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NAG LETTER who's trying to do what to whom in K.C. Vol. 1 # 1------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Voting is important, Informed Voting keeps the trash out of office. The opinions found here are the opinion of the person who signed the article. Factual information will carry a reference as to origin. Please send opinions to news@KCNAG.com

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ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Buying Elections rather than Flowers,

Meetings to Attend,

BI-STATE at Jackson County Legislature,

BI-STATE at Johnson County Commissioners,

$35MILLION DEAL RETURNS

Web Sites of Interest

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Buying Elections rather than Flowers, according to records at the Jackson County Election Board

Back to Basics which attempted to get Question 1 passed (the Greater Downtown Development Authority) filed the following contributions among others.

Shook Hardy and Bacon-- $5000 , Kathleen Rainen----$4000, Bryan Cave-----------$1000

Ann Dirkinsen--------$2000, Barnett Helzberg---$1000 , George Birt----------$1000

Shirley Bush Helzberg ---$500, Helzberg Diamonds--$1000, C. Patrick Mclarney---$2000

Jeanette Nichols------- $500, HNTB Corporation-- $3000, Kansas City P& L----$5000

 

Addresses from out side Kansas City ---Copaken White Blitt, Prudential Carter-Duffy Realtors, Time for Missouri Committee,Us Bank National Association, JM Fahey Construction, Blades and Associates, and Lerual Inc of Lewisburg Pennsylvania

 

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce----$10,000 Hallmark Global Services---$10,000

Downtown Council---------------------$10,000 Shook Hardy &Bacon--------$18,000

Kansas City Southern------------------ $10,000 Mc Real Estate Services------$20,000

Civic Council of Greater Kansas City------- $10,000 Bayer Corporation---------- -$10,000

Hunt Midwest was in for $15,000--- later changed to $1500

 

Over $250,000 was spent to convince the voters that voting YES, meant no tax increase.

$250,000 would have bought a lot of streetscape. a lot of signs.

How much more will be spent in November? Get ready to double your contributions.

Throw a lot more good money after bad. Remember $500,000 will buy a lot of streetscapes and a lot of signs

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Meetings to Attend

Greater DowntownDevelopment Authority a 501c3 incorporated by Mayor Kay Barnes City of Kansas City, Missouri, City Hall,414E.12th Street, 29th floor, Kansas City MO. 64106. Second Monday of the month

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------BI-STATE at Jackson County Legislature

Bistate took a couple of turns this past month. 100 people attended the committee meeting at the Jackson County Court House. The majority were those who were asking for a cultural segment to be added to the ballot. Those giving adverse testimony included several persons from Johnson County. NAG did not have an official position. One member asked that the proposal be rejected asking instead that arts patronage be kept in the county hands rather than given to the Bi-State Commission.

The proposal was given an overwhelming Yes vote by the Legislators. They even added several additional "projects" to be funded by the public. In an unusual turn of events the group who made the proposal didn't want to share the booty and thus have decided to "not support" the proposal. The Neighborhood Action Group will be looking closely at this proposal in the near future.

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NAG Letter is interested in receiving positions papers from those running for city and county offices in the Metro area. If you are one of those people or know someone that is running --- send us a position paper. news@KCnag.com

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------BI-STATE at Johnson County Commissioners

The advocates of the BI-State Cultural Arts proposal did not show up at the Johnson County Commissioners meeting. The Chairman of The Kansans Against Bi-State, The Chairman of Coalitions Opposing Bi-State and Mr. Richard Tolbert were present and gave testimony against the idea of entertaining any proposals to put the Bi-State Arts proposal on the ballot in Kansas. There were some serious moments and some laughter was also shared. It seems that the average guy in Johnson County is tired of hearing about Bi-State.

Those wanting to continue the opposition against Bi-State may call 913- 381-7975, then hit star 1 and leave a message.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------$35 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL RETURNS The finance and audit committee listened to Blue Valley Neighborhood testimony from a school principal and three residents. 17th Street has several schools and other centers that children use. There is NO sidewalk and so the children walk in the street. The last resident asked if a child would have to die before something was done. Two members of NAG spoke to the committee, as did eight of the P.I.A.C. committee asking the committee to look at the problems that will be caused by the new suggestions. The committee was told that the general public will have a hard time voting for this proposal also. PIAC review was the only change made, except for the addition of the word acquisition as one of the purposes for which the money may be used. A little more honesty this time!!

Web Sites of Interest-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.geocities.com/~molp/ Libertarian

http://www.greenpartyus.org/states/missouri.htm Green Party

http://www.missouridems.org/ Democrats of Missouri

http://www.mogop.org Republican Party of Missouri

http://www.dnet.org League of Woman Voters

 http://www.TaxHog.com

As farmer John says -- Here Pig, Pig, Pig.

Spray a little money smell in the air and they come running.

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Vol. 1 # 2

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION-------

Downtown Corporate Greed,

Light Rail Again!! and Again!! and Again!!

GDDA $35 Million --VOTE NO Again !

Bi-State & Union Station

What about the counting of votes?

Coalition against BiState-- Bob Haggerton

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Downtown Corporate Greed

NAG was very pleased to have Yael Abouhalkah mention the efforts of the Neighborhood Action Group. The vote by Neighborhoods has resulted in the Greater Downtown Development Authority being required to bow their heads to review by the P.I.A.C. process. We told Yael that was only one of our VOTE NO concerns. The other concerns were never addressed by the Star.

# The lack of personal disclosure by the members of the Greater Downtown Development Authority Inc. (GDDA), and the lack of an honest and detailed submission of WHAT THE MONEY WOULD BE USED FOR were both situations which seemed to resonate with the voting public. Annual disclosure reports are filled out by members of city boards, commissions, and miscellaneous authorities, so that potential and real conflicts of interest may be reported. It is to the benefit of the entire city if real property owned by GDDA members or there corporations are reported on disclosures reports. What possible reason could GDDA members have for attempting to avoid filling out disclosures reports?

It has become very apparent that the GDDA has projects in mind that they do not wish the public to have full knowledge of. Recent statements at the GDDA meeting revealed that part of the failed bond funds would have been used for land acquisition. The term land-banking was used. Part of the 35Million dollar property tax would thus be used to acquire and hold downtown land for "future" developers. Does this sound like land speculation? Land Speculation at the expense of real capital improvements in real neighborhoods.

# The fact that the downtown already gets 10% to 15% of all of the general PIAC funds ---upsets the Neighborhoods who look at the GDDA as a special interest group, not a neighborhood. There are several neighborhoods downtown, and there will be several others organized as additional loft areas are developed. The GDDA, which consists of top corporate executives, is a group who will acquire and spend money in the downtown area. They are an economic entity, not a neighborhood. The GDDA which has members who live in Johnson County, would like to lay claim to being just another neighborhood. That is an illusion. The six downtown neighborhoods has streets sidewalks and curbs and needs beautification and they all wait in line for their turn at acquiring infrastructure.

# They say we need seed money to "jump start" downtown. The problem is we have provided seed money before, every 353 and every T.I.F. project have provided millions and millions of dollars to downtown projects. It is ridiculous to believe that just one more "jump start" will get the economic engine running.

