Friday, September 04, 2015

KANSAS CITY WEEKLY POWER RANKINGS!!!



Lana Kendrick inspires this quick look at Kansas City's power plays and all the top trends and players this week.

Check it . . .

Death Penalty Rules Kansas City This Week


Kansas City concluded a long local nightmare with the execution of Roderick Nunley this week while we also held vigil over the slaying of 5 people last year and death penalty charges recently touted against Brandon Howell . . . Now racist killer Frazier Glenn Cross-Miller, Jr. is fighting for his life as this town considers crime and punishment amid a 20% recent murder spike confirmed by the New York Times.

Show-Me Weed Man Winning!!!


Jeff Mizanskey is a free man
as the prison industrial complex and the drug war earn a major setback.

Katy Pushes Back Mayor Sly!!!


Behind the scenes our blog told Kansas City Insiders that Katy Shields used good attendance and a great deal of persistance to win her way onto P&Z - Unreported by MSM but FIRST NEWS according to our AWESOME blog community.

Craig Glazer Stays Winning!!!


This Kansas City media mogul was our read of the week and this story about a recent DUI stop encounter is one of Kansas City's best.

Fear The Upcoming Kansas City Red Light Camera Comeback


We talked about pending legislation and politicos attempting to figure out how to address the upcoming red light camera redux.

As always, this list has been compiled according to scientific TKC polling and market research data and it's a weekly comprehensive guide to local powerful people.

And so . . .



Tonight we keep the conversation going with Kansas City's top talker, Jon Weir . . . Checkit on 98.1 FM or livecast on KMBZ's web page at around 8 in the PM.

Kansas City First Friday Break Dancing!!!



We didn't get a chance to hit up First Friday this month but this EPIC KANSAS CITY BREAK DANCING BATTLE reminds us of what we're missing.

More in a bit . . .

Meth Town City Manager Waiting Game



There's a lot more to this story but for now we want to clear this from our link links and invite readers to share their thoughts on another local messed up municipal situation . . .

Examiner: Independence city manager search not yet off the ground

Developing . . .

MUST READ!!! SHOW-ME MISSOURI MAYOR FAIR WAGE FIGHT AMID KANSAS CITY COMPETING PETITION HOT MESS!!!



Right now Kansas City legislators are coping with two petitions competing for/against a municipal minimum wage AND an ordinance not worth the paper on which its printed.

Meanwhile . . . The Statewide effort to raise the minimum wage is now on blast because these local efforts contradict solid Missouri legislation and could be easily defeated in court.

Accordingly . . .

CHECK THE MISSOURI LIBERTARIANS CALLING OUT KCMO & STL LEADERSHIP FOR MESSED PRIORITIES AMID THE FAIR WAGE FIGHT!!!

Mayor Sly is front and center in this argument. Take a look:



Missouri Mayors and the Minimum Wage

Money line and WHY MORE CASH UP FRONT MIGHT NOT HELP WORKERS OVER THE LONG HAUL . . .

"Kansas City and St. Louis have some of the highest taxes in the region. Both cities tax food, one of the most regressive forms of taxation and the most damaging to the poor. As we've written previously, not only does Kansas City levy regressive sales taxes, but its poor areas actually have a higher rate of sales taxes than wealthier areas. While some may argue that an equitable tax structure should broaden the base, what’s clear is that these tax policies are not written with any concern for the working poor. In fact, both cities also saddle workers with an additional 1% earnings tax, a tax imposed on the first dollar earned. There are no exemptions to spare the poor. And if a low-skilled worker in Kansas City is able to get a job in a restaurant, the city requires that they pay a food-handlers fee, something almost unheard of in the rest of the country.

