Saturday, April 28, 2018
TKC SATURDAY NIGH PLAYLIST!!! MAYOR SLY JAMES SHARES HOPE FOR SOLUTION TO ONGOING KANSAS CITY MURDER SPIKE!!!
By far, the most newsworthy political action of this week was an open letter to Mayor Sly James & Council from Kansas City biz dude Bill George.
To be fair, we wanted to share the response . . .
Read Mayor Sly's reaction to Bill George and hope for a local solution to the ongoing murder spike.
Mayor Sly James: "We have to turn our anger, frustration and hopelessness into action and part of that is gaining perspective. Perhaps you would like to join me at our next KC No Violence Alliance (NoVA) Call-In. We’ll be scheduling the next one shortly, and I will send you the details. I know you’re familiar with KC NoVA, but as a reminder, this effort focuses on group violence and individuals most likely to perpetrate violent crime in our neighborhoods. The KC NoVA Governing Board, including KCPD, ATF, FBI, US Attorney, Jackson County Prosecutor, and I, hosts these Call-Ins quarterly in order to offer a variety of social services to the individuals selected to attend in exchange for an end to a life of crime. We also warn them that if they reject these offers of service and then either they or their associates engage in violence, we will focus all of our attention on them. To date, group-related violence has decreased by more than 10%."
Read this whole thing.
The reality is that ongoing conversation and continued writing back and forth about the local murder rate is possibly the best indication that locals are taking this problem seriously. The topic taking precedence over the greedy development agenda which dominates the local discourse among hipsters, callous consultants and desperate denizens of the creative class is encouraging. Whether the perspectives are hopeful, pessimistic, angry or strident . . . Ongoing communication as the murder rate continues to rise is critical.
And so, this local exchange of letters among the Kansas City elite inspires our playlist tonight.
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.