Friday, May 07, 2021

Kansas City Weekly Tiny House Hype

The oldest city hall hype machine shares a worthwhile weekly episode tonight for those of us who want to learn more about 12th & Oak's viewpoint OR need some background noise while working on something more important.

Description . . .

"The Weekly Report provides news and insight about Kansas City, Mo. programs and services provided by City departments. The Mayor and City Manager announced a new tiny house project that will provide housing and other services for the unhoused. The Mayor also announced the 14th emergency Covid-19 order, and improvements at the Chouteau Parkway and I-35 interchange are underway."

Take a look . . .

You decide . . .

Kansas City Road Rage Gunfire Tonight

Quick peek at late night violence and dangerous local streets at the outset the weekend.

Read more and be careful out there . . .

KCPD: 1 person shot in suspected road-rage incident

Kansas City police are investigating after one person was shot Friday night in an apparent road-rage incident.

TKC Told You So: Sox Shutout Royals

The Kansas City home team continues to struggle and our blog community was PROVEN CORRECT ABOUT THE IMPLOSION OF THE TEAM despite early season win streak hype.

Here's tonight's disappointment . . .

White Sox 3, RoyaLLLLLLs 0

It's been a frustrating week for the Royals, who have seen nothing go their way for six straight games. Earlier in the week, they were at least scoring early and building leads before blowing them. Evidently, they've now decided to skip the lead-building part and just lay down dead from the beginning of contests.


The term de-policing is controversial amongst law enforcement professionals but tonight there's evidence that po-po are leaving their post amid a historic cultural shift.

First let's define terms . . .

"De-policing is a term for police disengaging from active police work, generally as a reaction to external scrutiny or negative publicity. De-policing represents a de facto police strike, in which the police withdraw an aspect of their crime prevention services. It is a practical police protest at perceived political interference in their day-to-day task of policing."

This trend now confronting Kansas City is even worse because cops are calling it quits altogether.

Check-it . . .

KCTV5: Record numbers of officers leaving the Kansas City Police Department

Deets . . .

So far this year, 46 officers have retired or resigned. Some are turning to private security or construction . . .

“We’re going to lose about 100 to 110 officers this year which is a huge increase over any other year we’ve ever had,” said controversial FOP union leader Lemon.

If that happens, that’s about a 10 percent drop in Kansas City’s police force. It would leave the force near the number of officers the city had around 1980.

Whilst the info is good . . .

The reasons why cops are leaving KCPD aren't really accurately synthesized and have been, purposely, left up to speculation.

You decide . . .

Olathe North Baseball Head Coach Rightfully Cancelled After N-Word Allegations

Sorry, but if what the report reveals is accurate . . . The school is making the right decision to fire the dude for a lot of reasons but, primarily, because at least a modicum of professionalism is required when teaching youngsters at any level.

Read more . . .

Olathe North head baseball coach on administrative leave for remark to student-athlete

Olathe School District officials canceled Olathe North's Friday night varsity baseball game "out of an abundance of caution for student athletes" on the same day the district launched an investigation into the Olathe North head baseball coach.The district said the coach, Pete Flood, was investigated for a "remark" to a student-athlete.

Progressives Celebrate AAPI Identity Politics

Kansas City public radio might be hoping for a better class of donors OR welcoming the newest wave of Americans learning how to flex and navigate American media.

Read more . . .

For Kansas City's Asian And Pacific Islander Communities, Heritage Month Marks An 'Awakening'

Growing up, Bety Le Shackelford felt embarrassed about knowing how to speak Vietnamese. She didn't want to seem different from the other kids, and begged her mom to only speak English with her in public. "I just wanted to be seen as an American girl, versus an Asian quote-unquote 'FOB,' which means 'fresh off the boat,'" Shackelford says.

Hipsters Denounce KC Christian School

The Pitch shares this story which bemoans rhetoric that's not even the most controversial thing taught at local private institutions.

Read more . . .

