Monday, September 09, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN THREATENS RECALL AGAINST KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS!!!
Monday message from activist Clay Chastain -- The most prolific petitioner in Kansas City's history making his case against the current City Hall leader . . . Take a look:
Clay Chastain: Announcement Of Intent To Recall Mayor Quinton Lucas For Refusing To Let The People Vote On Petition.
It does no good to find the highest hill in Kansas City and shout they won't let us vote - the media is distracted by the world. It does no good to sue the City - it has 100 attorneys to force endless litigation. A recall petition gets media attention. The City can't litigate it in court. The accused (Mayor Quinton Lucas) must answer to the voters.
The City has lorded over... Union Station petitions, light rail petitions, convention hotel petitions, streetcar petitions, airport petitions and now the "Green Transit" petition. The City is afraid to put those City-challenging petitions before voters so they claim them "unworkable." But the most Honorable Judge Holliger long ago ruled that the City "had hindered democracy" when it would not place my valid Union Station petition on the 1995 KC ballot. Holliger said the City may think a petition impractical in its details or unsound legislation, but that is for the voters to decide- not the government. For 24-years the City has ignored Holliger's ruling and said they know better than the stupid voters who sign petitions. But while the City has allowed Kansas City to degrade into a stagnating, infrastructure poor and violent war zone, do they?
The City believes a new... costly airport, over budget convention hotel, non transit-improving streetcar line, tax-abated luxury condos, new unneeded baseball stadium and more money for 2 financially hemorrhaging entertainment districts are all "workable" for the best among us. But petition proposals to modernize and expand a pathetic public transportation system to help the least among us, are not workable.
The last straw saw Mayor Lucas and the Council act in bad faith by refusing to place before voters in November a valid transit-improving petition that met all the mandatory procedural requirements outlined in the Charter.
Recalling a newly elected mayor will not be fun. It will not be popular. But someone must do something to keep this lonely torch of democracy from extinguishing if, they won't "let us vote."
KC Community Activist, Clay Chastain
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