Thursday, April 03, 2014

CELEBRATE KANSAS CITY WATER BOND WINNING TOY TRAIN STREETCAR MONEY WITHOUT QUESTION OR PUBLIC COMMENT!!!



City Hall is using water bond cash to keep the downtown toy train streetcar on track.

Moreover . . .

TODAY MAYOR AND COUNCIL WILL APPROVE AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE TO GIVE THE TOY TRAIN MORE THAN $20 MILLION OUT OF WATER BOND FUNDS WITHOUT ONE WORD OF PUBLIC TESTIMONY!!!

A KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDER WHO I UNINTENTIONALLY OFFENDED (SORRY) TELLS US THIS . . .

"140258 just passed for the infrastructure. No questions or even public testimony. Unreal."

The vote later this afternoon should be unanimous.

Because their reporting staff is getting cut and Dead Tree Media is no longer a community leader . . . Here's the propaganda and opinion disguised as news:

KC panel endorses replacing ancient water, sewer lines under streetcar project

Somewhat equal time . . .

CHECK THIS SUPPORT OF THE KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR SHELL GAME FROM A KICK-ASS KANSAS CITY INSIDER!!!

Here's the defense . . .

"I know you are having fun on the streetcar issue, BUT look at this post from today's council committee meeting.

There is no real transfer of money into the streetcar project to lay the tracks, buy the cars, etc.

It is moving money for a contractor to do the sewer and water pipe replacement before the streetcar folks lay down their tracks.

You can imagine the screaming that would come from the hate the government types if the tracks were laid and then one of the 1874 pipes broke underneath afterwards. "Why didn't the dummies replace those old pipes before the tracks were put in?"

Not any different than when Sprint Center was built----city moved money to replace all the old infrastructure while downtown was being dug up for construction."

Two things . . .

Did you know that P&L District claims the same thing? They don't even acknowledge that any of the cash Kansas City spent is at their behest . . . They say downtown KC needed the "improvements" anyway.

Meanwhile, we're pretty sure to get flooding if it rains anymore today in any other part of town that doesn't have a multi-million dollar entertainment district.

Also . . . Read the fact sheet on this one . . .

THERE'S NO GUARANTEE THAT THIS CITY HALL CASH WILL ONLY BE SPENT ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE!!! AS USUAL IN KC PROPER, THERE ARE NEITHER CHECKS NOR BALANCES!!!

Yes, there are assurances from City Hall but these are the same people who claim KCMO doesn't borrow money from the airport. Fact check, it does.

It's really a question of trust and a realization that this kind of shady tactic is why COMPLETELY CORRUPT KCMO isn't an attractive destination for young families.

Developing . .

29 Comments:

Anonymous said...

What's that statement? You have to spend money to make money!

Anonymous said...

These fucking thieves are doing whatever they wish with public money and nobody has the balls to hold them to account??? Well, bend over taxpayers, you have it coming!

Lynda T. said...

why don't they do this infrastructure repair in Brookside? This morning the rain already led the rats to the street off of Wornall.

Anonymous said...

Actually, this may explain the transfer in a way that makes sense, Why not do the water main work BEFORE laying tracks on top?

chuck said...

Just for the record and this is obviously anecdotal, I have worked at 2 houses on Morningside Drive in the last 6 months and they are adamantly against the Toy Train and especially the Toy Train in Brookside.

Just saying...

Anonymous said...

water tits!

Anonymous said...

And City Hall wants us to vote them $500 million more next April that can be diverted to wherever they want cuz it 's an "emergency".

Anonymous said...

How much was the Fed Grant for the downtown toy train? Certainly the city included infrastructure replacement costs when they submitted the application didn't they?

Anonymous said...

This is freaking crazy James and the City Council are out of freaking control.

Anonymous said...

Who was brilliant team behind estimating the costs for this project? Anything else they overlooked?

Anonymous said...

Yes the fury of angered public who's figuring out they are being duped and screwed over 4:11.

Anonymous said...

You need to understand that all this is just the start.
The streetcar contract hasn't been finalized yet, and the document is written so that the initial work comes in low, but there's no maximum cap on any cost overruns or change orders.
Now why would a company with experience building streetcar projects design a contract like that?
We already know why the gang at 12th and Oak would sign it.

Anonymous said...

They say downtown KC needed the "improvements" anyway.

It did.

It's really a question of trust and a realization that this kind of shady tactic is why COMPLETELY CORRUPT KCMO isn't an attractive destination for young families.

Yeah it's great living in cities that never change, never do anything, never make any civic improvements, and never think about the future. There are some out there. I'll start a Kickstarter to rent you a goddamn moving truck, so you can go live in one.

Does it really matter what fucking fund something comes out of? No. It's all out the same pie.

Anonymous said...

The streetcar contract hasn't been finalized yet, and the document is written so that the initial work comes in low, but there's no maximum cap on any cost overruns or change orders.

But they've started work anyway?

Phew boy fasten your seat belts folks.

Anonymous said...

The "angered public" will NOT do one fucking thing to this band of thieves. No, they can do whatever it is their devious hearts desire and nothing, nada, zip will happen to them. It's literally, a license to steal.....

Flying Streetcar mEmber said...

This is good! I expected it to be more like $40 million we'd need to take out of the city's water department!

Anonymous said...

How many spics and wetbacks can we get to work on this thing for cheap?

Anonymous said...

Wow this whole boondoggle is being revealed for what it really is.

A catastrophic mess in the making.

Anonymous said...

Sly dog doesn't even have a pen and look what he can do.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that the City Council has the power to appoint the Kansas City Streetcar Authority's directors and retains ultimate control over the system.

So bolt and lock down everything you have if you live in KCMO. Especially your bank accounts.

Anonymous said...

Stock up on Excedrin Extra Strength also.

Anonymous said...

3:08: Interesting. And someone said a few days ago 95% of the people in Morningside favored the train and the other 5% were uninformed.

4:28: If it doesn't matter what fund anything comes out of, why have funds? If the city sells bonds to pay for water and sewers it matters if the money's misspent elsewhere. Inquiring bondholders and taxpayers who approved the bonds in the first place (and who will pay the interest and eventually the principal) want to know.

Anonymous said...

May I offer a solution?
Move as far from KCMO as fast as your drunk brother in law can get his pickup there.

Anonymous said...

Still want to know if everyone will get juicy property tax deals like the folks downtown if they vote for the choo choo. The good ones where your paying cigarette change for expensive condo's and stuff.



Anonymous said...

Detroit in clear view ahead, here we come

Anonymous said...

Back the truck up. You mean we are stealing money from the water budget to frigging pay for water improvements? Those bastards.

Anonymous said...

Then show the &*%$ and testify at the hearing.

Right. Crickets.

Nothing new from this group.

Anonymous said...

If we build more jails we can solve a lot of our problems before the city goes broke

Anonymous said...

12:15 - it's so easy for working people to make those 9 am t&i meetings.