TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CLAY CHASTAIN AND KANSAS CITY LIGHT RAIL PETITIONERS DEMAND PLACEMENT ON AUGUST BALLOT!!!
TKC NOTE: Pretty sure this presser might be part of a legal move aimed against the City Council . . . It's all fun and games until we remember that Clay Chastain beat Mayor and Council last time around and he's still the only guy to win a citywide rail transit election.
The Committee of Petitioners for the Light Rail Initiative Petition
To: Mayor Sly James, the entire city council, and the city's legal department
Given the fact the Missouri Supreme Court ruled (7-0) that the light rail initiative petition is constitutional;
Given the fact the initiative has met all signature and procedural requirements of the city's charter;
Given the fact all is needed to correct the so-called technical glitch in the initiative's ordinance language (to make it comport with the initiative's ballot language) is to copy section 4 of the ordinance into section three of the ordinance;
Given the fact Missouri case law says, "Initiatives shall be liberally construed to effectuate their purpose," (meaning the government is legally obligated to liberally construct initiatives and correct minor errors that might negate the initiative's purpose);
And given the fact the government has withheld a vote on said initiative for nearly three years now;
We the Committee of Petitioners for the Light Rail Initiative Petition (named below) hereby officially request that Kansas City's elected government make whatever technical correction to the light rail
initiative petition they feel is necessary to make it legally sufficient, and then place the initiative before voters in the up coming August election.
Respectively submitted by:
Karen Chastain, Lamar Mickens, Cynthia Mickens, and Kim Williamson.