Friday, March 29, 2013
A committee named Brentwood Citizens for Excellence formed in February to support Proposition K. The proposition would raise property taxes for Brentwood homeowners to increase school district revenues.
A campaign committee supporting Proposition K has raised more than $4,000 over the past two months. That's according to campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission last week and in February. Documents show that the commitee, which is named Brentwood Citizens for Excellence, raised $4,321 in donations. The committee, which lists Mark Womer and Michael Slatin as treasurers, formed in early February. Proposition K would increase the school district operating tax levy ceiling by 75 cents. That's about $83 for a $100,000 home, notes a previous Patch report. Residents familiar with the names and faces in the Brentwood School District will recognize many of the contributors to the commitee. Supporters include school board …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
All the discussion around QuikTrip inspired a Maplewood couple to start a new online forum for vocal residents.
Vocal residents are capable of doing big things in Maplewood. In November the Maplewood City Council voted to allow QuikTrip to move its store to the northwest corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard. A group opposed to the move gathered the needed signatures to force a referendum, Proposition Q, on the April 2 ballot. A yes vote agrees with the ordinance and the QuikTrip move. A no vote goes against the move. Join the conversation: Share Your Thoughts on QuikTrip in a 'Letter to Maplewood' Andy Barnes and his wife, Katrina, decided to use an online forum to bring chattier residents into a positive conversation about business development. The couple started the "Yes in My Backyard" (YIMBY) Facebook group to let residents "discuss …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The April 2 election is just a week away. Are you prepared? Here's what you need to know about the candidates and propositions you'll see on the ballot.
The April 2 election is just days away. Are you ready? If not, Patch has you covered. Here is a rundown of the races in the area. To view your sample ballot, visit the Secretary of State website. CITY OF BRENTWOOD Proposition K Shall the school board of the Brentwood School District be authorized to increase the operating tax levy for purposes of paying the increased costs associated with building and facility maintenance, maintaining a high quality staff, and other school operational needs by seventy-five cents ($0.75) per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating levy of the school district is estimated to be $4.69 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation. See related …
Monday, March 25, 2013
If Prop Q fails then the ordinance is repealed and QT would have to wait 120 days before coming to the city again with a proposal.
Maplewood residents will vote on Proposition Q on April 2. Those for and against have made their case on Patch.
Are you for or against QuikTrip relocating to the corner of Manchester Road and Big Bend Boulevard? Maplewood voters will decide the issue on April 2 when they vote on Proposition Q, which will decide if the ordinance that makes the move possible remains or is repealed. Recent articles on the proposed QuikTrip move and the referendum, and Jeff Wiggs' announcement, Second Floor Thoughts, have generated such a conversation that some readers have posted announcements on Patch to expand on their points. They range from taxes generated by QuikTrip, if the City of Maplewood can legally revise an ordince that's been referred to in a referendum on a ballot, to an introdution of a Facebook page about Maplewood businesses. The announcements are …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The last day to register to vote in the April election is days away.
If you want to vote in the April 2 election, the deadline is fast approaching to register to vote in St. Louis County. Voters must be registered by March 6 to vote in the April election. In order to register, you must: Missourians can register to vote by one of the following methods: St. Louis County residents can also send in a completed voter registration application to: The Board of Election Commissioners, 12 Sunnen Dr., Ste. 126 St. Louis, MO 63143. If mailing your registration, it must be postmarked by March 6. For more information, check out the Board of Election Commissioners website.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Three Maplewood businesses catered to sweethearts and the sweet tooth.
Maplewood businesses, White Castle, Pie Oh My and Kakao Chocolate were particularly busy on Valentine's Day. Of course it had to do with food. Even the Maplewood Public Library got in on it. After a day of selling pies featuring hearts, Pie Oh My owner Jane Callahan had a visit from FOX Channel 2 reporter Elliot Weiler for a hard-hitting Valentine's Day story. White Castle was totally booked for its traditional red-tablecloth, sitdown dinner. Employees who normally serve from across a counter became waiters, and general manager Kathleen Hamm was the maître d. Waves of customers came through the door at Kakao. The chocolate-makers worked 20 minutes past closing time of 7:00 to serve the very last last-minute shopper. The Maplewood Public …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Just elected to a four-year term in November, Missouri's State Treasurer is seen by some as a possible candidate for Lieutenant Governor if a vacancy is created.
In what he called a "sincere statement," Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel told Patch Wednesday he would serve a full term in office, despite some speculation he could be a candidate for lieutenant governor. Zweifel, a former state representative from Florissant, spoke to a group of small business owners at Pulaski Bank in Creve Coeur Wednesday. Political watchers will be keeping a close eye on what happens Feb. 9 in Southeast Missouri, as Republicans in the state's Eighth Congressional district decide who to put up in a June special election to fill the seat left empty by Jo Ann Emerson's resignation. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder is one of a handful of candidates interested in running for the vacant Eighth Congressional district seat. He's …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"Whoever fills her shoes is going to have a big pair of shoes to fill," District 2 Councilman Michael Jones said.
Gina Mitten attended her last Richmond Heights City Council meeting as an elected councilwoman on Monday Mitten, who has been a Richmond Heights council member for eight years, was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November. The 83rd District seat was uncontested in November after Mitten defeated fellow Democratic candidate James Trout during the August primary. During the meeting on Monday, Mitten was recognized at the podium by Mayor James Beck with a proclamation and plaque. Mitten fulfilled "her duties with a blend of professionalism, dedicated service, leadership and sensitivity to residents' needs," said Beck as he read from the proclamation. "She showed firm commitment to improve the quality of life for city …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson announced she would retire from her seat in U.S. House of Representatives in 2013.
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Missouri, announced Monday that she would resign from the U.S. House of Representatives in February 2013, nearly a month after winning reelection. Emerson represents the 8th Congressional District in southeastern Missouri, stretching north into Jefferson County and west to include Rolla. She plans to become the president and CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative. She first took office in 1996, replacing her husband, Bill Emerson, after his death. With Emerson's retirement, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, becomes the longest serving member of the Missouri Congressional delegation. Clay represents the 1st Congressional District, which includes University City. Clay released the following statement on …