"Both cities' public school districts suffer because the mayors and tax increment financing (TIF) commissions are eager to redirect property taxes to wealthy developers and away from the classrooms that would otherwise get the funds. Developers take the money and use it to build in the nice parts of town, away from the poor and legitimately blighted neighborhoods of Kansas City's East Side and St. Louis' North Side. Because of the disincentives of high city taxes and low city services, the city governments give out massive subsidies to businesses in the hope that they’ll stick around."
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This kinda wraps the current state of Kansas City into one issue . . . Other than the fact that while we're having this nice debate about compensation . . . A great many people in KCMO are killing each other with increased frequency.

Developing . . .

Confederate Flag Truck Aims Gunpoint Life Lesson Of Hate At Kansas City Teacher

Check this road rage testimony describing hate rolling with guns waving at teachers on local streets: Teacher has gun pulled on her during road rage incident in KCMO

Kansas City Royals Ticket Ripoff???

Regular season hype inspires a ticket buying frenzy and here's the latest lottery build on cynically exploiting the hopes and dreams of the middle-class: Royals fans hoping for postseason tickets need to register

Kansas City Can't Even Keep Applebee's



The mainstream media story of the day doesn't really impact the lives of locals that much but it makes newsies feel smart so here's the best of what they had to offer.

The conclusions are obvious and there's a reminder about all of the Kansas City incentives and the border war.

The tragic thing here is that another FAIL for tax and spend strategy won't change anything and locals ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STATE LINE are still committed to corporate welfare as their tax base shrinks and disappears.

Check the best of today's links:
Applebee's to KC and Missouri: Thanks for all those incentives, now see ya!
Applebee's Split From Kansas City Region May Help End Economic Border War
Report: Applebee's moving headquarters from KC to Calif.
On the bright side, Mayor Sly's loss of the fancy chicken HQ offers a moment of pause about the lure of local life for the corporate b-list.

Developing . . .

Double Kansas City Homicide Investigation

Two dead bodies discovered this afternoon along with a live baby left along. Police are calling "suspicious" with is the latest euphemism that is being used for a homicide scene: 2 bodies found in east KC home, infant taken to hospital More links:
Two people found dead inside of home, child transported to hospital
KCPD: Two bodies found in home near 20th & Van Brunt 'suspicious', infant found alive inside

Kansas City Royals Regular Season Triumph

The season of hype and great press continues until inevitable playoff disappointment. Here's the latest installment: How Dayton Moore built the Kansas City Royals - SweetSpot - ESPN

MO/Kan Death Penalty Disparity

Think piece about state sanctioned killing which kinda was the theme for this week: Missouri Has The Highest Death Rate Per Capita, Kansas Hasn't Executed Anyone Since 1965

Carmen And The Kansas City Links



Carmen Electra is still holding up rather well right now she adores some of these more important Kansas City mainstream media links for Friday afternoon wherein strangely KC is talking a lot about chicken. Take a look:

Racist Hater Killer Last Wish
Frazier Glenn Cross tells court he wants to be a martyr
High Prices For Limited Transit Benefit
KCK bike trail comes with big price tag of $2.7M for 3/10 mile
Dead Tree Media Considers City Hall News We Reported LAST MONTH
A city planning episode serves to make a point

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WARN: AGGRESSIVE HOBOS THREATEN TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!



Along with the uptick in homicide, we've noticed that there has been a rise in violence and confrontation among the Kansas City hobo community.

To wit . . .

LIKE IT OR NOT, MORE SERVICES AND POPULATION DRAW KANSAS CITY HOBOS DOWNTOWN ALONG WITH NEW RESIDENTS!!!

Over the years we've noticed this trend result in increased property damage to cars parked downtown and consistent reports of horrific and vicious bum fights but now things are getting serious.

Just a couple of examples . . . Kansas City Area Homeless Man and Woman Charged in Bank Robberies

Also, the know-it-all d-bags over on reddit are pretending to be smarter than everyone else by writing bad puns about a hobo lady pooping in public near a Kansas City bus (you go find it, we actually do have some linking decency here @ TKC).

But here's what's important and a preview into upcoming legislation . . .

