Ruckus: March 21, 2013
YAEL AND SLY’S BIG FIVE
As the mayor delivers his “State of the City” address, Yael has outlined five challenges the mayor faces. Among those is “Improving Kansas City schools.”
STUDYING THE OBVIOUS?
Mayor James has appointed a 30-member commission to study whether there should be local control of the Kansas City Police Department. James won’t give his views, even though he has a unique vantage point as a police board member.
The two candidates for mayor of KCK have a lot in common. Both Ann Murgia and Mark Holland went on the UG commission in 2007 and have nearly identical voting records. The lone exception: Murgia voted against a property tax hike in 2011; Holland cast a “yes” vote. Holland’s view prevailed.
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders’ plan for a commuter rail system has been stopped, at least for now, by Kansas City Southern’s new requirement that the line terminate at Union Station, not the City Market area. Sanders is known for his meticulous attention to detail and had been working on this project for more than a year.
ROASTS AND TOASTS