My first 150 days!
Hi 8th Ward!
It's been 150 days since I was sworn in as your Alderwoman. We'll be sending out newsletters periodically where you will find monthly updates on meetings, events, and issues in the 8th Ward and throughout our city. Here are a few legislative highlights since I was sworn in:
Subpoena power was one of the most talked about requirements for the Civilian Oversight Board before I joined the Board of Aldermen, and I was thrilled to be able to add my name as a co-sponsor and vote in support of this necessary function. We have a new member of the Civilian Oversight Board from the 8th Ward, Heather Highland, who is beginning her second term on the COB.
St. Louis is a city that has seen significant contributions from immigrants to the United States. I was proud to use my platform to stand with the rest of the Board of Aldermen, a large group of advocates for immigrants, and the Mayor's office to pass a resolution denouncing the Trump Administration's cruel separation of children from their parents and family detention of legal asylum seekers. As this administration continues to dehumanize people in our community, it is our responsibility to do what we can to fight back, and ensure that immigrants know they are valuable members of our city.
One important move for democratic reform is the passage of campaign finance limits. I was a co-sponsor on BB35 to lower the amount that a donor can give to a candidate in the City of St. Louis, from $10,000, to the same level that state legislators can receive: $2600.
After being sworn in March 3rd, I was able to meet with commissioners from nearly all of our city departments. This was valuable learning experience to meet the folks who are running our city services, and to have many questions answered. It was time to approve the budget allocations for our Ward Capital funds. I'm looking forward to the placement of new LED lighting, replacement of the Ash trees that had to be removed because of the Emerald Ash Borer beetles, and some street repaving.
Financial incentive reform is a hot topic in the city, and the Board is working hard to make changes. We've been in meetings with Saint Louis Development Corporation, and we're working towards policy that will apply city-wide, based on data, that will allow for people starting projects to know what to expect, and for the city to be smarter about how we're giving out tax breaks. SLDC is seeking a consultant to help us develop a city-wide economic development strategy, as well.
I received my committee assignments at the end of May: Public Utilities, Health and Human Services, and Convention and Tourism Committees. I'm looking forward to these roles being avenues to good policy.
I hope you're ready to vote NO on Prop A on August 7th to protect Missouri workers, and see below for details on my birthday party on August 22nd!
We've been busy!
Annie in Action
STL HS Panel: “I was honored to sit on a panel for the newly organized St. Louis High School Democrats. We discussed young people in the Democratic Party and politics. I’m excited for this new organization, and the passion and energy they bring to public service and politics in STL."
Racial Equity Workshop: “City Department leaders and elected officials participated in a Crossroads Racial Equity Workshop. I thought it was a valuable experience to examine our city and our offices and learn more about how to approach our work with an anti-bias, anti-racism lens.”
MDP Platform: "One of my continuing roles with the Missouri Democratic Party was to work on our platform committee. Our committee worked hard for more than a year to come up with a platform that was progressive, inclusive, and called to our ideals as Democrats. It was unfortunately changed during the State Committee meeting to the detriment of women’s rights, but we are working to rectify that situation as the State Committee was deceived in the origin of those amendments."
Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association (SWGNA): 4th Monday in July and October at St. Louis Activity Center, 5602 Arsenal, 7:00 pm
Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association (TGENA): every fourth Tuesday of month at Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee, 7:00 pm
REMINDER: Get out to vote Tuesday August 7th!
Happy Birthday, Annie!
Wednesday, August 22nd at Old Playground Pavilion Tower Grove Park 4256 Magnolia Ave.
Opening Ceremony starts at 5:00 pm; Games start at 5:15 pm
Individual Participant: $25; Team of 4: $80
Compete in: Pool noodle javelin throw, 50 m noodle hurdles, 2 person volleyball pong, and more.