Mark Funkhouser http://kcur.org en Mayor James Favors Stronger-Mayor-Council Governance http://kcur.org/post/mayor-james-favors-stronger-mayor-council-governance <p>Clarification: Originally reported that the Mayor favored the current mayor-council form of government, he&nbsp; suggested&nbsp; adding powers to the elected post.</p><p></p><p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James told members of his hand-picked Charter Review Commission he hopes they keep a type of mayor-council-manager form of local government but strengthen powers of a mayor.</p><p>The Mayor also said he would listen to suggested change.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:48:12 +0000 Dan Verbeck 45203 at http://kcur.org Mayor James Favors Stronger-Mayor-Council Governance Commission Seeks Out Advice Of Former Mayors http://kcur.org/post/commission-seeks-out-advice-former-mayors <p>The mayoral commission looking at how Kansas City should alter its basic operating doctrine hopes to get suggestions from all living ex-mayors, but the Charter Review Commission is having spotty success.</p><p>Because the outcome is so important to the basic layout of government function, members decided former mayors have a lot of valuable history to describe. The panel is trying to schedule former Mayor Charles Wheeler; former Mayor Richard Berkley is ill and unable to appear in the next week or two.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:05:14 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41018 at http://kcur.org KC Mayoral Candidate Mark Funkhouser http://kcur.org/post/kc-mayoral-candidate-mark-funkhouser <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c3fec5-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c3fec5-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c3fec5-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-948866.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>KANSAS CITY, Mo. – KCUR is running a series of conversation with candidates in the race for Kansas City Missouri Mayor. We're asking them about crime and how to balance the city's budget during tough economic times. Maria Carter caught up with the incumbent, Mayor Mark Funkhouser, at his campaign headquarters in the city market.</p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:19:06 +0000 Maria Carter 7508 at http://kcur.org KC Mayoral Candidate Mark Funkhouser Funkhouser Runs Again http://kcur.org/post/funkhouser-runs-again <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c3be79-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c3be79-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c3be79-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-930131.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser made the formal announcement Tuesday: he's running for reelection. Funkhouser faces five candidates in the city primary in February - Councilwoman Deb Herman, former Councilmen Jim Rowland, state representative Leonard Jonas Hughes and Mike Burke, attorney Sly James. <br /></p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 06:53:23 +0000 Steve Bell 7187 at http://kcur.org Funkhouser Runs Again Foreclosures Meet Counter Force http://kcur.org/post/foreclosures-meet-counter-force <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c3a182-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c3a182-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c3a182-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-928544.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – A broadcast version of this story that ran on the morning of October 12, 2010 stated money to weatherize homes in the Green Impact Zone came from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The money was guaranteed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.</p> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 20:28:49 +0000 Dan Verbeck 7153 at http://kcur.org Foreclosures Meet Counter Force Funkhouser Vetoes Redistricting Change http://kcur.org/post/funkhouser-vetoes-redistricting-change <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c381e0-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c381e0-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c381e0-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-921232.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – For the second time in as many weeks, Mark Funkhouser has used his veto power - this time on a ballot measure to amend the city charter so council redistricting could possibly wait until after new census ethnic distribution data is released.<br /></p> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 05:18:03 +0000 Steve Bell 7017 at http://kcur.org Funkhouser Vetoes Redistricting Change KC Spending Cuts Pay Off In Strong Fund Balance http://kcur.org/post/kc-spending-cuts-pay-strong-fund-balance <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c366fb-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c366fb-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c366fb-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-910410.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – The Kansas City, Missouri finance department verified Wednesday that after two years of major spending cuts the city has money in the bank. And the mayor and council members immediately started talking about how much more the city should borrow. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.<br /></p> Thu, 01 Jul 2010 06:18:34 +0000 Steve Bell 6776 at http://kcur.org Council Buys Option On Power And Light Building http://kcur.org/post/council-buys-option-power-and-light-building <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c349b3-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c349b3-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c349b3-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-906867.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Kansas City will pay a $250,000 deposit to take the Power and Light Building and the block around it off the market while studies continue on creating a new convention hotel on the site. But Mayor Funkhouser still thinks it's a bad idea. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.