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COLUMBIA, Mo 11/30/15 (Beat Byte)
-- Just when you thought things in Columbia couldn't get any more unexpected -- the
freed, Mizzou bigwigs
resigning after student protests
, that communications
professor trying to out "muscle"
a young journalist, and city manager
Mike Matthes up for a big raise
-- Jenny the CID is back!
As if all the national attention weren't enough, Jen (Henderson) stars in a new Comedy Central Daily Show skit called "Voter Zero: The Mocking Jen" (a takeoff on "The Hunger Games").
When we last left Jenny, she was the sole voter in a Gerrymandered voting precinct called the Business Loop "Community Improvement District," aka the Loop CID.
Area business owners thought they had craftily carved out all the voters so they could pa...
A well-deserved thanks
COLUMBIA, Mo 11/26/15 (Beat Byte)
-- One of Columbia's most well-regarded community leaders,
has been named 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the
League of Women Voters (LWV) of Columbia-Boone County
Fowler, who received the award Nov. 14 at the LWV Founders’ Luncheon, is known as a persistent, eloquent, and tireless voice for basic fairness and social justice.
Through a combination of political savvy and personal charm, she has managed a rare feat, pressing community leaders toward substantive, positive change while avoiding an unfortunate "marginalization-demonization" process that frequently envelops counter-establishment voices.
Never a candidate for elected office, Fowler has instead served on many area boards and commissions. As president of the Nor...
Five years of non-stop hikes from city manager and City Council
COLUMBIA, Mo 11/23/15 (Beat Byte)
-- Data from the most recent economic quarter shows Columbia is now the
highest cost of living city in Missouri
Measuring grocery, housing, utility, transportation, heathcare, and miscellaneous costs, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) ranks Columbia ahead of St. Louis and Kansas City , and at least three points higher than the state average ( chart ).
Columbia's historically-low cost of living started rising after city manager Mike Matthes took office in 2011. With City Council approval, he has enacted a dizzying array of fee, fine, and rate hikes, while cutting services and pushing voters to approve higher taxes.
Matthes' 2012 city Budget hiked:
Garbage collection fees
Columbia the Sustainable?
COLUMBIA, Mo 11/19/15 (Op Ed)
-- Checked your snail mail today?
There's a good chance you have more paperwork from Columbia city government, now featuring a high-gloss magazine ( Citizen Handbook, left ).
City Hall's paperwork jungle has residents asking, How can Columbia the Sustainable afford such extravagance? And what happened to the "sustainable" part?
Crying poverty every year, the City of Columbia has raised utility rates annually since city manager Mike Matthes took office in 2011.
From park use to parking, dozens of city fees have doubled or even tripled under the Matthes administration, which claims City Hall is broke, convincing voters to go along, as they did with a recent
stormwater fee increase
Property managers pay almost 300% more in city inspection ...