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Mega-concerts are coming to downtown St. Louis after the city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved a bill that would grant Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and its company, Summer Rocks LLC, excusive access to the Gateway Mall over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.
Mayor Francis Slay, who supports the measure, still must sign it, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that today's 21-4 vote allows the concert producers to begin lining up financial partners and talent for the music festivals.
Under the terms of the deal, Summer Rocks would guarantee the city $50,000 per festival in the first 10 years of a possible 20 year agreement. It also would pay up to $400,000 per festival for city services and a percentage of ticket sales.
Organizers say they expect to begin with a country music festival on Memorial Day weekend 2015.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants to know if his cabinet members and top advisers own any city real estate in need of repair. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the mayor issued an executive order Wednesday requiring the written disclosure.
The newspaper has previously reported that former city operations director Ron Smith was part-owner of a historic building that was demolished after it had fallen into disrepair.
Former St. Louis corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield says his termination in 2012 was racially motivated. On Monday, he filed an employment discrimination complaint in federal court under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Mayor Francis Slay had removed Stubblefield from his post in 2011 after a series of jailbreaks and financial trouble in the corrections department.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson had been the mayor's operations director at that time. He investigated the management at the jail and reported several problems.
The city's Civil Service Commission upheld Stubblefield's firing the next year.
Stubblefield claims he was wrongly accused and says white city employees haven't been fired for similar misconduct.]]>
Four projects by the crew that broke a natural gas line, causing an explosion that destroyed a Soulard business Wednesday, are on now hold. That after city officials learned the South Dakota-based Four Winds company was operating without a city business license.
Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's office, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the company had been hired by subcontractor MasTec, to install fiber optic cable for AT&T when the accident happened.
The gas rupture forced the evacuation of 14 people from the Stars Design Group just before explosions rocked the block.
Crane says the city also hadn't been given the required 24-hours notice that work on the project was beginning. So Four Winds other projects for AT&T were halted Thursday.]]>