The following letter to the editor comes from Darlene Green, comptroller for the city of St. Louis: I feel very deeply for the mother and the entire family of Michael Brown. No parent should have to grieve the loss of their young son at the hands of an overzealous police officer. There's no accepta ... More >>
Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed is attacking Mayor Francis Slay with a press release that feels very much like it's election season all over again. Slay, who had his formal inauguration last week -- kicking off his historic fourth term -- has proposed to cut funding to the city's official cab ... More >>
It is officially official. After beating his challenger Lewis Reed in the March primary, winning against no one on the April 2 Election Day and going through his formal inauguration ceremony yesterday, Mayor Francis Slay has begun his fourth term -- making him the first mayor in St. Louis history to ... More >>
Amid murmurs from the staff in Mayor Francis Slay's office that the Veolia Water contract "isn't even on the agenda," about 80 members of the activist coalition Dump Veolia poured into Room 200 yesterday afternoon. The goal -- as their signs read -- was that the Board of Estimates and Apportionment ... More >>
Challenges to a pending consulting contract between the City of St. Louis and a French multinational water service company called Veolia are still coming from all sides. Activists from the "Dump Veolia" coalition will descend on City Hall this afternoon for another show of opposition; at the same t ... More >>
Update: Click through for a copy of the preliminary Veolia contract. Yesterday, the Estimates and Apportionment Committee met to do its usual business and was met by a rather unusual crowd. Over 50 members of the activist group Dump Veolia showed up with handwritten signs protesting a pending con ... More >>
A rising tide of dissent is building against a contract between the City of St. Louis and multinational water service company Veolia. Daily RFT broke news of the deal in December after insiders at the city water division leaked memos showing that Veolia, a Paris-based company, won a contract in a c ... More >>
Seemingly overnight, the fortunes of a lucrative contract between the City of St. Louis and Veolia Water have been reversed. Earlier this month, Daily RFT broke the news that the city's Water Division recently completed the bidding process for a consulting contract aimed at cutting spending at the ... More >>
City Hall is on the verge of passing a multi-million dollar plan to maintain and upgrade local parks.On Friday the Board of Aldermen advanced bills that would lock in current funding and send an additional $64 million in city bonds to St. Louis parks. City Leaders hope the bill will get final pas ... More >>
City leaders are taking steps to curb St. Louis' stray dog problem.The city's Estimates and Appropriations Committee unanimously approved yesterday a proposal to use $170,000 from last year's budget surplus to build a new animal shelter in north St. Louis. The plan is to lease and renovate a va ... More >>
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ofallonpark.orgMayor Francis Slay and several north St. Louis aldermen gathered in O'Fallon Park today for the groundbreaking of a new recreational complex. Officials are optimistic that the rec-plex will be a resource for north city kids and teenagers.
This anonymous City Hall employee is already on board. Cue the Loverboy and ice down the Natty Light. St. Louis City Hall could close an hour early each week -- at 4 p.m. every Friday -- under a proposal suggested yesterday by Comptroller Darlene Green. The city is looking to offset a projected $ ... More >>
On Friday nights or Saturday mornings in the wee small hours, you can usually find me down at the Amshack on 16th Street waiting for the late train from Chicago. Or, rather, waiting for one particular passenger to alight from said train. It's not an especially pleasant place to pass the time: It's c ... More >>
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St. Louis Centre remains the zit on downtown's increasingly attractive face. Now the mayor's office is one vote away from popping that bugger, and Darlene Green, the comptroller, is worried city taxpayers will be left with a mess. Tomorrow the Board of Estimate & Apportionment -- composed of Mayor ... More >>
The defiant Reverend Larry Rice infuriates big developers and city leaders over a proposed shelter in a downtown federal building
With bills coming due at Lambert, St. Louis considers drastic change
Lambert's billion-dollar expansion hangs on a wing and a prayer: The numbers no longer add up
Could the mayor's uncanny habit of making enemies wreck the charter-reform effort?
Terry Niehoff, one of the city's top criminal-defense lawyers, makes his money the old-fashioned way -- he earns it, one client at a time
Week of October 2, 2002
Mayor's office goes to bat for Bell but gets shut down by Darlene Green
The politics of Vince Schoemehl's fundraiser for Frankie the Saint
Tax exemption for fat cats is the only issue Shrewsbury and Krewson won't talk about
These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?
Nightmare for a rookie mayor -- Schoemehl and Biondi on the prowl with a Big Idea
St. Louis elections are a national joke. Trouble is, it's not funny anymore.
The Cardinals' promises are worth as much as the Kiel Partners'
City schools are being asked to give back tax dollars to developers
Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.
A chastened ex-mayor says he's sorry and asks for another chance
The Cards turn up the heat on Missouri with a little help from across the river
Week of November 8, 2000
After five years in office, enigmatic Darlene Green has become a force to be reckoned with in St. Louis
There's a new game in town as the Cardinals square off with the city over how to finance a new stadium
In its lawsuit, St. Louis is eager to blame the lead industry for making the area one of the most contaminated in the nation. But the city itself is guilty of doing little to prevent the poisoning of thousands of children like "Little Al" Evans.
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen have passed a bill funding the new convention-center hotel, but many of the lawmakers aren't very happy with their handiwork; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel
Fresh from alienating black voters over the Ronnie White fiasco, will Sen. John Ashcroft take on Catholics in his drive to defeat Senate rival Gov. Mel Carnahan?
Radio Free St. Louis Goes to Jail; Ald Bauer, Get Your Ass Out of Town; The Crotchety Senator from Crystal City
City Treasurer Larry Williams used to be known for bounced checks, bad audits and bogus talk. Now he's emerging as the savior of downtown. Who'da thunk it?
A coalition of St. Louis mayors looking to change the city's charter finds the going rough