My Email Tonight To Central Committee On 28th Ward Candidates

Dear Central Committee Colleagues: Yesterday on St. Louis Public Radio, we found out Missouri Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) would carry the ball for Rex Inc.’s anti-St. Louis Agenda, including selling off St. Louis Lambert International Airport and forced re-entry of St. Louis City into St. Louis County.

Rex Inc. is negotiating privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport with no input from aldermen or public. The pro-privatization website by Rex Inc. appears to be saying this is the greatest thing ever and nearly a done deal.

We need to know who are our friends at every level of government, who we can depend on to stand with us against Rex Inc. That includes the Board of Aldermen.

We have an opportunity to vet 28th Ward Alderman candidates and find out where they stand on issues, including Rex Inc. related issues. We should take it. I am asking, again, that St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee invite all candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for 28th Ward Alderman to our Thursday meeting to answer our questions.


One candidate will get the nod from Central Committee and one or more rejected candidates will file as Independents. By vetting each of the candidates now and making this information known to the public, we would be providing a public service– information on citywide/regional issues that likely might not even come up within 28th Ward-only forums.

We should find out where each of the 28th Ward Alderman candidates stands on, as examples,…
1) Forced re-entry of City into County
2) Privatization of St. Louis Lambert International Airport
3) Privatization of City Refuse services
4) Privatization of City Water Department
5) Re-Vote on Ward Reduction
6) Maintaining our County elected offices as elected

I understand this is hard for many of you, breaking with tradition, the idea that we not merely nominate the chosen alderman candidate of the ward’s committeeman and committeewoman. But this is an opportunity to find out where candidates (plural) stand on issues important to our future as a party, a City, and a region. I think that is our responsibility here, not rubber stamping a nominee.

Also, I have consolidated the Rex ballot issues information to a new Say No To Rex blog and Twitter account @SayNoToRex to keep track of Rex-related news.

Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman
313-630-7599

Peculiar Forest Park Advisory Board Meeting Notice

questionThere’s a meeting notice on the City online Calendar for a 4:30 Thursday Meeting of the Forest Park Advisory Board.

I believe this is the first such online meeting notice for this Board, which I never heard of before.

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There is a webpage for the Forest Park Advisory Board on the Forest Park Forever website.

But, other than generic meeting information, there is nothing else about the Board or its business- no posted Meetings Agendas, Minutes, or even the names of who is on the Board.

According to the City Code, Section 3.96, The Forest Park Advisory Board is appointed by Mayor with approval of Board of Aldermen.

According to the City Code, this body has enormous oversight responsibilities regarding Forest Park and, yet, there is no information on its members or the business conducted. Transparency is severely lacking here.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Join Me for May 21st Seedling, Plant, Houseplant Swap Happy Hour

Sorry. We had to move this to May 21st.

Don’t throw out the extra seedlings in the tray/pack.

Don’t throw out the extra plant(s) from re-potting plants/houseplants.

Don’t leave that nice plant pot in the alley or let it collect dust in the basement.

Bring your extra seedlings/plants and no longer wanted nice plant pots to the 7th Ward Belated Earth Day Seedling & Plant Swap Happy Hour and swap for something you do want or need.

We’ll also be giving out Free Seeds (Marigold, Butterfly Weed, Cilantro, etc.) and have Voter Registration Applications.
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Vote No On Prop A Body Cam Scam

PropAballot2Proposition A is Rex Sinquefield’s unconstitutional proposal to abolish the Recorder of Deeds and spend alleged cost savings on police body cameras. Proponents contend that monies mandated by state law for records preservation at the Recorder’s Office will be available for body cams. It won’t. Proponents contend that monies mandated for technology services and hardware for the Recorder’s office will be available for body cams. It won’t. Proponents contend that a sitting elected official can be transferred to a civil service position under the Assessor and her duties transferred to the Assessor without giving the Assessor the title of Recorder. It cannot happen. This ballot issue is a wet hot mess that needs to be defeated.

More on Prop A
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— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote No On Prop B Election Scam

propb1Proposition B is a Rex Sinquefield measure to reduce voter turnout for School Board Elections and Charter Amendments. The proposal only moves election of Mayor, Comptroller, Board of Aldermen President, and Aldermen to State/Federal Elections, leaving School Board, Community College Trustee, and Ballot Issues for April Election or Special Elections.

More information on Prop A

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— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote Yes on Prop C City Resident Preference for Civil Service Jobs

propcEnabling Legislation (for the ballot): Board Bill 227 
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Adding 5 points (or 1 point if Veteran’s Preference Points applicable) to an applicant’s score is a small way to reward civil service applicants who are already committed to City living. It’s only for tested positions, won’t affect management hiring.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote No On Prop 1 Eco Devo Sales Tax

Prop1Enabling Legislation (for the ballot): Board Bill 227

Say NO to regressive sales tax. City sales tax is already one of the highest in state. If Prop 1 passes, the sales tax in City will be 9.179% to 11.68%, depending on location and special taxing districts

Say No to raising taxes for to be decided economic development needs/wants. No funds are earmarked by percentage for the purposes promoted. If passed, the money can be appropriated for anything falling under economic development, including maintenance of The Dome or Scottrade (“upgrade the city’s infrastructure”).

Say No to more public funds being managed by yet another appointed board unaccountable to voters. This one would have 2 appointees from School Board, 5 appointees from Mayor, 2 appointees from Board of Aldermen

Say No to a tax that would raise no more than a drop in the bucket for Metrolink Expansion and obviously Metrolink Expansion is just the bait to get you to vote for it.

Say No to a proposal that supporters say would raise money for MetroLink expansion with no conversation about improving bus service.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman