Saturday, March 23, 2019
A reader note about the side hustle of this Kansas City councilman . . . Take a look:
THE EVOLUTION OF "LAW PROFESSOR" QUINTON LUCAS AT KU SCHOOL OF LAW
Recently, the issue of KCMO Councilman and Mayoral candidate Quinton Lucas referencing himself as a "law professor" has been called into question. Not only has Lucas done so, but he has encouraged others to do it, and failed to correct various media organizations who reference him as a law professor at KU.
Today, you can go to the KU School of Law's website and reference all their faculty members. Quinton Lucas is listed as a "Lecturer of Law" not a professor.
(TKC: Here's the website link to KU law with exact location info crossed out even if the law school is willing to share publicly:)
There are 50 individuals listed as faculty members of the KU School of Law. Only 2 of the 50 individuals listed are titled as non-professors.
If you don't understand the significance of academic titles at universities, and the ethics involved in their misuse, then I encourage you to review your resume and delete all those phony references to you having a Ph.D., a Purple Heart, a Congressional Medal of Honor, a Nobel Prize, and any other fabrications you slipped in there. Words do matter.
We noted in Thursday's Mayoral Candidate Forum that Nick Haines introduced Lucas as a "lecturer in law", which Lucas acknowledged was the correct title, so perhaps the correction process has begun. We just wonder why it took so long. Liberal Privilege?
Councilman Lucas just tweeted a response:
"Good academic question! I was appointed a visiting assistant professor in 2012. In 2013, I was appointed associate professor. Upon election to Council, I moved to Lecturer given that I could at most teach half time. As a practice, students and peers call you “professor” for all."
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RIVERSIDE, MO (KCTV) - Authorities said that some roads are closed due to water over the road. Riverside Fire Department tweeted Saturday evening that 9 Highway Southbound is closed at the Riverway Boulevard exit. 9 Highway Southbound has been closed at the Riverway Blvd exit.
In the aftermath of the KCPT mayoral forum, most of our blog community noted that prolific petitioner Clay Chastain was the most captivating candidate.
However, in fairness, a recent note sent our way challenges this opinion and offers an alternative perspective . . .
"TKC, if you claim to be a responsible media outlet I believe that it is imperative that you offer more room for discussion of Clay Chastain's recent outburst at the Kansas City forum conducted by KCPT. I call it an outburst because Mr. Chastain was the only candidate who raised his voice and shouted at the audience. Over and over he screamed "Did you know that?" and misrepresented facts about City Hall. He ranted against our daily newspaper and even City Hall security which serves to protect everyone who enters the building.
Clay challenged and wrongfully downplayed the "momentum" of Kansas City but I suggest we look at what the current administration has achieved and compare it with his record. Mayor Sly James and his supporters on the Council have established a streetcar that continues to grow, we have a new convention center hotel under construction and now the airport is a go. We are repairing sidewalks and working to make KC best in all of the nation. Meanwhile, Mr. Chastain has big plans that are nothing more than drawings he carries around to public meetings. In the past 8 years KCMO has moved beyond sketches to building a very real and thriving Downtown. Does Clay Chastain know that? Because even he admitted that he only lives in our city part time.
Luckily, all of the candidates in the real debate conducted themselves with far more professionalism. In particular, Councilmember Jolie Justus offered a clear and concise view of her achievements and what she will do as the next Mayor. More than anyone else it seems that Jolie is ready to keep up Kansas City's momentum and she seems like the right woman for the job. I advise your readers to look beyond mere rhetoric and see the real milestones our city has achieved as our momentum carries us beyond angry naysayers like Clay Chastain and into a bright future. "
For those who haven't seen it already, here's another look at the forum:
We clipped Mr. Chastain's remarks as well.
You decide . . .
Following today's horrific KCMO water FAIL news . . . There's a big propaganda push to label this "not an emergency" but it's clear nearby suburbs are taking this seriously and switching up supplies away from KCMO.
Today's example . . .
KCTV5: Blue Springs shuts down water line intake from Kansas City, Lee's Summit purchasing water from Independence
"During this time of year, the City of Blue Springs uses around 4 million gallons per day and the 1 million gallons per day we take from KC can be easily offset by our other suppliers," the city said in a statement . . .
The state told KC Water its situation did not match the criteria to be an emergency, but did say they needed to notify customers. A boil water advisory has not been issued.
The City of Lee's Summit also said it has not purchased water from KC Water since March 21. They will purchase water from Independence until the issues are resolved.
Developing . . .
A glimpse at the hipster concern for 2020 . . .
Vox: Beto O’Rourke was an early supporter of marijuana legalization
WSJ: Legalized Marijuana Gives Hiring Managers a Headache
NBC: Marijuana legalization must make War on Drugs' victims whole before companies profit
Closer to home, here are some of the news links we're checking right now . . .
Hyperlocal Poultry Journalism
In 1998, Stroud's received the first James Beard Foundation Award in Kansas City for its pan-fried chicken, touted as an "American Classic." Since then, Kansas City chefs have been putting their own classic take on this classic meat, from pairing fried chicken with waffles to cooking a wood-fired chicken and serving it with a spicy salsa verde.
Locals Still Love Alex
Now comes speculation he may never play again. Regardless of whether he does, the Kansas City Chiefs organization and its fans should all be appreciative of his time in Kansas City. On Thursday, CBS' Jason La Canfora wrote a column about Alex Smith's current team, the Washington Redskins, perhaps trading up in the draft to land Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Show-Me Illicit Relaxation Help
Police in a Missouri town are investigating an unusual incident that occurred at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car location on March 14.Two employees at the Arnold, Missouri, location became dizzy and shaky and didn't know why, according to Arnold Police Lt.
Kansas Helping Hand
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, KS. (KCTV) --- The Missouri River continues to rise in Leavenworth County, as it's expected to reach 31 feet and four inches by Saturday evening. Among those assisting in preparing the city and county to deal with the flooding are inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility.
Rock Chalk Progress
Breaking News SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Kansas dominated inside for an 87-53 rout over Northeastern in the opening round of the Midwest Region. The fourth-seeded Jayhawks had a notable size advantage inside and used it, outscoring the Huskies 50-16 in the paint while grabbing 17 more rebounds.
Local Health Info Hero
March is National Kidney Month, but for those who battle kidney disease, it's every month. We had the chance to speak with one local woman who is helping others, despite needing help herself."Kidney disease doesn't have to take over your life," said Melissa Bensouda, who was diagnosed with kidney disease two decades ago.
Kansas City EPIC Barista Battle
We're in Kansas City for part one of our special SprudgeLive Coffee Sprudgecast series. These episodes will take you to the event floor at the 2019 US Coffee Championships in Kansas City. There we join multimedia director Elizabeth Chai, who-in addition to helming our must-follow Instagram coverage of the event-taped a series of original interviews for this week's episode of the podcast.
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UMKC's Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) club sparked strong reactions from students after tabling at the Miller Nichols Library Wednesday with a sign reading "Hate speech is free speech." After setting up their table, YAF members complained to the school that other students were harassing them for supporting hate speech.
"This year’s free film series includes films from countries that perpetrated or collaborated during the Holocaust. Each of these films deals with the aftermath of the Holocaust, some immediate, others decades later, but all provide powerful insight into each nation’s relationship with their own past."
Drawing Against Oblivion - April 17 - 7pm Social Hall at the Jewish Community Campus Austrian painter and photographer Manfred Bockelmann, was born in 1943, a time when millions of people, including hundreds of thousands of children, were killed. He asks himself "What happened to the children who lay in the wrong cradle?
A couple of days ago our TKC Blog community warned Kansas City about sketchy tasting water and NOW it's news fact.
KSHB: KC Water says flooding causing treatment techniques for cryptosporidium to fail
Late Friday, the Kansas City, Missouri Water Department said flooding conditions along the Missouri River have hampered its efforts to effectively treat for cryptosporidium.
Specifically, tests conducted by the department during the week of March 17 showed changes in water quality from the river negatively affected the department’s ability to treat the water. As a result, the utility reported to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that it had failed to meet a benchmark for successful measurements.
And so this town marches toward election season with sketchy water and far more political candidates than solutions to infrastructure problems.
More from KC Water:
Advisory: KC Water continues to experience water treatment challenges due to Missouri River flooding.
KC Water Continues to Experience Water Treatment Challenges Due to Missouri River Flooding
Tests Show Water Failed to Meet Treatment Technique Requirements
(Kansas City, Mo.) Melting snow, rain runoff, and high floodwaters have combined to create rare treatment challenges for KC Water. Because of changes in the Missouri River, the source of Kansas City’s drinking water, KC Water failed to meet enhanced treatment technique standards for turbidity during March for the treatment of Cryptosporidium.
In accordance with state regulations the turbidity entering the distribution system must be equal to or less than 0.15 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU) in at least 95% of the measurements taken each month. Changes in raw water quality of the Missouri River the week of March 17th caused by flooding have affected the ability of the treatment process to make very fine particles settle out of the water. KC Water reported to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources the failure to meet 0.15 NTU in at least 95% of monthly measurements for the month.
Although the state does not consider this an emergency this mandatory notification is needed to advise customers who a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, or are elderly. These customers may be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791. If you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.
The following is mandatory health effects language from the public notification regulations, 10 CSR 60-8.010. Inadequately treated water may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause symptoms such as nausea, cramps, diarrhea, and associated headaches.
KC Water is adjusting the treatment process every day to offset the changes in the raw water and additional water quality tests are being conducted to monitor changes and ensure that the water is safe.
As the Missouri River returns to normal levels, KC Water expects the treatment problems to be resolved.
KC Water can be reached by calling 311 or (816) 513-1313 24-hours a day for emergencies.
Customers may also contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Kansas City Regional Office 816-251-0700 or Public Drinking Water Branch at 573-526-6925.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Family and friends gathered Friday night at a Kansas City park to mourn the loss of a mother and child taken too soon. Pink and white balloons soared above Hibbs Park, near 59th and Spruce, in honor of Sierra Robinson and her 2-year-old daughter, Noelani Robinson.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A man suffered severe burns after police said he tried to steal copper from a Kansas City business Friday night. Officers with the Kansas City Police Department were called to a warehouse on Manchester Trafficway near 23rd Street just before 6:30 p.m.
Missouri state Rep. Andrew McDaniel's proposals would require adults to own handguns and young adults to own AR-15 semi-automatic rifles. It's impossible to overstate the foolishness of both proposals.
Hottie Sara inspires our quick peek at the lingerie biz game . . .
MIT SLOAN: What a bra company learned while disrupting the lingerie market
Close to home, here are the news links we're checking right now . . .
NextGen Confronts Danger This Spring
Kansas City, MO - With prom and graduation just around the corner, students have a lot of celebrating to do, but too much celebration could land teens in a lot of trouble. When it comes to minors and drinking, sometimes parents can be part of the problem.
Cowtown Pie Revealed
Last month, we brought you the story of a Kansas City, Missouri-area pizzeria that claimed it had created "Kansas City-style pizza." I expressed skepticism that its sauce-on-top and herb-butter-brushed crust were enough to create a new geographic style of pizza. Put scientifically, I was unsure Pizza Speciation had occurred.
Check The Wildcat Discount
Kansas State University is becoming cheaper for good students from five more states.The Manhattan Mercury reported that the Kansas Board of Regents agreed this week to allow new students from Arkansas, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas to begin paying less in fall 2020.
Tiger Cleanup Gambit Debuts
The new billboards now standing above St. Louis and Kansas City must have caused some interesting water-cooler conversations in Indianapolis. If those concerned with protecting what is left of the NCAA's fraying reputation as a competent overseer of college athletics hoped the latest argument against the institution's credibility would blow over, a hash-tagged message displayed above Missouri highways begs to differ.
Parkville Continues Slide
The Missouri River level continues to rise Saturday in Parkville. English Landing Park and Platte Landing Park are flooded. Floodwaters are not expected to reac...
Local Actors For A Good Cause
When it comes to acting ill, Diane Bulan is a veteran. "I've been sick for quite some time," jokes Bulan, a perfectly healthy Kansas City actor who has worked as a "standardized patient" for about 15 years. The use of simulated patients started in the 1960s, as a way to evaluate the clinical skills of medical students.
Saturday Katie Forecast
We'll see scattered rain showers Saturday. Look for highs in the 50s.
Marshmello - Here With Me Feat. CHVRCHES is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
Through a sermon series and other means, my congregation recently has been focusing on matters of race in the United States, including how to help people understand that what we think of as race is a social construct and that...
There's March Madness. And then there's Parking Madness. Our 2019 tournament starts today. This year is different. Rather than scoping all the saddest urban parking dead zones, we're looking at the cities that have turned parking craters into beloved urban places. Let's start with the first two of 16 pairs: two Midwestern downtowns that have come a long way.
Friday, March 22, 2019
This evening we'll forgo power rankings because we don't want to play favorites but mostly because this EPIC episode of Kansas City's GOLD STANDARD political talk show is worth a look.
Check the description:
"Mike Shanin talks to Visit KC President and CEO Jason Fulvi about National Travel and Tourism Week and the impact of new hotels and a forthcoming new airport on attracting convention business. Mary O'Halloran, Ron Freeman, Danedri Herbert and Patrick McInerney discuss the latest poll in the crowded Kansas City mayoral race, the ongoing battle over Kansas education funding and democratic socialism."
Take a look:
You decide . . .
First, a consideration of bikini model hotness and the beautiful impact on the culture . . .
Inq: Nina Agdal Strikes Sultry Pose In Gold Bikini For Latest Instagram Snapshot
Daily Caller: Nina Agdal Is Apparently A Fan Of Dogs
SI: Nina Agdal Reminisces About Her 2015 SI Swimsuit Photoshoot
InStyle: This Viral Amazon Swimsuit Keeps Getting Knocked Off — And the Original Creators Are Fighting Back
Vice: 'Shrill' Is the Mona Lisa of Body Positive Television
Closer to home, these news links inspire us tonight . . .
TKC TOLD YOU SO: The Kansas City Downtown Sammich Compromise
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A local restaurant that had only recently opened its doors found a marketing campaign spray painted by a competitor right outside its front door. After two years at 12th and Washington, Spokes Café and Cyclery opened a second location in downtown Kansas City.
KC According To McTavish
Not to knock cold and miserable - everything has its fans - but the differential between soul-sucking winter and inspiring spring is ridiculous. From godforsaken "brr" to giddy "ahh," right? Fortunately, all it takes a warm gust of wind and a bit of hope to turn it all around, including this weekend's cache of fresh springtime events and activities designed to more than mitigate the "meh."
NextGen Stands Up For Equality
Students press city for LGBT protections
Season Of Local Home Repair Trouble
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The good news keeps coming for a Kansas City woman who asked FOX4 Problem Solvers for help with a home repair business that emptied her bank account and left her house a mess. Two metro companies, who initially came to her rescue to fix the problems the other company had caused, are now back -- to do even more.
Kansas City Celebrates EPIC Black Bull Rider (Non-Pr0n)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - This weekend, PBR fans will pack Sprint Center to see one of the top riders in the sport. who is hoping to make the sport more diverse. But Ezekiel Mitchell, 22, isn't just concerned about winning. He wants to help make the sport more diverse.
Fanboys Predict Yet Another Kansas City Sausage Fest Coming Soon
During our very first Arrowhead Pride live Q&A on Thursday, we were asked if we thought Kansas City Chiefs free agent fullback Anthony Sherman would be resigned by the team in 2019.
Soggy Forecast For Flooded Weekend
The Kansas City area will see scattered rain showers Saturday. The highs will be in the mid-50s.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .
This local crook allegedly didn't show a great deal of variety in his target selections. NOW, he's getting the book thrown in him by local authorities. Take a look:
Jackson County: Convicted robber charged in multiple robberies of two Family Dollar stores
A Kansas City man previously convicted of robbery has been charged with several felony charges in connection with multiple robberies of two KC Family Dollar stores, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
The suspect faces four counts of Robbery 1st Degree, three counts of Armed Criminal Action, two counts of Attempted Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.*
According to court records, between Dec. 15, 2018 and March 20, 2019, the defendant robbed or attempted to rob two Family Dollar stores, one on Prospect Avenue and the other on Truman Road. Surveillance from the stores and License Plate Readers from the area at the time of the robberies showed the defendant or his vehicle with license plates that are registered to him. At the latest attempted robbery employees recognized him as the individual who earlier robbed the store. A search warrant of his residence found two handguns matching the description of the suspect guns. One was silver with a black grip and other was black with a silver slide.
Prosecutors requested a $75,000 bond.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A protest petition has been filed by some Overland Park residents against a planned expansion of the Islamic Center of Kansas in southern Overland Park. , the Overland Park Planning Commission approved the proposal near 163 rd Street and Roe Avenue. Plans call for a mosque, community center, school and daycare.
A state of emergency has been declared in Platte County.Platte County Presiding Commissioner Ron Schieber signed the emergency declaration just before 5 p.m. Friday after receiving updates from the sheriff and county emergency management director.The Platte County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the Missouri River has overtopped significant portions of levees in the northwest portion of the county.
On April 4, 2017, Kansas City voters approved an $800 million infrastructure repair plan comprised of General Obligation (GO) Bonds. The pledge from voters included Question #3 which hoped a public/private partnership would provide funds to build a new animal shelter.
The groundbreaking was slated for Summer of 2018 but has been delayed, in part, because Kansas City animal lovers and the KC Pet Project haven't lived up to their part of the bargain.
To wit . . .
PRIVATE FUNDRAISING FOR THE NEW KANSAS CITY ANIMAL SHELTER STANDS AT A PATHETIC 2% AFTER TWO YEARS!!!
The website was just updated today after these local doggie lovers spotted TKC and some of the best & brightest tipsters snooping around. This morning the total was only 1% . . . Here's the latest fundraising update . . .
Actually, this is a low ball fundraising glimpse . . . Here's what local animal lovers promised:
"In addition to the City’s $18M in GO funds contribution, the private sector will raise an additional $8M in construction costs, for a total construction cost of $26M for the 55,000-60,000 square foot campus facility."
Another fact check . . . In camapign materials and news coverage . . . KC voters initially were told they'd only have to pay $14-million.
To wit . . .
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! THE KANSAS CITY PET PROJECT HAS FAILED TO LIVE UP TO FUNDRAISING PROMISES SO FAR!!! DOGGIE LOVERS ARE CONTENT TO LET TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THEIR NEW SHELTER!!!
About a year ago, our blog community broke this story and started public questions and MSM updated with promises that they were "confident" in their ability to garner funds. NOW . . . The activists who touted this election effort have failed to raise the cash they promised and look to City Hall and taxpayer funds to make up the difference.
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SPOKES CAFE VS. JIMMY JOHN'S POSTSCRIPT: KANSAS CITY 'PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY' SIGN ORDINANCE IS A JOKE!!!
Quick followup and today's realization that most "news" is nothing more than a propaganda that is increasingly tuned out by locals who would rather just message back and forth with their friends.
Follow-up on today's kerfuffle betwixt Jimmy John's Vs. Spokes Cafe . . . The word from City Hall as the newspaper wrongly reports that spray chalk is illegal:
“Guerrilla marketing is unlawful in the public right-of-way. Jimmy John’s is well aware that it is unacceptable. We have been in touch with Jimmy John’s hoping they removed it,” Maggie Green, spokeswoman for the city Public Works Department, said. “We’re not trying to be the bad guys, but we have to hold everyone to the standards that we put forth through city ordinance. We appreciate their cooperation.”
The downtown Kansas City sandwich debate is already stale and The Star's follow-up is lame . . . But here's a better angle.
The bureaucrat is actually talking about the KCMO sign ordinance that everyone breaks . . . And this begs the question . . .
WILL KANSAS CITY CRACK DOWN ON SO MANY CANDIDATE SIGNS CLOGGING THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY GIVEN THAT THEY RARELY ENFORCE THE RULES?!?!?
Most streets are already starting to look messy but if City Hall is now playing sign police, they're clearly doing a horrible job.
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Chain reaction crash involving KCFD pumper injures 2
Parkville officials said they are confident businesses in the downtown area will be safe from flooding.Water is expected to rise another 3 feet in Parkville Friday night. The Missouri River is expected to crest Saturday morning at 34.2 feet. Already water is reaching part of the parking lot outside English Landing Center.Three weddings are taking place at the center this weekend.
First word on a new player in Courthouse politics amid worsening tension betwixt the current administration and the Legislature . . .
Jackson County Executive appoints County Counselor
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. announced today that Bryan Covinsky has been appointed to serve as the next Jackson County Counselor.
“While there were highly-qualified candidates who applied, Bryan’s extensive trial and management experience stood out,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “I am confident that his values of honesty and integrity for the law, as well as his positive attitude, will serve Jackson County well.”
A practicing attorney for more than 20 years, Covinsky has extensive trial experience, which most recently includes prosecuting some of the most serious criminal cases in Jackson County as the Chief Trial Attorney of the Violent Crime Unit with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In this role, he has professionally led and managed a team of attorneys and support staff of similar size to that of the County Counselor’s Office.
“I’d like to thank the County Executive for this tremendous opportunity,” Covinsky said. “I am excited to put my expertise to work and continue serving Jackson County in this new capacity.”
In 1996, Covinsky began his career at the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and two years later, joined the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office assigned to the drug unit. Covinsky is a graduate of the University of Kansas and earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa. His recognitions include the Victims Champion Award in 2001 and the Patrick B. Hall Trial Attorney of the Year Award in 2011.
Covinsky assumes the role of Jackson County Counselor following the expiration of the term and resignation of W. Stephen Nixon on December 31, 2018.
KCPD STAYS WINNING LAWSUIT OVER KANSAS CITY TEEN LOCKED UP FOR THREE WEEKS AMID WHITE T-SHIRT CONFUSION!!!
The municipal victory today:
"U.S. District Judge Greg Kays ruled on Thursday that the police were entitled to qualified immunity and granted the department’s and individual officers’ motion for summary judgment. The legal doctrine of qualified immunity shields government officials from being sued for actions they took within their official capacity unless those actions violated a “clearly established” legal or constitutional right."
Read more public radio "advocacy" against the po-po who said the teen was wearing the same white t-shirt outfit as a suspected gunman:
Kansas City Teen Arrested And Wrongfully Locked Up For Three Weeks Loses Lawsuit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Police in Overland Park, Kansas say a bicyclist has died after being struck by a car Friday. Emergency crews were called out around 9:30 a.m. to near 135th Street and Caenen Street on reports that a car had struck a bicyclist.
More US school-age children die from guns than on-duty US police or global military fatalities, study finds
Gun deaths of school-age children in the United States have increased at an alarming rate, with 38,942 fatalities among 5- to 18-year-olds from 1999 to 2017, according to a new study by Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine.
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! KANSAS CITY NORTHLAND COUNCIL DUDE DAN FOWLER CONFRONTS QUESTIONS ON LAND DEAL CONFLICT AMID RE-ELECTION FIGHT!!!
Kansas City 2nd District Councilman Dan Fowler has earned a solid reputation as a nice guy lawyer who keeps things pleasant at City Hall. However, as the upcoming election approaches he's in jeopardy of losing his 12th & Oak job whilst questions about a sketchy land deal abound.
To wit . . .
UNDER THE RADAR, COUNCIL DUDE DAN FOWLER SUFFERED EPIC BLOW BACK OVER A LOSING KCMO LAND DEAL THAT FIZZLED AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT CONFLICTS!!!
Deets . . .
Normally these land buy backs are the most boring aspect of council biz but the purchase merited some investigation and a surprising amount of chatter from the Council this week. Check ordinance #190203 that shows KCMO taking a $300K hit to start with more payback required moving forward.
Not so fun fact . . . This cash is spilling out of the beleaguered Water Department.
An insider warns:
"We've got people who work 60 hours a week coming to public meetings literally crying because they can't pay their water bill but we're throwing away money right and left without any examination. If we want to try and bring water bills under control and make sure there's more accountability for this department -- It starts with closely watching the terms of this kind of deal."
And then it got worse for Council Dude Dan . . .
He seemed to be want to quickly pass the motion.
But then his council friends noted that the pricey City Hall purchase deal is with Port KC . . . Well, Council Dude Dan Fowler is also a commissioner with Port KC as well.
Now, ethics at City Hall is always good for a laugh . . . However, even insiders suggested that it would have been prudent for Councilman Fowler to sit this one out and recuse himself from the discussion given his connections to both sides of this equation.
The aftermath . . .
SHOCKINGLY, THE ROUTINE LAND DEAL WAS SHUT DOWN WITH COLLEAGUES RAISING THEIR EYEBROWS IN COUNCIL DUDE DAN'S GENERAL DIRECTION!!!
We won't jump to any conclusions and we assume that Council Dude Dan's heart is pure.
Council sent this deal back to the Finance Committee for further investigation and probably one closed meeting screaming session. Councilman Fowler has another chance to opt out or keep pressing forward . . . Water bills are likely to continue to skyrocket either way.
More importantly . . . It should be noted that Councilman Dan Fowler is the most vulnerable guy on the 26th floor as Kevin McEvoy is running a hardline RIGHT WING NORTHLAND CAMPAIGN that wants to bring Trump-Style politics to the Council chambers. As the primary looms, it'll be interesting to see if the "conflicted" image of nice guy Dan Fowler holds up against his much meaner opponent.
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JIMMY JOHN'S TROLLS SPOKES CAFE WITH SPRAY CHALK SIDEWALK ADVERT!!! WHO WILL WIN THIS DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY FRIDAY FOODIE FACE-OFF?!?!
Here's a glimpse at marketing among the creative class set that's attempting to garner momentum.
"When corporate giant @jimmyjohns feels so threatened by a locally owned sandwich shop opening its second location at 10th & Walnut that they resort to vandalism, you know @spokeskc is doing something right."
Fact check . . . SPRAY CHALK ON THE STREET IS LEGAL AND NOT VANDALISM. But more importantly than the white-middle-class marketing people using false victimhood as a unique selling proposition . . . There's a bigger question at play . . .
IS 'VICTIM BRANDING' THE BEST TACTIC FOR SPOKES OR JUST A SIGN THAT IDENTITY POLITICS HAS ALSO POISONED SMALL BIZ CREATIVITY?!?!?
Personally, this blogger believes that Spokes is FANTASTIC . . . It's got a great vibe and the food is upscale, really fancy and their pricey coffee is some of the very best this town has to offer.
Jimmy John's is pretty great as well . . . Plus they're cheap & fast.
There's no reason that both of the businesses can't coexist . . . But that's not the point.
What needs to be examined here is the "creative class" reaching for the that VICTIM CARD at every turn when, in fact, this fancy cafe that has a great concept and doesn't really have much competition.
Spokes sells $500-$5000 bikes which buffer the margins that any cafe would lose in a bad month . . . They're an amazing biz that deserves support and already has a very strong brand . . . However, looking for sympathy because of corporate bullying makes them look weak. And nobody is buying that . . .
You decide . . .
Normally wouldn't leak this one but here's a look at a threat that confronts nearly all residents. Take a look:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Fire Department battled a large house fire near 59th and Wabash around 2:30 Friday morning. The fire quickly spread to nearby homes, damaging three houses in total. Two of the houses are total losses. They were occupied, but no one was inside when the fire took place.
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Michael Bushnell Northeast News KANSAS CITY - Rising waters are threatening those with the least, the most. As the Missouri River continues to rise, residents living near the river are watching and hoping. Hoping flood predictions fall short of expectations given that literally, everything they own is at stake.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - The wrangling over "Brexit" has just been extended, and while Great Britain's withdrawal from the European Union is causing a huge impact overseas, it also has effects hitting the Kansas City metro. A group of students at UMKC's Bloch School are gearing up for a business competition next month at Unilever in London.
A Catholic parish school in Praire Village, Kansas, opted not to enroll a same-sex couple's child in kindergarten. We examine the reasoning behind the decision made by the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the split among Catholics on the issue. Tom Roberts, executive editor, National Catholic Reporter Karen, attended St.
First, TKC disagreement . . .
KCPT host directly challenges pollsters and claims widespread interest in this mayoral campaign because more than 500 people showed up to a library event on a Wednesday night.
- Did you see the crowd? It looked like somebody just cancelled a bingo night and offered this place as alternative entertainment. Yes, the old school denizens of this town do their civic duty & vote. They, deservedly, get free rides to the polls but this isn't the blue wave by a long shot .
- The crowd was PACKED & STACKED with political operatives. That's not enthusiasm it's a work night for the political class who rarely have to earn their money.
- Social check - The FB live steam garnered about 3k views, 47 likes & 71 shares . . . A year ago a KANSAS CITY NAKED DUDE ON AN ATV IN THE MIDST OF A THRILLING POLICE CHASE set the world on fire and garnered FAR GREATER interest.
Nevertheless, here are the low lights . . .
You decide . . .
RIGHT NOW. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? THE RIVER HAS BEEN ABOVE MAJOR FLOOD STAGE SINCE WEDNESDAY. IT HAS BEEN SLOWLY MOVING TOWARD THAT RECORD CREST. OVER THERE, THE NEXT STOP SIGN IS THE STOCKYARDS ROAD ALONG THE WE SIDE OF THE MISSOURI RIVER. -- LOUIS SIDE OF ST.
One of the most fundamental resources in the state, and in the world, was celebrated at the Statehouse Thursday. Gov. Laura Kelly signed a proclamation declaring Friday as Kansas Water Day. Lawmakers and others learned about water resources and management throughout the state.