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St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 24 of 2017-2018 Session

November 17, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 24 of 2017-2018 Session
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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 24th week of the 2017-2018 session. No new bills were introduced last week.

THIRTEEN (13) NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 11/17/17:

*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.#188 – Coatar –An ordinance to terminate and dissolve the Orpheum Theater Community District pursuant to the Community Improvement District Act, Sections 67.1401 – 67.1575 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.
  • B.B.#189 – Moore –An Ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission on November 8, 2017, to change the zoning of property as indicated on the District Map and in City Block 3666, from “C” Multiple?Family Dwelling District and “F” Neighborhood Commercial District to the “F” Neighborhood Commercial District only, at 2505 N. Sarah Street; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#190 – Boyd –An Ordinance pertaining to the administration and use of the Parking Meter Fund and repealing Subsection B-2 of Section Two of Ordinance 70611.
  • B.B.#191 – Roddy –An ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission to provide for the establishment of a FOREST PARK SOUTHEAST Form-Based District; and containing a severability clause and an effective date clause.
  • B.B.#192 – Roddy – An ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission to repeal the Grove Commercial Area Special Use District, Ord. 67924, and setting an effective date.
  • B.B.#193 – Pres. Reed –An ordinance amending Ordinance 69429 by repealing Section Two and Section Three of that ordinance and enacting in lieu thereof a new Section Two and a new Section Three pertaining to the same subject matters; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#194 – Howard –An ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the City, a proposal to repeal Section 2 of Article VIII of the City Charter requiring City officers and employees to reside within the boundaries of the City and thus allow said officers and employees to reside outside of the boundaries of the City and; providing for an election to be held for voting on the proposed revision and the manner of voting thereat and; for the publication, certification, deposit, and recording of this ordinance; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#195 – Coatar –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 2001?2003 Ann.
  • B.B.#196 – Conway/Pres. Reed –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4121 Russell.
  • B.B.#197 – Martin –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 7500-7518 South Broadway.
  • B.B.#198 – Vollmer –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 5231-5233 & 5239-5241 Shaw.
  • B.B.#199 –Guenther –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for the 4601 South Broadway.
  • B.B.#200 – 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.

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

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 22 of 2017-2018 Session

November 3, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 22 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 22nd week of the 2017-2018 session.

SEVEN NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 11/3/17:

*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.#181 – Coatar –An ordinance amending Ordinance #63535 approved August 1, 1995, by modifying the terms of real estate tax abatement for the Eleventh/Clark/Eighth/Poplar Redevelopment Area authorized by Ordinance #63535.
  • B.B.#182 – Davis –An ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission, the Comptroller and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, making certain findings with respect to the transfer of up to Six Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($630,000) of excess moneys that The City, the owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, intends to transfer from the Debt Service Stabilization Fund to the Airport Development Fund in accordance with Section 516.B of the Lambert?St. Louis International Airport Indenture of Trust between the City, as Grantor, and UMB Bank, N.A., as Trustee, dated as of October 15, 1984, as amended and restated as of July 1, 2009, as amended and supplemented; authorizing a transfer in an amount not to exceed Six Hundred Thirty Thousand ($630,000) from the DSSF into the Airport Development Fund during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, for the purpose of making funds available to address the emergency replacement of the 5,000 gallon Airfield Maintenance Diesel Fuel Storage Tank; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause. \
  • B.B.#183 – Davis –An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission, the Board of Public Service, and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment authorizing a First Amendment to Section One of the Airfield, Building & Environs Projects Ordinance 70410 approved December 19, 2016, which authorized a multi?year public work and improvement program (“Airfield, Building & Environs Projects”) at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, increasing the total estimated cost of the Airport, Building & Environs Projects by Six Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($630,000) to Seventeen Million Six Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($17,630,000) and amending EXHIBIT A entitled “FISCAL YEAR 2017 PROJECT/EQUIPMENT LIST” by adding a new project to the list entitled “Replacement of 5,000 Gallon Airfield Maintenance Diesel Fuel Storage Tank”; authorizing a First Supplemental Appropriation in the total amount of Six Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($630,000) from the Airport Development Fund into the Airport, Building & Environs Projects Ordinance 70410 approved December 19, 2016, for the payment of costs for work and services authorized therein; containing a severability clause; and an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#184 – 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 Host International Local Concept Restaurant Concession Agreement AL?073 between the City and Host International, granting to the 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 Concession Agreement that was approved by the Airport Commission; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#185 – Spencer –An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3420 California.
  • B.B.#186 – Davis – An ordinance amending Ord. No. 65857 pertaining To the Redevelopment Agreement between the City and Grand Center Inc., as amended, amending same to authorize an Application for abatement for the 3637 Washington Fox Garage Project and further amending Ord. No. 68874 by authorizing a Fifth Supplemental Trust Indenture; and containing a severability Clause.
  • B.B.#187 – Muhammad –An ordinance requiring Land Reutilization Authority to sell LRA Land Bank properties which have been owned by the City for a period of more than ten (10) years and located within a Ward containing five?hundred (500) or more LRA Land Bank properties to purchasers for the sum of one dollar ($1.00), such sale to be conditioned upon the written approval of the Alderman of the Ward in which said property is located.

