St. Louis Board of Aldermen

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

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

Credit via Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

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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South County Connector
4:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

St. Louis City On Record Opposing South County Connector

(via Flickr/Mykl Roventine)

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has become the latest entity to go on record opposing a new boulevard through portions of St. Louis County.

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Politics
1:11 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

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

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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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Old Laws
12:03 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Distributing Condoms In St. Louis - Illegal Since 1934

(via Flickr/robertelyov)

Here's something you probably don't know about the city of St. Louis - it's illegal to distribute or sell condoms unless you're a doctor or a pharmacist.

A law passed in 1934 says so.

But Alderman Shane Cohn says it's time for the city code to reflect reality. He introduced a measure today that reads, in its entirety:

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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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Missouri History Museum
5:47 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

St. Louis Board Of Aldermen Joins Investigation Of Missouri History Museum

The Missouri History Museum.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

The St. Louis Board of Alderman is weighing into the ongoing debate over alleged misuse of taxpayer funds at the Missouri History Museum.

The BOA hopes to use its bully pulpit as leverage to improve transparency at the museum.

Members of the History Museum’s Board of Trustees, as well as its subdistrict commissioners were brought in to testify before the Board of Aldermen on issues ranging from, questionable land purchases, to compensation for former museum president Bob Archibald, to its use of taxpayer funds.

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