In fact many believe that the downtown economic engine is running. It is running in spite of everything that the city shadow of blight, demolition and eminent domain have done to counter growth and stifle development by existent property owners. In fact the total subsidy is $____(next week)___. Take a look at Grand between 13th and 14th. The changes that have taken place there in the last two months are an example of what happens when the corporate developers get out of the way.

# The GDDA meeting on Aug. 12th contained discussion about the fact that certain property could not be acquired. because the Bond Election failed. They were not talking about buying dirt to be used in the planters for the streetscapes either. They were talking about getting ahold of property and holding it until it can be developed.

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Light Rail Again!! and Again!! and Again!!

The resolution states "Providing for submission of an initiated ordinance imposing a one-half-cent sales tax for a period of ten years to be used to provide for a streetcar system, transit center, improvements to Penn Valley Park and for greenways at an election authorized and directed to be held on November 5, 2002"

So it isn't actually light rail. So what is it? -- really.

Is this part of the Sailor golf corse deal-- Is this part of a developers dream to take park land for housing and apartments---is the greenspaces a smoke and mirrors pathway that will be used for light rail in the future. Is this part of the light rail station at Linwood and the station in the park behind H&RBlock?

So what is the reality of this proposal. A meeting with Robert Schweiger and four of the Neighborhood Action Group resulted in providing more questions than answers. N.A.G. is still looking for answers to this latest rail plan.

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GDDA $35 Million --VOTE NO Again ! The Greater Downtown Development Authority is getting ready to make another run at the gold ring. If you want to help get the vote out against the GDDA and there landbanking* ideas send an email to news@kcnag.com.

 

* landbanking is the purchase of property and the holding of that property until further acquisition or accumulations may be made, zoning changed, or other situations take place which will benefit the persons or corporations that have "banked" the land. It is removing property from the market through purchase. There is a change in ownership with the use of the property being "put in the bank" until the right project or person comes along. In many cases the property is taken out of use, boarded up, or in the case of vacant lots just sits there, maybe for years.

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Bi-State & Union Station- - -So what is the reality of Union Station. First we are told that it is losing money at the rate of $800,000 per year. Next we are asked to believe that the Bi-State vote for Arts and Entertainment must contain funds for Union Station in order to keep it open. Then the Bi-State arts deal folds because they don't want to share the funds with eastern Jackson County. So is it still open.? Yes. Is it still losing money? Yes. Has Arts and Entertainment gone away? No

The Star says that the audit was fine. but a closer look talks of $1000 for a couple shirts and other extravagant purchases.

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What about the counting of votes?

Ever wonder how the votes are counted? In Clay, Platte, and Cass county the count is done by dropping ballots into a ballot box that has a form of computerized counting. At the end of the vote the ballot box computer calls the totals into the central office. The ballots are then secured in a vault and a random group are counted by hand to make sure that the computer is counting correctly.

The Jackson County ballot is counted by hand. Their ballot boxes are left in the polling places and later picked up. Supposedly the ballot boxes are locked away from the public, because occasionally ballots are found to have been left in the ballot boxes and if they are found they must be counted. The only problem is, there are photographs of ballot boxes left in public laundry facilities where people are washing and drying there clothes and one guy is sitting on the ballot boxes. Now if a bad person would get a few ballots printed up------.

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Coalition against Bi-State --Bob Haggerton

I attended the Johnson County Commissioners meeting this week, I made a brief request for an opinion of what would be done with the "extra" millions collected by the BI-State tax. I also asked for more information about the audit of the BiState Commission and why Funkhouse was never asked to help. It was reported in the Star that he would be in on the audit, when I called him he said he hadn't been asked) I barely got home and received a phone call form the Johnson County Auditor offering to meet and answer questions for the Coalition. Such quick response renews my faith in representative government.

Web Sites of Interest-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.geocities.com/~molp/ Libertarian

http://www.greenpartyus.org/states/missouri.htm Green Party

http://www.missouridems.org/ Democrats of Missouri

http://www.mogop.org Republican Party of Missouri

http://www.dnet.org League of Woman Voters

http://www.TaxHog.com Interesting letters from private citizens on Bi-State

http://www.kcNAG.com Kansas City Neighborhood Action Group

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

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"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world,

Indeed, it is the only thing that has." Margaret Mead

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 Vol. 1 # 3

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Petition Initiative ????

$35 Million is Spoken Against

Friends of PennValley Park- and the enemies of public use

500 million? One billion dollars?

How much money goes downtown??

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*Petition Initiative*

We the undersigned voters and citizens of the City of Kansas City, Missouri hereby petition the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri to adopt the ordinance printed in full on the reverse side hereof and provide for submission of the following proposal to the voters of Kansas City, Missouri on the next available election date as may be provided by law.

 

Shall the City of Kansas City, Missouri impose a city sales tax at the rate of 1/2% for a period of 10 years to fund the design, construction, and maintenance of the following projects to revive downtown Kansas City, to be implemented by the City Planning Department and the Parks & Recreation Department:

 

(1) Use 60% of the tax proceeds to improve public transit by (a) Reinstating Kansas City's Historic Street Cars (using modern technology) for connecting neighborhoods & destinations in the downtown urban core; and (b) Constructing a Regional Transit Hub at the North Waiting Room of Union Station providing convenient connections for suburban commuter trains, downtown street cars, Amtrak, buses, light rail express routes, and walking & bicycle greenway trails;

 

(2) Use 40% of the tax proceeds to improve the urban environment by (a) Making Penn Valley Park an outstanding central city park, and a hub for walking and bicycle trails across Kansas City, to include landscaping of the Park with new trees, ponds, gardens, and providing for an amphitheater, perimeter parking, and new exercise and carriage trails, all set among nature (not traffic) by removing Broadway from the Park and routing all automobile traffic outside the Park; and (b) Establishing walking & bicycle greenways connecting downtown neighborhoods and destinations, including the Metro Green Trail System, the Riverfront Heritage Trail, Penn Valley Park, and Union Station; and

 

Use the tax proceeds to retire bond indebtedness, secure federal and state matching funds, and use imminent domain, if necessary, to acquire private property for any of the above improvements?

 

The following five electors of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, as a committee of petitioners shall be regarded as filing the petition.

Robert Schweiger, 1204 West 71 Street Terrace, Kansas City, Missouri 64114; Karen Chastain 3552 Genessee, Kansas City, Missouri 64111; Doris Chastain 4402 Appleton, Kansas City, Missouri 64133; Sharon A. Ward, 8726 Chestnut Circle, #3, Kansas City,Missouri 64131; and Ora Oliver 3550 Genessee, Kansas City, Missouri 64111,

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$35 Million is Spoken Against

IF you missed the audit and finance committee meeting on Wed. August 21. 2002, you missed one of the best examples of citizen participation in government. In addition to the usual lawyers and development types there were four people from Blue Valley Neighborhood. One was a principal representing herself and another elementary school principal. She read an eloquent plea for help in getting sidewalks put in where kids are now walking in the street. Nine members of he P.I.A.C. committee were present and all offered suggestions. Two members of the Neighborhood Action Committee gave testimony. The committee listened very patiently and then voted for the resolution, with one exception. Councilman Danaher voted NO. The thousands of words fell on deaf ears, See you at the polls.

