Antonio French http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis City Streets Director Gets Earful From Aldermen Over January Storm http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-city-streets-director-gets-earful-aldermen-over-january-storm <p>St. Louis’ streets director faced a harsh reception from aldermen <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-angst-prompts-st-louis-city-plow-side-streets">for how the city responded to a January snowstorm.</a></p><p>During an appearance before the aldermanic&nbsp; committee,&nbsp; Streets Director Todd Waelterman faced a torrent of criticism for how the city responded to the January snowstorm.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:14:54 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis City Streets Director Gets Earful From Aldermen Over January Storm Discussion: Why Is Overall Crime In St. Louis Down But Violent Crimes Up? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-why-overall-crime-st-louis-down-violent-crimes <p>The 2013 crime statistics for the city of St. Louis were released last week, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/crime-down-overall-st-louis-homicides-rise">with mostly positive results</a>. The city continued its five-year downward trend in both violent crime and property crime, but there was a 6 percent increase in homicides. And, a jump in the number of rapes is attributed to a change in classification of what constitutes rape.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:49:14 +0000 Camille Phillips 33161 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: Why Is Overall Crime In St. Louis Down But Violent Crimes Up? Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/are-state-and-local-governments-ready-their-closeup <p><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Alderman Antonio French is sponsoring legislation to require videotaping or transcribing various meetings and hearings in city government. French is one of several people seeking to use the web to make government more transparent to the public.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">St. Louis Alderman Antonio French knows something about putting a camera in the face of government.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:26:07 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 32013 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup? Sweet Potato Project Seeks To Create Community In St. Louis From The Ground Up http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sweet-potato-project-seeks-create-community-st-louis-ground <p></p><p>Being an entrepreneur takes more than just having what you think is a “good product.” It takes marketing, development, being social, and most importantly, mentorship. And, you have to be willing to build it from the ground up. But where do you start? For Sylvester Brown, you go with something that’s plain and simple: sweet potatoes.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Williams 29496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sweet Potato Project Seeks To Create Community In St. Louis From The Ground Up $100 Fine For Sagging Pants? Yes, Under Proposed St. Louis Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/100-fine-sagging-pants-yes-under-proposed-st-louis-bill <p></p><p>A St. Louis alderwoman wants to keep people from sagging their pants in public. Marlene Davis introduced <a href="http://stlouis-mo.gov/internal-apps/legislative/upload/boardbill/BB117-wd19.pdf">a bill </a>Friday that would impose a fine of at least $100 for a violation.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A violation is described as wearing pants below the waist, exposing the skin or undergarments which is quote “likely to cause affront or alarm.”</span></p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:11:02 +0000 Chris McDaniel 27613 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org $100 Fine For Sagging Pants? Yes, Under Proposed St. Louis Bill St. Louis Aldermen Push City-County Economic Partnership Bill Forward http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-aldermen-push-city-county-economic-partnership-bill-forward <p></p><p>A new economic development agreement between St. Louis City and County is a step closer to reality.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved a bill forward Thursday that would create a long-talked about partnership.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Fred </span>Wessels<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the 13th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Ward, says it will create entity to serve businesses that want to move into the region.</span></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:00:46 +0000 Maria Altman 26679 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Aldermen Push City-County Economic Partnership Bill Forward Mayor, Black Caucus Reach Deal To Open North St. Louis Rec Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mayor-black-caucus-reach-deal-open-north-st-louis-rec-center <p>Mayor Francis Slay and the Aldermanic Black Caucus appear to have reached a deal on an operating contract for a new recreation&nbsp;complex in O'Fallon Park on the city's north side.</p><p>The deal still needs aldermanic approval and would take effect 90 days after the mayor's signature. That puts the earliest opening for the facility after the start of the new year - more than a year behind schedule.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 22:18:30 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4687 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mayor, Black Caucus Reach Deal To Open North St. Louis Rec Center St. Louis alderman fined for ethics violations http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-alderman-fined-ethics-violations <p><strong>Updated at 8:45 p.m. to clarify the location of mingled funds.</strong></p><p>The Missouri Ethics Commission has fined St. Louis city Alderman Antonio French nearly $38,000 for a series of campaign finance violations that occurred during his successful 2009 campaign for the 21st Ward seat.</p><p>French, a Democrat, was charged with five violations, including failing to maintain a checking account at a chartered bank for about nine months, and failing to update campaign records to indicate the closure of the old account and the opening of a new one.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:36:24 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3204 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis alderman fined for ethics violations Morning headlines: Ill. lawmakers approve tax increase, Mo. House to consider drug testing for welfare recipients, surveillance cameras close to being installed in 21st Ward http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-ill-lawmakers-approve-tax-increase-mo-house-consider-drug-testing-welfare <ul><li>Democratic Illinois lawmakers have approved a 67% income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling budget crisis. Legislative leaders rushed early Wednesday morning to pass the politically risky plan before&nbsp; new General Assembly was sworn in at noon. The increase now goes to <a href="http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/default.aspx">Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn</a>. He supports the plan to temporarily raise the personal tax rate to 5% from the current 3% rate. Corporate taxes also would climb. Wed, 12 Jan 2011 15:09:16 +0000 Julie Bierach 304 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Ill. lawmakers approve tax increase, Mo. House to consider drug testing for welfare recipients, surveillance cameras close to being installed in 21st Ward