TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY JAZZ DISTRICT REDUX!!! DOUBLE TROUBLE!!! CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER AND COUNCIL DUDE JERMAINE REED WON'T COMPROMISE ON MAYORAL CONTENDER SCOTT WAGNER PLAN TO SCALE DOWN 18TH & VINE FUNDING!!!
Mayor Sly is out of town right now but that won't stop the behind the scenes debate on controversial Kansas City Jazz District cash.
To wit . . .
THANKS TO OUR KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY WE HAVE THE LATEST BREAKING DEETS ON THE BEHIND THE SCENES JAZZ DISTRICT NEGOTIATIONS BETWIXT THE CITY COUNCIL!!!
First up . . .
COUNCIL DUDE JERMAINE REED IS A MAN ON A MISSION AND HE'S WON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER ON HIS $27 MILLION JAZZ DISTRICT EFFORT!!!
One council member after the next has tried to get him to back down after his power play to bring his ordinance to a vote before the full council FAILED last week.
Additionally . . .
Now, Congressman Cleaver has reentered the fray and City Council denizens have a harder time telling him no.
But it gets better . . .
COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT WAGNER HAS A PAYMENT PLAN FOR THE 18TH & VINE DISTRICT THAT STARTS FUNDING AT AROUND $6-7 MILLION AND ATTEMPTS TO SET BENCHMARKS!!!
We can't blame him for trying when the typical Northland response is highly suspicious of this effort . . .
It seems that the only bit of common ground the Council can find is that THERE NEEDS TO BE A NEW DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE DISTRICT THAT WILL SIGNAL A CLEAN BREAK FROM PREVIOUS MANAGEMENT at the very least this is where elected officials have been able to start the discussions that have heretofore been mostly about City Hall writing a blank check.
The fun part here is that Council Dude Reed is outgunned when it comes to legislative moves given Councilman Wagner's skill at using procedural rules to his advantage.
Nevertheless . . .
Negotiations continue and the majority of the Council seems to want to support some kind of a plan at a lower up-front cost with more checks & balances for a world-renowned Kansas City attraction that still hasn't managed to sustain itself after an investment to the tune of $100 MILLION over nearly a generation.
Developing . . .