TKC EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY URBAN CORE RAGE AGAINST COUNCIL LADY ALISSIA CANADY OVER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SALES TAX BETRAYAL!!!
On the April 4th ballot, a grassroots proposal championed by East Side clergy and broad coalition of urban core political groups asks voters to approve a 1/8th cent sales tax increase. It would generate an estimated $8 million annually to support development east of Troost Avenue. This effort has earned a surprising amount of support throughout KCMO but a recent defection among the ranks of the campaign has infuriated proponents of the measure.
To wit . . .
URBAN CORE ADVOCATES BLAST COUNCIL LADY ALISSIA CANADY OVER HER "BETRAYAL" ON QUESTION 4!!!
For many voters in her district, the alleged flip-flop is a "kick in the gut" and a quizzical strategic move given that 5th District Council-member Alissia Canady resides in a district that will directly benefit from the Central City Economic Development Initiative despite her very recent opposition.
Here's an important quote that's not really TKC's place to make but, nevertheless, THIS KC EAST SIDE VOTER PERSPECTIVE offers insight into the arguments now leveled at the first term Council Lady.
"5th District Council-member Alissia Canady has revealed herself to be a duplicitous apologist. She expressed support of the economic development initiative in private meetings. Her public comments are an invitation for the majority white electorate to oppose an initiative that will directly benefit her majority Black constituents. This is not her first betrayal of her working-class constituents. During her first year on the council she voted to repeal the $13 per hour minimum wage ordinance adopted by the previous city council. While Councilmen Quinton Lucas, Jermaine Reed, and Lee Barnes stood with hard working low-income people Canady stood with Sly and the business community. The repeal passed 7-4. Had she acted in her constituents best interests and voted no the effort to repeal would have failed. Unfortunately, she seems to be the type of African-American who seeks and revels in validation from whites for their personal repudiation of Black people."
Remember that Council Lady Canady entered office with a bit of social media bragging about an upset victory and change to the local status quo but then garnered far more recognition over an embarrassing parking beef with the KCPD followed by subsequent, seemingly opportunistic, arguments for more local police oversight.
What's most interesting here is that Question 4 enjoys widespread support in the 5th District and so it's unclear how speaking out against the ballot initiative benefits Council Lady Canady politically. More to the point, in a political climate that has proven difficult for women running without a solid constituent support base . . . This move might serve to alienate the elected office neophyte as challengers are already starting to emerge for the 2019 election cycle.
Developing . . .