NAG LETTER Volumn #2

NAG LETTER who's trying to do what to whom in K.C.

Vol. 2 # 1

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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 Visit our website at http://www.KCNAG.com

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ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Opinions from Mary Margaret Deshon--

The Glazer Plan

What is Happening to Penn Valley Park?

WebSites of Interest

READ 'EM AND WEEP

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Opinions from Mary Margaret De Shon

A point against the arena is the seating.  Virtually they aren't adding any significant seating capacity to the new proposed arena which is why we lost the Future Farmers.   People also really need to understand how bonds work.  True we aren't paying any additional sales tax yet, but we are paying principal, interest and debt service. Last year's budget was over $95m in debt service.  If debt payments cannot be made, taxpayers will see a tax increase of some kind to cover the payments.  Even if we aren't paying a "sales tax" per say... we are paying.

People also really need to understand how bonds work.  True we aren't paying any additional sales tax yet, but we are paying principal, interest and debt service. Last year's budget was over $95m in debt service.  If debt payments cannot be made, taxpayers will see a tax increase of some kind to cover the payments.  Even if we aren't paying a "sales tax" per say... we are paying.  Please see the link below.   You had also asked me about my website a while back:  <http://www.DeShon.com>www.DeShon.com.  I have questions and answers from The Citizens Association and Forward Kansas City presently posted on my site.   Click on this link:  http://www.deshon.com/BudgetShortfall.htm and scroll to the bottom to open a PDF file.  That file shows the true spendings of the City as extracted from the City's adopted Budgets and verified by the Budget Department.  Over a year ago and going into this current fiscal year we were already in the hole by 2/3rds of the City's budget.  The indicators were there showing a budget shortfall back in early 2001

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THE GLAZER PLAN

1. KEMPER ARENA: Scrap the new Downtown Arena. We do not need to spend over $200 million on another Arena, when our City budget is running a $50 million shortfall. We still owe millions of dollars on Kemper Arena.

2. CITY HALL: Run City Hall like a business &endash; I will be the CEO, The City Council is the Board of Directors, and taxpayers are the Stockholders… this is all about revenue management and customer service!!

a a. Cut unnecessary expenditures: NO bodyguards for the mayor (at $162,000/year) NO 900 cell phones for employees NO "take home" cars for employees unless absolutely necessary NO excessive overtime pay

b. MINI HALLS: When we are financially stable, I will create six satellite City Hall offices, one in each district, called "Mini Halls." From these low-budget facilities, staffed with relocated current employees, taxpayers will be able to pay their water bill, meet with their Councilperson, access records, testify on issues via the internet through digital testimony- (audio/video), apply for permits and several other conveniences

c. DEBTS: Collect unpaid debts, which recently totaled in the millions from parking tickets, etc…

d. DEVELOPMENT: Assist the Codes Department in rapid service so that builders and developers aren't delayed in their investments

e. CONTRACTS: Put a freeze on unnecessary consulting contracts

f. CONTROLS: Give City Auditor Mark Funkhouser unprecedented "voice" to implement the many changes he has recommended over the years, including: target-based budgeting for all departments, balancing revenues & expenditures, requiring an adequate fund balance is maintained, and not deferring maintenance expenditures.g. MARKETING: Create a City Hall "Marketing Team" to develop incentives for new and existing businesses of all sizes, and stimulate growth throughout the city.

3. THE KCMO SCHOOLS: I'm going to help fix the schools ! - While schools are not legally under the Mayor's control, I will help monitor the progress of the schools and provide assistance where I am able to do so. It is difficult to encourage big businesses and industry in relocating to our City, when the schools are struggling.

4. NEIGHBORHOODS: Give Neighborhoods their FAIR SHARE of revenues collected. Give them the basics: curbs, sidewalks, catch basins, trash pickup, leaf pickup, safe streets, street lighting, community centers and snow plowing. Improve the general infrastructure of bridges, streets & boulevards. I will not allow residential encroachment by greedy developers.

5. DOWNTOWN: I am going to revitalize Downtown - I want to make it a 24/7 Downtown, a destination location like it was 50 years ago. Downtown needs to be TOURIST AND FAMILY FRIENDLY. I intend to implement the following:

a. Create FREE PARKING throughout Downtown, to stimulate tourists and locals to visit restaurants, shops and events

b. Union Station must have more tenants that are locally or nationally-recognized shops, affordable restaurants, more activities for families, and people of all ages. It needs a museum, and to be open more hours each week so that it can generate more revenue.

c. New Housing &endash; We need more new housing in Downtown than just lofts. I want families to be able to relocate in the area, where kids can grow up and stay in areas near Downtown. They need a real COMMUNITY, with parks, schools, playgrounds, community centers, small shops, large retailers, filling stations and several grocery stores. Downtown needs to be family friendly.

d. Create a "Downtown Special-Events Calendar" for 52 weeks a year.

e. Change the image of the area by establishing programs and implementing systems like:

"LIGHTS ON DOWNTOWN!" programming

24-hour Security Patrols

Downtown Ambassadors &endash; volunteers / tours / family-friendly promoters "You Are Here" signage

"Zero Tolerance" Policies - enforcement of building codes (broken windows)

Beautification & "Streetscaping"&endash; trees, bushes, trash cans, benches

f. Bring more jobs and industry to the area.

6. DESTINATION LOCATIONS: The following areas must be given the full financial and creative support of City Hall to continue the substantial investments already made there. These are great assets to the City, and they deserve further enhancements:

a. 18th & Vine Jazz District & Negro Leagues Museum &endash; a legendary area that deserves more attention

b. The Kansas City Zoo &endash; it seems we only hear about our Zoo when an animal dies

c. City Market and The Berkley Riverfront Park &endash; the riverfront in most Cities is not vacant

d. The West Bottoms & Kemper Arena area &endash; there's so much potential for hotels, shops, restaurants

e. The Westside &endash; Southwest Boulevard is so rich in culture, and borders right on Downtown, yet it has never gotten the attention from City Hall it deserves. Tourists and locals should know more about the area, and spend more time there too.

"I have additional details for the ideas above and will share those on my website, www.StanGlazer.com, and on the campaign trail in the coming weeks.

"I hope the 'stockholders' of Kansas City, will vote out the current CEO, and let me make our City great once again.

"I would also really like to continue hearing from taxpayers and former City Hall employees too. There are so many good ideas that City Hall never implemented. We've got to change that immediately.

"I'd appreciate everyone's consideration, and hope they'll come by my Campaign Headquarters at 1722 Main, for an OPEN HOUSE, any Saturday in January to meet me, from 1 p.m. &endash; 5 p.m."

CONTACT INFORMATION

To schedule interviews, contact Stanford Glazer, 816-753-1450 cell

For general information, contact Daryl Penner, 816-405-9742 cell

Want to put up a sign in your window or front yard?? Call 283-6296

Headquarters - 816-283-MAYOR (6296) Fax -- 816-283-8287 E-MAIL - mail@stanglazer.com WebSite http://www.stanglazer.com Paid for by: Friends of Stanford Glazer, Bryan Burgess, treasurer

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What is Happening to Penn Valley Park?

According to the PITCH-----Nothing is happening. Anyhow that is what they were told by Mr. Serviss, and he should know he works for the Mayor, the person who has the plans in her "Football Book"

Web SitesofInterest-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

http://www.MetroPolitics.com Leveling the Playing Field in K.C. elections.Who is running for what!!!

http://www.urbanicity.org

http://www.stanglazer.com THE WHOLE PLAN in detail

http://www.DeShon.com Here is the real story on city hall spending our money

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READ 'EM AND WEEP

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

by Arianna Huffington

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the

Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters

by Greg Palast

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" NO MATTER HOW CYNICAL I GET, I JUST CAN'T KEEP UP!" Lilly Tomlin

Vol2 #2

Please send opinions to news@KCNAG.com Visit our website at http://www.KCNAG.com

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ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Mayoral Candidate Stanford Glazer

Health Midwest Board of Directors

Executive, but not the Board

NEW DATE & FORMAT FOR CANDIDATES FORUM

A JOKE?

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mayoral Candidate Stanford Glazer has picked up a big endorsement by the long-established Harry S. Truman Democratic Club. Mr. Glazer, a longtime businessman in the Kansas City area, was also endorsed/selected by the SQUIRE Magazine and publisher Tom Leathers, as one of two candidates, endorsed by the publication, to advance through the Primary Election on February 25th, for the March 25th General Election.

Want to know more about this charismatic candidate? Mr. Glazer has upcoming events, including:

1. "Meet & Greet" Stan - Minsky's (Northland)

Near I-29 & Barry Road

Short speeches followed by Question & Answer Session

Thursday, February 6th, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Free pizza & softdrinks

No donations or commitment required.

Casual dress.

2. "Meet & Greet" Stan - Connie's Gennesse Inn

In the West Bottoms, near Kemper Arena (across from the Golden Ox)

Short speeches followed by Question & Answer Session

Wednesday, February 12th, 4:30-6:30pm

Free appetizers and softdrinks.

No donations or commitment required.

Casual dress.

3. "Meet & Greet" Stan - Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel

On the Country Club Plaza

Short speeches followed by Question & Answer Session

Friday, February 14th, 7:30am - 10am

Free juice, coffee, donuts

No donations or commitment required.

Casual dress.

For more information: Headquarters; 816-283-MAYOR (6296)

Headquarters Fax; 816-283-8287

Campaign Manager, Daryl Penner; 816-405-9742 cell

 

Health Midwest Board of Directors

If you have any lingering doubts about the incompetency of the Health Midwest Board of Directors, the testimony given in the Kansas Courtroom yesterday, should put that concern to rest. Board member Clarence Roeder testified that "This might have been the best deal since the Louisiana Purchase". Mr. Roeder has shown an ignorance of the underlying economics of the sale. He seems to have conviently ignored the economic reality that the sale will be paid for by increased health care costs across the metropolitan area. These additional or extra costs are likely in the hundreds of millions of dollars a year. This will saddle employers, individuals, federal, state, city and county with higher health insurance costs. All this extra upward cost pressure on a city already demonstrated to have one of the hightest health care costs in the country.

And did you catch the rationale for not considering other local hospital systems. He states that the board wanted to stay away for "religion-affiliated health care companies". A for profit evidently is acceptable but a religiously affiliated hospital is not. This is an insult to the founders and sponsores of the religious based hospitals that turned over their hospitals, assets and missions to the managementof Health Midwest. Which type of hospital auspices has the best history regarding committement to communities and health care, for-profit or religious non-profit? And who will get stuck with picking up the abandoned indigent care levels. Of course, it will be the "religion-affiliated" hospitals and the teaching hospitals. The very hospitals that Mr. Roeder and the Health Midwest Board have disregarded.

And finally he ignores the fact that HCA has tied its commettment to indigent care to a current dollar amounts, which to any rational person says their intention is to limit not expand the dollar amount provided in indigent care. In fact, there intent is to reduce the amount of care as relates to gross patient revenues.

There is, of course, the continued court gag order requested by HM and the closed record order requested by HM on the Gap Gemini multimillion dollar two year study of the HM system and the Ponder report. But the public is asked to accept the remarks of HM management and board without facts.

