8th Ward September Newsletter
Hi 8th Ward,
I hope you had a great summer!
The Board of Aldermen was on summer recess from July 13 - September 7, but that doesn't mean we weren't busy! We've been meeting about tax incentive reform, traffic calming measures, small business developments in the 8th Ward, and been active supporting campaigns for great candidates and defeating Proposition A on the August ballot. A town hall was held regarding refuse and trash collection issues, and it seems that pickups are nearly back on schedule because we have new trucks online, and more to come by the end of the year. If you are continuing to have issues, please contact the Citizens Service Bureau and report them. We need your help identifying issues so that we can get them fixed! Thank you also for your patience as I-44 bridge work continues. Missouri's infrastructure is in dire need of work, and we're grateful that MoDOT is working hard here to keep us safe.
One particular area of interest to me as we begin meeting again is the exploration of a long-term lease at Lambert International Airport. If you've been following the reporting, you know that there is a lot to be wary of here, and I support efforts to ensure that the people of St. Louis, who own this airport, have a say in any efforts to lease it to a private company. I am a co-sponsor on Alderwoman Spencer's Board Bill 93 which is waiting for a hearing in the Transportation committee, and I support the petition efforts of St. Louis Not For Sale.
If you are interested in learning more about the 8th Ward Independent Democrats, this coming Thursday, September 20 would be a great time to come check it out. We meet at 7:30pm at St. Margaret of Scotland Church on 39th and Flad. We'll have speakers from the ballot initiatives and candidates for office, and you can join the organization as well! We're always trying to welcome in new members so that the organization reflects our 8th Ward voters!
Please reach out if you have any concerns or ways that I may be of service! Happy September!
Annie in Action
CLEAN MO: Amendment 1 will be on the ballot (pending a successful outcome at the Court of Appeals - an appeal will be filed to challenge the removal of Amendment 1 from the ballot) on November 8, 2018. The Amendment will require "that legislative records be open to the public, politicians to wait two years before becoming lobbyists, and eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts in the General Assembly". It will "lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates, and ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when new maps are drawn after the next census". I fully support Clean MO Amendment 1, and encourage all of you to vote "yes" on November 8th.
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
8th Ward Independent Democrats: 3rd Thursday of every month in the St. Margaret of Scotland church basement at 39th and Flad. CHILDCARE PROVIDED. (No meetings June-Aug., Nov. or Dec.) All meetings are open to the public.
South Grand Fall Festival: September 15th; 11am-8pm on South Grand between Magnolia and Humphrey
Housing Summit: September 21st; 9 am- 4 pm at Chris Church Cathedral on Locust
Shaw Art Fair:October 6th- 7th; 4100 and 4200 blocks of Flora Place
Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association Trivia Night: October 13th, at the St. Louis Activity Center, 5602 Arsenal, Doors open at 6 pm, Trivia begins at 7 pm.
Raise the Wage: Proposition B will be on the November 8th general election ballot. By voting ‘yes’ on Proposition B, Missouri voters will help small businesses and hard-working families by increasing the minimum wage gradually to $12 by 2023. As a supporter of Proposition B, I encourage you all to vote "yes" to help improve the quality of life for the citizens of Missouri.
SLDC Economic incentives: There has been a lot of buzz around the use of TIFs and Tax Abatements on developments in St. Louis. For years, the Board of Aldermen has been stating that we would look to a plan to revamp the way these are awarded. This spring, the normal processes were halted completely, and SLDC accelerated their work on a formula, plan, or map that would be applicable across the city, would give developers and home buyers an idea of what they could ask for, and then SLDC would have primary responsibility for determining whether a project should be rewarded an incentive. In my opinion, this is the best way to ensure that we're awarding incentives because a project deserves it, and soon - according to an economic development plan that SLDC is tasked with creating, and helps remove potentially improper awards from aldermen to developers. My practice as these changes are made are to have anyone seeking abatements request them first from SLDC, and then to support SLDC's determination of whether to award an incentive or how much. I do not submit aldermanic letters of support until after SLDC has made their determination. I believe the Neighborhood Development Committee will resume meeting shortly, and we should start to see some of these changes formalized and implemented soon. Resolution 104 was introduced at the Board of Aldermen today, and will be heard by the HUDZ committee.
Annie around STL
Birthday Olympics! Here are some scenes from the 1st Annual 8th Ward Olympics. These games were hilarious and we had a ton of fun. Look for a repeat next August!