<br /></p> Fri, 11 Jun 2010 06:11:06 +0000 Steve Bell 6713 at http://kcur.org $90 Million Bond Issue Will Rebuild Throroughfares http://kcur.org/post/90-million-bond-issue-will-rebuild-throroughfares <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c32d03-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c32d03-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c32d03-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-905680.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The Kansas City city council wouldn't go along with Mayor Funkhouser's plan for a large bond issue for infrastructure around schools, but it approved its own $90 million bond issue package Thursday.<br /></p> Fri, 04 Jun 2010 17:42:45 +0000 Steve Bell 6687 at http://kcur.org $90 Million Bond Issue Will Rebuild Throroughfares Councilwomen Stand By Marcason http://kcur.org/post/councilwomen-stand-marcason <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c307aa-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c307aa-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c307aa-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-904608.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Five Kansas City Councilwomen took the floor Thursday to take Mayor Mark Funkhouser to task for stripping away all of their colleague Jan Marcason's committee positions.</p> Fri, 28 May 2010 06:53:00 +0000 Steve Bell 6665 at http://kcur.org Councilwomen Stand By Marcason Funkhouser Ends Marcason Committee Duties http://kcur.org/post/funkhouser-ends-marcason-committee-duties <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c2e8e4-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c2e8e4-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c2e8e4-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-904351.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser shook up city council committees again Wednesday with the unexpected removal of councilwoman Jan Marcason from all her committee assignments.</p> Thu, 27 May 2010 07:51:05 +0000 Steve Bell 6660 at http://kcur.org Funkhouser Ends Marcason Committee Duties Mayor's 'School's First' Program Greeted By Silence In Committee http://kcur.org/post/mayors-schools-first-program-greeted-silence-committee <p>Kansas City, Mo. – The first phase of Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser's "Schools First" program was sidelined in a council committee meeting yesterday. Nobody moved to vote on the ordinance, meaning it doesn't go to the full council and is very unlikely to make the August ballot.</p> Fri, 14 May 2010 14:36:56 +0000 Steve Bell 6622 at http://kcur.org KC, St. Louis Push To Avoid Traffic Cam Ban http://kcur.org/post/kc-st-louis-push-avoid-traffic-cam-ban <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c2b76f-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c2b76f-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c2b76f-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-900003.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Mayor Mark Funkhouser talked with reporters Wednesday about Kansas City's efforts to save its red light cameras from being banned by an amendment to the transportation bill sponsored by State Senator Jim Lembke. KCUR's Steve Bell reports.</p> Wed, 05 May 2010 06:32:11 +0000 Steve Bell 6588 at http://kcur.org KC, St. Louis Push To Avoid Traffic Cam Ban Funkhouser School Office Plan Back To Committee http://kcur.org/post/funkhouser-school-office-plan-back-committee <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c29720-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c29720-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c29720-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-899159.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Mayor Mark Funkhouser saw his plans for an office of school support sent back to committee yesterday. The underlying theme of most objections seemed to be unwillingness to let a vote for a study of creating the office be taken as a vote for the office as conceived by the mayor and the his proposed "schools first" program.</p> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:28:38 +0000 Steve Bell 6574 at http://kcur.org Funkhouser School Office Plan Back To Committee First Small Step For "Schools First" Plan http://kcur.org/post/first-small-step-schools-first-plan <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c27b8e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c27b8e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c27b8e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-897643.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Mayor Mark Funkhouser got a start on his "schools first" initiative Wednesday when a city council committee endorsed plans for a School Support communications program based at City Hall.</p> Thu, 22 Apr 2010 05:33:13 +0000 Steve Bell 6551 at http://kcur.org Funkhouser Anti-E-Tax Repeal http://kcur.org/post/funkhouser-anti-e-tax-repeal <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c25c12-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c25c12-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c25c12-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-894514.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Mayor Mark Funkhouser will fight efforts to repeal the Kansas City earnings' tax. The mayor has been mum on the issue until now.</p> Mon, 05 Apr 2010 21:45:23 +0000 Dan Verbeck 6488 at http://kcur.org Funkhouser Anti-E-Tax Repeal Contrasting Opinions in Black Community about Funkhouser http://kcur.org/post/contrasting-opinions-black-community-about-funkhouser-1 <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53da600c24166-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53da600c24166-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53da600c24166-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-668538.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>KANSAS CITY, MO – When Mayor Mark Funkhouser unilaterally attempted to fire City Manager Wayne Cauthen last month, he was roundly rebuked by African American and Latino community leaders in City Hall. But some black Kansas Citians don't agree that Funkhouser's approach has been racist, or contributing to a racist climate in the city.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2008 05:01:57 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 3825 at http://kcur.org