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Mike Shaw for Hoover City Council

Last Build Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:24:11 +0000


Hatching a Plan – The Case for a Hoover Business Incubator

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:11:46 +0000

The themes of this election so far have largely focused on how we spend money.  This has caused some candidates to settle into the question “if you support X, then you have to take the money from Y.”  This lose-lose model of politickin’ is well understood at the national level.  But at the local level it takes on a whole …

The Top 10 School Systems in Alabama, and How They Work Together with their Cities

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:33:35 +0000

This week I watched a very important presentation by Dr. Murphy, the Superintendent of Hoover City Schools (HCS).  The presentation can be viewed here and I highly recommend reading it.   She simply and effectively communicated the situation our school system faces when it comes to funding. It’s also one of the most important presentations you’ll read as a citizen in Hoover.  If you …

Older Hoover Neighborhoods – From Groovy Growth to the Next Chapter

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 20:38:22 +0000

(Note: The topic of housing can be a very touchy one.  I strongly favor diverse neighborhoods with people of all kinds living, working, and playing together.  Any policy or planning should treat equal opportunity as paramount.) My family and I have lived in Hoover’s Loch Ridge community for over 15 years.  I drive through these neighborhoods daily, but I’ve lived in the …

Hoover City Elections FAQ

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:46:53 +0000

Monday we celebrated the founding of our country, a remarkable event considered by most to be the birth of modern Democracy in our world.  As our nation has progressed it has taken some trials and tribulations to really come to grips with the implications of self-evident rights, and many would say we’re still a work in progress.  But the right to …

Press Release – Hoover City Council Candidate Mike Shaw Declares Run for Seat Four

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:09:37 +0000

Please see the attached press release for the official announcement regarding qualifying next week! HOOVER CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE MIKE SHAW DECLARES RUN FOR SEAT FOUR

Walkin’ and Rollin’ in Hoover – Notes from the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Greenway Master Plan.

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:18:11 +0000

In Part I of my explanation of a comprehensive plan, I explained how they start and some of the basics of their contents.  However, before moving on to the rest I wanted to investigate what kind of plans we already have. So when the issue of sidewalks came up a couple weeks ago on social media, I contacted the city to …

A Family, United! Join the Team with a Yard Sign!

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:14:05 +0000

A Family, United! (This is Mike’s son and his nephew!) We’re getting more and more requests for yard signs!  If you would like to join the team, please fill out the following information and we’ll get one to you ASAP!  

Every Day a Memorial

Tue, 31 May 2016 12:01:02 +0000

Yesterday we remembered the people who gave up their lives for our freedom. These people were just like us in many ways.  They lived lives and dreamed dreams.  Yet they endured hardship and gave up the rest of their days so that we can live ours…hopefully pursuing the lives God intends for us. It’s good to set aside a day like …

Focusing on What’s Important and Protecting What is Precious

Wed, 25 May 2016 14:08:17 +0000

As I wrote about in the last post, a key part of developing a plan is defining what’s important.  What are our values?  What is our sacred ground? City growth is a good thing.  But as we become larger we can lose track of all the great things we have in Hoover.  It’s easier for our community to compartmentalize and set up …

Why does Hoover need a Comprehensive Plan Part I – What is a Plan?

Thu, 19 May 2016 13:56:33 +0000

So why does Hoover need a comprehensive plan? We’ll have some specifics in a subsequent post.  However in a nutshell, Hoover needs a plan because we are moving forward tactically, but not strategically.  We are masters in creating incremental improvements that are, on their own, very well planned and intelligently conceived steps.  But when you put them together they are …