Tuesday, November 19, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! REMATCH: KC TENANTS 'BILL OF RIGHTS' WORSENS RIFT BETWIXT MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS AND COUNCIL LADY KATHERYN SHIELDS' COALITION!!!
Kansas City landlords now run hat-in-hand to 12th & Oak in hopes that the hint of Council opposition against Mayor Quinton Lucas can save their properties from massive local support for progressive municipal policy in the lead up to the 2020 election season.
To wit . . .
COUNCIL NOW SERVES AS THE BATTLE GROUND FOR LOW-INCOME POPULISM!!!
To be fair, whilst more strident activists denounce corporate "home provider" ownership, the reality is that plenty of working-class people make their cash from collecting rent as well . . .
Remember . . .
Mayor Lucas introduced this effort and continues his advocacy which propelled his mayoral campaign to success . . . KC Tenants tout via FB:
"I do believe the Tenants Bill of Rights is legally ironclad," said Mayor Quinton Lucas at a press conference with KC Tenants on Wednesday.
Meanwhile . . .
The KC Landlords or "home providers" are late to the game and have been outmatched in the initial press battle. However, now they seem to understand how KC politics works and that a bunch of old white dudes begging TV news for a quote doesn't really count as effective lobbying. Instead, they've been forced to be more cleaver in their politicking . . .
NOW, behind the scenes they're actually paying marginally skilled consultants to meet with Council and make their pitch.
Accordingly . . .
The only real opportunity for Kansas City landlords is to expose a rift that developed among Council in the debate over the Strata project. In that discussion Council Lady Shields led a biz friendly faction to victory in an EXTREMELY sketchy downtown development deal.
Reps for the landlords are making promises/threats about their ability to function under the "Bill Of Rights" advocated for by the KC Tenants that will undoubtedly increase their costs, possibly thin their profit margins and definitely establish more oversight and regulation over the local rental game.
And so . . .
The second Housing Committee meeting to deliberate the proposal has been rescheduled to December 2.
In the meantime, Kansas City considers this topic in the context of continued debate over rising socialism and/or rights to healthcare, wages and affordable housing in the lead up to the 2020 election.
Further reading from "many sides" of the debate:
Gallup: U.S. Support for More Government Inches Up, but Not for Socialism
The Nation: The US Military Is a Socialist Organization
Fox Business: Socialism vs. economic freedom — A history lesson
Common Dreams: Let's Be Very Clear - Medicare for All Is Not Socialism
The Week: Capitalism and socialism are just words
Developing . . .