Monday, March 31, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! CONFIRMED: EMERGENCY WATER BOND CASH ORDINANCE TO FUND SHAMEFUL KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!



Right now Kansas City local government has sunk into a despicable state of disgrace that hasn't been seen in years.

To wit . . .

CHECK OUT THIS SHOCKING EMERGENCY ORDINANCE SPONSORED BY KANSAS CITY COUNCIL DUDE RUSS JOHNSON: HERE'S AN UNFORGIVABLE ORDINANCE THAT WILL TAKE WATER BOND MONEY AND USE IT TO PAY FOR THE TOY TRAIN STREETCAR!!!

This isn't speculation or spin or politics, this is part of the agenda at City Hall this week send our way by the most KICK-ASS TKC TIPSTERS who rage against this backdoor misuse of City Hall money . . .



Check it:

The following items have been added to the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Agenda scheduled to be heard on Thursday, April 03, 2014 at 8:45 AM in the 26th Floor Council Chamber of City Hall located at 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

Ordinance #140258: Reducing appropriations in the 2013A Water Bond Fund and the 2012 Sanitary Sewer Revenue Bond Fund in the total amount of $23,683,540.07; appropriating that amount to the Downtown Streetcar Phase 1 account; and recognizing an emergency.

Remember that we talked about this Sunday morning and some of you d-bags couldn't or didn't want to believe it. Now this cash raid is simply a matter of public record:



Awesome TKC TIPSTERS AND A KANSAS CITY INSIDER gets the quote since they put it on blast:

"More looting of City taxpayers' coffers intended for other pressing issues."

And just like so many people who objected to the toy train streetcar contend . . . It's a tragic misusue of local cash that takes away from more pressing matters and adds very little benefit.

THIS ALSO PROVIDES ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE AGAINST THE UPCOMING KANSAS CITY QUESTION ONE SINCE MAYOR AND COUNCIL ARE CLEARLY MISUSING THE CASH!!!

You decide.

Developing . . .

82 Comments:

Anonymous said...

What a shame and a sham.

Anonymous said...

Uhhh, that's bordering on fraud, right there.

Anonymous said...

As someone who was once considering buying a home in Brookside/South Plaza, this is just mind blowing. Taxes are going to be through the roof in KC over the next 10 years. After reading articles like this, I will be buying across the state line.

Anonymous said...

I have GOT to move! I can not live in a city that behaves like this!

elBryan said...

I've been saying for a year that the streetcar will spend money collected outside of the TDD from taxpayers who never got to vote.

Now this is happening right before an important election for water bonds is about to occur. I say KC residents, specifically those outside the TDD, should reject this water bonds and refuse to give the city any more authority to take on new debt until Sly James backs off of the streetcar issue.

a fuckin' realist said...

Come on Tony! You're so serious. Trains are fun! fun! fun! Get on board. All the cool kids are doing it!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know the cusip numbers of these issues? It's probably time to become familiar with the bond covenants.

Anonymous said...

rapping: council dudes on a...bender, bender, bender..

Anonymous said...

Plus the streetcar will require a regressive sales tax increase that will require the poor to pay more to fund a streetcar that will duplicate the routes buses already run. This is purely a case of the rich taking from the poor to fund frou frou.

Russ Johnson, Gunnar, and the rest of the bunch should be ashamed of this racist streetcar.

Anonymous said...

Nevermind... 'got my cusips. Now to read the damn things...

Anonymous said...

Sly is just pounding away at the quivering asshole of the KC taxpayer.

Just reaming and boring out that hole to see how much these poor suckers are willing to take.

Anonymous said...

Why is everything "an emergency" lately?

Anonymous said...

Vote no on water $$$$ question April 8th!

Meebo said...

Shame on you KC for electing these fucking crooks.

Anonymous said...

I have decided that the voter base in KCMO is filled with morons.

Anonymous said...

