Ernie Trakas

St. Louis County ‘cone of silence’ legislation would ban contractors from contacting officials during bidding

Pictured above: County Executive Sam Page signs ethics reform executive orders into law Wednesday in the county executive’s office. Photo by Erin Achenbach. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County Executive Sam Page asked the County Council this week to pass legislation that would ban anyone seeking a county contract from contacting government

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St. Louis County dumping Meridian as trash company; residents were unhappy with hauler

By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County is dumping one of its trash providers following numerous service complaints in South County and across multiple County Council districts. The county and Meridian Waste have finalized a mutual agreement to terminate their current contract to provide waste collection services, effective Jan. 1, 2020, the county

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Hal Goldsmith speaks: The man who brought down Stenger talks ethics and how public can fight corruption

Pictured above: Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith, left, talks to St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jacob Barker after the ethics town hall Monday at Kol Rinah in University City. Barker was mentioned in Goldsmith’s indictment of former County Executive Steve Stenger, as Stenger tried to dodge Barker’s questions about a phony contract with businessman John Rallo

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Clancy drops bid to ban landlords from rejecting tenants for their housing vouchers

Pictured above: 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy takes questions from reporters after being sworn into office on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. Clancy dropped a bid to pass ‘source-of-income’ affordable housing legislation, which would have added ‘source of income’ to the county’s existing anti-discrimination ordinance. Photo by Erin Achenbach.  By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com A bid

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St. Louis County Charter Commission debates making elections nonpartisan

By Erin Achenbach Staff Reporter eachenbach@callnewspapers.com Four months before its deadline to review and recommend changes to the county Charter, the St. Louis County Charter Commission is exploring the possibility of drafting a proposal that would make all countywide elections nonpartisan. The idea of making county elections nonpartisan has been a theme throughout the Charter

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Trakas is under investigation for sexual harassment; he says allegations are ‘retaliatory’

Pictured above: Councilman Ernie Trakas questions attorney Andrew Scavotto at an Ethics Committee hearing in 2018. Photo by Jessica Belle Kramer. By Gloria Lloyd News Editor glorialloyd@callnewspapers.com St. Louis County is conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas. In a statement read to a reporter, Trakas said

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