Friday, January 18, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE BLOG COMMUNITY QUESTION!!! AMID MARATHON BORDER WALL SHUT DOWN: WILL KANSAS CITY SUPPORT PREZ TRUMP IMPEACHMENT?!?!
The end of the Trump Presidency is now under very real public discussion by way of a major, nationally syndicated magazine.
The headline sent shock waves through both liberal and conservative media outlets . . . Local media is keeping the talk quiet but here on TKC our blog community wants it front and center this morning.
Atlantic: Impeach Donald Trump - Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.
We want to come at this one from all angles.
Consider . . .
- KCMO protest against the Prez amid the shut down have been smallish at best.
- Still, the Fed government employs more locals than anyone else and 50K workers & so many more vendors are impacted by this ongoing impasse as public opinion on the move by the Prez has clearly shifted.
- Congressman Cleaver has been the voice of reason for the Democratic Party and has not only advised against impeachment but also sought to reign in radical leftists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Still, while the outskirts of town might still be "Trump Country" . . . After the Blue Wave it's clear that the two most heavily populated areas in the metro are now controlled by Democratic Party thought leaders.
And so, again, we ask . . .
IS KANSAS CITY READY TO IMPEACH PREZ TRUMP?!?!
NBC: Impeachment talk grows louder after report Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress
Biz Insider: 'IMPEACH': The Atlantic's March cover makes the case for Trump's impeachment
QZ: New Trump allegations echo what drove Nixon from office
The Week: Impeaching Clinton was a mistake. Impeaching Trump is urgent, The Atlantic's new cover story insists.
The Hill: Dershowitz to The Atlantic - Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it
Raw Story: Trump’s impeachment needs to start immediately - even if Senate GOP won’t remove him: Atlantic
Newser: Atlantic Makes Bold Case Against Trump
You decide . . .
TKC WARNING!!! KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE CRISIS IMPACTS EVERYBODY!!! POLICE REPORT AFTER 71-YEAR-OLD WOMAN MURDERED: MISTAKEN IDENTITY!!!
A horrific mistake cost a very hard working lady her life this week according to authorities.
More importantly, the tragedy drives this point home . . .
DEADLY CRIME SPREADS QUICKLY AND THAT'S ONE MORE REASON WHY THE KANSAS CITY HOMICIDE CRISIS REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES CONFRONTING THIS COWTOWN!!!
Fewer murders last year is good progress but overall violent crime continues to surge as KCMO still ranks as on of the deadliest cities in the nation.
News that deserves a look . . .
KMBC: Police believe woman killed on I-70 was mistakenly targeted
Police believe the 71-year-old woman shot and killed off of I-70 in Kansas City was mistakenly targeted. The suspect likely confused her vehicle for someone else’s.
Now, a 25-year-old man is behind bars, charged in connection with her death.
Police say Barbra Harper was driving home from an overnight shift at the U.S. Postal Service distribution center near downtown.
Her car looked similar to a different vehicle involved in a separate shooting just moments before.
Developing . . .
Also, for anyone over 27 . . . Snapchat is basically a sex crime waiting to happen.
Update . . .
For a few months we've been a fan of Mind + Matter and this week they offer a look at "influencer" marketing which shares data, news and expert opinion instead of just stylish selfies.
And while this formerly decent publication has offered subscribers only a mere handful of really great stories . . . We get a glimpse of their future strategy of selfies and promo taking the place of news . . . Read more:
"They really are movers and shakers that have great things going on. Understand what they're doing and who they're working with, and it's like, 'Oh, this is a really good set of people to just engage with.'
KANSAS CITY, KS. (KCTV) -- A Kansas City, KS. police officer was bitten by a suspect while he was taken in custody on Thursday. KCK police chief Terry Zeigler said officers reported to a disturbance in the area of 6th and Central Avenue.
Call for reform after failed Waldo taxing district repeal
Just weeks before he's out of office, the Mayor wants to leave another "legacy" which is nothing more than one last addition to more than a dozen times he has worked to raise taxes in the past 8 years.
The pitch . . .
