Friday, December 15, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! BEHIND THE SCENES OF KANSAS CITY NEW AIRPORT MOU FAIL!!! INSIDERS REVEAL WHY MAYOR SLY'S #BETTERKCI CRASHED AND BURNED!!!
Because they don't really understand how local government works (or doesn't) lesser news outlets were surprised by yesterday's City Council vote that rejected the Edgemoor memorandum of understanding for a new Kansas City airport. Here at TKC we told our blog community that the MOU was considered illegal by most insiders yesterday morning. And then the Mayor's airport plans went down in flames.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDERS REVEAL UNION POLITICS AND MAYORAL AMBITIONS TRIGGERED MOU FAIL AND MBE/WBE DISCUSSION IS MOSTLY A DISTRACTION FOR CLUELESS PLEBS!!!
But first . . .
Let's take a moment to taste the bittersweet tears of Mayor Sly James regarding this busted deal. Check his twitter feed and note that he's attempting to shift the blame to the Council . . .
However . . .
LIKE IT OR NOT, THE COUNCIL IS CLEANING UP A MESS STARTED BY MAYOR SLY BY WAY OF SKETCHY FINANCING SCHEMES AND QUESTIONABLE BIDDING!!!
We've already noted that THE GOP TAX CUT BILL GUTTING PRIVATE ACTIVITY BONDS is a big part of the reason the airport MOU wasn't workable and considered illegal by most insiders. Reality: The financing that voters approved isn't going to work for reasons that are way too complicated to explain to voters who mostly like bright, shiny new toys . . . Even if they're made out of glass and plastic like the new airport.
But here's where things get fun - A word from Kansas City Insiders:
"The vote against the MOU is all about the mayoral race. Everything that will be done in 2018 will be about positioning for the mayoral race. When Mayor Sly tries to rig the election by promoting Council-member Jolie Justus, he put his development agenda at risk."
Again, our AWESOME TKC BLOG COMMUNITY BROKE THE STORY of Council Lady Jolie Justus ethics questions during the shady bidding for the new airport.
But more importantly . . . All of that talk about minority hiring was mostly smoke & mirrors.
Instead, urban core leaders and insiders inform us that LONG-SHOT MAYORAL CANDIDATE AND COUNCIL DUDE JERMAINE REED PUSHING OUT IN FRONT OF THE AIRPORT MOU offered incentive for his colleagues to smack him down along with the plan.
As far as the PHONY STORY ABOUT MBE/WBE CONCERNS . . . Edgemoor had kicked in $1-MILLION for the airport vote AND they were working with construction leader Leonard Graham and Jason Parson to make connections inside the 3rd & 5th District. Edgemoor work on minority hiring was actually a lot more credible than all of the constant promises from local companies about diversity that never happen.
Furthermore . . . The 35% MBE/WBE hiring pledge was always a bad joke and anyone who believes that it made a difference in this decision might as well watch daytime TV for the remainder of their fast food lives.
One last thing . . .
AIRPORT MOU REJECTION IS REALLY KANSAS CITY UNIONS & THE HEAVIES FLEXING THEIR MUSCLE AND PUSHING FOR BETTER TERMS!!!
Minority hiring concerns don't really concern union leaders who have a better working relationship with J.E. Dunn and other local firms over Edgemoor. This sort of explains Council dude Scott Taylor's vote along with a few others . . .
Put simply, the Kansas City Union leaders didn't like Edgemoor and now they're gone.
In the final analysis . . .
THE AIRPORT DEAL FAILED BECAUSE IT WAS SKETCHY TO BEGIN WITH AND COUNCIL MEMBERS CAN MAKE BETTER DEALS WITH UNION LEADERS AND LOCAL COMPANIES WHILST POSITIONING THEMSELVES FOR THE UPCOMING ELECTION!!!
Again, this backroom dealing is still more solid then the half-baked designs of Mayor Sly that deserve to be ripped to shreds.
And now the scoreboard . . .
Here's what this airport MOU defeat accomplishes . . .
- That promise about KCMO not paying anything for the airport: KAPUT
- Airport victory achievement for Council Lady Jolie Justus: GONE
- A plan for building a new airport according to the recent rigged vote: UP FOR GRABS!!!
And so, the dreams of #BetterKCI trolls have become a nightmare as high flying aspirations have inevitably crash landed back into a typical Kansas City hot mess.
Developing . . .