KANSAS CITY INSIDERS ARE DRAWING UP LEGISLATION TO NOT ONLY ELIMINATE FREE STREETCAR RIDES BUT ALSO TO CLEAR THE GROWING NUMBER OF HOBOS OUT OF MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY!!!

During the holiday season and winter they try to do a survey about the local hobo population but this year they missed the trend. A panhandling ordinance was defeated years ago but look for more "loitering" rules to go into effect given the rise of hobos in Midtown Kansas City.

Moreover . . . When it comes to the toy train . . .

One insider notes: "Look, if the streetcar is free then there are a more than a few people now who are just going to ride around on it all day and scare others off. The 'code of conduct' is a nice start but that doesn't cut it. Fact is, unless people pay to use it . . . From day one there will be an abundance of homeless people riding the streetcar and legally there's just no way to stop it. It's a shame that it has to come to this but that's the reality that some people on our team don't want to admit."

Accordingly . . .

TKC TOLD YOU FIRST . . . NO FREE RIDES FOR KANSAS CITY HOBOS ON THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR WHICH IS GONNA SLOW DOWN THE ALREADY DELAYED AND OVER-BUDGET DISASTER PROJECT!!!

It'll take awhile for the public to learn about this so be sure to tune into TKC every day, throughout the day until it happens BUT the point is streetcar geniuses didn't bother to consider the spiking, angry, dangerous and increasingly confrontational homeless population in and around Downtown Kansas City would be the patrons with the most to gain from this weather controlled and comfy route.

Developing . . .

Gunfire Starts Fighting Kansas City First Friday

Conflict resolution has never been a strong point of our Kansas City culture that relies on phony politeness or deadly weapons to settle disputes. Here's hoping more inevitable confrontations over Labor Day Weekend make better choices: One person shot after argument near 34th and Cleveland Related and not a good sign for the upcoming weekend: Man shows up at area hospital seeking treatment for a serious gunshot wound

Hard Time For Oak Park Mall Lady Crook

Aftermath of recent crime spree and a look at the ongoing trouble at this town's shopping mecca institution currently enduring a crime spike over the past two years: Woman sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for Oak Park Mall robbery

Celebrate Kansas City Cyclist Winning

When Critical Mass starts up with there "Happy Friday" yelling and driver intimidation tactics . . . The response might be "STICK TO YOUR PATH" but then again, it's a crime to "intimidate" cyclists in Kansas City . . . So it might be best simply mind the road and enjoy the drive away from the late 1990s and activist cyclists. You decide: Wyandotte County Unified Government passes funding for bike path, will connect Missouri, Kansas

Kansas City Self Driving Car New Hotness



Check this creative class link featuring tech conference info and the next transit craze that will save Kansas City as long it's supported by a cadre of consultants billing per tweet:

The Rise Of Self Driving Cars At Compute Midwest

Also . . . Given recent budget battles and all-time low voter turnout . . . It's possible that "Smart City" is just a tad too generous for this cowtown.

Developing . . .

Kansas City Aim 4 Peace Teaching Moment

Aftermath of local scholars getting a first hand look at one of many inexplicably funded City Hall funded programs amid a 20% homicide spike. The smart ones might learn even more about government waste: Groups hold back-to-school safety program for KC kids

TRAGIC KANSAS CITY TEACHING MOMENT: NO INFRASTRUCTURE FOR STUDENTS AMID BOOMING KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND!!!