Let's Talk About Pre-K: A Town Hall with Mayor Sly James
The agenda . . .
"We’ll talk about the plan and you’ll have an opportunity to ask your questions about the plan. Read more about the KC Pre-K Plan at www.kcmayor.org/pre-k"
The basics . . .
The KC pre-K PROGRAM
The KC Pre-K Program Implementation Plan is based on best practices from 10 U.S. cities and five years of intensive local planning.The plan roadmaps the KCMO pre-K landscape, program goals, strategies, guidelines, action steps and timeline to strategically expand access to high-quality pre-K for all KCMO families.
THE PROBLEM: The demand for high-quality pre-K exceeds the city’s current capacity to supply pre-K for its four-year-olds. Currently, only 34 percent of KCMO four-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality pre-K program. Additionally,issues of pre-K affordability and accessibility remain two of the greatest inherent barriers facing KCMO parents.
VALUE CHALLENGES: Racial and Socioeconomic Equity, High Quality, Accessibility and Affordability
THE SOLUTION: Fund high-quality pre-K for all KCMO children with an estimated investment of $30 million a year through an economic development sales tax paid by residents of and visitors to Kansas City, Missouri . . .
Fact check . . .
KANSAS CITY EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OPPOSE THIS EFFORT!!! THE MEETUP IS A FINAL PUSH FOR THE MAYOR TO DEFEAT HIS CONSTANT URBAN CORE CRITICS!!!
This is a fight worth having inasmuch as there might be some real debate between the mayor's supporters and education leaders. And just to further confuse the issue . . .
Don't forget that KCPS wants a bigger property tax rather than this piecemeal gesture.
And so this debate isn't really about funding as much as it's yet another local power struggle to control purse strings for funds supplied by the shrinking Kansas City middle-class tax base.
Developing . . .
A woman is dead after a fire in Lee's Summit. The fire was reported Thursday at 11:22 p.m. at a home on Sixth Street. An automatic alarm notified 911. When firefighters arrived, they said a man arriving home told them there was likely someone in the living room.
Kansas City's commercial real estate market might not get the headlines generated in bigger cities such as Chicago, New York or Los Angeles. But as 2019 begins, the CRE market here looks to be as strong as any in the Midwest.
Quick newsworthy peek at how what we eat or refuse impacts the planet . . .
Cheat Sheet: How Many Calories Does a Victoria's Secret Model Eat in a Day?
Time: Celebrities Are Fighting Over the 'Keto' Diet. Here's What Science Says About How Healthy It Is
Forbes: The 'Planetary Health Diet': Will It Save Lives And Planet Earth?
Closer to home, here are the local news links we're checking right now . . .
Arrowhead On Lockdown
Thousands of fans are expected to brave the cold to watch the Chiefs play in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. Police are preparing for those big crowds and the security concerns that come with them. Arrowhead Stadium seats more than 76,000, and KCPD said more then 22,000 vehicles were in the parking lot last weekend.
Newsflash: Weekend Kansas City Streets Will Be Garbage Once Again
Kansas City officials said the snow storm forecast for this weekend will likely make it difficult to clear roads and streets of ice and snow. Snow is expected to start falling Friday, and continue Saturday.
The Kansas City Big Chill
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- One easy way to help you at the game is by bringing a piece of cardboard. You can sit on it in your seat, so you'll have a layer between the cold seat and your bottom. You can also use it to stand on if you're out here tailgating!
Local Head Chop Tribute
OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -- From 20-foot murals to writing his name in the snow, Chiefs fans can't get enough of their record-breaking quarterback! On Thursday, some fans were gearing up for Sunday with a fresh haircut. At N8's Barber Shop in Olathe, they offered a free haircut to Chiefs fans who were willing to pay tribute to "Showtime" all the time.
Kansas City Bandwagon Primer
Just four quarters, barring any overtime, stand between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Super Bowl. That, and the NFL's most consistent franchise in a generation in the New England Patriots. If you're reading this and already are confused, keep going. Here's what you'll want to know when you're watching Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium (5:40 p.m., CBS).
