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St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 37-41

May 25, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: Board Bills 37-41
St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

A new Board Bill was introduced at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting without being on the published agenda. A vote to suspend the rules and introduce another bill was part of the proceeding. This happened at 36 minutes into the meeting (see video).

The bill not on the agenda introduced after suspending the rules?

BOARD BILL No. 37 INTRODUCED BY ALDERWOMAN SHARON TYUS, ALDERMAN FRANK WILLIAMSON, ALDERMAN JOHN COLLINS MUHAMMAD, ALDERMAN SAMUEL MOORE, ALDERMAN SCOTT OGILVIE, ALDERMAN DAN GUENTHER, ALDERWOMAN MEGAN GREEN An ordinance authorizing and directing the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Director to provide to the Members of the Board of Aldermen within 30 days of this ordinance becoming law, a comprehensive list of all Confederate Statues, Confederate Memorials, Confederate Monuments, and Confederate Flags located in any of the parks owned or operated by the City of St. Louis; requiring the removal of all such Confederate Memorials, Confederate Monuments, and Confederate Flags located in any of the parks owned or operated by the City of St. Louis within 120 days of this ordinance becoming law except if they are located inside a Museum designed for the preservation of History; prohibiting the future installation or placement of Confederate Statues, Confederate Memorials, Confederate Monuments, and Confederate Flags located in any of the parks owned or operated by the City of St. Louis, except if they are located inside a Museum designed for the preservation of History; requiring the renaming of all Streets, Drives or Boulevards in any parks owned or operated by the City of St. Louis with the name of Confederate within 60 days of this ordinance becoming law; and specifically requiring Confederate Drive in Forest Park be renamed SCOTT JOPLIN DRIVE within 60 days of this ordinance becoming law; authorizing a Committee be formed, within 30 days of this ordinance becoming law consisting of the Mayor, Comptroller, President of the Board of Aldermen, Treasurer, & Chair of the Parks Committee, to raise private funds to remove all such Confederate Memorials, Confederate Monuments, and Confederate Flags located in any of the parks owned or operated by the City of S. Louis except if they are located inside a Museum designed for the preservation of History and requiring said private funds be placed in a special City account created to receive and spend the private funds raised to remove said Confederate Memorials, Monuments, and Flags and containing an emergency clause.

I’ll be posting about this bill and the confederate monument in Forest Park on Monday.

They’re meeting today instead of Friday because of Memorial Day Weekend. The following four  board bills are on the agenda for introduction  at today’s meeting of the  St. Louis Board of Aldermen:

  • B.B.#38 – Davis –An ordinance amending Ordinance # 66107 by modifying the terms of the real estate tax abatement in the 1513?23 S. Compton Ave. and 3201 ? 27 St. Vincent Ave. Redevelopment Area authorized by Ordinance # 66107.
  • B.B.#39 – Boyd –An ordinance recommended by the Parking Commission making appropriation for payment of the operating expenses, capital equipment and improvement expenses, including lease purchase agreements involving Parking Division assets, and debt service expenses of the Parking Division of the Treasurer’s Office, Kiel & City Hall Parking Facilities, Information Technologies Office, Argyle Parking Facility, Chouteau Building & Parking Facility, Williams Paper Parking Facility, Central Downtown Parking Facility, Buckingham Parking Facility, Cupples Parking Facility and Justice Parking Facility for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018, amounting in the aggregate to the sum of Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Forty Six Thousand, Three Hundred Twenty Two Dollars ($15,546,322) and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#40 – Vaccaro – An ordinance adding language to the City Code that will prohibit the Parking Violation Bureau from doubling a parking meter and parking violation fine if payment is received within twenty calendar days or less. If an appeal of the fine occurs, either through an administrative or state court, the fine will not double if payment is received within thirty or less calendar days.
  • B.B.#41 – Ingrassia ? An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2607 California.

The meeting begins at 10am, it can be watched online here.

