Saturday, April 20, 2013
The event will be held today in Clayton.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, is hosting an Earth Day forum today at Clayton High School. The "Earth Day Forum" will feature lawmakers, environmentalists, and officials from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon. It is free and open to the public. Chappelle-Nadal said in her Patch blog that her goal is "to continue the conversation within our communities and throughout the world about how important it is for us to be good stewards of our environment."
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Tom Peters will retain their seats on the School District of University City board of education.
The voters of the School District of University City have put their votes where their money is, approving the Proposition U no-tax increase bond issue. With 20 of 20 precincts counted, the measure was approved 2,868 to 1,241 or 69.8 percent to 30.2 percent. The issue needed a 4/7 majority or 57.15 of the total vote. See our previous story: It's Election Day in University City Voters also re-elected the two incumbents running to retain their seats on the district's Board of Education. Tom Peters and Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal were given new terms. With 20 of 20 precincts counted, the unofficial vote tallies are as follows: "It's an honor to be acknowledged by the U City voters again," Chappelle-Nadal told Patch. "I love serving on the …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Local and state organizations come together to get community members to rally around taking care of Bridgeton landfill.
State and North County legislators turned out Friday for a call to action on Bridgeton's West Lake Landfill. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment, Missouri Jobs with Justice and Teamsters Local 618 banded together to put on a public briefing regarding the risks and hazards of the landfill. Ed Smith, safe energy director for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, said a public meeting was needed when Republic Services, which owns the landfill, said everything was OK. “We’re all local, Republic is not,” Smith said following the session. “People are being fed misinformation (by Republic).” Bob Criss, director of the stable isotope laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis, and Peter Anderson, executive director for the …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Rep. Mike Leara, R-St. Louis County, has proposed legislation that would criminalize lawmakers who propose gun legislation.
Should proposing a law be against the law? One St. Louis County lawmaker thinks so. Rep. Mike Leara, R-St. Louis County, proposed House Bill 633 Monday that would make it illegal to to propose legislation. Leara's District 95 covers Crestwood, Sunset Hills and Fenton in South St. Louis County. According to PoliticMo, Leara's legislation would make it a felony for lawmakers to merely file legislation that would at all restrict gun rights. Leara told PoliticMo that the bill was only to spark debate about gun rights, and believes it has no chance in the general assembly. “I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
A new report finds that Missouri leads the nation in black homicides.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, today renewed her call for Missouri lawmakers to enact reasonable gun safety regulations in light of a new report that finds Missouri leads the nation in the number of black victims of gun violence. The Violence Policy Center, a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury, reports that Missouri’s black homicide victimization rate is more than seven times the national average. This is the third year in a row Missouri has led the nation in this tragic statistic. The Violence Policy Center released its findings Wednesday after analyzing unpublished data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report. “I agree with the co-author of the study that this is a public health …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Gov. Jay Nixon proposed the study in his State of the State address.
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, today thanked Gov. Jay Nixon for including a $1-million appropriation in his proposed budget to fund a disparity study. A disparity study will help determine what barriers exist due to discriminatory business practices that prevent minority and women owned businesses from participating in state contracts. “If Missouri is going to invest taxpayer dollars towards improving our infrastructure, now is the appropriate time to ensure minority and women owned businesses in our state are allowed to compete for state contracts on a level playing field,” Sen. Chappelle-Nadal said. “Right now, we know that not all contractors in the state are getting a fair shake. And since the last disparity study in …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, calls for "common-sense response" to surge in gun violence in press conference Wednesday.
State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, is calling on Missouri lawmakers to enact reasonable gun safety regulations in the wake of one of the worst years of gun violence in recent memory. Chappelle-Nadal submitted Senate Bill 124, which would require gun owners to disclose what firearms are in their home to their child's school district. See our previous story: Have a Gun? Proposed Bill Would Require You to Tell Your Child's School Senate Bill 124 creates the offense of failing to prevent illegal firearm possession, it creates the offense of negligent storage of a firearm and it requires a parent or guardian enrolling a child in school to notify the school district or the governing body of a private or charter school that …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
There are two seats up for reelection on the April ballot.
Filing for seats on the Board of Education for the School District of University City closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15. There are four candidates for the two open seats. Incumbents Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Tom Peters both filed to retain their seats. The candidates, in order of filing and ballot appearance, are: School board members serve a three-year term. In addition to choosing two school board members, voters will also have a $19.4 million bond issue on the April 2 ballot.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
There are two spots up for election in April on the School District of University City Board of Education.
The Board of Education for the School District of University City will have two open seats in the April 3, 2012 election. Up for re-election are the seats held by Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Tom Peters. According to Interim Director of Communications Shantana Stewart, both incumbents have filed to retain their seats. The first day of filing for candidates was Tuesday, Dec. 11. Prospective school board members have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15 to file paperwork to run for a seat. Interested parties can file at the Ronald E. McNair Administration Building, located at 8136 Groby Road. School board members serve a three-year term. According to the Missouri School Board Association, school board candidates must be a 24 years old and a …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
University City's state senator released a statement on the shootings Monday.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
University City — At a time like this it is difficult to know how to respond to the mass killing of innocent souls and impossible to find words to comfort the survivors. Unfortunately, we have had far too many times like this. Each time a gunman enters a school, or a theater, or a mall and begins randomly killing people, our nation grieves and struggles to understand how such tragedies occur. We debate the effectiveness of our mental health programs, we argue over gun control measures, we vow it will never happen again, and then it does. The fact most of the latest victims are young children shocks our conscience, but will it motivate us to consider meaningful change? Perhaps the answer lies not with our leaders in Washington, D.C. but …