Sunday Ward Meeting: MoLeg, Elected School Board, City Hall DMV, Downtown Policing, GO Bond Ballot Issue

happyhour2-4 pm Sunday, January 21st, 2018
5th & 7th Wards Downtown Happy Hour
314 City Bar, 1137 Washington

Sponsored by
5th Ward Committeeman Rasheen Aldridge
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Independent Democrats


Legislative Updates from
78th District State Rep. Bruce Franks, Jr.
79th District State Rep. Michael Butler

Collector of Revenue Gregg Daly will give a report on the recent City Hall DMV controversy

School Board President Susan Jones will discuss this week’s decisions to support return of SLPS governance to the elected school board

SLMPD 4th District Captain Renee Kriesmann will update on crime and crime prevention

Discussion on August 7th $50 Million GO Bond Ballot Issue

Discussion on Charter Amendment to Repeal City Residency Rule

Food Collection for our Brothers & Sisters on Strike at Christian Care Home.

Sign the Audit St. Louis Petition at this event if you have not already done so.

Register to Vote at this event.

Cash Bar
Attendance Prizes – Some great gift cards

This event is in lieu of Save City Hall DMV Letter Writing Happy Hour which is unnecessary because we already won!


Meeting #1: $50 Million GO Bond 2018 Ballot Issue

yTkejEGTEPrevious post at 7th Ward Independent Democrats blog on today’s City Capital Committee Meeting for proposed $50 Million GO Bond ballot issue in 2018.

Heavily borrowed from Gerry Connolly’s live tweeting of the meeting. Can’t thank him enough for this public service.

Before we get to the money…

This is a process. Today’s meeting appears to have been the first ever City Capital Committee meeting with a public notice that the pubic saw and in turn attended. When the Capital Committee is finished, the proposal must go through Board of Estimate and Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President) and Board of Aldermen before going on ballot.

I made a Sunshine records request regarding the Citizens Advisory Committee for Capital Expenditure to find out what happened to it.

Info on ballot timing, who is on Capital Committee, and Citizens Advisory Committee are in previous post on 7th Ward blog. 

The Capital Committee may meet again 2 pm Friday, Jan. 12th.

The Board President filled (announced today) the Ways & Means (Budget) Committee chairmanship vacated by Alderman Steve Conway, who was appointed Assessor. The new Chairman is 26th Ward Alderman Frank Williamson and he was present at the Capital Committee meeting. There should be a second alderman on the Capital Committee. It was rumored to be 16th Ward Alderman Tom Oldenburg (elected April 2017) but not confirmed. It’s important that all the people who are supposed to be on committees, such as this, participate for checks and balances.

The money. There was a Draft 1/4/2018 circulated at the meeting but immediately revised. Revisions are noted.

$1 Million of the proposed $50 Million Bond Issue would go for the cost of issuance.

Fire Department Vehicles/Stations
(deleted- proposed $300,000 for 6 First Responder Vehicles, 4×4 crew cab)
$   192,000 for 4 Command Vehicles (first proposed as $141,000 for 3)
$   125,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Air)
$   209,000 for 1 Heavy Duty Truck (Fuel)
$1,300,000 for 100′ Aerial Platform
$1,250,000 for 5 Ambulances (Med Duty)
$9,495,000 for 9 Pumper w/ 75′ Ladder
$1,600,000 for 2 Pumpers
$   250,000 for 1 Foam/Chemical Truck
$     70,000 for 1 Fire Investigation Unit
$     60,000 for 1 Service Truck
$     60,000 for 1 Tire Truck
$1,100,000 for Fire Station Roofs
$   592,000 for Fire Station Generators

Police Department
$6,500,000 for Radio Equipment (placeholder amount- SLMPD radio vendor- Motorola- informed City late 2017 that it would be discontinuing service & parts supply for the units in 2018.)
$1,300,000 for Property Custody/SWAT HQ (that stands out because the 2015 GO Bond had $2,100,00 earmarked to retrofit a bldg for SLMPD property custody storage)

Corrections Department
$   165,000 for Plumbing Repair
$   200,000 for Showers & Toilets
$1,200,000 for Video Security Equipment Upgrades
$3,229,000 for Air Conditioning @ Dorm, Chapel, Gym, Pods, Kitchen, Cafeteria (temporary AC units will be used 2018)
$     12,000 for Sprinkler Heads (Pods)
$   900,000 for Sprinkler System (Dorm)
$   800,000 for Boiler Replacement Courts and Juvenile Detention
$5,000,000 for HVAC