— Steve Patterson

 

Readers: Gov Greitens Should Veto Minimum Wage Bill

May 24, 2017 Economy, Featured, Missouri, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Readers: Gov Greitens Should Veto Minimum Wage Bill
Missouri Capital, Jefferson City, MO, April 2011

Nearly 85% of those who voted in the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll disagreed with the statement that Gov Greitens should sign the bill that would strip St. Louis of setting its own minimum wow higher than that of the state. More than half picked the “strongly disagree” option.

Here’s the final breakdown:

Q: Agree or disagree: Gov Grietens should sign the bill limiting the minimum wage to the same $7.70/hr statewide.

  • Strongly agree 2 [6.25%]
  • Agree 1 [3.13%]
  • Somewhat agree 1 [3.13%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 0 [0%]
  • Somewhat disagree 3 [9.38%]
  • Disagree 7 [21.88%]
  • Strongly disagree 17 [53.13%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 1 [3.13%]

A thriving economy has goods/services being exchanged at good pace. Those with minimum wage jobs spend every dollar they get:

Those in the bottom 30% of the income scale make an average of $14,000 a year, including the value of many government benefits like food stamps or disability payments. But they spend more than $25,000, or 182%, of their annual income mostly on basic needs like housing, food and transportation, according to a CNNMoney analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. 

Worth noting is that this group includes senior citizens, who supplement their income from Social Security with savings, and students, who turn to mom and dad for help. Also, research shows that some underestimate how much aid they receive from the government. 

But the data also includes many low-income families and individuals who just don’t make enough to get by. Often, they have to decide what bills to pay or they turn to payday lenders or credit cards. (CNN/Money)

This is 182% of their income, while the rich only spend 61% of their income. For the middle class it’s 89%. If we pay those at the bottom a little more the money will circulate through the economy — not sit in accounts here and abroad. Foe nearly 40 policies of both Republicans & Democrats have eroded the middle class and condemned the poor to a life of struggling to stay afloat.

St. Louis needs an improved economy — paying workers more is the best way to do so. Please contact Gov Greitens immediately and let him know he should veto the minimum wage bill.

— Steve Patterson

 

Sunday Poll: Should Gov Grietens Sign The Minimum Wage Bill?

May 21, 2017 Featured, Missouri, Politics/Policy, Sunday Poll Comments Off on Sunday Poll: Should Gov Grietens Sign The Minimum Wage Bill?
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On Friday May 12th, in the final minutes of the session, the Missouri legislature sent a bill to Governor Greitens that would nullify St. Louis’ recent increase in the minimum wage. 

The House failed to adopt an emergency clause on the bill, meaning it won’t immediately take effect should Gov. Eric Greitens sign it, which sponsoring House Rep. Jason Chipman said he had promised to do. The new minimum wage in St. Louis would instead be nullified in August if the measure becomes law. 

Speaking to reporters after session’s end, Greitens said he’d have to take a close look at the bill before making a final decision. (Post-Dispatch)

Missouri’s minimum wage is $7,70/hr while St. Louis’ new minimum wage is $10/hr.

Which brings us to today’s poll:

The poll will close at 8pm.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/19/2017 (#35-#36), Update On Board Bill #34 From Prior Week

May 19, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/19/2017 (#35-#36), Update On Board Bill #34 From Prior Week
St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

The following two (2) board bills are being introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today:

  • B.B.#35 – Vaccaro – An ordinance protecting victims of automobile theft from paying storing, towing and administrative fees directly related to recovery of a stolen automobile by amending Ordinance 64668, approved June 11, 1999 and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#36 – Vaccaro – An ordinance mandating that the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry shall cause the construction of four well?lit basketball courts in Forest Park by October 1, 2017.

As of 5:30am the pages with the full bill language are not posted online, I’ll update this post once these are available. [UPDATED @10AM]

Today’s agenda can be viewed here. The meeting begins at 10am, it can be watched online here.