 

In a letter to the Dennis Oneill & the Neighborhood Action Group, Mayor Kay Barnes gave the following answer to the question, "Why is the GDDA not required to provide, before the August 6th election, plans explaining specifically where and how the downtown share of the 35 million bond will be spent?"

Mayor Barnes answer is "The GDDA has outlined, just like the P.I.A.C. process has, a list of categories for spending the proceeds of the bond issue. Specific projects cannot be identified because the GDDA has not deliberated in its public meetings on specific projects that they wish to recommend to the City Council."

Does that mean that they have deliberated in private or that they just do not know yet what they want to do? They expect you to hand them Millions and then they will have a public meeting and tell you what they want to do, unbelievable!!

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Friends & Enemies Of Penn Valley Park are trying to sort out what is really going to happen to our park. Friends have been meeting with the gentleman that is in charge of studying the possibility of putting in a golf course. They need over 200 acres to get the course in, in such a way that it will be able to compete and make money. There seems that another "savior" of our (old backward second class city) wants to open a hotel, restaurant and etc. on Kessler Road around the corner and the park board has given them a little property. The real good first class or world class cities like New York and San Francisco have large central public green spaces (not private "public" golf courses) and some people want us to get rid of our green space. We're going to have a private run "public" golf course where the people now fish on a lazy afternoon. Take the park from the people and give it to the golf carts and cigar smoking good old boys.

Sunday the fold out map in the K.C.Star said under future hopes "More festivals in Penn Valley Park and perhaps development of part of the park" Penn Valleys worst enemy is the T.I.F. districts on the east, the south and eventually on the north. Tif districts are like circling sharks or like my old friend Rueben Sandell used to say," I don't want all of the land, just the land next to my land."

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500 million? One billion dollars The proposed sale of Health Midwest's hospitals to the for-profit sector is a major event for the Kansas City metropolitan area. This is not just an event for the community to observe and read about in the newspaper or watch on the evening news. Nor is it just a battle between a labor union and management. It is an issue effecting approximately one-third of the hospital healthcare market in the Kansas City metro area. It is the sale of 13 hospitals. The sale of such a large non-profit asset to a for-profit company will have major consequences at many levels in the metro area. It has potential to impact the cost of health care, which will have meaning to employers, individuals, insurers, medical providers, government, and other healthcare institutions. It has potential to impact the quality of healthcare and the accessibility to healthcare. And since Health Midwest is a not-for-profit corporation, the public has every right to become involved when it is selling out to a for-profit stock held company.

 

Informed estimates place the sale price between 500 million and one billion dollars. Health Midwest has been conducting the sale behind close doors. That type of money will generate annually 25 to 50 million dollars to be distributed by the foundation or foundations formed to receive the funds. Health Midwest has to date excluded the community from any discussions on how these foundation monies will be used and what will be the main mission of the foundation. This is very troubling in that a number of non-profit hospitals over the past decade have merged their resources and missions into Health Midwest. Under law, those assets are to serve the public benefit. Why then the secrecy on the foundation and the sale?

 

Health Midwest appears to be rushing the sale through, at least according to an article in the Business Journal. The buyer who has the inside track is Tenet Corporation. Others are raising questions about how Tenet conducts business once it buys a hospital. Tenet owns well over 100 hospitals nationally.

 

You can read our four page Neighborhood Action Report on this sale at http://www.kcnag.com. Click on Kansas City Healthcare on the Auction Block. If you think this does not effect you, you could not be more wrong! See if your hospital is part of this sale.

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How much money goes downtown?? According to D. Hall, PIAC office from a conversation with him on 9/20/02

 

Projects Funded and part of 10 to 15% allocated to downtown

1. Downtown signal coordination 5 million

2. Library 2.5 million

3. City Market 1.305 million

4. South Plaza (City Hall garage) 3 million

5. Wayfinding (signage) 1 million

6. Streetscape on Broadway .5 million (half million)

Total 13.305 million

 

Note: The 10 to 15% allocation for downtown is to come out of what PIAC call "Available Funds". That is funds not marked for bridges, neighborhoods, debt, etc..

The above figures do not keep PIAC from funding downtown projects generally said to be outside the loop. Boundary of downtown is that defined in Focus. It does not included Kemper, 18th & Vine. It stops at Truman Rd. Now they want $15.7 Million Dollars more

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Web Sites of Interest---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://home.swbell.net/gfmoss/CToomim.html -------Claudia Toomim candidate for Jackson County Legislator at Large

http://www.kcNAG.com ---- Kansas City Neighborhood Action Group

http://www.castlecoalition.org ---- eminent domain abuse across the nation

http://www.yourpropertyrights.com ------better get ready!!

http://www.TaxHog.com -----Take a look at a real Tax Hog--

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"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world,

Indeed, it is the only thing that has." Margaret Mead

 

"Politicans are a lot like alligators, when they open their mouths you can

never be sure if they will smile or eat you." Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

 

We aare still soliciting position papers from those running for office.

Send us an email -- news@kcnag.com

 

Vol. 1 # 4

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Vote NO on Question #3

Friends of Richards Gebaur Airport--F.O.R.G.A.

$35 Million for LANDBANKING?

Health Midwest

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Vote No on Question # 3 The "TOOT TOOT TROLLEY" --you read the petition right here last issue.

Another ineffective, inefficent rail plan, with imminent domain written in to condemn private property. We don't want property condemnation.

 

Besides there is a better way to transport people with out a tax increase. The physical problems are all well within the capabilities of modern technology and are described in a study available on the internet at HTTP://WWW.GEOCITIES.COM/KCRAPIDRAIL/.

 

This Question #3 issue is a sales tax which will raise your taxes. Your taxes will be spent to close Broadway and other streets in Penn Valley Park. This "trolley" will cost 1/2 Billion dollars. No route is given, financial estimates are long shot guesses, no provision is given for the maintence after the sales tax is gone!!

 

A NO VOTE TELLS EVERYONE TO LEAVE OUR PARK ALONE!!

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Friends of Richards Gebaur Airport (FORGA) Board of Directors met to discuss their 2003 agenda. The Board identified the recent efforts by Kansas City Southern Railroad to begin work on an international freight hub at Richards-Gebaur Airport as one the greatest threats facing south Kansas City, Grandview and Belton. The most troubling is the proposal that international freight would be cleared by U.S. Customs at RG.

As an illustration of that threat is the case of an amazing arrest in Italy of a suspected Al Queda hijacker found in a shipping container (The Times, October 25 2001). . This individual was intercepted by Italian police as his "container" was moving to Canada. Inside this container, police found a bed, toilet, laptop, satellite telephone as well as airport maps and security passes for Canadian airports. This incident has renewed concerns about the safety of having international shipments cleared in the interior of the United States

 

In 2001, 5.7 million containers entered the United States from abroad. According to Robert Bonner, U.S. Commissioner for the Customs Service fewer than 2% of containers shipped to the United States are inspected. To add emphasis to this point, Mr Bonner said, "The detonation of a nuclear device smuggled by way of a sea container would have a far greater impact upon global trade and the global economy than the attacks of 11 September". Though there are plans on the drawing board to improve the security of container traffic, experts agree that it will take years to implement them.

