Here's a not-so-bold cowtown prediction . . .
GUADALUPE CENTERS WILL BE GONE IN LESS THAN A DECADE!!!
I've made a few predictions over the course of this blog and so far they've all turned out accurate if only about a decade later.
And so, readers will have to check in every day for the next 10 years to see if we're right.
The inspiration for this prediction was a story in today's newspaper that offered absolutely NO detail . . .
Fun fact . . . There is no outside "investigation" or at least none that the so-called paper of record could document.
Don't worry about the paywall, the Star didn't come up with any worthwhile coverage.
We're actually waiting on followup from KC Hispanic News on this one given that doughy white middle-class reporters door knocking on the Westside rarely offer much insight.
The reality of this news is common knowledge for insiders but we'll spare the deets.
Here are the highlights . . .
- There's little trust in new leadership at Guadalupe Centers and most people familiar with the situation have no confidence in Beto Lopez or Cici Rojas and their tactics.
- The COVID pandemic was responsible for the leadership transition without a succession plan - Normally we don't like talking about medical deets but one of our dear neighborhood gossips has already told everyone about this not-so-fun fact. Twice.
- Guadalupe Centers loses their political connections, neighborhood credibility and nearly all of their operational knowledge with Cris Medina out of the picture.
Again, the deets of the personnel drama aren't really that exciting and most people are far more concerned with the future of an organization that has served the community for more than 100 years.
As a personal aside, we're actually impressed that both factions refrained from spilling their guts to the newspaper. So far.
More importantly . . .
Guadalupe Centers have been the heart of the metro Latino community for more than a century and now there is a very real threat that one of the largest minority groups in Kansas City will be without any real voice, advocacy or even a decent fiesta organizer.
The only entertainment we can scrounge out of all this is an influx of so many interlopers pretending to represent the community as yet another longtime institution fades from relevance.
Developing . . .