The Louisiana Purchase analogy is false and desceptive. Mr. Roeder would like to have us believe that Health Midwest management is on par with the administration of Thomas Jefferson. If you want an historical analogy, this sale is more on par with the Teapot Dome scandal.

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Executive but not the Board KC Hospital Executive Faces Prison Time

(Medical Newswire) For the second time in a high-profile Medicare fraud case, a federal appeals court has ordered a trial court judge to get tough on a hospital executive convicted of kickback charges.

In a Jan. 16 ruling, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that District Court Judge John Lungstrum was too lenient in sentencing Dennis McClatchey to three years' probation. McClatchey is the former chief operating officer at Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, and was at the center of one of the most closely watched kickback prosecutions in recent years.

Prosecutors had accused Baptist of paying Blue Valley Medical Group principals Drs. Robert and Ronald LaHue approximately $1.2 million in sham consulting fees in exchange for the referral of nursing home patients. A jury convicted the LaHues, McClatchey and former Baptist Chief Executive Officer Dan Anderson in 1999.

Lungstrum initially overturned McClatchey's conviction, but the 8th Circuit ordered him to reinstate it in 2000. And now the appellate panel has made it clear that the sentence Lungstrum imposed wasn't satisfactory either. While Lungstrum gave McClatchey a lighter sentence because of his family situation - his son requires care for a health condition - and because his criminal conduct was totally out of character for him.

The 8th Circuit, however, said that the demands of McClatchey's family situation weren't so pressing as to justify a lighter penalty and that his misconduct occurred over too long a period of time to deem it "aberrant behavior." The appellate panel ordered the trial court to resentence the exec, who could now, like the other individuals convicted in the case, face jail time.

Carl Patten Staff Attorney Community Catalyst Phone: 617-275-2910 Fax: 617-451-5838

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NEW DATE & FORMAT FOR CANDIDATES FORUM

We have heard from many neighborhood representatives that a Saturday afternoon forum would be preferred to an evening forum, like we had previously planned. So, we will now hold the forum on Saturday, February 15 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 p.m. The mayoral candidates will be first on the agenda (from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.) and the council candidates will be next from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

We have also secured a new location. The forum will be held at the Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church located at 2310 E. Linwood Boulevard. Parking will be on the Park Avenue side of the church.

Also, we received such diverse list of questions that finding a common thread proved very difficult. So, instead of providing candidates a list of question in advance, the Steering Committee elected to open the forum up to only questions from the floor. Further, only candidates that have officially filed with the Election Board will be invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m.

Sincerely,The Undersigned Members of the Roundtable Steering Committee

P.S. This forum replaces the previously scheduled forums scheduled for February 5 and February 12.

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A JOKE? A man in a hot-air balloon realized the he was lost.  He reduced his altitude and spotted a woman below.  He descended a bit more and shouted to her, "Excuse me, can you help?  I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below replied, "You are in a hot-air balloon hovering approximately 30' above the ground.  You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the woman.  "How did you know?"

"Well," he aswered, "everything you told me is technically correct but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost.  Frankly, you've been no help to me so far."

The woman below responded, "You must be a Politician."

"I am," replied the balloonist.  "But how did you reach that conclusion?"

"Simple," replied the woman.  "You don't know where you are or where you are going.  You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air.  You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems.  The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met but now, somehow, it's my fault."

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Http://www.TaxHog.com has put up new material on the new- new- new- Bi State proposal

Http://www.MetroPolitics Who is running for What

Http://www.electblauvelt.com Janet Blauvelt candidate for 4th District at Large

Send us the WebSites you have fouind interesting , we will try to post them.

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Vol. 2 # 3

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

ATTENTION TAXPAYERS-a handout left on our car window at the Southern Communities Coalition Candidate Forum Stan Glazer was passing out a flyer at Troy Nash

READER OPINIONS

READER OPINIONS

THIS LAST WEEK

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

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ATTENTION TAXPAYERS

We are appalled at the way the political races in KCMO are proceeding. Lots of concerns are expressed about injustices here and there throughout the city but no candidate has addressed the real issue - corruption. Only Pendergast succeeded in giving away more of the taxpayers money. Look at what's happening:  

The developers own the city. TIF money is handed to them by a group whose jobs depend on how much taxpayer money they can give away.

The tax abatements that are handed out so freely are nothing more than tax increases that the taxpayers never get to vote on. In a city with a budget income shortfall of millions of dollars, it is criminal to be giving away tax revenue.

Special treatment abounds as the city builds parking garages, rents 80% of the space to special groups at chicken feed rates and eventually gives the garage to private individuals. All this occurs while other cities are using parking garage revenue to help pay the costs of running the city. A request currently exists that would give the developer a 100% tax abatement for 25 years. At the end of the 25 years, he will most likely do what Crown Center did, and obtain a 25 year extension of his tax abatement. Remember, every time some developer doesn't have to pay taxes, the people of Kansas City, MO. have to pay them for him. 

Current policies work to create results in direct opposition to stated objectives of this administration. They say they want to revitalize the city. It can't be done when you give parking garages to big developers while at the same time requiring small business owners to provide off street parking in such quantities that historic buildings must be torn down to comply with code requirements. 

If the trend of the last 4 years continues, the people of Kansas City will soon find themselves residents of a city where the business properties all have tax abatements and the residential inhabitants are the only people paying taxes.

Recently, the citizens saw through the Light Rail land grab scheme and the lies being used to promote it by defeating it in 24 out of 26 wards. The developers who were to be the largest benefactors of that scheme are alive and well and bellied up to the public trough with new schemes.

This city flies in the face of the truth in many ways such as their current stand on a bistate tax. They want to build an arena downtown while a perfectly good existing arena isn't even paid for yet. They want to give money to the billionaire sports franchise owners and their millionaire employees while every study done in this country draws the same conclusion, little or no benefit accrues to the people. Instead, it benefits the team owners. One author stated it this way, "You might as well hand the money to the owners since they will get it all anyway."   Our mayor is very clever, so clever that you don't see the puppet strings attached to her that are being manipulated by the big developers.  Sadly, she will be reelected unless some candidate decides it's time to take off the gloves and come out swinging. When the future of the city is at stake, only a candidate willing to put it all on the line and tell it like it is can carry the day.  

You know something is wrong when you have a mayor who refuses to face the taxpayers in a public forum. This mayor has only 2 real objectives, to get elected and to stay elected.

We as citizens can not afford to be lazy or unconcerned so that we stand by while the city is looted and pillaged by the special interests who fund the mayors campaigns. The people who benefit financially from her policies are determined to see that she stays in office.

Please! someone stand up and tell it like it is and then let's all vote that person into office now.

If you think we are wrong, call your P.I.A.C. member and ask them about the parking garages now being pushed through the committee !!

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READER OPINIONS I have not seen any comments or suggestions concerning the candidates on the upcoming Primary Municipal Elections next Tuesday.  I always depend on the comments on the News Hotline to help me make a decision.  I know that we MUST get Kay Barnes out of there in order to save our city from total destruction and also Jim Rowland must go, in my opinion.  Jim Rowland's office are the people that told us that he would not be interested in our problems, when we contacted him to get help with the numerous problems we have been having with the Westport / Edison schools here in our neighborhood.  I absolutely do not want any person on our City Council that is NOT interested in our problems of any kind!

Isn't Jim Glover the man that has been pushing for the destruction of our homes for his own personal "Glover" projects on the Plaza?  And what about Colleen Dalton Hernandez, hasn't she been on the PIAC that has been selling us down the river?  We know that Wesley Fields is the attorney on the TIF Commission and we surely don't want him in there!

Any advice that you can give me would be appreciated.  I have come to depend on your News Hotline for information.

Thanks.Doug Wagner

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Stan Glazer was passing out a flyer at the Troy Nash get together on Saturday, which listed four promises.

NO New Arena

Full staffing for Neighborhhood Preservation

Continued Funding for Community Centers

Recycling trash using the present employement tax with NO stickers or other games.

Mr.Glazer seems to be off to a good start. He seems to understand what is really important to the average citizen. He also seemed to know every third person by name.

Mitch Kriegler

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Overheard the following statement from a guy in the crowd at the Troys Nash Pizza Party "Kay Barnes? NO WAY she been going the wrong way for four years. Four more years of Kay, wrong way Kay! Please, God, help us."

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Guess who said "My first qualification for being a good Mayor is I'm not Kay Barnes"

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- READER OPINIONS It's time to vote out the PIAC tax. Let's just abolish it and take their hog trough away from them.   Then coordinate a series of never-ending lawsuits against the city, also naming the mayor and each of the fat cats by name, for creating a public nuisance and make one suit for each broken curb, cracked sidewalk - or lack there of, each non-functioning storm basin, etc.  

Chuck Eddy just sent around his propaganda bulletin about how he's the Citizen's candidate and has always voted for infrastructure...to the tune of $250,000 for a playground and a circular goes-nowhere-sidewalk - in the bottom of a watershed.

This project included bulldozing a wet-weather urban creek designated by the Dept of Conservation as threatened by urban development. This creek is vital to flood control both in our neighborhood and in the downstream neighborhoods of White Oak on Booth and Elm.  

And then the City touts its Storm Water Action Management Plan http://www.kcmo.org/mayor.nsf/web/storm?opendocument    

But continues to build parking in downtown. Parking is impermeable surface - right on the Missouri River.....   Booger eatin' morons.....   Maybe it's time to sue to force the City to pay the same Stormwater Fee all the rest of us do, and to abolish the "adjustments" they give for businesses.....     Kathleen

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THIS LAST WEEK one of the best investments this city could make was "passed" to the downtown boys for their own use. If you do not call your councilperson and ask them to vote against the "Parking Garages" included in the Greater Downtown Development Authoritys list of things they want to spend their part of the $35 Million Dollar Bond issue on; a lot of tax payer money will be "given" to build parking garages that will not be public. There is no guarantee that there will ever be any return on the city's side of the investment. There is no guarantee that the parking garages won't be sold to totally private entities. There isn't any guarantee of the amount of liability that the city will retain for parking garages they won't own.

As brought up at thePIAC meeting by Lou Austin, San Francisco among other cities have a policy that the city owns the parking garages--and makes money on them. So why do we hear all of the baloney about how these parking garages in Kansas City won't return our investment? Call your city councilperson and ask them to safeguard the future of Kansas City by keeping parking garages under the ownership of the city of Kansas City,MO. Tell your councilperson that we want to keep the parking garages public and under the ownership of the city, not under the ownership of some quasi not for profit downtown authority of property owners. Remember we told you so. The next "deal" is going to be even more amazing.

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Http://www.TaxHog.com has put up new material on the new- new- new- Bi State proposal

Http://www.MetroPolitics Who is running for What

Http://www.electblauvelt.com Janet Blauvelt candidate for 4th District at Large

http://kcmo.org/council.nsf/nace Becky Nace candidate for 5th District

Send us the WebSites you have fouind interesting , we will try to post them.

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VOTE THEM OUT OR VOTE THEM IN -- VOTE

 

Vol. 2 # 4

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

TAX MONEY to finance a private office building's parking garage?

KC Banks Abandon Minority Neighborhoods

Interested in T.I.F !!

