- Barbara Hoppe
- Quick Facts:
PERSONAL: Age 58. Married to Mike Sleadd. They have two daughters, Danielle and Mariah, and two sons, Matthew and Isaac.
OCCUPATION: Attorney for the Missouri Public Defender System.
EDUCATION: Juris doctorate law degree from MU School of Law, bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
BACKGROUND: Member of the PedNet Coalition; committee member of Active Living by Design; member of the Columbia Street Standards Planning Group; founder of the Hinkson Creek Valley Neighborhood Association; co-chair of the Mayor's Committee to Pass the 2000 Parks Ballot; founding member of the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition; former board member of the League of Women Voters; board member of the Green Belt Land Trust; and member of Heart of Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates.
CAMPAIGN WEB SITE: hoppecitycouncil.com
TOP 4 ISSUES:
Jobs and economy: Proponent of creating "green" jobs. Supports downtown revitalization programs.
Public safety: Will preserve Columbia Police Department's budget. Will encourage larger, more connected role of Neighborhood Watch programs. Supports citizen review board.
Growth management: Will support development consistent with smart growth principles. Wants to modernize city zoning laws, develop a comprehensive growth management plan and revise the city's land disturbance and land preservation ordinances.
Energy: Will support balance between improved efficiency on the demand side and using cleaner alternatives to coal on the supply side. Skeptical of the need to buy into a second Callaway County nuclear plant.
"I'm a Libra, middle child. So, I've been balancing all my life. I'm used to taking people with different views and bringing them together for a common purpose."
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Where do your candidates
stand on the issues?
Barbara Hoppe, Sixth Ward candidate
Job creation and unemployment
- Supports thorough growth management plan to allow easier development.
- Will work to make Columbia more welcoming to new businesses.
- Will work toward creating green jobs.
The role of neighborhood associations
- Will involve them in the development process to create agreeable results.
- Will participate in neighborhood association meetings and maintain open communication with them.
Smart growth/business interests
- Says smart growth is in the best interest of businesses.
- Will work toward development that meets smart growth principles.
- Will work to "modernize" city zoning laws.
Energy, including nuclear power
- Skeptical of a second Callaway County nuclear plant without further details.
- Will emphasize demand-side practices such as weatherizing homes and promoting energy-efficient appliances to reduce energy use.
- Proponent of cleaner alternatives to Columbia's municipal coal plant.
- Won't propose cuts to Columbia Police Department's budget.
- Believes growth management plan will help shape the city — through infilling and promoting development along existing infrastructure — in a way that will make it more manageable and easier to police.
Budget shortfalls and sales tax revenue
- Will look to individual department heads to determine where money can best be saved.
- Will work to reduce the city's utility budget.
- Will work to curb spending on road repairs around development that should be the responsibility of the developer.
- Will not propose cuts to public safety.
Ward redistricting after the next census
- Thinks the city functions well with the six wards.
- Argues that a greater number of wards will muddle the council process and weaken the voting power of each member.
TIF/TDDs/CIDs/other incentives, etc.
- Thinks tax incentives can be very useful only when used appropriately.
- Supports the use of tax increment financing for The Tiger Hotel for historic preservation reasons.
- Proponent of GetAbout projects.
- Thinks GetAbout projects promote choices for commutes that alleviate road congestion and limit frequency of infrastructure repairs.
- Voted against the initial Hinkson Creek trail proposal because, she said, it was too expensive and not the best option.
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