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Your Priorities are My Priorities

Greetings, neighbors! I hope you enjoyined the summer. I have a few updates for you regarding 6th Ward. St. LouisCity's first participatory budgeting (PB) project wrapped up with weeklong voting at roving polling places this April. The three winning projects were neighborhood trash cans, a pilot pedestrian friendly lighting project and  money towards a mobile security camera. They will be implemented during the city's 2015 fiscal year which began July 1st. I'm thrilled to report that, at 4% turnout, our project had the highest voter turnout of any other location undertaking PB in the U.S. so far. 58% of our voters were people of color. Anecdotally, I know many of the individuals who participated throughout the process were not those typically involved and I am currently working with WashingtonUniversity and Southern Illinois at Carbondale to formally evaluate our process to determine whether we are on track to meet our goals of inclusion and engagement.

In May, I was honored to be invited to Washington, D.C. for a day to work alongside White House staffers, PB practitioners, community organizers, foundation funders and academics to outline best practices and identify next steps for expanding PB. Having Obama's administration validate the work we've been tackling on the ground by bringing all key players to the table at one place was a huge step forward for determining whether participatory budgeting continues to deliver on its promise of an inclusive government, rebuilt trust and increased civic engagement. I'm proud St. Louis is a part of this very important national conversation.

The TNR (trap, neuter, return) legislation I drafted passed out of the Board of Aldermen and became law in July. The former catch and kill policy was expensive, ineffective and inhumane. The St. Louis City Health Department was educated by volunteer TNR advocates and a pilot partnership was formed. Over the past few years cat euthanasia has been reduced by 83%. Having an ordinance on the books opens up funding opportunities for volunteer groups, makes those caring for cat colonies more likely to come forward and provides an effective means to control the community cat population.

I've been working closely with the police officers charged with supporting the Neighborhood Ownership Model, residents, the City Counselor's Office and our Neighborhood Improvement Specialist to come up with some new strategies to resolve issues at problem and nuisance properties. Please continue to keep me informed of locations in your neighborhood I may need to be made aware of.

The board is recessed until mid-September, but I am around to handle any constituent issues or requests. Please reach out to me if I can be of assistance to you in any way: ingrassiac@stlouis-mo.gov or 314.622.3287.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • commented 2015-10-13 17:48:57 -0500
    Hey how u bein im alright so far I need for u to call me 326-7898 it was a fight dat me nd my sister had but the people came dwn to my house nd jump on my sister it was six of them we keep call the police bout dis issue wasn’t anything done bout it so the police officer keep pull up in front of my house say a when im turn myself in for a warranty not a warrant nd they say they be at my house tomorrow at 5:15 and the gurl we had a fight with didn’t get lock up me or my sister but her cousin did for jump on my sister nd this bein a month or long than dis and they steady haressel us sit in front of my lil sister yowanda house and keep pull up on me im get tired of dis
  • commented 2015-08-04 17:36:44 -0500
    Did you make a recommendation for the civilian oversite board?

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