Private Christian school Whitefield Academy demands faculty condemn gay students

Whitefield Academy. // Via Google Streetview Classical K-12 Christian school Whitefield Academy is asking its faculty to agree to expel any students who are out as gay. The school's administration introduced a letter for all faculty to sign, supporting the administration's decision.


The struggle for progress continues for first responders. 

Here's the latest update . . .

FOX4: Kansas City firefighter group presents plan to address racism, discrimination in department

Deets . . .

(The group) outlined four action items she’d like to see, including a Zero-Tolerance Discrimination Policy that would have led to a white cadet who tied a noose around a Black colleague’s neck being fired. Instead, the man accused of the racist act was allowed to resign. 

The group would also like to see the department create a recruitment unit, a fire candidate employment preparation program and effective diversity, inclusion and equity training.

Developing . . .

KCK Double Shooting Starts Weekend

The dangerous weekend starts in The Dotte.

Here's the update . . .

2 men shot at Kansas City, Kansas, auto body shop

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Two men were shot outside of an auto body shop on Friday afternoon in Kansas City, Kansas. According to a KCKPD spokeswoman, the shooting happened at 1934 North 18th Street. A suspect pulled into the parking lot and opened fire, striking the two men.

Kansas City Mayor Q Aligns With New Leadership At Guadalupe Center

The COVID angle isn't really unique  . . . What's important about this story is the mayor hoping to garner support among a new faction of local Latino leaders after the outgoing honcho endorsed the city hall leader's opponent.

Read more . . .

Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas raises COVID-19 vaccine awareness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas took to the streets Wednesday to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine on the city's west side. Guadalupe Centers, a nonprofit that has served as a resource during the pandemic for the predominately Latino neighborhood, organized the mayor's walking tour.

Helping City Hall Blame Shift Homeless Crisis

Just a bit of follow-up on the ongoing 12th & Oak hot mess in the making. Here's a look at how elected officials are working diligently to avoid responsibility . . . Read more:

Organization takes over program providing hotel rooms for Kansas City's homeless

There is new management for a program providing hotel rooms for Kansas City's homeless.A month ago, Kansas City opened hundreds of hotel rooms for people experiencing homelessness. Since then, the program has gone through growing pains.Another organization, Lotus Care House, recently took over.


Kansas City wants to dump a "tiny homeless village" on Northeast and the neighborhood is now quickly organizing resistance.

We've got a few errands, phone calls and a coffee run to undertake but here are the basics for now . . .

- City Hall plans to build a homeless village near a site that environmental officials have ruled toxic. They might or might not realize that the adjacent area has also been impacted by an EPA ruling.

- A recent Zoom meeting was rampant with neighborhood complaints and questions. The managers of this effort from the Mayor's office didn't have much luck convincing constituents. They view the homeless warming project at Bartle Hall as a success and see the upcoming village as an extension of their work. 

- Northeast leaders have recruited one of the biggest names in the local legal community to represent them in their fight. Yes, he's from THAT political family that holds sway from this cowtown to the nation's capital.

An insider puts it best and his quote seems to sum up the fight so far . . . 

"The mayor is advocating for the homeless and nobody has a problem with that . . . KC is a very compassionate place. But WHO IS GOING TO STAND UP FOR HOME OWNERS AND TAXPAYERS?!?! The people who live, work and invest in Northeast deserve representation as well and right now our community has said NO to this project in its current configuration. 

"Northeast has changed over the years, there are people who live here now who are highly skilled and have the resources to stand up to City Hall. I hope the mayor and the supporters of the tiny homeless village realize that . . . "

Developing . . .

Kansas City Chamber Won't Pay Tribute To Intern Program: Should Mayor Q Worry?!?

A kerfuffle over throw-away charity jobs for youngsters has bigger implications for the politics of Kansas City. 

Check the cover story . . .

Fox4: Kansas City leaders questioning metro nonprofit about intern workers not being paid

The premise is simple enough . . . The Chamber claims they don't pay interns and the mayor wants more cash.

