"Mayor's Senior Staffers Lie to the Public in Attempt to Cover Up Scandal." So says the latest header on a press release from the campaign of Lewis Reed, the Board of Aldermen President hoping to unseat longtime St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. And with it comes the sense that the mayor's race has pe ... More >>
Is this the "most draconian anti-employee policy in the history of the City of St. Louis?" So says Lewis Reed's mayoral campaign which is spreading the word about an internal memo that they -- and other union leaders and Reed supporters -- are arguing reveals an incredibly anti-union policy that t ... More >>
Political motives prompted the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay to reduce the hours of Mary Entrup, a housing court judge who just so happens to be the wife of Aldermanic President Lewis Reed -- who is running for mayor. So says Lewis Reed, who, in a chat with Daily RFT, slammed the mayor's of ... More >>
The St. Louis Water Division has inked a new, five-year consulting contract with a private utility service company called Veolia, and some department employees are less than thrilled with the news. The city has made no formal announcement and the contract is still in "negotiation" according to a ci ... More >>
Yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court basically told St. Louis city firefighters: "If you have seven years of service under your belt, go ahead and move outside the city limits if you want."So they can finally leave, at last. But will they? "Some will, some wont," says Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis S ... More >>
As Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed prepares to announce today he'll run against Mayor Francis Slay in the election next spring, their respective camps are increasingly battling it out on "the Twitter."
A disagreement between 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French and Mayor Francis Slay's office is threatening to further delay the opening of the brand new, $20 million O'Fallon Park Recreation Center. On Friday, when the aldermen returned from their summer break, French took the opportunity to point out ... More >>
Kiener Plaza was a tent city before Partnership for Downtown St. Louis bent the mayor's ear.A couple weeks ago Occupy St. Louis accused Mayor Francis Slay of kowtowing to corporate interests when he informed demonstrators (via his blog) that he would soon demand that they end their encampment at ... More >>
Albert SamahaHow long will Mayor Slay let the OccupySTL tents stay in Kiener Plaza?Forty or so OccupySTL protesters and a handful of reporters stood outside the Broadway Central entrance of the Edward Jones Dome, in the rain, waiting for someone to open the doors. They could see security guards a ... More >>
The China Hub bill looks a bit like this today.Those pushing for a bill to build a cargo hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport were dealt a setback today. Senators meeting in special session removed a provision in the bill that could provide as much as $300 million in incentives for buil ... More >>
Image via stloday.comEddie RothOne could say that Post-Dispatch editorial writer Eddie Roth wrote himself into a job. As Mayor Francis Slay announced Tuesday, he's hired Roth for a new title within his administration called "Chief Performance Officer." Roth begins work August 8. He'll be paid a s ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a comment made yesterday on a story about a pair of soldiers who were mugged while in St. Louis this week for "Marine Week." Jeff Rainford, chief of staff for Mayor Francis Slay, has said that the Marines were drunk during the incident and had changed their story ... More >>
Fighting fire with fire-ings, naturally.St. Louis plans to fire 30 firefighters -- the most it can terminate without closing engine houses -- in anticipation of the fire department's pension fund increasing by $4.7 million next fiscal year.The layoffs are the first time in recent memory that the ... More >>
Slay: Blowing the whistle and prepared to make the cuts.Mayor Francis Slay's office this morning outlined its plan to curtail run-away costs within the St. Louis Fire Department. According to the mayor's office, the budget for the fire department has increased 40 percent over the past decade than ... More >>
Washington Avenue safe and sound. In the wake of a murder early Monday morning on Washington Avenue, officials with the mayor's office, police department and downtown business association have pledged to impose sweeping new security measures inside the city's popular nightclub district.Following ... More >>
