City Hall Insult of the Week: You Tweet Like a Teenage Girl

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay vetoed last week the bill that would add speed bumps to O'Fallon Park — and the alderman representing the neighborhood, Antonio French, is not happy.

"It's ridiculous," he says. "The people of north St. Louis and the visitors of O'Fallon Park deserve the same level of protection as the people who visit Tower Grove Park and Forest Park. His veto has more to do with politics than it does with public safety."

To French's mind, the veto serves as further evidence that people north of Delmar get treated differently than people south of Delmar.

"This is just the latest example of how this man's office does not take public safety in north St. Louis seriously," he says. "So when this city gets labeled 'most dangerous,' Slay comes out and says, 'Well, it's only in some neighborhoods,' — which is a veiled code for north St. Louis."

The mayor released a statement to the aldermen, as well as a blog post to the public explaining his veto.

"Today, I vetoed an odd little bill that would have paid for the installation of speed bumps in one of the city's 105 parks," he wrote on his blog. "The bill's sponsor ignored the testimony of the streets department that there were better and more effective ways to slow traffic, and the opinion of the city counselor that such constructions are legally questionable under state and federal law."

But if that's the case, French wonders, why are speed bumps allowed in other parks?

"If this mayor now wants to lead an anti-speed-bump policy across the city, then he needs to be asking the people of Tower Grove Park to pull up their speed bumps and the people of Forest Park to pull up their speed bumps," he says. "But it's just unfair, and it's just disrespectful to the people of north St. Louis."

The bill had induced a surprising level of floor debate amongst the Board of Aldermen a few weeks ago, but it eventually passed, 15 to 9. And while French wasn't totally shocked by the veto, he didn't really expect it, either.

"There were some rumblings that the mayor might veto it, but I didn't think he'd be that petty," he says. "He uses his veto — which he so rarely ever uses — for something as important as this. This is silly. It's just silly. And it's petty. He needs to spend his time dealing with the city's real problems, like jobs, murders, crime rates — instead of wasting people's time and spending energy and political capital on things like speed bumps or Stray Rescue or Del Taco."

And then he adds:

"His Twitter feed reads like a teenage girl's look at the world."

French says he hopes to override the veto once the board of aldermen gets back in session in September.

"It's a shame that we have to fight the mayor's office," he says, "when we're obviously making huge progress and revitalizing this section of north St. Louis."

 
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Tim Dev
Tim Dev

"instead of wasting people's time and spending energy and political capital on things like speed bumps" so STFU Antonio...figure out WHY crime rates are so high in your area. Figure out why black on black crime is RAMPANT. Why 90% of the cars stolen in the area end up in NSL...WHY Antonio?? WHY?

Mo_rich
Mo_rich

Apparently Alderman French isn't aware that the City of St. Louis is now predominantely black. He need not take my word for this fact, just check the results of the last census. Sorry Frenchie, the race card doesn't work here anymore.

Craigquery
Craigquery

i know this is off topic and all, but it still has everything to do with the growth of the city and each of the respective offices... why has there not been a state of the city address for at least two years??? we need to hear the good and bad from city hall!!

somedude
somedude

i agree with him. pull up all the speed bumps.

Stray rescue > speed bumps
Stray rescue > speed bumps

i'm sorry but speed bumps arent going to make your residents get more jobs,stop killing people, or decrease your horrendous crime rates. hopefully north st louis gets a new alderman. one that actually has a brain.

KT
KT

What French fails to state is that Tower Grove is NOT a city owned or operated park (it is an individual entity under the auspicious of a Henry Shaw contract) and that speedbumps or runble strips are no longer used or allowed in the city of saint louis....... How pathetically sad that an Alderman of the city does not know these things......

Carol R
Carol R

Out with Francis Slay, down with his disrepsect for the African American citizens of St. Louis. Booo to the ganster like campaigns and nepotism of Slay's office. VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen
Jen

What does Alderman French have against Stray Rescue? They are making the streets of North St. Louis safer my rescuing feral strays. They are rescuing dogs from dog-fighting rings, which are dangerous for humans as well as animals. Stray Rescue is not the enemy, sir.

Missmom4
Missmom4

Here we go....Alderman French must have hit a nerve in the spineless body of Mayor Slay. When you get really close to the truth...the name calling begins. Correct me if I am wrong, Mayor Slay started the name calling. Continue to take the high road Antonio. Hopefully at his next election, Mayor Slay will fall as short of votes as he has leadership skills.

Mike
Mike

To be very honest, I consider Forest Park to be a "black" park. Tower Grove is almost as "black".On any given day in both parks, more blacks than whites are present there. I think Mr. French's arguments are somehow rooted in the racial makeup of St. Louis in the late 50's and early 60's. I consider St. Louis to be a "black city", much like Detroit. So, Mr. French, the speed bumps protect "yours" as well as "theirs".

Alisaingram
Alisaingram

janicewoodson89@yahoo.com, first let me say that i applaused you for the comment that you made on the behalf of North St. Louis ; and I understand exactly where you are coming from....because Villa along with other individuals on that South St. Louis side have never fought for all citizens in St. Louis City with equal for all......If some indiviuals do not know anything about politics........stay out of the kitchen........

Ihatepoorpeople22
Ihatepoorpeople22

The citizens North of Delmar get the same treatment that any other citizens in the City of St Louis get if not better. It is an insult to the people who run the service divisions to say any different.

Carol R
Carol R

Are you serious? Did you miss the whole story? How dumb are you, really?

Carol R
Carol R

People, use your power vote him out of office. Francis Slay has raided the coffers of the city long enough. He thinks that the revenue generated by those bogus taxes, tickets, trash pick ups, etc is his own personal stash to distribute among his family members as he sees fit. Get rid of that crook.

Carol R
Carol R

Really? I think the parks are green, and you are not funny. Mr French has valid points and Francis Slay making light of them just goes to show how low he can crawl. Slay's entire time in office has been the downfall of the city. His nepotism has brought the city's finances to its knees. Get the clown out of office before the city shuts down.

Carol R
Carol R

You are flat out lying or you are nuts.

Withyou_inmind1
Withyou_inmind1

You must have been living on Mars or something. I can list 100 things that are done different to ever 1 that you can list that you saw are equal. Go Antonio---ps I still want to work with you and starr. vmratcnb

Janicewoodson89
Janicewoodson89

The citizens which resides in North St. Louis have never been treated equal from the time that the late LeRoy Tyus, Lawrence Woodson, J. Atkins, and many more from the early 20th Ward was involved with trying to make things better for our neighborhoods....but you would not know anything about that; because you were one of those individuals back in the days that reside in old man Ville territory on that South side.Wake up and face reality.........

Ihatepoorpeople22
Ihatepoorpeople22

Every service request that is submitted to Citizens Service Bureau is handled the same no matter where it is in the city. The city spends significantly more $$$'s cleaning up North St Louis than it does South St Louis, if you do not agree with this, then you have obviously never taken part in the Brightside Blitz.

Please elaborate on what resident of North St Louis are missing out on as far as city services. If you think that this is true, you probably also believe the City should be cleaning out your cat box.

City Girl
City Girl

I think his username says it all... you shouldn't expect much from him.

 
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