 

The security arrangements at Richards Gebaur has never been addressed by the City or Kansas City Southern Railroad. FORGA agrees that America cannot hide from business opportunity, however we should not be foolish either. Traditional ports of entry such as San Diego or Laredo, Texas are best equipped to handle the security needs of receiving container shipments. We hope the City and the U.S. Customs Service will think long and hard about the wisdom of clearing international containers in Kansas City.

 

FORGA is deeply troubled by the rush to add international container traffic to Richards-Gebaur. We must consider the impact this traffic will have on our community and include the voices of those who will be nearest this NEW border at Richards-Gebaur in the decision making process.

 James Case FORGA

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Civic Leader Dennis O'Neill and Community Leader Larry Thrasher attended the GDDA meeting after the last election and heard the committee headed by Leonard Graham say that the $35 Million Dollar bond would have been used for "LAND BANKING"

 At the finance and audit meeting Mr. O'Neill asked the fiance and audit committee to "get that phase acquisition out of there" removal of acquisition would prevent any "landbanking"

 The committee did not listen. A good reason to vote NO on Question 1.

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Kansas City Healthcare on the For-Profit Auction Block Comments and Questions On The Sale of Health Midwest Hospitals

 Prepared by Dennis O'Neill Neighborhood Action Group

 INTRODUCTION

 The proposed sale of Health Midwest's hospitals to the for-profit sector is a major event for the Kansas City metropolitan area. This is not just an event for the community to observe and read about in the newspaper or watch on the evening news. Nor is it just a battle between labor and management. It is an issue effecting a sizable part of the Kansas City metro area.

 Health Midwest holds over one-third of the hospital healthcare related market. The sale of such a large asset will have major consequences at many levels in the metro area. It has potential to impact the cost of health care, which will have meaning to employers, individuals, insurers, government, and other healthcare institutions. It has potential to impact the quality of healthcare and the accessibility to healthcare. And since Health Midwest is a not-for-profit corporation, the public has every right to become involved when it is selling out to a for-profit stock held company.

 That's right, the public has every right to be involved. The press and media are now beginning to cover it. However, the news media's focus is narrow and not detailed enough or inclusive enough to be informative on the major issues. With potentially a billion dollars to come from this sale, the major questions of who get the money from the sale and how will it be used have yet to be explored by the news media or the public. Big money has potential for big mistakes and greed. A billion dollar sale needs intense public scrutiny to offset narrow powerful interests. Public involvement is now needed to protect the public benefits established by the hospitals over the years. Health Midwest in a legal sense is just the trustee of this public benefit collectively and currently known as the Health Midwest Hospital system.

 The following points are initial comments and questions meant to foster public awareness, review and open discussion.

Talking Points:

1. The Health Midwest Hospitals. The following 13 hospitals are part of the Health Midwest system:

Allen County Hospital Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center

Cass Medical Center Hedrick Medical Center

Independence Regional Health Center Lafayette Regional Health Center

Lee's Summit Hospital Medical Center of Independence

Menorah Medical Center Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Research Belton Hospital Research Medical Center

Research Psychiatric Center

 2. The Sale: Is It a Positive or a Negative? The community should not

necessarily view the sale immediately as a negative. There may be very sound economic and business reasons for considering this action. Certainly, the public has a right to know in detail why the sale is being considered. If the management of the corporation is not forthcoming, it may be necessary for community and commercial interest groups in the affected area to do independent reviews of Health Midwest's operations, finances and market in order to have a clearer picture of the problems faced by the Health Midwest Corporation. In fact, it may be advisable for the community to have independent reviews even if management is forthcoming. The community has an obligation to know all it can about any potential buyer, for after all, that buyer will be controlling approximately one third of the health care in this metropolitan area. In addition, the community will need to study the proposed foundation(s) that will be created to receive, invest and manage the monies from the sale. These monies by law have to be used for public benefit. A central issue is who will decide the mission of the foundation(s).

 3. Not-for-profit status. Health Midwest is a not-for-profit corporation that owns hospitals and clinics in the surrounding metropolitan area. Most of these hospitals were merged into the Health Midwest corporation from other non-profit hospitals without direct sale. Religious organizations such as the Baptist and the Lutheran churches founded some of these hospitals, while others were community based. The Attorney General for both Kansas and Missouri will have to review the sale and how the proceeds are going to be used. The public can and must become involved with defining the mission of any foundation or foundations established from the sale. The community has leverage at this point but after a sale the leverage will largely be gone.

 4. Community Assets. All these hospitals served to the community benefit and as such enjoyed special status under corporate law and tax codes. The community contributed to building the hospitals' assets over time and as such has the right to expect it will play an active role in the decision about selling this aggregated asset. Moreover, the community has every right to expect that it can play an active and decisive role in distributing the assets from the sale of the Health Midwest chain of hospitals. And the community has every right to expect that the monies from the sale go back to the community. When Wesley Hospital in Wichita was sold, a portion of the sale price was given over to the United Methodist Church, the original sponsor of the hospital. The remainder of the price was dedicated to health projects throughout Kansas.

 5. Founders' Investment. The Health Midwest hospital chain developed largely by merging other not-for-profit hospitals. Thus it is reasonable to ask what rights do the founders of these hospitals have in participating in the proceeds from the sale.

 "One not-for-profit gives over its control over assets to another not-for-profit to further the combined missions of each. Now we have the mother of all not-for-profits selling the assets; providing liquid assets to chase other missions. In this kind of situation there is a powerful case to be made for insuring that the missions of founders be reconsidered for distribution of the liquid assets so they may continue their charitable works…after all, most or all of them could have sold to a for-profit and gotten cash earlier. They chose the aggregation route. So at this point, dis-aggregation of the cash into multiple missions would be an appropriate remedy unless all possible claimants judge the new mission the right one." (Quoted form personal correspondence with Monty Brown, editor emeritus of the journal Health Management Review)

 (Continued Next Week) Contact Information: D. O'Neill, dmoneill@att.net or (816) 765-1180 The entire document may be found on the Neighborhood Action Group Web Site http://www.kcnag.com

Web Sites of Interest----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://home.swbell.net/gfmoss/CToomim.html

Claudia Toomim candidate for Jackspon County Legislature District 2 at large

http://www.TaxHog.com Interesting letters from private citizens on Bi-State

http://www.kcNAG.com Kansas City Neighborhood Action Group

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

http://www.yourpropertyrights.com better get ready!!Vote down Chastain Trolley Plan!

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"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world, Indeed, it is the only thing that has." Margaret Mead

 "Politicans are a lot like alligators, when they open their mouths you can never be sure if they will smile or eat you." Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

 We are still soliciting position papers from those running for office. Send us an email -- news@kcnag.com

Vol. 1 # 5

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Volunteers needed

PUBLIC MEETING take the time to attend

The Greater Downtown Development Authority --- agenda ??

$35 Million for LANDBANKING?

Health Midwest Wages !!

Nag Letter issue #1

Web Sites of Interest

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Space limitations will not allow printing the rest of the position paper on the sale of Health Midwest written by Dennis O'Neill in the NAG LETTER # 4. PLEASE take a look at the web site where the whole Position Paper is presented. The job now is to make sure that the money from the sale of this not for profit goes into health care not some foundations pocket who will use it for political programs.