We talk a lot about infrastructure, resources and priorities as it impacts the urban core but here's a look at students across the bridge left behind due to lack of properly allocated resources. Credit to the main quote in this story who has been tirelessly pushing this report since the beginning of the year: These Kansas City Kids Can See Their School - But They Can't Walk There

The Kansas City Joey Fisher Early Friday



Brit hottie Joey Fisher begins our look at some of the most important Kansas City mainstream media links. Take a look:

Tragic Car Crash Starts The Morning
Hit-and-run reported at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas Against The Terrorists
Hundreds attend Gov. Sam Brownback's town hall on transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees
Golden Ghetto Stands Up Against Suspected Nasty Nurse
Former male nurse charged with sodomizing patients appears in court, alleged victims testify
Courthouse Win Report Authored By $20 MILLION Tax Break Beneficiary
Jackson County reassessment was smoother and more accurate
Kansas City Star Athlete Burnout
U.S. Open 2015: Jack Sock collapses in heat

Kansas City Ruckus This Morning



Check this week in political chatter from the GOLD STANDARD in local discourse . . . Here's the latest episode of RUCKUS.

Description:

"Mike Shanin interviews KCMO City Councilwoman Katheryn Shields about her priorities in her return to the city council. Then Cynthia Wheeler, Steve Rose, Pat McInerney and Crosby Kemper III discuss the ongoing debate over the future of KCI, Rose's praise for Brownback policies and the early trend of political outsiders capturing voter approval."

Early in the interview . . . Things don't look good for VanLoh . . . He sounds like a marked man.

Checkit:



More in a bit . . .

Bill Tammeus Blogs Antisemitic Hateration

Kansas City's faith writer of record weighs in on the motivations of a convicted killer. Checkit: What led Miller to murder: 9-4-15 Related and from Joplin's blog of record The Turner Report -- Frazier Glenn Miller apologizes for murders: I thought they were Jews

Wake To The EPIC Kansas City Skyline

Once again Eric Bowers proves how and why he's Kansas City's GREATEST LIVING PHOTOGRAPHER with this series of images featuring an iconic view of this town's skyline that either makes the viewer remember or forget about the vast network of political and corporate corruption that runs this town: Downtown Kansas City Skyline Panoramas from Observation Park - Photoblog

Kansas City Swope Parkway Gunfire Aftermath



A reminder that even after so many redevelopment schemes and public relations stunts . . . Doing business in Kansas City's urban core remains an often dangerous challenge and something that local leaders haven't really addressed amid a recent spike in local violence.

Checkit:
KCPD: Grocery store employee shot in doorway of store, suspect escapes in vehicle
Kansas City police investigate shooting near Swope Parkway
KCMO police: Store employee shot in doorway
More for the morning update . . .

Kansas City Sports Fanboy Review!!!



The pre-season and regular are the perfect time of year for Kansas City sports glory that always inevitably leads to disappointment.

Here's a quick recap of local highlights that fanboys mistakenly believe will end with shared glory for teams comprised of millionaire players, billionaire owners who don't share anything in common with the crowds they entertain and distract.

Checkit:

Kansas City Regular Season Triumph
Royals hammer Tigers in 15-7 slugfest
Football Winning That Doesn't Count
Kansas City Chiefs beat Rams 24-17 to finish preseason unbeaten
Celebrate Kansas City's Favorite Hipster Drinking Game
Countdown to Cup: Record crowds have seen Sporting KC reach #USOC2015 Final
More in a bit . . .

Thursday, September 03, 2015

TKC MUST READ TONIGHT!!! VA WAIT LIST CONTROVERSY HITS KANSAS CITY HARD!!!



An important national story continues to create buzz in Kansas City among a great many families of soldiers and those who support them. Take a look:

One TKC Reader Notes: "Does no one care about veterans?"

Here's the run down of tonight's most important story . . .

Crisis Hits Home . . .
VA inspection finds inadequate care in the death of KC Iraq War Vet
Another BOLD AND BRILLIANT statement from a TKC blog community denizen: "Those veterans would have been better off staying in Iraq and Afghanistan. We killed more of our own people than Bin Laden, Saddam, the Taliban and Isis did! What a gut churning statistic"
IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA
The Crisis Continues . . .
Nearly 900,000 veterans have pending applications for health care at the VA
Developing . . .

