Sunday, July 30, 2017
KANSAS CITY SUNDAY TALK BACK!!!
Quick glimpse at some local issues that deserve to be spotlighted . . . Here's a highlight of topics worthy of consideration for Sunday morning early birds and among the brighter denizens of our blog community and Internets friends . . .
Kansas City River Market Building Boom Headed For Bust?!?!
“The apartment boom in the downtown River Market district got a little louder…??? At least that's what a recent paid headline says.
"The folks at City Hall must have skipped econ class. They would have learned that you don’t have to give tax incentives in boom times. Instead, the debate should be whether new development in the area should pay additional taxes to address the parking mess in River Market. This new revenue stream could be used to construct the needed parking structures. The resulting increased cost could slow down construction of new units until the parking garages can catch up with demand."
Show-Me Dead-Tree Hypocrisy???
"So the Star is so concerned about Gov Greitens using pay to play with Express Scripts, the home state healthcare firm, but ignores the pay to play strategy of Burns & Mac trying to get a $Billion NO BID contract for an unnecessary new KCI terminal!
"Burns & Mac has paid way more politicians than Express Scripts! $100,000s donated to local elected officials from their employees . . ."
How Should Kansas City Move Toward Police Local Control???
"What if KCPD had a model of governance that allowed each council district to make one in- district appointment to the Board of Police Commissioners and the mayor makes an appointment and all of council confirms?
"Police have long maintained that the current model is good and that they don't want local control because they don't want a Councilperson to make special requests. That doesn't make sense to me... can't the just say NO and let other Council know this is happening?
"We have to get the governor out of our police department. I want to be able to hold people we elect accountable to this community."
And so . . Given that this is Kansas City, thee's no guarantee that we're gonna get to vote on any of this stuff. Nevertheless, this quick collection provides an overview of what the smarter denizens are thinking . . .
You decide . . .