Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BREAKING!!! KANSAS CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE DEB HERMAN DISCUSSES KANSAS CITY VIOLENCE AND HOMICIDE!!!



Kansas City Council Lady Deb Hermann is doing her best to regain her status as the front runner in The Upcoming Mayoral race . . . This morning, her campaign sent out an insightful missive regarding local crime and murder.

OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS KANSAS CITY HOMICIDES HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING AN UPWARD TREND SO IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERY MAYORAL CANDIDATE TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM DIRECTLY!!!

Deb does a nice job and speaks to the issue from her perspective as a neighborhood and community leader.

There have been some questions about Hermann's ability to relate to some of the more urban (i.e. minority) sections of Kansas City South of the River (i.e. most of Kansas City) but I think these ideas about community policing and the strategic use of resources will satisfy local leaders.

Remember last election Mayor Funky spoke of useless academic "broken windows" theory that he was never able to put into practice and violent crime and homicide spiked during his clueless tenure.

Hermann's suggestions, along with those of so many other candidates seem far more practical and rely on real experience working within the context of local government. Obviously, Mayor Funky's City College professor mentality was incapable of accomplishing anything significant in terms of reducing violent crime and murder.

CHECK DEB HERMANN'S STATEMENT ON KANSAS CITY'S MURDER RATE FOR YOURSELF . . .

“99 murders in 2010.” The headline is cold and abstract, but the impact on families and neighbor-hoods is horrifically real. Murders — and even lesser crimes—leave a trail of anger, fear and helplessness.

Focusing resources on crime's aftermath rather than its causes places the entire burden of fighting crime and disorder on the police, the courts and the schools for crime that we call prisons. In 1994, we launched a quiet revolution called Community Policing, a team approach, with police, code officers, and community people working together to cure underlying disorder.

Community Policing takes time, patience, and a lot of communication. But it works!

 The East CAN (Community Action Network) Center helped quell school violence and bond police officers with kids. The Westside CAN Center solved longstanding problems with immigration, youth gangs and parental involvement. The 49-63 and Blue Hills CAN Centers shut down drug houses and put dealers in jail. In my neighborhood, the Gracemor CAN Center sparked an outbreak of self-sufficiency. The police presence lured fearful seniors out of their houses to mentor kids, form an intergenerational choir, and start programs for shut-ins.

Lessons from the Community Policing experience:

*Police partnerships with neighborhoods break down old barriers that often thwart police effectiveness.

*Targeting government, police and community re-sources to hot spots breaks insurmountable problems into surmountable pieces, awakens democracy, and turns neighborhoods around.

*Community engagement helps people make connections, change minds, and build confidence and sustainability.

*Making government and community more accountable to each other builds trust.
Community policing arms communities with a tool to fight the conditions that make violence seem like the only option. It also makes good sense. It is effective and efficient. Effective because it gets to the causes of intractable community problems. Efficient because it harnesses the incomparable energy of ordinary citizens to take charge of their neighborhoods.

Will Community Policing Will Community Policing reduce the murder scorecard to zero? Probably not.

But every life saved is an investment in a better future for all of us.
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63 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Launched in 1994 !!!!!????

So how long do we have to wait to see results ? It's been six years !

10 years? 15 years? 20 years?

Anonymous said...

So that is where you were most of the day yesterday -- working on this for Deb.

bill kostar said...

For anon 6:18am, There hasn't been any actual community policing done in KCMO in many many years. And as a result, there is no trust or relationships between the KCPD and the black community, which is a major reason why they get no information from residents which is in turn a major reason the clearnace rate on murders this year is only 40%. The rate in KCK is 70%.
As Deb Hermann correctly states, building realtionships and community policing is hard work and, although many of the patrol officers are frustrated with the positions they are put in every day and would welcome much greater cooperation from residents, the folks who "run" the police department are more interested in PR gimmicks and window dressing which make believe they're actually doing something different, when in fact they simply react to each incident as it occurs. The notion that KCMO has any kind of community policing (except for WestCAN) is a perfect example of their ability to regularly hoodwink the public.
Kudos to Deb Hermann for getting out in front on this and thanks to TKC for encouraging a much greater public awareness of this issue and its potential solutions and for demanding that candidates, elected, and appointed officials give the issue of public safety a much higher priority than has been the case.