Didn't KC pass a tax about 15 yrs ago to redo water and sewer lines. What happened to that money? Now residents pay their water bill monthly instead of bi-monthly, and the bill more than doubled. 1% eanings tax, personal property tax, rising real estate taxes. Unaccredited schools, power and light 20 mill, and a soon to be tax base lost in the plaza area. Hell I have worked for the city for some time and i wish I could leave. Change the residency requirement and I would be out of here in a flash. I am tired of the wasteful spending, too old to start anew, and stuck in a dump in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I did move out of Brookside! And kc! And Jaco! Water bill now average $32!

Anonymous said...

The citizens of KC are the most gullible dumb asses on the planet. Not only will they stand for raising their own water bills, but they will stand for the money going to a streetcar project? and where the fuck is the lame as Missouri Public Utilities Commission?

Did any of the commissioners notice that when the water bills were raised that the reason for the requested increase didn't say a damn thing about funding streetcars? Hell No! The dumb ass commission sat on their fat asses collecting their bureaucratic paychecks and have not even recommended an investigation, a court order blocking the transfer of the funds, a fraud investigation or jack shit. No sir folks, the commission, which was designed to control utilities and protect consumers once again sticks nine yards right up the tax payers collective asses after wallowing in bed with the very utilities they are supposed to be watching. How fucking corrupt is enough for people in this fucked up state?

How many members of the ,so called, local press are going to sit on their thumbs watching this with a gag on because not a one of them have the balls or experience to investigate or report the truth on this issue? No sir for the local press their scruples come down the poke that says, "If it is a choice between rocking the boat and honesty calm waters will prevail." Pathetic!

Anonymous said...

Whoa this is getting out control.

Anonymous said...

Not to distract this lemmings stampede but the money is being used to repair 100 year old plus water and sewer lines. Da horrah! Carry on with ur uniformed pissing and moaning.

Anonymous said...

It's called "bait and switch", a specialty of KCMO city government.

Anonymous said...

Oh I see 3:16 you could have used some of that Fed funding right?

Where did that vanish?

Anonymous said...

Yeah seriously dude. What did happen to all the Fed Funding for the downtown streetcar starter line?

Anonymous said...

Total Fiasco

Hyperblogal said...

Someone please tell me the nature of the emergency?

Anonymous said...

Uh oh. This means the trendy hipsters riding the toy train may have to wade through piss and poo to board it. Yeah, that makes sense.

Anonymous said...

Something is seriously wrong here folks.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:16, are you retarded? Have you read the ordinance?

Anonymous said...

Serious question. How do we start the recall process for the KCMO Mayor and City Council members? This is absolutely legalized criminal activity.

Anonymous said...

3:16 is probably Russ Johnson 3:46

Anonymous said...

Ah let me guess. “It may not be right, but it is legal” - Russ Johnson.

Anonymous said...

All of Kansas City should go down to City Hall with pitchforks and demand that they stop this nonsense once and for all. If we have to take out the Mayor... so be it.

Anonymous said...

The streetcar came to my house last night to round up my guns.

100% true story and a fact.

There was a 'mergency ordinancy that 'llowed them to come and do it.

Plus it raped my white women.

This is all true and easily verifiable on facebook and various letters to them thar editorials.

It might say something diifernt in them books, but I never wuz much fer book learnins.

I prefer righteous indignation based on a central missunderstandin of facts and a childlike gullibility.

Anonymous said...

Kind of slick how they slid this in just before the election isn't it?

Anonymous said...

"Recognizing an emergency" language is clearly explained in the ordinance, and its usage is codified in the charter.

And the purpose of the ordinance is clear to anyone with an even cursory understanding of governance. But that excludes almost everyone on this blog and 99% of the increasingly unhinged anti-streetcar loonies.

Some of you need a civics lesson before you launch into your next misdirected, predictable and irrelevant eruption of bile and total bullshit.

This is not a news source, children. This is an entertainment venue. It's like the kids table, and the grown ups are in the other room, with the door closed so your tantrums and food fights don't spoil our supper.

Abcnkc said...

I want the train. But all these recent emergencies remind me of the bad guys in an old western running for the border with all the good people's money overflowing their carpet bags.

I need to find a new candidate.

