Thursday, January 18, 2018
DISGRACE!!! CITY HALL ALMOST CANCELS 17,000+ KANSAS CITY STREETCAR VOTES!!!
While it's fair to debate the merits of urban rail transit there is no question that supporters of Kansas City streetcar have declared war on Kansas City Democracy with their latest action to suppress THOUSANDS of voters.
Here's the aftermath of a story that we've been previewing for quite some time . . .
KCUR: Kansas City To Keep Planning Streetcar Expansion, Despite Vote To Stop City Involvement
On August 4, 2017 Kansas City residents passed an ordinance, brought to the city through an initiative petition, that prohibits city officials from moving forward with any streetcar extension without first gaining citywide voter approval. That included any planning or preparation for construction.
The vote complicated a process that was already underway to extend the current streetcar south to UMKC.
On Thursday, the city council amended the ordinance passed by voters over the summer, saying that it was not legally sound as it was passed.
And so . . .
THE STREETCAR NOW PROVES MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WILL OF LOCAL VOTERS WHO WANTED A SAY IN THE FUTURE OF THIS CONTROVERSIAL MODE OF TRANSIT!!!
Bright side for now . . .
"The city is still prohibited from purchasing land for a new streetcar line and from constructing any addition, expansion, or new fixed-rail system without a citywide vote."
And what's important here might not be a toy train debate but that City Hall so casually dismissed election returns.
You decide . . .