Anonymous said...

I remember when Tony used this blog to unofficially draw attention to Funkhouser in 07.

That worked out so well. I expect the same of Deb the Knife.

Anonymous said...

1994 she says she cared about the urban core where so many of the murderers occur ? That was when she was re-elected a Republican central committee member in Clay County. So in 1992 she campaigned for Republican candidates against Bill Clinton for Prez and the sainted Mel Carnahan for Governor. In 1994 she was part of the Gingrich revolution. Really cared about the urban core ?

LOL in SoKC said...

Community policing works - and in these times is desperately needed. The Westside CAN center, what seems to be the lone survivor of that mid-90's effort, is an example to be emulated. Perfect, no. Good, yes.

Kudos to Deb for bringing the issue to the fore.

Anonymous said...

Deb is ugly as nasty sin.

Anonymous said...

"OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS KANSAS CITY HOMICIDES HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING AN UPWARD TREND..."

2007 - 94
2008 - 122
2009 - 110
2010 - 99ytd

Anonymous said...

The out-of-state firm handling Deb's campaign is doing a good job.

Anonymous said...

KCPD is all fluff, window dressing, and phony PR. And the numbers show it.

chuck said...

Kostar has good ideas, and they will probably help.

However, the sub culture that is the urban core, will never go away.

Its entrenched, necrotic and metastasized. The narrative of entitlement, erroneous white guilt and a 4th estate with an agenda, supply the universal lubricant that continues to parent inner city murders and a lack of real responsiblity.

THAT is the ONLY parenting apparent.

Anonymous said...

So on the council, Deb says not a peep? But now that she's running for mayor she all the sudden cares about crime?

Anonymous said...

Your going to need A LOT of patience (decades) before City Hall and the Police Board get a clue about how bad crime is in Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

We need a city prosecutor who actually prosecutes!

Anonymous said...

While the candidates have "canned" responses to inquiries regarding their positions on crime, another facet of crime needs to be discussed. I am speaking about public corruption. Recently publicized incidents like the Port Authority Scandal, the Citadel project, and H&R Block World Headquarters project emphasize the need to get a handel on this criminal activity. These crimes are literally funnelling millions of tax dollars to the wealthy in this city. Is this what the Republicans had in mind when they demanded tax extensions for the rich? What say you candidate Hermann? Do you have a plan for this?

Anonymous said...

She should promise to push for measures to harass criminals and thugs out of town.

I know the city doesn't fully control the police, but, to the extent she can make it happen, she should push for traffic stops daily...and at unannounced locations.

The scrap metal dealers should be watched closely. They know much of what they are buying is stolen.

Whores and graffiti "artisits" (vandals) should be pursued relentlessly.

Anonymous said...

Being a "non-professional," I have some weird ideas when it comes to policing....

Why can't there be police constantly patrolling and/or parked in the areas where the whores do their soliciting?

Why can't there be a couple of police cars parked across the street all night Friday and Saturday at those "clubs" where people are always being killed?

Why do they always announce where they are going to do the traffic stops?

Anonymous said...

Yeah, and when some JoCo car pulls over to talk to a whore or a drug dealer on the side of the street, why can't an officer come up and say something very respectful, such as, "Do you need directions, sir?"

That isn't harassment. That's just being helpful.

...and, anyway, there's a good chance the person's brake light is burned out or something. If so, it's the officer's obligation to see that the driver is informed.

Anonymous said...

DWI traffic checks should be done in the vicinity of popular bars. That's where the drunks are.

Anonymous said...

I think a police car parked near the entrance of randomly selected scrap dealers from time to time would do wonders in cutting down on the theft of copper, etc.

Anonymous said...

A real "game changer"

Anonymous said...

