Wednesday Corporate Welfare (BOA HUDZ) Meeting

yTkejEGTEMake you voice heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President. Contact information at end of post.

9 am Wednesday, February 21, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Housing, Urban Development, Zoning Committee
Kennedy Hearing Room, Room 208
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda

Board Bill 263 Corporate Welfare for The Danielle’s
 sponsored by 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrooks. See 2/20/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Messenger: Pier St. Louis developers back for handout from city already on the hook

Board Bill 262 & Board Bill 263 Corporate Welfare for City Foundry sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy.

Board Bill 245 by Board President Lewis Reed, 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy for a City Economic Growth Report. Yawn. The City is going bankrupt and leaders want more studies, reports. Next up, blue ribbon commission to study report and report back.

Board Bill 186 Corporate Welfare for Grand Center Parking Garage by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

+ Update on performance measures by 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg and Assessor Steve Conway.

+ Update on transportation initiative by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis.

+ Incentive Reform 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie relative to Board Bill 250 by 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar. 2/18/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis aldermen approve 20-year tax abatement for 33-story apartment tower downtown

Excellent Commentary on Corporate Welfare Reform- 2/18/2018 Requiem For The Incentive Reform That Never Was by Glenn Burleigh

Members of Housing, Urban Development, and Zoning Committee: 17th Ward Alderman Joseph D Roddy, Chair; 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg; 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy; 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a member of all Board of Aldermen Committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and President Reed

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

UPDATED: Thursday Meetings On Marijuana & City Residency Rule

ThursdayupdateCHANGES: The Meeting Notice/Agenda changed Wednesday A.M., Removed Board President’s Marijuana Bill from Agenda, and then changed Wednesday P.M., Removing Public Testimony.

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

10 am Thursday, December 7, 2017
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Legislation Committee
Leisure Room, 230, City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public (No Public Testimony will be heard)
City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda (which keeps changing)

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, 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson – relating to marijuana laws. See 11/07/2017 Riverfront Times:  After St. Louis ‘Decriminalized’ Weed, Police Cited 800+ People

Removed From Agenda [Board Bill 193 by Board President Reed – relating to marijuana laws. See 11/20/2017 Riverfront TimesAfter Blasting Marijuana Legalization Bill on NextDoor, Lewis Reed Proposes Alternative]

Board Bill 194 by 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard – relating to repeal of the City’s Residency Rule for employment by the City. Getting rid of the Residency Rule is a St. Louis Police Officers Association priority.

Members of the Legislation Committee include: 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro, Chair; 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. There’s also a vacant seat from resignation of 8th Ward Alderman Steve Conway, who was appointed Assessor. Board President Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Wednesday: Mayor To Brief Airport Commission On (Sinquefield) Plan To Privatize Airport

rexcMake your voices hear about Airport Privatization. Contact the Mayor, Comptroller, Board President, and your Alderman. Contact info at end of post.

2 pm Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission Meeting
Lindbergh Conference Room
Terminal 1, Lindbergh Conference Room (Ticketing Level)
10701 Lambert International Blvd

City Online Calendar Meeting NoticeAfter taking the Airport Commission to social media wood shed about not posting its meetings to the City’s online Calendar, I am pleased to announce that the Airport Commission now posts its meeting notices to the said online Calendar.

Open to the Public

August Meeting Minutes

Again, there has been no input by Board of Aldermen or public on this. Rex Sinquefield’s hired guns? Yes. Your elected representatives and you? No.

Previous post on Lambert Airport privatization with lots of background information.

Most recent media…
10/1/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis begins to weigh potential benefits, risks of privatizing Lambert

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

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Tuesday Fake Community Benefits Agreements Meeting


fakecbaBoard President Lewis Reed is sponsoring a Meeting on Community Benefits Agreement 6:30 pm Tuesday, July 11th at Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson.

Reed is sponsor of Board Bill 11 to accept status quo arrangements between aldermen and developers.

Board Bill 61 by 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green is the proposal to write into law a community engagement process for development incentives.

Some good reads on the issue…

5/11/2017 St. Louis American: A tale of two Community Benefits Agreements, Lewis Reed’s and Megan Green’s

5/17/2017 St. Louis Public Radio: How to get real Community Benefits Agreements? Depends on who you ask 

Also see Team TIF What Are Community Benefits Agreements Video

Related… There is also (nonbinding) Resolution 33 by 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy Calling on the St. Louis Development Corporation To Establish Interim Incentive Guidelines

Roddy’s proposal was featured this week in The Riverfront TimesAlderman’s Dick Move Reveals a Big Problem at City Hall — Aldermanic Courtesy

Also see 6/6/2017 St. Louis American: Racial equity and tax incentive policy in St. Louis 

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Corporate Welfare: The Mad Rush To Approve Tax Abatement & Bonds Before New Mayor

yTkejEGTE3 pm Tuesday, November 13th
Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority
1520 Market, City Hall West, Room 2000

Agenda: There’s a lot of big projects being rushed through the system and more on the way.

In Not A Big Project Agenda Items, in Bohemian Hill, 1725 S Tucker & 1716 S 13th are being sold by LCRA to Allied Property Group LLC for renovation.

Way down the Agenda you’ll see that LCRA is about to hire Spencer Fane, the law firm that fought the City’s minimum wage increase, to do some legal work. It’s also the law firm that hired 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar after he voted against raising the minimum wage.

Filed under “Transparency Fail” – Neither the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Commission nor Planned Industrial Expansion Authority  have, as of 9 pm Tonight/Monday, posted agendas online for their Tuesday meetings.

Board President Lewis Reed filed a board bill  for online posting of meeting notices, a poorly written one in my opinion, but hasn’t bothered to have a hearing on it.

Making government more transparent should be an issue in the upcoming mayoral race.

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Commiteewoman

Monday Planning Commission Agenda: SLU Control Over Tax Abatement & Zoning for 400 Acres in Midtown

Pierre Laclede StatueSt. Louis City Planning Commission
Special Meeting
5:30 pm Monday, November 14, 2016
Planning & Urban Design Agency
City Hall West (Abrams Bldg), 1520 Market, 2nd floor, Conference Room B

Note: Planning Commission includes 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, 28th Ward Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, and Michael Powers, representing Board President Lewis Reed. Boyd, Krewson, and Reed are mayoral candidates.

Full Agenda
Action will be taken on St. Louis Midtown 353 Redevelopment Plan – Midtown, The Gate District and Tiffany Neighborhoods – St. Louis University would have unprecedented control over tax abatement (reducing funds to public schools) and zoning for 400 acres.

10/29/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch news story: SLU wins development control over land close to campus 

10/22/2016 St. Louis Post-Dispatch news story: With $1 billion poised to flow into projects near campus, SLU wants development control 

7th Ward Committee Candidates Contact Info & Survey Answers

Vote-QuoteSorry these were not posted earlier.

While the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has ignored the Central Committee races, other media have been covering these races.

‘Young Turks’ in the city look to shape Democratic Party, one seat at a time – July 21, 2016 – St. Louis Public Radio

7th Ward Candidate Marty Murray Jr – July 21, 2016 – Umar Unplugged

Sexism, Lies and Audiotape: Top Aide to Lewis Reed Gets Caught on Covert Mission – May 23, 2016 – The Riverfront Times