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St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 27 of 2018-2019 Session

December 14, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 27 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 27th meeting of the 2018-2019 session. This is the last full board meeting of 2018, meetings will resume on Friday January 11, 2019.

Today’s agenda includes eight (8) new bills:

  • B.B.#182 – Ingrassia – An Ordinance amending Section 10 of Ordinance No. 69735, effective May 25, 2014, and codified in Section 11 of the Revised Code, relating to the identification of High Merit historic properties in the City that are undergoing demolition by neglect, with addition of a new subsection C to Section 10 of Ordinance No. 6973 regarding the determination of Undue Economic Hardship.
  • B.B.#183 – Number Not Used This Session
  • B.B.#184 – Muhammad – Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an ordinance authorizing the honorary street name Rep. Joshua Peters Way, which shall begin at the intersection of North Newstead and Penrose and run north on North Newstead to the intersection of North Newstead and Carter.
  • B.B.#185 – Vaccaro – An Ordinance establishing a four-way stop site at the intersection of McCausland and Bancroft regulating all traffic traveling eastbound and westbound on Bancroft at McCausland and regulating all traffic traveling northbound and southbound on McCausland at Bancroft, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#186 – Bosley – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3861 St. Louis Ave.
  • B.B.#187 – Kennedy – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 4965-4975 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
  • B.B.#188 – Ingrassia/Green/Rice – An ordinance to designate portions of the Tower Grove East Neighborhood as a Local Historic District under provisions of Title Twenty-Four of the Code of the City a complete description of the boundaries of the District more fully described in the body of this ordinance, and providing for a development plan including Design Standards to be applied within the district and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#189 – Coatar/Ingrassia – An ordinance approved and recommended by the Preservation Board and the Planning Commission pertaining to the Lafayette Square Historic District; amending Ordinance 69112, repealing and replacing certain standards for the Lafayette Square Historic District as set forth herein.

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 — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 26 of 2018-2019 Session

December 7, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 26 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 26th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes seven (7) new bills:

  • B.B.#175 – Coatar – An ordinance authorizing and directing the
    Mayor and Comptroller to enter into a Lease Agreement with FRONT PAGE LOFTS, LLC, to lease property located in City Block 516, for a period of Ten (10) years, and for the purposes of conducting operations of the City of Saint Louis Board of Election Commissioners, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#176 – Vollmer – An ordinance establishing the Hill Special Business District pursuant to sections 71.790 through 71.808 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, setting its boundaries; a tax rate, initial rate of levy subject to the approval of the qualified voters, and uses to which revenue may be put; creating a Board of Commissioners; and containing severability, effectiveness, and emergency clauses.
  • B.B.#177 – Guenther – An Ordinance recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing The City to issue its Taxable Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (Anheuser –Busch, LLC Project), Series 2018, in a principal amount of not to exceed $75,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds to pay the costs of acquiring certain equipment for an industrial development project in the City; approving a plan for such project; authorizing and directing the Mayor and the Comptroller to execute certain documents related thereto; and authorizing and directing the taking of other actions and approval and execution of other documents as are necessary or desirable to carry out and comply with the intent hereof.
  • B.B.#178 – Ogilvie – An ordinance authorizing and directing the Mayor and the Comptroller to execute a permanent, irrevocable Easement, which shall give, grant, extend and confer on the City, its agents, successors, and assigns, the exclusive right to build and maintain a span of sidewalk improvements along the east side of Sulphur from the intersection of Sulphur and Manchester to the driveway to the north; and containing a severability clause.
  • B.B.#179 – Arnowitz – An Ordinance establishing a two-way stop site at the intersection of Adkins and Poepping regulating all traffic traveling northbound and southbound on Adkins, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#180 – Martin – An ordinance any and all private construction projects, and building or property maintenance performed within the City, except for single family homes and multifamily dwellings with four (4) or less units, that receives either City revenue bonds, City tax-credits or abatements, or, any other form of City public financing including that resulting from tax increment financing or special taxing district, or is performed on buildings or properties owned by the City that are leased to a private entity must, at a minimum, abide by all applicable City ordinances, rules and regulations, and state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding minority participation and prevailing wages as provided under RSMo. 290.210 – 290.340 as such statute exists as of November 2018, and all applicable City ordinances, state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding insurance and tax requirements required of public works.
  • B.B.#181 – Boyd – An Ordinance establishing a temporary, three-way stop site, which shall be and remain in place for a period of six months starting from the date on which said stop site is installed at the intersection of Blackstone and Wells regulating all traffic traveling eastbound and westbound on Wells at Blackstone and regulating all traffic traveling southbound on Blackstone at Wells, and containing an emergency 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 — the new bills listed above may not be online right away. The full board will meet again one week from today, then break for winter until resuming on Friday January 11, 2019.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 25 of 2018-2019 Session