Golden Ghetto Biz Celebrates Spy Cam Cash

Johnson County biz stays winning with increased government reliance and public demand for spy tech. Take a look: Kansas Company Sees Boost In Body Camera Sales Post-Ferguson

Kansas City Glue Factory Alternative Help

Once again this town proves that it'll go out of it's way for a cute animal whilst viciously attacking any human with opposing political views. Take a look: Rescue organization helps horses recover from abuse, neglect

Kansas City Talker Nycki Pace Calls It Quits



Quick note on the local media scene and an old school talker in a career transition . . .

ENTERCOM Hot AC KZPT (99.7 THE POINT)/KANSAS CITY morning show co-host NYCKI PACE has resigned to pursue new opportunities Her last day is FRIDAY (9/11).

There's a note about a job opening for ambitious media denizens and so many people who think they're interesting enough to chat on air . . .

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CONDOLENCES TO JACKSON COUNTY EXEC MIKE SANDERS ON PASSING OF HIS DAD!!!



A terrible loss this week for Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.

Here's a note of sympathy that should provide a bit of insight and a reminder that our elected leaders also have personal struggles, challenges, setbacks and losses as well:

"As readers of THE TKC BLOG COMMUNITY know, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders' father had been fighting stage IV cancer for the last several months. He died fairly suddenly yesterday. As many in the political world know, the County Executive was extremely close to his dad and Exec Mike Sanders often said publicly that his dad was the reason he got into politics when he did."

There might be nasty commenters on this post but the info is merely offered as our humble blog community effort to help share info with other insiders who may want to offer their sympathy AND, again, to remind locals that politics shouldn't be personal and must recognize the humanity among all participants no matter what partisan stance.

TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! PETITION AGAINST KANSAS CITY CONVENTION HOTEL STAYS WINNING AND MOVES FORWARD!!!



Activists who simply want a public vote on a Downtown Convention Hotel project WORTH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS are taking a stand today.

After a few early setbacks the Kansas City tax fighters deservedly celebrate a victory today and plan to keep up their fight.

Latest word:

Petition to put the downtown hotel on the ballot! "Friends and Citizens for Responsible Government, Thanks to all of you who helped us complete the first phase of our petition drive. It is our intention to turn in this afternoon, petitions with over 1800 signatures. We need about 1770 so we have a very small cushion and will need to get more signatures to replace the ones which will be disallowed."

Developing . . .

Kansas City Toy Train Timeline High Hopes

Our blog community is ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED that all of this talk about the timeline and delivery date is so people won't ask questions about the STREETCAR GOING MILLIONS OVER BUDGET and THE UGLY CABLE WIRES currently blighting downtown. You decide: Delivery Date Improves But Kansas City Streetcar Faces Hurdles For March Start

Celebrate Scary Kansas City Brookside Burglar Vs. Home Owner Showdown Success

Another uptick in crime confronts an embattled Kansas City neighborhood, here's the latest look at another all-too-common show down: Brookside homeowner confronts thief in garage

More Cash For Tips Amid Search For Shaggy Kansas City Northland Shooting Suspect

After a mother and daughter were shot and left in critical condition, police are still looking for this suspect and all they have to go by is a cartoon sketch: Reward increased for tips in Northland shooting that injured mother, daughter in July Anyone with info, please get in touch with the TIPS hotline.

Candice And The Kansas City Links



Candice Swanepoel starts this quick look at some of the important Kansas City links out there right now . . .

