Antonio French

St. Louis City
5:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Alderman Wants To Examine St. Louis' Tax Incentives

Alderman Joe Roddy is forming a group to look at how the city's tax incentives are divvied out. Roddy recently took control of the Board of Aldermen's Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

The city of St. Louis often uses tax incentives as a means of spurring development. But one alderman wants to change how the tax breaks are given out and assessed.  

Alderman Joe Roddy, D-17th Ward, told members of the Board of Aldermen’s Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Committee on Wednesday that he was forming a group to examine how tax increment financing and tax abatement is done in the city of St. Louis.

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Weather
6:14 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

St. Louis City Streets Director Gets Earful From Aldermen Over January Storm

St. Louis City Streets Director Todd Waelterman testifies before the Board of Aldermen's Streets Committee.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

St. Louis’ streets director faced a harsh reception from aldermen for how the city responded to a January snowstorm.

During an appearance before the aldermanic  committee,  Streets Director Todd Waelterman faced a torrent of criticism for how the city responded to the January snowstorm.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Discussion: Why Is Overall Crime In St. Louis Down But Violent Crimes Up?

St. Louis Public Radio

The 2013 crime statistics for the city of St. Louis were released last week, with mostly positive results. 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.

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On the Trail
9:26 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Are State And Local Governments Ready For Their Closeup?

Aldermen Antonio French is seeking to videotape or transcribe various meetings of city of St. Louis boards and committees. That would include Board of Aldermen committees, like the one pictured in this photo.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio) / St. Louis Public Radio)

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. 

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French knows something about putting a camera in the face of government. 

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Features
5:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Sweet Potato Project Seeks To Create Community In St. Louis From The Ground Up

Creator of the Sweet Potato Project Sylvester Brown pulls weeds from the lot, located in The Ville neighborhood/
Erin Williams

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.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

$100 Fine For Sagging Pants? Yes, Under Proposed St. Louis Bill

Credit (via Flickr/tobyotter)

A St. Louis alderwoman wants to keep people from sagging their pants in public. Marlene Davis introduced a bill Friday that would impose a fine of at least $100 for a violation. 

A violation is described as wearing pants below the waist, exposing the skin or undergarments which is quote “likely to cause affront or alarm.”

The topic may sound funny, but not all the aldermen are laughing. Alderman Antonio French says the bill inordinately targets young black men.

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Economy
5:00 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

St. Louis Aldermen Push City-County Economic Partnership Bill Forward

St. Louis City Hall.
via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

A new economic development agreement between St. Louis City and County is a step closer to reality.

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen moved a bill forward Thursday that would create a long-talked about partnership.

The bill’s sponsor, Alderman Fred Wessels of the 13th Ward, says it will create entity to serve businesses that want to move into the region.

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O'Fallon rec center
5:18 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Mayor, Black Caucus Reach Deal To Open North St. Louis Rec Center

A deal between the mayor's office and the Aldermanic Black Caucus means the O'Fallon recreation center, pictured here during a summer tour, could open early next year after a year delay
(Photo courtesy of Ald. Antonio French)

Mayor Francis Slay and the Aldermanic Black Caucus appear to have reached a deal on an operating contract for a new recreation complex in O'Fallon Park on the city's north side.

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.

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Ethics fine
3:36 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

St. Louis alderman fined for ethics violations

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, shown here in July 2011, has been fined nearly $38,000 for campaign finance violations.
(via Facebook/Antonio French)

Updated at 8:45 p.m. to clarify the location of mingled funds.

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.

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.

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Morning round-up
9:09 am
Wed January 12, 2011

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

The Illinois General Assembly has passed a 67 percent income tax increase
(via Flickr/mhowry)
  • 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  new General Assembly was sworn in at noon. The increase now goes to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. He supports the plan to temporarily raise the personal tax rate to 5% from the current 3% rate. Corporate taxes also would climb.
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