Wednesday, February 12, 2020
STATE OF KANSAS CITY: MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS CONFRONTS DEVELOPER PUSH BACK, CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, RISING CRIME AND CULTURE WAR!!!
As usual, our KICK-ASS BLOG COMMUNITY was FIRST to consider the first STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS from Mayor Quinton Lucas.
There has been some worthwhile follow-up coverage and right now here's a note worth sharing:
KCTV5: Potholes, crime, public transit in Kansas City top list of Lucas' State of the City
With only six months on the job some criticism of Mayor Lucas have emerged regarding his lack of focus, his absence from key votes and a focus on style over substance.
However, it's still too early to judge his performance as a mayor and there's still hope he can earn some progress against so many serious threats to local residents.
To wit . . .
THE FOCUS ON POTHOLES SPARKED BY OUTRAGE IN WALDO IS A HOPEFUL SIGN THAT MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS IS LISTENING TO NEIGHBORHOODS!!!
The street repave petition in Waldo might be the tipping point for local voters working to put practical issues ahead of progressive politics.
Because this is an optimistic post we're happy to see locals FINALLY talking about issues like rising taxes and infrastructure without pretending to be cable news pundits.
Sadly, this is an election year and we'll undoubtedly see an uptick in climate protesters, identity politics and progressive activists attempt to hijack KCMO politics to promote their 2020 power play.
Meanwhile, the developers continue to push corporate welfare down the throat of City Hall and the new Mayor doesn't yet have a clear majority on Council. Just as we predicted, the local biz class know they can go to 4th District At-large Council Lady Katheryn Shields to plead their case and garner leverage.
And here's our only prediction . . .
MAYOR LUCAS MIGHT HAVE TO LOSE A BIT OF HIS 'NICE GUY' IMAGE IN ORDER TO ENACT POLICY GOALS!!!
Today's speech will provide some hints at how far he's willing to go to see his agenda put into practice OR if the new, likeable and ambitious Mayor is simply holding this job on his path to bigger and better opportunities.
More insight on today's big talk . . .
Inaugural State of the City Address
Mayor Lucas will deliver his inaugural State of the City address next Wednesday, February 12 at Center High School. During his address, Mayor Lucas will highlight the policy successes of his first six months in office and will preview his budgetary priorities for the Fiscal Year beginning May 1. The proposed City budget will be delivered to the City Council on Thursday, February 13.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event begins at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
Developing . . .