Choking On Today's Kansas City Lesson
12 students treated at Smith-Hale Middle School after student sprays aerosol can
Kansas Legal Pushback
Shawnee County Judge Larry Hendricks rejects policy lawmakers imposed on courts
Shotgun Suspect Caught
Police arrest man accused of robbing, shooting Merriam store clerk

Fear The Kansas City Northland Good Life

The Northland is booming, it really is Kansas City's future . . . In one image public radio defines why people STILL don't want to live out there unless they have to . . . A Primer On Living 'Up North' In Kansas City From Longtime Newsman Dan Verbeck

Kansas City Community Help Amid Neighborhood Hot Spot Gunfire Crime Spree

Over the past few weeks an urban core neighborhood has become a virtual battle ground and community activists are stepping in to try and help. Take a look: KC community leaders offer help to neighbors where recent bloodshed occurred

Celebrate KCP&L Price Hike Power Play

They say it's going to be a hard winter and this bit of perfectly legal court approved price fixing isn't going to help locals facing harsh times: KCP&L wins 11.7 percent rate increase for its Kansas City customers

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SUBCONTRACTOR FAIR WAGE CONCERNS CONFRONT KANSAS CITY TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED 'TWO LIGHT' CONSTRUCTION!!!



This morning we have FIRST WORD on some major questions and conflicts looming over the continued development of Downtown Kansas City.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS KANSAS CITY INSIDER TESTIMONY REVEALING SERIOUS LABOR ISSUES CONFRONTING A SUBCONTRACTOR AND LOCALS LOSING OUT DOWNTOWN WORK AWARDED TO AN OUT-OF-TOWN COMPANY!!!

Here's the word that should offer a better perspective on the reality of economic development within the loop. Checkit:

Two Light Tower Construction

KCMO is subsidizing The Cordish Company approximately $17 million for the construction of Two Light Tower. Because there are city incentives, prevailing wage law applies. Cordish has directed their general contractor, JE Dunn, to subcontract with a non-union electrical contractor from Wisconsin, Faith Technologies. Faith Technologies has a history of failing to comply with prevailing wage laws.

The Little Blue Valley Sewer District found them to be an unacceptable subcontractor for Phase II Construction of the Atherton Waste Water Treatment Plant and asked the General Contractor to find a different subcontractor that didn't have a history of violating labor laws. I have read the minutes from the Board meeting and it's interesting because Mayor Sly James is on that Board and he voted in favor of removing Faith Technologies from the project.



In summary:

1. City money is going to a subcontractor that has a history of labor violations, and that subcontractor will also likely be responsible for helping the project meet MBE/WBE/DBE contracting goals

2. City money is going to a subcontractor from Wisconsin when there are dozens of qualified electrical contractors based in Kansas City

3. The Mayor did not want Faith Technologies on a project for the Little Blue Valley Sewer District because of concerns with their history of failing to comply with labor law
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We found the sewer district board meeting minutes which confirms the assertions in this message (PAGES 3-15) or at least Mayor Sly's initial vote on this company.

Developing . . .

Follow Kansas City Fair Wage Fight Timeline

Take a look at how local politicos have FAILED to properly inform people of how the legislative process works in Missouri and thereby set up KCMO to spend HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS on an election that could be ruled invalid: Timeline: Straightening Out Kansas City's Confusing Minimum Wage Debate

PROPAGANDA: KANSAS CITY PHANTOM HOTEL ALREADY BOOKING GUESTS!!!

This one wasn't worth picking up when we noticed it in the newspaper but now more important media are starting to broadcast this bit of hype from City Hall for a troubled project that's taking cash away from the Zoo. Take a look: Downtown hotel plan already paying off, 4 new conventions coming to KC

Meth Town Morning Home Invasion Shooting

Wake up to more violence in the Kansas City metro . . . This time hitting Eastern Jack: 1 shot during home invasion in Independence More: Relative of Independence homeowners shot when several people break into home

Cassidy Banks And The Kansas City Links



Cassidy Banks is another babe who is just a bit too good looking to be doing pr0n but it's important to keep the dream (of fame) alive. Accordingly, check these local links we've compiled for the morning . . .

Kansas City Deal Down By The River
Port of Kansas City signs long-term extension with local company
Flipping Thursday
Man suffers broken arm in car crash after trying to avoid a deer
Crashing The Morning
Kansas City police investigate series of car accidents in KCMO