But that's not the whole story . . .

This remark is curious and reveals an important rift . . .

Mayor Lucas and his staff question why the Chamber, given its large number of member businesses, doesn’t pay its interns. The mayor said that’s in sharp contrast to programs led by Hire KC’s summer employment program, which offers paid summer internships to high school students from at-risk neighborhoods.

So far, that program has received 900 applicants to fill 500 summer jobs.

“For us, what’s most important is making sure we’re getting kids opportunities, but opportunities look like real work. Part of real work is getting paid at the end of the day. We’re making sure we get that as well,” Lucas said.

So far it looks like The Chamber is holding steady. Meanwhile, we've seen a few cringe-y allegations of discrimination planted by paid trolls who support the mayor on a few social media outlets in hopes of trying to stir up negative publicity. 

However . . .

One of the most powerful institutions in Kansas City openly rejecting the Mayor's demand for more money exposes division betwixt the biz community vs. the city hall honcho.

A clever politico with connections and a decent track record might be able to take advantage of this opportunity and a surprising unforced error by Mayor Q.

Sure, this is a subtle clue behind the scenes of cowtown politics but local biz people traditionally use money to keep politicos off their back. Denying the mayor crumbs for youngsters inadvertently exposes widespread biz community frustration with city hall that has now taken hold among power players. 

Developing . . .

Kansas City Cash Bail Debate Coming Soon

Context for this story . . .

Ending cash bail abolishes penalty on poverty, advocates say

And here's one local tale out of many that threatens to add fuel to the fire of this argument over the Summer . . . Read more:

Abuse of power? Armed bondsmen break down Kansas City couple's door, forcing woman into car

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City couple was inside their home when multiple armed men broke down their back door, rushed into their house and forced the wife to get into a car headed to Kansas. The couple called it kidnapping, but the men said they were enforcing the law.

Kansas City Police Confirm Homicide After Dead Body Discovered In Burning Car

Unofficially, our blog community counts 55 homicides. As of this writing KCPD hasn't yet updated their totals for Friday.

However, here's more insight and news following a chaotic scene yesterday morning . . . Read more:

KCPD: Body found in burning car ruled a homicide, linked to earlier shooting on Euclid Avenue

Investigators with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department have upgraded a Thursday morning death investigation to a homicide after linking it to an earlier shooting.Officers were called to the 8500 block of Euclid Avenue just before 5 a.m. to investigate a "sound of shots" call.

Kansas City Bus Shooter Convicted

Amateur urban planners work diligently to deny automobiles to the working-class and force everyone on public transit. The plebs resist that move and right now there's a rush to buy used cars by way of Prez Biden's stimmy.

Sadly, violence aboard the Kansas City bus has been a constant despite rampant social change.

Unfortunately, recent news of a conviction might not make bus riders feel safer . . . Read more:

Shooter of bus rider convicted

A Jackson County jury on Thursday convicted a Kansas City man who shot a metro bus rider as the bus pulled up to a bus stop in the Northeast area of Kansas City, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on May 7. The jury convicted 52-year-old Larry J.

Kansas City Friday News Workout

Right now hottie Cindy shows off her product placement skill and reveals that the marketing game mostly dominates social media feeds by way of clever enticement. And all of THAT inspires us to take a peek a pop culture, community news and top headlines.

Check-it . . .

Robot Help Wanted

Artificial intelligence company bringing 500 jobs to Kansas City area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A technology company is bringing around 500 jobs to the Kansas City area. Torch. AI announced Friday that as part of a $27 million tax incentive program awarded by the Kansas Department of Commerce, they will create around 500 full-time jobs over five years in the Kansas City area.

COVID Cost Teachable Moment

Schools are spending $100k on mask lawsuit for 16 kids - The Sentinel

The attorney representing parents of 16 students fighting for individual mask exemptions says the Blue Valley and Olathe school districts are spending $100,000 of taxpayer money defending the mask lawsuit. Linus Baker, the attorney representing parents in the case, said the mask lawsuit was moved from district court to federal court at the request of school attorneys.

