Friday, November 16, 2018
As usual our blog community was ahead of all of Kansas City in terms of calling out an impending disaster.
To wit . . .
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! NEW KCI IS NOW STALLED AS COSTS ARE CLOSE TO 4-BILLION BUCKS RATHER THAN THE 2-BILLION CITY HALL ADMITS!!!
It's funny to hear insiders attempt to explain away the additional costs as "financing" when just about everybody knows that BUYERS HAVE TO PAY FINANCING COSTS AS WELL . . . Or at least that's how the good people at Fleshlight are explaining recent charges on my debit card.
Accordingly, here's a quick refresher on the airport to keep us up-to-date:
- Voters were promised a 1-BILLION DOLLAR new airport, again the cost is closer to 4 & rising.
- Two airlines won't sign on to start.
- Yesterday's airport committee meeting was the FIRST IN 3 MONTHS thanks to Council Lady Jolie -- The chair of the group.
- The quadrupling of costs starts before a shovel has yet to hit the ground.
- Plans have yet to be revealed to the public, we've only seen drawings/renderings and it's likely the final product will be a cheap plastic & glass substitute for the more sturdy KCI.
That's where we are now but it's gets better . . .
LAST NIGHT THERE WAS A TENSE PUBLIC DISAGREEMENT BETWIXT KANSAS CITY OPINION LEADERS!!!
In this clip we capture the best part of Conservative Patrick Tuohey debating civic leader Jim Heeter over the current price dispute.
And so, the airport argument persists as City Hall is soon to spend even more cash to maintain a project that supporters promised wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime.
Fox4: Airline dispute delaying agreement on new KCI single-terminal airport
WG: 2 small airlines protest KC airport project
KSHB: Mayor works to keep new KCI terminal plan on track
KCUR: Small Airlines Worry Bigger Price Tag On New Kansas City Terminal Could Force Them Out
KMBC: At Thursday's meeting, where the KCI airlines were expected to have a progress report, Mayor Sly James called the dispute a "kink" in the new airport's momentum.
Developing . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Patrick Mahomes is getting more ketchup. Westport Flea Market says they take offense to a Pittsburgh company, like Hienz, dictating when Mahomes can receive free ketchup. Starting Friday, Mahomes will eat free for life at Westport Flea Market. The restaurant says Mahomes can have unlimited ketchup.
Ross Ferguson/KMBC SOURCE: Ross Ferguson/KMBC One person was taken into custody after a man was shot early Friday at a Kansas City, Kansas, home. Police said officers were called at 7:22 a.m. to a house near 33rd Street and Delevan Avenue on a reported shooting.
Kelly senses 'momentum' in Kansas toward medical marijuana | The Wichita Eagle
Possibly the most important artistic discussion Kansas City will have during the holiday season.
In the run-up for her latest show Peregrine Honig has challenged politically correct conceptions of cultural appropriation by LatinX locals and then explored themes of male rape . . .
This weekend, she's offering an explanation of her artsy journey:
Peregrine Honig Artist's Talk this Saturday
Please join us this Saturday afternoon at Blue Gallery for a talk with artist Peregrine Honig in which she will be discussing her new solo exhibition . . .
Find My Fear and Unfold Me is Peregrine Honig’s exhibition of new work. Consisting of over thirty paintings, portraits, and sculpture using materials that include, gouache, acrylic on hot press, silverpoint, ink, rabbit skin glue, pigment, graphite, and enamel. This work presents contemporary thought questioning male dominated visualization in art history using comparisons of sexuality and mythology.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CST
118 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
You decide . . .
This summer, the Kansas City, Mo., City Council worked out an agreement with a developer proposing to build a luxury residential tower downtown. To secure tax credits to build it, the developer would add 100 affordable units in another downtown building it owns. Still, there was a problem: the city had no definition for affordable housing.
Here's the latest round-up and another two week delay:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A heated debate broke out at City Hall in Kansas City, Missouri as leaders discussed ways to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is a new name on the table for The Paseo: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on The Paseo.
(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc TMUS.N could close its acquisition of Sprint Corp () as early as the first quarter of next year, based on indications it is getting from regulators, Chief Financial Officer J. Braxton Carter said at an investor conference.
KANSAS CITY WHITE KNIGHT CRUSADE: CAN BUTCH RIGBY CONNECT EAST SIDE WITH BROOKSIDE OR IS THIS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF HIS BAD IDEAS?!?!
Recently, local biz news celebrates the ongoing adventures of a Kansas City biz dude dreamer.
A fair use peek behind the flimsy paywall for the purposes of news, parody and education . . .
KC Biz Journal: Connecting Brookside to the East Side - Butch Rigby takes aim at erasing Kansas City's racial and development dividing line.
The premise via snippet . . .
"Developer Butch Rigby isn’t on a mission to reproduce Brookside — he wants to extend it. With Brookside East, Rigby is redeveloping a stretch of 63rd Street without ripping up its roots. The aim is to conjure the Brookside name without Brookside rents, and to quietly and deliberately guide the look and feel of Brookside toward the traditional dividing line of Troost Avenue...
"Rigby’s company, BB63 LLC, began buying and renovating buildings along 63rd Street in November 2014. It now owns the buildings housing Unbakery and Juicery, Jewish Family Services, Brookside Gardens Events Space and four other commercial buildings. In dollar terms, his investment in the corridor exceeds $15 million. But he said he also has found himself invested in the larger neighborhood’s success . . ."
Read the whole story at the KC Biz Journal.
The more important question . . .
CAN BUTCH RIGBY CONNECT EAST SIDE WITH BROOKSIDE OR IS THIS JUST GENTRIFICATION IN DISGUISE?!?
You decide . . .
Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft and transportation options like the streetcar were expected to reduce drunk driving in Kansas City, Missouri. But statistics say that hasn't happened, and the Kansas City Police Department's DUI unit believes drivers may actually be drinking even more. https://bit . ly/2qRfCtG
Wall Street Journal: Why ‘Deaths of Despair’ May Be a Warning Sign for America
JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -- Friday people will learn more about the number of deaths by suicide in Johnson County and what's being done to stop them. The Johnson County Suicide Prevention Coalition will be having an open update at 8 a.m. Friday at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.
GRANDVIEW, Mo. -- A Grandview man faces a string of charges for allegedly stealing several items, including a trailer belonging to Head for the Cure, a group that supports brain cancer research. Robert Clark, 28, faces several counts of receiving stolen property and property damage charges as well as drug and weapons related charges.
The Congresswoman-elect is one of the most celebrated new faces in the Beltway and here's just a bit of recent news on her ascendancy that has evoked right-wing tears in the Kansas 3rd District:
Huff Post: ‘Every Drop Of Decency Is Fought For’: LGBTQ Activist Shares Story Of Politics At Work
Newsmaven: Seven election lessons from Indian Country
McClatchy: Sharice Davids doesn’t want to get ‘in the weeds’ with Trump investigations
You decide . . .
The Kansas legislature agreed to pay education nonprofit Teach For America more than $500,000 this year for a pilot program to recruit 12 teachers to the state. But the national organization only recruited three teachers for the state in 2018.
A Missouri ballet dancer's body was found in a lake Wednesday, one day after she was reported missing, police said. Raffaella Maria Stroik, 23, was found dead in Mark Twain Lake about 9 a.m. Wednesday after a private plane pilot, who had volunteered to search for the ballet dancer, spotted a body in the water, FOX2 St.
We begin Friday with a bit of Vida hotness and helpful exercise for our office worker pals:
Saw1st: Vida Guerra Photoshoot 2018
KCTV5: Everyday stretching moves that can improve your well-being
LHR: How to Stretch If You Hate Stretching
Runners World: 6 Desk Exercises You Should Do If You Sit All Day
Life Hack: 5 Simple Stretches To Boost Your Energy At Your Office Desk
Closer to home, here are more than a few links worth a look right now . . .
Kansas City Road To The Weekend
CLAY COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- Crews will be closing all lanes of Eastbound Route 210 at Interstate 435 Friday morning, right after the early morning commute, at 9 a.m. This type of work usually happens over the weekend so it doesn't impact people as much.
Local Expression For The Troops
A local charity is using art to help Veterans. The After Action Network has a downtown campus covered with murals. We had a chance to talk to the charity's leadership and supporters on why the growing scene is a win for the whole community.
Golden Ghetto Real Estate Redux
It's Plan B for the Metcalf Crossing Area in Overland Park. Right now there are two abandoned hotels at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Marty Lane as developers couldn't secure another hotel deal and now wants to put in an office building with a storage facility instead.
Celebrate Another Kansas City Hipster Hangout
The co-founders of Brandwell Partners didn't want to create just any coworking space in Kansas City. They wanted a place for creatives, such as writers, designers, web developers and public relations experts. Now CoCreate KC, their cozy coworking studio in the North Hyde Park neighborhood, is open for business at 3238 Gillham Road.
Life Lesson Friday
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Students in the Piper District may be picked up later than normal for school Friday morning. The school district posted on Facebook that several of the buses in the Durham fleet were not running because someone stole the batteries.
Artsy Debut At Last
Sherry Cromwell-Lacy is well-known in Kansas City for her curatorial eye. She helped open the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, directed exhibitions at the Kansas City Art Institute for more than 20 years and has worked as an independent curator. Cromwell-Lacy is also an artist who has shown her work around the country.
Hype Spring Eternal
The Kansas City Royals were all kinds of bad in 2018. There is no denying that. They ranked 25th in the MLB in runs scored, 27th in runs allowed, and wound up with the second worst record in baseball. With all of that being said, it didn't FEEL like that was the second worst team in baseball.
Hozier - Movement is the song of the day and this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
Gary Lezak's winter forecast: How much snow will Kansas City get this year?
The Kansas City Chiefs are rocking and rolling, which has a lot to do with their star quarterback. Patrick Mahomes has led the Chiefs to a 9-1 record to start the season and they're currently sitting atop not just the AFC West, but all of the AFC.
These are important local news links that probably deserve a click and items we want to share and cycle thru quickly for the morning update . . .
Help Make This Family Reunion: KC mom fears daughter who’s been missing for nearly 2 months may be in danger
Courthouse Concern & Teachable Moments: Seg. 1: New Leader Of Jackson County's Anti-Drug Task Force. Seg. 2: History Of Haskell University.
Animal Cruelty Coming To Meth Town: Shrine Circus provides fun for the entire family this weekend in Independence
Local Life Lessons: Top of the List - School districts, private schools (and a look at KC charter schools)
Rock Chalk Stoners Stay Winning??? Legal marijuana in Kansas? Incoming governor supports medical use
Good Deeds After Suburban Tragedy: Lee's Summit mom channeling grief for daughter into kindness movement
Reference To Nasty Creeper Allegations: Sex offender accused of watching child porn on Overland Park library computer
Po-Po Helping Hand: Cass County company offers jobs to laid off Garden City police officers
Meth Town Power Play: Council member presses for lower electric rates
Helping Amid Season Of Scams: Oak Grove charity group in need of help after presents for seniors stolen
Avoid Local Pupper Ploy: FOX4 Problem Solvers find online advertisements for puppies littered with trouble
Growing Urban Core Initiative: BoysGrow mentors Kansas City’s urban youth through agricultural entrepreneurship
Word Of The Year: It’s official, 2018 was ‘toxic’
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
As I've said here and in other venues more than once, one of the primary concerns of institutional religion -- at least in theory if not always in reality -- is for the welfare of people in poverty and need....
Back in early October I made a momentous announcement to my family and like any announcement that would shake my husband and children to their very core I did it over Snapchat and text.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The fight to spin the aftermath of the midterm elections continues and tonight the GOLD STANDARD OF KANSAS CITY POLITICAL DISCOURSE asks even more middle-class white people what they think about a vote wherein most people of color and working poor opted out despite of the record numbers of cable TV news viewers showing up to enact the corporate misinformation they took to heart . . .
Check the description:
"Mike Shanin talks to Melinda Henneberger from the Kansas City Star Editorial Board about midterm elections results and the KCMO mayoral race. Lisa Johnston, Jim Heeter, Patrick Tuohey and Steve Mirakian discuss the challenges that Governor-elect Laura Kelly will face with a conservative GOP legislature, the future of the Missouri Democratic Party and the rising price tag for a new KCI."
Take a look:
You decide . . .
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Dozens of neighbors are fed up and ready to take matters into their own hands to get rid of all the trash being dumped illegally in their own backyards. A lot of illegal dumping in Kansas City happens on secluded streets or vacant lots without any proof to punish anyone.
The Independence Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened during an alleged robbery Thursday evening. Police said during a reported robbery of a business near 24 Highway and Jennings, the store clerk shot the would-be robber around 7:30 p.m. One person was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.
JOHNSON COUNTY. KS (KCTV) -- Democrat Rui Xu has been declared the winner of the house seat in Kansas's 25th district. It was a very close race between Republican Incumbent Melissa Rooker and Xu, that it came down to just a handful of votes. Johnson County Election Officials certified the results Thursday late afternoon.
NEWSFLASH!!! COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT TAYLOR STAYS WINNING POWER MOVE FOR KANSAS CITY MAYOR WITH SKETCHY 'REVIVE THE EAST SIDE' PLAN!!!
With few financial deets and very little evidence that throwing more taxpayer cash at systemic problems will work, campaign season at 12th & Oak just getting started with a mayoral front runner achieving a legislative Pyrrhic victory.
And so we ask . . .
CAN COUNCIL DUDE SCOTT 'WHITE KNIGHT' TAYLOR SAVE KANSAS CITY'S EAST SIDE??? AND WILL HIS EFFORTS PUT HIM AHEAD IN THE CONTEST FOR MAYOR?!?!
Check today's damage and what might a brand new plan to FAIL the urban core . . .
Officials Pass A Sweeping Measure To Revive Kansas City's Most Distressed Neighborhoods
The “Revive the East Side” initiative, sponsored by 6th District councilman and 2019 mayoral candidate Scott Taylor, would, among other things, establish a $10 million home improvement fund, create tax credits to encourage hiring workers who live in high unemployment areas, improve trash collection and “protect long-time residents against gentrification.”
It’s a lot to promise, noted 3rd District councilman Jermaine Reed, who voted against the measure. He called it overly ambitious and believes it would give residents of needy neighborhoods with false hope.
“The people in the 3rd and 5th District, right in the urban core, we can’t continue to hope and wait and wish that something would happen,” Reed said.
Reed also said he was waiting to hear how the program would be funded; those details haven’t been settled.
You decide . . .
There's another hang-up on the KCI renovation project. Two of the airport's smallest carriers are not signing the agreement to pay for the renovated airport. The two airlines are Allegiant and Spirit. Both companies are unhappy about their share of the $20 million for a new baggage claim system in the renovated airport.
In his last Christmas as Mayor, Sly James will celebrate very little progress for Midtown since he had to dive in the bushes to avoid shopping district thuggery at the start of his term. Check the bad news . . .
KC Mayor Sly James to 'flip the switch' at KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony
Leaving your car unlocked is a mistake we talk about all the time here at KCTV5. Well, it cost one woman big this week.
Check this scathing indictment released today from a Kansas City lady concern . . .
RFT: Missouri Women Are Totally Underrepresented in Politics
Here's why we note the former Senator . . .
"It's also worth mentioning: With the loss suffered by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the state has lost one of its highest profile women representatives. And while the state attorney general's seat opened as a result, Governor Mike Parson swiftly replaced one white male with another, appointing state Treasurer Eric Schmitt to the position. "
Actually, the study FROM THE KANSAS CITY WOMEN'S FOUNDATION drills down to the local level and blames us all for the horrible haircuts of Hillary Shields . . .
"Nicole Galloway is now MISSOURI's only female statewide elected officeholder, and women will still hold just a quarter of state legislative seats. Closing this gap is vital for our government to represent the diversity – and interests – of the communities it serves. Through our Appointments Project the Women’s Foundation is committed to building a pipeline of women leaders with the skills and experience needed to finally end the era of underrepresentation and close the leadership gap for good.”
"In Missouri, there were a total of 118 women running in state, federal and judicial races in 2018. Sixty-one, or 53 percent, of those candidates won their respective races. In Kansas, there were 75 women candidates for those offices, 32 of which won their elections. The gender makeup of the Missouri and Kansas state legislatures will also remain largely static, with the percentage of women in the Missouri General Assembly ticking up from 22.8 percent to 25.4 percent, and the percentage of women in the Kansas Legislatures declining from 28.4 percent to 26.5 percent."
You decide . . .
Jackson County Audit Has Begun - First Up, COMBAT, The County's Anti-Crime Sales Tax
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Progress with building a new airport in Kansas City has slowed after a disagreement between large and small airlines at the airport. "It took six years to get to this point and I am not going to get to this point to see it fail because different agendas that are not in the best interest of this city are being pushed," said Mayor Sly James.
On the TechWalk runway: This is what real KC Women in Tech look like
Related to pop culture payouts . . .
Newsweek: Wisconsin University Chancellor Paid $5,000 to Former Porn Actress Nina Hartley to Speak to 70 Students
LCT: 'It's OK to like porn': Porn star Nina Hartley lectures UW-La Crosse students on sex, adult entertainment
Insta Notes She's Not A "Former" Pr0n Star, She's Up-To-Date: @miss_nina_hartley returns to Brazzers for the first time in over 10 years!
Closer to home . . .
Tasty News Promo
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 24 touchdowns shy of receiving what possibly could be a gift of a lifetime. After a profile piece by ESPN showcasing the 23-year-old NFL star and his love of ketchup on steak, Heinz was quick to come to his defense, extending a special offer to their number one fan.
Urban Core United Against Crime, Again
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Earlier this year, a group of community leaders and activists gathered at a Kansas City, Missouri barbershop to discuss solutions to the issues holding Kansas City back. 41 Action News anchor Kevin Holmes recently expanded that conversation with a group of eight women at a Brookside restaurant.
Justice For Ladies
A suburban Kansas City massage therapist faces sentencing Jan. 3 after admitting that he secretly recorded video of a woman while she undressed. The Kansas City Star reported that Daniel Gorski, 32, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony count of breach of privacy. He previously worked as a massage therapist at a chiropractic clinic in Gardner, Kansas.
Today's Survivor Story
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A man escaped a house fire in the city's historic northeast side. It broke out just after 7 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Wabash Avenue. The man was able to get out OK. Fire crews had to call a second alarm to get the flames under control.
Hobo Activist Push Back
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The Free Hot Soup organization has posted its response online to a letter from the Kansas City Health Department. This comes after the health department poured bleach on food because the group didn't have the proper permit to feed it to the homeless.
Front Porch Festivities Announced
The holiday season officially returns to Downtown this weekend, as the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event is a day-long, free celebration packed with festive entertainment and family activities. It will conclude with a spectacular holiday lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Big Slick Downtown Redux
Big Slick will more than triple the size of its annual Saturday night auction and party in 2019, according to a Thursday release. In honor of the event's 10th anniversary the June 8 auction and marquee party will be moved from the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland to the Sprint Center.
KCMO Hipster Weekend Forever
Curry, pad thai and all the ginger has arrived in Independence, Missouri. Thai Kitchen is now open at 19321 E. U.S. Highway 40, Suite A. The restaurant serves papaya salad, fried rice and Thai iced coffee. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for right now . . .
CHICAGO - Platte County, Missouri's decision to mount a legal challenge to its annual appropriation obligation to repay $32 million of bonds issued for a struggling retail complex triggered a downgrade to CC from S&P Global Ratings as analysts now believe a default is all but certain.
TOPEKA, KS (AP) -- Kansas' attorney general contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach shouldn't be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to their data being kept private.
Remember that a little more than a year ago Mayor Sly James worked diligently to promote Kansas City as a destination for Amazon HQ2.
His efforts were derided by the tech industry, competitors and most people who hate so much advertorial garbage which clogs the Internets.
A sampling of the reaction:
ZDNet: Kansas City mayor spams Amazon reviews in bid for headquarters
In fact, the thousands of phony reviews might have even violated the Amazon TOS and proved that 12th & Oak isn't as "smart" about tech as many contend.
Money line from a critical article: "Nothing smells of desperation more than spamming Amazon with thousands of potentially 'fake' reviews."
Nevertheless . . .
IN RETROSPECT, KANSAS CITY LUCKED OUT BY GETTING CUT FROM AMAZON HQ2 COMPETITION EARLY!!!
Whilst the influx of jobs would've been nice, what we're seeing in the aftermath is a great deal of outrage about what cities offered in return.
Moreover, taxpayer cash to fund one of the biggest companies in the world has rubbed many critics the wrong way.
Finally, local tax fighters lament the dearth of information available regarding the KCMO bid . . .
"Philadelphia and Pennsylvania offered $5.7 billion to @Amazon for #HQ2. Meanwhile, in #KC, we still don't know what giveaways our leaders offered. Where's the transparency, @MayorSlyJames?"
And so, while the sketchy KCMO bid might be forever a secret . . . Right now what we know for sure is that rising rents, overwhelming subsidy and strain on the public resources confront the cities that "won" the bid whilst KC got off cheap by merely and unwittingly offering the company free promotion.
Check the links:
Wired: Why Amazon’s Search for a Second Headquarters Backfired
The Hill: HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon
The Verge: Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon’s New York HQ2
Axios: Shunned by Amazon, the heartland fights to stay relevant
Atlantic: Cities That Lost Amazon's HQ2 Contest Can Still End Up Ahead
Tech Crunch: Lies, damn lies, and HQ2
Slate: HQ2 Is an Antitrust Issue
Yahoo News: Amazon got over $42 million worth of free publicity from its HQ2 search
You decide . . .