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Donations are needed to defeat the Chastain Trolley and Park Closing Proposal called Question #3 on the November 5th Ballot. Otherwise known as the NIGHTMARE ON BROADWAY.

Mail your donations to Neighborhood Action Group 5600 East Bannister Road unit 920036 KCMO 64192-0036

 You may also Help by Volunteering to hand out brochures in your Neighborhood.

We need locations to put up yard signs where the competition will not be able to grab them. Call 753-7585 and leave a message.

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There is a public meeting at UMKC in Pierson Hall at 4:00 PM today October 21 . A national expert, Monty Brown will address the issues concerning the sale of a Billion + not for profit Hospital complex Health Midwest to a for profit HCA. Mr. Brown's message is one urging caution, particularly in the dispersal of the ONE BILLION + DOLLARS. Shouldn't the funds be used to provide health care for those least capable of paying for health needs rather than the grabbing of funds by the "BIOTECH" industry?

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The Greater Downtown Development Authority met on Monday, October 14, at 4 p.m. in the EDC Board Room, 10 Petticoat Lane. The agenda was as follows:

- Financial Report

- Kansas City, Missouri: Tax-Supported Debt Affordability

- General Obligation Bond, November 5, 2002 campaign

- Local Super TIF for Downtown Strategic Parking Locations

- Downtown Council Political Action Committee

- Missouri and Kansas Business Climate

- Committee and Project Updates

Public Improvements

Legislation and Finance

Active Projects

Land Bank Sub Committee

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$35 Million for LANDBANKING? The PITCH NEWSPAPER has an interesting article coming out that you might want to read. It will be a little more forthcoming about the $35 Million Dollar Deal than the Kansas City Star has been.

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The Health Midwest Hospital chain is now trying to convince Jay Nixson's office that the sale meets the requirements of the state. Financial problems and the lack of capital are suppose to be the force behind the sale. Perhaps Health Midwest is an example of the current problem with American Corporations. The salary of Richard Brown, President of Health Midwest, was publicly reported last year as $1,041,166. Yes that is ONE MILLION FORTY ONE THOUSAND, ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX DOLLARS. The salary of the Executive Vice President, James Strieby, was reported at $502,641. The salary of the Sr. Vice President/CFO was reported at $395,184. Not bad salaries for executives of an not-for-profit health care corporation. (Note: Salaries pulled from Form 990, which was submitted by Health Midwest to the IRS.)

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Nag Letter issue #1 had a list of those that gave money for the $35 MIllion Dollar Bond which failed. The article was titled Buying Elections Rather Than Flowers.  A loyal reader sent in the following comment:

"Political contributions to help pass the last $35 Million Dollar Bond issue were made from the Downtown Council for $10,000."---

 "Last fiscal year the City issued checks to Downtown Council for$32,451.61." 

 "An ordinance passed on January 26, 2001, numbered ORDINANCE NO. 000951 Authorizing a $35,000.00 Cooperative Agreement with the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri, for the implementation of a directional signage system in and around the downtown area for $35,000."  

 "On March 22, 2002 the Downtown Council was awarded a contract with the City in the amount of $25,000 for the Kansas City, Missouri Parking Authority."

 Were these checks the result of contracts that were put out for bid?

Does the Downtown Council make a profit on these contracts?

Surely they didn't use any of the city contract money to help get the $35 Million Dollar Bond issue passed. It must of come from other sources of income.

Would the person who knows the answers to these questions please send us an email.

Web Sites of Interest----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.TaxHog.com Interesting letters from private citizens on Bi-State

http://www.kcNAG.com Kansas City Neighborhood Action Group

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

http://www.yourpropertyrights.com better get ready!!Vote down Chastain Trolley Plan!

http://www.KansasCityLightRail.com a private collection of the truths about the cost of trolleys and light rail

http://www.KCMOVote.com vote on the issues, what do Kansas Citians really think

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"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world, Indeed, it is the only thing that has." Margaret Mead

 "Politicans are a lot like alligators, when they open their mouths you can never be sure if they will smile or eat you." Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

 Vol. 1 # 6

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Reasons to Vote Against the $35 Million Dollar Bond Issue

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED--!!!

The Very Last Light Rail Vote

What is to happen with the ONE BILLION plus Dollars

Volunteers needed to work against the very last light rail vote

Web Sites of Interest

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TODAY --- NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION GROUP, COUNCILMAN DANAHER,

AND P.I.A.C MEMBERS had a RALLY AGAINST QUESTION 1

SOUTH SIDE OF CITY HALL AT 10:00 A.M. NOVEMBER 1st. Didn't get this out early enough, sorry all of you who would have attended. Mr. James Thomas explained some of the background of this Bond Issue which he and others on P.I.A.C. are against.

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REASONS TO VOTE AGAINST THE $35 MILLION DOLLAR BOND

 1. The defeat of Question 1 will result in a reduction in your property taxes. The City won't tell you that. Since the bonds are being retired and the underlying property tax will be lowered, it is merely a word game on the city's part to call this a "no tax increase" bond. The last sentence in the ballot language is a clear warning that under certain circumstances the personal property tax can be raised to cover the cost of the bonds. Therefore, there is a chance of an actual increase. Citizens can get tax relief by defeating the bond. In some areas of the City the total dollar amount that individual homeowners have paid has gone up over 300% since 1991.

 2. The Mayor and City Council are now discussing increasing the city debt load by up to 200 million dollars. Put another way, they are talking about asking you for a tax increase to cover financing additional debt for capital improvements. The proposal has been presented to the Greater Downtown Development Authority and to the City Council. You will be the last to learn of this. You will be confronted with additional tax requests from our mayor and Council in the near future. And this is from the same elected officials who have gotten the city into the worst financial crisis in nearly 100 years.

 3. The City Council made no effort to accommodate the PIAC committee's resolution passed on August 15th stating clear opposition to the division of money, and to the Greater Downtown Development Authority (GDDA) being given special preferential status. The following was sent to the council and mayor by the PIAC.

 "PIAC strongly recommends that 100% of the Bond revenue run thru the ordinary PIAC process without any group having special preference and that at least 2/3 of the funds be earmarked for Neighborhood and Citywide Capital Improvements Projects including: residential streets, curbs and sidewalks; parks and boulevards improvements; sanitary sewer improvements; storm drainage and curb inlet improvements and deferred maintenance."

 The PIAC wanted at least two thirds of the 35 million dollars to go to true PIAC projects. But the council has earmarked 45% or 16 million to the GDDA for unspecified projects. The PIAC review of GDDA projects is just window dressing as the $16 million is clearly marked for GDDA projects. Another word game from the City Council. The Mayor and Council are betting you won't know the difference.

 4. None of the 35 million dollars will be available for

neighborhood in-district requests. That is, no neighborhood will be able to take advantage of this money by making a PIAC application. The money will be used for deferred maintenance not neighborhood requested projects. But the proponents have chosen campaign phrases to make it appear that 19 million is for the neighborhoods. Once again, they think you won't know the difference.

 5. The Greater Downtown Development Authority (GDDA) has been designated by the City Counsel to be the only agency allowed to request from the 16 million dollars allotted under the proposed bond. This is the first time that a group has been given special status on capital improvement monies. No other neighborhood has such a status.

