Monday, June 16, 2014

MEET THE NEW KANSAS CITY TOY TRAIN STREETCAR BOSS TOM GEREND!!!



Here's a bit of breaking news which reveals that NOBODY but the civic elite and paid consultants really cares about streetcar or the many empty promises made on its behalf . . .

The Kansas City Streetcar Authority (KCSA) today chose the first Executive Director of the KC Streetcar system.

Thomas Gerend will leave his position as Co-Director of Transportation Planning for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to accept this executive role. Gerend spent the last eight years leading regional transportation planning, streetcar planning, and public transit coordination across the eight county bi-state Kansas City region. 

Here's the full presser
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The MARC connection confirms (once again) that the Toy Train deal has been rigged since day one ... Still, we celebrate this new appointment and the guy who will be forced to take the fall when the toy train tax doesn't pass.

Developing . . .

32 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Yup buy a train and first thing is cram as many bureaucrats as you can into the plan. Your tax dollars at work.

It should be noted that Gerend once had a toy train as a kid so that pretty much qualifies him to be anything in KC.

One of the director's first acts will be to purchase environmentally friendly safety briefs for the train crew at a cost of $367,284.59. Gerand will be flying to Paris next week to search out a supplier.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Gerend selected streetcar authority chief. God help us all.

Anonymous said...

He lives in Overland Park. Doesn't pay KCMO taxes.

Anonymous said...

Further proof city officials and their crony's are officially INSANE.

Anonymous said...

A kid from Rockford Illinois is now CK's TDD master of raising peoples taxes huh?

Anonymous said...

Will these people or whatever they are pay fair market price for us to leave KCMO or are we just prisoners now?

Anonymous said...

He really live out in the suburbs? That's hilarious if true.

Anonymous said...

Isn't there a Parana infestation in Rockford?

Anonymous said...

I believe that's panera!

Anonymous said...

Will the train run in the prospect area?

Anonymous said...

Nobody of any brains lives in the KCMO.

Anonymous said...

Another white boy!

Anonymous said...

Shit, you complain if it is a local, then you snivel when it's someone from outside the area.

Notwithstanding, the guy has worked at Marc for years, and does not use his position to gain insider leverage. I can name you at least 10 staffers from the City and the EDC who are in their position because of subtle (powerful) patronage or race.

This is a good pick.

I guess you would all have been supportive if it was a hipster doofus who was black.

At what point do you ask yourself, "WTF, we just gripe about everything"?

Anonymous said...

Were miserable.
You don't get that?

The Real News said...

Guy is a cook.

The Real News said...

Not a crook, just a cook. Serving up corruption stew.

KC Fact Check said...

"the guy has worked at Marc for years, and does not use his position to gain insider leverage."

So that must mean that is EXACTLY what he does.

Anonymous said...

Our new hero. Who's going to come out in late July announcing rather then streetcar extensions, he's going to go with a $30 million modernized bus option for Main St. and the new Houston and Columbus approach of reallocating existing bus resources.

Anonymous said...

I hope he realizes that he's signed on to a sinking ship. KCMO is notoriously bad at actually implementing, building, operating, or maintaining anything even though they're great at the ribbon-cuttings and big announcements.
Big delays and cost overruns coming.
And MARC is a planning organization. No one there actually manages or runs anything. And that very big difference will soon become clear.
All aboard!

Anonymous said...

I was against the light rail, but if the ship has sailed, I can separate my personal feelings from the vote of the electeds.

If you don't like the outcome, VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE OR RUN AGAINST THEM.

I sorry, but I work with people that if they don't get the decision they want from management, they do all they can to f-up the company call.

I very similar to the rail. By your on-going griching, you are marginalizing yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Yeah how much are they throwing down the rabbit whole for this guy yo work his ass off being Director of 2 miles of toy train? Oh wait he probably has responsibility for trying to shove another 2 feet down our throats and another 2 up hipsters ass.

Anonymous said...

Mcgurk & Gerend. Kansas Residents. Leawood and OP.

Anonymous said...

Almost feel sorry for him.

Anonymous said...

So he's not planning on moving into the TDD prison zone. Just using his MBA to run it?

Warden Tom Gerend

Anonymous said...

4:39 and 9:34 comments THANKS!
Mcgurk & Gerend. Kansas Residents. Leawood and OP.

Proof....yet AGAIN, that many who hold positions in KCMO are only foreign pigs at the neighbor's trough.

Perhaps an analogy I've used before is worth repeating, though crass, I won't be offending the readers found here. KCMO is like a big fat woman who serves as the local whore. She serves a purpose, though most are disinclined to be seen with her in public. For these men, it's enough to patronize her and use her for their personal gain and pleasure, but at the end of the business day they high-tail it out of the red-light district back to Stepford wives in safe suburbia.

Examples: Most of those pushing the Translational Medical Research tax hike including Bluford (TMC), O'Donnell (ChMercy), Chamber, etc.
Greg Graves and most the BurnsMcD Board.
KC Chiefs executives
KCPS Superintendent Dr. Green
KC Falling Star staff

During the workday, go in to see the fat lady and take your turn, but before the sun sets, return to the 'burbs and shower.

Anonymous said...

That's got about as much job security as, um, KC School Superintendent and Union Station director.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Let him fail before you rip him to shreds. Pretty big bull shit that KCMO employees have residency but this TDD which takes city money doesn't

lil tony's gaping asshole said...

He looks like a pedophile.

Anonymous said...

OK I'll bite. Who has their position at the "EDC ... because of subtle (powerful) patronage or race"?

Anonymous said...

10:45

When you say "fat lady" at city hall, are you referring to Patty Hilderbrand who has a six figure salary and does nothing? Oh, that's right, Sherri lets her "work from home"

Anonymous said...

KC ATA already "reallocated" bus resources, a la Houston and Columbus. And it did it before them. And it was very successful, well orchestrated and efficient.

Next try, troll.

Anonymous said...

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!