Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY ACCELERATES $8 MILLION FOR TOY TRAIN STREETCAR PHASE DEUX BEFORE A SINGLE VOTE HAS BEEN CAST!!!



Here's yet another sign that Kansas City's Democracy is rigged and most local votes are decided long before election day.

Check it:

TWO FOR TUESDAY: KANSAS CITY COUNCIL DUDE RUSS JOHNSON OFFERS DOUBLE-TAP STREETCAR ORDINANCES WORTH MORE THAN $8 MILLION FOR PHASE DEUX LONG BEFORE ANY ELECTION!!!



They used to call these "emergency ordinances" but Mayor Sly and the mostly crooked City Council changed the language because our blog community called them out on it.

Now . . .

HERE ARE TWO ORDINANCES PUSHING ALONG CITY HALL MONEY IN A HURRY BEFORE VOTING IS EVEN COMPLETE . . .

Don't ask Council Dude Johnson bout his ordinances . . .



He won't be answers any questions.

Still, here are the dox:

Burns & Mac doesn't wait for voting to get paid . . .

Ordinance #140395: Authorizing a $4,300,000.00 agreement with Burns _ McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc. for design services for the Kansas City Streetcar System Phase 2 project; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.

Ordinance #140394: Authorizing an agreement with HDR Engineering, Inc. for approximately $3,748,000.00 for design services for the Kansas City Streetcar System Phase 2 project; and recognizing this ordinance as having an accelerated effective date.

To wit . . .

CHECK THIS MONEY ROUTED IN A HURRY AND THEN REALIZE THAT DEMOCRACY IN KANSAS CITY IS DEAD!!!

Neither newspaper nor any other media outlet is going to cover how Kansas City is routing cash without consent or public voting but it's valuable to realize that local cash is mostly going to the toy train and directed far away from any other local priorities.

Developing . . .

52 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Russ knows best.

He's smarter than TKC or anybody else.

Just be quiet and don't vote.

Anonymous said...

Un believable

Anonymous said...

How the hell are they getting away with this shit?

Anonymous said...

Not only have voters not approved the TDD, but the streetcar vote doesn't come till November.

Where is the investigation? Why are these people permitted to get away with this?

Anonymous said...

These projects cost so much that they make some sort of corruption, if only in the form of campaign contributions, mandatory.

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to call the FBI. Wonder how Mensa boy would worm his way out of that.

Keep reaching for that HDR VP job Russ.

Anonymous said...

Did these go out for competitive bids?

Anonymous said...

It is way past time for the State of Missouri to take over local KCMO government. The Pendergast era has returned.

Anonymous said...

PERFECT example of how the Kansas City Falling Star Editorial Board is complicit with this town's political leadership INSTEAD of being a questioning representative for the public.

Falling Star motto = you gotta go along to get along


TONY'S KANSAS CITY = giving voice to the common man, and asking the question "does it make sense for the public majority?"

Anonymous said...

It's consistently hilarious that Tony, et al, have utterly no idea of thepurpose of an emergency ordinance.

But since it's so entertaining I'm not going to explain it.

People at City Hall just laugh their asses off at your stupidity, dude. They really really do.

And Micheal Mahoney can't even write a coherent blog post headline, let alone 20 pounds of them.

seanot said...

They should build a new wing at Leavenworth just for these clowns.

Anonymous said...

Please explain

Anonymous said...

How about 12:01 am Wednesday

Anonymous said...

Early tests reveal that the Twin Cities’ new light-rail cars require 67 minutes to go the 11 miles from downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul for an average speed of 10 miles per hour. Metro Transit managers say they expect to get the time down before the line opens for service on June 14, but the 39 minutes promised on the agency’s web site seems unattainable considering they have added three stops since the line was originally planned. Even 39 minutes is less than 17 mph, hardly a breathtaking speed.

Buses currently do the same trip in a mere 26 minutes. Some people are mildly outraged that the region has spent $100 million per mile to get slower service. Too bad they weren't outraged when the line was being planned.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of reliability, last week Portland’s TriMet tweeted an apology to passengers for three light-rail failures and delays in as many days. One of the delays was when Portland temperatures exceeded 90 degrees and TriMet had to slow all trains to avoid damage to the wires (so much for being an “all-weather” transportation mode).

In Russ We Trust said...

No questions please!

Anonymous said...

Envision a streetcar system that a) had configurable routing and b) required a minimum of up front infrastructure.

I think it would look like a bus. So what are the benefits of streetcars (other than nostalgia)?

Anonymous said...

Votes? Votes? Mensa boy don't need no stinkin' votes!

Anonymous said...

Two streetcar posts in one day. OMG.

More posts and that will influence public policy.

Think futile Tony.

Anonymous said...

What public policy 11:41?

Anonymous said...

So this is the money we don't have in the form of debt we're giving these outfits right?

Can anyone spare $10 Million?

Anonymous said...

Please explain the emergency or accelerated ordinance shit, how does it work? And why are they allowed to use it in this matter that hasn't even been voted on.

Anonymous said...

The question needs to be, "Is this the wisest and most productive investment of tax payer dollars?" Based on what I have seen we either don't have very many wise folks in this town or we have a pack of thieves running the show.

Anonymous said...

So, uh, we need 16,000 man hours at $280 a billable hour to figure out the shit that should have already been figured out ?!?!

Wow... I need to look into that..,,,

G

Anonymous said...

@1158....public policy is transit and use of the $$$$$.

What no one here seems to understand isthis venue is a pointless bitch chamber.

People need to get of their asses, show up, and explain their point of view. Posting hateful posts satisfy the bear-klaners and the cum-rape guy but do NOTHING save give Tony a sense of relevance.

That is reality, and its hard to hear. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

This isn't public policy or the doctrine it is outright greed and theft.

Anonymous said...

Awesome news TKC. Very good to hear that KCMO will continue to invest in the core.

Anonymous said...

Look. It's as simple as this: Several council members are being termed out and will need jobs in the real world after next year. It ain't what you know--certainly not in this council.

Anonymous said...

It will be a huge dose of needed reality to the tiny minority of streetcar supporters when the voters vote DOWN this stupid street car idea. Believe me, it's not just people in Brookside who think this idea is full of shit.

Anonymous said...

Burns and McDonnell is the 1%

Anonymous said...

Nawwwww....... I just wanna bill at $280-300 an hour......

For how long??

For as long as I can fuckin' bill it...

Anonymous said...

SO how much have they spent on studies over the last 10 years on Light Rail? A NO vote on 6 times on Light Rail and now they switch to Streetcars after it's the only thing they might be able to afford. Numbers are coming in to low and will be much higher when it happens. Let's see $10 million over budget on the shoal creek police station,Power & Light losing $7 million a year Union Station $20 million over budget,American $10 million over budget,Bartle Hall $14 million over budget,18th & Vine $650,000 in the red each year, and money taken from PIAC for streetcar studies. [money for the neighborhoods]Noe you see why you
why the neighborhood get nothing and the lawyers and developers get rich off the TIF that Mayor Barnes set up. Even money form the Fire and Police goes into the TIF payemnts

Anonymous said...

In this economy ?!?!?

Mannnn.... I need a new gig...... Dang,,,,

G

Anonymous said...

What about $ for schools, PD, FD and infrastructure?

Anonymous said...

Schools is state, PD is state, FD is 10 mill in the hole from OT...

Anonymous said...

Face facts, KCMO residents. The kiddie corps has rolled city hall and been given the keys to the treasury. Spending all this cash today is bad enough, but taking on decades of $10-15/year debt to fund a fad that will last 3-5 years at most is insanity.
The adults have left the building.

Anonymous said...

67 minutes to go 11 miles? There was a time I could run 11 miles in 67 minutes. Of course afterwards I would have smelled like those people riding bicycles.

Anonymous said...

Only solution would be for KCMO to adopt a form of government called democracy.

Anonymous said...

This town is one corrupt motherfucker.

Mr. Modesto said...

Russ was PISSED today. I think he reads TKC. Bad mood all around City Hall. This toy train scheme is about to implode.

Anonymous said...

Light rail is not abbout public ttanspotation. It has been about enginering companies making hundreds of millons. 35 per cent of LR money goes to professional engineering firms, law firms and finance types. It is about corruption of city politics.

Anonymous said...

Not every day you see an actual photograph of an elected official saying Fuck You to the general public.

This asshole should be behind bars. Kansas City should be under martial law because it is unft to govern itself.

Anonymous said...

Probably time to roll out the gallows. I know that's not a very kind, civil, enlightened, or Christ like thought, but these fuckers are completely out of control.

Anonymous said...

What is the differences between the Mafia and KC City Council? The Mafia had a code of honor.

Anonymous said...

Do you shits read this crap that you post.

Think echo bitch chamber. Reverberations, but nothing purposeful.

Anonymous said...

3:32: Of course Mensa boy reads TKC. Who do you think posts all those inane pro-streetcar comments?

Anonymous said...

I heard that David Johnson was moving from the Crossroads to Independence Avenue.

Anonymous said...

Time for the SAVEKCI committee to form a SAVEOURSTREETS committee!

Anonymous said...

Ed Ford PLEASE consider running against Sly in 2015!!!! His tax and spending ways need to come to an end.

Chester said...

Not really sure how this street car is supposed to benefit anybody but the developers. And the politicans who are pushing it through. For the average KC resident. It's nothing but a boon doggle.

Anonymous said...

Clever.

Anonymous said...

Correctto mundo: Burns and Mac not only get the contract, but they get 10's of millions in tax subsidies for their office expansion in south KC. The best way to speak up is to Vote no on the TDD in August if you live in the district.