Francis Slay

Firefighter pensions
3:25 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Reed lays out his plan for cuts to firefighter pensions

Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed (center bottom) outlines a deal he has reached with firefighters on reductions to their pensions - a deal not supported by Mayor Francis Slay.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The dispute over the best way to reduce the cost of firefighter pensions in the city of St. Louis continued on Friday, with Lewis Reed, the president of the Board of Aldermen, laying out his plan.

Reed, whose Twitter feed tracked the progress of a Thursday late-night meeting among himself, firefighters, and selected aldermen, says his plan will reduce the city's required contribution into the Fireman's Retirement System for next year by $7.6 million. Reed unveiled the plan at a City Hall news conference Friday.

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Eddie Roth
10:51 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Slay appoints Eddie Roth Public Safety Director

Eddie Roth has been named the new public safety director for the city of St. Louis. He replaces Charles Bryson, who will remain a senior adviser to the mayor.
(Office of Mayor Francis Slay)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has appointed Eddie Roth as the city's new director of public safety.

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Pensions and politics
2:05 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Political fight over firefighter pensions continues

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The political fight raging over Mayor Francis Slay’s efforts to reform the pension system for St. Louis city firefighters continued at City Hall Friday.

The dispute started last week when board president Lewis Reed refused to assign the bills to a committee. Reed contends the board's rules give him until next Friday, Feb. 25, to make a decision.

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Firefighter pensions
4:47 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Aldermanic committe opens discussion on firefighter pensions

Alds. Craig Schmid, Jennifer Florida, Scott Ogilvie and Tom Villa (R-L) listen to city operations director Sam Dotson present on Mayor Slay's pension plan.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Though they had no legislation to officially consider, members of the Public Employees Committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen spent almost three hours today discussing proposed changes to the pension system for the city's firefighters.

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Firefighter pensions
11:52 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Slay proposes drastic changes to city firefighter pensions

Mayor Francis Slay is proposing major changes to the firefighter's pension system that could reduce benefits for new hires.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 12:20 p.m. with comments from the firefighters union.

Updated at 3:55 p.m. with timeframe, and more comments from Mayor Slay and the union.

Saying the current system is financially unsustainable and could result in huge reductions to city services, Mayor Francis Slay has officially unveiled his plan to change pensions for the St. Louis city firefighters.

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2012 Elections
4:02 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

St. Louis officials endorse Montee for lieutenant governor

Former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee is welcomed to the podium by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (R) and supporters at St. Louis City Hall, as she announces she will run for the office of Missouri Lieutenant Governor, in St. Louis on February 7, 2012.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other local leaders are endorsing Susan Montee in her campaign for Lieutenant Governor. None of the four Democrats in the race for the office are from St. Louis -- Missouri's largest voting bloc. Thus, Montee's endorsement from St. Louis city officials gives her a strong lead as she seeks the nomination.

Montee, the former state auditor, kicked off her campaign at St. Louis City Hall Tuesday saying she knows how to fight for veterans and seniors.

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Local Control
4:54 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Signature campaign kicks off for local control initiative

Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association (left), and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay sign petitions to let voters decide whether St. Louis should control its own police department.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and the St. Louis Police Officers Association are throwing their support behind a voter's initiative proposal that would give St. Louis direct control of its police department.

The Safer Missouri Citizens Coalition is seeking 100,000 signatures by May sixth to put the proposal on this November's ballot. Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers' Association, said opponents who argue the bill would limit public oversight and access to records are misleading the public.

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Foreign Trade Zone
4:58 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Area Foreign Trade Zone expanded to all of St. Louis City, County

St. Louis mayor Francis Slay at a press conference regarding the expansion of the region's Foreign Trade Zone to include all of St. Louis and St. Louis County.
(Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis city and St. Louis County officials say they've gotten federal approval that will help local companies compete in the global market. The area's Foreign Trade Zone has expanded to include all of St. Louis County and City.

The expanded zone will allow more local manufacturing and distribution companies to import goods duty-free and avoid other customs fees.

Mayor Francis Slay announced the expansion at Sunset Transportation in south St. Louis. Slay says the approval from the US Department of Commerce also streamlines the time it takes for businesses to qualify.

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Forest Park controlled burn
5:23 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

City will try controlled burn again tomorrow in Forest Park

Looking into the approximate area of the controlled burn planned for tomorrow in Forest Park.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

Don't panic if you see a fire in Forest Park tomorrow afternoon.

Weather permitting, Forest Park Forever, and the city's parks and fire departments will conduct a 14-acre controlled burn in the Deer Lake Natural Area, near the Union Ave. entrance to the park.

Occupy St. Louis
5:10 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Judge denies Occupy St. Louis attempt to re-establish Kiener encampment

A protestor affiliated with Occupy St. Louis hang a banner protesting the city's curfew ordinance on Friday, November 11. A federal judge has rejected the protestor's request to stop enforcement of the curfew until the case goes to trial.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A federal judge in St. Louis has rejected attempts of Occupy St. Louis protestors to re-establish their encampment in Kiener Plaza.

Attorneys for the protestors, who were evicted from the park early Saturday morning, had asked Judge Carol Jackson to stop enforcement of the city's parks curfew until the case went to trial. Jackson denied that request saying the protestors had not proven they were highly likely to win if the case went to trial.

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