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 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. 

Wednesday: Yet Another Private Meeting For Airport Privatization

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

Previous blog post on Lambert Airport Privatization with lots of background information on Rex Sinquefield’s Lambert Airport Privatization scheme.

Also see- 1/16/2018 St. Louis Post-Dispatch- Messenger: Critic calls St. Louis airport privatization ‘a very bad deal.’

7th Meeting on Lambert Airport Privatization Consultant Hiring
3 pm Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Selection Committee for Airport Privatization
City Counselor’s Office Room 314, City Hall, 1200 Market
Mostly Closed Meeting: Closed to public because of business related to Request For Proposals for airport advisory services to a potential lease. It is expected that they will make a decision at this meeting on the consultant.

City Online Calendar Meeting Notice/Agenda – The Notice did not go up until after 9 am Today/Tuesday. A meeting this week was rumored at City Hall last week. A group of us began checking the elevators/doors where meeting notices are taped, and the online calendar, every couple of hours. An alderman went and checked at City Hall over the holiday, so we would know if the posting happened then. It did not. The taped notice that went up this morning says it was posted at 9 am Friday. It was not.
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As pointed out by Tony Messenger, there have been no meetings for the public or Board of Aldermen to weigh in on privatization of Lambert Airport.

Transparency, public input, and input by Board of Aldermen, is not a priority for the Rex Sinquefield Airport Privatization scheme.

The Committee is on its 7th meeting, all executive sessions, meaning private, closed to the public. We still don’t know who is on the committee, other than the City Counselor, the Mayor’s /City’s lawyer.

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

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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Wednesday Airport Commission Meeting

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

2 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018
St. Louis Lambert Airport Commission Meeting
Lindbergh Conference Room
Terminal 1, (Ticketing Level)
10701 Lambert International Blvd
City Online Calendar Meeting Notice
Open to the Public
November Meeting Minutes

This meeting’s Agenda includes an Executive Session closed to the public as permitted by…

Section 610.021(14) RSMo: Records which are protected from disclosure by law.

Section 417.453(4) RSMO: “Trade secret”, information, including but not limited to, technical or nontechnical data, a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that:

(a) Derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known to, and not being readily ascertainable by proper means by other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use; and

(b) Is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy.

Is “Trade Secret” related to Rex Sinquefield and Mayor Krewson’s Airport Privatization plan, a plan which has not yet had input by public or Board of Aldermen?

The Mayor’s Selection Committee for Airport Advisory Services in the potential lease of St. Louis Lambert International Airport met five times in December to review consultant Requests For Proposals, interview applicants, and an executive session which, presumably, was to vote on hiring of a consultant.

I have Sunshined, made a request for public information, to find out who the Mayor has hired as consultant on Airport privatization. Unfortunately, the City’s new online Sunshine portal has sent my request to the Public Safety Department instead of Mayor’s Office.

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Sadly, the media has not been keeping us informed on this important issue. The most recent media on Lambert Airport Privatization is 10/1/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis begins to weigh potential benefits, risks of privatizing Lambert

Previous post on Lambert Airport privatization with lots of background information

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

Act Today: Say “No” To Chief O’Toole

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Watch this video from State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr

Call Mayor Lyda Krewson
at 622-3201 and tell her that Interim Police Chief O’Toole must not be made Police Chief

Call Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards at 622-3391 and tell him that Interim Police Chief O’Toole must not be made Police Chief

Borrowed from Sarah Felts
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Tuesday Night: Citizens Advisory Commission on New Police Chief

MO_-_St._Louis_Police6-8 pm Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Mayor’s Citizens Advisory Commission on New Police Chief
O’Fallon Park YMCA 4343 West Florissant
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

The committee will go into executive session to discuss the logistics of the upcoming interviews for a police commissioner. There will be time set aside during the meeting for public comment.

They will review interview questions for Police Chief candidates suggested by the IACP, the firm selected to help recruit a new Police Chief.

Make your voice heard on what topics you want addressed in the interview process.

Newly named Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards will also be present at this meeting.

This is one of the last in-person opportunities the general public will have to provide input on the selection of the New Police Chief.