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Forest Park Forever president and executive director Lesley Hoffarth said public input will help guide future changes and upgrades at the city's most well-known green space.
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The St. Louis Board of Aldermen appears likely to meet an end-of-the-year deadline to pass a bond issue for the city’s parks, giving initial approval today to legislation that would issue $64 million in debt to fund major capital repairs at the more than 100 parks in the city limit.

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A $25 million donation to Forest Park may be in jeopardy if the St. Louis Board of Aldermen cannot approve a bond issue for parks improvement by the end of the year.

The two bond issues - one for Forest Park, another for the city's 100+ other parks - stalled again Thursday at the Board of Aldermen.

The bills would work in the following way:

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Saying they could not in good conscience declare that the city of St. Louis is in a fiscal crisis when it had a budget surplus last year, two members of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Wednesday forced a delay on implementing a third year of furloughs for city employees.

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On Saturday, Standard and Poor's downgraded the debt of the United States a notch.

But the ratings firm continues to see debt issued by the city of St. Louis as a good investment, though vulnerable to economic shocks.

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A budget that proposes laying off 20 city workers to help close a $30 million gap is in the hands of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

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The "long and arduous" fight over the budget for the city's fire department will go on for another week.

The three-member Board of Estimate and Apportionment tabled the layoffs of 30 firefighters at the request of Board of Aldermen president Lewis Reed. Reed, comptroller Darlene Green, and Mayor Francis Slay will make the ultimate decision about the layoffs.

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St. Louis firefighters were told last week that they'd be subject to 30 layoffs. Yesterday, Comptroller Darlene Green said she would push a plan to furlough firefighters instead of laying them off.

Today, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, the firefighters have responded.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2011 - Amid all the political talk about the 2012 elections, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green is looking ahead to early 2013. And she confirmed to the Beacon that she plans to seek re-election in 2013 to a fifth full term.

"I will seek re-election most definitely,'' said Green, 55, in an interview Friday. "This is no time to retire."

Green is St. Louis' longest-serving comptroller, which is the city's top fiscal post.

St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green says she will campaign against Proposition A and will help raise money to defeat the Nov. 2 statewide ballot proposal, which would bar Missouri communities from imposing earnings taxes, and require local authorization votes in the two cities that already have them: St. Louis and Kansas City.

Green says she plans to "speak out against Proposition A on Oct. 1 during her keynote address at the annual Workers Rights Board breakfast."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3, 2010 - St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green has held her post longer than any other comptroller in the city's history.

And in St. Louis County, top county-government adviser Mike Jones had held numerous prominent posts -- private and public -- over a career spanning more than 30 years.

But both often are overshadowed by the region's highest-profile African-American political figures, U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, and Jones' boss, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

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