Fam Shares Vaxx Testimony

Kansas City-area family shares Children's Mercy pediatric vaccine trial experience

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Phase 1 of the Pfizer vaccine trials are currently underway at Children's Mercy Hospital. The trials include children 6 months old to 11 years old. For Kansas City residents Michael and Johanna Kelley, enrolling their 2-year-old daughter Nora, in the trial meant protecting her against COVID-19.

Hottie Fashions Spring

Cindy Prado Slays On The Streets Of Miami In A Monochromatic Look

Her fans loved the share, and the post received over 19,900 likes within one hour. "You look strong and confident," one fan wrote. "Wow your attitude is so amazing," another follower chimed in, including a heart eyes emoji in the compliment. "So gorgeous!!!!" yet another added, followed by a string of flame emoji.


Weak jobs report shows the need for massive jobs and families bills, Biden says

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden on Friday said that April's lower than expected job growth reveals that the U.S. economy is still struggling to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, and that his massive infrastructure and family support bills are needed now more than ever.

Former Prez In Demand

Lindsey Graham: GOP can't 'move forward without President Trump'

Graham made the remarks in an interview with on Fox News. The comment comes as Republicans seek to remove their third-ranking House member, Rep. (R-Wyo.), from her leadership post amid her continue criticisms of the former president. "I would just say to my Republican colleagues, can we move forward without President Trump?

Feds Charge Usual Suspects

Federal civil rights charges filed against ex-cops in George Floyd's death

A federal grand jury in Minnesota has indicted Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis officer convicted in the death of George Floyd, and three other ex-officers on civil rights charges. The federal indictment accuses Chauvin, J.

Billionaire Buys Future

Scientist predicted man named 'Elon' would colonise Mars in 1952 book

ELON Musk's plot to colonise other worlds may have been predicted by a German scientist 70 years ago. Writing in his 1952 science fiction novel "Project Mars", engineer Wernher von Braun described a man called "Elon" who ruled over the Red Planet.

Pop Diva Confessional

Pink Tells Story of Her Life to Daughter in 'All I Know So Far' Video

Pink looks back on her life in the fantastical video for her new song "All I Know So Far." The song is named for and inspired by the Michael Gracey-helmed documentary of the same name, set to premiere on Amazon Prime on May 21st.

Sounds Like First Friday

AJM to host Billie Holiday exhibit + First Friday weekend + Downtown news

In April 1957, photographer Jerry Dantzic had an assignment from Decca Records to photograph Billie Holiday during a week-long run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub, Sugar Hill. What unfolded was an unexpected and intimate journey into her private and public worlds.

Rolling Tribute To Volunteers

Kansas City, Kansas, couple who helps homeless receives life-changing surprise

A Kansas City, Kansas, couple has received a life-changing surprise.The couple, who is devoted to helping the homeless, saw their lives take a challenging detour. That's when a thoughtful viewer stepped up with the keys to a new path forward."This is not something that we expected at all," Rachelle Burnett said.Burnett and Danny Hagan are going places in a new wheelchair-accessible van.The pair is known for serving the homeless in downtown Kansas City each Sunday.

Spring Forward

Your Storm Track 5 Daily Forecast

Jackets in hand to begin your Friday! We are starting off a bit cooler this morning with more clouds on the way for the second half of the day and a high near 67. We are tracking a 20% chance for rain today.

P!nk - All I Know So Far is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now.


Social media activism sparks a local pile-on and subsequent local news headlines.

Here's a peek at the coverage as the public rushes to judgement along partisan lines . . . Read more:

Olathe North baseball coach under investigation for using racial slur toward Black player

by: Juan Cisneros Posted: / Updated: OLATHE, Kan. - According to Olathe Public Schools, head baseball coach Pete Flood is under investigation for using a racial slur toward a Black student athlete during pre-game batting practice. In a Facebook post, Tony Banks said his son was listening to rap music during pre-game batting practice when Flood approached him and told him to stop.

