St. Louis Board of Aldermen

Downtown Concerts
5:33 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Two Lollapalooza-Like Concerts A Year Possible In Downtown St. Louis

New legislation from the Board of Aldermen could guarantee two Lollapalooza-like shows in downtown St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/akasped)

The city of St. Louis took an initial step today toward locking in a decade of music festivals featuring big-name performers in downtown St. Louis.

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Zoo-Museum District
5:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Report Critical Of ZMD Adopted By St. Louis Aldermanic Committee, Debated By ZMD

At the Jan. 23 Zoo Museum District board meeting, from left: Thelma Cook, Charles Valier and Robert Lowery.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A report sharply criticizing St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District (ZMD) was adopted by the parks committee of the city’s board of aldermen Thursday.

Alderman Joe Roddy, parks committee chair, released a draft of the report this week following a year of investigation.

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Missouri History Museum
9:28 am
Wed January 22, 2014

New Missouri History Museum Head Lauded But Report Adds To Criticism Of Institution

Frances Levine talks with St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon on Monday.
Credit From video by Nancy Fowler

A solid round of applause welcomed Frances Levine as she entered the meeting that finalized her presidency of the Missouri History Museum on Tuesday. Shortly afterward, she also received kudos from her home in Santa Fe, where she’s been director of the New Mexico History Museum for more than 10 years.

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Board of Aldermen
1:29 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Murphy May Have Inside Track For Soon-To-Be-Vacant 13th Ward Seat

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

As St. Louis Alderman Fred Wessels prepares to leave his post to lead the city’s Community Development Association, a long-time committeewoman is primed to take his aldermanic seat. 

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On the Trail
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

On The Trail: Aldermen Still Flex Muscle In Block Grant Funding

Credit Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

When a Board of Aldermen committee made changes to St. Louis' community development block grant recommendations, it showed the city's legislative branch asserting itself against a power shift to the executive.

But not everybody was happy -- including the agency that gave the city the funds in the first place.

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Politics & Issues
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

On The Trail: New Block Grant Process Shifted Power, Stirred Tensions

Credit Richie Diesterheft | Flickr

When St. Louis changed how it divided out community development block grants, it marked a major sea change in how St. Louis government functions -- shifting power toward the mayor's administrative umbrella and away from individual aldermen.

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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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Laclede Gas
1:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Laclede Gas Gets Tax Help To Move

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

Updated at 5:15 p.m. with comments from the committee hearing.

The Housing, Urban Development and Zoning committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen has approved $7 million in tax incentives to redo the General American Building at 706 Market as the new headquarters for Laclede Gas. 

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Block Grants
4:23 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

St. Louis Aldermen Give Preliminary Approval To Allocation Of Social Service Dollars

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Development and social service agencies are taking stock today after the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave preliminary approval to a measure that distributes more than $16 million in federal grants to agencies throughout the city.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Crowdsourcing Gets Political In St. Louis

Matt Frederick presents his proposal for a Citizens Police Review Board to an attentive audience at Potluck PAC on September 15, 2013 at the Contemporary Art Museum.
Tara Pham (Courtesy Potluck PAC)

For some time now, St. Louisans interested in funding creative projects in the region have gathered on the last Sunday of the month for Sloup. They put a donation in a pot, eat soup, listen to proposals, and vote on the one they'd most like to see happen. The proposal that wins the most votes gets to use the donated money to help make their idea a reality.

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