Francis Slay

Jail break review
5:13 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

St. Louis aldermen: jail security problems make us look like a joke

Lorenzo Pollard, pictured here, is the sixth inmate to escape from a city jail in 15 months. On Wednesday, the city's public safety committee called security conditions at the jail a "joke"
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Four jail breaks in 15 months make the city of St. Louis look like a joke.

That was the general consensus of members of the Public Safety committee  on Wednesday following two hours of testimony on the rash of escapes.

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Alderwoman leaves
3:10 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Ford-Griffin to leave St. Louis Board of Aldermen for mayor's office

Ald. April Ford-Griffin, who has represented the 5th Ward since 1997, will resign her seat Sept. 30 to become the head of the city's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.
(photo courtesy of the city of St. Louis)

Ald. April Ford-Griffin, who took over as chairman of the St. Louis city budget committee this year, is leaving the aldermanic chambers for the Mayor's office.

Mayor Francis Slay announced on Friday that Ford-Griffin, who has served as the Fifth Ward alderwoman since 1997, will be the new director of the city's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, which Slay called a "vitally important agency." The former director, Ruby L. Bonner, retired on July 1.

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Morning round-up
9:18 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, September 16, 2011

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that protesters from the Metro-East Black Contractors Organization will delay a planned protest to shut down work on the new Mississippi River bridge project until they speak with Ill. Gov Pat Quinn.
(Flickr/Missouri Department of Transportation)

Metro-East contractors delay Mississippi River bridge protest

According to the Belleville News-Democrat, about 200 protesters gathered at the East St. Louis City Hall early this morning, but delayed a protest to shut down work on the new Mississippi River Bridge. The newspaper reports Illinois Governor Pat Quinn promised to call and the state’s transportation secretary is heading to the city to meet them.

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Furloughs deferred
5:44 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

City delays vote on mandatory furloughs for employees

City employees will have to wait another month to find out if they'll be forced to take more furloughs.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Saying they could not in good conscience declare that the city of St. Louis is in a fiscal crisis when it had a budget surplus last year, two members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Wednesday forced a delay on implementing a third year of furloughs for city employees.

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Chess / St. Louis
3:25 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Checkmate! St. Louis designated, again, as "Chess City of the Year"

(via Flickr/Ian Sane)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will travel to the Sunshine State (that's Florida) this weekend to accept the United States Chess Federation's "Chess City of the Year" award for our own Mound City.

This is the second time St. Louis has received the designation - the city also won the award in 2009.

The award, according to the the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, "recognizes the U.S. city that has done the most to promote and further the game of chess, both locally and nationally."

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St. Louis charter schools
6:22 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Mayor endorses all four new STL charter schools

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks at the opening of Better Learning Communities Academy. Carl Walker (seated next to the mayor) will attend Kingergarten at BLCA this fall.
Maria Altman St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis will have four new charter schools when school begins in a few weeks.

The mayor was on hand when the latest school, Better Learning Communities Academy, announced Wednesday it’s enrolling students.

Mayor Francis Slay has endorsed all four of the charters opening this year.

At the same time he says some of the St. Louis Public Schools are working. 

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Other News
6:11 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Local control of SLMPD by next year

Mayor Francis Slay
Bill Greenblat UP

According to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, by this time next year the city could have control of its own police force for the first time since the Civil War.

The announcement came on Wednesday in tandem with an agreement on an package of economic development incentives.

Both issues will be taken up during a special legislative session later this summer.

Slay says the agreement has cleared the way for passage of local control, which now has the backing of the Republican-controlled state House and Senate

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Del Taco vote
3:49 pm
Fri July 8, 2011

Del Taco bill wins narrow approval from Board of Aldermen

Aldermen narrowly approved on Friday a redevelopment plan for the former Del Taco site on Grand Ave. Preservationists worry the bill is a precursor to the building's demolition.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

A measure that local preservationists worry could lead to the demolition of the UFO-shaped former home of Del Taco on Grand Ave. is on its way to the mayor's desk.

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New parking lot rules
10:02 am
Wed June 29, 2011

New city rule will require attendants at parking lots

(via Flickr/raleighwoman)

An "angry and frustrated" St. Louis mayor Francis Slay is responding to last weekend's rash of car break-ins with proposed new rules for the owners of downtown lots.

Vandals broke into at least 60 cars in the downtown St. Louis area Friday night, stealing purses and GPS units. Police say there were no attendants at some of the lots to report the crimes. And Slay wants that to stop.

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St. Louis releases IBM study findings
5:23 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

New IBM study looks at making St. Louis safer

(via Flickr/Patrick H~)

A new study has found that the city of St. Louis’ various agencies and officials need to work together more closely in order to cut down on crime and make the city a safer place to live.

A team of IBM consultants spent three weeks in St. Louis this spring studying the use of data and technology in the city’s various law enforcement agencies. St. Louis was awarded a grant by IBM as part of the technology firm's "Smarter Cities" program.

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