 6. The GDDA has not provided a list of the projects that would be funded by the 16 million. They note only that the monies would go for such things as streetscapes, signage, and parking. The City Council, in the middle of the biggest financial problem in modern city history, is willing to earmark 16 million for one organization's projects. This is after the City had to cut millions of previously approved neighborhood requested projects. And just this past year, the PIAC turned down over 500 capital improvement requests from neighborhoods. Many of these were for serious problems.

 7. Land Banking --- the Hidden Agenda In its August 12th meeting the GDDA noted that the group intended to use monies from the 35 million dollar bond to do "Land Banking". This was explained as land accumulation for the purpose of future development. This fact was kept from the public in August election on this same bond issue. This "land banking" is a form of land speculation with public monies. They intend this for development, not as some are now saying to remove blight. The Land Banking Subcommittee of the GDDA clearly spoke of accumulating land for development, not to remove blight. Why is this problematic? We have very specific capital improvement needs in this city. We should not be paying for bonds to speculate on land and hold for developers.

 8. "Jump Start" the downtown --- another deception. The literature promoting the $35 million bond speaks of jump starting the downtown. The phrase "jump start" is clever but very deceptive. Hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into the downtown in recent years. There have been hundreds of millions given in the form of tax subsidies to downtown developers in the past 10 years. Part of these subsidies have been by way of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and MO 353 programs. If that has not jump started the downtown, 16 million in unspecified projects will not either. Another word game. They wanted some clever phrase to win over the voters -- "jump start downtown". Neighborhoods have long lists of real capital improvement needs. Just last year the PIAC turned down hundreds of requests for lack of money.

 9. What is the GDDA? In order to further understand our position on this bond issue it is helpful to describe who sits on the GDDA. The main voting block is made up of the 11 top corporate executives in downtown Kansas City, the Mayor and one council person. Many of the GDDA members actually live in Johnson County, where their property taxes don't have to pay off these bonds! These are the same individuals who have promoted millions of dollars in TIF and 353 tax subsidies. These same corporate leaders contribute money to candidates running for office and screen for "downtown friendly" candidates. Neighborhoods will suffer has this group becomes more effective in controlling the public agenda and tapping the public purse. Also note that the GDDA members have decided not to file Annual Financial Disclosure Reports. We will not know when there is a conflict of interest. We just have to trust these corporate executives. Even the PIAC members fill out these forms -- Why not the GDDA?

 

------and then there is the fact that if you vote this bond issue down we will all get a property tax cut, YES your property tax will decrease!!

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Volunteers are needed to help defeat the $35 Million Bond Election. We need funds and people to walk your neighborhoods and hand out the information that you just read. We have it printed and ready to go or better yet you could print it off of this email and save us a little time and money. This info is also on the website with big lettering and looks good so you can print it off and hand it out. Remember

EVERY VOTE COUNTS Call 816-753-7585 to volunteer. Leave a message.

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The Very Last Light Rail Vote is November 5th. It is too convoluted to comment on other than to say go out and VOTE it down. Maybe a large NO vote will convince Mr. Chastain to include a thousand people in on his next endeavor rather than five. A strong NO VOTE will also perhaps send a message to the Park Board, The Kansas City Star, "developers" and any and all other nefarious plotters who think that they might want to rent, lease or take Park Property for apartments, homes, golf courses and all those other deals.

REMEMBER Chastain's Question #3 wants to close Broadway to smooth the way for the "developers" Look at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, it has a lot of roads passing through it. Let the Friends of Penn Valley work toward improvements in the park, they have some great ideas. VOTE NO on # 3

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What is to happen with the ONE BILLION plus Dollars from the sale of the Health Midwest hospitals?

Things are not as they may seem with the sale of Health Midwest.

 To what mission will go the proceeds from the sale?

 Most think the mission should be to continue direct health care service to the metropolitan area, including the indigent. But the power-brokers are lining up to redirect the billion to serve economic development and the life-science initiative. Could the fact that the CEO of Health Midwest is also on the Stowers Foundation explain why many now think Stowers is "hijacking" the mission from health care to research. Citizens best pay attention or the power boys will grab this billion dollar asset. The Neighborhood Action Group is participating with other organizations whose purpose is maintaining a health service mission for Kansas City.

 The Attorney General for Missouri is scheduling a public meeting to take testimony from the public on the sale and the future use of the sale proceeds. The meeting is November 18th at the Linwood Multipurpose Center at 6 p.m.

 To gain more background on the issue, see our web site at www.kcnag.com. Or you can checkout www.communitycatalyst.org.

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Volunteers are needed to help defeat Question #3 the "lite Rail Trolly" plan that includes the use of eminent domain for condemnation and the closing of Broadway boulevard through Penn Valley Park. If you can walk your neighborhood we have the handouts and we have signs if you wish to hold a sign during drive time to remind people to VOTE against Question #3 Call 753-1871 and leave a message.

Web Sites of Interest----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.kcNAG.com Kansas City Neighborhood Action Group

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

http://www.yourpropertyrights.com better get ready!!Vote down Chastain Trolley Plan!

http://www.KansasCityLightRail.com a private collection of the truths about the cost of trolleys and light rail

http://www.KCMOVote.com vote on the issues, what do Kansas Citians really think

http://www.dnet.org League of Women Voters

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"Politicans are a lot like alligators, when they open their mouths you can never be sure if they will smile or eat you." Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

Vol. 1 # 7

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Thank You to those who tried.

Mayor Kay Barnes

"The negative, divisive approach of the opponents---"

Who paid for the Question #1 campaign this time?

Health Midwest Meets Jay Nixson

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Thank You to all of you who helped to defeat Question #3

Thank You to all of those who tried to defeat Question #1 Now the job is to watch how the GDDA spends the money we willhave to give them.

One of the good things about each election we participate in , we get invited to more and more Neighborhoods that we have never had contact with before. We get to meet a lot of great people trying to inprove their Neighborhood against overwhelming odds. We acquired several new friends north of the river and on the west side this time who were concerned about Question #1.

Question #3 found us talking to east side neighborhood groups about alight rail proposal that offered very little to those wanting to get to work and back.

Thanks Again for the work, the votes, and the hospitality at the neighborhood meetings!

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Mayor Kay Barnes 29th Floor, City Hall Kansas City, Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2002

Contact: Lara Schopp, (816) 513-3503

 Mayor Barnes Applauds Passage of Kansas City Questions 1 & 2

 Mayor Kay Barnes today applauded the passage of Kansas City Questions 1 and 2 on yesterday's ballot.

 "The passage yesterday of Kansas City Questions 1 and 2 is a significant step forward for our city, not only for specific proposals that voters supported, but also for what it tells us about the direction the citizens of Kansas City want us to travel in the future," Barnes said. "Voters responded to a positive, progressive message. They rejected the negative, divisive approach of the opponents to these two important measures."

 "I will continue to promote a "can do" attitude in Kansas City," Barnes continued. "Passage of Questions 1 and 2 is ample proof that our citizens also have exhibited a "can do" spirit that responds to positive proposals put forth by a majority of the City Council. I was particularly disappointed that the leader of opposition to the bond issue, Councilman Paul Danaher, chose to abandon his previous support for the redevelopment of downtown and instead pushed a misleading message that sought to divide our city, north against south, neighborhoods against downtown. His negative fervor was evident when during his news conference last week he could not even answer a reporter's question about the amount of tax the average property owner would pay to finance the capital improvement bonds."