City Hall & Other Municipal Buildings
$1,000,000 for HVAC
$1,300,000 for Restroom Upgrades (City Hall) – personal note, City Hall is not ADA compliant, the plumbing is a mess, and there’s only one secret bathroom with a baby changing table
$1,600,000 to Replace Electrical Switchgear & Panel Boards (City Hall) Oddly, ongoing leaking roof at City Hall, is not on the list.
$1,000,000 for Miscellaneous Building Repairs
Accounting & Payroll System $5,000,000
ADA Transition Plan $1,000,000 (first proposed as $1,500,000)

Bridge Projects $2,500,000 (Southwest @ Columbia; Compton; $1 M+ needed for the Kingshighway viaduct, McRee to Manchester)

Again, this was the first meeting. Nothing is written in stone yet. There’s a recitation on GO Bonds in City, a history, at the beginning of this 2015 Board Bill.

Here’s the 2016 $25 Million GO Bond Board Bill.  In 2016, voters were told the money would be spent as follows…
$15,000,000 for 10 Fire trucks, 7 Ambulances, Roof & HVAC repairs to some Fire Houses, New Roof + Generator @ FD HQ
$  2,100,000 to retrofit a City Bldg for property custody storage for SLPMD
$  1,300,000 to repair Rec Centers
$  2,000,000 in matching funds for bridge repair
$     500,000 for repairs at city buildings, including City Hall
$     500,000 for Corrections Department, including new locks
$  2,500,000 to upgrade Assessor’s computer system
$     300,000 for other computer upgrades
$  1,000,000 for 4 Trash Trucks

Here is the progress report on the 2016 Bond Issue.

Make your voice heard on this bond issue? Contact your elected officials.
Contact Mayor Lyda Krewson
Contact Information for all Aldermen and Board President Lewis Reed

–Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Vote Annie Rice, 8th Ward Alderwoman

anniefor8thToday, I reaffirm my support for the election of fellow Democrat Annie Rice to Alderwoman of the 8th Ward in the February 13, 2018, Special Election.

Annie Rice has been a selfless, tireless advocate for the Democratic Party as 8th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, Democratic Party 5th Senate District Committeewoman, and active member of the Missouri Democratic State Committee. She has given her time and passion to campaigning for Democrats across Missouri, voter registration, and working on State Committee’s Platform Committee and St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee projects.

My continued support for Annie Rice, a Democrat now running as an Independent, is not rebellion against voters decision in a Democratic Party Primary Election. They were denied the right to vote in a Primary under present Missouri law regarding Special Elections to fill vacancies. Instead, the City Central Committee-  two Democratic Committeepersons from the 8th Ward and 52 Democratic Committeepersons from the City’s 27 other wards- nominated a candidate on behalf of 8th Ward Democrats. It is an outdated, undemocratic, paternalistic system that desperately needs reform.

I stand with the 540 voters of the 8th Ward who signed petitions of support for Annie Rice. The input by 8th Ward voters was not only rejected by City Central Committee, it was, shockingly, disrespected. I apologize to the voters of the 8th Ward for the disrespect shown them.

Annie Rice is the best candidate. Her progressive Democratic values, her skills as an attorney, her experience fighting for justice and against the status quo, this is what I believe the voters of the 8th Ward want from their alderwoman as evidenced by the petitions with 540 signatures.

Vote Annie Rice, 8th Ward Alderwoman

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

Say No To Police Chief O’Toole: Call Mayor, Public Safety Director

The selection process for selecting a new police chief has already failed us.