Anonymous said...

Which one of the streetcar loons are you 4:13?

Anonymous said...

Put it in perspective.

24 mil is nothing. Hell they spent 57 million dollars according to the KC Star fixing up that horrible apartment complex on Armour filled with murders.

Anonymous said...

4:13 Who's ass is your tongue up?

Anonymous said...

Hoodwinking the public. Streetcar supporters may now respond with the usual innuendo and name calling.

Anonymous said...

4:13 They don't have the money!! Total Bullshit!

Anonymous said...

You guys are really mad about fixing water and sewer pipes. Grrr! Rabble! Rabble!

Anonymous said...

Well a lot of good those Fed Grants did huh?

Anonymous said...

Time for a credible white adult to step up and run for mayor. We've had enough of Mayor tax and spend.

KC Taxpayer

Anonymous said...

Lie, cheat, steal, but it's legal apparently.

Byron Funkhouser said...

$23,683,540.07

With such a precise total, there should be an itemized list showing where its all going.

Anonymous said...

Don't upset Russ to much he might have another road rage incident again.

Abcnkc said...

I am a Northern Loon.

Anonymous said...

Fuck fixing the sewers!!!!!!!!!!!


CK doesn't even have the money to fix the sewers!!!!!!!!!


Fix the sewers before fix the toy sewers, CK!!!!!!!!!!!!


Also the mayor is FUCKING black (not racist, just saying, wink, wink)!!!!!!!

Fix the fucking sewers CK sux epic fail boondoggle

We don't have money for this hipster coffeeshop sewer fixing goddamnit!!!!!!

Overland Park....uh, I mean Brookside,....uh I mean midtown is mad as hell and we're not goin to take this shit from a black guy.....uh I mean from criminals corruption crooks CK!!!!

Save our dilapidated Sewers!!!!!

Don't let Dave Johnson put his glasses on our sewers, it will boondoggle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cato says sewers do not pay for themselves, massive taxc suck!!!!!!!!

Fucking septupule tax, like 17 times!!!!!!

I"m TOTALLY REASONABLE YOU FUCKING HIPSTER SHIT SMEAR FUCK YOU RENTER NEVER STOP GET A PITCHFOOOOOOOORK!!!!!!!

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boondoggle

Anonymous said...

Well I see the WV cum guzzler is back.

Anonymous said...

Byron shut the fuck up...this don't concern your perverted fucking ass.

Anonymous said...

Tony do you have the ethnic breakdown of the voters of Kansas City ? That will tell you all you need to know. A big problem is the qualifications of people like Cindy Circo, Theresa, and several others. The people with brains can't get elected. KC voters elect fluff. Hell, Cum Guy could get elected, and would probably be better than what we have.

Anonymous said...

So 4:13 pm, you arrogant gaseous asshat, would you care to explain "the purpose of the ordinance" in plain straightforward language? Because to us simpletons it plainly looks like taking money designated by voters for one purpose and deciding to use it for another purpose without consulting said voters.

We will be here waiting.

Anonymous said...

VOTE FOR CUM GUY!

Anonymous said...

3:16 / 4:13 is trying to misdirect, and obviously doing so in a manner that all but gives himself away as a City employee. Yes, the "emergency" ordinance transfers bond funds to the streetcar project to fix water / sewers along the route, BUT THIS QUICK FIX IS ONLY REQUIRED DUE TO THE STREETCAR PROJECT. If the streetcar wasn't happening, or if they were actually only building infrastructure for a streetcar and not light rail, the existing service under the street would be fine.

Some of the less intelligent among us gave the City the "OK" for a little above the shirt action on us, they've now pulled down our pants and are getting ready to ram in it.

Anonymous said...

Somehow we don't understand why we are not taken seriously.

After all, we are best represented by the cum-rape guy, a bear racist, and one who proclaims prostate self exams.

So WTF, why won't people listen to us?

Anonymous said...