November 30, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 25 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 25th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes five (5) new bills:

  • B.B.#170 – Boyd – An ordinance authorizing and directing the Circuit Attorney, to enter into a contract with the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs for funding to create a Conviction Integrity Unit within the Office of the Circuit Attorney and authorizing the Circuit Attorney to expend the contract grant funds necessary to support this effort including the hiring of personnel; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#171 – Boyd – An Ordinance adopting the 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code, with amendments; and containing a penalty clause, severability clause, savings clause, and emergency clause.
  • B.B.#172 – Martin – An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to conditionally vacate above surface, surface and sub-surface rights for vehicle, equestrian and pedestrian travel in the southern 169 feet of the 15.00 foot wide north/south alley bounded by Robert on the north, Vermont on the east, Koeln on the south and Alabama on the west in City Block 3064-A, as hereinafter described, in accordance with Charter authority, and in conformity with Section l4 of Article XXI of the Charter and imposing certain conditions on such vacation.
  • B.B.#173 – Oldenburg – An ordinance creating a new chapter under title 23 of the Revised Code, titled small wireless Facilities and pertaining to the establishment of procedures and requirements relating to the construction and deployment of small wireless facilities; to be Codified as Chapter 23.59 of the Revised Code; containing a severability clause, savings clause and an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#174 – Howard – An Ordinance establishing a stop site at the intersection of Ridgewood and Wilcox regulating all traffic traveling westbound on Wilcox at Ridgewood, and containing an emergency 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 — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 24 of 2018-2019 Session

November 16, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 24 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 24th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes nine (9) new bills:

  • B.B.#161 – Ingrassia – An ordinance pertaining to Special Use Districts; establishing The Lafayette Square Area Special Use District and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#162 – Rice – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 4102 Shaw Blvd.
  • B.B.#163 – Howard – An Ordinance amending Ordinance 66384, approved July 31, 2004, as follows: Section 1 of Ordinance 66384 is amended by adding a new subsection, subsection 10.04.145, to be titled Animals Putting Persons in Fear; and Section 1, subsection 10.04.170, of Ordinance 66384 is repealed, and in enacted in lieu thereof shall be a new subsection 10.04.170, to be titled Adoption of Strays; and Section 1, subsection 10.04.270, of Ordinance 66384 is repealed, and enacted in lieu thereof shall be a new subsection 10.04.27, to be titled Dangerous Dogs; and Section 1, subsection 10.04.285, of Ordinance 66384, is repealed and enacted in lieu thereof there shall be a new subsection 10.04.285, to be titled, Tethering, confinement and treatment of dogs and cats on owner/guardian’s property; and Section 1 of Ordinance 66384 is amended by the addition of a new subsection, subsection 10.04.115, to be titled, Relinquishment of owned dogs and cats to the animal regulation center; and Section 1, subsection 10.04.165 of Ordinance 66384 is repealed and enacted in lieu thereof a new subsection 10.04.165, to be titled, Neuter Assistance and Education Fund; and Section 1 of Ordinance 66384 is amended by the addition of a new subsection, subsection 10.04.360, to be titled, Interfering with a
    Health Officer or Agent; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#164 – J. Boyd – An Ordinance amending Section 2 of Ordinance 68604, approved March 16, 2010, and codified in Title 20.12 of the Revised Code, by adding a new subsection to Section 2, Section 20.12.025, to Ordinance 68604, to be titled “Naming and Re-naming of Streets in Public Parks”.
  • B.B.#165 – Davis – Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an ordinance authorizing the honorary street name Cedric The Entertainer Way, which shall begin at the intersection of Olive Street and North Vandeventer and run east on Olive Street to the intersection of Olive Street and North Spring Avenue.
  • B.B.#166 – Roddy – An ordinance determining that the Tax Increment Financing Plans listed in Exhibit “A” are making satisfactory progress under the proposed time schedule for completion of projects therein. WHEREAS, the Tax Increment Financing plans and projects listed in Exhibit “A” were approved by the Board of the Alderman.
  • B.B.#167 – Arnowitz – Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an ordinance authorizing the honorary street name Estella M. Daly Way, which shall begin at the intersection of Morgan Ford Road and and Upton Court and run east on the 4100 Block of Upton Court to its end.
  • B.B.#168 – Spencer – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment plan for 3555-59 California.
  • B.B.#169 – Arnowitz – An ordinance authorizing and directing the Director of the City Department of Health to enter into and execute an Opioid Crisis Response Services Contract with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in order to help to fund some personnel costs, auto travel reimbursement and equipment/supplies for a Crisis Resource Response Team, upon approval of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment; and containing an emergency 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 — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

