Tell University City To Use Current Laws Before They Ban Standing on Sidewalks
  • Petitioned Shelley Welsch

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Mayor
Shelley Welsch
Ward 3 Council Member
Byron Price
Ward 3 Council Member
Arthur Sharp
Ward 1 Council Member
Terry Crow
Ward 1 Council Member
Terry Crow
Ward 1 Council Member
Stephen Kraft
Ward 2 Council Member
L. Michael Glickert
Ward 2 Council Member
Lynn Ricci

Tell University City To Use Current Laws Before They Ban Standing on Sidewalks

    1. Ed Reggi
    2. Petition by

      Ed Reggi

      Saint Louis, MO

 

On Saturday April 9, a St. Louis City police officer suffered minor injuries trying to make an arrest near the Metrolink station on Delmar Boulevard.  The suspect, a 21-year old adult male, was taken into custody.  Charges were taken under advisement and the man was soon released.  Shortly after the incident, University City City Manager Lehman Walker and Police Chief Charles Adams, drafted a new law to limit standing on city sidewalks.

Bill No 9112, better known as the "Obstructing or interfering with use of the sidewalks and streets," will make it unlawful for anyone to "unreasonably interfere" with the free use of a sidewalk located anywhere in University City, Missouri.  Those breaking the law (of what amounts to standing on a sidewalk) will be fined up to $1,000 per offense.

Supporters of the ordinance, especially business owners in the Delmar Loop business district, say the ordinance will curb loitering and youth gatherings. However, since the ordinance provides absolutely no enforcement guidelines, opponents are sure it will be unfairly used against black youth. Regardless of race, or age, enforcement will be left to the police officer writing the ticket.  Do you deserve a $1,000 ticket just because an officer says you were interfering with the use of the sidewalk? 

Tell University City Mayor Shelley Welsch and City Council members Terry Crow, Stephen Kraft, Michael Glickert, Lynn Ricci, Byron Price, and Arthur Sharp to reject this discriminatory law which makes standing on the sidewalks a crime.

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    1. Ed Reggi
      Petition Organizer

      We must mobilize and come out tonight, Monday June 6 at 6:00pm or at the very least call the Mayor and entire council all day today.

      In a sudden turn, for yet another strange move made by the University City elected officials, Mayor Shelley Welsch and the Council members -- decide to disregard the public's opinion and ignore their own words.

      In a bizarre move, the Mayor and the Council have "secretly" and with little notice given to the public, have decided to hold a Special Session on Monday June 6 at 6:00pm.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Ed Reggi
      Petition Organizer

      Help me by sharing this petition's short link to all your friends and family members. It is critical we get 500 signatures by Monday May 23. Again thank you for signing!

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Chris Parente DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      As a former U city resident, I am disheartened by this proposed law. And it's starting to get *bad* national press. We should be EXPANDING personal freedoms, not restricting them!

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    • Audra Prinster HIGH RIDGE, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      I understand the idea of the law, but it seems, that there needs to be very specific guidelines. Let's take another look at this before putting an off the cuff type of law in stone.

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    • Gregory Cuellar SAINT LOUIS, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      The solution is not adding prohibitions to what people can and cannot do, but creating results that are a positive alternative for the teen issues at hand. I recently moved from the Loop to S City (due to issues with my landlord), and I witnessed first hand the problems that the Loop is facing. Placing boundaries on this area will just move the issue to somewhere else. We need to give teens and even adults positive activities and projects to be involved in. I send all my love to the RAC for taking charge of the issue in a beneficial way. The cause is not in the loop, but the loop could be part of a much larger solution in city teen violence.

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    • Susan Kashubeck-West UNIVERSITY CITY, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      We do not need more laws - just enforce the ones we do have. It looks to me like University City is trying to bring back the old Sunshine Laws - is that the kind of city we want to be? My family and I picked University City because of its openness to diversity - this proposed law goes against everything I believe UCity stands for!

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    • Catherine Baldwin LALESIDE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Perhaps the powers that be should READ the laws that already exist and enforce THEM. What a stupid waste of time and $$$$. The jails are overcrowded now and , of course, the fees wont be paid. Cops have better things to do. Kids today have too few choices for hanging with friends. I suggest that is the problem to address. Maybe that is why jails are full..HMMMMM. Take 9112 back to the drawing board. 'We The People' have too many Laws that should be enforced and are not (no need for more) and too damned much GOVERNMENT !!!

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