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St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 20 of 2017-2018 Session

October 20, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 20 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 20th week of the 2017-2018 session.

TWO NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 10//20/17:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 8am:

  • B.B.#174 – Pres. Reed ? An ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, making a supplemental appropriation to the Annual Budget Ordinance 70540 for Fiscal Year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018 amounting to the sum of Thirteen Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirteen Dollars ($13,713), and containing an Emergency Clause.
  • B.B.#175 – Coatar ? An ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing that The City, Missouri Taxable Tax Increment Revenue Note (706 Market Redevelopment Project) Series 2016?A dated April 19, 2016 in a principal amount not to exceed $7,000,000 plus issuance costs be refunded and reissued as a Tax?Exempt TIF Note (as defined in Ordinance No. 69647) with a reduced interest rate; authorizing and directing the City to enter into a Placement Agreement with Stern Brothers & Co, pursuant to which the parties provide for the purchase of the Reissued Series 2016?A Note by the initial purchaser thereof; authorizing and directing the Mayor and the Comptroller to execute and deliver the Reissued Series 2016?A Note; authorizing and directing the Mayor and the Comptroller to execute and deliver a Tax Compliance Certificate in connection with the issuance of the Reissued Series 2016?A Note; and containing a severability clause.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

Opinion: Professional Lobbyists Shouldn’t Be Aldermen

October 18, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Opinion: Professional Lobbyists Shouldn’t Be Aldermen

The 28 members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen are paid by taxpayers to pass legislation that hopefully is beneficial to the city. Lobbyists, on the other hand, are paid by clients to push for legislation that benefits their interests. Lobbyists don’t belong in a legislative body, even if they don’t lobby that body.

The Cypress Swamp at the St. Louis Zoo

Ald Martin (11th) was elected in the Spring by overwhelming numbers, but most city voters go for the “D” without knowing candidates and issues. They elected a professional lobbyist. A lobbyist whose clients include police body camera maker Axon. The same company that wants to give body cams to St. Louis Police free for a year. No conflict, she says — she’d abstain from any votes. Wink.

We did talk with a legal ethics lawyer. He told us even if what she’s doing is legal, it’s ethically questionable.

“What government ethics really get into is, how does it look and how does it smell? And where there is a possibility someone is making money, there’s a bad smell that maybe a sign something shouldn’t be going on,” said lawyer Michael Downey. (KMOV)

This is hardly the first time we’ve had “ethically questionable” people in city hall, but now it’s so blatant. It’s repulsive. Is this what the voters in the 11th Ward wanted? Doubtful, they knew she was the backed Democrat in the primary and then the only Democrat in the general. Ugh…

The results of the non-scientific Sunday Poll show most of you agree the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is no place for a professional lobbyist.

Q:  Agree or disagree: I’m okay with an alderman who’s also a professional lobbyist.

  • Strongly agree 3 [6.82%]
  • Agree 1 [2.27%]
  • Somewhat agree 0 [0%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 0 [0%]
  • Somewhat disagree 1 [2.27%]
  • Disagree 5 [11.36%]
  • Strongly disagree 34 [77.27%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 0 [0%]

I’d like to see one of three things happen:

  1. Ald. Martin cease being a lobbyist.
  2. Ald. Martin resign from the Board of Aldermen
  3. 11th Ward voters recall Ald. Martin

I doubt any of these will happen.

— Steve Patterson

 

 

Missouri Side of St. Louis Region Voting on November 7th

October 16, 2017 Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Missouri Side of St. Louis Region Voting on November 7th
Vintage photo of the former offices of the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners. From my collection

Three weeks from tomorrow (11/7/17) voters on the Missouri side of the St. Louis region will go to the polls to vote on various issues and, in one case, fill a vacant seat. Missouri voters will need to Show It 2 Vote.

City of St. Louis: 2nd Ward

Voters in the 2nd Ward will elect someone to finish the term left vacant when Dionne Flowers was appointed Registrar.  There are 3 candidates running in the special election:

  • LISA MIDDLEBROOK – DEM
  • ELSTON K. MCCOWAN – GRN
  • JASMINE TURNAGE – IND

City of St. Louis: Citywide

Voters in every ward will decide if Proposition P passes or fails. The ballot language reads:

Shall the City of St. Louis impose a sales tax at a rate of one half of one percent , solely for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation of the department of public safety, including hiring more police officers police and firefighter compensation, and enhanced law enforcement services? 

Last week Mayor Krewson picked Judge Jimmie Edwards to head Public Safety.

St. Louis County

Voters in the follow part of the county will vote on propositions.

  • Beverly Hills
  • Brentwood
  • Pagedale
  • Pine Lawn
  • St. John
  • Rittenhour School District
  • Eureka Fire Protection District
  • Metro West Fire Protection District
  • Riverview Fire Protection District
  • Glasgow Light District
  • Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District

See the ballot issues here.

St. Charles County

Voters in parts of St. Charles County will decide on annexation by Dardenne Prairie. Dardenne Prairie voters will also vote on the annexation issues as well as a sales tax for parks. See issues here.

Jefferson County

The Jefferson County Election Authority website doesn’t list any upcoming elections, though that seems unlikely.

Illinois

No November 7th election in Madison County IL or St. Clair County IL

— Steve Patterson

 

 

 

Sunday Poll: Is It OK For An Alderman To Also Be A Lobbyist?

