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More McKee Stuff

www.stltoday.com/business/local/after-mckee-revelations-can-city-hall-and-the-developer-work/article_3de8a615-bd0d-5a01-a5a2-29dfca791a27.html

A good article from Post about latest in McKee developments in north St. Louis. It sure appears his empire is a house of cards ready to fall.

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The Syrian Refugees Escaped War, Only to Land in One of St. Louis’ Toughest Neighborhoods | Feature | St. Louis News and Events | Riverfront Times

At the dinner to benefit Syrian refugees, there aren’t enough seats for the Syrians. The room at the Boo Cat Club is packed, and Jessica…
— Read on www.riverfronttimes.com/stlouis/syrian-refugees-escaped-war-only-to-land-in-one-of-st-louis-toughest-neighborhoods/Content

A decent article. Syrian refugees left horrific conditions and were relocated here in St. Louis in a neighborhood which is also horrific, unsafe, bad housing. Written by Paul Dribin

Privatization of Lambert Airport Revisited

My earlier post indicated I was very skeptical of this whole endeavor. My doubts are confirmed by the fact that the Board of Estimate and Review for the city cannot reach agreement on hiring a consultant for moving ahead. Certainly privatization would generate a boatload of money for the city initially, but is it in our long term best interest? Will customer service be negatively affected? Written by Paul Dribin

Six Things That “One Hundred” Tells Us – NextSTL

Six Things That “One Hundred” Tells Us – NextSTL
— Read on nextstl.com/2018/05/six-things-that-one-hundred-tells-us/

A good and thorough article in Next Stl about the lavish 100 building going up on the east side of Forest Park.

More About the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis

The vote by the Board of Aldermen to vote again on lowering the number of aldermen is simply a power grab by aldermen who don’t want to give up the illusion of power and could care less about the public interest. The public voted overwhelmingly to lower the number of aldermen to 14.

Racism is not the issue either. If blacks are represented by 7 or 14 aldermen it is the same level of black power as 14 out of 28. Certain individuals are just afraid of losing their jobs. Written by Paul Dribin

St Louis and Older Industrial Cities

www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018-04_brookings-metro_older-industrial-cities_full-report-berube_murray_-final-version_af4-18.pdf

A report from Brookings which analyzes overall strengths of older industrial cities, of which St. Louis is one. It actually gives St. Louis fairly high marks for its’ improvement and potential. Written by Paul Dribin

Paul McKee

Those of you in the St. Louis area are well familiar with Mr. McKee, a long time developer who is attempting to transform the north side of St. Louis though massive development efforts. He owns hundreds of properties and has a bold vision for development. Many community based folks have been suspicious of him.

It turns out these suspicions seem warranted. The St. Louis Business Journal reported that McKee had inflated sales prices of his properties to increase his receipt of state tax credits. This is of course fraud.

I am actually disappointed. I knew Paul fairly well at one time and considered him a true visionary whose heart was in the right place. With me he was always generous with his time and was always very accessible. I like to think I am a good judge of character, but in this case I was fooled. Written by Paul Dribin

Police Department Underhiring

I heard from a reliable source yesterday that the City of St. Louis is about 140 police officers short of their hiring authority. This source said the problem was that the pay was low and the work more difficult and dangerous than in the surrounding communities. Something must be done to change this situation. I also wonder what bureaucratic city policies might be getting in the way. As we are getting nearer a full employment economy, we need to figure out a way to hire more officers and cure our serious crime problem. Written by Paul Dribin

Zoo Tax

The voters of St. Louis County will be asked to approve a sales tax increase to support increased operations of the St. Louis Zoo. They are talking of building a new facility in north county.

I am opposed to a sales tax which is regressive. An approach fo fundraising which makes sense is to charge admission to visitors who are not residents of St. Louis City or County, or allow these county to join the Museum District, and or allow residents of outlying counties to enter the zoo for free if they buy an annual membership. The system is fair by charging users of the service for the privilege of entry. Written by Paul Dribin

City of St. Louis Credit Rating

As many have predicted, most notably Comptroller, Darlene Green, the City of St. Louis has had its bond rating lowered once again. The obvious result of this action will be a higher cost of borrowing and fewer projects. Heaven help us if the interest rates go up.

Experts say a leading cause of this action was the funding of the Blues rehab to Scottrade Center. Again, Ms. Green attempted to block it but was unsuccessful.

These situations are bad enough if the money is spent for critical activities. It is horrible to spend it on helping a sports team, as much as I love hockey. Written by Paul Dribin

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