An update on last week’s meeting. Just before 7am on Thursday May 11th I downloaded the Week #4 agenda (view on Scribd). I then copied and pasted the list of new bills (#25-#34) into the post for the next morning. That night I updated the post with links to the bill pages. The Week 4 agenda currently posted online (Scribd) doesn’t include Bill #34 — 25 through 33 all match The video of the meeting shows no #34 was introduced — BB#33 was introduced at 28:53 in the video. However, a Board Bill #34 creating a buffer zone at abortion clinics is listed, though it shows no legislative action taken. Perhaps #34 will be formally introduced at a later date? I’ve downloaded copies in case it disappears.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/12/2017 (#25-#34)

May 12, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 5/12/2017 (#25-#34)
St. Louis City Hall
St. Louis City Hall

The following ten (10) board bills are being introduced in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen today:

  • B.B.#25 – Ingrassia – An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Block 2076 at 2801 & 2803 Magnolia, from “J” Industrial District to the “F” Neighborhood Commercial District; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#26 – Ingrassia –An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Block 2076 at 2809 & 2811-13 Magnolia, from “J” Industrial District to the “C” Multiple?Family Dwelling District; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#27 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller, owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to enter into and execute the “Enterprise Leasing Company, Lease Agreement AL?045 between the City and Enterprise Leasing Company, granting to the Lessee, subject to and in accordance with the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Lease Agreement, certain rights and privileges in connection with the occupancy and use of the Leased Premises, which is defined and more fully described in Section 201 of the Lease Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#28 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller, owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to enter into and execute the Common Use Airport Club Concession Agreement AL?048 between the City and Airport Terminal Services, d/b/a Wingtips, granting to Concessionaire, subject to and in accordance with the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Agreement, certain rights and privileges in connection with the occupancy and use of the Premises, which is defined and more fully described in Section 201 of the Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#29 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing and directing the Director of Airports and the Comptroller, owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport to enter into and execute the Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren? Missouri Lease Agreement AL?044 between the City and Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren?Missouri, granting to the Lessee, subject to and in accordance with the terms, covenants, and conditions of the Lease Agreement, certain rights and privileges in connection with the occupancy and use of the Premises, which is defined and more fully described in Section 201 of the Lease Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#30 – Moore –An Ordinance establishing a three?way stop site at the intersection of Taylor and Kennerly by regulating all northeast? bound and southwest?bound traffic traveling on Taylor at Kennerly and regulating all northwest?bound traffic traveling on Kennerly at Taylor, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#31 – Vaccaro/Howard/Flowers/Coatar/Conway/Williamson/ Vollmer/Boyd/Cohn/Ogilvie/Guenther –An Ordinance enabling the City, to join the Missouri Clean Energy District pursuant to the Property Assessment Clean Energy Act, Sections 67.280 to 67.2835, inclusive, RSMo, in order to provide an additional authorized entity through which owners of property within the City may obtain financings for energy efficiency improvements or renewable energy improvements to their property; stating the terms under which the City will conduct activities as a member of such District; prescribing the form and details thereof; authorizing certain actions by City officials; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#32 – Roddy –An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate above surface, surface and sub? surface rights for travel in an irregular width section of the east/west alley in City Block 3965 beginning west of Sarah and continuing westwardly 191.41 feet to a point and being bounded by Papin, Sarah, Chouteau and Talmage.
  • B.B.#33 – Spencer –Ordinance establishing a two?way stop site at the intersection of Chippewa and Marine by regulating all eastbound traffic traveling on Chippewa at Marine and regulating all northbound traffic traveling on Marine at Chippewa, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#34 – Arnowitz –An Ordinance recommended by the Utilities Committee on May 10, 2017, to support the Missouri Economic Development and Infrastructure Investment Act, or similar legislation which acknowledges that the electric grid is the backbone of Missouri’s economy and updates to 100 year old policies are needed to spur economic development and support the state’s electric investor?owned utilities in building a smarter, stronger energy grid for Missouri consumers. [UPDATE 5/18/17 @ 9:11am: This bill appeared on the agenda downloaded at 6:49am on 5/11/17, but was removed in a later version. No BB34 was introduced, see video. But a #34 is listed online.

Today’s agenda can be viewed here. The meeting begins at 10am, it can be watched online here.

— Steve Patterson

 

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