 "As a result of yesterday's vote, streets will be improved, sewers will be extended, curbs and sidewalks will be rehabilitated and downtown will get a shot in the arm," Barnes said. "I pledge to continue to seek positive solutions for Kansas City. I am very pleased that the citizens of our great city agreed." -30-

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"-The negative, divisive approach of the opponents---"

It seems that the mayor has a prespective of "you must be for me and my ballot questions or you are negative and devisive." I feel that the material the Neighborhood Action Group dispersed asked for positive changes to a resolution which P.I.A.C. members, neighborhood leaders, and others also voiced. Her criticism of Mr. Danaher infers that she knew the answer and should have let the public know the answer, rather than being critical of a person who does not have an answer to a question. The tone of this press release is very interesting .

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Who paid for the Question #1 campaign?

Ann Dickinson--1000 Herman R. Sutherland Trust--1500 Isle of Capri Casino--1000 Heavy Constructors Industry Advancement Fund 15000 Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal--1000 Tower Properties--1000 Sosland Companies--1000 Hallmark Global Services 5000 The Builders Asociation--5000 Executive Hills Properties--1500 Lockton Companies--1000 Helzberg Diamonds--1000 Shook Hardy&Bacon--5000 HNTB Corporation--3000 Scott Francis--2000 State Street--7500 Bucher Willis&Ratliff--1000 Stinson Morrison Heckler--2000 Kansas City Southern--5000 DST Systems--5000 Shook Hardy & Bacon AGAIN--5000 Downtown Council--10000 American Century--1000 and some others will be listed in the next issue.

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Health Midwest Meets Jay Nixson Nov. 18th Linwood Multipurpose Center 3201 Flora 6:00 PM Will it be Bio-Tech or healthcare for everyday citizens? Are we going to take care of those who need healthcare, single mothers with children, persons without medical insurance, AIDS, and other high cost medial treatment or will we let the guys making $1,004,100 -one million fortyone thousand dollars a year -- thats $83,000 a month -- move it into companies that will make them larger salaries.

Web Sites of Interest----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.KansasCityNeighbors.com a new startup with some interesting opinions

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

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K.C. Vol. 1 # 8

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Public Hearing on Health Midwest Conversion--Independence,Missouri

Finally a court date with XO Club

"Don't look at streets in only capacity terms--slow traffic down."

DEC 6,7,8, --Private

Today at Union Station

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Public Hearing on Health Midwest Conversion

Presented on November 26, 2002 in Independence,Missouri

 Attorney General Nixon, I am Dennis O'Neill and I am here this evening representing the Kansas City Neighborhood Action Committee. We have been studying this conversion for nearly two months. In addition, we are active participants in the Missouri Kansas Health Watch Coalition.

 My testimony tonight will focus mainly on the proceeds issue, that is, the Foundation issue.

 First let me note that we view the Health Midwest sale with considerable skepticism. And further we view the management of Health Midwest as failed management and the board as having failed in its oversight role. Given the failure of leadership, why would we trust the current administration and board to form the new foundation(s). Simply we do not trust that they have the commitment, experience and openness to form foundations capable of continuing the missions of the hospitals that make up the Health Midwest. In fact, we believe, and the public record supports this, that Health Midwest's board was moving to hijack the proceeds to narrow missions truly not related to the original mission of the hospitals.

 Specifically we address this evening the following points:

 1. Mission of Founding Hospitals. The mission of the founding hospitals must be the guide to the mission of the new foundations. Health Midwest would like their 1991 mission to be the mission for the new foundations. Let us be clear, Health Midwest is a holding company. Do not allow the holding company mission to be the guide to the foundations' mission. The hospitals that folded into the Health Midwest system were dedicated to direct health care services. They were not into speculative research. Do not allow the mission to be crafted so that the proceeds can be redirected to some sort of economic development notions around the life-science initiative. We must keep the mission focused on direct health care services and direct health care needs.

 2. Support Multiple Foundations. The Health Midwest system developed largely by the merger of not-for-profit hospitals. These hospitals served to their local community benefit. And since these communities contributed to building the hospitals over time, they have every right to expect to have some direct and proportional control over the proceeds from the sale. Communities have every right to expect that the proceeds from the sale will go back to their communities. And since any of the hospitals that merged into the Health Midwest system had the option to sell their assets and set up their own foundation, it can be assumed that they would never have turned over cash to some central foundation to distribute as it saw fit.

 3. Community Involvement. The community must be involved in shaping the planning process for the new foundations. Currently, the community's only mechanism appears to be by way of these meetings or through press release. Health Midwest must open up the planning process.

 4. Board of Directors. The Boards of Directors must not be the current board of the holding company. The boards of the new foundations must be diverse and reflect the communities served. Since the general public is the beneficiary of nonprofit assets, and has participated in building their value, the foundations must have a strongly public character. The board must have the skills necessary to understand the community's health needs, public health, finance and philanthropy. Technical qualifications aside, the board must reflect the community. The current board of Health Midwest has been incapable of appointing diversity. We must have mechanisms in place that guarantee diversity.

 5. Community Advisory Committees. We support the mechanism developed by the Attorney General in the Blue Cross conversion to create and maintain an advisory committee that has the power to nominate board members. This may be one of the most important aspects for assuring that these foundations serve the public trust for generations to come. We must make sure that there is a mechanism for keeping the board diverse and responsive over the years.

 6. Open Meetings and Open Records. Missouri's open records and meetings law, the Sunshine Law, should be the guide for openness for the foundations. This requirement will do much to keep the process open and accountable to the public. The question become one of enforcement. The public must have a way to force the records to be open and the meetings posted and public.

7. Do Not Segment Approval. We request that the Attorney General not segment the approval of the sale from that of the foundation. Keep this process fully in front of the public.

8. Prohibiting Use of Foundation Monies For Campaigns. Health Midwest has a track record of donating to issues campaigns. We ask that the Attorney General have an enforceable means of prohibiting contributions to campaigns by the foundations formed from this sale. It is one thing to educate elected officials or the public and another to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to elections. The public record supports our concerns. Health Midwest with all its financial trouble has contributed large sums to issue campaigns that have nothing to do with health care. Monies should go to health care needs and not to networking in the political structures.

 9. Independence of Foundations. The foundations formed from this conversion must be kept free of HCA and Health Midwest surviving entities.

 Finally, we have not had time to review fully the document entitled "Governance Structure for the New Foundation" submitted on Friday by Health Midwest. On first review, the document appears to perpetuate the Health Midwest board and create such a convoluted structure as to keep control in the hands of a few. We will be responding in more detail in the coming days.

 Submitted by Dennis O'Neill Kansas City Neighborhood Action Committee

816 765-1180

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Finally a court date with XO Club

Dec. 12, 2002 court date dealing with American Ingredients and the XO Club

Divison 6 Judge O'Malley, Time 2:30, Jackson County Court House

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"Don't look at streets in only capacity terms--slow traffic down."

said Vicki Notis at the November G.D.D.A. meeting --does that mean that we can finally have the diagonal parking on Main Street that was suggested over a year ago, as a way to help Main Street business with parking and slowing up the traffic and helping people to make a decision to stop and get out and walk for a little window shopping on Main Street?

