Kansas City's mayor filed this screed on Cinco De Mayo evening and it has been mostly ignored . . .
To wit . . .
CHECK THE MAYOR BLASTING CRITICS OF THE DOWNTOWN CONVENTION HOTEL AND THEIR EFFORT TO PUT THE PLAN TO A PUBLIC VOTE!!!
In fairness, as the petition effort is underway, the Mayor deserves his say and here's his take on the sitch:
Mayor Sly James: No Time for Politics
The most important passage from the Mayor:
It’s telling that just last week a special interest group – with a history of dividing issues along political ideology rather than playing a role in uniting our city around ideas that promote progress – filed paperwork in an ill-conceived attempt to stall the downtown convention hotel, potentially bringing the deal to a screeching halt.
The reason? It’s simple, political games.
Their attempt to stop this project in 2015 resulted in a lawsuit which they lost. The court said, amongst other things, that their initiative petition was unconstitutional on its face and overly vague.
This is the same group that opposed the streetcar when it was being developed. The streetcar will celebrate its one year anniversary this week. It has surpassed even the most optimistic expectations for ridership, economic investment, and business satisfaction from those along the downtown starter line.
This group was also front and center in opposing last year’s renewal of our city’s Earnings Tax, a critical source of the City’s general fund used for public safety and essential services. Failing to renew it would have made our streets less safe and left our city without viable options to address the funding shortfall.
And earlier this spring, this same group opposed the three General Obligation Bond questions that the public overwhelmingly passed. These will bring essential infrastructure maintenance to all corners of the city, and address needs our city has kicked down the road for decades.
In each case, and it’s the same with their effort now with the hotel – their solution is to say “No”. You and I know we didn’t build the momentum we now enjoy as a city by saying “no”. We renewed our national and international reputation by being bold and addressing challenges ignored for too long.
Simply put, we can’t afford obstructionists unwilling to share in the work of progress. We can’t afford games.
This is mostly opinion from the Mayor but he downplays something very significant . . .
WHEN $35 MILLION WORTH OF TAXPAYER CASH IS ON THE LINE . . . VOTERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHALLENGE CITY HALL AND ASK FOR A VOTE THAT'S PART OF THE CHARTER!!! TO DENY THE RIGHTS OF THESE VOTERS IS UNDEMOCRATIC, DICTATORIAL AND DESPICABLE!!!
Thing is, when people are fighting about money . . . Concern about Democracy and the rights of voters is often overlooked.
More to the point . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE: We continue to report by way of KICK-ASS INSIDERS that the Downtown Hotel developers are having trouble with financing and their Springtime groundbreaking has already been delayed to late summer and keeps getting pushed back . . . City Hall insiders inform us that the project remains sketchy and is just about to collapse with KCMO as the one of the biggest
You decide . . .