How is the City of St. Louis spending taxpayer dollars?
It's can be challenging to to answer that question -- at least according to a new report from an organization that has given St. Louis a failing grade for budget transparency and accountability.
Missouri's Public Interest Research Group, or ... More >>
Alderwoman Phyllis Young of the Seventh Ward was the one who really pushed to allow city voters to decide whether to shrink the city's governing board from 28 to 14 members by 2022. Not all of her colleagues liked her idea, but she did it anyway. The measure did pass on election day -- leaving her " ... More >>
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 >>
Here we go, St. Louisans: Time to decide whether we should shrink the Board of Aldermen from 28 members down to 14 members by 2021. Even aldermanic proponents such as Phyllis Young of the Seventh Ward and Scott Ogilvie of the Twenty-Fourth Ward concede that it wouldn't save taxpayers a lot of cash. ... More >>
In a few hours, St. Louis' 28 elected aldermen will march into City Hall for a new session of law-making. But one of the biggest reforms this year lies in our hands, fellow voters. This November, we must decide whether to completely redraw our political map and cut the board down to a much leaner 14 ... More >>
"One for you. One for me!"
That was Homer Simpson's fantasy of an alcohol-fueled car, and according to 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, the city's current laws allowing liquor sales at gas stations is providing a similar temptation.
"Right now, you can walk into a gas station, you can buy prepack ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay will sign into law tomorrow a bill requiring new buildings of $1 million or more to have designated bike parking. The mayor's Vanguard Cabinet comprised of "engaged young professionals" (DON'T CALL THEM "YUPPIES!) came up with the legislation that is based on similar laws in citie ... 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 >>
Albert SamahaIs Ricky Yackey manipulating the historical preservation process?
Updated 3:45 p.m. to show perspective of Alderman Scott Ogilvie.
At a committee meeting last week, Alderman Scott Ogilvie pointed out Rick Yackey and his group of developers saved as much as $27 million in taxes ... More >>
Laura MillerDoes Board Bill #118 actually help save this building?Alderwoman Marlene Davis wanted people to know that Board Bill #118 has nothing to do with any proposed demolition of the Del Taco building at South Grant and Forest Park. She repeated several times at today's Housing and Urban De ... More >>
ward24stl.comCan independent Scott Ogilvie defeat the Democratic political machine?Daily RFT caught up yesterday with Scott Ogilvie, the independent candidate running for alderman in the 24th Ward -- the southwest sliver of St. Louis that includes the Dogtown, Franz Park, Ellendale and Clifton H ... More >>