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Who is the next Mayor of St. Louis

The key question for voters is whether the election of Cori Bush is a sign of a changing of the power structure in St. Louis or an anomaly. The stars were in alignment for Cori, generating name recognition though a documentary, and running on the back of civil rights demonstrations.

I don’t see Lyda Krewson, existing mayor winning reelection. She is an older white woman tied to the old political power structure with no passionate base of support. Tashara Jones, City Treasurer and an African American woman would be the favorite in my mind, with Cara Spencer a young smart progressive white woman running second. These are my early odds. Written by Paul Dribin

Statue of St. Louis

There have been significant and powerful demonstrations across the country following the death of Mr. George Floyd. These demonstrations represent a powerful statement by many Americans that racism and police brutality are not acceptable.

St. Louis chose to act by attempting to remove the statue of King Louis, the figure for whom St. Louis is named. He was a French king who live in the 1200s and accomplished many positive things in addition to participating in the crusades, which were anti Muslim and Jewish. These crusades resulted in the vicious death of many Jews and Muslims.

The demonstrations at times were violent and resulted in further vandalism in the neighborhood of St. Louis Mayor, Lyda Krewson. With all the terrible problems facing our city and world, this seems live a very trivial and silly action by some irresponsible people. As a Jew I should be offended by King Louis, but he lived a long time ago and his statue is of no interest to me.

St. Louis Airport Privatization Again.

In theory the St. Louis scheme to privatize Lambert airport could make sense. Of course we may never know because the whole system appears so rigged there will never be an honest evaluation of the pros and cons of the proposal. All the consultants, advisors etc. have a vested interest in making the privatization work. One thought sticks out to me. If the idea was a good one, why have private sector organizations not stepped forward sooner to make the privatization happen? Written by Paul Dribin

New St. Louis Public Safety Director

Mayor Krewson has appointed Judge Jimmie Edwards as Public Safety Director for the City of St. Louis. This is an excellent selection. Judge Edwards who is African American has been a progressive judge, specializing in providing youth in trouble alternatives to prison. He started a school to attempt to educate students who had been expelled from St. Louis Public Schools. This effort has been a real disaster but the fault is mainly with the school system. Judge Edwards seems as if he will strike a proper balance between the police and community activists. It is a good small step in starting the healing process in St. Louis. Written by Paul Dribin

Lyda Krewson

I usually don’t get into politics, but my first public administration class pointed out you can’t separate politics from policy. Elliot Davis of You Paid for It Fame on tv wrote a passionate facebook post in which he postured that Mayor Krewson the first woman mayor of St. Louis is not up for the job. He provided a number of good examples.

Unfortunately, I would have to agree with Elliot. She seems like a nice person but is just going through the motions of being mayor. She has not leadership skills. If I was a police officer or member of an officer’s family, I would have been outraged after her comments making nice to the demonstrators and indirectly criticizing the police. She has done nothing substantive to address crime, job loss, or racial inequality. The Mayor likes to have feel good meetings and is using that process to take 9 months to hire a police chief. I also think the effort to lure Amazon here is a waste of time and money. Written by Paul Dribin

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