Kansas City 1% Also Suffer COVID Comeback Spike In Traffic Fatalities: Mission Hills Dude Dies In Ward Parkway Crash

Despite pandemic lock down, traffic deaths increased last year. Locals have warned about increased driving risk. Here's a look at the danger that crosses demographic lines . . . Read more and drive carefully:

Mission Hills man killed in single-vehicle crash on Ward Parkway

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Mission Hills man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Ward Parkway overnight. Kansas City, Missouri, police were called to the 5200 block of Ward Parkway shortly after 11:00 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, emergency crews discovered that a Volvo SUV was northbound when the driver apparently lost control.

Court Upholds KCFD Overtime Decision

Update on a hotly debate topic by municipal policy wonks . . .

A snippet from Bloomberg law . . .

Kansas City, Mo., properly pays overtime under federal law to emergency medical technicians and paramedics, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit ruled Thursday in a lawsuit filed in the wake of a previously resolved wage and hour dispute.

Affirming a 2019 trial court decision, the Eighth Circuit declined to revive the case questioning whether the bargained-for wage structure for EMTs and paramedics violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The appeals court separately found that dual-function firefighters and paramedics, known as “fire medics,” are partially exempt from overtime provisions.

Developing . . .


A bit of context . . .

It would be easy to forget that the previous KCK Chief was targeted by activists and inevitably forced to resign amid several sketchy decisions (like a rent free house) and the cultural shift sparked by anti-police protest.

Today . . .

The Dotte hopes to move forward . . .

KCPD's deputy chief Karl Oakman named new Kansas City, Kansas, police chief

Presser line . . .

KCKPD announced Friday it has hired Karl Oakman, who is currently the deputy chief and a 29-year veteran of the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department.

Oakman will step in and command the more than 300 officers of the KCKPD, who respond to nearly 400,000 calls every year.

Generally, local law enforcement seem upbeat about the decision and only a few local trolls are complaining. 

Developing . . .

Show-Me 'Rush Limbaugh Day' Coming Soon

Missouri will soon celebrate the legendary talker who not only dominated airwaves but also overcame a debilitating opioid addiction.

Here's a glimpse at the inevitable holiday moving closer . . .

GOP-led Missouri House votes to create 'Rush Limbaugh Day'

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri House on Thursday voted in favor of creating "Rush Limbaugh Day." The GOP-led House tacked the provision on another bill, which then passed the chamber. The bill still needs Senate approval. The proposal is one of several pitched by Republican state lawmakers to honor the late Limbaugh every Jan.

Kansas City Latinx Coffee In The Crossroads

As we've mentioned frequently . . .

Most Latinos DESPISE the term Latinx. There is empirical proof to back up this statement.

However, the trendy moniker is more likely used among younger people.

And, given that the Crossroads remains the trendiest spot in this cowtown and despite the pandemic . . . I'm sure the term will get tossed around here by white-lady progressives who hope to overcome racial discrimination by way of constantly identifying and "celebrating" racial differences.

To be fair, beyond the politics, the coffee and snacks are pretty good . . .

Java-lert! Café Corazón Is Coming to the Crossroads - In Kansas City

Wondering what that new space is on the corner of Southwest Boulevard and Baltimore? It will soon house Café Corazón's second location. The popular Latin American-tinged coffeehouse is set to open their newest digs in the next couple of months. We caught up with owners Miel and Curtis Castagna about their buzzy (and buzz-inducing) new...

Radkey Stays Winning

Quick nice note about a favorite hipster band that actually has a great deal of skill and deserves every bit of the accolades and success they have earned . . . Read more: 

Art House Extra | Radkey Hits the Road With Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl

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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Starlink Over Kansas City Tonight

Tonight the lights shining in the local night sky not only evoke insights into the vastness of space but also remind us that our world continues to shrink.