Stan Glazer for MAYOR

The Continuing screwing of North of the River residents

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

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Tax money to finance a private office building's parking garage? Look at the latest VanTuyl proposal and the associated request for a tax break.More is being requested to finance a private office building's parking garage. Paul Mintos

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THE CONCERNED CLERGY COALITION BANKING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CONTACT: Rev. Jefferson Edwards (816) 737-2690

KC Banks Abandon Minority Neighborhoods Leaving Open Season for High Cost Lenders

KANSAS CITY, MO (March 6, 2003) &endash; The Concerned Clergy Coalition is releasing their Lending Report Card grading major area banks at a press conference on Thursday, March 6, 2003 at 10:00 a.m., outside the R.T. Coles Institute at Linwood Shopping Center, 3123 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City MO 64128. The report card indicates that most of the Kansas City's large banks have abandoned minority neighborhoods, leaving a lending gap that has been exploited by high cost lenders. The goal of the report card is to alert consumers that high cost lenders have overrun their neighborhoods while area institutions often ignore their needs. Pastors also want to engage the banks in forging a partnership with the community to develop minority neighborhoods and to raise financial literacy.

"We need to let inner city residents know the real deal", said Rev. Jefferson D. Edwards Jr., Chair of the organization's Banking and Economic Development Committee. "High cost lenders like Long Beach Mortgage make more than five times as many loans in the African-American east side neighborhood as Commerce or UMB even though they have no local offices." "In fact, in minority neighborhoods there are 5 high cost lenders that when added together, make almost as many home purchase loans and three times as many refinance loans as all the regional banks combined. Minority communities deposit scores of millions of dollars into some banks, and yet the banks often fail to provide services to minority individuals."

The Report Card evaluates the lending activity of Bank of America, Bank of Blue Valley, Bank Midwest, Capital Federal. Commerce, First Federal, First National Bank of Kansas, Gold Bank, Hillcrest, North American Savings, UMB, US Bank, Valley View, and five high cost lenders from 1999-2001.

To help consumers become smart shoppers, the Report Card has information on home loan rates and fees, other basic loan products, checking accounts, and certificates of deposit. Edwards noted that consumers living in the Eastside of Kansas City, Missouri and the Northeast area of Kansas City, Kansas have historically been distrustful of traditional financial institutions. This has helped create the rise of "alternative" intermediaries in the minority community like payday loan and check cashing outlets, as well as high cost subprime lenders. One of the goals of the Report Card is to encourage residents to become banking customers and join the financial mainstream.

The report card urges consumers and small business owners to seek the assistance of the numerous consumer credit counseling and small business assistance agencies active in the area. These include savings and homeownership programs operated by organizations

like the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, which helps to chair the Kansas City Savers Program (a financial literacy and education program) and the Home Works Program (which prepares low and moderate income consumers for homeownership).

The Concerned Clergy Coalition also wants to create a dialogue with the lenders to improve their performance. This is already happening with Gold Bank, which has recently increased its investments in the inner city.

The Concerned Clergy Coalition is a local faith based advocacy group consisting of ninety-five churches and ministries in the urban core. The group has been involved in a variety of metro-wide issues ranging from Healthcare to Community Development over its ten-year history.

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Interested in T.I.F !! I'm very interested in the subject of TIF projects throughout the metro area. There are so many being handed out in Eastern Jackson County which is in direct competition with the city. I was wondering if we could all take some time to research the number of TIF

projects currently taking place throughout the whole metro area. The Kaufmann Foundation recently published a study down by the Brookings Institute on Growth in Missouri and they cited TIFs as a major problem.Perhaps if we could list on the TIF projects, we could run the numbers and show how much money is being lost to schools and cities because of this ridiculous law.

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FROM STANFORD GLAZER for MAYOR HEADQUARTERS

to THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE FOR THE INAUGURAL BALL

Although I appreciate the honor and opportunity to celebrate a victory of such importance and magnitude as the Mayor of a great city like Kansas City, Missouri,

 

I cannot in good faith participate in spending tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to hold an Inaugural Ball, during a budget crisis, when we are currently $55 million in debt. 

 

If elected, and if I have the support of my fellow council members, I will seek to cancel such a flamboyant and frivolous use of taxpayer money, until we take care of our responsibilities, debts and neighborhoods.

Thank you.

Respectfully submitted, Stanford Glazer Candidate for Mayor

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The Continuing screwing of North of the River residents

I felt I should pass this on to you and let you know that at Councilman Ford's request we entered into negotiatians with the developer. Our Attorney "Terri Satterlee" was actively meeting with the developer's Attorney "Mike Burke" on Monday March 3rd discussing our proposals, meanwhile the developer moved forward with his plans, ignoring any real possibilities of change.

This shows a lack of good will and faith on the developers part and has obviously been a ploy to waste our time and money.

Henry Rankin

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http://www.nlc.org/nlc_org/site/newsroom/links/index.cfm National League of Cities

Send us the WebSites you have fouind interesting , we will try to post them.

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VOTE THEM OUT OR VOTE THEM IN -- VOTE

Vol. 2 # 5

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Here is some information on TIF

THE CONCERNED CLERGY COALITION

Congratulations!!!

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

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Here is some information on TIF that I used during the Mayoral Race.   http://www.medfa.com/faq.htm   Also check out Clay County's website.  I know you're interested in Jackson County, but this is really good information to show projects and how it works.  The counties seem to hate it because it takes money away from them.  http://www.claycogov.com/OFFICES/Collector/index.php Click on the database.  Select LEGAL DESCRIPTION, Select CONTAINING, Put in "T.I.F." in the search criteria and have it search.   It will bring up the 1st 50 line items of TIF projects.  Scroll over to the right and look at the tax due.  That amount is what is going back to the developer and away from schools, colleges, medical care, etc.  

Next look up Mayor Kay Barnes. Select: OWNER, Select CONTAINING, Type in BARNES, KAY and have it search.  When you scroll over to the right you can see how much money Mayor Barnes pays towards actual taxes, schools, etc. which is $683.11 (80% of that goes to schools).  Now look at what she pays into TIF which goes back to developer Charles Garney.  That amount is $5,247.08.  85% of that amount does NOT go to school.  100% goes to the developer.  Now go drive around Briarcliff West. The new developments that are paid for go for pools, walking trails, tennis courts, that office building etc. - all for gain of the developer.  The same applies in Jackson County.   The State and the TIF Commission should have the exact numbers.  Contact Wesley Fields who is presently running for Council and ask him the easiest way to obtain the information.  He will know as he provides legal council to the commission.   Mary De Shon

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A possible way to begin a compilation of TIF projects is to speak with Laura Whitener (at EDC) and receive a copy of the TIF hearing docket.  I believe the docket may now be on line or a person can sign up for a fax copy.

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THE CONCERNED CLERGY COALITION BANKING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Lending Report Card

• If you live in a minority tract, you are three times as likely to get a sub-prime home purchase or home refinance loan than if you lived in a predominantly Caucasian tract.

• 20% of people who get sub-prime loans are eligible for conventional loan products.

• Nationally, regulators give 98% of banks satisfactory or higher CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) ratings, which in light of the report card data, is highly questionable. Locally, one of the factors contributing to this is the fact that most urban core banks claim Johnson County in their rating territory, which has a single moderate-income tract, but no low income tracts. The bank then gets credit for all moderate-income tract loans in Johnson County. Regional banks located within Johnson County however, do not include the urban core in their rating area because it would dilute their numbers in low-moderate tract lending. This creates a condition where many banks get the majority of their deposits from individuals residing in the urban core, but the vast majority of their investment goes out of the community.

• Small business lending also remains a big challenge. In 2001, for example, area banks made a total of 396 loans for $4.06 million in loans under $100,000 to small businesses in 23 low-income tracts in Jackson County. In Clay County (which has only one such tract), however, they made almost as many such loans &endash; 344 and for more money - $4.2 million. Most of the low-income tracts in Jackson County are populated by African-American households. U.S. Bank was rated the highest in this lending category.

• Receiving high marks in home lending were one of the nation's largest banks and the region's largest savings association. Bank of America and Capital Federal Savings both more than double any other competitor in the number Home Purchase Loans they did in Minority Tracts. (103 and 89 loans respectively) The clergy encourage consumers to try these or other companies like First Federal Savings or North American Savings before going to the high cost lenders who may be more likely to have high interest rates and fees that can lead to a lack of savings or even foreclosure.

• Gold Bank, obtained a higher rating for the percentage of small business loans going to low income inner city neighborhoods than Commerce Bank, which has a branch office on Troost Avenue and branches downtown.

• In 2000-2001 Bank of Blue Valley did not make one Home Purchase, Home Improvement or Home Refinance loan in a minority tract even though it is ranked as the eleventh largest residential mortgage lender in the region.

• Edwards criticizes those banks for taking a regional approach in marketing but opting out of the urban core by making few home or small business loans there and having no branches there.

• Hillcrest Bank, which has a total of ten area branches on both sides of the state line, received a failing grade for home lending. The bank made no home purchase loans in minority census tracts for the four years from 1997-2001 inclusive even though it ranks in the top 25 mortgage lenders in the region. The bank has a large branch near the Bannister Mall where many black consumers shop. In addition, from 2000-2001, it made no home improvement loans in such tracts and only one home refinance loan. Banks like these take a regional marketing approach, but opt out of the urban core by making few home or small business loans there and having no branches there.

• UMB leads the pack in Home Improvement Loans with 11.48% of the market. (72 loans) The closest competitor is Capital Federal Savings with 5.42% of the market. (34 loans)

• Bank of America did more than four times as many Home Refinance Loans as any competitor to hold 3.55% of the market. (116 loans)

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CONGRATULATIONS to Deb Hermann, Becky Nace, Saundra McFadden-Weaver, and Jim Glover-- all ran up hill races. All mentioned the needs of Neighborhoods as a priority. Lets hope they remember their promises.

IT seems that these new people coupled with several of the old council have the power to come up with coalitions that will slow the development schemes, stop the excessive overtime and the cut waste at city hall.

There sure are a lot of Fields and Galetti signs that haven't been picked up yet.

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A little mouse said to look at the FIRE SALES TAX listed under the T.I.F. projects.

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http://www.claycogov.com/OFFICES/Collector/index.php T.I.F. info

http://www.medfa.com/faq.htm

http://www.nlc.org/nlc_org/site/newsroom/links/index.cfm National League of Cities

http://www.freespeechkc.org/rolling_thunder.htm Rolling Thunder Democracy Chautauqua Send us the WebSites you have fouind interesting , we will try to post them.

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A big rat also said to look at the FIRE SALES TAX listed under the T.I.F. projects.

Vol. 2 # 6

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

Setting the Record Straight --Mary De Shon a former Mayoral Candidate

Stanford Glazer (on air) phone 576-7798 KMBZ 980 on AM dial

SOBER UP FOLKS -- What's Up With Liquor Control

READER OPINIONS

Real Property Reassessment or the biannual legal scam.

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

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Setting the Record Straight Mary De Shon a former Mayoral Candidate

Now that the City Elections are behind us, I want to share a few of my experiences with the community so everyone can see how your perception of the facts might have been skewed.  

