TKC BLOG COMMUNITY BROKE NEWS OF SEX OFFENDER CONTROVERSY ON THE KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COUNCIL!!! NOW, CONSIDER CLANDESTINE EFFORTS TO PUT MORE FELONS ON THE CITY HALL PAYROLL!!!
On Tuesday in the late afternoon, the TKC Blog Community broke news of a controversy involving a sex offender listing and the Kansas City Neighborhood Council.
Wednesday night KMBC filed their report:
Criminal past forces Neighborhood Advisory Councilman's resignation
Still, there's a bigger issue at stake that Kansas City voters and residents have yet to discuss.
BEHIND THE SCENES THERE'S A MOVE FOR CITY HALL TO INCREASE HIRING AND PAYOUTS TO KANSAS CITY FELONS AS PART OF THE EFFORT TO REDUCE LOCAL HOMICIDE NUMBERS!!!
It's bad enough that this bit of folksy "up with the people" initiative is unsupported by research but it's also mostly unmentioned anywhere but at rallies and forums in the urban core.
Still, thanks to the members of THE KICK-ASS TKC BLOG COMMUNITY and a bit of independent research we know some of the players behind this move.
6th District Councilman Sharp has been a longtime advocate of dropping restrictions against some felons for city employment.
A couple of years ago Councilman Sharp pushed forward legislation that made it easier for "qualified felons" to serve drinks in Kansas City.
MORE RECENTLY at the latest anti-violence forum, Councilman Sharp earned thunderous applause from the crowd by way of speaking out against employment restrictions for felons.
"We can't let long ago mistakes keep people from making a living," Councilman Sharp said as the crowd nearly drowned out his speech with their cheering in agreement.
Nevertheless, the statement overlooks all of the applicants who haven't committed felonies and have trouble finding employment along with a basic shortage of jobs for college graduates and the dimwits who earned degrees in journalism or, God forbid, Communication Studies. Sniffle.
Another Kansas City Insider offers perspective on felons already on the City's payroll.
"Just look at the history of some of the people taking money from Aim4Peace," the insider said. "Some of those folks have serious records but the City is paying HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS for the program that doesn't work and eats up a huge food bill."
Accordingly, the question goes out to this blog community . . .
IF KANSAS CITY DOESN'T WANT A SEX OFFENDER ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE . . . THEN WHY IS THERE AN EFFORT TO PUT MORE FELONS ON CITY HALL'S PAYROLL?!?!
Local government working toward job creation in neighborhoods and even among felons is a good thing in theory. But, in practice, all employment efforts from City Hall basically turn into nothing more than political patronage. In this economy, sending sweet 12th & Oak cash to felons with political connections is a dangerous proposition but it's something that's being planned without much real discussion by voters and residents.
DEVELOPING . . .