Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

From the Home Office of Alderman Roddy . .

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

From the Home Office of Alderman Roddy . .

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HELLO, LETTERMAN! Alderman Joseph Roddy, 17th Ward, broke up a partisan crowd gathered at midtown's Premier Recording Studio Friday night for a $100-a-person campaign fund-raiser for Roddy. The usually somber Roddy offered a David Letterman-like "top 10 excuses of St. Louis city officials with large cell-phone bills." They were: "(10) My cell phone was cloned; (9) Uh, um; (8) I heard the Kit Kat Klub was on the National Register of Historic Buildings and I called to see if it was about to be demolished; (7) To run a big city government you have to know what time it is; (6) Uh, um; (5) It's not like I called 1-900 numbers; (4) The 17 calls on Memorial Day between 1 and 3 a.m. were purely business; (3) The dog ate my cell phone (that worked in third grade); (2) I paid for the private calls with a personal check - which is in the mail with my water bill and my personal property tax payments; and (1) Midnite Basketball staffers stole my cell phone and made all those calls."

RETAIL DETAILS: With a generous $15 million tax increment financing subsidy for a big-box shopping center at stake and scads of bad publicity surrounding the project, how do you make sure 4,000 voters get your last-minute arguments? If it's the proposed The Pointe on Brentwood Boulevard, you make a long videotape attacking the media and mail it to every voter in Richmond Heights. The 11-minute infomercial, starring a caffeine-guzzling Meme Wolff, was produced by supporters of the project and paid for by contributions from the proposed developers. It calls press and television coverage of the proposed mega strip mall "garbage" and shows glowing footage of two projects built in urban Chicago by one of the developers. A referendum next Tuesday will determine the fate of an ordinance authorizing the TIF and giving power of eminent domain to the developers. A "yes" vote stops the mall and TIF; a "no" vote authorizes the project. …

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