail mail Letter to members of the Board of Estimate & Apportionment opposing Airport Privatization.

Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green
Board President Lewis Reed

#8 Share information on how people can Help Stop Airport Privatization on your Facebook account and on Nextdoor and keep up with Privatization News by checking in regularly at Lambert Airport Privatization News/Commentary Feed.

Grow1#9 DO NOT Answer the Grow Missouri (Rex Sinquefield) Privatization Consultants Door to Door Survey of 100,000 St. Louis City homes. We don’t really know what they are doing with this information. It could be they are data mining to target voters, not only for a vote on Airport Privatization but also other ballot issues on Sinquefield’s Agenda.

#10 DO NOT Submit your Comments on Airport Privatization to the Grow Missouri (Rex Sinquefield) Privatization Consultants. This flyer is being used by the Consultants in their citywide canvass. It says “Please Give Us Your Take On This” at http://www.fly314.com/contact/. But, like the Survey, we don’t really know what they are doing with this information. It could be they are data mining to target voters, not only for a vote on Airport Privatization but also other ballot issues on Sinquefield’s Agenda.

 

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