 

Thoughts on the Midterm Election

November 12, 2018 Drug Policy, Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Thoughts on the Midterm Election
Most of the recreational marijuana stores we visited in Colorado in 2014 had a separate section for medical marijuana.

Among the biggest midterm election news is that deep red Missouri overwhelmingly approved the most liberal (Proposition 2) of three medical marijuana propositions, the other two failed (Prop 3 & Prop C). All 3 were described in a Sunday Poll in late September. In 2019 we’ll see rules for growers & dispensaries.  A year from now we should see storefronts fill up as dispensaries occupy them.

Missouri voters also approved a new redistricting plan with campaign limits (Proposition 1). The state’s minimum wage will now increase gradually to $12/hour by 2023.  A gradual fuel tax increase failed (Prop D).

St. Louis County voters approved all propositions:

  • 1 (donation limits to candidates for county executive or council)
  • 2 (County council can hire their own attorney separate from the county counselor, who is appointed by the county executive)
  • B (County council more budgetary power)
  • C (Require specific County financial information be placed online)
  • D (Establishing a commission to examine revising county charter)
  • F (A casino-backed smoking change)
  • Z (one-eighth of 1 percent sales tax for the Zoo)

St. Charles County passed their first smoke-free law, with exemptions.

Claire McCaskill lost her bid for a 3rd term in the US Senate. Though I voted blue, I know she wouldn’t have won a 2nd term in 2012 had Todd Aikn not mentioned “legitimate rape.”  This was a gift she didn’t receive this year.  As I watched her ads about being right in the middle I hated that I had to fill in bubble next to her name.

The middle is a point equidistant from two poles. That’s it. There is nothing inherently virtuous about being neither here nor there. Buried in this is a false equivalency of ideas, what you might call the “good people on both sides” phenomenon. When we revisit our shameful past, ask yourself, Where was the middle? Rather than chattel slavery, perhaps we could agree on a nice program of indentured servitude? Instead of subjecting Japanese-American citizens to indefinite detention during WW II, what if we had agreed to give them actual sentences and perhaps provided a receipt for them to reclaim their things when they were released? What is halfway between moral and immoral?

When we revisit our shameful past, ask yourself, Where was the middle?

The search for the middle is rooted in conflict avoidance and denial. For many Americans it is painful to understand that there are citizens of our community who are deeply racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic. Certainly, they reason, this current moment is somehow a complicated misunderstanding. Perhaps there is some way to look at this–a view from the middle–that would allow us to communicate and realize that our national identity is the tie that will bind us comfortably, and with a bow. The headlines that lament a “divided” America suggest that the fact that we can’t all get along is more significant than the issues over which we are sparring. (Time)

If Democrats want to win in Missouri they need to stop trying to be GOP Lite.

— Steve Patterson

 

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