TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! SATURDAY SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT LOCAL POLICE CONTROL AND THE TRAGIC RECORD OF KANSAS CITY FAIL!!!
Kansas City seems to be at yet another crossroads this week and the topic of local control represents yet another instance wherein the political elite are attempting to foist their opinion on residents without consent.
To wit . . .
TAKE A LOOK AT THESE QUESTIONS FROM A KANSAS CITY VOTER WHICH OFFER A GLIMPSE AT THIS TOWN'S RECORD OF FAIL!!!
Just to set the scene . . . This week's local control panel faced a more concise version of these questions and they recieved THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE from the crowd.
Check the full series of questions from Kansas City resident Sam Abadir - A guy we think probably needs to run for some local office very soon . . .
Questions Regarding Local Control From Kansas City Voter Sam Abadir
What makes any of you think Local Control is a good idea considering Kansas City’s history with public services and public safety? Here are some highlights from the past number of years.
• When the city took over the ambulance service this vital service that saves lives has been on the decline. According to the current national standards, ambulances should respond to calls in nine minutes or less 90 percent of the time. But according to the results of the City Auditor, ambulance service in Kansas City – either under the control of the Fire Department or MAST – only met the standard from 82 to 89 percent of the time. The auditor’s report showed that response times have been, on average, about a minute slower since the Fire Department took over for MAST.
• Recently KC made national news with JJs exploded due to a gas leak. Reports show that the locally controlled fire department left the scene after MGE showed up but before the gas leak was stopped. LC KCFD did not evacuate or secure the area as national standards for fire departments suggest should be done.
• Locally controlled water and sewer have for years been neglected while the mayor’s office and city council pursued other high visibility, no return to taxpayer projects such as P&L, 18th and Vine, and now the Street Car project. It took a federal law suit to force the upgrades and our current mayor did not appoint a full time head of the water department for over a year into his office.
• Snow removal has perennially been a real problem for KCMO but not the surrounding communities. Our last snow fall saw improvements but only with the help of homeowner and business paid for sub contractors that did the work their tax dollars already paid for.
All these examples are failures of the Mayor and City Council. As the mayor pursues high visibility projects such as the All Star Game and the Street Car he and the council have neglected the management and oversight of our local services. Instead of looking for departmental compliance with national standards on these areas, the budget, and tax levels, the Mayor and City Council have pursued grandstanding projects and camera time. And when real problems present themselves our mayor does not look for answers. Compare how the mayor of Birmingham reacted when a sign fell and killed a KC Metro resident to Mayor James and the JJs incident. The Birmingham Mayor got on TV and said he still needed answers. Mayor James put on a fireman’s shirt, got on TV and said he stood with the fire department even though there are clear examples of how the KCFD failed.