CANDIDATE FORUMS: 1/08 There was a Downtown Candidate's Forum held at the Hereford House - I wasn't invited. 1/08 There was a Mayoral Forum at Northland Neighbors - I wasn't invited. 1/14 There was a Plaza Westport Homes Association Candidate Forum - I wasn't invited. 1/15 There was a Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum - I wasn't invited. 1/16 There was a Freedom Candidate forum - I wasn't invited. 1/21 There was a Hyde Park Candidate Forum - I wasn't invited. 1/22 There was a Northeast Area Candidate Forum - I wasn't invited.   I was told about these forums after the fact.  I surely would have attended had I known about them.  I'm sure there were others from November 12th through January 28th.  Someone said I wasn't invited because I had not turned my signatures in.  A candidate who turns their signatures in on January 28th like Anne Wedow did, is just as valid as one that turns their signatures in on November 12th as Stan did.  I turned my signatures in on January 21, Kay Barnes turned hers in on January 14.  All candidates  deserve to be heard.  In the future, these forums need to include everybody who has signed up with the Election Board and announced their candidacy.  

CANDIDATE SURVEY: The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce sent out a candidate survey - I was not notified of the survey, nor asked to complete it.  Once I happened across it on the internet, I sent in a picture and requested the survey.  I received the survey, then received badgering telephone calls from Luther Washington almost on a daily basis requesting it's return.  Once I completed it, and e-mailed it to him, it was never posted to their website to be viewed by the public with the other candidates.  

ENDORSEMENTS: Freedom, Inc. endorsed Mayor Barnes.  I was never screened, interviewed or even spoken to.   The Kansas City Pride Democratic Club endorsed Mayor Barnes.  I was never screened, interviewed or even spoken to.   Many of the same people that were in the Citizens Association were also the same people in Forward Kansas City.  So if one group endorsed Kay Barnes, it was only logical that the other would do the same since they were pretty much the same group of people.   As for The Star making endorsements, that is so inappropriate.  The Star should not use their power as virtually the only paper in town to promote candidates.  That is unfair to the public.  

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES: C.J. Janovy with the Pitch called me a math dweb and overall gave me ugly cynical comments in her articles, yet she had never interviewed me nor met me.  I will give her credit though, she did have the courtesy to apologize albeit after-the-fact.   Lynn Horsley with The Star continually classified me as a Telecommunications Consultant when over and over I told her in writing and verbally that I was an Efficiency Consultant.  She purposely mislead the public as she did by misstating other facts.   Yael Abouhalkah with The Star wrote a mean spirited little article right after Christmas stating that my responses to the Citizens Association's questionnaire were "pages of opinionated responses"; when in fact I was asked to respond to the Citizens Association with my opinions of how I felt about the issues and several of their members commented to me on how nicely prepared and complete my documentation was.  

TELEVISION COVERAGE: I was the first candidate to formally announce my candidacy in JULY.  Before Paul Danaher, before Stan Glazer, before Kay Barnes, before Anne Wedow.  Channel's 5, 9 and 41 never mentioned my name as a candidate until approximately 2 weeks before the election (February 25th) and that was minimal.  Media coverage was shameful and unfair to the voters who rely on the local television stations to report the news.  I held a second announcement in August when I received no response from the first.  Fox 4, the Dispatch, the Star and the Pitch showed up.  No one else.  

NOBODY RUNNING AGAINST KAY BARNES: Stan and I both were in attendance at Under the Clock while Emanuel Cleaver, Steve Kraske, Mike Mahoney and Dan Cofran told the public that "nobody" was running against Kay Barnes, when in fact we had both announced our candidacies and Kay yet had not.  I don't mean to sound as disrespectful as these individuals were to me, but their attitudes were what I would call "holier than thou".   The Star, The Pitch, the Dispatch and others were equally as disrespectful continually stating that "nobody" was running against Kay Barnes, when in fact there were three individuals (Stan Glazer, Anne Wedow and myself) who were in the race.   The radio stations and TV stations - wow!  Disrespectful is the only word.  I guess that these people think that we have no feelings and all our hard work was meaningless.  I exclude Nick Haines' show and Fox 4 who did a good job of providing everyone with equal coverage.  

NEGATIVE EVERYTHING: Issues were secondary to whatever smut could be told.  Someday our media core will get the picture that the public does not want all of this negative focus.  They want and need to hear about issues.  

HATEFUL, VICIOUS E-MAILS: I was appalled at those individuals who sent some of the most unbelieveable hateful e-mails to me; typically unsigned.  I realize that many people feel strongly about issues, but that doesn't give you the right to throw out vicious threatening attacks.  I'm frightened to think that these people have children and are teaching their horrid behavior to young people.  Think before you e-mail and ask yourself how you would feel if you were receiving your hateful e-mail.  

IN CONCLUSION: I have no hard feelings.  I'm just ashamed that grown-ups in our community feel it is necessary to be unfair, conniving, manipulative and purposely unkind to people who are just trying to make a difference in the community and care enough to spend their own money, devote their time towards the good of the City.  To those pathetic human beings, let others in, you might just learn something.  As for me... the words "Anybody But Her" keep ringing in my ear, and the words "Recall Petition" keep weighing heavy on mind.  Take care.   Mary De Shon

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Stanford Glazer's campaign for Mayor definitely proved a lot of the attitudes of Kansas City's political pundits wrong. A first time run for office, no professional public relations firm running the campaign, underfunded, not willing to sell any access to the puppet masters of Kansas City and taking the election to the neighborhoods and community leaders rather than filling a few columns in the Star with pablum were all well appreciated by the general public.

He definitely opened some doors, started some strange coalitions, and empowered a few people who never before had felt that their opinion counted. Evidently his message and his straight from the shoulder way of delivering his message hit a public nerve-- a radio station does not program a new talk show unless they are impressed with a public response. KMBZ 980 on AM dial - Saturday Afternoon from 4PM to 6PM

Call Stanford (on air) 576-7798 and tell him what really upsets you in Kansas City.

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SOBER UP FOLKS - What's Up With Liquor Control, or here we go again

On April 25th letters went out signed by Judy Hadley, Director of Regulated Industries listing a meeting to discuss the "proposed revision of the liquor code". I called and asked that a copy of the proposal be faxed to me as I had not heard that any committee had been formed to even review the Liquor Laws. I have not received that fax as of today. I was told by Ms. Hadley that the neighborhood groups refered to in her letter were suggestions from councilpersons of Neighborhood (representatives). That was clarified to mean that each district would be represented. It is obvious that this type of industry driven quasi committee will be instrumental in changing the liquor laws to benefit those who manufacture and distribute alcohol., as was done three years ago

One year after Mayor Barnes was first elected, orchestrated changes were made to benefit the Liquor Industry. The Mayor's Chief of Staff, Joe Service sat in on these meetings. As a former bar and restaurant owner he was influencial in changing the laws to benefit the Liquor Industry at the expense of the Neighborhoods. Sales of Liquor in Convenience store was made easier. Density requirements were changed so that Gas Stations and Conveniece Stores could add liquor to there stock. In fact a convience store owner who was not able to get a license for his store under the existing liquor codes was on the committee that made these changes. Some statements were made about liquor as an economic development tool.

One of the "problems" which Ms. Hadley refered to for this proposed revision, is a liquor store built with T.I.F subsidy funds in the Gillam Plaza area. A "problem" which was brought to the city"s attention by the DeGroff Neighborhood Assoc. Their opinion is that the exisent law will not allow the Liquor Store to have a legal license. The letter notice of the May 22 meeting was Cc: copied to Mayor Kay Barnes, Members of the Council, City Manager, Les Washington, All Wholesalers, Missouri Division of Liquor Control, Vice Unit of Kansas City Police Dept. Jeff Hess the Assistant City Attorney.

NO NEIGHBORHOOD PERSONS .

The meeting which Ms.Judy Hadley stated is a public meeting will be held at 635 Woodland Ave. on May 22, 2003 at 1:00 A. M.

Please note that the time of the meetings has been set for 1:00 AM --probably a mistake but may also just be a better time for alcohol venders to get together.

Better call and find out 784-9020

Why haven't neighborhoods been notified of proposed changes that will impact ourlives?

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READER OPINIONS Looks like Kay pulled another really effective coup.First,she appointed highly capable people to head her new council committees. Secondly, she was also able to keep Becky Nace on those where she can have good impact while preparing her Mayor's campaign for 2007. This will keep her in the information stream and still out of the limelight where the press sometimes takes a dim view of anyone who differs with them. GOOD MOVE KAY  

Jay & Mary Ann Stock

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LOCAL 500 which represents those persons that work for various city offices held a rally at City Hall on Monday 21 at noon. They are upset with the general city attitude concerning privatization. The water department, the arenas, etc. seem to have been talked about in some form or other.

Ron Swayvack

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At the most recent Neighborhood Alliance Roundtable meeting some neighborhood leaders have heard the same rumors and are also concerned that such conversations are not held openly and in the public view.

Let the NAG LETTER know any rumors you have heard about privatization.

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We're getting ready to drink at the stadiums three hours earlier and buy Liquor before church on Sunday. Some more help given to the average citizen on behalf of the Liquor Industry. If you don't like it call your Senator and State Representative. Don't wait until you nearly get killed in a auto accident on the way home from the game by a drunk sports fan to register your displeasure with this additional ease of access.

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Real Property Reassessment or the biannual legal scam.

By now all residential property owners in Jackson County have received their two year assessment. What drives local government upwardly spiraling property tax revenues is a taxing system that generates income for government based on property assessments.

Put another way, it is not a budget preparation that controls taxing but so-called market forces in real estate. Now if our incomes were only keeping pace with the property tax assessment increases, perhaps we would have less to

complain about. However, few citizens in the current job market have enjoyed an increase in incomes of 15 to 20 percent over the last two years. Yet, that is what appears to be the average increase in property assessments. The good news is that you can request an Assessor Hearing to appeal your case. Call the Assessment Department at 816 881-4601 by May 10th to request a hearing. Bad news is you will have to make a very good case to win. If only we could get our paychecks raised based on increases in our residential property assessments. Dream-on.

 

By the way, if you want an eye-opener, look at the property tax for your current home in 1992 and compare it to your current tax bill. An increase of 250 to 300 percent is not unusual in my middle class neighborhood. Perhaps that is why the county stopped posting ten years worth of property tax reports for each parcel of property on the Jackson County internet site (www.jacksongov.org). Now they post only three years.

D.O'Neill

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WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

K.C. PLANS http://www.kcmo.org/mayor.nsf/web/RiverCrownPlaza/

Growth in the Heartland http://www.emkf.org/pages/331.cfm

The Ruins of Detroit http://www.detroityes.com/index.html

Health,race and ethnic issues Racial and Ethnic Disparity - http://www.hospitalconnect.com/aha/key_issues/disparity/index.html

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Joe Service said " Liquor is an economic engine for Kansas City"

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Vol. 2 # 7

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

The Jackson County Anti-Drug Tax---

Watching Penn Valley Park

Transportation ????

Anti-Drug Tax Forums

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

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The Jackson County Anti-Drug Tax---

The Organized Opposition to The Jackson County Anti-Drug Tax released the following News Advisory on July 17, 2003

Ten Major Reasons for voting against the renewal of the Jackson County Anti-Drug Tax in the Aug. 5th election.

