Call the Tune by Mike Anthony

‘Sunshine Law’ leaves new editor in the dark

Editor’s note: As part of our “Blast from South County’s Past” series, here’s a look at how difficult getting basic public records was in St. Louis County in 1994. Sometimes it’s just as difficult now. Some things never change.  Call the Tune By Mike Anthony Originally published Dec. 8, 1994  I’m new at the Call.

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Adopting House Bill 1236 would aid school districts

By Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We believe state legislators should adopt House Bill 1236, which would allow school districts and other taxing entities to opt out of tax-increment financing, or TIF, districts. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dan Stacy, R-Blue Springs. Co-sponsors include Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills; Rep. Mary Nichols, D-Maryland Heights;

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Elected official proposes city meetings be recorded

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We attended the very first meeting of the Green Park Board of Aldermen, which took place June 1, 1995, at the Tesson Ferry Branch County Library. In April 1995, voters approved the incorporation of the city of Green Park with 614 people in favor and 336

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Gregory, Evans proposing to enhance Sunshine Law

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com Changes to improve the Missouri Open Meetings and Records Act, also called the Sunshine Law, are long overdue. It’s no secret that we believe Missouri’s Sunshine Law is one of the weakest in the nation. Rep. David Gregory, R-Sunset Hills, and Rep. Jean Evans, R-Manchester, have

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Tucker close to one year on the job; still no audits

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com County Auditor Mark Tucker is fast approaching his one-year anniversary of employment, but we question whether taxpayers have received their money’s worth for his $85,000 salary. Tucker, who began his duties March 6, has yet to produce a single audit. That’s right, after nearly a year

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Council makes correct call by changing meeting time

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com We’ve been critical of the County Council under the leadership of Chairman Sam Page, D-Creve Coeur, but we believe council members should be commended for their decision to change their meetings to a later time. Beginning Tuesday — after the Call went to press — the

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District fortunate to have a leader like Gaines

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com It’s certainly not a news flash that one of the major problems the Mehlville School District has experienced since the early 2000s is the turnover in the district’s top leadership position. The lack of tenure in the superintendent’s post resulted in the district becoming complacent with

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Officials make correct call in delaying board meeting

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com It’s no secret that we believe transparency in the city of Crestwood has taken a huge hit under City Attorney Lisa Stump of Lashly & Baer. Stump’s overly broad interpretation of Sunshine Law exemptions that permit meetings and documents to be closed from the public flies

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School board members hit grand slam in picking Lake

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com The Lindbergh Board of Education hit a grand slam with the selection of Tony Lake as the district’s new superintendent. Effective July 1, Dr. Lake will succeed Jim Simpson, who is retiring June 30 after serving as superintendent since 2008. Dr. Lake currently serves as chief

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Call chronicles a decade of Most Misguided Quotes

“Call the Tune” by Mike Anthony Executive Editor news1@callnewspapers.com It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago the Call published its first column of Most Misguided Quotes chronicling the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year. So looking back over the past 10 years, we’ve selected what we consider to be some of

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