Larry Arnowitz http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis firefighter pension reform bill stalls in committee http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-firefighter-pension-reform-bill-stalls-committee <p>The bulk of Mayor Francis Slay&rsquo;s firefighter pension reform bill stalled today in the St. Louis Board of Alderman&rsquo;s Public Safety Committee.</p><p>The committee passed a provision barring trustees of the Firemen&rsquo;s Retirement System from suing the city over the design or benefits of the pension plan.&nbsp;But the committee postponed voting on major reforms that would make firefighters to pay more into the system and prevent retirement until age 55.</p><p>Alderman Larry Arnowitz says he&rsquo;s certain if reform passes, firefighters will fight the changes in court.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:54:19 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3870 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis firefighter pension reform bill stalls in committee New aldermen take seats at City Hall http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-aldermen-take-seats-city-hall <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-964101.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-964101.mp3</a></p><p><a href="http://elections.post-dispatch.com/voter/candidatebio.asp?read=yes&amp;RaceID=21760&amp;CandidateID=36929">Larry Arnowitz</a> knew his campaign against <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_d259bd84-69d2-11e0-98e8-0019bb30f31a.html">Fred Heitert </a>was a long-shot at best. After all, Heitert had served the <a href="http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/planning/documents/ward-12-map.cfm">12th Ward</a> on the city&rsquo;s southwest side since 1979, winning eight elections as a Republican without the benefit of a Republican voting base. (He lost that in the 1981 redistricting, when the other Republican poached it.</p><p>But during his years as a city employee, Arnowitz got to meet Albert &quot;Red&quot; Villa, the longest-serving alderman in St. Louis history. He also served as a deputy sheriff at the pleasure of Red&#39;s son Tom, when Tom was the Board president. (The two will serve together on the board for the next two years. Tom is filling the seat of his nephew <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/article_d6da0eb4-388f-11e0-8b80-0017a4a78c22.html">Matt, who resigned</a> to focus on expanding Villa Lighting, the family business.)</p><p> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:37:23 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 971 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New aldermen take seats at City Hall