1) the tax is not working. Drugs are as plentiful as ever.

2) the existing treatment programs do not work for most people. It is common for people to go through treatment programs 10 to 15 times,and to use drugs the day they are released.

3) the 14 years that the anti-drug tax will have existed is longer than the 13 years that alcohol probition lasted; therefore,just as America sobered up and realized that some things government can keep people from doing and some things that government cannot, so to should the voters of Jackson County call a halt to a noble experiment that has failed.

4)the anti-drug tax has degenerated into a hugh patronage pork barrel for local politicans to dispense to a small handful of insiders.

5) Jackson county is still the only county in the United States that has adopted an anti-drug sales tax! If it were such a good idea, sme other county would have adopted such a tax.

6) too much of the anti-drug tax still goes to the police and court systems, instead of to addition research and treatment. This issue was raised seven years ago when the tax was up for renewal. At that time County officials promised more money would go for treatment. In spite of their promises, the lions share of the tax proceeds still go to the police, courts and Jackson County Administration.

7)the anti-drug tax is fueling a war on drugs that has lost it's way and become a war on the black community. Prisons and jails are bursting at the seams with non-violent drug offenders, a disproportionate number of whom are black people.

8) continuing to do the same things by renewing a tax that hasn't worked is not sane public policy, and is not the best way to solve the problems of illegal drugs.

9) this tax should be ended in order that we may find -- and be able to afford--

effective ways to solve the problems of illegal drugs.

10) we should not vote for a tax to fight a war we can't win, at a time when budget shortfalls are hurting schools, medical care benefits, and other problems that could be solved with some minor funds.

On August 5th every voter should vote "NO" on this tax which is not working, is doing harm to whole generations, entire communities and exists as a slush fund to be used by politicans as a pork barrel reward system.

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Watching Penn Valley Park "They" still have their eyes on Penn Valley Park as a recreation area for the wealthy and as a place to build high rise apartments with a view of downtown. There is activity down around the buildings to the east of UNION STATION. What are the engineers looking at there? Aren't those buildings in a TIF proposal area that runs south up to Penn Valley Park? The Neighborhood Action Group would like to have more information on this area and the proposals of what will be done. Send info to news@ KCNag.com.

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Transportation ???? Clay Chastain and the KCATA will both have proposals on the ballot asking you to vote for a raise in the taxes to provide better public transportation in Kansas City. It looks like they are opposite sides of the same coin. A Bad Penny??

Clay admits that he has interviewed a lot of people who work in Transportation in Kansas City and that he has tried to remove the fluff from a transportation proposal.

The first of the questions that should be asked of those working for passage of tax for transportation is why has the city proposal asked for 10 Million more than they need per year to get things running?

Is it true what they say --- Bad Pennies seem to keep turning up!!!

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Anti-Drug Tax Forums -------sponsored by Organized Opposition to the Jackson County Anti-Drug Tax

Two informational forums in opposition to the second renewal of the Jackson County anti-drug tax will be held on Tuesday, July 29,2003 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm: and on Sunday, August 3, 2003 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Both forums will be at the L.H. Bluford Public Library at 31st and Prospect, in Kansas City, Missouri.

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WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

Downtown Arena - Shows it like it is? http://www.NoNewArena.com

Health,race and ethnic issues Racial and Ethnic Disparity - http://www.hospitalconnect.com/aha/key_issues/disparity/index.html

http://www.kansascitylightrail.com This site has looked at the past light rail proposals in KC and across the nation. You should take a look at the similarities between the old light rail proposals and the new BRT (bus rapid transit) proposals -- looks like BRT is a wolf in sheeps clothing next years light rail in bus clothes

Here is a great article on what we need most in this community.....

End The High Cost of Ethics http://www.emkf.org/pages/337.cfm Submitted by RL Painter

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. --Theodore Roosevelt

Vol. 2 # 8

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ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---

On October 29th -14th Ward Forum--

STILL --Watching Penn Valley Park--

Transportation ???? --

Question #4-- Don't Let Them Shut You UP--

WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

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On October 29th the 14th Ward Forum will be held at L.H. Bulford library at 6:30 the Forum will examine the petition process. Entitled "Don't Let Them SHUT YOU UP" "This extention of our first amendment constitutional rights is in danger of being restricted to the point that it will be impossible for the public to let their voice be heard."

The panel will include Mark Esping, Paul Thomas, Dr. James Case and Richard Tolbert. Admission is free the public and media are invited to attend.

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STILL -- Watching Penn Valley Park "They" still have their eyes on Penn Valley Park as a recreation area for the wealthy and as a place to build high rise apartments with a view of downtown. There is activity down around the buildings to the east of UNION STATION. What are the engineers looking at there? Aren't those buildings in a TIF proposal area that runs south up to Penn Valley Park? The Neighborhood Action Group would like to have more information on this area and the proposals of what will be done. Send info to news@ KCNag.com.

Observations by a person who asked to remain anonymous

The activity that has been seen around the freight house building west of Union Station is preparation for moving the post office to this facility. The exterior of the building will be restored. The post office boxes and customer service will be located in the west end of Union Station. Package shipping and postage purchases will occur where the current Science Ticket sales windows are. The post office has wanted to move out of the old underutilized building for some time now. The IRS will take over the old main post office building. An additional building will be constructed to the south and west of the old post office. This will be used mostly by seasonal workers. A parking structure will be constructed on the Union Station parking lot north of the freight house building. This does not mean the the powers that be aren't still interested in taking Penn Valley Park land for residential units. It is just not part of the activity that you are seeing now.

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Transportation ???? - A forum to consider opposing the KCATA Tax- and Clay Chastain's Tax was held at the LH Bulford Library. Interesting snipets of information included: Kansas City pays $86.00 per capita cost for transportation now one of the highest, there are only 8000 or 9000 actual people riding the bus, the "rides" includes multiply and transfers, Clay Chastain won't be back after he is defeated this time, KCATA is trying to pay for Bus Rapid Transit system that is "light Rail " in disguise, the KCATA had a 10 million reserve five years ago and now they are 12 million in the hole-bad management, bad planning or bad system?

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Question #4 -- Our City Council has submitted a proposal for the November election to change our petition process, changes which will make it much harder to use these petition rights.

Changes which will in effect help to silence a minority voice.

The city council submitted this as part of a charter change two years ago. That proposal was defeated by a vote of the people. Without any commission hearings, without an attempt at including public dialogue, with discussion limited to two minutes by the city council itself., it has been placed back on the ballot for the November 4 election.

City hall did not attempt to take a fresh look at the petition process and by evoking the emergency provision they have successfully stifled all conversation and discussion about this proposal.

Using this emergency provision provides in essence that there is not enough time to consider a proposal in the usual way. The three public readings of the proposal are waived, the resolution does not go before a city council committee for public discussion and then of course the proposal doesn't appear on Channel 2, the city government television station that many people use to as their only information source on city government.

The only discussion that will take place will be in the pre election mailings and editorials which do not engage any of the loyal opposition. Those with the funds to buy private mailings will tell the people how beneficial these charter changes are. Those of us who try to represent a loyal opposition, those of us with out funds, will not be heard.

This is not good government. The evoking of the emergency clause has been used 31 times in the past 6 months.

The ordinance when printed from the KCMO.org internet web site is 13 pages long. The proposal as written on the ballot will be six lines long. Again the problem is getting the information out to the public of exactly what some persons at city hall are doing.

There fore I am asking for support of a NO vote on proposition #4.

The Kansas City Federation of Teachers Local 691 have voted to carry a NO vote I told them that it was a teacher who was responsible for my working against this Question #4. My sixth grade teacher Miss Welch embedded in my heart and brain an understanding of and a love for the Rights of Petition. As she said over and over---

"Our right to vote guards against the tyranny of the masses, Our right to petition guards against the tyranny of the elected."

With help from the voters we can stop this assault on our democratic process.

Geographic representation is actually a form of ghettoization it breaks Kansas City into nine segments for petition signatures. One for each county in each councilmatic district Requirements of County label at top of petitions and 5% from four districts = 8 or 9 seperate petitions

Review by City Attorney will tell you that something is wrong but not required to tell you what to do to fix it.

Circulation by citizens of Kansas City only One business man in downtown Kansas City called attention to the Power and Light district and with paid petitioners brought a flawed plan to the attention of the entire city.

Recall Petition will require that you provide a reason with in certain guidelines that could result in your having to prove in court that the person did something illegal. Asks for administrative wrong doing. What if the person is not representing the constituents as he promised. ----letter from Mark Esping

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WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

Downtown Arena - Shows it like it is! Great cartoon. Vote for your preference http://www.NoNewArena.com

Health,race and ethnic issues Racial and Ethnic Disparity - http://www.hospitalconnect.com/aha/key_issues/disparity/index.html

http://www.kansascitylightrail.com ----- This site has looked at the past light rail proposals in KC and across the nation. You should take a look at the similarities between the old light rail proposals and the new BRT (bus rapid transit) proposals -- looks like BRT is a wolf in sheeps clothing next years light rail in bus clothes

Here is a great article on what we need most in this community..... End The High Cost of Ethics http://www.emkf.org/pages/337.cfm

Submitted by RL Painter

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

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" Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." -- Theodore Roosevelt

" We never let the right hand know what the left hand is doing." copied from a bathroom wall in city hall by W.K. Peters

Vol. 2 # 9

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION-Ballot Language ELECTION of NOVEMBER 4th

Question #1-

Southland Concerned Citizens--

The 14th Ward Forum and Lecture Series--

 Jackson County Taxpayers Association--

Question #2-

Question #3-

Question #4-

Kansas City Federated Teachers Union--

Freedom Incorporated--

Jackson County Taxpayers Asso.--

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Question #1 - "Shall the City of Kansas City enact a city sales tax for the purposes of operating, maintining, equipping and improving the transit syste. also known as the Metro, by the Kansas City Transportation Authority for Kansas City, Missouri, as authorized by Section 94.605 of the Revised Statuetes of Missouri at the rate of 3/8% for a period of five years?" NAG Recommends a "NO" vote

Southland Concerned Citizens a self described group of loyal opposition individuals who live south of 85th street sent us the following questions. They say they have the answers and will release them as the election heats up.

What is the deal on the extra TEN MILLION that this sales tax increase will provide to the KCATA?

What are they going to spend it on?

How come they didn't write what the TEN MILLION will be used for in the ballot language?

How come they are lying?

Where did the reserves or surplus go?

 

Don't be fooled by their numbers. They say it's $33.52 per capita. If you divide the budget of $40,500,000 by the population of Kansas City, MO which is 461,000 citizens you get $87.85 spent per capita.

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The 14th Ward Forum and Lecture Series featured a panel of Anthony Saper, a founding member of the Regional Transit Alliance and employee of the KCATA; Terrance Nash, an Accountant; Robert Gough, Columnist for the Lee Summit Journal; Dr. Brian Brown, a consultant; and Richard Tolbert, 14th Ward Committeeman at the L.H. Bulford Public Library the 30th of September. The forum wass built around the topic "Ten Reasons to Vote "NO" on Nov. 4th on the KCATA Tax Increase" The forum was free, open to the public and the news media. Additional information is available from Richard Tolbert (816) 241-0533.