At the same GDDA meeting there was also talk of setting up an "acquisition fund" leveraging the new bond money by borrowing money to help buy property downtown. That was spoken of when the "Land Bank Sub Committee" made it's report.

Next GDDA meeting the subject will be" THE ARENA" maybe we will have championship wrestling and roller derby or mud wrestling downtown!

There are also WOW streets downtown those are Main, Broadway, Grand and Charlotte. Of course part of the WOW street Grand will be closed where the Arena will be placed. WOW

Also some talk of "going after the Haunted Houses" what ever that means

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DEC 6,7,8, will see 41 freshmen legislators in Kansas City for a get together at the Mayor's Home on Friday. On Saturday 7th at Four Points for an " Issues Session" which according to Greg Williams is not open to the public. The New freshmen Legislators will be joined by the Civic Council, Labor Management Board, Downtown Council, Chamber of Commerce, UMKC Trustees, Economic Development Commission, and the Arts Council. That's everyone except the public.What Do You Think The Issues Spoken About Will Be? Usually "PRIVATE" meetings tend to make me supicious!!

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 Today at Union Station City Stage a reception and viewing of the CBS-TV presentation on Kansas City and its interfaith work. The event costs $10.00 is entitled "Open Hearts, Open Minds. Wed. 4th of December 5:30-7:00 Union Station City Stage

 Web Sites of Interest----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

http://www.MetroPolitics.com a place to look over all of the candidates in the upcoming election

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"The backs of taxpayers are only so wide and enough of the wealthy business class sit there already" Bruce Rodgers

Vol. 1 # 9

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Neighborhood Alliance Mayor Forum - -

St. Lukes Hospital

Candidate for Mayor - Mary De Shon

Candidate for Mayor - Stanford Glazer

A suggestion- - -

KCUR had an interesting discussion

The Neighborhood Action Group has formulated- - -

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Neighborhood Alliance Mayor Forum will be held at the Linwood Multiporpuse center at 5:30 on Wednesday Jan. 8th Questions have been submitted by Neighborhood Leaders which each of the Mayorial candidates will be asked to answer. Should be a very interesting evening. See you there. If you are interested in change for the better come and see what the issues in this race are.

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St. Lukes Hospital and its for profit holding company are not being good neighbors. Plaza-Westport Neighborhood is literally under attack. The neighborhood was struck by developers a couple of months ago and now they are back.. The ethical position of selling developers a bunch of houses should cause the head of the St. Luke's Board to search his heart for for a little Christian charity. A man of the cloth is expected to have a higher ethical standard than the "business as usual" CEO's of corporate America. NAG is lookinjg at this situation.

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Candidate Question & Answer - Mary De Shon , Candidate for Mayor-KCMO.  

WHERE:     Brush Creek Community Center 3801 Brush Creek Boulevard  

WHEN:     Wednesday January 8, 2003  

TIME:     Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.     Forum Starts Promptly at 7:00 p.m.     Forum Ends at 8:30 p.m.  

WEBSITE:     www.DeShon.com   Please feel free to distribute this e-mail to other Kansas City, Missouri residents who might be interested in attending.  We will be scheduling additional forums in other parts of the City.  

Paid for by: Mary De Shon for Mayor ****************** Candidate for Mayor

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Candidate for Mayor - Stanford Glazer

On Dec. 11th my candidacy for mayor was certified. Everyone knows that Kansas City needs help to make it a great place to live, work, and play. Let's use some original ideas that don't put all of the burden on taxpayers. Let's get the neighborhoods polished up, quit saying "denied" to their requests for sewers, streets and water retention. Lets get Kansas City back to work --in each and every neighborhood, in the west bottoms and in Blue Valley. Fill up the empty industrial buildings with new business. Promote this "CAN-DO" city across the country. Be an incubator for small industry. Encourage investment, but don't keep giving away your and my tax money.

If you want to work for a better Kansas City start right now. Volunteer to help take my message to your neighborhood. Call 283-MAYOR I'll speak to your Association or Neighborhood Group. Take a close look at my web site, print off my message and share it with your neighbors. http://www.StanGlazer.com

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A suggestion from the Fishers in Manheim

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.  Our Senators and Congresspeople do not pay into social security.  Many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.  In more recent years, no congress person has felt the need to change it.  For all practical purposes their plan works like this:

When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die, increased from time to time for cost of living adjustments.  For example, during retirement former Senator Byrd and Congressman White may expect to draw $7,800,000 - yes, Seven Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars - with their wives drawing $275,000 in the same period.  This is calculated on an average life span for each.

Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00.  This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them.  You and I pick up the tab for this plan.  The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Fund - our tax dollars at work!  >From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into - every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer) - we can expect to get an average $1,000 per month after retirement.  Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!

Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.  And that change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congresspeople.  Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us and then watch how fast they would fix it. Send this info to ALL of your Neighbors

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KCUR had an interesting discussion on Tuesday's , "Up To Date" with Steve Kraske. The conversation dealt with Arenas, Bi-State, Baseball Stadiums and big projects for our Downtown. The concensus opinion of the panel and the call in listeners was -- Now is the Wrong Time. Several thought for a variety of reasons that it is possible that there isn't any right time for an Arena when we haven't paid for the last one, and maybe having an arena Downown is an idea from never never land, an idea not based on facts. It was refreshing to hear present and former councilpersons actually consider the average worker and his pay check during these times of layoffs and decreasing buying power.

 The program was replayed on Sunday in the morning-- is someone actually trying to get the message out-- sure hope the Mayor listens to the radio.

 Becky Nace was very definite about the city needing to focus on taking care of basic services. She's right -- such a focus would reinspire a little confidence in city hall by the public. Nothing will kill a city faster than a lack of confidence in its leaders and city offices.

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The Neighborhood Action Group has formulated a position on the sale of Health Midwest. The Health Midwest Board, which had failed at managing the hospital system, now wants to be sole controller of the proceeds of the sale. Keep in mind that the proceeds (the cash) from the sale of a nonprofit are considered as public benefit monies and do not belong to the non profit selling the asset. The question naturally has arisen, why would the public want to trust the Health Midwest board with a billion dollars from the sale when they have shown their inability to manage a hospital system.

 We advocate that funds go to multiple foundations. These foundations should as close as possible reflect and represent the communities in which the original hospitals existed. The communities that built the hospitals should be envolved in using the proceeds. In addition we support the use of these moneies for promoting direct health care services to those persons most at risk.

We vehemently oppose the hijacking of the billion dollars for basic health science research which is speculative research.

 To read the documents on the proposed sale and the public testimony given in Missouri, you can go to the attorney generals web site, which is : http://www.moago.org/ Look for the heading "Documents on proposed Health Midwest Sale in Kansas City". Just click on it and you will have all of the relevant documents.

Web Sites of Interest---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://www.KansasCityNeighbors.com a new startup with some interesting opinions

http://www.castlecoalition.org eminent domain abuse across the nation

http://www.MetroPolitics.com Leveling the Playing Field in K.C. elections

http://www.urbanicity.org

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