TKC BLOGS KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES STATE OF THE CITY SPEECH 2014!!!
Finally made it out to the Northland hideaway where Mayor Sly is making State Of The City speech . . . Thank God for helpful white people.
Just got in and the Mayor is making up nonsense like "creative" economy... AND A CREATION OF A KC FILM OFFICE.
Mayor on economic border war...
"We need to realize that this fixation on competing with Kansas is short-sighted..."
Mayor Sly name checks Damiah White...3-year-old murdered last year.
Sit stand gimmick with high schoolers re: gun control.
Mayor goes anti-gun ... "In Missouri, what's good for rural Missouri is not good for urban Kansas City."
Plaza and Zoo hot mess referenced...
Mayor Sly forgets arrests and ruckus at his Mayor's nights events ... We've got pix and proof that even Mayor's Nights activities turned into a hot mess.
And then Youth Commission propaganda.
And yet another call for community cooperation.
A bit of reading program talk . . . Credit where it's due, this is the only program the Mayor does right.
Talk turns to schools...
"Every child in this community deserves a world class education."
Education talk makes sense at this location but it has turned into a love fest...Education solves everything. etc., etc.,etc.
Mayor Sly: "As long as I'm Mayor, every kid is my kid."
Sprint Center touted over parking lot.
"2014 is when we decide if we will go big or go home...The state of this city is dynamic and judging by the faces I see here at Park Hill High School, our future is dynamic."
And now dopey question from high school students moderated by KCPT's Nick Haines.
TODAY MAYOR SLY JAMES HID FROM KANSAS CITY BEHIND A BUNCH OF HIGH SCHOOL DORKS!!!
Also, it's worth noting that even the students out here skew Conservative ...
The questions are right-leaning but still pointless...
Anyhoo, this is nothing less than a PR propaganda fest.. And possibly one of the least informative events KCMO has ever seen.
What's important here is to realize that the Mayor never won the Northland. He just didn't lose as bad as many people thought he would...So this is pretty much an exercise in political theater with students as props.
And here are just a few more pix of the hot mess...
Here's me getting creative with this study hall session...
Backstage Mayor Sly took more questions and defended his gun control crackdown efforts.
Funny story here...
On this photo, Mayor Pro Tem Sexy Cindy Circo told TKC that we "didn't need to be so sneaky. "TKC replied that candids are always better. She said, "I'll be candid." And then we started giggling and ran off...
Parting shot of a suburban education in hype.
I'm out... Totally a waste of time.
UPDATE: HERE'S THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE MAYOR'S REMARKS . . .
Here's the live stream replay . . . Watch for TKC rolling his big 'ol bug eyes.
KCTV5: Kansas City mayor takes State of the City to student audience
Newspaper: Sly James delivers upbeat 'State of the City' speech to KC young people
Fox4KC: Mayor addresses students at Park Hill High School
KSHB: Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered the annual State of the City address Monday morning at Park Hill High School.
UPDATED WITH MORE LINKS . . .
NBC Action News: Mayor James addresses youth violence
KCTV5 Again: High schoolers grill Kansas City Mayor Sly James
Newspaper: Mayor James offers a poignant reminder on KC's murders
KMBC: Mayor: KC kids making progress toward reading goals
High Praise From Yael: Mayor James doesn't want 'idiots' ruining his city
KCUR: Kansas City Mayor Calls For Stricter Gun Laws In State Of The City Address
And so . . .
WHAT DO TKC READERS THINK??? IS THIS AN INSPIRING MOVE BY MAYOR SLY TO INVOLVE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR CITY OR SIMPLY A PROPAGANDA EFFORT USING STUDENTS AS PROPS???
Developing . . .