TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY INSIDERS FEAR MAYOR SLY HAS SILENCED THE CITY COUNCIL!!!
As we enter tense budget discussions in Kansas City the question of leadership has increasingly become part of the local discourse.
To wit . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS WORRY THAT MAYOR SLY JAMES HAS SILENCED THE CITY COUNCIL WITH HIS "WIN AT ALL COSTS" LEADERSHIP STYLE!!!
More . . .
SADLY, MAYOR SLY'S DOMINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL TRANSLATES INTO EVEN LESS REPRESENTATION FOR NEIGHBORHOODS!!!
Here's just an example of the discussion and premise of this local debate.
One Kansas City Insider notes: "There aren't any real City Council members left in the classic sense of the term. They all have been beaten down so much that they only seem to want to make the Mayor happy with their every move."
Another perspective . . .
"The lack of leadership and initiative from The City Council is a direct result of the Mayor's attitude and approach to governance. He doesn't want to hear ideas from anyone else. The Mayor is now notorious for shutting down Council members who step out of line."
Meanwhile, the last few members of the voting public are getting sold the idea that this silence and lack of creative thought from the City Council represents "cooperation" . . . However . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES MAYOR SLY'S DEMAND THAT EVERY COUNCIL MEMBER STAY "ON MESSAGE" HAS VIRTUALLY KILLED ALL NEIGHBORHOOD ISSUES!!!
Real talk . . . Really simple stuff like street lights, potholes, minor zoning disputes and the hum-drum complaints of Kansas City that most Council Members have to deal with are being met with the overtly political spin which has become the trademark of the Mayor Sly's Administration i.e. Ask your council member to fix a fire hydrant and you'll get a yearbook speech.
Realistically, Kansas City is getting the first look at a "strong Mayor" form of government and it's clearly something that only benefits Mayor Sly James and not the residents of so many local neighborhoods.
DEVELOPING . . .