9:07, you piqued my curiosity. I googled property theft statistics in KC and learned that in 2003 Kansas City experienced 35,500 property thefts. Say, each crime resulted in an average of $1000.00 loss. That makes the total property losses within the City to be $35.5 million. The H&R Block project resulted in unearned reimbursements of near $20 million. Loss for the sham arrangement on the Port authority project, who knows, say $2 million. Citadel maybe $1 million, I don't know. Point is it doesn't take long for this type of criminal activity to really add up. Yet, this crime is not even counted. Politicians are closer to the action on these types of crimes and can more easily impact on the reduction and curtail losses. But do they have the will to do so? OK, all you doubters, these estimates are simple wild ass guesses on my part and are subject to all level of error, but I think I made my point. Let's hope the FBI "mans" up and investigates this and gives us the actual losses.

Anonymous said...

City Planning Commission Huh?

Take a look around, obviously her record speaks for itself.

Anonymous said...

She should stick with something like the PTA. Don't ya think?

Anonymous said...

Good point anon 9:37. The greater public enemy may be J.E. Dunn and not the guy who steals your bicycle.

Anonymous said...

A crime is being that damn ugly! Now that is a crime!

Dr.Ernest Evans said...

Dear Mr. Tony: Thanks for the posting!! Glad that the city's politicians have moved out the the stage of denial ("There is no crime crisis"--"Anyone who says there is a crime crisis is a racist"--"Well, maybe there is a crime crisis, but it is all due to the recession, lack of gun control, youth demographics, etc.--so we have no responsibility for it") and are acknowledging the ugly reality of the fact that we have had a major surge in violence in the black neighborhoods of KCMO since the spring of 2008. Next step: Start facing uo to the real causes for this violence explosion, and correct them. Sincerely and Respectfully, Ernest Evans

You had your chance said...

She has every chance to effect the murder rate and has done nothing. The voters are not that stupid.She is leadership in the worst Council in the history of Kansas City no on Deb.. You had your chance

Anonymous said...

Her botox bill is high I bet

Anonymous said...

So how bout some disclosure and transparency?

Sure there is a lot of street crime but what about all the gross malfeasance and theft going on in and around City Hall?

When we going to hear about that?

Anonymous said...

Problem is she's about 15 years too late on this considering the crack epidemic started around here in 95 and was obvious to anyone who was "awake" and paying attention.

Anonymous said...

@10:20 AM

They were to busy lining their pockets and bank accounts to notice.

Funk Lusts For Rex Cash said...

It is interesting to note that in a topic related to the mayoral contest -- and probably crime -- Dan Ryan of Gone Mild and The Roman Catholic Church has reversed his position and now supports E-Tax Repeal.

This is not important because a lunatic has changed his mind, but because the lunatic is so close to Mark Funkhouser.

This may be advance word that Funkhouser is going to make E-Tax Repeal the center of his campaign after all.

Funkhouser had started down this path earlier in the year, but reversed course.

Jeff Roe might have convinced Gloria and the tall-guy that the only way he can win is to tap into the anti-tax crowd - and Rex Cash.

The use of Funkhouser's pet monkey Dan Ryan could be the first step in rolling out the new E-Tax position.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can get Deb a gang family to move in next door to her house so she can see how well "sensitivity" and "it takes time" works.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tony get ur' lazy ass out of bed! It's almost noon!

Anonymous said...

Interesting that consensual sex between two adults is deemed illegal and that people should be caged for such behavior. Crime is when another person violates someone's property or body. No victim, no crime.

Anonymous said...

This is completely generic and absolutely pointless. She proves everyday why she should not be mayor.

KC PRIDE said...

Has Deb been honest about her sexual orientation yet or is she still hiding in the closet?

No member of the LGBT Community should vote for a candidate who lives inside the closet.

Anonymous said...

Hold on KC Pride, no need to incite another tearful "Opra" moment!

Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Sly. Enough Said.

Anonymous said...

I have lived near Gracemor before and after Deb Herman's influence. If there is any chance she could take the improvement I've seen there to the whole city, *every one* should be running-not walking-to vote for her. It is a 'working' class neighborhood still, and VERY racially diverse (surprise southlanders?) Herman's leadership upgraded the neighborhood by several notches it is a much nicer and safer place due to her. Also, whoever said the remark about a gang living next door, Deb Herman is the ONLY candidate who that could actually happen to, NONE of the others have a clue about lives of normal residents of challenged neighborhoods.

Anonymous said...