Mr. Tolbert is presently scheduling, once a month lectures or forums through August 2004.

On October 29th at L.H. Bulford library at 6:30 the Forum will examine the petition process. Entitled "Don't Let Them SHUT YOU UP"

The panel will include Mark Esping, Paul Thomas, Dr. James Case and Richard Tolbert. Admission is free the public and media are invited to attend.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Jackson County Taxpayers Association opposes ATA bus tax increase

The Jackson County Taxpayers Association (JCTA) announced opposition to the ATA and Clay Chastain sales tax propositions on the November 4 ballot.

Bob Gough, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Association said „the ATA has failed to justify the requested tax increase with any facts other than to threaten to cut back bus service if the voters fail the pass the ATA tax.  The ATA feels that your taxes are too low and wants to raise your taxes. The Clay Chastain trolley to nowhere is an expensive bad dream.‰

Gough stated „The burden of proof is on the political entity that wants to reach its hand into your paycheck, pension, or savings.  The ATA has failed to offer any reasons for the tax increase except to blackmail the voters with dire consequences if the voters fail to hand over their wallets.  The ATA need to tighten its belt, prove that it has cut costs, reduced overhead and slashed salaries before increasing our taxes.  The JCTA urges a no vote on all the tax increase proposals on the Nov 4 ballot‰

Gough added, "The Jackson County Taxpayers Association is a non-partisan organization whose purpose is to monitor public spending and provide information and recommendations to both taxpayers and government that will result in efficient, effective quality public service

  CONTACT: Bob Gough  816-246-9730 Executive Director, Jackson County Taxpayers Association 525 NW Highcliffe Ct, Lee's Summit, MO 64081

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Question #2- "Shall the Charter of Kansas City be amended to remove park property--"the parcel is at northeast cornor of 8th and Santa Fe- Go take a look and decide for yourself. NAG never recommends the disposal of park property!

NAG recommends a "NO" vote

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-Question #3- It's another Chastain--- ENuff said! NAG recommends a "NO" vote

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Question #4- "Should the Charter of Kansas City be ammended by repealing the current Article XVII - "Initiative, Referendum and Recall" and enacting a new Article XVII - "Initiative, Referendum and Recall" to require petition circulators to be residents of Kansas City; to require City Atorney review and comment, geographic support and a six month time limit for initiative petitions, and to reflect current law as provided in Ordinance No. 030961, as amended?"

NAG recommends a "NO" vote

The ballot language according to KCMO.org

"Initiative, Referendum and Recall" to require petition circulators to be (1) residents of Kansas City; to require (2) City Attorney review and comment, (3) geographic support and a six month time limit for initiative petitions; and to reflect current law as provided in Ordinance No. 030961, as amended?

These five lines describe the changes that if printed out from the KCMO.org web site take thirteen pages to specifically recount the new restrictions.

NEW RESTRICTIONS TO PETITION PROCESS

Question #4 on the ballot for November 4th provides for several new restrictions to be added to the petition process.

(1) The resident rule will remove the help of those persons who reside in the cities that abut the city limits of Kansas City and may not be included in a city election but whose lives would be impacted by decisions made by the city of Kansas City. Many persons speak of developing regional issues. Involvement in an initiative that will affect the Kansas City Metropolitan area under the resident change will remove feelings of regional citizenship. If the major reason for this change is to stop Clay Chastain then his mother will become the petitioner, as he stands around and talks. Paid petitioners, without Kansas City residency are allowed to come into Kansas City and acquire signatures on state issues. They will still be allowed under this law, only when it is a city election will be prohibited

(2) City Attorney review requires a city official to decide if a proposal has merit in a legal sense. Any negative conclusion on the part of the city attorney will result feelings that an apriori judgments from a city employee, an employee of the entity that has been unresponsive to citizen requests, which is the usual reason for an initiative in the first place. This represents a legal hurdle which will in actuality function as a waste of time, probably resulting in additional court proceedings each time that a petition is presented.

(3) Geographic support requires that signatures be acquired in four of the six councilmatic districts. This will ghettoized those councilmatic districts with lowest voter turnout. Traditionally the lowest registered voter and lowest voter participation area is the east side, a predominate African-American residential area. The perception is that petitions that directly affect east side areas of Kansas City will never acquire the necessary signatures if they will need the signature support of three other districts. This perception further divides the city. This perception coupled with the resident rule further removes hearts and minds from any semblance of regional area development.

(4) There are additional changes in time requirements which will make it harder to file petitions. The time restraints are a separate issue requiring more time than I can devote at present.

(5) Recall requirements state that

"Grounds for recall must relate to and affect the administration of the official's office, and be of a substantial nature directly affecting the rights and interests of the public. Grounds for recall are limited to objective reasons which reasonable people, regardless of their political persuasion, could agree would render any official's performance ineffective, such as acts of misfeasance, the improper performance of some act which may lawfully be done, malfeasance, the commission of some act wholly beyond the official's authority, and nonfeasance, the failure to perform a required duty."

**(b) Grounds for recall.* Predominantly displayed on each page of the recall petition will be a statement of no more than two hundred words stating the grounds upon which the recall is based.

Recall petitions traditionally have been used to remove from office not only those whom the courts have refused to remove as required by law such as in misfeasance or malfeasance cases but also those who for various non publicly stated reasons have become an embarrassment to the electorate. An individuals personal conduct is at present a requirement to keep a public office. The charter changes presented in Question #4 will require incorrect performance of official duties of the office one is elected to as the only criteria for removal. Personal character is usually a criteria for obtaining an office and it should continue to be a criteria for retaining an office. The potential of a recall at present is a constant reminder to elected officials to maintain a semblance of good personal character.

(6) Finally the combination of the four councilmatic districts coupled with the county designation requirement:

"Signatures from one county. *Noted at the top of each page will be the county in which the signers of that page reside and are registered voters. Pages intermixing persons from different counties will have only those signatures from the designated county considered. Pages without a county designation will not be counted."

will require that a petitioner standing at a public location in the City of Kansas City, such as CostCo in midtown will need to have nine petitions if he is to collect signatures from any and all persons who wish to provide a signature at that location. We have six districts that overlap three counties.

(7) The combination of the above changes minus #4 and #5 will accomplish one problematic situation. Rather than have petition gathering occur in the public areas of the city the petition process will exist primarily in those places of the city where organizations of like minded people have prior established organizations. Established organizations have prior knowledge of their membership which will allow ease in organizing the signing of a petition by county, by district and overseen by a resident petitioner.

The petition process will thus be taken from the hands of the general public and placed in the hands of primarily political, religious, and fraternal institutions.

The first amendment of the United States constitution which says that a redress of grievance will exist for all people is the origin of, it is the document, from which our city petition rights have evolved. Petition rights achieve a fine balance for our democratic society allowing even the tiniest voice to be heard. A "NO" vote on Question #4 will allow the City of Kansas City to continue to reflect the very best of our democratic society.

A place where every voice may be heard.

INCORRECT USE OF THE EMERGENCY PROVISION

The voice of the public has already been heard and it stated that no change to the petition process should take place. Virtually the same proposal was part of the charter changes voted on two years ago. The voters rejected the charter change primarily because of the petition changes. The charter change proposal was introduced using the emergency provision at city hall.

Question #4 was also introduced through the use of the emergency clause of the City of Kansas City. This in fact closed all conversation on this proposal. When an emergency is declared in introducing a proposal, the proposal does not move through a committee. There is no public discussion. This removes any possibility of public input or debate about the specifics of the proposal. This is the second time that this proposal has been put to a vote using the emergency provision. Without funds to alert the public of the 13 printed pages of changes, one must work very diligently to get the message out that six lines of ballot language do not sufficiently describe the 13 page proposal. This type of chicanery does not help our society to have an informed electorate. Several people tried to obtain public hearings. I feel that any ballot proposal that is introduced with the emergency provision should be voted down as a matter of course.

Question #4 will provide a restrictive set of unnecessary requirements to one of our forms of free speech. It was introduced to the ballot without the necessary public discussion that takes place in a city council committee attended by the general public. The petition process and public discourse keep our Democracy functioning smoothly. Endorse a "NO" vote on Question #4 to reinforce our present inclusive democratic functioning in the City of Kansas City.

Kansas City Federated Teachers Union--recommends a "NO" vote

Freedom Incorporated-- recommends a "NO" vote

Jackson County Taxpayers Association--recommends a "NO" vote

"Right to petition is a constitutionally protected right (First Amendment) and the Jackson County Taxpayers Assoc. supports the first amendment 100%. Question 4 is an attempt to limit these rights which demands a "NO" vote."

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WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

Downtown Arena - Shows it like it is? http://www.NoNewArena.com

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

This site has looked at the past light rail proposals in KC and across the nation. You should take a look at the similarities between the old light rail proposals and the new BRT (bus rapid transit) proposals -- looks like BRT is a wolf in sheeps clothing known as next years light rail in bus clothes. http://www.kansascitylightrail.com

End The High Cost of Ethics http://www.emkf.org/pages/337.cfm

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"You never gain any stature standing on the backs of citizens. Paying for lunch from the pockets of the poor has a bitter taste." W.K. Peters

Vol. 2 # 10

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION---------------- ELECTION of NOVEMBER 4th

You might want to consider - - - -

Question #1- NO

Question #2- Yes

Question #3- NO

Question #4- NO

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You might want to consider that there is a possibility that both Question #1 and Question #3 could win. One conclusion at city hall is that both taxes will go into effect and we will then pay 7/8¢ more on our sales tax. Former Mayor Cleaver says the one with the highest vote will win.

A very good reason exists for the previous position to be backed by city hall. They can then capture more TIF fund (almost double) and they will have millions to "play" with as they do not have to start any of Clay's programs until late in the ten years or they can find consultants who say that his plan is wrong. Either way as with all of Clay Chastains plans they would hand millions over to the KCATA an organization that had 10 million dollars in reserves five years ago and now they are 12 million dollars in the hole.

Remember that TIF is like a vampire it takes the life blood from all of the sales taxes, but there has also been poor management and a lack of direct honesty at the KCATA. Would you hand your child a hundred dollar bill when they haven't been able to take care of five dollars. Would you hand your child a hundred dollars if you found out that part of what you give your child is taken by a bully.

Do not reward fiscal irresponsibility. KCATA executives get paid very good salaries to plan ahead for "bad times". All the present leadership did was talk about cutting service and devise a blackmail plan they could use to convince the voters to vote to raise the taxes. If you don't want to start spending more of your money for TIF projects and developer driven goals - - - - If you want to change the attitude at KCATA to one of cooperation, tell them NO this time. VOTE NO ON #1 and #3

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Question #1- KCATA Funds -- sleight of hand? --

Watch Channel 19 Fri. at 7:30 or Sunday at 11:00

When we voted to raise the Sales Taxes to benefit the Fire Department, we were thrilled to be guaranteed that there would be more men hired to protect our homes. We were happy that we could make the firefighters lives better by repairing and constructing building and buy necessary equipment. But No one bothered to tell us that Millions of Dollars would go to the TIF projects scattered across Kansas City.

