Ex-Alderman Newsletter 158 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 103

December 16, 2014 -- 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:

Chesterfield Sues State of Missouri Trying to End the Sales Tax Pool
Mayor Bob Nation had mentioned earlier in the year that it would be nice to secede from St. Louis County. He and senior Councilman Barry Flachsbart have been steaming for some time over Chesterfield having to share 54-percent of their general sales tax revenue with the County and other cities. Instead of seceding last Friday Nation and the City sued the State of Missouri to end the sales tax pool. Pages 1 & 2

Two Suspects Convicted in West County Related Crimes Head to Prison
Page 3

Town and Country Police Activity and Crimes Stats for November
Pages 4 & 5

Town and Country Deer Shooting to Resume in January
The lethal deer management for 2015 was approved for the Board of Aldermen on a 7-0 vote. The baiting has started and the shooting will begin after the first of the year. Page 5

Deer-Vehicle Accidents Continue to Rise
Pages 5 & 6

Follow the Money
We look at the usual politicians from West County, but also had a look at where the money to a Ferguson Marcher from St. Louis, Sen. Jamilah Nasheed is coming from. She is making a lot of noise over the police shooting at the same time she is taking big money from people who want to take advantage of her constituents and in the case of three tobacco companies that are trying to kill her constituents. Pages 7-10

Football Season Over and Three Principia Players Still Not Charged
They were arrested in early August for Child Molestation in connection with hazing of younger football player at a camp. They have yet to be charged. Pages 11 & 12

What's in a Name
Pages 12 & 13

Chesterfield Subdivision Residents Want Road Through Their Subdivision to a Huge Planned Maryland Heights Development Closed
See the plans and photos, plus read what the citizens are saying. Pages 13-16

Bike Route on River Valley Road: Is it for Bicyclists or to Eliminate Bicyclists?
Read the give and take of emails concerning putting "Bike Route" signs on a twisting, winding road with steep hills, blind curves and no shoulders. Pages 16-19

Planning and Public Works Committee Votes to go Into the Real Estate Loan Business With the County
Pages 19-21

Extremely Confidential Memo ... Posted on City's Website
Pages 21 & 22

The Grizzly Councilman
Maybe he is getting ready to walk into the wild. Page 23

Protestors at Center Court
See another Ferguson related protest. Pages 23 & 24

Food: A Short-Lived Tradition
One year was all our vow lasted to have every Thanksgiving at the Cheshire Inn lasted. Read why. Pages 25-30

Christmas: Just the Facts Father

1953 and 1967 Dragnet: The Christmas Story/Big Little Jesus
This is the edited 4-minute piece of the end of the 1953 Dragnet Christmas show with Jack Webb and Ben Alexander mixed with the same story done for the 1967 color show with Jack Webb and Harry Morgan. In this episode Friday and his partner search for the thief who stole the cheap statue of the baby Jesus from the altar of a Catholic Church serving mostly Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles. They go back to the church on Christmas Eve to tell the priest they did not have any luck finding Jesus. All Dragnet shows were taken from the files of the LAPD with the one exception of this one which was taken from the files of the San Francisco PD. Pages 30 & 31 or watch it right here:

A Muppet Christmas
The link to a 1987 hour long Muppet Christmas Show. Page 30, or click HERE.

See an Invasion by the Air Force of Christmas Music from a Flash Mob
We have links to Air Force band Flash Mobs from 2013 and 2014 on Page 31 or watch the the 2013 performance here now.

Christmas on the Radio:

A Bing Crosby Christmas Special from 1950 Page 31 or click HERE.

From 1950, The Christmas Show of The Railroad Hour with Gordon McRae, the Norman Luboff Choir and Carmen Dragon Orchestra. Page 31 or click HERE.

Here are two links from perhaps one of the best Christmas albums from 43 years ago by the Singers Unlimited. Page 32

Caroling, Caroling

Joy to the World

70 years ago this month there was something you could only see in St. Louis and New York. A month later you could see around the country and now it is a favorite around the world. See the photos and read a bit about the history. Pages 33-35

24-Year Old Christmas Card
I only got one card in response to about 20 special offers I gave at Christmas time for six years. I found it cleaning out my desk. Read what it was. Page 35 & 36

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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 157 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 102

December 10, 2014 -- 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:

Stoplights at Clayton and Mason to be Dark for the Week
Read why. Page 1

City Closes on Wirth Property ... Two Alderwomen Oppose Mayor's List of People for Task Force on What to do With the Property
The list doesn't include anyone from the Wheatfield subdivision. Pages 1 & 2