I'm convinced that everything going on bodes very badly for the next e-tax renewal in 2016. Let's see:

- Translation Research Tax defeated due to very poor justification

- Streetcar scope growing, yet construction and operation cost estimates exploding

- Rationale for KCI single terminal collapsing yet "advisory" committee appears ready to recommend it

- With water bond money being "diverted", passage begins to seem doubtful

People are finally waking up to what horrible stewards of the public's money the KCMO elected officials really are. If KCMO isn't careful, they will find themselves without the $200m/year the e-tax generates and have a 40% hole in the general fund without any way to fill it.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I have decided that the voter base in KCMO is filled with morons.
3/31/14, 2:42 PM

And the fact it took you this long for that to sink in either speaks volumes or you were distracted. Not the first time this happens and by far not the last. Like a bad TV channel or radio station you can always change it. Be safe.

Anonymous said...

St. Louis repaired alot of their old sewer lines with a new technology that lines the pipe with a plastic liner. Then the material is forced to expand to the inside diameter of the pipe with air and steam leaving basically a new pvc pipe inside a old steel pipe. I wonder if kc even looked at this option or are they digging up every foot of pipe. The co. that did St. Louis used camaras to see if the steel was good enough if it was they lined it if not they dug, repaired then lined. Was suppose to be a huge savings as to digging everything.

Anonymous said...

Astute observation 6:01. Black & Veatch is in charge of St. Louis' project. CK takes its orders from Burns & McDonnell. BM does not offer those services.

Thanks for playing.

Anonymous said...

Thx for that 611. I didn't know that. It is a hell of a product. Wish I had come with that invention. Anyways too bad kc cant atleast look into it

Anonymous said...

I think KC is doing that in some fixes, 6:01. As for 4:13, my guess would be either Russ Johnson or the Hale Cook guy who I think works for one of the companies that stands to benefit from the streetcar (BNIM?). Given 4:13's condescending tone, I'd tend toward Johnson. He thinks passing the Mensa test really makes him smarter than everyone else.

Notice, though, that the streetcar supporters won't address the basic issues those opposed have, namely that it costs too much, duplicates existing transit, and robs the poor by imposing a regressive sales tax.

It's so much easier to respond with the hyperbolic hysterical frothy-mouth stuff. Attack your opposition, in other words, and avoid any and all unpleasant and inconvenient facts.

And the exclamation point guy is just a nut.

Anonymous said...

...and while we're looking at this ordinance, is anyone else getting more than a little tired of the council's constant use of the "emergency" provisions in the ordinances? There's only three real reasons to abuse this provision; avoid the requirement for multiple readings, side-step the typical 10-day waiting period for advancement, or nullify a voter's right to referenda. All three could arguably be seen as an abuse of power in all but the most urgent of circumstances.

Anonymous said...

http://bnim.com/blog-entry/bringing-streetcar-back-kansas-city

Anonymous said...

5:49 if you read thru the racism of the bears comments, he usually has a very valid point beneath the racial rant.

Anonymous said...

the bear calls it like it is, like it or not

Anonymous said...

I live in the proposed TDD, I will almost certainly vote for it. I think its an important investment in our sorely lacking transit system, and I see a functional difference between fixed routes and bus routes.

I'm also a daily bus commuter to my job in South KC, and have been since I moved here 15 years ago.

I say that as preface to the following:

I can barely tell the difference between the "exclamation point guy" and the average anti-streetcar zealot (which is not all the anti-streetcar people, in real life, but definitely they dominate this blog).

In fact, if it wasn't for the exclamation points, I might not understand that it was parody.

Anonymous said...

At this point, the streetcar supporters and particularly elected officals who are making these spending decisions, would do well to:
1. Make public the current estimated total cost of the Main Street line.
2. Make public ALL the money that has been spent so far, where it came from, and how specifically it was spent.
3. The estimates of operations and maintenance of the Main Street line and revenues estimated to be generated by the original TDD.
If this is all such a great idea and is being well-managed, these numbers should be easy to come up with and should attract public support. If not, the taxpaying public should be warned of the cost overruns and other financial catastrophies coming their way.
Deceit is really not the same as leadership.

Anonymous said...

