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The St Louis Contrarian

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

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St. Louis Area Elections

To use a cliche, there was a sea change as a result of the elections in St. Louis County. The biggest upset was Wesley Bell defeating Robert McCullough for County Prosecutor. McCullough had been in the office a long time and appeared invincible. Steve Stenger barely won reelection over a little known and under funded opponent. Lisa Clancy, a political newcomer won the one council seat that had been loyal to Stenger.

Some observations. Bell’s win was a result of his talent and hard work and a desire on the part of voters for change. Mr. Bell who is African American would not have won without the support of a large number of white voters. Many people I know want to see significant changes in the criminal justice system, ending of cash bail for non violent crimes, and a reform of the municipal court process. The Ferguson decision also did not sit well with many people. I believe that McCullough made the right legal decision in that case but failed the public relations and political battle.

A second effect was the corruption of Steve Stenger. A strong candidate would have defeated Stenger. McCullough was joined at the hip to Stenger. Clancy won on an anti Stenger platform. It is very sad the Republicans have not fielded a strong candidate to run against Stenger in November. Written by Paul Dribin

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THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS REENTERING ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Cities Strong

THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS REENTERING ST. LOUIS COUNTY – Cities Strong
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A challenging article by Terry Jones in the difficulties of St Louis City joining the county

Metro Could Have Saved Money if St. Louis County Had Cooperated

The outgoing head of Metro has stated that the agency could have saved significant sums of money by refinancing its’ bonds. County Executive Stenger was unresponsive to this request and the opportunity has been lost. This of course is very disappointing and a sign of the difunctional nature of our governments. Written by Paul Dribin

Economic Development Council Stuff

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/documents-raise-questions-about-st-louis-economic-development-partnership-bidding/article_62479314-52a5-5481-b6c7-759c93f63cf5.html

An article from Post online showing that investigations are underway about the contracting procedures used by Sheila Sweeney and Economic Development Council. I have been complaining about this for awhile.

St. Louis County Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Planning is underway to bring to the voters of St. Louis County a plan to fund an Affordable Housing Trust Fund. This is great news. Such a fund is greatly needed. Better yet, the effort is being led by Chris Krehmeyer, head of Beyond Housing and a great guy and terrific leader. The only downside is the unpopularity of County Executive Stenger who has endorsed the plan. Written by Paul Dribin

Steve Stenger, Sheila Sweeney

I am glad the St. Louis County Council is attempting to investigate both these people. Stenger of course made some crooked real estate deals with cronies of his. Sweeney enables this bad behavior with her work at the Economic Development Council. That organization has too many people with high salaries who do not accomplish much. Sheila though seems to act on whatever crooked action Stenger wants. Written by Paul Dribin

A Decline in Ticketing Fines

The St. Louis Post Dispatch published an interesting article last weekend about the decline in ticketing in all communities in the St. Louis region. Police departments are taking the position that they have better things to do with their time than ticket drivers. Revenue from tickets has declined significantly. This is mostly good, makes sense, and most important unburdens low income people and many people of color of being thrown in jail for minor offenses.

The question that puzzles me is how do we deal with people who violate the law if there are not fines. People who drive without insurance, or with cars that are unsafe can hurt other people. I do not have a solution. Written by Paul Dribin

Zoo Fees and Sales Tax

St. Louis has one of the great zoos and museum districts in the world. Admission to the zoo, art museum, and history museum are free. The institutions are supported by property taxes imposed on St. Louis city and county residents.

Residents of the surrounding counties should either chip in or have to pay an admission. We are a region and these institutions should be supported regionally. If someone joins one of these institutions on their own and pays an annual membership, they should get free admission. Written by Paul Dribin

St Louis County Again

The papers showed today that the move of county facilities to the former Northwest Plaza is going to cost millions of dollars over budget and without competition. The recipient is a major donor to County Executive Stenger.

Today we learned that Glen Powers, Planning Director of St. Louis County signed off on the lease without even reading it. I. Am really disappointed to see this. I know Glen who I always considered to be an honorable guy and great public servant. I guess we all can error. I have many times seen competent career civil servants sell their souls to the devil. Written by Paul Dribin

St. Louis County-Steve Stenger Bad Behavior

The paper was filed over the weekend with more documentation of how County Executive Stenger runs St. Louis County on a pay to play basis. Contractors who make huge donations to his campaign are awarded huge contracts, often for things that don’t make sense financially. There should be a grand jury investigation and a movement to impeach Stenger. Written by Paul Dribin

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