An Executive Vice President from Michigan Spins a Tale About the Town and Country Crossing Center and Was Not Happy With the Town and Country P&Z Commission
He tried to tell the commissioners there was need for a national coffee retailer with a drive thru along with a new building for Stein Mart. But the commission wasn't buying a portion of his pitch. Pages 3-9

The Missing Mayor
Mayor Jon Dalton is suppose to attend the Planning and Zoning meetings, but he doesn't like to since it involves him having to vote which will surely make someone mad at him. See how often Dalton is AWOL from the P & Z meetings. Pages 9-11

It's Budget Time ... Check Out How Much T&C City Employees are Getting Paid
Pages 11-13

In Chesterfield, the Mayor's Vetoes Should Start Several Battles at the Next Meeting
Read the comments of the mayor and the upset councilpersons. Also see how the votes seemed to be lined up at the time Mayor Bob Nation issued the four vetoes. Pages 13-16

Councilwoman Just Can't Say the Key Word in a Bill She Introduced
Page 16

Open Meetings Complaint Update
Page 16 & 17

They Are Back
Three famous people return to a meeting, thanks to one city staffer. Page 17

The Art of Trader Joe's
We look at the art work at the two Trader Joe's serving Chesterfield and Town and Country. Pages 17-20

Media Watch
At Last! We got a funny and honest response from a TV station newsroom after we complained about some reporters not knowing where they are. Pages 21 & 22

Food ... Restaurant Review ... There Is a Good Reason to Go to Cheeburger Cheeburger, But it is Not for the Burgers or the Cheese Steak
Pages 22-25

An Important Audio Tape from Ferguson
We have a link to an important audio tape captured from Ferguson you should listen to:


Well, okay it is from 1960 and it is also from jazz band leader Maynard Ferguson. It is his famous Christmas medley. Be sure to have the sound up on your computer. Click on the link above or go to Page 25.

Battle of the Bands
There was a unique battle of the bands...you can watch one segment or sit back for the entire war. Watch here or find the link on pages 25 and 26.

More Upcoming Live Christmas Music
Go get a warm fuzzy feeling about the season or in one case go for some laughs! Pages 27 & 28

Our Favorite Christmas House
Pages 28 & 29

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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 156 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 101

December 3, 2014 -- 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:

New Businesses Planned for Clayton Road and Ballas Plus a New Building Next to Target
See the plans for new construction at Clayton and Ballas and at the Town and Country Crossing Shopping Center. Pages 1-3

Alderpersons Okay With Mayor Giving Money to Private Subdisivions Despite a $1.2 Million Budget Shortfall
No one seems to have a problem with handing over tax money to rich people for shrubs. Pages 3-5

Alderman Wants Secret Meeting to Discuss Budget
See who and why. Pages 5 & 6

City Services Director Wants Some Fees Reduced
Here is something you don't see too often. Page 6

City Spent $1,844 to Cut the Grass at Deadbeat Property Owner's Vacant House
See where and look at the numbers. Pages 6-8

of 2015 City Budget ... Expect A Fight at the January 5 City Council Meeting
Read the mayor's statement on why he is making the vetoes and our best guesses if they will be overturned. Pages 8-10

The 2015 Budget
If numbers make you start nodding off, skip this part. If not, see where the money is coming from and going. Pages 11 & 12

Lowes Code Violations
Council members wanted to know how many code violations Lowes Home Center has had in the Chesterfield Valley over their outdoor storage area. Find out the answer on Page 13.

Monarch's Advertising for a Chief Leaves Me With Questions
See what they are...pages 13-15

Some Thoughts on Ferguson
Several times over 30 years I was in a position where I was about to have to shoot someone only to have luck step in. That certainly doesn't put me in the position of Darren Wilson, but I share my opinions on the mess in Ferguson. See the nine areas that I had some thoughts on. Pages 16-23

Restaurant Review
We traveled south on Big Bend from Clayton Road to get to New Orleans and the Riverbend restaurant. Read the details. Pages 23-27

Music: We Fought the Crowd and the Crowd Almost Won
Thanksgiving Eve Jazz at Sasha's. Page 27 & 28

Christmas Time in the City
We list six places to go and hear Christmas music and will have more next week. Pages 28-30

From 1958 ... Stan Freberg's Green Christmas
Last week we gave you Stan Freberg's take on Thanksgiving from 1961. This week we have his take on Christmas from 1958...His point is still valid today! Page 31 or just click play below to watch it right here.