EPIC False Idol
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- One loyal fan got the idea early in the season to weld together a larger-than-life Chiefs robot statue. He hoped it would bring them good luck and now everyone in Chiefs Kingdom is hoping that luck sticks around. Daniel Schaeffer slowly and carefully put the pieces into place.
Constant Cowtown Tech Refrain Might Some Day Make It True
Digital transformation is more than just a buzzword, and it's got some real-life enterprise support. A report by Tech Pro Research found that 70 percent of companies either have a digital transformation strategy in place or are working on one. Further, IT digital transformation budgets increased from 2016 to 2017 for 53 percent of survey respondents.
McTavish Makes The Agenda
Want to have fun, but don't want to leave the house because it's so cold? Well, that's no way to have fun. Surrender this weekend to the wintry weather and its attendant attributes. The heartiest among us will endeavor to linger at special outdoor events (BRRR), while others may merely dart from home to car to indoor entertainment destination (brrr).
LSD - Genius (Lil Wayne Remix) ft. Lil Wayne, Sia, Diplo, Labrinth is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
Chiefs Misery Has Met Its Match: Patrick Mahomes | Sports Illustrated From that '15 season until this year, they managed a 1-3 mark in the postseason, adding to their distressed history, and in the worst way, as a top team that faded once the playoffs started.
The Kansas City Artists Coalition, an organization of more than 400 artists, will leave the space at 2nd and Wyandotte where it's been since 1986. In October, the building was sold to an outside investor who "is looking to utilize the space in a different way," said Executive Director Marissa Starke.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Once again Mike Shanin distinguishes himself as the most thoughtful journalists currently working in Kansas City given that he references a timeless classic that mostly goes over the head of the panel of local consultants and political denizens are far too concerned with the sausage-making of Kansas City politics.
The "tilting at windmills" reference at around 13:15 in the clip is an allusion to The Ingenious Nobleman Sir Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes. Tonight's "Ruckettes" clearly missed an opportunity to riff on a great many analogies that Mr. Shanin presented.
And even before you start . . . Clay Chastain as Don Quixote DOES NOT cast TKC as Sancho Panza. If you insist . . . That means
Anyhoo . . .
Here's the description of tonight's show and the GOLD STANDARD of political conversation . . .
"Mike Shanin talks to former Missouri state representative Kevin Corlew about his objections to the Clean Missouri Amendment. Jamekia Kendrix, Patrick Tuohey, Jeremy LaFaver and Annie Presley discuss the concerns over delays for the new KCI terminal, Clay Chastain's mayoral bid and his feud with the Kansas City Star and a recent Gallup poll about the growing polarization in the political spectrum."
Take a look:
You decide . . .
The Nerdery, a consultancy and software-development firm, has shuttered its Kansas City office and eliminated 32 total positions across the business, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Prior to the cuts, Nerdery's Kansas City office had 28 employees, about a half-dozen of which have been asked to stay on as part of the company's work-from-home team.
Read more . . .
Hide Transcript Show Transcript WEBVTT HALEY: A BLUE VALLEY NORTHWEST GRAD IS SUING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CLAIMING SHE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST ON THE SCHOOL'S DANCE TEAM STEVEN: THE SCHOOL FIRED THE COACH LAST YEAR AFTER THE FAMILY COMPLAINED TO THE DISTRICT, BEFORE THIS LAWSUIT WAS FILED.
THE KANSAS CITY LOVE CONNECTION: CHIEFS HALL OF FAMER TONY GONZALEZ OUTED AS 'ESKIMO BROTHERS' WITH RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD JEFF BEZOS!!!
First a definition of the term that seeks to create unity but instead has been met with politically charged derision . . .
"Eskimo brothers" is a phrase used to describe two men who have hooked up with the same woman. Urban Dictionary defines it as, "When two males acknowledge having been intimate with the same female and remain on good terms, the men are now bonded by having shared the same igloo at one time or another . . .Take language seriously. Sorry, but your cutesy phrases that are predicated on the idea that women and non-white people are objects or jokes just aren't going to fly."
