MUST READ!!! TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN OPEN LETTER TO KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY AND COUNCIL: STOP CHEATING!!!
Kansas City's top transit activist wants our elected leaders to make an honest effort regarding and upcoming light rail proposal that voters have supported previously.
City trying to manipulate outcome of Nov 4th. Light rail election
Mayor James and the City Council have a few days left to do their duty to the citizens of Kansas City and place before voters on the November 4th ballot, fairly-worded light rail initiative ballot language.
As a die-hard light rail advocate (who believes light rail make a transit system go, and a city as well), I even agree that on November 4th Kansas City needs a final decision on light rail, one way or the other.
But we cannot glean a clear answer from KC voters if voters are not presented a clear question.
The City, who adamantly opposes the light rail initiative and has blocked a vote for three years, plans to place before voters light rail ballot language that does not even include the words light rail, just the taxes! Moreover, the City has also broken that unfair confusing ballot language into two separate ballot questions (one for each tax) to further confound voters in hopes of manipulating the outcome of the election.
A voter standing before those two questions will not even know what they are voting for or against!
This amounts to a self-serving scam perpetrated by a government against its own people just because it (technically) can.
Kansas City's government should act like a government of America, not a third world government that only lets you vote for what they want you to vote for.
Mayor James: You have a sworn duty to try and do the right thing and govern in good faith. You had your chance, but voters clearly rejected your streetcar vision.
Now its our turn ( the 4,000 voters, including me, who signed the light rail initiative petition) to try and move the city forward with a citywide light rail-based mutlmodal transit initiative plan (headquartered at Union Station.)
So stop cheating, being a sore loser, and place fairly-worded light rail initiative ballot language before the voters so they can decide this issue once and for all.