Thursday, May 30, 2019
KANSAS CITY MLK BLVD NAME GAME ONE WEEK AWAY: SHOULD COUNCIL PUT 'SAVE THE PASEO' PETITION ON THE BALLOT?!?!
Apropos for #TBT we talk Kansas City history . . .
Credit for Northeast News that has a great summation of the story:
“Save The Paseo” Petition to be placed before City Council Thursday
The Paseo was renamed earlier this year by way of a rush ordinance supported by members of the local clergy who advocated nearly a year for the tribute to civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Almost immediately, petitioners launched a challenge in order to keep the name which dates back to the founding of KCMO's Blvd. system.
The signs have been completely replaced and only Kansas City news media struggle with the moniker of the beloved stretch of road.
Even better . . .
The decision now has implications on the Kansas City Mayoral race.
Quinton Lucas championed the name change and worked diligently to push the legislation to its "victorious" conclusion.
Meanwhile, Jolie Justus initially voted in support of the MLK name change but then last week FLIP-FLOPPED and supported the "Save The Paseo" petitioners in the Finance & Governance committee and voted to move their effort before the full council.
And so, here we are . . .
The debate is now only a week away.
And more importantly . . .
DO YOU THINK COUNCIL SHOULD PUT THE "SAVE THE PASEO" PETITION ON THE BALLOT!!!
Some denizens of the council say this isn't a big deal and the petition signatures necessitate placement on the ballot.
For others, the issues are a bit more complicated.
There's ongoing criticism of the effort and continued behind the scenes moves to undermine the petition in order to prevent a timely vote or punt the issue overall.
More importantly, we want to put this question to our blog community and save some of the best answers for future reference when this debate REALLY ramps up next week.
Developing . . .