Sunday, January 19, 2014

Kansas City Mayor Sly on Council District Charter Change: 'I Think It's A Bad Idea'



Proposed Kansas City charter change is one of the most controversial topics on the horizon for local politicos and the manner in which this issue was placed on the ballot is also generating a few heated reax . . .

A recent KCUR report notes that Mayor Sly James has fulfilled his commitment to community groups and put charter change on the ballot BUT he doesn't necessarily support the idea when it comes to creating more council districts.

Here's the money quote:



“I think it's a bad idea, too." James said. "That does not mean people should not have the right to vote on bad ideas. It happens every day in this country.”

This response has elicited a strong reaction from some Kansas City insiders . . .

"If that's the case, then why have a Mayor or a Council?," one Council District opponent questioned. "That's not really leadership, it's just returning favors to local special interests. We elect public officials to provide their own good judgement and not just run errands for people to whom they owe favors."

On the other hand . . .

HERE ARE THE TKC TOP 5 NEW REASONS TO SUPPORT ELIMINATION OF AT-LARGE KANSAS CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS!!!

1. Better Representation

Previously, we featured an argument claiming that at-large district offered more representation to voters. But a real world test of this theory would reveal that any issue a voter would take up with an at-large council member out of their district would be subsequently directed toward their IN-DISTRICT representatives. That's just how things work. Therefore voting at-large candidates is mostly just a matter of public perception, biases and personal prejudice.

2. Bigger Better Cities Don't Have At-Large Districts

Kansas City keeps talking about and effort to become a "world class city" and this is where it starts. The at-large system is antiquated and no other big city uses it . . . Notably, none of the cities in JoCo use an at-large system. It's really nothing more than a legacy of the Pendergast days.

3. Reducing The Cost Of Running For Local Elected Office

More in-district elected officials will shrink council districts and make them "walkable" for most candidates. This offers DIRECT DEMOCRACY and a chance for a candidate who isn't part of machine politics or the civic elite to engage in a bit of competition without a huge bankroll.

4. Dead Tree Media Doesn't Want It

When the newspaper opposes a measure for Kansas City . . . It's usually a good idea. And in this case, legacy media opposition to more Council Districts is really just an attempt to hold on to their dwindling political influence.

5. What Has Your At-Large Out Of District Council Member Done For You Lately?!?!

Reality check . . . Most voters and/or reporters in Kansas City can't name all of the members of City Council.

Still . . . For these reasons and so many more . . . We'll follow this debate as it becomes more divisive and as Kansas City politicos attempt to cling to power.

Photobabe: Sophie Reade

Developing . . .

34 Comments:

Anonymous said...

You might also want to note that, at this point, there is no organized opposition against this effort. That might be the key for more council districts.

Anonymous said...

I think Mayor James is a bad idea for KC

Anonymous said...

"2. Bigger Better Cities Don't Have At-Large Districts"

Like Detroit?

Anonymous said...

We don't need at large it's for the special interest,Sly has now shown his true colors.

Anonymous said...

As long as the same kinds of people who regularly run for public office and get elected over and over again in KCMO keep showing up, the organizational chart you choose makes no difference at all.
Strong mayor; local control fo the KCPD; number of districts for the council.
No difference at all.
No results and no accountability.

Anonymous said...

As long as this city council keeps an incompetent city manager like Troy Schulte, this city will continue to decline. Seriously, why does the city have an assistant city manager whose only job is to lurk on TKC, Facebook, and Twitter. And letting PW send folks to Spain on tax payers including the person in charge of sidewalks? WAKE UP CITY COUNCIL.

Pootie Tang said...

Pootie say Sly Mayor be dab rof CK. Sly Man edir eht yot niart ot nowhere.

Anonymous said...

HEY TKC....where's the update on all the trouble on the Plaza that your butt buddy Alonzo predicted????

Anonymous said...

A funny thing Sly and Yael butt buddies on this .I am now for all in district,I am not for any Agenda these two have hatched.

Anonymous said...

If Sly is against it, I think a charter change is worth considering. Anytime establishment politicians dislike something, that usually indicates it's good for the people.

Anonymous said...

Item #5 is telling. The answer is "not a damn thing "

Byron Funkhouser said...

What a ringing endorsement of democracy from the mayor.

Anonymous said...

Says someone who's never been to Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

Byron = Persona Non Grata

Flint Lock said...

Byron Farthouser don't know jack shit about anything. Byron, STFU you wife beating, child molesting, social security check stealing, deadbeat. Damn....

Anonymous said...

Mayor Sly James nuts to the size of raisins is finally sign of democracy

Byron Funkhouser said...

Or you'll do what, exactly, fucking little pussy.

Anonymous said...

Keep playing with you mouse!
Persona Non Grata

Anonymous said...

Tony I am so god damn tired of seeing Byron Funkhouser’s shit on these posts all the time. He is ruining your site. He is not from around here and adds nothing to this local blog. His insight is hateful as a rule and does not reflect the views of people or events of Kansas City. He has gotten to the point he only posts to incite and anger people for his own benefit.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Ms. 11:28

O Sancto simplistica! Non compas mentis chronica simplex.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Ms. 11:30

Blah, blah, blah. What would you like Tony to do about it? "does not reflect the views of people, blah, blah,". What you really mean is that I'm not a racist like most of the other commenters. Waaa.

Anonymous said...

It was a bad idea to elect Sly James as Mayor. To all that participated... Karma.

Byron Funkhouser said...

You don't think Burke would have been eat up with eco-devo plans? With his background?

Anonymous said...

March, 1954

Byron Funkhouser said...

Yes, that's the month & year I was born. What's your point, little pussy?

Anonymous said...

Tony I am so god damn tired of seeing Byron Funkhouser’s shit on these posts all the time. He is ruining your site. He is not from around here and adds nothing to this local blog. His insight is hateful as a rule and does not reflect the views of people or events of Kansas City. He has gotten to the point he only posts to incite and anger people for his own benefit.

Anonymous said...

Just for the record joco cities are neither bigger nor better nor cities, actually.

They are smaller, mediocre to crappy suburbs.

Anonymous said...

Byron=non persona.

Anonymous said...

129 indeed!

Anonymous said...

Big, better cities probably have better leadership than KC.

Byron Funkhouser said...

People with IQ's of 100 expect people with IQ's of 129 to have the same opinions, beliefs, etc. That really isn't possible.

Finn Byron's young boy fixation.............. said...

Byron, you need help counting to 10 let alone 100 or 129. Now STFU and take a dirt nap. Pedo.

Anonymous said...

129 my ass.

Byron Funkhouser said...

Do you pussies ever make any other comments, or is stalking me your latest hobby?