Saturday, August 12, 2017
Clay Chastain Explains His Latest Election Lawsuit Against Kansas City
The latest note from Clay about his defeated ballot effort and his upcoming legal struggle.
Here's the word . . .
Clay Chastain Lawsuit Announcement
The majority of voters did not reject Clay Chastain's petition proposal to modernize the City's public transportation system with a citywide rapid rail / electric bus / bikeway system because it was not on the ballot. Instead, voters rejected the City's corrupt version of Chastain's transit proposal.
This arrogant act of malfeasance (breaking charter law and deliberately misleading voters to manipulate the outcome of a city election) mocked and defied the spirit of the recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that ordered the James' regime to place valid petitions from the people before voters without delay or legal interference. Kansas City's dominant "Humpty Dumpty"- acting mayor got around that ruling by saying, in effect,...Okay, I will put Chastain's petition on the ballot, but his petition will mean what I want his petition to mean. "Nothing more and nothing less." That is, I will deliberately misrepresent Chastain's innovative and detailed transit vision to the voters simply as a vague, confusing and poorly-written plan to extend the City's archaic-operating streetcar system "in one or more directions."
To the point, the Citizens For Responsible Government (CFRG) were confused too and came out against Ballot Question #2 stating..."The City could not use the funds for the rail system planned (Chastain's vision) but instead use the funds to extend the streetcar system." Keen observation by the CFRG. The CFRG also went on to astutely observe, "Read the ballot language. It is too ambiguous and poorly written." That too.
If Ballot Question #2 had passed, the City would have used the approved measure to either expand the streetcar system or, if Chastain squawked too much, repeal it altogether like the City did Chastain's 2006 light rail petition measure approved by 75,000 voters. If Ballot Question #2 lost, outsider Chastain would be done for good. Either way, Chastain's petition proposal to provide the people a more green, prosperous and transit-oriented Kansas City never had a chance.
Mayor Sylvester James is not nicknamed "Sly" for nothing.
At 3:00 PM today Chastain's lawsuit against James and the City will be stamp filed. It asks the court to nullify the results of the fraudulent KC August 8 election, concerning Ballot Question #2, and order the corrupt-acting City to re-submit Chastain's transit petition proposal to the voters in November in its "original form."
P.S. If someone does not stand up and rein in Kansas City's secretive, backroom-dealing and over strident-acting Mayor, then this City is going nowhere soon and its democratic petition process remains meaningless.