Airport Privatization Updates

stlnotforsalelogoProp V Initiative Petition for Public Vote on Airport Privatization
You can sign Prop V Petition…
Noon-2 pm Saturday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs
1-4 pm  Sunday @ 7th Ward School Board Candidate Forum, Nadine’s patio, 1931 S 12th
6-8 pm Wednesday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs

You can also volunteer at HQ on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings to collect Prop V Petition signatures from your friends and neighbors. 

Board Bill 93 for Public Vote on Airport Privatization
Upcoming Hearings
10 am Saturday, October 13th BOA Transportation Committee Public Hearing on Board Bill 93 @ St John the Baptist Parish, 4200 Delor – Public Transit #10 Gravois + 5 block walk
6:30 pm Monday, October 15th BOA Transportation Committee Public Hearing on Board Bill 93 @ Greater Pentecostal Church, 6080 West Florissant – Public Transit #74 Florissant

Past Recent Hearings/Meetings…
Video of Wednesday/October 3rd BOA Transportation Committee Hearing on Board Bill 93
Video of 9/25 Meeting of BOA Transportation Committee and Airport (Privatization) Advisory Working Group

Members of the BOA Transportation Committee: 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene E Davis, Chair; 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, Vice-Chair; 2nd Ward Alderwoman Lisa Middlebrook; 4th Ward Alderman Sam Moore; 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard; 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad; 23rd Ward Alderman Joseph Vaccaro. Board President Lewis Reed is a voting member of all committees. Contact Information for Members of Board of Aldermen and Board President.

Airport (Privatization) Advisory Work Group
Upcoming Meeting…
1 pm Tuesday, October 9th Airport Advisory Working Group Meeting @ 1520 Market. Open to the Public.

Most Recent Meeting…
Video of 9/25 Meeting of Airport Advisory Working Group without BOA Transportation Committee

Airport Advisory Working Group – Voting Members & Contact Info
Mayor Lyda Krewson
Comptroller Darlene Green (member of Airport Commission)
Board President Lewis Reed (member of Airport Commission)
City Budget Director Paul Payne
Advisory Working Group – Non-Voting Members & Contact Info
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge (works for mayor)
19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis (Chair of BOA Transportation Committee)
City Counselor Julian Bush (works for mayor)

Lambert Airport Commission
Next Meeting…
2 pm Wednesday, November 7th @ Lambert Airport, Lindbergh Conference Room
Previous Meeting…
Video of 9/5 Meeting with Airport Privatization presentation not on Agenda

Federal Aviation Administration
You can make comments on Airport Privatization to the Federal Aviation Administration here.
You can read previous comments here.

Lambert Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed (2017-Present)
Updated with three local news stories this week.

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Airport Privatization News Feed Updated

The Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed has been updated with three news stories.

You can sign the St. Louis Not For Sale Prop V Petition for a Public Vote on Airport Privatization

10:30 am to 2 pm Saturday @ Soulard Market. Look for people with clipboards.

11 am till ? Saturday @ Fiesta Patrias on Cherokee. Look for the booth.

Noon to 2 pm Saturday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs

10 am to 1 pm Sunday @ Nadine’s, 1931 S 12th. Ask for Marie. She’ll also have Voter Registration Applications.

6-8 pm Wednesday @ St. Louis Not For Sale HQ, 3202 S Grand, upstairs

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Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed Has Been Updated

Two news stories by Tony Messenger @ St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Melody Walker @ St. Louis Public Radio added.

Also, 6-8 pm Wednesday, August 22 is STL Not For Sale Petition Drive Office Hours @ 3203A S. Grand, upstairs

This is the weekly opportunity to pick up petitions to collect signatures, turn in petitions, get information on this effort to require a public vote prior to any privatization on Lambert Airport. Notary present.

And Monday’s Drinking Liberally Happy Hour Agenda includes Speakers from STL Not For Sale Petition. RSVP mtceselski@aol.com
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Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed Has Been Updated

stlnotforsalelogoTwo St. Louis Public Radio news stories added this week 

Also, 6-8 pm Tonight, Wednesday, August 8 is STL Not For Sale Petition Drive Office Hours @ 3203A S. Grand, upstairs

This is the weekly opportunity to pick up petitions to collect signatures, turn in petitions, get information on this effort to require a public vote prior to any privatization on Lambert Airport. Notary present.

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Former Mayor Slay Going To Work On Airport Privatization Lease

rexcThere’s a subscriber only story posted earlier today/Monday at St. Louis Business Journal: Spanish firm hires former Mayor Slay in push to privatize Lambert airport

According to three sources, Ferrovial S.A. has hired former Mayor Francis Slay and Spencer Fane law firm to pursue lease for operation of Lambert Airport. 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar also practices law at Spencer Fane.

3/14/2018 Riverfront Times ran an indepth story on Slay’s pursuit of privatization as mayor and relationship with Rex Sinquefield: Airport Privatization Has St. Louis Surveying an Unexplored Frontier. Who’s in the Pilot’s Seat?

A Rex Sinquefield group now is part of the contract with City to explore privatization. By Board of Aldermen Resolution, they control the information. They only get paid if a deal is done.

As today’s Business Journal article points out, Slay’s former chief of staff Mary Ellen Ponder now works for Rex Sinquefield. Another former chief of staff, Jeff Rainford, works for Oaktree Capital, another party pursuing a lease contract. Not mentioned in the Business Journal story, Mayor Lyda Krewson’s lobbyist, Jeff Aboussie, also works for Rex Sinquefield.

Airport Privatization News & Commentary Feed

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

The City Wants $40.15 To Make Me Paper Copies Of Emails

0f17fd2b197f0ea69688f292fe66f060--louis-brandeis-coffee-quotesA simple request. Emails sent to an Alderwoman between two dates relating to Rex Sinquefield’s Plan to privatize St. Louis Lambert Airport.

The City has Gmail accounts. The Alderwoman should not be using private email for public business. The Sunshine request should have involved the Alderwoman’s secretary (shared with several other Aldermen) going through the emails and forwarding them to me.

Easy Peasy.

But not for the City of St. Louis. Instead, the City, at the direction of the Mayor Lyda Krewson and/or her City Counselor, former Circuit Court Judge Julian Bush, has dragged out this request for over a month, now wants $40.15 in fees, has a three day waiting period after I’ve paid, and appears to be giving me paper copies of emails instead of just forwarding emails by email.

It’s 2018 and the City of St. Louis still doesn’t know how to use Gmail yet.

Let’s start from the beginning. On the evening of Monday, February 19, 2018, I used the City’s online form for Sunshine requests to request Airport Privatization emails received by 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis (Chair, Transportation Committee, Board of Aldermen) between January 22, 2018 and February 16, 2018. That’s right, I’m interested in specific emails during a less than one month period.

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The auto-response said I would receive a response in three days, by Thursday, February 22, 2018. Three days to find the emails and send them to me. Fair enough.
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