TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! CLAY CHASTAIN PREPS FOR HIS NEXT LIGHT RAIL LEGAL BATTLE!!!
Check the latest word from Kansas City Transit activist Clay Chastain as his light rail legal battle heads for a decision date . . . The following is an excerpt of a longer editorial wherein Clay passes along an editorial missive but still makes a case for his plan that is, to date, the only citywide rail transit "yes vote" in the modern era.
CLAY CHASTAIN EDITORIAL
What seems clear is that no matter the legal outcome June 12, the losing side can and will appeal. This will catapult the initiative into another round of endless litigation leaving the issue unresolved (as to whether Kansas City should modernize its transit system around a citywide light rail train system or a downtown streetcar system) and hanging over the Kansas City community.
Moreover, it is unfair to expect average citizens to have to spend tens of thousands of dollars legally defending a valid initiative. This negative precedent will only further discourage citizens from utilizing a democratic freedom they have reserved to themselves.
Therefore ... The only way out of this civic quagmire and merry-go-round of litigation, and protect the integrity of the democratic process, is for Mayor James and the City Council to reverse course and vote to place Chastain's light rail initiative ordinance before the voters in the up-coming November general election.
The City will then be free to point of out in a campaign how misleading, misguided, and under funded they think the initiative is.
It is time to take the long-suffering light rail initiative out of the courtroom and onto the ballot, and let the voters decide.