Belated Thanksgiving
Plus we forget to post the link to the "As God is my witness, I didn't know turkeys couldn't fly" scene from WKRP. Page 31

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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 155 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 100

November 27, 2014 -- 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:

Here is a chance to read some news from somewhere besides Ferguson.

We Look at How the "Special" Non-Prosecutor Ignored a Mountain of Evidence in a DWI Case That Sent a Man to the Hospital
Read how how Chesterfield prosecutor and Creve Coeur Judge and defense attorney Tim Engelmeyer dropped the DWI charge against a prominent lawyer. We also point out how the Brentwood Police should have charged attorney Scott Rosenblum with a felony and never written him a citation to municipal court. Pages 1-9

The Story of How a West County EMS & Fire Protection District Paramedic Kept an Accident Victim's Prescription Meds, the District Got Sued to Say in Writing What They Did With It
The case of Anthony Smith and the WCEMS&FPD ends with a letter with two different dates five months apart and a missing date of when they did something. This is an example why you don't want them coming to your house after surgery to check on you. Pages 9-14

Town & Country Attorney Charged With Stealing from Court Files Gets Hit With a Lien
Pages 14-16

Deer-Vehicle Accident Figures for October Highest Since 2012
2014 had seen a drop in deer-car crashes through the first nine-months of 2014. That changed in October. Pages 16 & 17

Mason Ridge Parents Moving Kids Outside of the School's Boundary
Might as well bus them to New York and rent out a Broadway theater on a Monday for the grade school show. Pages 17-19

Chesterfield City Council Votes to End Property Tax a Year Early
It will be a savings of somewhere between $17 and $28 per resident. Page 20

Three Councilpersons Stick Up for Local Residents and Five Don't
Five city trucks will start refueling with CNG fuel at Parkway Central High School where nearby homeowners have complained about noise and odors for over a decade from the recycling center and vehicle depot. Three councilpersons had apparently been listening. Five others did not seem to care. Pages 20 & 21

Two Lawsuits Deal With Accidental Injuries on City Property
Page 21

Media Watch
New Town and Country Living Magazine for the second issues in a row featured families that aren't living in Town and Country. Page 22

Food Restaurant Review: We Got Scared at the Scarecrow
We thought once we walk through the doors they stole one of our senses. Pages 23-25

Page 26

Happy Thanksgiving
From 1961 enjoy Stan Freeberg's take on the first Pilgrim feast. Page 26

Or click the play button below to watch it right here.

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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 154 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 99

November 19, 2014 -- 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:

Who Do You Give To?
Do you give to a charity helping people this winter or paying for a bronze horse and dog? Page 1 & 2

A Healthcare Professional Responds to Fire District's Community Paramedic Idea
Page 3

A Perfect Person to Represent People Who Don't Pay Their Bills
Pages 3-5

The Importance of Enhanced Grocery Shopping
The trials and tribulations of pushing a cart in a supermarket fuels an Aldermanic debate on a liquor by the drink license for a grocery store. Pages 5-7

The Skip Mange Veterans' Day Stand
Pages 7 & 8

Solar Panels for City Hall Continued Again
Pages 8 & 9

Chesterfield Mayor and City Council Vote to Continue City's Epidemic of Illegal Parking and Littering Convictions While Making Sure There Are Few Theft and DWI Convictions
The most dangerous man in Chesterfield, city judge Rick "Let m Loose" Brunk was just reappointed to three more years. The conflict continues of having a judge who is also a defense attorney for Drunk Drivers. Pages 10-12

Councilwoman Greenwood Gets Two More Police Officers Added to the Budget for Elementary Schools
Pages 12 & 13

Fire Union Refused to Show Up and Bargain With Monarch Fire Board
We got and posted the letters between Local 2665's attorney and the District's lawyer. Pages 13-16

At Special Saturday Morning Council Meeting Chesterfield Council Votes to Have City Run Arts Service
Read the debate and see how the Council dressed for a 9 am Saturday morning meeting. Pages 17-21

New Store for Taubman Outlet Mall Has ARB Seeing Red
Page 21

Lowes Wants City Concessions Over Zoning Requirements
It doesn't look like they are going to get them. Pages 21 & 22

A Look Into the Secret World at Monsanto
Photos of plans for the Chesterfield research facility...somewhere you are never going to get to see close up. Pages 22 & 23

Media Watch
Know where you are! The latest offender! Pages 23 & 24

Complaint Letters
We share an angry complaint letter about my appearances on a morning talk radio program. Pages 24 & 25

Food: This Week We Go to Tuckers and Returning to Tucker's Looking for Something to Complain About
We didn't have any luck. Pages 26-29

