Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kansas City Rail Activist Clay Chastain Launches Latest Legal Battle Against City Hall
Take a look at another legal fight from Kansas City's most prolific transit activist and the only guy in the past 25 years to win a citywide fixed rail vote . . .
Chastain asks court to command Mayor James and City to place his original rail plan on the August 8 ballot and not their corrupted version
Today I had to file another lawsuit against the City because Mayor James and the City are at it again - trying to manipulate a rail petition election to make it fail because it's not theirs. This time Kansas City's Humpty Dumpty acting like mayor and fellow arrogant minions took it upon themselves to corrupt the ballot language, yet again, to make my transit petition mean what they want it to mean - that is, vague, non-innovative and unattractive to voters. I guess the mayor feels emboldened since he just won an infrastructure election my 11-year old daughter could have led and won.
I feel emboldened because the Missouri Supreme Court recently ruled that the City, like it has in the past, can no longer legally challenge valid petitions from the people pre-election. But our arrogant leaders at City Hall are now trying to do an end around that Missouri Supreme Court ruling by placing my transit petition on the ballot BUT deciding what the transit petition (ballot language) will say.
The true test of a real leader is whether one can envision and design something great, persuade the voters to approve it, build it and then revitalize a struggling city around it. I will do that if I can get the courts to place before voters my original rapid rail / electric bus / bike way - petition plan (as I designed it) and not the City's stupid, vague and corrupted version designed to turn off voters and continue leaving our city hobbled without a modern green 21st century public transportation system.
If I can beat Kansas City's sly mayor in the courtroom, acting as my own attorney, you can have confidence in my intelligence, vision and ability to lead this City to a new heyday around the smartest, most cost-effective and most city-changing rail proposal ever designed in the nation.
Clay Chastain...a real, competent and honest leader for Kansas City...for a change.