Thursday, January 23, 2020
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY SALES TAX INCREASE FIGHT!!! POLICE DEMAND PUBLIC SAFETY CASH INCLUSION AMID RUSHED FIRE DEPARTMENT MONEY FLEX!!!
Expect fireworks in today's council session as a plan to quickly devise a sales tax increase during a low turnout election has backfired.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY POLICE SUPPORTERS FUME OVER AN EMERGENCY FIRE DEPARTMENT SALES TAX INCREASE VOTE!!!
Our blog community was FIRST to break news of the sales tax scheme on Saturday and our news sent local consultants rushing to secure the cash with few questions. Yesterday the vote moved forward but not without some very serious questions.
It's correct, KCFD needs cash to reequip but the real debate is over allocations and a dearth of deets on how the money will be spent.
And so KCPD supporters get into the political mix.
Police are justified to feel excluded from this proposed sales tax increase given that their vehicles and tech are also in desperate need of repair.
There was an effort to push the sales tax increase vote into one combined effort but Council Lady Katheryn Shields claimed that state approval was necessary. That's incorrect but it was a good deflection.
Here's where things get even more interesting.
Behind the scenes Council Lady Teresa Loar has been consistent in her work to make sure police have adequate funding and her support of the cops has become more strident as KCMO homicide stats worsen.
Check the docket closely, in response to this move Council Lady Loar is also proposing a sales tax increase for police and Council will now be forced to vote on money for cops during a historic uptick in local murder.
Reminding Council of their obligation to fund police in the midst of a local murder spike is masterful power move. Moreover, public tolerance for more taxes is at an all time low and Council must now think about public safety from a holistic perspective rather than just proving their allegiance and earning Local 42 union support.
Translation . . .
Welcome to the new normal . . . Both taxpayers and politicos are starting to realize that this town doesn't have money to burn and funding KCFD ahead of KCPD no longer makes sense when resources are limited and during a horrific homicide surge that has spanned years.
And now let's get even more real . . .
IT'S POLICE VS. FIRE TODAY IN A COUNCIL MONEY FIGHT OVER A SALES TAX INCREASE THAT WAS MORE POLITICAL PLOY THAN EMERGENCY!!!
Thankfully, the decision still belongs to voters who have been overlooked up until this point . . .
And so we ask . . .
SHOULDN'T CITY HALL COMBINE CASH FOR POLICE AND FIRE INTO THE SAME PUBLIC SAFETY SALES TAX INCREASE???
Or maybe, just maybe . . . Today's fight over cash clearly demonstrates that this rushed election move intended to capitalize on a low turnout election hasn't been very well thought out.
Developing . . .
Medicare for All has devolved into Democratic mortal combat. Free college requires federal and state governments to enact complementary reforms. Yet unlike the policy proposals that Washington has masticated for decades, free public transit is possible in communities where local leaders and motivated residents still make transformative decisions.
Drawing from new book Health Justice Now, activist and author Timothy Faust makes the case for a single-payer, government-run healthcare system that assures all Americans of medical coverage. Critics decry the cost. He argues that our country should address healthcare as a human right, paying for it the same way we do for roads and police and fire services.
The name changes but the violence remains the same . . . Here's the morning murder news blast . . .
KCTV5: Homicide investigation underway near 83rd, The Paseo
KSHB: The shooting was initially considered life-threatening, but the victim died at the scene, according to police.
FOX4 update offers one more story on the shooting that police are checking out: Homeowner shoots, kills person acting suspicious near car in driveway at 83rd and The Paseo
Again . . .
It's still January BUT Kansas City now stands at a 50% homicide count increase ahead of not only this time last year but over the past 5 years.
Developing . . .
To be fair, the neighborhoods outside of the party district remain dangerous and violent with increased property crime.
However, we must give credit where it's due . . .
WEEKEND FENCING AND SECURITY CHECKPOINTS IN WESTPORT HAVE DRASTICALLY CUT CRIME!!!
There's a caveat . . .
WESTPORT LEADERS STILL RESENT HAVING TO PAY RANSOM TO ANTI-CRIME GROUPS TO "MONITOR" ENFORCEMENT!!!
There's always a price to success and TENS OF THOUSANDS PER YEAR have been mandated by city hall in order to secure party people.
It's a tense compromise and a gentleman's agreement among urban leaders who and the proprietors of Westort in order to keep hip-hop clubs out of this town's oldest hangout.
Here's a more polite and mainstream report on the "peace" that might or might not hold up during warmer weather:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Westport has seen less criminal activity since implementing in 2018. From April through October last year, six checkpoints were set up, requiring visitors to go through a metal detector before entering the area. More than 286,000 people passed through the devices in that timeframe.
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Relevant fact related to the industry and #TBT: Classic hottie Heidi Klum has worn the iconic Victoria's Secret "Fantasy Bra" more than any other model in the history of the organization. And that bit of hottie trivia brings us to this morning's local, cowtown ripoff . . . Checkit:
Treasure Trail Discovered
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-- Police are investigating a burglary at a jewelry story overnight near 119th and Roe. According to police, two people busted the windows to get inside Tivol at Hawthorne Plaza. Investigators said a salt crew who was treating the parking lot noticed the broken window.
Golden Ghetto Smash & Grab
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -- Police are investigating a heist at jewelry store early Thursday morning. Investigators say happened sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. at Tivol near 119th Street and Roe Avenue. According to Overland Park police, someone forced their way in through a window at the jewelry store.
Rise & Shine To Crime
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police are investigating a robbery at an Overland Park jewelry store that happened in the early hours of Thursday morning. According to police, the Tivol store at West 119th Street and Roe Avenue was broken into sometime between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Developing . . .
The president and chief executive of the Hallmark Channel is stepping down a month after the company faced backlash over a later-reversed decision to pull an ad showing a same-sex couple getting married. The company announced Bill Abbott's resignation in a press release on Tuesday , saying he would be stepping down from his post after 11 years working for Crown Media, the cable network's parent company.
DON'T EXPECT DIVERSITY ON THE LOWER END OF THE PAY SCALE IN KANSAS CITY!!!
If we didn't give these good people the benefit of the doubt, this might reveal local "advocates" showing their privilege or at least proving that culture war comedy of manners hasn't yet made blue-collar workplaces as miserable as elite bosses.
Several Kansas City, Missouri, companies have earned the " Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality " distinction this year. Every year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ranks businesses for their adoption of inclusive workplace policies and practices such as domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive benefits and non-discriminatory policies, among others.
A quick word from Kansas City's top ranking elected official at city hall regarding b-ball fighting consequences amid calls for strict punishment . . .
"Long suspension? Sure. Punishment? Sure. But I’m never gonna stand for throwing away a young black man’s career. He’s a kid. He’ll learn from this and he’s embarrassed. Let’s be teachers at a university, not corrections officers."
The aftermath that seems to prove the Mayor correct . . .
A basketball game between the University of Kansas and Kansas State University ended in a bench-clearing brawl Tuesday night. The fight between the in-state rivals erupted after a Kansas player blocked a shot by a Kansas State player, sending the player to the floor, at the end of Kansas' 81-60 win at home in Lawrence.
You decide . . .
We're almost through that boring first week in the break between the Conference Championship Games and the Super Bowl. It's during this time that you know a Super Bowl is coming up very shortly, but chances are the thought of it has gone to the back of your brain before things really kick up next week.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- Doctors warn there's a more severe strain of an upper respiratory virus hospitalizing kids this year. The symptoms of RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, can be hard to distinguish early on. That's why hospitalizations have increased.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A second suspect has been charged in the September 2019 deadly shooting of 20-year-old Robiell Avilla in Kansas City. Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday charged 21-year-old Damarco Watkins with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, three counts of armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Once again we're inspired to return back to our discourse by way of hottie hottie Candice promo goodness, community news and a few more interesting items from around the metro and across the nation . . .
Kansas City Tech Rally???
Their hustle is fierce - their stories, strategies and strengths uncommon. The future newsmakers rounding out Startland News' Kansas City Startups to Watch in 2020 list are hungry to disrupt. They're eager to drive and inspire innovation in industries under-explored or altogether forgotten.
KCFD Demonstrates Need
GLADSTONE, Mo. - A Northland fire station that closed because it was not "fit for people to be in," according to Jimmy Walker, deputy fire chief with the Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department, could soon see some upgrades. https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/deputy-fire-chief-outlines-tentative-repairs-for-northland-fire-station
Suburban Campaigns Start
Quite unlike 2016, when he ran unopposed for a third term, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross officially will have multiple challengers. Candidate filing for the April 7 election closed Tuesday, and barring any withdrawals Ross will be challenged by current City Council Members Chris Lievsay and Susan Culpepper and former Council Member Dale Carter.
Longtime Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel set pulses racing with a seriously sizzling new cover shoot for the February 2020 issue of Harper's Bazaar Greece. The lingerie model put her flawless body on full display for the risqué photo shoot and left little to the imagination when she bent down in a pretty skimpy black swimsuit.
American Gunfire Continues
One person was killed and seven others seriously wounded, one of them a child, when a gunman opened fire in a busy area of the US city of Seattle. Police said the gunman fled the scene and was still at large. The motive for the shooting is not clear.
China Screening Sickness
The severity of the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak in China that's claimed more than a dozen lives is still unknown, and the extent of its spread will only be clearer after the Lunar New Year holidays, said David Roche of Independent Strategy said on Thursday.
Everybody Against Hillary
"The View" co-host Meghan McCain slammed Hillary Clinton over her recent jabs toward her former 2016 rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., calling them "stupid" and "juvenile." Promoting a four-part Hulu documentary series about her life and career, Clinton's recent interview with The Hollywood Reported revealed remarks that she had made taking aim at the Vermont senator.
Foodie Agenda Cont'd
Wednesday, January 22 This marks the first official week of operation for two new concepts in Westport, both operating under one roof. Sweet Combforts and Wingman Kitchen (4117 Pennsylvania Avenue) are now officially open Tuesday through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., serving up two unique menus.
Kansas City Selfie Glut
For Chiefs fan Theresa Kester and her family, the road to Miami goes through Union Station."We're leaving next Wednesday, and we're going to to go down with our daughter," Kester said.As season ticket holders for 31 years, the family said they wanted to come to Union Station first."Oh, this is so exciting," Kester said.Union Station has added two more Alpha Lit signs and it's got fans smiling and snapping pictures."It's good for the city.
Witness Weird Old School Halftime Review
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The world has changed quite a bit since the last time the Kansas City Chiefs appeared in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in January 1970.
Fanboy Copyright Crackdown
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - With Kansas City headed to their first Super Bowl in 50 years, fans can't get enough Chiefs gear, and t-shirt shops across the city are selling their own versions of Chiefs-related apparel. For store owners that can mean walking a fine line.
Thursday Is For Snowflakes
CLOUDINESS. TEMPERATURES ARE CRITICAL. MORE IN THE WAY OF SNOW ON THE MISSOURI NEXT FEW HOURS. THAT BRUSHES OFF TO THE EAST. THIS IS NOW EARLY MORNING ON THURSDAY. THE MORNING DRIVE, LESS THAN 50-50 SHOT BUT YOU WILL GET SNOW. THEN IT STARTS TO FILL IN IN THE EVENING AND OVERNIGHT HOURS THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY.
Taylor Dayne - Love Will Lead You Back is the #TBT song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez will soon be an American citizen. The beloved Royals catcher, a native of Venezuela, passed his U.S. citizenship exam earlier this month, and now on Friday, he's going to officially take the oath of allegiance.
From the time the results of the 2016 presidential election showed that 81 percent of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump -- despite the reality that his life is an almost-complete rejection of the values they say they hold dear...
It's the photo that's been seen about a kajillion times-Brad Pitt sporting a Chiefs hat on the red carpet at the SAG Awards on Sunday. But how did it all come about? We got the 411 from one of the instigators, Shea Armentrout. Seems Armentrout and her cousin Kyli Maddox (and their respective moms) were...
Lots of stuff to catch up on but that's what the morning update is for . . . Right now, because we love our insomniac denizens more than most of our angry guests and we adore cinematic schlock of every kind . . . Here's a quick collection of local clips we're watching . . .
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Our KICK-ASS TKC blog community put this on blast Saturday whilst other local "journalists" were covering cake decorated like Patrick Mahomes' hairdo.
Anyhoo, here's the public meeting fair use follow-up from behind a paywall . . .
"The KCFD wants to add another quarter-cent tax, yielding another $21 million a year for 15 years to help with major upgrades.
"According to a presentation by Kansas City Fire Chief Donna Maize, the department needs nearly $80 million for immediate and long-term facility upgrades, equipment and new trucks, pumpers and ambulances.
"The Finance, Governance and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the legislation. The full City Council must act Thursday in order to meet a Jan. 28 deadline for issues appearing on the April ballot."
However, our blog community watched the same meeting and came away with a better perspective . . .
CITY HALL OFFERS FEW DEETS ON HOW THE NEW SALES TAX WILL BE SPENT IN KANSAS CITY NEIGHBORHOODS!!!
As usual, the paper doesn't press politicos for real info but simply reports talking points.
Here's better journalism from our readers:
"This was one of the lamest presentations EVAR.
"No discussion of total amount collected, how much per year diverted or how much per area to be spent.
"Example: Capital improvement- Fire/ambulance, salary subsidy, current revenue/expenditure allocation vs future revenue allocation.
"Will this reduce uncontrolled Fire Department overtime?
"Do some fire stations need to be closed?
"For the 21st century should fire or emergency ambulance service be the primary focus?
"We are not building large wooden structures. All commercial buildings are required to have sprinklers. They put more miles on pumper trucks going to Price Chopper than to fires . . . Maybe the Finance Committee needs to analyze how a tax increase should be spent BEFORE it is placed on the ballot."
The upshot . . .
THIS IS ANOTHER KANSAS CITY BLANK CHECK AT A TIME WHEN TAXES ARE SKY HIGH & THE COST OF LIVING IS FORCING RESIDENTS OUT OF THEIR HOMES!!!
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Here's the premise . . .
"Disarmed is phase 1 of 3 for the Kansas City Community Film Project. The purpose of this project is to use art as a way to bridge gaps, breakdown barriers, and produce peaceful outcomes between communities. From Kansas City, Missouri we plan to launch globally.
"Phase 1 focuses on the relationship between the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) and the served community. This video acts as a demonstration of the power of art and its ability to bring people together and have discussion.
"Phase 2 of the project will be a trailer for phase 3, a full feature film. Each phase of the project follows the same approach in utilizing real community members, primarily local artists, from all demographics. Together we will work to achieve both understanding and artistic elevation."
And so given that this blog community is hyper critical and most of our prolific commenters never to do anything halfway creative beyond coming up with new spellings for racial and ethnic epithets . . .
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THIS KCPD HIP-HOP CLIP?!?!
Take a look:
Missouri lawmakers are at odds on how to solve the spike in gun violence and gun deaths in urban areas across the state, discussing it this week in the wake of one of Kansas City's worst shootings in recent memory.
"The lawsuit claims the massive hikes lacked physical inspections and competent methodology."
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A new legal challenge to the troubled Jackson County assessment asks a judge to stop collection above 2018 rate and declare the recent assessment unconstitutional. Both residential and commercial properties are challenged in this lawsuit. All the plaintiffs saw incredible increases in their properties and are still stuck in the appeals process.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A proposal to ban texting while driving for all motorists within the city limits has been approved by a city council committee Wednesday. Proponents believe the ordinance will make city streets safer for all users.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A move to repeal a pit bull ban in Prairie Village took a step forward on Tuesday evening after discussion among the City Council. The council voted 9-3 in favor of directing city staff to draft an ordinance that repeals the breed-specific language in the existing ordinance.
A man accused of killing two women nearly a decade apart will get new DNA testing next month in the case.Kylr Yust is accused of killing Jessica Runions in 2016 and Kara Kopetsky in 2007. Both of their remains were found on the same Cass County farm nearly two years ago.
Apropos from Gameday one of our readers found funny and then more info, video pix and negative reinforcement of sporting violence. Take a look:
Fox4: KU basketball player De Sousa suspended indefinitely after Sunflower Showdown brawl
KMBC: KU coach Bill Self: School preparing punishment for brawl in Sunflower Showdown
AV Club: Will somebody please check on Baby Jay after that brawl between Kansas and K-State?
SB Nation Has The Best Pix & Clips: A massive fight mars Kansas vs. Kansas State basketball game at buzzer
MSM Tweeter: The Kansas State-Kansas brawl, as called by "J.R." Jim Ross
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Kansas City police are involved in a standoff with an alleged parole violator. Officers were dispatched to a home in the 3000 block of Indiana Avenue around 10 a.m.
KANSAS CITY, MO (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next season, giving the rebuilding club a veteran presence in what is expected to be a young lineup under new manager Mike Matheny. The Royals designated right-hander Heath Fillmyer for assignment Wednesday in a corresponding roster move.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 39-year-old dispatcher for the Leawood Police Department was arrested and charged with a computer crime, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday. According to a press release, Kallie R. Turnbow provided confidential information from the Kansas Criminal Justice Information System to unauthorized individuals.
An ominous prediction is running rampant through social media circles regarding The Kansas City Chiefs and the fate of the world.
The proclamation . . .
A SO-CALLED KANSAS CITY PROPHET PREDICTED THE CHIEFS WINNING THE SUPER BOWL WAS A SIGN OF END TIMES!!!
The prediction came from an evangelical minister names Bob Jones who is NOT connected with Bob Jones University. He is described as a "prominent figure in the New Apostolic Reformation, Mr. Jones was the most controversial of all the ‘Kansas City Prophets.’ Leaders at the infamous Kansas City Fellowship described him publicly as a “resident seer.”"
Another interesting fact about Mr. Jones and his prophesy: "Mr. Jones claimed that he died in 1975, but that God “sent him back to minister to church leadership and reach the multitudes with His love, truth and equipping the saints with understanding of the spiritual gifts.”"
The words of Mr. Jones were recently recycled by Author/Speaker/Producer/spiritual coach/podcaster Shawn Bolz in a trending social media post that reads:
"Bob Jones had heard from God that the Chiefs would go to the Super Bowl and win it. He shared that when they won it would be a sign of upcoming and end time revival.
He explained that God is raising up His chiefs to be apostolic leaders in many spheres of influence.
"Today if you follow football you will see that the Chiefs have their first chance for 50 years as they are going to the Super Bowl! This could be the time! Let’s pray!"
#Endtimeprophecy #ExploringtheProphetic #YourPropheticJourney #BobJones #Prophet #Prophecy
A look at the public post . . .
The bookies and sports gamblers also seem to be hoping for the end of the world as oddsmakers join with more devout souls in favoring the Chiefs.
And so, this perspective is the most dire and possibly hopeful Super Bowl news which offers the promise of revival and momentum for Kansas City and the world if football victory is accomplished.
Developing . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The pothole problem in Kansas City is a huge headache for drivers, causes damage to cars and continues to grow. Drivers are dodging potholes across the city. "Very carefully. I swerve to miss them. I try to avoid them the best I can.
(Bloomberg) -- Activist investor Elliott Management Corp. disclosed a $760 million stake in Evergy Inc. and pressed the U.S. Midwest utility owner to overhaul leadership or explore a merger.The New York hedge fund, run by billionaire Paul Singer, owns 11.3 million shares in the Kansas City, Missouri-based
Call this a quickie snow mix update during yet another Winter of our discontent . . .
First and foremost, the weather is trash right now as wet snow rains down upon the plebs making their way to work and/or school.
There are already cancellations on the outskirts of town and more will follow as the day wears on . . .
Meanwhile it was interesting to notice the Star playing up weather panic that was once solely the domain of weather newsies.
In much the same way, they're also picking up TKC breaking news as well . . .
OUR TKC BLOG COMMUNITY REPORTED AN UPCOMING FIRE SALES TAX VOTE 1ST!!!
Today the Star offers only op/ed behind their paywall:
Why is KC Council even considering sneaking a sales tax hike onto the April ballot?
Hint: It's not worth paying even the price of a latte to find out the answer . . . In this weather the hot drink is more valuable.
Also, we talked about KCMO gun control agreements dying in Jeff City back in November.
The Star just caught on to the reality of 2020 election season last week: Gov. Mike Parson forgets what he told KC mayor about gun laws. How convenient
We'll talk about that more later if readers leave some good quotes on the topic.
None of this really weighs on our mind but offers an opportunity to share a really great article about the fate of dead-tree media and why other papers prosper whilst the Kansas City rag keeps cutting back year after year:
Wall St. 24/7: New York Times Can’t Save Newspaper Industry
"(KC Star Parent Company) McClatchy’s major problem is that it cannot produce papers most people in its markets will pay for. The Times can, and the contrast between the subscription counts and the financials of the two companies is almost that simple and will continue to be . . ."
You decide . . .
The morning's dicey weather had passed, but Friday afternoon's cold drizzle still seemed best suited for a blanket and a cup of hot tea - or something stronger for an early start to the weekend. Nevertheless, folks filtered into a brightly lit storefront on the far end of a strip center in Raytown.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Prairie Village leaders will consider whether to lift a ban that bars residents from owning pit bulls. The City Council will take up the issue at its regular meeting Tuesday on the request of council members Jori Nelson, Tucker Poling, Ron Nelson and Chad Herring, The existing city ordinance makes it unlawful to own, shelter or possess a pit bull within city limits.
He's the only columnist who escaped the Kansas City Star and managed to stay relevant . . . And his high praise for Patrick Mahomes has always been well received on a national level.
Accordingly, here's a spot we've chosen to share some of the slightly more interesting Chiefs news that's dominating local headlines in lieu of anything resembling a policy discussion.
In the end, some C-list prof lost her job over the drama and Twitter social media bullying proved fun for people who needed a stress relief . . . Now Missouri's Scrooge McDuck is back to supporting the institution which is probably why his paid pundit goons have backed off.
Take a look:
Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield's support of the University of Missouri's music programs has earned them the 2020 Missouri Arts Award for Philanthropy. Begun in 1983, the award lauds "profound and lasting contributions to the artistic and cultural legacy of the state."