Fighting Airport Privatization

Cara Spencer has been at the forefront of fighting the privatization of our City's largest pubic asset, our airport. In 2018, she introduced a bill that would give every citizen a say in the process by requiring a public vote.

 

Fighting Payday Lending

2018: The first year the City of STL didn't have a new Payday Loan business open in over a decade!!

Our city’s poverty rate is 39% and one of the most lucrative industries preying on the poor is payday lending. In 2017 I passed the toughest municipal payday lending law in the country. As a result, the City has generated a quarter million dollars in fees and 2018 was the first year in more than 10 that the city received no new payday lending occupancy applications. #StopTheDebtTrap

Fining Vacant Building Owners

Standing up to Slumlords

In 2018 I passed a law that removed a loophole in our building codes for slumlords.  Anyone who owns a vacant building in the city of St. Louis can (and should!) be on the hook for fines if they allow the building to fall into disrepair, but some have been exempt.

With BB171, we made building codes fair and helping to decrease vacancy in our communities.

Read more about it here.

Trust in our Police Department

Subpoena Power for COB

Public Safety Committee just unanimously passed BB233 granting subpoena power to the Civilian Oversight Board. A great step towards accountability and increased trust in our police department.

This is a measure that our new Police Chief supports and I am proud to be a co-sponsor on the bill. Read more about it here.

Inverting Income Disparity

Our Sheriffs Get a Raise

Kudos to Sherriff Vernon Betts for bucking the national trend of increased income disparities and advocating for his lowest paid employees — raises for the folks at the bottom of the pay scale but no one above deputy sees a raise

Read more about it here.

Seeking Medical Care with Dignity

A Buffer Zone for Planned Parenthood

Protesters routinely block traffic into the Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, causing a traffic hazard on Lindell and a public safety nightmare for police. A reasonable 8 ft buffer zone will allow traffic to flow into the medical facility and allow women and men to seek medical assistance with dignity.

Read more about it here.