Now we are being asked to provide 3/8 of a cent raise in the sales tax to benefit the KCATA, the authority responsible for our buses. Presentations across the city have made people aware that bus service may be cut if this does not pass. Those asking for a Yes vote have said "Keep Kansas City Working" meaning that we need to get people to their jobs using public transportation. The presentations state that the KCATA had a sizable surplus (Ten Million) five years ago. The situation today reflects a Twelve Million short fall. When one checks the budget to see where the funds went it is surprising to see that the funds were transferred to the Special Allocation Fund. The Special Allocation Fund is for the receipt of Payment in lieu of Taxes and economic activity funds produced for the TIF projects "The incremental revenues produced by the projects are recorded in the fund and then reimbursed to various developers through the TIF commission to pay for qualified redevelopment project costs." p 514 of City of Kansas City Budge 2002-2003

In the last five years 5.4 Million has been transferred from the Public Mass Transportation Fund to the Special Allocation Fund where it is then dispersed to the TIF's. The new Fire Department Sales Tax Fund transferred 1.2 Million this year!

The July 2002 audit which is viewable on the KCMO.org web site under the auditors dept. states on page 16 exhibit 9 that the surplus was used for streetlights and TIF.

The November 4th ballot will carry Question #1 which will raise a proposed 22 Million dollars for the KCATA to use. There is a very large surplus which is to be given to the Mid America Regional Council to plan for Kansas City Transportation needs which will include bus transportation to Leavenworth. To Leavenworth? We are going to pay for all of the planning for all of the Kansas City Metro area. That is crazy.

But before Mid America Regional Council gets a cent there are others who will receive this new tax money. And that is where it really gets crazy

At the minimum 7% will be taken each year to give to the TIF developers. That will be over 1.7 Million spent that will not be spent on getting people to work. "Keep Kansas City Working" doesn't mean that we want to use buses to move people to work, we want to keep people working so that they can pay more and more taxes to keep the TIF game going.

This information should have been provided by the KCATA, it should have been provided by the city and it should have been provided to the public by those who are paying hundred of thousands of dollars to convince you to vote for this tax raise.

Would it surprise you to find out that those providing funds to win this election are closely tied to the TIF projects? This complex political scheme must be voted down on November 4th.

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Question #2

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Question #3- Clay Chastain reveals himself in THE PITCH last week.

Read about the real man who has been used to destroy the transportation system votes in this city for the last five years. He has been responsible for the city hall trying to pass restrictions on the petition process that he used to excess. If this question passes the infamous KCATA will be the ones that implement the Chastain proposal. He is going to trust his enemies to do what they have stopped him from doing. Do you trust them?

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Question #4- Watch Channel 9 on Sunday at 9:30

Introduced by Councilman Jim Rowland using the emergency clause.

1) Geographic support requires that signatures be acquired in four of the six councilmatic districts. This will ghettoize those councilmatic districts with lowest voter turnout. Traditionally the lowest registered voter and lowest voter participation area is the east side, a predominate African-American residential area. The perception is that petitions that directly affect east side areas of Kansas City will never acquire the necessary signatures if they will need the signature support of three other districts. This perception further divides the city. This perception coupled with the resident rule further removes hearts and minds from any semblance of regional area development.

2) The combination of the four councilmatic districts coupled with the county designation requirement:

"Signatures from one county. *Noted at the top of each page will be the county in which the signers of that page reside and are registered voters. Pages intermixing persons from different counties will have only those signatures from the designated county considered. Pages without a county designation will not be counted."

will require that a petitioner standing at a public location in the City of Kansas City, such as CostCo in midtown will need to have nine petitions if he is to collect signatures from any and all persons who wish to provide a signature at that location. We have six districts that overlap four counties.

3) Rather than have petition gathering occur in the public areas of the city the petition process will exist primarily in those places of the city where organizations of like minded people have prior established organizations. Established organizations have prior knowledge of their membership which will allow ease in organizing the signing of a petition by county, by district and overseen by a resident petitioner.

The petition process will thus be taken from the hands of the general public and placed in the hands of primarily political, religious, and fraternal institutions.

The first amendment of the United States constitution which says that a redress of grievance will exist for all people is the origin of, it is the document, from which our city petition rights have evolved. Petition rights achieve a fine balance for our democratic society allowing even the tiniest voice to be heard. A "NO" vote on Question #4 will allow the City of Kansas City to continue to reflect the very best of our democratic society.

4) Racial element--- Yael Abouhalkah said" The new rule would force black residents to collect a certain number of signatures in at least two of the four council districts that have white majority populations. By contrast, white residents gathering signatures could get issues on the ballot by going only to the four white-majority wards."

Two of the organizations who have come out against Question #1 are Freedom Inc. and The Kansas City Federated Teachers Union. Their preceptions of this Question#1 reflect those envolved in education, those who instruct our children on the First Amendment and how First Amendment ideals were translated through states rights to the level of a Metropolitian city government, and those who have fought for equal rights in the political arena.

What do their positions tell us about the preception of and the need for the tinyist voice to be heard?

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WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

Downtown Arena - http://www.NoNewArena.com

Is the BRT (bus rapid transit) proposals a wolf in sheeps clothing known as next years light rail in bus clothes. http://www.kansascitylightrail.com

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W.K. Peters says, "Shine a little light in the cornors, back behind the closed doors"

O'Henry 's last words right before he died were "Turn up the lights I don't want to go home in the dark."

 

Vol. 2 # 11

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION------ WHO PAID FOR WHAT

Question #1- KCATA --Proponents - Citizens for Public Transit

Question #2- Yes

Question #3- Chastain Proposal -- Opposition - Citizens for responsible Spending

Question #4- Petition Process -- Opposition -Neighborhood Action Group

Last Minute email from Councilwoman Becky Nace-----

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Question #1- Citizens for Public Transit --------------

Donations from Kansas City Election Board Records HNTB- $10,000,Downtown Council- $10,000,

Civic Council-$25,000, Chamber of Commerce-$25,000, Shook Hardy & Bacon-$10,000, Lathrop & Gage-$10,000,SpencerFane Britt& Browne- $5000, Hallmark Global-$5,000,

Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin- $2500,Stinson Morrison Heckle- $1000, Heavy Constructors- 20,000, Transsystems Corp- $5000, McDaniel Hazley Group- $2500, Shirley Helzberg-1000, JE Dunn-$1000, E. Crichton Singleton-$1000, JM Fahey Const.-$1000, Taliaferro&Browne-$2500, Isle of Capri Casino-$2500, Ameristar Casino-$2500, Shugart Thompson&Kilroy-$2500, Polsinelli Shalton Welte-$2000, KCP&L-$2500, Commerce Bank-$2500, Almalgated Transit Union-$2500, and Gillig Corp. of Hayward California-$10,000.

So why are there so many development law firms giving money to keep the buses running??

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"In our research on ballot Question 1 we discovered that rescent sales tax measures that had passed were being used as a cash-cow for the TIF developers. That's right, they are receiving part of the fire tax and other taxes. These are taxes passed after TIF developers had been approved for their individual TIF subsidies. These are taxes that they had not anticipated but now reap as benefits. The public had not been made aware of this until just in the past 10 days. Surprise, Surprise Surprise."

  "Now we are being told not to worry this time. Now that we are raising this issue, the city hall spin on Question 1 is that the TIF Developers will not get any part of the proposed ATA tax increase if it pass on November 4th. I am told that at the mayor's press conference on Friday, it was reported that the Question 1 tax would go directly to the ATA and not be available to TIF developers. When I pressed the chairman of the Campagn for Question 1, he noted that he reported what he had been told.

But I remain skeptical. I am willing to bet that if Question 1 passes, the City will claim they were merely voicing a non binding opinion. Strange how these opinions pop up just before the election."

  When I am in doubt about a tax or not certain about a tax issue I vote NO.

 "If the City mislead the chairman of the campaign, I think he will be outspoken and correct the information, but then that will be too late."

Dennis O'Neill

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Question #3- Citizens for responsible Spending ---------Heavy Contractors-$11,000

"Clay We Can't Play"

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 Question #4- Neighborhood Action Group-----------------Spent a little over $1400 on reminding people that the petition process was won by the Revolutionary Army of Minutemen and should not be taken away by some petty politicans.

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Last Minute email from Councilwoman Becky Nace

Question 4 was brought to the City Council from the floor on the last day to place it on the ballot. It did not go through the legislative process and there was no public input or debate before the vote. Without time to hear and consider all sides of this issue, I voted to place it on the ballot to allow the voters to determine if this is a fair and reasonable requirement for access to the democratic process for a citizen. It does not escape my attention that we did not have to gather signatures to hold an election to hear what you think on the issue. We are elected by you to represent you. However, it is unrealistic to believe that we share every opinion with each constituent. The initiative petition serves as a way for citizens to bring questions to the voters without support of elected bodies.

 As a private citizen, I reserve the right to vote independently and express my personal opinion. I will vote no on Question 4 for the following reasons:

 *Question 4 did not extend the additional requirements for signatures to candidates for Mayor or City Council.

 *Initiative petitions are placed on the next scheduled election date and therefore do not cost taxpayers extra. Legislative bodies rarely let an election go by without placing something on the ballot with or without public support. If the City Council places a tax increase on the ballot and it fails, did they waste our dollars?

 *A petitioner should not have to reside within Kansas City. Kansas City is fortunate to have community volunteers and business partners who do not reside in Kansas City yet donate time and money to improve our city. Residents will always make the final decision at the polls.

 *Initiative petition and referendums serve as a check and balance of political power between elected officials and the public. When you place restrictions and requirements on one and not the other you create an imbalance.

 As citizens we should encourage voters not to sign petitions without understanding and supporting the issue. Campaigns to promote or oppose issues, not elections, cost thousands of extra dollars that could be better spent improving our community.

 Please send an email note to Councilwoman Nace and thank her for being a regular citizen, one who understands just how sacred the petition process really is. Her views guard the public trust for us all. beckynace@sbcglobal.net

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Vol. 2 # 12

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION------ WHO PAID FOR WHAT

Question #1- KCATA Passed-- Will TIF money be taken out??

Question #2- Passed

Question #3- Failed

Question #4- Failed --Comments from several sources

City Hall -- NO slip of the lip?

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce-------

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Question #1- KCATA Passed-- Will TIF money be taken out??

"In our research on ballot Question 1 we discovered that rescent sales tax measures that had passed were being used as a cash-cow for the TIF developers. That's right, they are receiving part of the fire tax and other taxes. These are taxes passed after TIF developers had been approved for their individual TIF subsidies. These are taxes that they had not anticipated but now reap as benefits. The public had not been made aware of this until just in the past 10 days. Surprise, Surprise Surprise."

 "Now we are being told not to worry this time. Now that we are raising this issue, the city hall spin on Question 1 is that the TIF Developers will not get any part of the proposed ATA tax increase if it pass on November 4th. I am told that at the mayor's press conference on Friday, it was reported that the Question 1 tax would go directly to the ATA and not be available to TIF developers. When I pressed the chairman ofthe Campagn for Question 1, he noted that he reported what he had been told.

But I remain skeptical. I am willing to bet that if Question 1 passes, the City will claim they were merely voicing a non binding opinion. Strange how these opinions pop up just before the election."

