Last Call, RSVPs For Monday Drinking Liberally With Sarah Kendzior

Join the Left Leaning Community 6:30-9 pm Monday, February 26th for Drinking Liberally St. Louis Chapter’s February Happy Hour with Special Guest Sarah Kendzior , writer/analyst on politics, media, and economy, authority on authoritarian states at Nadine’s Gin Joint, 1931 S 12th in Soulard.

Please RSVP by Friday 9 pm to mtceselski@aol.com and use “Sarah RSVP” in subject. This will be a very large crowd, so seating will be by name tag. No name tag, no seat.

It’s my 60th Birthday and there will be Cake. Plus, time permitting, we will play Rex Bingo.

In lieu of birthday gifts, you are asked to bring some specific food items to donate to the Lafayette Park United Methodist Church’s Brown Bag meal program serving homeless persons.

Needed items include…
Cans of Vienna Sausages
Packages of Tuna/Chicken & Crackers
Packages of Peanut Butter Crackers
Single Serving Boxes of Raisins

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Feb2018

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Stop Rex! Send Your Comments On Airport Privatization To FAA

rexcYou can comment to the Federal Aviation Agency on St. Louis City’s Application for Lambert Airport Privatization here.

Posted Comments are found here.

Lambert Airport News & Commentary Feed

My comments to the Federal Aviation Agency on Lambert Airport Privatization sent today, February 21, 2018. #1k2-91ml-i487

The People of St. Louis have been left out of the official discussions on privatization of Lambert Airport. Nothing in the future of this process can undo that damage or the overwhelming conflicts of interest in this terribly flawed process.

Neither current St. Louis City Mayor Lyda Krewson, nor previous Mayor Francis Slay, asked the public if we are interested in privatization and under what scenario and process. This happened once before recently, with our Water Department. The people loudly said, No! It was stopped in aldermanic committee. That is why privatization proponents have kept Lambert Airport Privatization away from the Board of Aldermen, to avoid public involvement.

Privatization is spearheaded by billionaire, and Ozarks not St. Louis resident, Rex Sinquefield, known as Rex Inc. here. He’s the man trying to bankrupt St. Louis City by throwing his money around to try and force us to get rid of a major source of income- our earnings tax. He was a major donor to the former Mayor. The current Mayor recently passed a ballot issue with Sinquefield’s funding; donated remaining funds from a political action committee that she controlled to one of Sinquefield’s groups; was alderwoman of the ward that landed Sinquefield’s World Chess Hall of Fame.

Rex Inc. paid for the privatization Application, runs the privatization public relations machine, ran the privatization consultant application process, and, now, to no one’s surprise, is being hired by the Mayor to be the official consultant on privatization. Insult to injury, the Board of Aldermen recently passed a resolution placing Rex Inc. in charge of transparency for the privatization process. 

The previous Mayor unveiled his secret privatization plan on the way out the door and just after the St. Louis Democratic Primary. In St. Louis City, our municipal Democratic Primary is the main election, not the general election. In announcing the City was pursuing privatization after the Primary for his successor, he denied voters an opportunity to query candidates for mayor on what may be the most important decision of this century for St. Louis. Subsequently, distrust of the process has been there from the beginning.

Rex Inc will never say privatization is a bad idea. The current Mayor does not care what the public opinion is on this issue. Full steam ahead. I suspect that the only way to stop this is by initiative petition ballot, a vote by the people that bypasses elected officials. What would the FAA do if on the eve of finalizing privatization of Lambert Airport, the voters said, No? I would rather not find out. I would rather that the FAA told Mayor Krewson to start over or, better yet, just stop entirely, enough damage has been done and there is no recovering from it.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

No To Bismarck, Yes To Honzik

noname9 am Tuesday, Board Bill 244 will be heard in the Board of Aldermen Streets Committee to rename (honorarily) one block of 7th, from Lami to Barton in Soulard, after German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

He may have been a great leader in the eyes of a lot of people around the world but Bismarck oppressed Catholics. I’m not saying we should not have streets named after flawed people. We are all flawed. I just wonder if this is a good fit for the neighborhood.

Under City Ordinance 68937, all you need to rename a block is a) a petition with 60% signatures of the voters on the block, b) money to pay for the honorary street name sign, 3) an alderman to sponsor the board bill.

What would you rename your street? Would you rename it?

Not my own street, but I’d like to see a block in Soulard renamed for Mary Honzik, later Maloney. She was a Bohemian immigrant, came over as a small child, lived around what was then Union Park in Soulard, and became the founding mother of IBEW.

About That City Democrats Meeting

hot-mess-raise-walking-disasterThis Draft of the Minutes of the January 27, 2018, Meeting of St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee shows discussion AND action relating to Independent Candidates occurring after Fundraising and before Right to Work reports. The sequence of events is incorrect.

The issue and heated exchanges began earlier when By Laws were discussed. The Independent Candidates issue was not on the Agenda for the meeting. I was under the impression that the issue was tabled until another meeting. This misunderstanding was largely due to the failure of the group to use microphones, which I had previously requested.

I left the meeting during General Discussion, after Redistricting came up

That evening, I was informed that the Independent Candidates issue came back up in General Discussion and there was a vote to request 8th Ward Committeewoman Annie Rice to resign.

Committeewoman Rice was at her MICA Board meeting instead of the Central Committee meeting. Again, she was not on the Agenda.

