Monday Soulard Property Tax Special District Meeting, Sunshine Issues Continue

DecSSBDSoulard Special Business District is a special taxing district that funds security/safety services within part of Soulard via property tax collected in part of Soulard. Boundaries.

This Soulard Special Business District meeting, like most before it, is in violation of Mayor Lyda Krewson’s Executive Order #60 on requiring meeting notices be posted 24 Hours in advance on City Calendar. The Executive Order applies to all offices, board, commissions subject to Missouri Sunshine Law, which requires Notice AND Agenda posted 24 Business Hours in advance. For a 6:30 pm Monday Meeting, the Notice & Agenda must be posted online by 6:30 pm previous Friday. SSBD did not post on City Calendar until 7:53 am Today/Monday and the Notice has no Agenda.

Soulard Special Business District is not Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee, which posts meeting notices and agendas on Nextdoor and Soulard’s weekly email newsletter, as a neighborhood association activity, is not required to post to City Calendar.

Soulard Special Business District is not the new Soulard Community Improvement District, which will fund improvements in part of Soulard via special sales tax collected in part of Soulard. Two of the Special Business District directors, however, are also Community Improvement District directors. Boundaries

Special Taxing Districts have received great criticism from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.

6:30-8 pm Monday, December 9, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar Notice

Agenda: Not Provided in City Calendar Notice or Soulard Special Business District’s website.

Most recent posted Meeting Minutes: None. Soulard Special Business District does not post Minutes online.

Soulard Special Business District also does not post budgets. It has a 2016 pie chart showing percentages to various categories. That’s not a budget. This is Soulard Special Business District’s 2018 Budget approved by Board of Aldermen. Note, 2018 Budget included $300,000 for “General Security Provider,” That’s TCF, the off duty police officers who patrol in Soulard, Downtown, elsewhere in vehicles marker “Police.”. The Budget also provided $10,000 for “Recognition – TCF Officers.”

There’s $6,000 budgeted for “Business Management,” so there’s no reason meeting Notices & Agendas should not be posted online in accordance with law.

We Need Answers On Today’s Cancelled COB Meeting

COBOfficeSomething is up at the St. Louis City Civilian Oversight Board, the agency charged with reviewing and investigating “citizen complaints against alleged misconduct of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.”

Per the City’s Public Meeting and Public Event online Calendars, the June 17th COB “Open Board” meeting was cancelled on June 13th.

→ Was the City’s (Police) Civilian Oversight Board meeting cancelled because of  The Plain View Project exposing racist/bigoted posts on social media by St. Louis police and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed calling for COB review of the posts?

→ Why does the cancellation say “Open Board” instead of Board? Per past meeting Agendas, the COB always meets at 3 pm and votes to go into Closed Session (not open to public) and at 5 pm begins Open Session (open to the public). Is there still a Closed Session Today?

→ What happened to COB Public Comment period? November 19, 2018 COB Meeting Agenda was the last Agenda showing a Public Comment period.

→ Where are the 2019 COB Meeting Minutes? The last online posted Meeting Minutes are for December 18, 2018 meeting. #TransparencyFail

→ Why has Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards been frequenting the 4th Floor of 1520 Market, City Hall West, where the COB Office is located? His office is in Room 401, 1200 Market, City Hall. Edwards, as Public Safety Director, is the boss of the Police Department the COB is charged to investigate complaints on.  The COB is supposed to be an independent agency.

Additional reading*. As you can see, this local news story is also a national story.

6/17/2019: The Seattle Medium: Thousands Of Police Officers Outed In Slew of Racist Facebook Posts

6/14/2019 St. Louis American: Public (and one cop) tells police leadership of their distrust and fear of police

6/12/2019 St. Louis Public Radio: St. Louis Religious Leaders Want Police Officers Fired For Racist Social Media Posts

6/11/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Racist Facebook posts by St. Louis police getting ‘extensive’ review

6/10/2019 KMOX: City police Facebook posts under review

6/10/2019 Channel 2 Fox: St. Louis aldermen hold hearing to discuss police officers’ racist social media posts

6/7/2019 AP: Racist, violent posts by police: St. Louis police among those investigating

6/7/2019 AP: St. Louis officers pulled from street over social media posts

6/7/2019 Channel 5 KSDK: Several St. Louis police officers put on administrative duty while internal affairs investigation underway

6/6/2019 St. Louis American: Nasheed calls for civilian review of bigoted social media posts by cops

6/6/2019 APCity of St. Louis Workers Headed for Social Media Training

6/6/2019 St. Louis American Editorial: Time to ‘do something about’ racism in St. Louis police ranks 

6/6/2019 InjusticeWatch.org: Across U.S., officials alarmed by the Facebook posts of police officers

6/5/2019 The RootPolice Officers Get Exposed for Making Racist Social Media Posts, So Cities Decide to Investigate

6/5/2019 AP: Departments investigating racist, violent posts by police

6/5/2019 St. Louis American: Ethical Society of Police calls for firing of cops over racist posts

6/5/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: St. Louis to step up anti-discrimination training for all civil service workers, not just police

6/5/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sensitivity training coming for St. Louis officers in wake of report on racist Facebook posts

6/4/2019 Washington Post: Racist posts from police officers’ social media accounts trigger a wave of investigations

6/4/2019 CNN: St. Louis and Philadelphia police are investigating reports of racist, anti-Muslim Facebook posts by some city officers

6/4/2019 Channel 2 Fox: St. Louis police investigating reports of officers’ offensive Facebook posts

6/4/2019 KMOX: St. Louis police under investigation for racist, violent social media posts

6/4/2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Police investigate racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts linked to St. Louis officers 

6/3/2019 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Cops’ Nastiest Facebook Posts Now Being Reviewed by Internal Affairs

6/3/2019 MetroSTL.com: Hundreds of racist, violent Facebook posts linked to St. Louis police officers by national group

6/3/2019 The Hill: Analysis of police officers’ Facebook accounts finds hundreds of violent, racist posts

6/3/2019 Washington PostWhen Police Officers Vent on Facebook

6/1/2019 BuzzFeed: A review of the Facebook accounts of thousands of officers around the US — the largest database of its kind — found officers endorsing violence against Muslims, women, and criminal defendants.

*If I missed a news story related to the racist posts, email link to me at ward7stl@aol.com to I can update the list.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Monday Night Soulard Special Business (Tax) District Safety Meeting

6:30 pm Monday, January 14, 2019
Soulard Special Business District
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Online Notice at organization’s website

No Notice on City Calendar

SSBD is the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard. Boundaries
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SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.

SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax.

Monday Soulard Safety Meeting

soulard-sign-outside7 pm Monday, June 25, 2018
Soulard Restoration Group
Safety Committee Meeting
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public

Agenda 
Crime Stats
Incidents of Concern – Discussion of new items and review of action items
Court Advocacy Efforts – NIS statements for upcoming cases & Neighborhood Victim Support
Neighborhood Public Security Camera Status Update
Soulard Special Business District Items
Next Meeting

SRG Safety Committee is not the Soulard Special Business District, special taxing district for property tax to fund extra security. Next meeting of SSBD should be July 9th. Boundaries:

ssbd_boundrymap

SRG Safety Committee is also not the proposed Soulard Community Improvement District, a special taxing district for a sales tax to fund improvements. Boundaries:
boundarymap

Monday Soulard Special Biz District (property tax for safety) Meeting

ssbd_boundrymap6:30 pm Monday, February 19, 2018
Soulard Special Business District
Meeting @ Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th
Open to the Public
If you’d like on the agenda to speak at that meeting, contact chairman@soulard-sbd.org at least one day in advance of meeting.

City Online Calendar Notice/Agenda: None

Online Notice at organization’s website

SSBD is the special taxing district created in 1994 and funded by a property tax for extra security for Soulard.

SSBD does not publish agendas or meeting minutes to its website.

SSBD is not the Soulard Restoration Group Safety Committee which meets last Mondays of the month at Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th.
SSBD is not the petition group working on a Soulard Community Improvement District to be funded with a sales tax.

Proposed CID boundaries
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Public Safety Now On Wednesday, Plat & Petition Still Agenda, #ProtectTheZone Added

saloonHappened Today- Meeting Day/Time Changed + Agenda Items Added

Make your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

11 am Wednesday, February 7, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar/Agenda

Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro – permitting the seamless transfer of a liquor license between a company selling their business and the company purchasing the business

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This board bill keeps being scheduled and then either disappears from the agenda, the meeting is canceled, or they run out of time and postpone to the next meeting. Week after week. It’s been going on since October.

Also now on the Agenda…
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Board Bill 34 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, 9th Ward Alderman Dan Guenther, 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin, 15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green, 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn to create a buffer zone around health care facilities.

Board Bill 241 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin to add fines assessed by the Building Commissioner to real estate property tax bill if unpaid more than a year.

Board Bill 242 by 6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia and 11th Ward Alderwoman Sarah Martin. This is a companion bill to Board Bill 241 on collection of fines assessed by Building Commissioner.

Members of the Public Safety Committee include: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President

Meeting #538 On Repeal Of Plat & Petition For Liquor License Transfer

saloon3Make your voices heard. Contact your Alderman and Board President Lewis Reed. Contact Information at end of post.

9 am Tuesday, February 6, 2018
St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Public Safety Committee
Room 208, Kennedy Hearing Room
City Hall, 1200 Market
Open to the Public

City Online Calendar/Agenda

Board Bill 97 by 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro – permitting the seamless transfer of a liquor license between a company selling their business and the company purchasing the business

“Section 2. The transfer of a liquor license between two businesses or persons shall not require a petition or application submitted to the Excise Commissioner.”

This board bill has been scheduled and rescheduled many times since October. The previous post relating to this board bill is here.

Members of the Public Safety Committee include: 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy, Chair; 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard; 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar; 12th Ward Alderman Larry Arnowitz; 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey L Boyd; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn; 27th Ward Alderwoman Pam Boyd. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees.

Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President