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: St. Louis Should Legalize Marijuana

November 1, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Crime, Drug Policy, Featured, Politics/Policy Comments Off on Opinion: St. Louis Should Legalize Marijuana

Marijuana never should have been classified as am illegal drug to begin with. So why was it? A top bureaucrat didn’t want to be out of a job!

In 1929, a man called Harry Anslinger was put in charge of the Department of Prohibition in Washington, D.C. But alcohol prohibition had been a disaster. Gangsters had taken over whole neighborhoods. Alcohol — controlled by criminals — had become even more poisonous.

So alcohol prohibition finally ended — and Harry Anslinger was afraid. He found himself in charge of a huge government department, with nothing for it to do. Up until then, he had said that cannabis was not a problem. It doesn’t harm people, he explained, and “there is no more absurd fallacy” than the idea it makes people violent.

But then — suddenly, when his department needed a new purpose — he announced he had changed his mind. (Huffington Post)

He sold the public on the idea smoking weed caused “reefer madness.”

See the full propaganda film here. The madness has been decades of prohibition on a plant with remarkable medicinal qualities.

Poster for the 1930s propaganda film ‘Reefer Madness’

From Board Bill 180 introduced last week:

WHEREAS, in 2013, Board of Aldermen addressed marijuana possession in the City of St. Louis by passing Ordinance 69429, as codified in Part IV, Chapter 11.60, Title 11 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis;

WHEREAS, at least five cities, including Breckenridge, Colorado; Denver, Colorado; Portland, Maine; South Portland, Maine; Washington, D.C., and eight states, including Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada have legalized and regulated marijuana under state and local laws;

WHEREAS, cities and states have not seen significant increases in crime since legalization and regulation of marijuana, and many have seen slight decreases in crime;

WHEREAS, the Drug Enforcement Agency found that, overall, research does not support a direct causal relationship between regular marijuana use and other illicit drug use;

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Police Department has contended that it is understaffed by over 110 officers;

WHEREAS, federal law prohibition makes enforcement of state laws on marijuana by the City of St. Louis, including by the Metropolitan Police Department, redundant and wasteful of city resources;

WHEREAS, arresting, citing, and prosecuting marijuana offenders diverts police time away from crimes with victims. Nationally, 87% of all motor vehicle thefts and over 70% of robberies go unsolved, while law enforcement pursues over half a million arrests for marijuana possession. Regulating marijuana would free up law enforcement time and resources to focus on real crime;

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City of Saint Louis that City resources only be devoted to issues of priority in ensuring public safety and protecting the quality of life for its residents;

