CLEVELAND, Ohio - Greater Cleveland is not the only metropolitan area that suffers from what we will call multiple-municipality disorder, a region sliced and diced into indistinguishable and often competing suburbs.The St. Louis region has lived for decades with the same affliction. The numbers are startling: St. Louis and St. Louis County are neighbors and within St. Louis County’s borders are another 88 cities, villages and towns.The region, roughly the same geographic size as Cuyahoga County, is served by 55 police departments and 81 municipal courts. Cuyahoga County, by comparison, has 57 municipalities and two townships, each with its own police department, and 13 municipal courts.But the St. Louis region is exceptional in one important regard: Along the banks of the Mississippi River, people are actually doing something about their extreme fragmentation and the attendant wasteful redundancies. A campaign is underway to place merger language on the ballot in November of … [Read more...] about St. Louis can teach Cleveland a lot about tackling the debilitating disorder of too much government
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DANNY WICENTOWSKI St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner violated campaign finance laws, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner repeatedly violated campaign finance laws, dating back to her time as a state representative, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission. Gardner used campaign money to pay rent on an apartment, misreported donations and expenses and never reported others, according to the allegations. She signed a joint agreement on December 28 with the commission, admitting there was "probable cause" to support the accusations. The housing costs totaled $2,855 between April 2015 and July 2016. Gardner paid them with campaign money and was then personally reimbursed by the House for the same expenses, the agreement says. As part of the deal, she and her campaign treasurer were assessed a $63,009 fine, but the commission agreed they would only have to pay $6,314 if they send the check within 45 days and commit no other … [Read more...] about St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner Fined for Campaign Violations
AUSTIN ROBERTS Mom will perform at CBGB on Friday. Each week we bring you our picks for the best shows of the weekend! To submit your show for consideration, click here. All events subject to change; check with the venue for the most up-to-date information. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 Kids w/ Dogtown Athletic Club, Dancer Prancer Vixen 9 p.m. El Lenador, 3124 Cherokee Street. $5. 314-875-9955. Kids' clean punk is played in the key of twee, banking on crisp bass riffs and a straightforward approach to recording. The trio's debut EP 7 Nation Army — or the Spotify-exclusive, Jack White-friendly version 8 Nation Army — is pitch-perfect in its minimalism and sideways sense of humor. Singer Julio Prato reprises a sarcastic splicing of spoken-word and singing once heard in Kenshiro's (and more recently, nebulosa) while Ani Kramer chimes in with an airy and straight-forward style. It's a tidy kind of punk kept afloat by drummer Colin Ferguson's buoyant beats. Both Dogtown Athletic … [Read more...] about The 5 Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend, December 21 to 23
click to enlarge Kehinde Wiley; Robert Hay Drummond, D.D. Archbishop of York and Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, 2018; (C) Kehinde Wiley. Photo of the artwork by Theo Welling. St. Louis cultural institutions are on a roll right now. In the spring CAM welcomed a solo exhibition by Amy Sherald, who painted the official portrait for First Lady Michelle Obama. And now the Saint Louis Art Museum opens its specially-commissioned exhibit of portraits of black St. Louisans painted by Kehinde Wiley, who painted Barack Obama's Presidential portrait. And let's not forget ongoing exhibitions by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sanford Biggers, William Downs (now at CAM), and the Pulitzer Art Foundation's double bill of work by Lola Alvarez Bravo and Ruth Asawa. But if singular moments in St. Louis' cultural history aren't your thing (something to work on, perhaps), the leading edge of the Halloween scythe approacheth and Snoop Dogg steps on to the stage to act at the Stifel Theatre. 1. … [Read more...] about The Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Week, October 19 to 24
/EIN News/ -- ST. LOUIS, Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF) today announced that on August 31, 2018, it completed the acquisition of Business Bancshares, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, The Business Bank of St. Louis. Upon the closing of the transaction, The Business Bank of St. Louis was renamed “Stifel Bank.” “We are excited to welcome the team from Business Bancshares to Stifel, as this acquisition further enhances the growing capabilities of Stifel’s bank and wealth management businesses,” said Ronald J. Kruszewski, Chairman and CEO of Stifel. “Not only is this acquisition a good cultural fit for us, but it enables Stifel to expand into attractive products that include treasury services and payroll processing as well as increase our lending capabilities. Additionally, Business Bancshares will operate as a separate subsidiary of our bank holding company, which will increase the FDIC coverage … [Read more...] about Stifel Completes Acquisition of Business Bancshares, Inc.