Whilst cowtown Internets nerds are faking a UFO sighting, check more accurate reports on the easily identifiable phenomena above Kansas City.

Kansas City Seyz So Long To Skid Roadie

Apropos for the conclusion of #TBT . . . An EPIC Kansas City career in terrestrial radio comes to a conclusion.

Check-it . . .

Kansas City radio personality Skid Roadie announces retirement

Kansas City radio personality Skid Roadie is retiring at the end of the month.He announced his retirement Wednesday. He's spent 23 years on Kansas City's Classic Rock radio station KCFX-FM/101 The Fox. He's spent 41 years on-air entertaining Kansas City radio listeners.

Kansas City Domino's Delivers Death

Double take and more deets as this local pizza debate ended in chaos and gunfire in 10 minutes or less.

Read more and realize that a dude should never give his life for a soggy slice . . .

KCPD: Investigation ongoing after Domino's employee fatally shoots man during altercation

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A rash of violence in Kansas City is keeping detectives busy as they investigate two homicides, a suspicious death after a body was found inside a burned car, and several non-fatal shootings. Marc Davis II was pronounced dead at the hospital after a shooting inside a Domino's around 9:30 p.m.

Kansas City Headline Gazing

Just a few quick news items for close readers and the most dedicated denizens of the discourse . . .


An exceptionally minor Kansas City progressive win targeted traffic enforcement with allegations of systemic racism.

Sadly, the argument could have been about saving lives or saving cops time on pointless practices . . . But local leaders slammed po-po in order to feign progress by way of mostly pointless legislation.

The mainstream argument and constant protestations of racism . . .

"In the past three years, Kansas City police issued more than 100 tickets for jaywalking. And far more citations went to men than women, and far more to Black people than whites."

Reality check . . . Jaywalking is constant in Kansas City and it does, in fact, cause some pretty horrible wrecks and injuries. 

However . . .

Tonight we learn from Mayor & council that rules of the road are racist. And this petty, divisive and somewhat irresponsible argument makes EVERYONE just a little less safe on local streets. 

 Friendly advice . . . Your grandma was still and will always be correct when she taught you to wait for the light and look both ways when crossing the street. Amid uncertain times, sometimes it's important to find confidence in the smallest life lessons.

Check the links . . .

Pitch: Jaywalking has been erased from KC—the place where the term was born

KCUR: Kansas City Is Dumping Jaywalking Tickets Because They Mostly Go To Men And African Americans

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Kansas City Mayor & Council Launch Homeless Housing Department Without Any Input From Neighborhoods

Stakeholders and homeowners were once again COMPLETELY EXCLUDED from this conversation as 12th & Oak would much rather deal with protesters than taxpayers.

Read more . . .

Kansas City approves creation of new housing department

The Kansas City council voted Thursday to approve creating a new Housing and Community Development Department.The department will deal with tenant advocacy, homelessness prevention and support, affordable housing preservation and creation, and overall community development.

Stimmy Stifles Kansas City Workforce?!?!

Here's one argument against Prez Biden's "free money" approach whilst our most progressive friends believe that fair wages and fear of COVID keep many workers at home.

Read more . . .

Kansas City workforce 'paralyzed' by incentives to not work

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As COVID-19 restrictions lift across the Kansas City metro, restaurants are able to increase their capacity to serve more customers. But many have chosen not to because there's a shortage of workers. And one finance expert said incentives for those without a job are playing a role in the shortage.

Kansas City Pizza Proves Deadly

Tragic story about rampant crime and the horrific impact on local families . . . Read more:

Family mourning loss of Kansas City father gunned down while picking up pizza

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Family tells FOX4 a Kansas City father shot and killed Wednesday night was picking up a pizza when the shooting happened. Police say the shooting happened inside a Domino's around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday near 49th and Blue Parkway.

Kansas City Thursday News Reflection

An aging celeb hottie inspires us to keep up with pop culture, community news and top headlines tonight.