“If Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole is offered as one of the final six candidates, then the committee and the entire process has already failed the public. In his short time as interim chief, he has managed to have a handful of lawsuits filed against the city, stemming from incidents when officers ultimately under his command brutally handled nonviolent protesters, members of the media, and even neighbors (one of them a U.S. Air Force officer) out for a walk – then boasted that police “owned the night.” Under his leadership, the department was issued an injunction from a federal judge that basically orders that O’Toole and his officers obey the Constitution, and subsequently the Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation.” – Editorial, St. Louis American 12/14/2017

Policing under Interim Chief O’Toole

7/21/2017 St. Louis American: Did the police chief lie about the friendly fire shooting of a black cop? Mayor said she would fire police chief if he lied to her and citizens

9/21/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Post-Dispatch demands charges be dropped against reporter covering protest

9/25/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchUndercover cop, Air Force officer, med student among those police swept up during downtown protest

11/16/2017 St. Louis Post-DispatchJudge limits St. Louis police tactics like chemical agents used in protests

11/15/2017 Riverfront Times: St. Louis Police Used Mace to ‘Punish Protesters,’ Judge Says, Ruling for ACLU

12/01/2017 Riverfront Times: ‘Riot King’ Brian Rossomanno’s Business Had No License in St. Louis, City Says

12/10/2017 Riverfront Times: Police Captain Pokes at Judges Through Official City Account on NextDoor

12/20/2017 Riverfront TimesSt. Louis Police Continue to Cite Blacks for Marijuana Possession at a High Rate

12/22/2017 St. Louis American: Chief O’Toole promotes white St. Louis officer who allegedly beat black undercover cop during Stockley verdict protest mass arrest

12/24/2017 St. Louis Post-Dispatch: IDs released for 3 women slain in St. Louis, pushing city’s annual homicide tally to 21-year high

Watch this video from State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr

Call Mayor Lyda Krewson at 622-3201 and tell her that Interim Police Chief O’Toole must not be made Police Chief

Call Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards at 622-3391 and tell him that Interim Police Chief O’Toole must not be made Police Chief

Many thanks to Sarah Felts for getting this going on Twitter


Wednesday Town Hall With Bruce Franks At Central Library

brucetownhall6-9 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Town Hall Meeting
Sponsored by State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr.
Central Library, 1301 Olive
Please bring nonperishable food donations or a gift for someone less fortunate

Legislative Update from Rep. Franks, then he wants to hear what’s on your mind

+ Austin Walker, St. Louis Regional Chamber
+ Heather Taylor, Ethical Society Of Police
+ Jeff Mazur, LaunchCode
+ Alice Prince, SLATE

Event Facebook Page

Know Anything About Debt Service? Explain This Airport Legislation

lambertI don’t understand Airport Money, as in #BB208, which is being heard in Board of Aldermen Transportation Committee on Thursday.

If I have this correct, $13.7 Million is being moved (or borrowed) from Debt Service Fund and moved to Airport Development Fund, but is then going back to Debt Service Fund by end of Fiscal Year.

The legislation says there’s an emergency. Anyone know what that might be?

If anyone can make sense of this, or even has a good guess, please post.

The only thing I know is going on is Lambert Airport Privatization. The next meeting is 2 pm Tuesday. They are hiring consultants without any input from the Public or Board of Aldermen. 

Police Chief Finalists: Black Lives Matter Or All Lives Matter?

stlpoliceIt’s a fair question to ask the St. Louis City Police Chief candidates at the Finalists Forum this Thursday.

In 2016, 7th Ward Independent Democrats asked the same question of the Democratic Primary candidates for Circuit Attorney and Sheriff in both our survey and at the candidate forum.

In the Circuit Attorney race, candidates Mary Pat Carl, Kimberly M. Gardner (elected Circuit Attorney), and Patrick Hamacher, all said Black Lives Matter. Only Steve Harmon said All Lives Matter.

In the Sheriff race, candidate Vernon Betts (elected Sheriff) said Black Lives Matter. Candidates Johnnie Chester Sr., Kevin “Cap” Klupe, Joseph “Joe” Vaccaro, and Charley “Big Will” Williams, all said All Lives Matter.

It’s a question with an answer central to temperament. Black Lives Matter is commitment to change. All Lives Matter is commitment to status quo.

I have submitted to the question for the Finalists Forum.

What would you ask the next Police Chief of St. Louis City? Submit your question here.

The meeting is open to the public. Attend if you can.

6-8 pm Thursday, December 14, 2017
St. Louis City Police Chief Finalists Forum
Mayor’s Citizen Advisory Committee on New Police Chief Search
SLU Law School, Room 1208, 100 N Tucker City
Online Calendar Notice

Public Transit: #32 MLK; one block north of #99 Downtown Trolley (a bus, not a trolley), six blocks northeast of Civic Center Transit Center