The Kansas City Eskimo brother connection is apropos given the current cold front about to blast this cowtown but sadly has been overlooked . . .
A tibit buried in MSM and ignored by KC newsie "journalists" reveals . . .
After news of his divorce, MSM noted billionaire Jeff Bezos has been hooking up with the former baby mama of Tony G.
Again, here's real news proof buried in a story . . .
Fox News: Sanchez has a third child from a relationship with former NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Now, amid this season of Kansas City playoff hype . . .
SHAME ON KANSAS CITY MSM FOR IGNORING THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 'ESKIMO BRO' CONNECTION TO THE AMAZON KINGPIN!!!
At the very least this could prove effective in garnering KCMO some of that Amazon slave labor employment which continues to elude this town . . .
Leveraging the KC "Eskimo Brother" connection to billionaire Bezos is far more realistic than simply spamming Amazon like Mayor Sly James in order to try and win desperately needed local jobs.
In the final analysis, the lives of former jocks and big money American oligarchs are revealed to be just as sordid as the rest of the plebs as we all await ongoing storms and the big game this weekend.
Check the links:
Peeps: Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez in 'Constant Contact' and Going Strong Amid Romance Drama: Source
SunUK: NEWS SANCHOR Who is Lauren Sanchez, did she have an affair with Jeff Bezos and are they dating now?
AOL: Jeff Bezos, Lauren Sanchez 'very much in love' as ex-pal says he'd be 'stupid' to marry her - report
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FOOTBALLER VICTIM CULTURE: PATRIOTS DESPERATELY SEEKING 'UNDERDOG' STATUS AGAINST KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!!!
Shortly after the No. 2 seed New England Patriots rolled over the Los Angeles Chargers, 41-28, in the divisional round, CBS interviewed quarterback Tom Brady. "It'll be a good game, they're a good team," Brady said about the impending matchup against the Chiefs.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Air Traffic Controllers Association was at Kansas City International Airport Thursday, handing out pamphlets about how the partial government shutdown affects their members. "This past week we didn't get a paycheck. We should have gotten paid on Jan.
This longtime international fashionista hottie keeps it tight during Winter . . .
ExpressUK: Kelly Brook pictures - Busty model puts on a leggy display
Closer to home here are a few of the worthwhile news items this evening . . .
Kansas City Storm Fear
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -- Dense fog will likely linger through noon Thursday in spots, but all eyes are on our winter storm arriving Friday. The storm is just now making landfall on the West Coast. Just because expected snow totals have changed, do not write this system off.
Show-Me Twerking Hazard!!!
click to enlarge SCREENSHOT FROM THE VIDEO BELOW This past week has seen many St. Louis drivers exercising rare caution on the roadways after a massive weekend snowstorm resulted in nearly 900 car accidents across Missouri. But two women spotted twerking on the roof of an SUV as it traveled down the highway Monday apparently missed the memo.
Rock Chalk Money Troubles
In her first budget as governor, Democrat Laura Kelly aims to inject cash into what she calls critical state services. The proposal unveiled Thursday also would start to wean the state off money diverted for years from highway construction and upkeep. But the bill met a predictably harsh reception from some Republicans.
No Contest In Kansas City???
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is superstitious and won't make a friendly wager on Sunday's AFC Championship game.
Money Pit Cuteness Arrives
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- The Kansas City Zoo has named a newly hatched king penguin Blizzard because it arrived amid a winter blast. The Kansas City Star reports that the chick emerged Sunday at the zoo's Helzberg Penguin Plaza, an indoor exhibit that allows visitors to observe the birds through glass.
Kansas Happy Conclusion: Nobody Was Shot
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) - According to the police chief, officers had to use a Taser on someone during a traffic stop on Thursday. He said the stop happened in the area of Baltimore and Lowell. He also said the person was in a car taken in an armed carjacking.
