TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! FULL TEXT: CLAY CHASTAIN DEMANDS KANSAS CITY PUT HIS LIGHT RAIL PLAN ON AUGUST BALLOT AGAINST THE TOY TRAIN!!!
TKC NOTE: Here's the FULL TEXT from Clay Chastain DEMANDING that Kansas City give consideration to his citywide election victory that nobody else in this conversation can claim. . .
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City must put CONSTITUTIONAL light rail initiative on upcoming August ballot alongside city's streetcar plan.
Community activist Clay Chastain...Feburary 5, 2014
Yesterday a most supreme court reigned in a most over-bearing government, and paved the way for the light rail initiative petition to be placed before Kansas City voters in the upcoming August election.
The city initiated a 2.5 year lawsuit seeking a declaration that the light rail initiative petition would, if approved by voters, violate the Missouri State Constitution.
Yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected that false notion. Furthermore, concurring Judge Wilson expressed, "his doubts that any city ordinance proposed pursuant to an initiative right reserved to the people in their CITY CHARTER can violate this constitutional provision." He said that a charter is to city government what the Missouri Constitution is to state government, and....the city has not followed the directives in Kansas City's Charter regarding initiatives.
What was confusing about the ruling is that the court cited that the petition ordinance does not specifically order the city to build the light rail-based transit system the petition voters signed in behalf of...if the taxes were approved. This part of the ruling must also be mystifying to the city since for the last 2.5 years they too thought it did.
Not only that, if the city were to now reject the idea of putting this light rail initiative on the August ballot...since it has now been ruled constitutional...it would be selective enforcement since the city has put all the previous light rail initiatives on the ballot that were formatted in ordinance identical to this one.
So why would the city challenge the ballot title language on this one as legally insufficient and drag out litigation another 2.5 years?
Is the city trying to protect its streetcar plan from a little competition?
This would be bad self-serving public policy, improper conduct in office....as well as acting in bad faith. All are grounds for misfeasance of office.
The city should not worry about putting their streetcar plan and the light rail initiative on the same August ballot because Councilman Ed
Ford said in the Kansas City Star today that, "he was confident the city could put forth compelling arguments for why the streetcar plan is more reasonable than Chastain's light rail plan."
So what is the city afraid of?