Sunday, April 15, 2018
TKC MOMENT OF DOUBT: CRITICS CLAIM COUNCILMAN REED HAS ABANDONED FAITH COMMUNITIES!!! WILL CHURCHES FORSAKE HIS BID FOR KANSAS CITY MAYOR?!?
A controversial move to booze up the 18th & Vine District might not bring biz back to the area but has otherwise alienated an important constituency for one of this town's most ambitious politicos.
To wit . . .
3RD DISTRICT LEADERS SHARE FURY AGAINST COUNCIL DUDE JERMAINE REED FOR HIS ROLE IN MINIMIZING THE POWER OF KANSAS CITY FAITH COMMUNITIES!!!
An important example . . .
Urban League Prez & CEO Gwen Grant recently roasted Councilman Reed and blasted "An ordinance that stripped churches and schools in the 18th & Vine District of their power to veto a liquor license of any business within 300 ft. of their doors. The ordinance targets only the 18th & Vine District while allowing Zona Rosa, The Plaza and Westport to retain their veto power. The power of churches and schools to determine or weigh in on what types of businesses locate in close proximity to their operations should remain sacrosanct. Shame on you, Councilman Reed, and hopefully the 3rd District electorate will hold you accountable."
Ms. Grant is correct that Council dude Reed's ordinance initially targeted special consideration for an 18th & Vine District church. However, in order to clean up the legislation the Council was forced to apply the law in all entertainment district.
And so, going into fundraising season, one of Council dude's greatest accomplishment has been to diminish the role of faith communities in Kansas City government policy and, like it or not, this threatens to alienate a great many people of faith from supporting his mayoral ambitions.
You decide . . .