Wednesday, March 20, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! COUNCIL MAJORITY READY TO RULE KANSAS CITY VOTER PETITION TO SAVE THE PASEO INVALID!!!
Without question, the decision to rename The Paseo was pushed forward despite neighborhood objections and without a vote that was promised by supporters of the MLK switcheroo.
However, by way of accelerated emergency ordinance the decision was approved and now many MLK BLVD signs are already hanging above the iconic local street.
The petition response wasn't very swift but newbie activist neighbors have done a nice job in getting a few friendly headlines which FAIL to examine the challenges confronted by their effort.
First the good news for these crusaders:
Northeast News: Save the Paseo Petitioners officially hit the streets
Fox4: Petition to keep The Paseo gains hundreds of signatures despite city council vote
Now, the EXCLUSIVE TKC REALITY CHECK . . .
BEHIND THE SCENES A COUNCIL MAJORITY HAS ALREADY DECIDED TO RULE THIS PETITION INVALID AND KILL IT ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
How do they plan to do it?
They'll be holding these activists accountable to the same rules eschewed in the MLK rename.
Ironic. Don'tcha think?
Here's the word from a KICK-ASS CITY HALL INSIDER:
"The petitioners don't have an adequate funding mechanism. We're already replacing signs as we speak. There's also the subject of funding for naming rights that is discretionary and very well hidden.
Even if the petitioners amend and allot for the costs of replacing the new signs. They don't even know the real budget for MLK Blvd rename so their funding plan would be incomplete. The punchline is that the ordinance was drafted so that the some of the discretionary cash paid out isn't enough to require an additional council vote or disclosure until next fiscal year. Then maybe a carefully worded sunshine request might be able to find it. If they're lucky. By that time the change over to MLK Blvd will be complete.
The petition will never see the light of day under the current council and by they time the new council takes office, it'll be too late. There simply isn't any will on the 26th floor to revisit this issue and the easiest thing to do is ignore this small group of people and however many suckers they've conned into signing on to their vanity project."
That's harsh but let's not forget that transit activist Clay Chastain had his citywide vote THROWN OUT because of the funding mechanism issue. SmartKC also had a landslide citywide vote regarding streetcar expansion DISMISSED by toy train supporters because of a smallish debate over cash.
The point here . . .
OVER THE PAST 8 YEARS MAYOR & COUNCIL HAVE IGNORED ANY VOTE OR PETITION THEY DON'T LIKE . . . SAVE THE PASEO WILL NOT BE THE EXCEPTION ACCORDING TO INSIDERS!!!
Whilst TKC loves grassroots activism, it's important to understand the reality of the situation.
Unless petitioners are willing to go to court NOW to stop MLK signs from replacing old school Paseo street markers . . . Their cause it lost.
A legal battle is always expensive and defending the legacy of MLK would attract some of the very best civil rights lawyers in KC and across the nation.
Citizen Initiative Petitions are dependent on good will from elected officials and on this issue one fact is overlooked by hopeful volunteers:
THE CITY COUNCIL WILL NEVER VOTE TO REMOVE MLK BLVD SIGNS ALREADY INSTALLED!!! VOTING TO REMOVE MLK BLVD WOULD BE POLITICAL SUICIDE FOR ANY KANSAS CITY POLITICO!!!
Sadly, none of the REAL LIFE MECHANICS OF CITY HALL BIZ has been reported by newsies who want to encourage petitioners but have kept these crusaders and the electorate in the dark regarding the nasty way 12th & Oak really works.
Developing . . .