Sunday, July 30, 2017

KANSAS CITY SUNDAY TALK BACK!!!



Quick glimpse at some local issues that deserve to be spotlighted . . . Here's a highlight of topics worthy of consideration for Sunday morning early birds and among the brighter denizens of our blog community and Internets friends . . .

Kansas City River Market Building Boom Headed For Bust?!?!



“The apartment boom in the downtown River Market district got a little louder…??? At least that's what a recent paid headline says.

"The folks at City Hall must have skipped econ class. They would have learned that you don’t have to give tax incentives in boom times. Instead, the debate should be whether new development in the area should pay additional taxes to address the parking mess in River Market. This new revenue stream could be used to construct the needed parking structures. The resulting increased cost could slow down construction of new units until the parking garages can catch up with demand."

Show-Me Dead-Tree Hypocrisy???



"So the Star is so concerned about Gov Greitens using pay to play with Express Scripts, the home state healthcare firm, but ignores the pay to play strategy of Burns & Mac trying to get a $Billion NO BID contract for an unnecessary new KCI terminal!

"Burns & Mac has paid way more politicians than Express Scripts! $100,000s donated to local elected officials from their employees . . ." 

How Should Kansas City Move Toward Police Local Control???


"What if KCPD had a model of governance that allowed each council district to make one in- district appointment to the Board of Police Commissioners and the mayor makes an appointment and all of council confirms?

"Police have long maintained that the current model is good and that they don't want local control because they don't want a Councilperson to make special requests. That doesn't make sense to me... can't the just say NO and let other Council know this is happening?

"We have to get the governor out of our police department. I want to be able to hold people we elect accountable to this community."

And so . . Given that this is Kansas City, thee's no guarantee that we're gonna get to vote on any of this stuff. Nevertheless, this quick collection provides an overview of what the smarter denizens are thinking . . .



You decide . . .

17 Comments:

Anonymous said...

All of this simply points to the fact that there is a dearth of leadership by our Council and Mayor. They have FAILED the city in so many ways.

Anonymous said...

We tried State control and it does not work.
Just Look at the crime rte.
Local Control Is The Only way to go.

Anonymous said...

Who picked the New chief of police . Local control did.

Tracy Thomas said...

Does Sly James play the violin? Like Nero? While Rome burnt to the ground?

This town is falling apart. And all Sly does is point to the shiny objects and change the subject.

Sad.

Anonymous said...

They are a bunch of dick wads. Kcmo is on the path for record murder rate. A new chief isn't going to make much of a difference. Get super tough on Crime. If the judges and prosecutors don't do their job then fire their asses.

Anonymous said...

KCPD a lost cause.

Anonymous said...

Why do you think Councilman Scott Taylor has over $300,000 to run for Mayor? Because everyone pays a lug to Taylor as head of Planning & Zoning committee to get their development approved.

Anonymous said...

Wait until mayor liar and thief james gets out of office first!!!

Hyperblogal said...

The city has local control through the power of the purse. Which is why we don't have enough officers on patrol.

Anonymous said...

How about the State legislature take responsibility and establish a police commission that can't rig things? After all I don't remember any announcement that the State was returning control of KCPD to the city, but the truth is the State government has been complete numb nuts on damn near every issue and controversy involving KCPD for at least two decades. With the city controlling the chief appointments, passing ordinance that serve to dictate KCPD priorities, manipulating promotions and controlling the purse strings, it is damn illogical to tout that you control KCPD at the State level.

Tracy Thomas said...

Tina Turner said it:
What's LOGIC got to do with it?

Anonymous said...

Gawd that is sooooo hot Tracy...

Anonymous said...

Killa City has already had police harassment of a council political opponent. Several years ago a district commander was made promises of advantage and promotion from City Hall in exchange for an effort to unjustly fabricate criminal charges against a prospective Council candidate. Several officers co-operated; but their scheme eventually fell apart. Ask a sitting Northland Councilmember, with previous time on Council, for insider details on this flagrant abuse of power.
Do you want Clowncil members and political consultants carrying badges and guns?

Super Dave said...

You can't have leadership in your police department if you don't first have leadership in the ruling government.

Anonymous said...

So you think we need city control over the police department? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you ... Baltimore!

Anonymous said...

You don't have to bother to go to Baltimore, @11:29am.
Just ask yourself if you want the same people who have brought KCMO residents the current conditions of their streets and sidewalks, the lack of maintenance and repair of their utility systems, the ever-increasing costs of those same utilities, oversight of the upkeep of the airport terminal, management of the dangerous building demolition program, and the whole range of other services and activities that everyday life depends on to bring the same "competence", priority, management, and ability to running the police department?
Why even think about expanding the consequences of failure?

Anonymous said...

vote no on the crony airport!