Airport Privatization Updates & Action Alerts

St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization News Feed has been updated.

The Board of Aldermen is on summer break and will return on September 13th. Board Bill 19 and Board Bill 77 by 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer for a public vote on St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization are stalled in the BOA Transportation Committee.

Transportation Chair 19th Ward Alderwoman Marlene Davis also serves on the City’s Airport Commission and is a non-voting member of the Airport Privatization Working Group.

ACTION: Text Transportation Chair Davis @ 314-680-9168 and ask her to support Board Bills 19 and 77 for a public vote on Airport Privatization. At a recent meeting, Davis gave out her cell phone number and invited everyone to text her. But be aware she is using the phone for public business, so your texts are just like emails, public records that can be Sunshined.

ACTION: Contact your Alderperson and urge them to support Board Bills 19 and 77 for a public vote on Airport Privatization.

The last meeting of the Transportation Committee (video) was very confusing. Beginning around 13.20 is a discussion started by 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd on whether Airport Privatization requires approval by the Board of Aldermen. We don’t know where this idea came from. Alderman Boyd only said at the meeting that he had heard something.

Alderwoman Spencer has since secured an opinion from City Counselor Julian Bush that indeed Airport Privatization requires approval by Board of Aldermen.

In a bizarre twist, the City Counselor Bush also informed that he, not the Board of Estimate & Apportionment (Mayor, Comptroller, Board President), entered into the contract with Airport Privatization consultants.

A Sunshine request for a copy of the opinion from the City Counselor to Alderwoman Spencer was rejected.
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We got it anyway.

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Opinions issued by the Missouri Attorney General are all posted online. “State legislators, statewide elected officials, state department heads, and county prosecuting attorneys may request opinions—but only on topics relating to the duties of their respective offices.” The City Counselor should do the same for opinions issued to City elected officials and department heads. Make these documents public.

stlnotforsalelogoSt. Louis Not For Sale continues to collect Prop V initiative petition signatures to place a public vote on Airport Privatization on the ballot.

ACTION: Sign the Prop V petition and/or volunteer to collect petition signatures from 6-8 pm Wednesdays @  3406 Roger Place.

The Federal Aviation Administration is accepting public comment on St. Louis Lambert Airport Privatization.

ACTION: Make your voice heard to the FAA. Post your opposition to Airport Privatization here. Read comments to the FAA here.

20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer has introduced Board Bill 93 for the City to apply for a grant to secure a consultant for the Board of Aldermen to assist them on Airport Privatization.

ACTION: Contact your Alderperson and urge them to support Board Bill 93.

The next meeting of the Airport Privatization Working Group is 1 pm Wednesday, July 24th at City Hall West, 1520 Market and is open to the public.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman

 

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