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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 175 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 120

April 26, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the subjects in this edition:

CHESTERFIELD CITY COUNCIL MEETING TURNS NASTY AFTER SWEARING IN. Normally on the night councilpersons are sworn in for a new term everyone is friendly with a break for cookies and cake. Any fireworks normally waits until the next meeting. That did not hold true last Monday at Chesterfield's lone city council meeting for April. After the cookies things got nasty and mean spirited fast. Pages 11-18

PRO-UNION MEMBER OF THE MONARCH FIRE DISTRICT RESIGNS. FIREFIGHTER'S UNION LOCAL SENT OUT STEVE SWYERS' RESIGNATION PRESS RELEASE. Swyers not wanting to finish his elected term will leave the Fire Board with 100% pro-taxpayer members and no pro-union members. Pages 18-24

CHESTERFIELD JUDGE WAS TOWN AND COUNTRY PROVISIONAL JUDGE WHEN HE ACTED AS A DEFENSE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING A MAN CHASED INTO CHESTERFIELD, ARRESTED IN CHESTERFIELD BY TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE AND CHARGED IN TOWN AND COUNTRY. Hello is this a relatively simple case of ethics? It was apparently too hard for Judge Rick Brunk to figure out. Pages 1-5

TOWN AND COUNTRY FOOT DOCTOR GOES TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR FRAUD! Read the sentencing after Dr. Iken's guilty plea. Pages 5 & 6

FOLLOW THE MONEY: We look at the loot collected in the last quarter by local state reps and a senator. John Diehl, now the speaker of the house, is term limited out and cannot seek reelection in 2017, but he is still getting a lot of money. Pages 6-8

IN THE MOOD! See what mood Alderwoman Linda Rallo was in. Pages 8

SEE WHAT IS ABOUT TO REPLACE A CHARMING RANCH HOUSE: Page 8 & 9

YOGURT BY THE OUNCE COMING TO TOWN AND COUNTRY: Page 9 & 10

FROM ONE ETHICS VIOLATOR TO ANOTHER: Page 10

LET THE TREE KILLING BEGIN. Pages 24 & 25

I LOVE MY JOB AND VOTE FOR ME SO I CAN QUIT: See how much money County Assessor and nerd Jake Zimmerman has raised so he can quit his job. Pages 25-28

MUSIC: Pages 28 & 29

RESTAURANTS AND RETAIL: See what is closing or moving. Pages 30 & 31

CARTOONS: Pages 31-38 God's gift to editorial cartoonists is again featured this week.

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 175 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 120 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 174 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 119

April 19, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the subjects in this edition:

This week we are heavy with Town and Country news items. I hope to have more Chesterfield items by next week. However, there always seems to be more entertaining controversy going on in Town and Country which is only 25-percent the size of Chesterfield.

TOWN AND COUNTRY POLICE ACTIVITY: The numbers from the Town and Country Cop Shop are in. Now you can compare police activity with what was going on last year. Pages 1-3

OH DEER! There has been no decrease in deer-vehicle accidents in 2015. Pages 2 & 3

ANOTHER LOBBYIST, BUT THIS ONE WANTS TO RAISE CIGARETTE TAXES NOT KEEP THEM THE LOWEST IN THE NATION: Alderwoman Linda Rallo in January became a registered lobbyist for one group. She joins her partner at Missouri Wonk as a lobbyist for Raise Your Hand for Children. Mayor Jon Dalton has failed to disclose many conflicts of interest he has had over the years as an all purpose full time lobbyist including the tobacco industry since he has been mayor. Pages 3-6

MCDONALD'S DEMO AND REBUILD IS PUT ON HOLD: Read why. Page 6

SLEAZEBAG TOWN AND COUNTRY LAWYER UPDATE: Read the latest on Scott Ehlermann. Pages 7 & 8

