Clay Chastain Presents The Final Court Filing For Kansas City Light Rail Initiative
TKC NOTE: Clay Chastain offers a look at the final stages of his ongoing Kansas City light rail fight. He also take a few shots @ Mayor and Council and the toy train plain in a few amusing asides. Take a look:
Final Court Filing On Behalf Of Kansas City Light Rail Initiative
Below is our final court filing (see attachment) in behalf of the light rail initiative 4,000 voters signed (Kansas City's City Council still refuses to place before the voters)instructing the trial court to order the light rail initiative on the August ballot and rein in this over bearing government in behalf of the public interest, and city charter law that says the City Council "shall" place a valid initiative on the ballot.
The light rail hearing date is May 19th at 10:30 before the honorable Judge Midkiff.
It is obvious by now that Mayor Sly James, and his phantom transit genius Councilman Russ Johnson are instructing the City's mealy mouthed attorneys (currently busy in another circuit court unabashedly arguing that the voters should be allowed to vote on the City's streetcar plan!!) to argue anything, even a bogus technicality, to stop a vote on the light rail initiative that was ruled constitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court.
These two elected officials are acting like devious pussy foots afraid the voters will prefer the vision of the light rail initiative over their unfair (to the poor), poorly designed streetcar plan that has been mishandled from the beginning.
We pray Judge Midkiff will see through their empty legal manipulations and uphold the democratic initiative process in behalf of we the people.
Oh yes, a few amusing asides:
City attorneys are now arguing that they should not be required to place the initiative before voters because if the voters approve the light rail-based transit system outlined in the ballot language, the City says...citing to a so-called technical wording glitch in the initiative's associated ordinance language...they are not legally mandated to build it.
First off, the City is not legally mandated to build anything the voters approve via the initiative process. We saw this weakness in the initiative process when the courts upheld the City Council's repeal (in 2007) of a light rail initiative supported by 75,000 Kansas City voters!!!
And here is the final absurdity in what Assistant City Attorney Sarah Baxter told the Missouri Supreme Court Judges during oral arguments when they asked her about that controversial wording in the ordinance language the city is now hiding behind........... "the City feels it cannot ignore the ballot language!!!"
See what I mean?
Finally, I leave this observation to the court:
A ruling in favor of the city would only serve to turn the weak initiative process Kansas City now has, into a meaningless one.
Kansas City, Missouri registered voter and Community Activist, Clay Chastain
Summary Judgement Response From Clay Chastain