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Opinion: Creve Coeur Council Needs Business Experience

Creve Coeur citizen calls for business persons to run for Council seat openings in April Election

Council is currently composed of three attorneys, three medical professionals, a medical spokesperson and a community activist. The Council would make an almost perfect team for a medical malpractice law firm.

The city government is more closely akin to a private utility providing services to the citizens as a monopoly.

We would hope that four experienced business persons out of the twelve thousand or so registered voters would file their candidacy and provide competition for the expected candidacy of the two medical and two legal incumbents.

We understand the council person pay is poor, the hours long, and the criticism high but all of us have a responsibility to serve the community.

So, as the old British Navy recruiters use to say, "Will you stand up, take the Queen's Shilling (And that's about all it pays) and don the mark of a man!"?

This citizen believes some business experience on the Council would add to better and more balanced decision making.

You will have to hurry as the filing date closes January 17th, 2012

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Charlotte D'alfonso January 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
As a current councilmember with a business degree and experience, I understand the desire for 'business" expertise on council. I will NOT be voting for someone based soley on their business experience. I am interested in serving with council members who are responsive, open-minded, honest, long range thinkers. I want someone who believes in the golden rule, believes in fair and transparent government. I want someone who stands up for what is ehically right. I want someone who thinks of Creve Coeur as a whole. Business experience is great but the forementioned qualities are more important to me. I want someone who does their due diligence as I hope the residents do in the April election.
Robert W. Kent January 08, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Charlotte D'alphonso: I couldn't agree with you more. Veracity sagacity and integrity are paramount in consideration of any candidate. I just think more business experience would balance the views in decision making. That's why I voted for you ( all of the above.) I can even remember when you were Citizen D'alphonso you were told by one council person to: "Shut up and sit down!" We just need more of you to balance the playing field. And due diligence is what the 33 questions to the candidates is all about!!!!! Kind regards, Bob Kent
Scott Saunders January 08, 2012 at 11:59 PM
As one of the “doctors” on the current City Council I’d be remiss not to respond. I’ll do so by including a comment to your previous blog post “Consider Giving Your Family A History Lesson For the Holidays” (http://tinyurl.com/7t4o6eg) which rather nobly encouraged familiarization with…and a celebration of…the Declaration of Independence. You…and those reading your original post interested in expanding the history lesson…may be interested in an article from a few years ago printed in of all places a publication focused on “business”…the Wall Street Journal (http://tinyurl.com/7pkhe7a). To quote: “Who knows better than a doctor — witness to birth, sickness and death — that all men are created equal? So it is fitting to recall, this Fourth of July, that the signatures of five physicians are scattered among the 56 names at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence.” It’s only natural to see the virtues of one’s own personal experience. As a self-described International Businessman and Entrepreneur you no doubt sense the value of a businessman’s approach to problem solving. As a physician…I’d suggest that in addition to the qualities listed by Charlotte above… the skills specifically developed from serving the healthcare profession which requires critical objective thinking…applied compassionately and ethically to a population frequently unempowered to help themselves…have and always will have equal merit in government.
Robert W. Kent January 09, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Dr. Scott: I have no argument with your comments. I do believe as I originally wrote in the above blog and questions to the trustees that a balance of business experience would better balance the decision making of the council. Frankly, I would not want my cardio program determined solely on the experience of an insurance businessman's perspective and I do not think the government utility serving the citizens of Creve Coeur should be solely determined by the perspective of lawyers and doctors. That is not to say that we question anyone's integrity, but we gain judgement experience over time in what we do and that does affect one's persective. I believe you agree with that on the basis of the time (you alone) spent with Mr. Caldwell and his expertise on Asset management for the Dautel/Graser TDD.decision. The other members (except Mr. Wang for a part of the time) were not present at the Financial Committee meeting. As previously stated, I have no advocacy one way or the other on the incumbents runnning for Council. I believe more diversity of background experience would be helpful to better serve the community and better balance the judgemental platform of the dias..
Robert W. Kent January 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
And one last thought: Not all bu one were doctors and Lawyers who signed the Declaration of Independence. With kind regards.
Robin Tidwell January 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I posted on Facebook in response to this, but here's another try: my concern, as a Creve Coeur business owner who happens to live approx. half a mile outside the actual city limits, is that there is no real voice in the city for many businesses. In other words, we owners can't run for office and therefore have little say in decisions made that affect us overall - perhaps this could be a change worth pursuing.
flyoverland January 10, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Government wonks always say, "you can't run government like a business." They certainly prove that every day.
Robert W. Kent January 10, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ms. Tidwell: While you cannot vote, you can do the following: You can write the mayor/Council for the record with your concerns requests. You can make your interests known at city Council by speaking up in the public comments segment that is open each council meeting. You can enlist the Creve Coeur/Olivette Chamber of Commerce help. You can take your concerns directly to the Staff Director in the city which is responsible. And you can post your opinions on CC Patch and also forward them to David Caldwell at Crevecoeurvoter.com. He is also a small business owner in the City. Regards, RWK
Robert W. Kent January 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
A further analysis of the 56 signers indicated that about 48% were lawyers, 40% merchants and farmers, 10% Doctors and Benjamin Franklin.and a Musician. Therefore, without making any other comparisons between the Creve Coeur Council and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence it would mean about 4 lawyers, 3 business men and one doctor. We can live with that.
Robert W. Kent January 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
You certainly can try. Take a look at Westin, Florida An approximation of a well run utility company will do just fine.
flyoverland January 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Maybe we should recruit someone from there.

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