MAYOR PLACES PENSIONS IN HIS CROSS-HAIRS: Kansas City Mayor Sly Mayor is calling on the KCMO Council to adopt a resolution blocking city pensions from investing in companies manufacturing guns and ammunition. It’s just the latest attack by Mayor James on the gun industry which he blames for creating “a public health and safety crisis” in Kansas City.
ARE YOU A SATISFIED CITIZEN? Kansas City releases its annual citizen satisfaction survey results and apparently they’re the highest in years. But do you feel that way?
BROKEN PROMISES OVER KC CRIME LAB? Kansas City went to voters in 2010 to renew a public safety tax to fund a new $40 million state of the art crime laboratory. Now three years on, huge cost overruns has ballooned the pricetag for the project to almost twice that. And even with spending $74 million, city officials acknowledge they’re going to have to dramatically scale back the scope and size of the lab. The $74 million question is how could officials have got this so wrong?
BROWNBACK’S “SECRET” JUDGE PICKS: When Kansas lawmakers recently handed Governor Sam Brownback the power to pick appeals court judges, they wanted to make the process more public and accountable. But the Republican leader has run into a whirl of criticism for refusing to divulge the names of the candidates who have applied for a newly created seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.
ZIMMERMAN VERDICT- THE LOCAL AFTERMATH: Some talk radio stations in Kansas City were preparing their viewers for riots if George Zimmerman was acquitted. The powder keg of tension was considered so great, Kansas City Police Chief Daryl Forte called for calm in advance of the jury’s verdict. Mayor Sly James also called for peace. The KCPD locked down the Plaza Saturday night and throughout the weekend in fears of what might happen. But after the warnings and concerns, what was the local reaction?
REARDON: So that’s where Joe Reardon is headed? This week, the former mayor of Wyandotte County ended a long silence about his future by announcing he’s joining one of Kansas City’s largest law firms, McAnany, Van Cleave and Phillips where he will work in the areas of technology law, public policy and economic development.
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