Pages 29 & 30

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Ex-Alderman Newsletter 153 &
Unapproved Chesterfield Newsletter 98

November 12, 2014 -- 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:

Mayor Dalton Adds $25,000 to His Deficit-Laden 2015 Budget to Give Tax Money to Rich People
Read what Dalton plans to bring back. The last time the tax money to rich people plan was in the budget Dalton was laying off women employees and there were some interesting newspaper columns, that we revisited. Pages 1-6

As Predicted, the St. Louis County Board of Elections Has Disastrous Election Day After Gov. Nixon Makes Two Terrible Appointments
Pages 6-8

Local Kook Gets More Votes Than Most Predicted But Proved He Doesn't Know What He is Doing
Page 8

End Of The Year Budget Balancing Lowers Town andCountry Deficit a Bit
Page 9

Town and Country Police Busy in October
Read the police activity stats. Pages 9 & 10

Drace Park Update
See the latest with log cabins in Drace Park. Page 11

Former Monarch Board President Had Sexual Relationship With Person She Promoted
Depositions in a current court case reveal that a high ranking officer with the Monarch Fire Protection Board was having sex with the former Board President who promoted him. Pages 12-14

Female Who Sued Fire District is Promoted
Dana Buckley joins Donna Kessler wearing captain bars. Both Kessler and Buckley sued and won over sex harassment and discrimination. Pages 14 & 15

Developer's Team Claims People Hate Government as City Council Puts Safety First on Gas Station and Car Wash Project
Pages 15-21

The Mayor is Either Getting no Respect or is on a Very Tough Diet
Page 22

Police Chief Doesn't Want to Have to Charge Hookers With Operating Without a Business License ..... He Wants a City Prostitution Law
Pages 22 & 23

New Ordinance Requested for too Many Dogs and Cats
Page 24

Resident and HOA Trustee Wants Better Enforcement of Jerk Neighbors Who Set Off Commercial Grade Aerial Fireworks Over Neighbor's Homes
Page 25

Police Want Texting While Driving Ban ..... We Suggest a Texting While Legislating Ban
Pages 26 & 27

The popular Lester's on Clayton Road near Baxter apparently was not popular enough. It closed for good last week. Page 27-29

We Go to Lunch at Mike Duffy's
Pages 29-32

How to Smoke a Turkey Cheap
Page 32

Pages 32 & 33

Pages 33-37


Restaurant Reviews
Listed by date, newest first
Cheshire Inn Thanksgiving Buffet, 11-27-14
Cheeburger Cheeburger, 12-9-14
Riverbend, 12-1-14
Scarecrow, 11-25-14
Tuckers, 11-12-14
Country Club, 11-2-14
Duffy's, 10-30-14
Smitty's, 10-29-14
Panda Express, 10-22-14
Kim Cheese, 10-15-14
Miller's Crossing, 10-3-14
Harpo's, 9-26-14
Lester's, 9-18-14
Mongolian BBW, 9-11-14
Talayna's, 8-29-14
Circle 7 Ranch, 8-24-14
Mia Sorella, 8-17-14
The Hanger, 8-10-14
Annie Gunn's, 2-24-14
Cooper's Hawk, 12-20-13
Gangs Of Town and Country
Gangs of Town and Country, Updated 10-22-14
Our Favorite Police Reports

Brett Cervantes
DWI, 3-29-13
Domestic Disturbance, Disorderly Conduct, Assault on Police Officer, 1-25-12
DWI, 2-12-11

Jon Dalton, Jr.
DWI, 6-23-12
DWI, 1-1-12

Ted Federer, a.k.a. "T-Fed"
DWI, Driving While Suspended, Possession of Marijuana, Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, Open Alcohol in Car, 5-18-13
This download has the following three police reports in one download:
  • Stealing Under $500, Minor in Possession of Alcohol, 1-11-12
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol, Providing False Information, 2-13-12
  • Destruction of Property, Stealing Under $500, 3-29-12

Katie Huggard
DWI, 7-1-11 ("I have a bulldog lawyer!" Threatened to urinate in Police car.)

David Karney
Alderman David Karney sends threatening emails to Alderman Fred Meyland-Smith under the fictitious name Jeff Storehouse, 2010

Dan McLaughlin
DWI, No Proof of Insurance, Leaving Scene of Accident, 9-25-11
DWI, 8-16-10 (Saturated pants.)

Richard Rognan
Patronizing Prostitution, 8-8-13

Scott Rosenblum
DWI, 4-29-14
Accident, 4-29-14
Other Downloads
Shannon Woolsey lawsuit, sexual harassment, Town & Country Police Department, 2013