PRINCIPIA FOOTBALL CAMP HAZING CASE DRAGS ON: Page 8

JUST WONDERING; WOULD THE DOG AND HORSE BE HAPPIER AT ANOTHER INTERSECTION: With funding from a shopping center would they be happier somewhere else. Right now they only have 18% of funds need for the sculpture. Page 9

IF YOU HAVE TO ASK YOU PROBABLY DO HAVE A CONFLICT OF INTEREST REGARDLESS WHAT THE ANSWER IS. Page 9 -11

WESTMINSTER TURNS IN PLANS AT CITY HALL AND FILES A FUTURIST SOUND STUDY: See what's up. Pages 11-13

PLANNING AND ZONING DELAYS TIM HORTONS: You are going to have to wait for Canadian donuts at Clayton and Ballas. Read why. Page 13

CHESTERFIELD POLICE ACTIVITY: Read in detail what the Chesterfield Police were doing in March and for all of 2015. Pages 14 & 15

NEW ATTORNEY FOR MONARCH FIRE DISTRICT: Page 15

DISMISSED LAWSUIT AGAINST MONARCH BOARD REVIVED AND OFF TO FEDERAL COURT The attorney fees never stop as lawsuits that clearly have Local 2665 of the Fire Union behind them even if they are not named plaintiffs continue. One that was dismissed in State Court as having no merit popped up in Federal Court prior to the April 7 elections. Pages 16-18

THE EMPTY BANK SYNDROME: The Fifth Third Bank has two new bank buildings in St. Louis County and two more in St. Charles that are empty. We only hope that Henry Bemis is in the basement of one of them reading books.

MUSIC: The Route 66 Jazz Orchestra concert was sold out at the Marine Hall in South St. Louis on Wednesday, so we headed to our regular Wednesday night spot and were surprised to find it was taken over by musicians from all over North America. Pages 19 & 20

CARTOONS: Even the liberal editorial cartoonists at liberal newspapers are drawing Hillary cartoons. See all of this week's favorite cartoons. Pages 22-31

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 174 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 119 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 173 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 118

April 12, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read.

ELECTION RESULTS: Read who won and who lost along with our take on the elections, plus we visited some polls. Pages 1-12

Town and Country Pages 1-5

Chesterfield Pages 6-12

TOWN SQUARE TASK FORCE: TO HELL WITH THOSE OTHER PEOPLE'S OPINIONS: "Do I have to be at the public hearings?" was asked by more than one person who clearly did not want to do their job as a task force member. See more recommendations on how to use the 8.8 acre Wirth Property. Pages 11-19

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS THE CHRISTIAN WAY TO PLAY FOOTBALL ACCORDING TO WESTMINSTER: This might be the most amusing section of this newsletter. Getting to see the spin Westminster puts on why they have to have lights for their football is both funny and sad. This is a classic "build a house next to an airport and then complain about the noise." Pages 19-23

FIREFIGHTERS HIJACK FORMER NEWS WEBSITE AND OTHER DIRTY TRICKS: Read how an unknown group (Monarch and/or firefighters who belong to Local 2665) took over the old chesterfieldpatch.com website and posted false stories that looked like news articles. We got the police and fire reports to find the real story. Pages 23-26

AN AMAZING DIRTY TRICK! The night before the election, leaflets were placed on doors in the Monarch Fire Protection District claiming Elliott Davis was going to expose Fire Board President Robin Harris that night on TV. Of course they was nothing on TV that night about the fire district. Read the flier. Page 26

MONARCH MEETING: Two days after the election which meant four more years for a "Pro-Taxpayer" majority on the three-person board that would not be sympathetic to the firefighter's union there wasn't much to report on with one exception. Board President Robin Harris made a statement that challenged Local 2665 to try and get along and save taxpayer money and make better use of union dues. Pages 26-28

REAL ESTATE: A car dealer's home that we featured in January of 2014 is back on the market and the price has dropped $800,000. Pages 28-30

RESTAURANT REVIEW: We could afford lunch, but maybe not dinner. Charlie Gitto's is a nice place to treat yourself to a pricey lunch. Pages 30-32

