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The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

Archive for the month “March, 2019”

Tough for section 8 tenants to find units

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/even-with-a-portion-of-the-rent-guaranteed-some-tenants/article_0bd1087d-7374-50cb-bae0-80357557afc0.html

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Fight between kim Gardner and special Prosecutor

www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/special-prosecutor-accuses-st-louis-circuit-attorney-of-obstructing-perjury/article_d9218299-b887-58a3-b685-47baa300eb4f.html

Another example if the disfunction if St Louis. Gardner has been a disaster and is in way over her head. The prosecution of Greitens was a disaster. Written by a Paul Dribin

More about St Louis County Federal Investigation

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/federal-investigation-plunges-st-louis-county-into-chaos/article_9b0a1443-8535-5da5-9c98-dfd80ad631df.html

I have been writing for some time about this corruption. Stenger and Sheila Sweeney are in big trouble

How Better Together’s Plan Will Circumvent Democracy and Bankrupt St. Louis | Feature | St. Louis | St. Louis News and Events | Riverfront Times

At first I thought it was an oversight. When Better Together announced its plan to merge St. Louis city and county, I was excited by…
— Read on www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/how-better-togethers-plan-will-circumvent-democracy-and-bankrupt-st-louis/Content

This is an incredibly thorough and well reasoned criticism of Better Together. It convinced me. Paul dribin

Visit to Miami Area

I am returning from a trip to the Miami Florida area to visit my dad. There are many things I do not like about the region, including bad traffic, high costs, and excessive urbanization. But what is so positive is the ethnic diversity led of course by the huge Latino community. I find that exciting and positive and the people wonderful. St. Louis lacks that ethnic diversity and for that I am sad. Written by Paul Dribin

Alternatives to better together

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/better-together-faces-another-challenge-backlash-from-lawmakers-in-jefferson/article_dc6e70e2-6951-5a18-b582-177bb58fc92e.html

I think Better Together is in trouble. There is a proposal to make St Louis City a part of the county. That seems like a good idea

Whose Affordable Housing Crisis? — Shelterforce

Being priced out of appreciating neighborhoods is not the housing affordability problem most Americans face. But they are facing one.
— Read on shelterforce.org/2019/02/19/whose-affordable-housing-crisis/

This article is spot on. He makes two key points I have been promoting; the ineffectiveness of the LIHTC program, and the need for a cash assistance program for housing. In addition he makes the point that St. Louis is not rapidly gentrifying. Written by Paul Dribin

Serious questions about better together

Ray Hartman shared a great article he wrote about Better Together. The gist of the article is simple; the claims made about the benefit of merging government have no basis in reality. This is too bad. The region clearly needs to merge governmental functions and do things differently. Better Together May be too grandiose of a plan. Written by Paul Dribin

Subpoenas issued to St. Louis county advisors to Stenger

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/st-louis-county-served-with-subpoena-in-federal-investigation-targeting/article_562fd03f-4e18-5cb4-b427-e1f482c7be7b.html

Better Together Sheds Stenger

Better Together which is leading an initiative to join the city and county has shed a major albatross. Under the original concept, County Executive Stenger would become mayor of the whole deal. This is offensive to many of us who have little regard for Mr. Stenger. The new concept allows for an initial election of the new mayor. This makes a lot more sense. Written by Paul Dribin

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