Monthly Archives: October 2012

Board of Alderman meeting 10/26/12

This past week the Board of Aldermen held their weekly meeting, presided by Lewis Reed, President of the Board of Aldermen.

There were four bills introduced and read for the first time at this past week’s Board of  Aldermen meeting.   For a complete listing of all of the new legislation along with the complete agenda  of the meeting please click on this link:

Of 8th ward interest:

Ways & Means hearing of  #135: Establishing Flora Place CID – Stephen Conway – BOARD BILL NO. 135 INTRODUCED BY: ALDERMAN STEVEN CONWAY An ordinance approving the Petition of owners of real property seeking the creation, extension, renewal and establishment of the Flora …

Neighborhood Development Hearing of

B.B.#128 – Conway – An ordinance approving a blighting study and
redevelopment plan for 4052 Botanical; containing a
severability clause.

B.B.#150 – Conway – An ordinance approving a blighting study and
redevelopment plan for 4059?61 Shenandoah; containing a
severability clause.

B.B.#182 – Conway – An ordinance approving a blighting study and
redevelopment plan for 3951 Cleveland; containing a
severability clause.

B.B.#183 – Conway – An ordinance approving a blighting study and
redevelopment plan for 3825 Cleveland; containing a
severability clause.

B.B.#184 – Conway – An ordinance approving a blighting study and
redevelopment plan for 3932 Castleman; containing a
severability clause.

Condolences to Claire

My deepest condolences to the family of Claire McCaskill on the passing of her mother.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life on Sunday, November 4 at 3 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63108.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to the Betty Anne McCaskill Scholarship Fund, 109 Reynolds Alumni Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

We had a sign making party at the Thurman Grill yesterday afternoon.  Using old yard signs collected from people’s garages and basements, together with some spray paint and a home made stencil (I was pretty proud of myself for making that!), we crafted over 40 signs.  Through the course of the afternoon, we attracted the attention of drivers and pedestrians.  I am proud to say that we gave away EVERY single sign that we made and talked to many voters!  Grassroots at it’s best!  I’m hoping to get some more signs this week so that we can put even more signs out in the 8th Ward – give me a shout if you have some signs available.

EWIDA’s positions on the ballot initiatives

In little over a week, we will be electing or re-electing many of our local, state and national legislators. Just as importantly, we have several statewide ballot initiatives that impact our community. The 8th Ward Independent Democratic Association membership listened to pro and cons on each issue, discussed and debated, then voted on our positions.  Click on the yes or no to find out more info or contact me with any questions.

  • Missouri Judicial Appointment Amendment, Amendment 3 – Our position: Vote No
  • Missouri Municipal Police Amendment (Local Control), Proposition A – Our position: Vote No
  • Missouri Tobacco Tax Initiative (Tobacco Tax Increase), Proposition B – Our position: Vote Yes
  • Missouri Health Care Exchange Question, Proposition E – Our position: Vote No
  • St. Louis City Board of Alderman ReductionProposition R – Our positionVote Yes

Click here for the Official Ballot  Title, the fair ballot language and the full text

Missouri Voter Hotline

At last night’s Central Committee meeting, Rob Hagge and Jack Coatar spoke about voter suppression issues for the upcoming election.  They have been working with Missouri County and City Election Boards to educate staff on preventative tactics.  So far in the City, we have 96 lawyers (who have to be City residents to be credentialed) to serve as watchers inside our polling places.  Our job as Committeepeople is to watch outside the polling places for any shady business – false sample ballots or pamphlets, intimidation, etc.   Also, we need to let people know that ANY form of id is acceptable – a bank statement, utility bill – anything that shows your name associated with your address.  Click here to see all the acceptable forms of id.

If you have any questions or issues about voter id there is a hotline:  1-855 MO2VOTE

See you at the polls!

Absentee Voting for November 6 Election

Absentee balloting in the City of St. Louis for the November 6, 2012 General Election is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., as well as on all Saturdays during October, starting October 13, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M.

Absentee balloting will continue until 5:00 P.M. on Monday, November 5, the day before the Election, including on Saturday, November 3, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Absentee voters will have the option of casting their ballot at the Election Board, using either an optical scan voting machine or a touch screen machine that is handicap accessible and allows the voter to verify that the ballot is correct before casting it, or by requesting an absentee ballot by mail. For more information about absentee voting, contact the Absentee Department at 314-622-3230 or 314-622-3319.

All City voters will have the opportunity to vote for candidates for President and Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, State Senator, State Representative, as well as several state and municipal offices; to vote on whether certain judges whose terms expire December 31, 2012, shall be retained in office for new terms, and to vote on several state and local propositions.

Any City resident, who is unsure as to whether he/she is registered, or has moved since they last voted, is encouraged to contact the Election Board to confirm or update their registration status.

Election Board Chairperson the Honorable Joan M. Burger reminds all qualified citizens to exercise their right to vote in this important election, and to look for their “Notice of Election” card in the mail in the next few weeks that will include an all races sample ballot and their correct polling place location.

For more information about the November 6, 2012 General Election, please contact the Election Board at 314-622-4336 or visit the Board’s website at A variety of helpful voter information is available on this user-friendly resource.