The Mayor's Blog
Crews from the Streets Department have been working twelve-hour shifts around the clock since Sunday. What I am going to say is no reflection on them. They deserve our thanks.
For as long as anyone can remember, the City has not plowed the side streets in residential neighborhoods. Crews cleared snow routes and major intersections, fire houses, commercial districts, major secondary streets. Once in a while, some neighborhood streets were treated with salt... Read More
A message to the City's employees:
City Hall, City offices, and the municipal courts will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. You are asked not to report to your work station, unless you are directed to by your supervisor.
Today and the next several days are going to be challenging for those City employees involved in public safety, infrastructure maintenance and public health. They will also be hard days... Read More
There are almost 1,300 on-call and airport taxis licensed to operate in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis county. They are owned and operated by private companies, ranging in size from large to solo.
Several people complained yesterday – and last year and in years before – about the long wait for cabs on a night when we were actively urging alcohol- or fatigue-impaired drivers to leave their cars... Read More
On Sunday, Clara Jean Walker was inside her home when she was shot and killed by a bullet that rocketed through her window and into her body. It was the result of gun shots ringing out on her street. Someone with a rifle took her life.
Ms. Clara was an innocent bystander to the violence spilling out on the street in front of her own home.
Police are piecing together... Read More
Like many of you, Kim Slay and I are celebrating with our family today. The Slay traditions have long included lots of people, a shared meal, a movie or two, some music, and stern words for the dogs.
While most of us celebrate, a handful of public employees – City police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, and others - have deferred their own holiday to make sure ours safe. Thank them, if you see... Read More
The City of St. Louis sends fifty or so plow trucks out before, during, and after winter storms to clear major streets, commercial districts, hospitals, fire houses, transit stops, well-traveled dangerous spots, and - in later passes – secondary streets. They do not generally plow residential and tertiary roads – as you know, if you live on one. Unless there is a particularly hazardous condition or an extended streak of cold, we let the... Read More
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
Just months after his release from a South African prison in 1990 after 27 years of confinement, Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, took a tour of the United States. It included a visit to Detroit.
There's a famous and deeply moving photograph taken at the Detroit airport soon after the couple had disembarked from their plane. Mandela is shown embracing an older woman, a former seamstress. Her... Read More
Boeing is asking for proposals for a new home to build its 777x passenger aircraft. This is a huge opportunity to create construction jobs building the new facilities, thousands of good manufacturing jobs, chances for small businesses to supply Boeing, solidify Boeing's presence in St. Louis, and generate new tax revenues for state and local governments.
Missouri is bidding on the entire operation. But, it could get a portion of it. Depending... Read More
Kim Slay and I send our warmest holiday wishes to St. Louisans, wherever you are.
In many St. Louis households tomorrow, the turkey will share space with the menorah. That’s because for the first time in more than 100 years, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall together. That is a rare and wonderful thing. It won’t happen again for 70,000 years, I’m told.
The celebration of both holidays centers on... Read More
Quick reflexes by the City’s public safety and infrastructure crews meant faster responses to the damage cause by yesterday’s winds and rain.
No one was reported hurt. Damage was relatively localized. The Citizens Service Bureau is still toting up the calls, but most of the true emergencies have been addressed.
Starting Tuesday, November 19, 2013, City residents can call the Forestry Division at 314-613-7200 to request tree branch removal.... Read More