Today the SIXTH STREETCAR ROLLED ONTO KANSAS CITY TRACKS as streetcar expansion continues despite a winning ballot question wherein voters demanded to be included in upcoming plans but have been denied by court decisions and City Hall.
And so, Clay continues to press his transit plan and now directs his ire toward the toy train.
Clay Chastain: KC is being haunted by a spooked establishment that is silencing public debate and a petition election..
Kansas City's powerful, including the executive director of the KC Streetcar Authority, Tom Gerend, do not like to debate civic issues in public nor allow the people to decide petitions that challenge their leadership. They would rather treat the people like mushrooms...keep them in the dark and feed them..well, you know.
Thus, I predict they will not allow the following debate to take place for benefit of the public:
Tom's transit vision to create a limited, obsolete and slow-moving (in traffic) novelty streetcar system.
Clay's petition to create a rapid, modern & expanded system - rail / electric buses operating in dedicated Greenways.
"435 Mag" just named Mr. Gerend one of KC's "50 most powerful people." And this establishment medal of honor is well deserved considering...(1) Tom is responsible for pushing the streetcar development over the objections of citywide voters; (2) Tom is responsible for pressuring the new Mayor and City Council not to place Clay's competing (and validated) petition plan before voters; and (3) Tom is also responsible for trying to hornswoggle the feds into granting him $200 million to expand an archaic mode of transit that does not improve transit times. Yes, Tom is powerful alright.
BUT . . .
it would help to negate that kind of oppressive power mongering if public television's...Mike Shanin, of "Ruckus" fame, would really "start a ruckus" and host a debate between Tom and Clay. Or if his counter part, Nick Haines of "Week in Review," would oblige and give us all a break from the show's boring talking heads dominated by the liberal
KC Star. But, I guess I am wishing upon a star since the establishment appears (donors) to have much control over these two public television programs and the KC Star. For instance, notice how KCPT excluded Clay and the other two anti-establishment mayoral candidates from participating in its 2019 mayoral forum at the Plaza (public) library? For instance, notice how the KC Star refuses to say one word about the City's refusal to place Clay's valid petition on the ballot (it was signed in support of by nearly 3,000 KC voters and submitted to the City back in April 2019).
So alas, I am probably dreaming on again in challenging Tom Gerend to debate. I predict... Tom will duck and hide behind the establishment's veil, KC's liberally-oriented media (led by the Star, KCBJ, KCUR, Pitch, etc.) will continue cheering on his streetcar fiasco, and KC's establishment will continue haunting petition elections from the people.
But, we will not give up. Happy Halloween.
KC Community Activist, Clay Chastain
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