Free KCMO Care, Of Sorts
There's a contagious epidemic hitting Kansas City this week. No, it's not the flu or the common cold. It's called Chiefs Fever, and St. Luke's Health System has created a website to offer information about the malady, and to inform people about the causes and treatment plans.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
KCI Partnership, a consortium of companies led by AECOM that was not selected to build a new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, said in a letter Thursday that they can beat the current price for the project by more than $1 billion.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) - On Thursday, the city of Independence announced federal workers are encouraged to contact the Utilities Center to create repayment plans as the government shutdown continues. Furloughed Federal employees are eligible for delayed payments without late fees.
A question of etiquette confronts us as a Missouri lawmakers join the fray of nasty shut down rhetoric and fighting.
Politico: GOP Rep. Jason Smith tells Democrats to 'go back to Puerto Rico!'
The retort was hollered during the remarks of Rep. Tony Cardenas who, actually, represents California.
Rep. Jason Smith acknowledged he yelled “go back to Puerto Rico!” at Democrats during a tense situation on the floor Thursday afternoon, but the Missouri Republican insisted it was not meant as a racially motivated remark.
A Smith aide said the four-term lawmaker intended the comment as a shot at House Democrats over their 30-member jaunt to Puerto Rico last weekend — an event that got heavy coverage in the conservative media — rather than an attack on any minority lawmakers.
Now, to be fair . . . Telling somebody to "go back" to somewhere isn't inherently racist given that TKC is always telling hipsters of every demographic persuasion to go back to JoCo, Brookside and Whole Foods.
Moreover, most Cali Latinos have heard harsher insults.
And so, as always, we put it to you . . .
IS CONGRESSMAN SMITH COVERING HIS TRACKS AFTER ENGAGING IN ETHNIC HATERATION?!?!?
We hope constituents of his section of po'dunk Missouri will go back to their walnut bowls and figure it out in the aftermath of what is, at the very least, an exchange that wasn't very classy and earned rebuke on the national stage.
You decide . . .
Why Kansas City School Districts Pay For Homeless Students To Take Taxis To School
Let's call this the bait and switch update that our blog community noted nearly two weeks ago . . .
Fox4: Consultant says agreement on new single-terminal KCI airport ‘weeks’ away
That's an optimistic prediction but here are the deets:
Lou Salomon said the airlines are coming to grips with the $1.64 billion price tag.
Salomon represents airlines serving KCI. He said the costs associated with a new terminal won't be a surprise to airline executives.
Eight carriers at KCI have been reviewing plans for a new terminal, and all are in agreement with the design and functionality of a new larger terminal than originally proposed, with more gates.
Salomon reassured city council members that this project will not "crater."
"That’s my calming message. Relax. This is normal," Salomon said. "This is a very expensive project. Airports are a very complicated environment. You’re not just moving people. You’re moving cars. You are moving baggage. You’re moving airplanes."
Salomon told council members not to expect all eight carriers to sign long-term leases to operate at KCI.
Translation . . .
KCI WILL LOSE AIRLINES THANKS TO THE PRICEY NEW AIRPORT!!!
The consequence of this is that locals might have to pick up the tab for this lousy deal that grows increasingly more costly by the day.
Remember the REAL cost is closer to $4-BILLION and already KCMO needs to borrow at least 72-million to keep the thing running.
Developing . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Soon the IRS building in Kansas City will have more workers in it, but they wont be getting paid. When we met Shannon Ellis last week, she was at home preparing for a rally. A week later, she is still at home.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A Kansas City man faces murder charges after police say he chased down the wrong car following an altercation and killed a 71-year-old woman. Dakkota S. Siders, 25, has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a firearm, armed criminal action and delivery of a controlled substance.
Raytown police say Kenneth E. Cornwell Jr., 42, was last seen Jan. 15, 2019. Raytown police are asking for help in finding a missing 42-year-old man. Police said Kenneth E. Cornwell Jr. is a witness in a pending homicide case. He was last seen Tuesday night at 8915 East 67th Street in Raytown.
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! SECRETIVE PLAN TO REPLACE FADING KANSAS CITY E-TAX REVEALED: RAISE PROPERTY TAXES!!!
The longstanding Kansas City Earnings Tax is out of favor and on the way out.
The Missouri GOP have targeted the E-tax for elimination and Jeff City seems willing to do what KCMO voters would never dream: Cut the biggest, single source of revenue funding City Hall.