October 15, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured, Sunday Poll Comments Off on Sunday Poll: Is It OK For An Alderman To Also Be A Lobbyist?
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The elected office of St. Louis Aldermen is considered a part0time position, most have jobs. The jobs they hold vary greatly. The job of one new alderman has been in the news recently:

Last month, a company offered to outfit every St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer with a camera for one year for free. Now, News 4 has learned one elected official is getting paid by that same company.

Sarah Wood Martin is the Alderwoman for the 11th Ward, elected earlier this year.

According to documents News 4 obtained, just last week, she filed forms to be a lobbyist on behalf of the company Axon. (KMOV)

This is the subject of today’s poll.

This poll will close at 8pm tonight.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 19 of 2017-2018 Session

October 13, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 19 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 19th week of the 2017-2018 session.

ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 10//13/17:

*Note that just because a bill is on the agenda doesn’t mean it’ll be introduced, similarly, bills not on the agenda might be introduced if they suspend the rules to do so. This information is based on the published agenda as of yesterday @ 8am:

  • B.B.#141 – Roddy –An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property, from “J” Industrial District & “G” Local Commercial and Office District to “G” Local Commercial and Office District only in City Block 3957 (4001-99 Chouteau) and from “B” Two?Family Dwelling District to “G” Local Commercial and Office District in City Block 3965 (4113?15, 4117?19 & 4121?23 Chouteau; and containing an emergency clause.B.B.#142 – Muhammad ? An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4400?44 & 4401?43 Red Bud.
  • B.B.#143 – Vollmer –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 5345 Daggett.
  • B.B.#144 – Spencer –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3442?44 California.
  • B.B.#145 – Moore –An ordinance approving a blighting study and redevelopment plan for St. Ferdinand Phase II Redevelopment Area; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#146 – Muhammad –An ordinance approving a blighting study and redevelopment plan for 4100?4798 and 4101?4799 W. Natural Bridge Ave. Redevelopment Area; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#147 – Conway –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4131 Flora Place.
  • B.B.#148 – Conway –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 4212 Botanical.
  • B.B.#149 – Conway –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3931 Russell.
  • B.B.#150 – Ingrassia –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2806?12 Locust.
  • B.B.#151 – Ogilvie –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 6755, 6767, & 6769 Nashville.
  • B.B.#152 – Williamson –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 1416?18 Union.
  • B.B.#153 – Coatar –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2330?32 S. 12th Street.
  • B.B.#154 – Coatar – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2263?65 Indiana.
  • B.B.#155 – Spencer –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 3422 Oregon.
  • B.B.#156 – Moore –An ordinance amending Ordinance #65955 by expanding the boundary of the 3922?68, 3919?29 & 3939?67 Lincoln Ave. Redevelopment Area to include 3937 Lincoln Ave. and renaming the area the 3922?68, 3919?29 & 3937?67 Lincoln Ave. Redevelopment Area (“Amended Area”).
  • B.B.#157 – Guenther –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3325 Wisconsin.
  • B.B.#158 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 1302 Boyle.
  • B.B.#159 – Coatar –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 1001?03 Russell.
  • B.B.#160 – Coatar –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 2222 Mernard.
  • B.B.#161 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4170?4174 Manchester.
  • B.B.#162 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4211, 4219, & 4235?39 Chouteau.
  • B.B.#163 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4330 & 4337 Gibson Ave. and 4210 Chouteau.
  • B.B.#164 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4310?20 Vista.
  • B.B.#165 – Roddy –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 1115?23 N. Newstead Ave.
  • B.B.#166 – Conway –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 3441?51 Juniata.
  • B.B.#167 – Ogilvie –An Ordinance establishing a four?way stop site at the intersection of Piccadilly and Commonwealth regulating all traffic traveling on Piccadilly at Commonwealth and regulating all traffic traveling on Commonwealth at Piccadilly, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#168 – Howard –An ordinance repealing Ordinance 70475 and in lieu thereof enacting a new Ordinance to be known as the City of St. Louis Whistleblower Law, pertaining to reporting improper governmental action and providing protection from retaliatory action for reporting and cooperating in the investigation and/or prosecution of improper governmental action; containing definitions, procedures for reporting improper governmental action and retaliation, and penalties; and containing severability and emergency clauses.
  • B.B.#169 – Muhammad –An Ordinance in relation to developing a comprehensive Urban Agriculture Plan.
  • B.B.#170 – Muhammad –An Ordinance authorizing and directing the Director of Streets to temporarily close, barricade, or otherwise impede the flow of traffic on the 4400 block of Red Bud by blocking said flow of traffic at the north curb line of Carter.
  • B.B.#171 – Spencer –An ordinance to revise Ordinance 68610, pertaining to a semiannual registration fee of two hundred dollars for certain buildings and structures, by removing the fee exemption for properties subject to a specific redevelopment agreement with the City and its development agencies.
  • B.B.#172 – Roddy –An ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor and Comptroller to execute, upon receipt of and in consideration of the sum of Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($3500.00) and other good and valuable consideration, a Quit Claim Deed to remise, release and forever quit?claim unto Botanical Heights Homes, LLC certain City?owned property located in City Block 5114, which property is known by address of 4223 Gibson Avenue.
  • B.B.#173 – Boyd –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2809 Belt.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session.

— Steve Patterson

 

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