I had her proxy and should have been the person to speak on her behalf. Again, she was not on the Agenda. I feel very bad for not being there to represent her and cast both of our votes against the resignation motion.

It appears that Central Committee will amend its By Laws to censure or request resignation from all of us who support Annie. I have already written the Committee on this.

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Annie Rice is a Democrat and I am proud to support her.

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Saturday Sen. McCaskill Town Hall

claire9 am Saturday, January 27, 2018
Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
Emerson Center, Harris-Stowe University
Open to the Public

The Senator will take written questions from the audience.

1/25/2018 St. Louis American: McCaskill to host town hall at Harris-Stowe on Saturday

 

We Won! City Hall DMV Office Remains Open!

This post is to save information on the issue for future reference on county offices.

Thank you to everyone who already signed the petition and wrote letters.  5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge and I changed the January 21st event to a 5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour/Meeting at 314 The City Bar, Downtown and the January 28th Letter Writing Party was changed to a 7th Ward Seed Swap Happy Hour at Nadine’s. 
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dmv32-4 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Downtown Save City Hall
DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour #1
314 City Bar, 1137 Washington

RSVP by 10 pm January 20th, 2018

Sponsored by 5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski7th Ward Independent Democrats

Contact: *Marie Ceselski 314-630-7599 ward7stl@aol.com

Attendance Prizes
Cash Bar

Please join us to write letters to State officials in support of retaining the State of Missouri Motor Vehicle License Fee Office at City Hall.

Stationary, pens, and postage will be provided. But bring your own if you’d like. 

In lieu of a handwritten letter, if you’d like to write and print a letter in advance to bring with you, see addresses of State officials below.

There is also Save City Hall DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour on Janaury 28th.

If you can’t make it to any of the Letter Writing Happy Hours, there is also an online form to use.


The St. Louis City Collector of Revenue has run the DMV License Office at City Hall for 17 years without issue. Now the State says the office hours are a problem. City Hall is only open 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday, no evening or Saturday hours.

Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly’s DMV License office serves 60,000 customers a year. They are obviously doing something very, very right.

Last month, the State awarded the DMV contract to someone in Florida for an office location yet to be announced. Wherever it is, it will not be as convenient as the City Hall office. This is a fact.

Customers rave about the services and convenience of Collector Daly’s DMV License Office. A fair number of customers are from St. Louis County.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who need a copy of their Missouri Birth Certificate to do business with DMV.

  • You must bring a certified copy of your Birth Certificate to renew/update a Driver’s License or obtain/upate a Non-Driver Photo ID. The City Hall DMV and Recorder of Deeds Birth Records Department are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who need a copy of their St. Louis City Issued Marriage License to do business with DMV.

  • If you marry and want to take you spouse’s surname or hyphenate surnames, you must bring a certified copy of your Marriage License to DMV. The City Hall DMV License Office and Recorder of Deeds Marriage License Department are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office eliminates an important resource for charities assisting people who are unhoused.

  • You need a Photo ID to apply for job training, jobs, housing, aid, and to vote. St. Louis Area Charities partner only with the City Hall DMV to provide Photo IDs to the unhoused. This partnership is unique and only possible because the City Hall DMV and Recorder of Deeds Birth Records Department are located in the same building.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office will suppress voting in the City of St. Louis.

  • The State now requires a Photo ID to vote. Instead of making it easy to get, moving the City Hall DMV away from the Birth Certificates needed to obtain the Photo ID makes it more difficult.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people without internet access who need a Copy of their Property Tax Receipt to renew license plates.

  • The City Hall DMV and Collector of Revenue are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who need a Personal Property Tax Waiver to renew license plates.

  • The City Hall DMV and Assessor are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Eliminating the City Hall DMV License Office inconveniences people who pay Personal Property Tax in person before they renew license plates.

  • The City Hall DMV and Collector of Revenue are both conveniently located on the same floor at City Hall. Everywhere else in the State, you have to go to two buildings.

Instead of eliminating convenience, the State should be looking at how to replicate the convenience of St. Louis City Hall services- DMV License, Birth Certificate, Property Tax Waiver, and Property Tax Payment services all on the same floor, same building.



About The Letters

At Sunday’s Save City Hall Letter Writing Happy Hour. we’ll be writing to four State Officials. In lieu of a handwritten letter, if you’d like to write and print a letter in advance to bring with you, here are the names and addresses:

Hon. Eric Greitens
Governor of the State of Missouri
201 West Capitol Avenue, Room 216
Jefferson City, MO  65101

Joel Walters, Director
Department of Revenue
Harry S. Truman State Office Building
301 West High Street, Room 670
Jefferson City, MO  65101

Tracy McGinnis
Commissioner’s Office
Office of Administration
State Capitol Building, Room 125
P.O. Box 809
Jefferson City, MO  65102

Carla Duppong
Division of Purchasing
Harry S. Truman State Office Building
301 West High Street, Room 630

Jefferson City, MO  65101

Again, if you can’t make it to any of the Letter Writing Happy Hours,there is also an online form to use.

*Disclaimer: Marie Ceselski, a host of this event, is a City employee in the Recorder of Deeds Office. She is hosting the event as the elected 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, not as a City employee. She does not represent the Recorder of Deeds or City of St. Louis on this or any other matter.
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— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman