Here's a simple fact that TKC Tipsters have sent my way:
THE MAYOR'S X-MAS TREE FUND AND OTHER KANSAS CITY HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS ARE SO BROKE THAT HIGHER UPS WORKING IN PARKS AND REC ARE GOING OUT AND BEGGING FOR PRIVATE FUNDS!!!
Here's just a bit of the e-mail that was sent out earlier in a desperate attempt to get some cash for the failing City programs:
AN UNNAMED OFFICIAL FOR Kansas City Parks and Rec from the Northland, urgently needs to raise $10,000.So, let's get this straight . . . Word is that last year Gloria Squitiro's involvement in the Mayor's X-mas tree fund chased off a lot of people and donations were seriously down . . . Now that same lack of X-mas spirit is manifesting itself all over Kansas City holiday programs.
These funds will be used to host holiday parties in Kansas City community centers. The parties, which serve more than 3,000 children annually, are held in cooperation with Toys for Tots, and are often the only holiday celebration many kids have. The parties are so popular that children often wait outside to get into the parties due to the large crowds. Huge budget cuts in the Parks and Recreation Department have placed the holiday parties in jeopardy. To cut the Community Center parties during a time where more people than ever rely on charitable organizations would be disastrous for kids who depend on these gatherings for their only holiday celebration.
Make checks payable to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners at 4600 East 63rd Street, Kansas City, MO, 64130. The funds will be used exclusively for the Community Center parties.
THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A CRAPPY X-MAS FOR ALL OF KANSAS CITY, ESPECIALLY BROKE ASS YOUNGSTERS COUNTING ON THIS TOWN FOR SOME CHARITY!!!
Meanwhile . . . The Mayor still wants money for light rail while ignoring City Services like holiday programs for local, disenfranchised youth.