THE DEATH OF A HERO: Stan Freberg, the son of a Baptist minister and a top parody song writer, but also the leader of the "funny commercial" movement started in the early 1960's died on April 7. Pages 33 & 34

Here are links to two of Freberg's most famous TV commercials.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto show up in a pizza roll ad:

The Busby Berkeley of all TV commercials:

CARTOONS: Pages 34-39

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 173 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 118 COMBINED EDITION

Ex-Alderman Newsletter 172 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 117

April 4, 2015 -- John Hoffmann's latest combined Town and Country/Chesterfield newsletter is now online for you to download and read. Among the stories in this edition:

ATTACK LETTER SENT BY LONG TIME ETHICS VIOLATOR AGAINST CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR ALDERPERSON. TIM WELBY LIES ABOUT TIFFANY FRAUTSCHI'S BACKGROUND IN A SAD, SAD LETTER PAID FOR BY TIM WALSH: Read the facts! Pages 9-12


MONARCH FIREFIGHTER PAC'S SMEAR MAILINGS AND PHONE CALLS ARE NOW COSTING TAXPAYERS
: Read how $49,000 was sent to Iowa to attack the fire Board and Board President Robin Harris. Pages 26-28

TREES TAKING OVER THE PARKING LOT AND RIDING LAWN MOWERS COVERING THE SIDEWALK! IS IT A NEW COMPUTER GAME OF VAMPIRES VERSUS HUMANS? No it is what happens when Town and Country stops enforcing codes at the Home Depot Store. Pages 1-3

ALDERWOMAN TURNS AGAINST SUPPORTERS AND ENDORSES FRED MEYLAND-SMITH: Pages 4-6

RECORDED COUNCIL MEETINGS RETURN: The device which records Aldermanic meetings was turned off in 2009 at the suggestion of the city attorney. The new city clerk has turned it back on. Pages 6-8

GOOD USE OF FREE MEDIA: Pages 8 & 9

CARS AND MORE CARS: Another car collector, this one in Ward 3 joins one in Ward 1 with extra large garages. Pages 13 & 14

FOLLOW THE MONEY IN TOWN AND COUNTRY: See how the money flows in aldermanic races in Wards 2 and 3. Also read how some are questioning Mary Steward's father-in-law helping her in Ward 3. Pages 14-17

MORE ON CAMPAIGN SIGNS: Page 18

WE LOOK AT A CHESTERFIELD COUNCILMAN'S CONCERN ABOUT CARS. IT SEEMS TO BE OVERBLOWN BUT HE IS BLIND TO THE DANGERS OF PEOPLE WALKING IN CHESTERFIELD COMMONS: Councilman Dan Hurt keeps micromanaging traffic flow in shopping centers. We spent part of a day looking at what Hurt can't see, blocked sidewalks forcing shoppers and employees to walk in traffic. Pages 19-23

FOLLOW THE MONEY CHESTERFIELD:

City Council: There is almost no money to follow in the three-way Ward 1 Council race. Page 24

Monarch Fire District: This is where you might need a calculator to keep track of things in this race between the candidates and the firefighter PAC slime in mailings and phone calls from Iowa. Pages 25-28

MEDIA VIEWS:

Town and Country Style: You apparently need a special code to figure out the addresses of some high-end homes for sale. Pages 28 & 29

KSDK: ON March 31 spring is popping out all over! Or is it? Pages 29 & 30

MUSIC: Page 30

ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE: Two photos from local roadways. Page 31

CARTOONS: Pages 32-37

THESE STORIES AND MORE IN JOHN HOFFMANN'S EX-ALDERMAN NEWSLETTER 172 AND UNAPPROVED CHESTERFIELD NEWSLETTER 117 COMBINED EDITION

 
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Our Favorite Police Reports
Brett Cervantes

DWI, 3-29-13

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Jon Dalton, Jr.

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Scott Rosenblum

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