We are all very sorry that you live in Gracemor. Go move to someplace that's not in Kansas City by default.

Armour Fields said...

Hermann is a good woman... but not a mayor. This is way above her self taught education. Neighborhood issues are tricky and she has served her working class block well. She can't be that effective in Jefferson City and Washington. She makes too many mistakes. Like the free trip to Florida offered by Local 42. Smarter people turned down the junket. Hermann should have been savvy enough to know it wasn't a needed trip, nor a politically wise mini-vacation.

chuck said...

9:37 Makes some great points imo.

Anonymous said...

Picture has obviously been airbrushed!

Anonymous said...

Oh the Burke supporters are out in force again, slamming Hermann, who is the front runner. Poor Mike...he's already sunk $90k of his own cash into his sinking ship.

Anonymous said...

I am pissed that people criticize Hermann's looks, or mention that photos are touched up. They say nothing about Funkhouser's appearance. Get over it--this isn't middle school. Educate yourselves out of your sexism and simple-mindedness.

Anonymous said...

Deb looks fine. Take a look at all the ugly men in the race. Fat, short, tall, you name it something is Fup on all those ugly men.

Anonymous said...

5:44, welcome back from outer space. Where have you been? The $90K investment in Burke's race didn't come from his pocket. It came from his shady dealings while at the Port Authority.

Anonymous said...

Hermann paid Tony $2600 last month for this kind of shit.

Hermann cut KCPD budget by $15 million last year and forced KCPD to lay off 65 police officers.

This is her strategy to fight crime with gang.

Anonymous said...

What is the special relationship betwen Hermann and Tim Kristl. Did her husband know?

Anonymous said...

Thank you shithead. You just made me throw up in my mouth.

Tony said...

"Hermann paid Tony $2600 last month for this kind of shit."

I didn't get this check!!! Seriously, tell me where it is and I'll post this stuff day and night.

Where's my check Deb?!?! Could totally use the X-mas money.

Oh that's right, it doesn't exist even though I wish it did.

Anonymous said...

Nice try T. You suck.

Anonymous said...

This is the second time I've heard the charge of Hermann paying TKC. I have looked at the disclosures, it isn't there. Tony denies it. Hermann denies it. How did you find out??? Oh, you're just a liar.

Anonymous said...

Tony said "Yes,i get money from Deb."

Deb answered, "Yes, i give money to Tony."

Is that possible?

No.

All info come from campaign finance report and IRS report

Do your own research before i show you

Anonymous said...

We need to cut the KCPD budget and make them join the City health care system that would save the City MILLIONS !!! City workers have taken cuts for years now time for Police and Fire to annie up.

Anonymous said...

They will not join the City health care system because they have a bigot who runs the HR department who loves Jesus by hating The Gays. The city has far too progressive benefit policies for bigots to follow.

Anonymous said...

What isn't bigoted at KCPD?

Anonymous said...

Hermann on KC Violence= Barfights are a big problem for me.

Anonymous said...

Hey, lying jackass - of course I looked at her reporting before I called you out. Here's the link to her reports. http://www.mec.mo.gov/EthicsWeb/CampaignFinance/CF_CommInfo.aspx?MECID=C101357&Year=2010 You got one that says Tony's name on it? Show it or everyone knows you're a liar. You said you got it from a report last time too. But, hmmm, no link. Better line your ballcap with foil cause those "reports" they're beaming into your brain are lies.

Anonymous said...

By the way, I'm not trying to look out for Tony or Deb, I'm sure they can take care of themselves, I'm just sick of liars and hoping to raise awareness for all the readers of comments.

Anonymous said...

In order to be Mayor you should have extension knowledge of the true factors in order to move the city foward. Mayor is another term for CEO. A CEO is what they are because their ability to envision, execute, identify, and resolve. The only qualities I see from any of the candidates, (Council too)is of self serving agendas, and plans that obviously will call further social/econ & racial disparity. Kansas City has gone down the drain. There is no explanation for the digress of all city components, except ----- Horrible Leadership------ This city is a backfuck town. Podunk or Dopunk--- The only thing agree with Squid (for different reasons) --- Ya Beeeeaaaaches!!!