The reality is that it's just a matter of time before the E-tax is history.
Created in 1963, at the time the tax was a progressive effort to improve the city and provide greater services.
Now, the E-tax has become a symbol of regressive and unfair local government levies in need of reform.
That's not to say the E-Tax isn't popular. In every election to renew the tax, KCMO voters have passed the levy by EPIC double digit margins. Now the GOP is getting tired of losing and wants to finally conclude the debate in a voting environment they control.
Here's the word from a TOP ECHELON KCMO INSIDER . . .
"Everyone panics when we talk about eliminating the e-tax. 40% of the General Fund up in smoke. It'll take a decade to phase it out and already we're seeing what the aftermath looks like . . . KCMO will continue to raise taxes and voters don't seem to care. Yes, the earnings tax is regressive but what's in store seems far worse . . . "
The kicker . . .
ALREADY UNDERWAY, THE PLAN TO REPLACE THE E-TAX IS SIMPLY TO SPIKE LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES!!!
Here's how it works . . .
Local politicos and the ruling class elite simply find a cause everyone loves and attach a never-ending property tax along to it.
A highlight that should be noted . . .
EVEN SHOW-ME INSTITUTE TAX FIGHTERS HAVE LOST THE MORAL HIGH GROUND AGAINST PROPERTY TAXES BECAUSE THEIR HONCHO CROSBY KEMPER III BACKED THE LIBRARY TAX!!!
Now Kansas City Public Schools want a property tax increase despite their FAIL over more than a generation.
And even worse . . .
COWTOWN IRONY: THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROPERTY TAX WILL EARN SUPPORT FROM KANSAS CITY DESPITE THE FACT IT ACTUALLY MAKES HOUSING LESS AFFORDABLE!!!
TKC was the 1st to show Councilman Scott Wagner working on a property tax scheme against the advice of his campaign staff.
And so, as earning and sales taxes are now deemed regressive and have fallen out of favor . . . Hitting up property owners is the last piggy bank to break and part of American big city income redistribution trending overall.
Developing . . .
TKC MUST READ!!! KANSAS CITY COUNCIL CONTENDER ROBERT WESTFALL SHARES TELL-ALL ALCOHOL ADDICTION RECOVERY STORY AMID CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF!!!
Robert Westfall is doing something exceptionally brave to start his political career, he's sharing his story of addiction and recovery with voters. It may not be the politically correct move but it's a level of honesty that no other candidate has offered in KCMO in recent memory.
While this blog doesn't endorse candidates and we try not to play favorites, this story of hard times and hope is exceptionally captivating and deserves a look as this contender makes his pitch to voters across the city.
Upstart City Council Candidate Seeks to Spark a Debate KC Has Been Avoiding
Kansas City, MO, January 10, 2019 - While much attention has been put upon the Mayoral race in April, there is a candidate for City Council that is seeking a grand debate on the future and vision for Kansas City.
“We need to have a unifying vision for what we want KC to be,” says Robert Westfall, a native of Kansas City, who is running for the 4th District At-Large seat. “We need to really ask ourselves if the definition of success for a city is the changes to a skyline, or is it ensuring opportunity for all to have a quality education, safe streets, economic equality, and the confidence that local government is truly working in everyone’s best interest? I, for one, believe it is the latter.”
Mr. Westfall readily admits that fighting for social justice and economic equality was not something he focused on when he was younger. “I was raised in a middle-class home, not rich, but never had to go wanting for things as a child.” he notes. “So, while I knew others had less and I would support charities and volunteer, I didn’t really understand what it was like to face obstacles.”
That changed in his early twenties, when after several years of battling alcohol addiction, he faced a stiff punishment for multiple DWI offenses. He spent time in work-release, and alcohol treatment, and had his drivers license taken away for ten years.
“At that point I was totally lost and depressed, Westfall recalls. “I had to convince employers to hire someone with a record. I had to figure out how to get around this vast city on foot or by bus. And I had to rebuild relationships that had been destroyed due to my behavior.”
