Thursday, May 24, 2012
The mayor is featured in a video welcoming the 2014 USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships to the area.
With a big volleyball tournament coming to the Twin Cities area in 2014, St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs is welcoming the event with open arms. He's also using those arms for a mean set shot. Jacobs is featured in a Meet Minneapolis video that showcases a number of area mayors, each in full volleyball mode. The USA Volleyball Girls' Junior National Championships is expected to generate $60 million in economic activity across the metropolitan area, and 13 cities—including St. Louis Park—have already pre-booked lodging for the event. Check out Jacobs in the video above (he makes a pretty sweet pass to Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead).
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
St. Louis Park Girl Scout Day will be on March 12.
With the Girl Scouts of America celebrating a 100th birthday this year, St. Louis Park is honoring its own great girls. Per a city proclamation made on Monday by Mayor Jeff Jacobs, March 12, 2012, will be St. Louis Park Girl Scout Day. You can see Jacobs make the proclamation in the video above and read the full proclamation below. Before the proclamation was made, the local Girl Scouts led the City Council in the Pledge of Allegiance as well. The Girl Scouts of America first formed on March 12, 1912, when Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, GA. Today, there are roughly 2.3 million Girl Scouts across the country, including nearly 300 in St. Louis Park. *** City Council's Girl Scouts proclamation: WHEREAS, Girl …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The St. Louis Park School Board election is Nov. 8.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Communities like ours are defined by a number of things and the quality of our schools is at the top of that list. St. Louis Park is fortunate to have an outstanding public school system and we need people to look to the future to ensure they stay that way. It is not and will not be an easy job. Joe Tatalovich has what it takes to put in the hard work and future vision to make sure all the learners in SLP get the best education at whatever level they may be, whether that is in the K-12 program or in Community Education or somewhere else. Joe knows that education is a lifetime endeavor and has the skills we need on our Board to make sure SLP remains a leader in education and quality of life for the coming generations and the ones who are …
Monday, May 2, 2011
The terrorist behind the 9/11 attacks was killed Sunday in Pakistan.
The news of Osama bin Laden's death on Sunday evening instantly took its grip on the American public, in some cases leading to public celebration and—for many—bringing back memories of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. St. Louis Park Patch is sharing the thoughts of various elected officials that represent this community in an effort to stimulate thoughtful and insightful discussion on what Bin Laden's death means to all of us. We will update this post as new thoughts are shared, and you are welcome to join the conversation by posting a comment below. *** "I hope this brings some measure of closure to the families of the victims of 9-11 but I hope too that it gets us closer to bringing our troops home. I hope too that our leaders …
Monday, April 25, 2011
St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs also said he would be in favor of trapping coyotes if possible.
St. Louis Park Patch sat down with St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs last week for a monthly chat. St. Louis Park Patch: What are your expectations for the freight rail listening sessions this week (on Wednesday and Thursday)? Mayor Jeff Jacobs: Well, we’ll see. We’re trying to keep people’s behavior under control. What I’m hoping for is what I’ll call a “St. Louis Park-level discussion.” We (often) conduct hearings like this, and I’ve been particularly proud with the way people have conducted themselves. This is probably the most important decision (City Council) will make, frankly, in my time as a mayor. I want to send a signal to the people who are really going to make the decision. And frankly, that’s not going to be the City Council. …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs also shared his thoughts on the closing of a local landmark and the debate over collective bargaining going on in Wisconsin.
St. Louis Park Patch sat down with St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs last week for a monthly chat. St. Louis Park Patch: No cost estimates have come out from the county’s study of a potential freight rail reroute through St. Louis Park. Is this frustrating you? Mayor Jeff Jacobs: Yes, a lot. I want to know what all this stuff is going to cost. In fact, I’m getting a lot of push back from the community saying, “You have to make a decision.” And I say, “No, no, no, I don’t make a decision yet. I can’t.” It’s like walking up to a district court judge and saying, “Here, your honor, is half the case. Now give me a decision right this minute.” … At the end of the day, I’m frustrated by the fact that it’s taking this long … For a number of …
Thursday, January 20, 2011
St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs also shared his thoughts on the recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz.
St. Louis Park Patch sat down with St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs on Monday for a monthly chat. St. Louis Park Patch: St. Louis Park recently passed a domestic partner registry ordinance. What are your thoughts on this, and what does it mean for the city? Mayor Jeff Jacobs: I think a lot of the comments people at the council meeting made were right on, in the sense that St. Louis Park has always been a pretty welcoming community. In terms of how much impact it will really have — some. I think it’s more than just ceremonial. It has some meaning to it. It denotes the welcoming nature that St. Louis Park has always had … It just doesn’t matter what your circumstances are. Frankly, if what you’re looking for in a stable community are people …
Monday, January 17, 2011
Jeff Jacobs told St. Louis Park Patch that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspires him.
Editor's Note: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, St. Louis Park Patch asked Mayor Jeff Jacobs his thoughts on the civil rights leader's legacy. Below is Jacobs' response: I have always had the utmost admiration for Dr. King and the person he took many of his cues from, Gandhi. The courage they showed in the face of the worst forms of hypocrisy and violence remain an inspiration and a guiding set of principles to everybody at all levels of society, especially now. Dr. King's message, it seems to me, was more than about racial equality; it was about judging people by the content of their character and the absolute need to remain non-violent, rational and reasonable in the face of the most vitriolic sorts of discussions. We have…
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The mayor also addressed St. Louis Park's snow plowing response to the recent weekend blizzard.
St. Louis Park Patch sat down with St. Louis Park Mayor Jeff Jacobs on Tuesday for a monthly chat. St. Louis Park Patch: What did you do during the recent weekend blizzard (Dec. 11-12)? Mayor Jeff Jacobs: I plowed snow. I have a big snow blower. I live on a little dead-end street in the southern end of the city, and we waited until the snow stopped falling on Saturday afternoon. I'm lucky — first of all, I have three sons, one is off at college, and the other two are still around home to help. I had strong backs and nimble minds to help me go out and shovel. At about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, I got the big Toro snow blower out — it's a monster — and I went and did my driveway. Then I did all the neighbors', too. St. Louis Park Patch…
Friday, November 12, 2010
Every month, St. Louis Park Patch will sit down with Jacobs for a Q&A on the issues of the day.
St. Louis Park Patch: We're new, so maybe you could introduce yourself to us. Mayor Jeff Jacobs: I've been the mayor of St. Louis Park since 1999, and I have been on the city council since 1991 ... I had been on the charter commission and had done a couple of … citywide kinda task forces, not with the intention of ever being an elected public official in all honesty. Here I am, 20 years later. I never really dreamed of this, you know, and it was something that just sort of happened. And I'll tell you, I love it. [Being mayor] is really a fun job to do. There are times when it's difficult, times when it gets stressful, and times when it takes a lot of time ... But it's really kind of an enjoyable job … I've really gotten a lot of personal …