The Department of Justice kept a tight lid on Monday night's Ferguson town hall meetings, checking IDs at the door and kicking out non-residents and anyone who tried to videotape the conversation. Ferguson residents had mixed reactions to the meeting, some heralding it as a breakthrough in opennes ... More >>
Ferguson mayor James Knowles III said he thought Tuesday night's city council meeting -- which consisted of nearly three straight hours of angry and resentful comments toward himself and the board of aldermen -- went better than he expected. One of the first things that set the crowd off was the ann ... More >>
When a Lewis Reed press release slamming Mayor Francis Slay arrived in Daily RFT's inbox earlier this week, we had a serious sense of déjà vu -- especially because it was sent out by Glenn Burleigh, Reed's former campaign manager. Reed, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, lost his mayora ... More >>
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen has officially passed a local marijuana reform bill that aims to save police resources and reduce punishments for the most minor possession offenses. "This is a good, practical move for the city of St. Louis to alleviate police and prosecutorial resources on minor d ... More >>
"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 >>
See also: St. Louis' Red Light Camera Ordinance Declared VoidSecond St. Louis Judge Rules Against CamerasMotorist Sue City Over Cameras Six months after a judge officially declared the city's red-light camera ordinance void, St. Louis officials and the city's third-party camera vendor, American Tr ... More >>
The average person may not see huge differences between the old University City logo and the new one. But they don't see what Council member Paulette Carr sees: Procedural noncompliance! The concerns she raised resulted in a rejection of the slightly rejiggered logo at this week's city council meet ... More >>
Alderman Phyllis Young is reportedly planning to propose that the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen contract from 28 members down to a svelte 12, citing the need for a more streamlined, efficient city government. If the proposal passes -- which would require the citizens to vote on it -- no changes w ... More >>
Timing is everything in life, and even more vital when you're dealing with a crisis. Near the end of February, Lehman Walker, the City Manager of University City, had a small crisis on his hands -- let's call it a peccadillo.As we covered here, Walker's professional conduct was being investigated by ... More >>
There will be a new face in city hall Room 230.Tammika Hubbard is the new 5th Ward Alderman. She took 66 percent of votes in yesterday's special election. Neither of her opponents came close. Rose Green had twenty percent and Tonya Finley had thirteen percent. Perhaps this result illustrates t ... More >>
There are exactly 1,653 registered voters in the tiny municipality of Bel Ridge, Missouri. And so when the village decided to hold a special election in February 2010 to increase property taxes, the proposition was bound to be expensive on a per-vote basis. The St. Louis County Board of Election ... More >>
Will O'Fallon Park speed bumps replace the Saucer on South Grand as St. Louis' top cause?Earlier this weeks the African American Aldermanic Caucus released a statement rebuking Mayor Francis Slay for vetoing a bill that would allow speed bumps in O'Fallon Park, echoing comments recently made ... More >>
Where nothing happens."Now that's the way a meeting should be!" cracked tenth ward alderman Joseph Vollmer on his way out of the weekly gathering of city leaders. "Twelve minutes has to be a new record. And if it wasn't for the announcements it would have been ten minutes."Yes, the St. Louis Boar ... More >>
City: Cameras increase safety. Critics: Cameras increase cash.Mayor Francis Slay and police chief Dan Isom are lending their names to an effort to defeat a Senate bill that would outlaw red-light cameras throughout Missouri.Slay and Isom are holding a press conference this morning in City Hall wh ... More >>
It's not a perfect bill, but it's the best one County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser thought she could get her fellow council members to endorse.
Call it a parting gift or a parting shot. Either way, former Wildwood Councilman Alan Mawhinney sure has riled up the folks in city hall. Courtesy Tony SalvatoreAs the Post-Dispatch reported this morning, Mawhinney, one of the city's founders and now chairman of the Board of Adjustment, made so ... More >>
Read it here first: Town & Country alderman John Hoffmann filed paper's today to run for mayor in April's municipal election. Hoffmann, the subject of an RFT cover story last October, has made quite a name for himself since first winning election as an alderman last April. He, of course, has Unr ... More >>
Downtown Memphis is already where downtown St. Louis hopes to go
Efforts to tie attempted voter fraud to the Bosley campaign haven't stuck
Candidates must speak clearly about troubled schools
Is it time to put aldermen on the chopping block?
Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.
A battle cry for the city's next century
A chastened ex-mayor says he's sorry and asks for another chance
Why refinish the deck when the hull's leaking?
Clarence Harmon gears up for his re-election effort without his go-to guy
After five years in office, enigmatic Darlene Green has become a force to be reckoned with in St. Louis
The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.
Even if the living-wage proposal passes, don't look for any drastic changes for many St. Louisans eking out a living on minimum pay
When it came to guns, the Overland cops weren't just playing around
Last Friday was a big day for Our Town
Published the week of July 5-11, 2000
Missouri's Sunshine Law guarantees open government for all. Trouble is, prosecutors don't enforce it and legislators won't fix it. Just ask the folks fighting City Hall.
Local honchos stop the press at a stadium-financing confab; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
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
Getting a state bottle-and-can-deposit law on the books seems to be a job for country folks; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses
City Hall makes a quick pick in an ugly battle over Internet and phone service. Prepare to pay the price.
St. Louis holds onto its old things -- including the 1914 city charter
A desperate St. Louis pays top dollar to gamble on a risky convention-center hotel
Hazelwood officials cast their lot with the developer of a controversial project in the flood-prone Missouri Bottoms. Their gamble is tearing the North County community apart.
Developers like the Sansone Group are using a state law to rake in millions of tax dollars for retail projects in the burbs. Trouble is, the legislation was designed to help blighted inner cities.
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?
Sparing an angelic intervention or an infusion of cash, the Arena is not long for this world
A coalition of St. Louis mayors looking to change the city's charter finds the going rough