I THINK THE CUM GUY SHOULD GIVE IT A SHOT.

P Bear said...

7:54 +1

Anonymous said...

Ha. 7:27 is a idiot. Nice try, nobodies that stupid.

Anonymous said...

Its so hard understanding why we are constant sniveling is not taken seriously.

P Bear my ass. My 11 year old has greater depth.

Anonymous said...

413 theres a lot of character flaws allowed to fly here
Arrogance isnt one of them.

Anonymous said...

^1

Anonymous said...

"I can barely tell the difference between the "exclamation point guy" and the average anti-streetcar zealot (which is not all the anti-streetcar people, in real life, but definitely they dominate this blog)."

As I see it, 7:27, sometimes the people who oppose the streetcar actually give their reasons for not supporting it. Streetcar proponents respond by calling their opponents NIMBYs, Cave men, hyperbolic hysterical frothy-mouthed whatevers, etc., which leads me to believe the supporters have no reason for taxpayers to build the streetcar other than (1) they want it and/or (2) they or their employers (e.g., BNIM) have a vested interest in building it.

I cannot see one practical benefit the streetcar will provide that current transit does not, and we have the ability to see which side is more correct by building the currently (if fraudulently) approved starter line and seeing if it makes a difference in that two-miles before extending the lines anywhere else.

Another consideration: many if not most jobs in the area are not downtown. Once upon a time I worked downtown and commuted by bus from Waldo. My last job was in JOCO, where most of the jobs seem to be these days, since that's where most companies choose to locate.

Anonymous said...

By FAR the highest concentration if metro jobs is in the urban core, not joco. Over 50% of metro jobs at in kcmo proper and something like 75% of those are in the river to plaza corridor.

Anonymous said...

I'm a middle class reactionary white man, so I'm something of an expert on any subject I choose to talk about and let me tell you a thing or 2...

We need to fix our sewers before we pay for this toy! Now, dammit, I've warned you kids before about the sewer crises when you brought up this kooky boondoggle. Don't make me get stern. Just accept my false dichotomy and respect my authority and obvious knowledge.

The only sewers we don't need to fix are the one directly underneath the proposed streetcar route...those are fine. And while I have no understanding of either sewer infrastructure or urban planning or governance, I do know fixing sewers WHILE you do anything else is folly. Fiddledy faddledy frou frou I tell you.

You can only do one thing at a time. Not 2 dammit! Get a grip, as you kids say. Then get a job. But not selling me my lattes! Drinking them is fine and good, but I despise the cute little girls and the flopsy mopsy boys who prepare them for me. Just like the Mexicans who mow my yard, haha...

Anonymous said...

12:24's response is exactly the kind of thing we've come to expect from the pro-streetcar folks. Making fun of the opposition is not the same as addressing the issues surrounding the streetcar, the main issue being why do we need something expensive to do what's already being done? And why burden those in the poorest parts of town with a regressive sales tax to fund the duplicate services?

At least the person who posted appears to be on a lunch break, so his management at BNIM is probably happy about that.

As for as the concentration of jobs, if 50% of jobs are in KCMO proper and 75% of those are in the river to Plaza corridor, that means only about 37.5% are in that corridor (.5 X .75). And from the river to the Plaza is already well-served by existing transit.

Anonymous said...

Just for the record:

37.5% of metro jobs in 0.375% of the metro land area ( 30 square miles of an 8000 square mile metro) is EXACTLY where transit should be concentrated...

Anonymous said...

But. It. Is. Already. Concentrated. There.

Anonymous said...

Why do water lines needed to be moved? Streetcar footings are only 18" deep. Looks like Light Rail is going in. Why would $200,000 come out of the Northlands PICA funds to do a study on streetcars south of the river.Russ Johnson seems do be working more for downtown than spending our tax dollars in the Northland where it should be.
Seems the City has a way of moving funds from one place and going to another without tax payer approval.

Anonymous said...

Can't we all just get along and back light rail. Our taxes are still low. 13% or more is not yet that bad. I am prepared to vote any light rail into existence even up to 20% level. Its a good thing.