Today this town's most prolific local petitioner and the only person to ever win a citywide fixed rail election shares an update on his legal battle with 12th & Oak.
The latest and a highlight that really gets to the heart of the matter . . .
Federal Judge refuses to dismiss Committee of Petitioners' lawsuit against City.
US District Judge Roseann E. Ketchmark refused to throw out the Committee of Petitioners' (Pro se) lawsuit against the City. Instead, Judge Ketchmark ordered a pre-trial conference (March 15) and issued a proposed scheduling order for trial. (Case # 4:20-cv-694 RK).
This case is colossal in that it seeks to make an arrogant government place on the ballot a petition to modernize KC's transportation infrastructure. It also points out the hypocrisy of a Mayor, Council and newspaper who support Black Lives Matter but not this petition even though:
1. African Americans represent the majority of the Committee of Petitioners (4 out of 5);
2. African Americans make up the majority of electors who signed the petition (65%); and
3. African Americans will benefit most from this petition to modernize and expand transit.
Why does the establishment oppose this petition? It's Clay Chastain's plan and not theirs.
Clay Chastain's persona matters more to Mayor Quinton Lucas, the City Council and the KC Star than the lives of African Americans living in Kansas City who would benefit from improved transit, better access to jobs and the creation of new jobs and economic investment on the east side.
We the People are more important than We the Government. It may be, Judge Ketchmark understands that.
Committee of Petitioner Member, Clay Chastain
Developing . . .