He would eventually make the changes needed to turn his life in a positive direction. He gave up drinking and has continued to do so for over 16 years. He put his degree from the University of Missouri to use, working in the learning and development field where he has spent much of the past few years teaching job skills to workers to improve their chances for success.
During his life rebuild, he realized that his self-inflicted obstacles were still less of a hurdle than many faced through no fault of their own. He took that newfound appreciation for what it means to have opportunity and immersed himself into public policy and studied the issues that Kansas City needs to address.
“I did what I did back then, and I got what I deserved. But there are kids today who walk on crumbling sidewalks, with fear for their safety, to schools where they read from raggedy textbooks. There are couples who face economic ruin because of medical bills. There are young people with huge student loan debt who can’t earn enough to pay it off. And there are people all throughout our city that wake up everyday and do the right thing, but are just not seeing the same economic boom that the most well-off and well-connected among us are seeing.”
He adds, “I am not asking people to support me or vote for me because I made bad choices when I was younger. I share my story because I want everyone to know that there is a better day ahead, but it takes hard work, and that nobody can do it alone. I want us as a city to be more accountable to each other and to not stop working until everyone who is willing to put in the effort gets the same opportunities I’ve been given twice in my life.”
Robert Westfall hopes to get the chance to build that future as the new Councilman for the 4th District At-Large. The primary election is April 2, 2019.
Public discontent with the the legacy of Kansas City Mayor Sly James is palpable and this morning our blog community shared a somewhat recent sign of the times.
To wit . . .
URBAN CORE GRAFFITI CALLED OUT MAYOR SLY AND HIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING RECORD!!!
A denizen of our TKC blog community notes: "This was written on the old Ramada inn on Front Street!"
As always, we encourage our readers to obey the law but given that the Park Place was demolished last year . . . It doesn't really matter. Moreover, the legacy of the building speaks to late capitalism ethics gone horrible wrong and biz leaders walking away from their responsibilities whilst leaving KCMO with a financial burden.
Look closely at the demolition footage and you'll see the tagging that no other news outlet bothered to notice or report until now.
FIRST on TKC thanks to AWESOME TIPSTERS!!!
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With snow melting and more on the way, drivers have several hazards to watch out for on the road - including potholes. It may seem obvious, but more potholes are popping up in the weather conditions Kansas City has seen recently.
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Here's Who's Running For Mayor Of Kansas City, Missouri
Amid fear of the big chill, there's an increasing media spotlight on this Internets celebrity who continues to amass a far greater following than any of the hottie Kansas City forecasters spinning their clickbait . . . And so, forecast of Frankie MacDonald drops a local mention.
The best write-up so far comes from Riverfront Times:
Internet's Best Weatherman Returns With a Dire Weather Warning for Missouri
The 34-year-old says the region will face strong winds, blowing and drifting snow, ice pellets and freezing rain. He urges residents to "have your winter boots, winter jackets, hats, gloves, scarfs and ski pants ready." And, of course, "Order your pizzas and Chinese food and buy cases of Pepsi and Coke."
MacDonald has racked up more than 32 million views with his near-daily weather reports directed at cities across the world since joining YouTube in 2011 . . . MacDonald's half-shouted, rapid-paced delivery has earned him legions of fans worldwide — including more than 185,000 followers on YouTube — and has even seen him report the weather for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation and Calgary's X92.9 (CFEX-FM) radio station.
MacDonald says the storm will particularly affect the cities of St. Louis, Kansas City, Jefferson City, Springfield, Seymour and East St. Louis. He encourages residents to "drink lots of green tea, white tea, red tea — drink lots of green tea to keep you warm."
Take a look:
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Here's even more advocacy pushed forward by a corporate newspaper chain . . . Checkit:
Despite a White House hostile to LGBT equality, there is growing momentum among elected officials of all political persuasions, including Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, for treating everyone with dignity and respect.
JEFFERSON CITY * In his first State of the State address, Gov. Mike Parson proposed on Wednesday raises for state workers, a new bonding scheme to fix scores of bridges, $61 million in new money for K-12 education and no change in funding for higher education.