 "If the City mislead the chairman of the campaign, I think he will be outspoken and correct the information, but then that will be too late."

Dennis O'Neill

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Question #4-

Below is part of an article from the Wednesday Kansas City Star. The Neighborhood Action Group handed the Kansas City Council, Mayor and Kansas City lawfirms a huge defeat. Citizens got it. They rallied in defense of the First Amendment. In this case, a small group of committed citizens fought off a well orchestrated and funded effort to make harder the right to petition. We the people spoke. Now lets see, it the elected ones got the message. Given their arrogance, I doubt it. But now that we are batting 800, they may not want another play-off. Bring it on.

KC rejecting petition changes By LYNN HORSLEY The Kansas City Star

 Kansas City voters Tuesday were turning down an attempt to make the petition process more difficult. In early returns, Question 4 was failing 56 percent to 44 percent. The ballot measure called for changing the city charter to impose new restrictions on the petition and recall process.

Some neighborhood leaders had campaigned against the ballot proposal, arguing that it would hinder grass-roots democracy. They were pleased the measure appeared to be failing.

 "A city that does not retain its petitioning right is a city that is destined to be controlled by corporations and special-interest groups, and not by its citizens," said Dennis O'Neill, a member of the Neighborhood Action Group.

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KCPT spoke with Mayor Barnes she stated--

(1) "there is natural resistance to any thing that appears on the surface to restrict"

(2) "The fact that it was defeated gave us the answer we needed, so we will move forward" Statement

(1) is saying that the citizens voted "NO" because they only understood the surface of the proposal? Mr Godsey at Channel 9 TV will be interested in learning that he only understood the surface of the proposal. Mark Esping said that questions off camera from Councilman Nash at the Channel 9's "This Week in Kansas City" filming indicated that Mr. Nash had a very "surface" understanding of the proposal. At least Mahoney and Katz seemed to have read the proposal!

(2) It is amazing that the Mayor and council did not get the answer they needed two years ago when the same proposal failed. I guess what she means is that the citizens have to say everything twice to be heard. Or does "move forward" mean that it is going to take more money to get this petition proposal passed the public scrutiny, so lets move forward with the money raising. Lets get it started again.

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City Hall -- NO slip of the lip ? Becky Nace has been speaking again. Rumored that whenlistening to a conversation about concealed carry she said that we don't need guns to steal from City Hall. Then she sent an email to a Neigborhood Action Group member stating that she was going to vote against Question #4. She was the only one of several councilpersons contacted that felt that they could make a public statement about the use of the emergency introduction of this proposal and the restrictive nature of this proposal. Finally at a city council meeting she asked to have some discussion on the TIF audit. So who helped to shut her up, Councilman Rowland the same guy who tried to SHUT YOU up by introducing Question #4. The same guy who refers to his 4th district comrade as "Little Jim" at the council meetings.

If you appreciate a person who has a little humor, isn't afraid to be a real person and seem to think that we should at least talk about what has, or hasn't been going on --call and tell Becky Nace THANK YOU for trying to talk ----- 513-1633

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Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce-------

Terrie Huntington- Mission Hills, Doug Patterson -Leawood, David Huff- Lenexa, Rob Boyer-Olathe, Sue Storm- Overland Park, Cindy Neighbor -Shawnee, Tom Burroughs -K.C. Ks., Kenny Wilk -Lansing, Arlen Siegfried- Olathe, Larry Campbell- Olathe, Ray Merrick -Stilwell, Doug Mays- Topeka, Tim Owens -Overland Park, Kevin Yoder- Overland Park, Bill Reardon- K.C. Ks. Rick Rehorn -K.C. Ks. Ray Cox- Bonner Springs, Mike Oneal -Hutchinson, John Edmonds- Great Bend Melvin Neufeld- Ingalls, Clay Aurand -Courtland, Gary Hayzlett -Larkin, David Adkins -Leawood David Corbin- Towanda, David Kerr -Hutchinson, Nick Jordan -Shawnee, Lana Oleen- Manhattan, John Vratil- Leawood, Leslie Donovan -Wichita, Dean Newton -Prairie Village Eric Carter- Overland Park,

So what do all of these people have in common besides the fact that they are legislators in the State of Kansas. Well amazingly enough in September or October of 2002 the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce sent them checks --contributions for their elections. Why is the Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City interested in Kansas people who live in Lakin or Courtland Kansas? Good question. I doubt that a lot of business is pushed from Larkin Kansas to Kansas City, but one possibility is that a few months before these checks were delivered --- $39,000 was contributed to the Chamber of Commerce from a "Bistate Arts and Sports" whose address is One Main Plaza 4435 Main St. in Kansas City MO. Officers of the corporation were Stephen F. Rose and William P. Lucas and John C. Craft . There were also three dozen Misssouri legislators that got checks, and of course Annabeth Surbaough, Ed Peterson, Ed Holdman, and Chuck Kurtz were'nt left out.

 A check was sent to Edward Pugh of Wamego Kansas who returned it as he doesn't take checks from Political Action Committees.

 There was also interest shown from other Missouri contributors.

Mike ONeal of Hutchinson Kansas also got $150- Stinson Morrison Heckel $150 Heavy Contractors $500- Harrahs, $250- Hallmark, $150- Amer Century

 John Edmonds of Great Bend Kansas got $500 from Donald Hall, $500- Donald Hall Jr., $150--Stinson Morrison Heckel and $150 from Heavy Contractors

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Politics makes strange bed fellows!

You'd be surprised how cheap you can buy some of these guys, sometimes all it costs is a meal, if you have the stomach to eat with such. W.K. Peters

Vol. 2 # 13

ISSUES COVERED IN THIS EDITION------

Remember we asked first -----

Are Your Taxes Too Low?------

BI-STATE is alive-----------------

WebSites of Interest

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Remember we asked first --- according to the Kansas City Star they will provide much closer observation of proposals in the future. Well now is the time for them to start. Don't give us a lot of glitz on the entertainment district--give us the economic facts!! There sure needs to be a microscope applied to this entertainment deal.

Will DST take part of its "hard earned" land acquisition profits in stock in the entertainment district?

Will it trade for apartment land?

Do we really need to give presents (incentives and subsidies) to some out of town carpetbagger, just because he sees the potential in downtown?

Is the only real potential in this plan the incentives and subsidies?

Will H&R Block be smart enough to keep distance from the "LIVE" hoopla?

Will the dress code involve the way you wear your hair?

What does this quote really mean? "One thing Cordish already feels certain about is that Kansas City apparently isn't having as much fun as the rest of the country." "A confidential market study found that visitors to Kansas City spent about 22% less per capita than the national average."

Why is the market study confidential?

Shouldn't such an important study be open to methodical review by the public?

Could it mean that Kansas City people have family fun in parks and lakes and backyards, where they don't spend money?

Could it mean that we spend our money on education and spiritual pursuits?

Could it mean that at present we have competition in the pricing of our nightclubs and restaurants?

Could it mean that Kansas City is conservative and we save our money?

Could it mean that we don't attempt to skin our guests when they come to town?

Does this mean that I need to drink 22% more, eat 22% more, do 22% more that costs money. Does Kansas City need 100 million dollars in more drinking?

Will this project also provide the money and policing at their expence?

Will we have send forty officers to Westport and forty to downtown on the weekends?

If this project does south and starts to colapse how does the city protect itself from picking up the bail out bills.

Why will this project be any better than the nonpreforming TIF's we already have. Will the taxpayer have to make up the difference?

Does that mean that there is a potential 22% more revenue that Mr. Cordish and friends intend to get their hands on in addition to the incentives and subsidies?

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Are Your Taxes Too Low?

Fellow Taxpayers, do you think your taxes are too low? The Jackson County Sports Complex Authority and the ball player owners think your taxes are too low.  The recently approved „agreement‰ between the Authority and the billionaire owners will cost your family big dollars. 

The „agreement‰ should be of interest to all families in the Kansas City metro area.  This is the opening salvo for Bi-state II.  The 25-year „agreement‰ requires a Bi-state tax that hands over $354 million of our money to the professional team owners to line their pockets and enhance the sports viewing experience for stadium visitors. 

In order to make this tax appealing to the folks who don‚t visit the stadiums, Bi-state II will require another $354 million of our money to be handed over to some unnamed and undefined „Culture Commission‰ who will spend an additional $354 million of your Bi-state II tax dollars on undefined projects. 

Assuming that the population of the metro area is two million, the cost for each person for the $708 million tax is $354 per man, woman, and child.  For a family of four, the Bi-state will cost will be $1,416.  This will be taken from our businesses, paychecks, savings, social security, and pensions.  Impoverished folks and millionaires will all pay the same rate.  Since it is a sales tax, there will be no escaping this tax.

The sports „agreement‰ also requires Kansas City taxpayers to continue to pay an additional $2 million each year. This will cost each Kansas City family of four an additional $459 ballpark subsidy over the 25 year term of the „agreement.‰  The total is now $1,875 if you live in Kansas City!  In addition, if you live in Jackson County, the „agreement‰ calls for a continuation of the Jackson County ballpark subsidy of $3.5 million per year or an additional total of $500 per family of four in Jackson County.

The billionaire owners and the millionaire jocks think your taxes are too low.  They threaten to leave us if we don‚t hand them our wallets. 

Will they really leave us?  Actually, the team owners want upgraded stadiums as bargaining chips for their negotiations with other cities.  The best way to keep the teams in Kansas City is for the owners to have their own money invested in the Kansas City stadiums.  Then, if the owners move away, they have lost their own money.  They want our money in Kansas City stadiums, not theirs.

The billionaire team owners tell us that we will live in a second-class city if we don‚t hand them our wallets.  The Jackson County Taxpayers Association disagrees with this threat.  Taking nearly a billion dollars out of the pockets of Kansas City metropolitan area residents and giving it to the team owners and their jocks will not improve Kansas City.

Bi-state II is an expensive bad dream, not a vision for the future.  The funds will line the pockets of a few at the expense of all of us.  Is this worth nearly $2,000 to your family?  If you live in Kansas City and in Jackson County, the cost to your family is $2,375 over the life of the tax. The Jackson County Taxpayers Association urges that bi-state II be shelved.

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BI-STATE is alive and looking for new ways to seperate a man from his money. One interesting idea came from a former Jackson County Legislator. He thinks that the Bi-State should have part of the money go for rebuilding streets and bridges and water retention projects. As he said " Lets leave something for our grandchildren, something different than what we inherited."

NAG has heard that the infrastructue is tied up in another of the "No Raise in Taxes" con games that City Hall will send to us to vote on very soon. No raise in taxes, does not mean, that it is against the law for taxes to go down!

Johnson County has at least one new group organizing against the Bi-State idea. They are more interested in education and getting a little money to run the schools. Entertainment comes third or fourth in line for funds!

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WebSites of Interest-- Send us the ones you like

Downtown Arena - http://www.NoNewArena.com

KMBC Channel 9 Mr. Wayne Godsey's Editorials

Http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/editorials/2720049/detail.html

Http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/editorials/2565700/detail.html

Http://www.thekansascitychannel.com/editorials/2583650/detail.html

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