There was a meeting of the Eighth Ward Independent Democratic Association this past Thursday. Collector of Revenue Gregory F.X. Daly gave some updates from his office and asked for support for his re-election next Fall. Alderman Jeffrey Boyd spoke about a ballot initiative he is sponsoring regarding job placement for military veterans and also asked for support in his bid for License Collector. Rep. Mike Colona told us about problems in underfunding Missouri schools in this year’s budget, a bill that was signed by the Governor this week to allow insurance to cover the costs of oral chemotherapy drug, and proposed legislation to allow neighborhood associations to enter into lawsuits with owners of nuisance properties. Rep. Michael Butler spoke about the school transfer plan that he considered “80% bad, 20% good” and elaborated. Senator Jamilah Nasheed gave an update on her legislative activities. Committeewoman Mattie Moore, Chair of the St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee, gave an overview of the committee and current activities. Alderman Conway gave an update on ward activities and spoke about the Entertainment/Music Festival bill that was introduced at the Board of Aldermen last week. Committeeman Stelzer thanked all of the elected officials for their attendance and I informed the membership about a used shoe drive at Mt. Olive church (donations accepted at Mama Josephine’s, 4000 Shaw), an award that the St. Louis Development Corporation is giving to Shaw Market/Regal Food for their updates, an e-waste recycling event held at SMOS school, and a new urban farm to be organized in Shaw thanks to a grant from Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.
As these aren’t the “official” minutes, I apologize in advance for any omissions or errors. The next meeting will be on Thursday, April 10, 7:30pm at SMOS church basement. Let me know if you have any questions.