Fred Wessels

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    So the Board of Aldermen Will Shrink in Ten Years. Now What?

    On election day, city voters approved Prop R, which will shrink the Board of Aldermen from 28 to 14 members by 2022. But even among board members, uncertainty remains about how this will actually go down. "I opposed it," says Eleventh Ward Alderman Tom Villa. "My concept of an alderman is front line ... More >>

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    August 8, 2012

    Primary Results: Akin to Face McCaskill, Clay Trounces Carnahan, Jones Wins City Treasurer

    Yesterday's Missouri primary resulted in a few surprises. The biggest, perhaps, was Congressman Lacy Clay's stunning victory over Congressman Russ Carnahan for Missouri's First Congressional District that includes all of St. Louis and much of the county. Clay garnered 63.2 percent of the vote to Car ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Treasurer's Race Heats Up: Wessels Files Suit Against Williams A Week After Calling for Wahby to Step Down from Party Post

    ​It seems as if 13th Ward Alderman Fred Wessels is trying to pick-off his opponents in the race for City Treasurer like it's a dodge ball game. First he called for candidate Brian Wahby to step down from his current position of Democratic Central Committe chairman after a conveniently-timed polic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Alderman Jeffrey Boyd to Run for City Treasurer

    ​ Updated 9:55 p.m. February 8 to show cash-on-hand for Fred Wessels. For the record, his campaign finance report was filed on-time. Twenty-second Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd announced yesterday that he is running for St. Louis treasurer, making an already crowded race even deeper. Boyd, who has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Attack Dog Training Bill Moves Closer to Passage

    A bill prohibiting attack dog training in public parks passed out of the Board of Alderman's Public Safety committee on Wednesday and was placed on the informal calendar at today's Aldermanic meeting, bringing it step closer to final passage. Sponsored by 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French, and co-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Alderman Fred Wessels Vows to Clean Up St. Louis Treasurer's Office

    Larry Williams hasn't updated his City Hall mugshot since the early '80s.​St. Louis' longtime treasurer, Larry Williams, is on the hot seat after one of his employees was indicted on charges last week that he bilked the city for $175,000 worth of work that federal prosecutors say he never performe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    "Saucer on South Grand" Developer Gets His Tax Abatement

    Albert Samaha​Developer Rick Yackey will get the tax abatement he requested to redevelop The Saucer on South Grand. As expected, the Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill #118 today, by a vote of 15 to 9. Given the bill's high profile, most of this debate had already been hashed out over the pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    City Hears Proposal to Relocate Tony's Restaurant to the Cheshire Inn

    The Cheshire Inn lies just within the St. Louis city limits.​A committee of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen was informed this month that downtown restaurant stalwart Tony's is expected to vacate its location on Market Street to take up residency at the remodeled Cheshire Inn near the intersec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Board of Aldermen Turn up the Heat

    ​Today's Board of Aldermen meeting kicked off with a complimentary Christmas concert by the Rosati-Kain High School choir. After the warblers finished their hymns about a poor baby shivering in a chilly night, the city's lawmakers voted to help ensure St. Louis children never go to bed cold. Coin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    How Much Are Lobbyists Spending on Your St. Louis Alderman?

    kaciestarrtriplett.comKacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6) leads the Board of Aldermen with $1,327 in lobbyist expenditures this year.​Poor St. Louis Aldermen. Sure, their $32,000 a year salary is nothing to sneeze at and roughly on par with what state reps ($36k) and senators ($31k) earn. But when it co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    St. Louis Board of Aldermen Passes Smoking Ban

    The St. Louis Board of Aldermen ended a three-and-a-half hour debate this afternoon and approved 20-7 a bill to ban smoking in most bars and restaurants in St. Louis. The amended bill excludes casinos and bars smaller than 2,000 square feet in size. Those voting against that ban were: Ken Ortmann - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Highlights of Today's Epic Smoking Ban Debate at St. Louis City Hall

    Today's meeting was a lesson in how sausage -- and cigarettes -- are made.​As mentioned on this here blog earlier today, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved by a 20-7 vote a bill that would prohibit smoking in most bars and restaurants should voters in St. Louis County also approve a smoking ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2003

    Not in My Park

    Opposition to a South City rec center may not just be about the color green

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    September 12, 2001

    More Than Just Race

    Divided neighborhoods are the likely result of a reworked redistricting bill

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    May 30, 2001

    Tearing Down the House

    The demolition of the Winkelmeyer house signals the city's new view of historic preservation

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    January 31, 2001

    New Kid, Old School

    Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.

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    June 21, 2000

    Not Just Another Pin-up in the Ste. Genevieve County Jail

    KSDK-TV reporter makes picture-perfect appeal to the South Side Rapist

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    March 29, 2000

    Not Such E-Z Terms for the E-Z Hotel

    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

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    March 10, 1999

    Reconstructing Larry

    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?

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    January 27, 1999