Sinquefield: Clears a hurdle yesterday.Correction to this article printed below.A controversial petition campaign funded by St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield has enough votes to make its way onto statewide ballots November 2, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced yesterday. The ballot m ... More >>
In an attempt to alleviate a $46 million shortfall in the city's budget, the Civil Service Commission yesterday decided to cut employee benefits, increase furlough days and, most drastically, lay off workers, including two dozen firefighters. Firefighters, needless to say, is not pleased with this ... More >>
City rolls the dice for a new casino.Now that the license for the President Casino is up for grabs, St. Louis officials are scurrying to bring a new gaming facility to the city. Rodney Crim, executive director for the St. Louis Development Corporation, announced yesterday that the city is issuing ... More >>
The anonymous moderators over at the police discussion board St. Louis Cop Talk have an amusing painting on the site's homepage. Below is a copied image of the doctored artwork. We here at Daily RFT believe we have decoded everyone in this oh-so-special nativity scene. Question is: Can you ... More >>
Jeff RainfordIs it just Unreal, or is that St. Louis' Chief Ball Buster Jeff Rainford calling the shots against the Second City?!www.espn.com
Ever play red light, green light? The manner in which a plan to mow Paul McKee's lawns on the public dime is unfolding sounds a bit like that playground game. First Marvin Steele, a construction businessman who is working with the north-side community organization Better Family Life, tells me th ... More >>
Use federal money to put teenagers to work on nuisance properties in north St. Louis? Mayor Francis Slay gave the idea a "thumbs up" back in March, when Congressman William "Lacy" Clay obtained a $536,000 federal earmark to create 300 summer jobs, to be administered through the St. Louis Agency on ... More >>
Somewhere in Arizona a CEO by the name of Jim Tuton is smiling. In early 2006 I took a look at how St. Louis awarded Tuton’s American Traffic Solutions (ATS) with a multimillion-dollar contract to install red-light cameras in the city. My reporting revealed that Mayor Francis Slay’s office, at ... More >>
A look at north St. Louis from ground zero.
St. Louis residents may soon enjoy free, city-wide Wi-Fi access under a bill endorsed yesterday by the Board of Aldermen's Public Utilities Committee. The proposed ordinance would allow AT&T the right to install Wi-Fi transmitters on city-owned buildings and utilities beginning this summer with a ... More >>
They must have been popping Champagne corks at Morgan Quitno Press Friday night when the Cardinals beat the Tigers to take the 2006 World Series four games to one. As you undoubtedly know by now, yesterday the Lawrence, Kansas-based "publishing and research company" issued a press release heralding ... More >>
Did the city deliberately tailor the ordinance and bid requirements to favor only one red-light camera company?
A south St. Louis neighborhood raises a ruckus over plans to demolish homes for a shopping center
Could the mayor's uncanny habit of making enemies wreck the charter-reform effort?
To save St. Louis public schools, Bill Roberti and his band of hired guns plan to blow things up. Who'll pick up the pieces when they're gone?
Different factions scramble for the spring school-board elections, but ex-Mayor Schoemehl looks like one of the few who's interested.
The Cards overreached -- now San Francisco shows them the way
Mayor's office goes to bat for Bell but gets shut down by Darlene Green
Badges and fire hoses trump affordable housing and health care for the poor
Busted waterworks balloon shows Slay hasn't learned a Cardinal rule
Nightmare for a rookie mayor -- Schoemehl and Biondi on the prowl with a Big Idea
Nobody's ever voted for Joyce Aboussie, but the congressman, the governor, the mayor and the county executive don't do anything political without her.
Nance says City Hall didn't influence the Clergy Coalition's delay on home rule
Slay and Rigali arias soured by lack of decisive action and bully-boy politics
Slay shows up for work, but what gets done?
The 20th Ward delivers for the Democrats, then gets dumped
The mayor names a PR wiz to a city board and ends up with a PR problem
Slay's inaugural speech
A minority firm takes a hit for no good reason
The new mayor, in backing a winner, likely will end up a loser
Public-relations pro Jeff Rainford helped end a 27-year drought in the St. Louis school- desegregation case, but he's still bothered by the bucket of cold water Mayor Clarence Harmon threw on the victory celebration
As a Feb. 2 reckoning approaches for city voters and schools, an escape clause surfaces for Ladue