WHEREAS, eliminating marijuana enforcement by local police may separate the market for marijuana from the market for more harmful substances, reducing the likelihood that marijuana consumers will be exposed to opiates or other dangerous drugs when they purchase marijuana;

WHEREAS, studies have found that a 48% reduction in patients’ opioid use after three months of medical marijuana treatment, 39% reduction in their opioid dosage, and 39% stopped using opioids altogether;

WHEREAS, researchers at Columbia University’s School of Public Health found that, in states that passed medical marijuana laws, fewer drivers killed in car crashes tested positive for opioids after the laws went into effect

Yes, this should be addressed at state & federal levels, but it’s not. We can’t afford to just sit around waiting for the pushes of old myths to admit they were wrong.

This bill is sponsored by Megan E. Green (15) and co-spomsored by the following:

I urge you to thank each of these six aldermen and for you to contact the other 22 to get BB180 passed.

In the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll I used the word “pot” because it’s an old term generally used only by those who oppose legalization.

Q: Agree or disagree: Pot is a dangerous drug, St. Louis Police should continue enforcing state & federal pot laws!

  • Strongly agree 8 [17.02%]
  • Agree 4 [8.51%]
  • Somewhat agree 1 [2.13%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 1 [2.13%]
  • Somewhat disagree 1 [2.13%]
  • Disagree 7 [14.89%]
  • Strongly disagree 23 [48.94%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 2 [4.26%]

Clearly, many of those who responded still believe the propaganda.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 21 of 2017-2018 Session

October 27, 2017 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen Week 21 of 2017-2018 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 21st week of the 2017-2018 session.

One bill was introduced last week that wasn’t on the agenda available the day before the meeting:

BOARD BILL NO. 176 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN ARNOWITZ An ordinance authorizing and directing the Director of the Health, on behalf of the Mayor of the City of St. Louis, to enter into and execute a Cooperative Agreement Award with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, to fund the Safe and Thriving St. Louis Project, upon approval of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, and to expend funds by entering into contracts or otherwise for the Cooperative Agreement Award purposes and containing an emergency clause.

FOUR NEW BOARD BILLS ON THE AGENDA* FOR INTRODUCTION TODAY 10/27/17 — #180 should be highly controversial:

*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.#177 – Muhammad –An ordinance to amend Section 140.030 of the Revised Code, being Ordinance 69984 establishing the Civilian Oversight Board and approved June 6, 2015, by adding a new paragraph 11 to Section 140.030 of the revised Code of the City titled Removal of Members, allowing for the removal of members of the COB by the passage of a Board Bill sponsored by a member of the Board of Aldermen whose ward is located within the COB District represented by said COB member calling for said member’s removal, and the vacancy occasioned thereby to be filled as set forth in the vacancies section of Section 140.030 of the Revised Code of the City.
  • B.B.#178 – Coatar –An Ordinance establishing a three?way stop site at the intersection of Missouri and Ann regulating all traffic traveling southbound on Missouri at Ann and regulating all traffic traveling eastbound and westbound on Ann at Missouri, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#179 – Vaccaro –An Ordinance establishing a four?way stop site at the intersection of Bancroft and Prather regulating all traffic traveling eastbound and westbound on Bancroft at Prather and regulating all traffic traveling northbound and southbound on Prather at Bancroft, and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#180 – Green/Bosley/Cohn/Guenther/Ingrassia/Williamson –An ordinance concerning use of City resources to amend marijuana laws within the City, to amend Ordinance 69429, to regulate the use of City resources to enforce laws against marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia, to enforce marijuana laws by restricting illegal acts regarding marijuana usage or possession, to allow for police use of marijuana as cause for reasonable suspicion in searches, to minimize disproportionate penalties for violations, to prioritize enforcement activities of the City, including the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and to eliminate redundant law enforcement of marijuana laws where adequate enforcement exists under federal law which prohibits the same conduct. The ordinance contains a savings provision and a severability provision.

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

 

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

 

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