Thursday, February 21, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! KANSAS CITY REJECTS NEW AIRPORT LIES AS PUBLIC RADIO PUSHES PROPAGANDA!!!
Before we get started with the EPIC TKC FACT CHECK, lets not forget that the ranks of public radio in Kansas City has been INFESTED with Kansas City Star castaways who are now working for pennies on the dollar but still able to practice their craft thanks in part to government funding and viewers like you.
And now, on with the BILLION DOLLAR New KCI Airport show thanks to KICK-ASS KC INSIDERS . . .
"DO WE HAVE AN ATTORNEY HERE?!?!?"
Despite growing questions about short-term borrowing and financing cost, MSM continue to carry the airport’s water.
Construction could begin by April? Did the news hawks have anyone at the meeting today or did they just recycle an airport press release? In reality, serious questions came up at today’s Aviation Committee meeting about who is paying for the new airport and when that might happen. Recall the airlines are supposed to sign a term sheet by Feb. 25. A term sheet is a general agreement about which costs will be picked up by the airlines at the new airport. We were told today the term sheet will be signed on Feb. 27. We were also told the term sheet will be folded later into a comprehensive use and lease agreement with the airlines, to be signed sometime between Mar. 11 and May 30. This sounds like a final deal could be months away, even if everything goes as expected, something that has not happened so far.
Which brings us to a heated exchange today between Councilwoman Teresa Loar and David Long, Assistant Director of Aviation and main finance guy at KCI. Loar asked Long directly if the airlines will be legally committed to paying billions of dollars for airport construction with the signing of the term sheet, yes or no? His answer: “I can’t answer that . . . I think your attorneys should answer that question.”
This was the startling equivalent of Long taking the 5th. Has it really come to this? The airport has been working on this deal for two years. Yet the airport official in charge of the largest and most expensive construction project in city history can’t or won’t say if the airlines will be bound to pay for the new airport when/if they sign the term sheet?! Why is that? Is it because the airlines are not legally committed to pay for the airport until they ink the final use and lease agreement? This point was not clarified at the hearing today. But if the deal is not binding until the airlines sign off on the final use and lease agreement, it sounds like there could be months of possible delay and disagreement ahead, if the deal doesn’t fall apart for some other reason in the meantime. It will be interesting to see how the local media spin this as a sign that construction is right around the corner.
Councilwoman Loar described the whole mess as “bait and switch.” No kidding.
And tonight it gets worse in terms of public trust . . .
KMBC: New poll reveals many Kansas Citians feel city has lied about costs of new airport
The survey polled 495 likely voters in the coming city elections. It’s not from any candidate running for mayor. 41% say they feel the city council lied to voters about the cost and timeline of the project.
Another 31% say they're not sure . . .
Developing . . .