Sly James http://kcur.org en Mayor Sly James On Kansas City's Current Issues http://kcur.org/post/mayor-sly-james-kansas-citys-current-issues <p></p><p>Though the snow may be melting away in Kansas City, the burning issues aren't going anywhere.</p><p>On Thursday's&nbsp;<em>Up to Date</em>, Mayor Sly James takes our questions, and yours, about the troubled school district, the proposed KCI expansion project, and more.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Guest</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>Sly James</strong> is mayor of Kansas City, Mo.</li></ul><p></p><p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:46:07 +0000 Steve Kraske & Cody Newill 51229 at http://kcur.org Mayor Sly James On Kansas City's Current Issues Kansas City Deploys Tandem Plows To Deal With Snow http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-deploys-tandem-plows-deal-snow <p>A snow storm that went on and on coupled with extreme cold and gusty winds has Kansas City, Mo., changing the way it handles snow removal.</p><p>With snowfall of over an inch and a half an hour plus drifting Tuesday it was hard to keep traffic arteries cleared. So late in the day Mayor Sly James announced that the city would be using tandem plow teams in areas and at times of day single plows would usually be deployed.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:03:56 +0000 Steve Bell 50811 at http://kcur.org Bannister Rebirth By Cerner On 2.5 Year Schedule http://kcur.org/post/bannister-rebirth-cerner-25-year-schedule <p></p><p>Visible occupancy of the new Cerner office complex in southeast Kansas City&nbsp; will appear by late 2016.</p><p>The timetable was laid out by executives of the medical information giant, the Mayor and Missouri’s governor.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The numbers include &nbsp;240 acres on site of the old Bannister Mall.</p><p>A $4.3 billion dollar development capable of eventually handling 15 ,000 new jobs.</p><p>Fifteen hundred jobs will be available early-on, according to Cerner&nbsp;president&nbsp;Zane Burke.</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:15:06 +0000 Dan Verbeck 49945 at http://kcur.org Bannister Rebirth By Cerner On 2.5 Year Schedule Ground Broken On New Kansas City Crime Lab http://kcur.org/post/ground-broken-new-kansas-city-crime-lab <p></p><p>Ground has been ceremonially broken for the already-in-progress East Patrol Police station/crime lab construction in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>Chrome plated shovels were planted in dirt but it was obvious heavy equipment had been working for weeks. About 80 houses were torn down for the 17-acre, $74 million project.</p><p></p><p>Nearly every speaker talked about those who gave up property, some unwillingly.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Though, there were no protestors visible at the gathering.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:53:34 +0000 Dan Verbeck 47102 at http://kcur.org Ground Broken On New Kansas City Crime Lab Kansas City Poised To Push For GOP National Convention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-poised-push-gop-national-convention <p></p><p>Business and government leaders from Missouri and Kansas are aligned to push for winning the 2016 Republican National Convention for Kansas City.</p><p></p><p>There will be a battle of bids for the GOP Nominating Convention and the Convention and Visitors Bureau is comparing Kansas City with other cities that have expressed interest, including Phoenix, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Chicago.</p><p>The local task force includes the Chairman of the Johnson County, Kan. Commission and the Mayor of Unified Government in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:22:51 +0000 Dan Verbeck 46802 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Poised To Push For GOP National Convention 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 Your Guide To The Kansas City Charter Review http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-kansas-city-charter-review <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City is known as a “weak mayor” town. That’s no slight on Mayor Sly James, it’s the way the city charter sets up our government, where the mayor is a glorified city council member, and the city manager really runs the town. It's also called a council-manager system.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:05:53 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Monica Sandreczki 43556 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-consider-slap-gun-makers <p></p><p>If the Kansas City Council agrees, city pension system funds will&nbsp; not be invested in companies that make guns.&nbsp;</p><p>The resolution passed a Council Committee with one dissenting vote.</p><p></p><p>The police commission retirement board will be asked to do the same.</p><p>The Finance, Governance and Ethics Committee voted to forward the resolution after hearing Mayor Sly James argue it’s&nbsp; time to send a message to gun manufacturers.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:38:24 +0000 Dan Verbeck 40382 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council To Consider Slap At Gun Makers Who Decides The Future Of KCI? http://kcur.org/post/who-decides-future-kci <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City International Airport is looking at a potentially major change-- tearing down the current three terminals and moving to a single, new terminal. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The one terminal idea came to a head in 2008 when the Master Plan called for a new, central terminal south of the current airport. &nbsp;That came just 4 years after the airport wrapped up nearly $260 million in renovations.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:38:53 +0000 Maria Carter 39458 at http://kcur.org Who Decides The Future Of KCI? Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options http://kcur.org/post/charter-change-commission-considers-kc-government-options <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Commission that will look for ways to change the foundation of how Kansas City Government operates has met just once and the opening session, Wednesday, heard wide ranging&nbsp; recommendations that spread from finance to setup of Council Districts.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first assurance came from Mayor Sly James who appointed the 13 member commission. He said he would not be looking over their shoulders. If the operating&nbsp; charter needs change, he'll ask for proof when recommendations are written.</span></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:26:13 +0000 Dan Verbeck 38846 at http://kcur.org Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James http://kcur.org/post/opinion-columnist-yael-abouhalkah-kci-terminal-proposal-mayor-james <p></p><p>If you want to get people talking, just say three words: <strong>new airport terminal</strong>.</p><p>It seems that everyone's an expert on airport design and plans. After all, many of us fly through <strong>Kansas City International Airport</strong>.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 14:57:58 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 37624 at http://kcur.org Opinion Columnist Yael Abouhalkah On KCI Terminal Proposal, Mayor James A Mayoral Summit http://kcur.org/post/mayoral-summit <p></p><p>It’s the <strong>end of an era </strong>for one city leader, while <strong>events march on</strong> for another.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:46:42 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 35483 at http://kcur.org A Mayoral Summit Hydroponic Greenhouse To Grace KC Riverfront http://kcur.org/post/hydroponic-greenhouse-grace-kc-riverfront <p>This year the landscape will change dramatically along the banks of the Missouri River just Northeast of Kansas City’s downtown. A hundred thousand square feet of greenhouses are planned for growing produce for a local supermarket chain. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 21:28:03 +0000 Dan Verbeck 34039 at http://kcur.org Hydroponic Greenhouse To Grace KC Riverfront KC State Of The City Speech Overshadowed By On-Stage Disruption http://kcur.org/post/kc-state-city-speech-overshadowed-stage-disruption <p>As Mayor Sly James delivered a predictable State of the City address at the Gem Theater Tuesday morning, Derron Black, 31, stormed the podium from backstage, pushed the mayor out of the way, and screamed obscenities into the microphone. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:57:46 +0000 Laura Ziegler 33731 at http://kcur.org KC State Of The City Speech Overshadowed By On-Stage Disruption Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee http://kcur.org/post/angel-investment-tax-credit-measure-being-considered-mo-senate-committee <p>Supporters of creating a so-called “Angel Investment” tax credit in Missouri testified in favor of legislation Wednesday before a <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">State Senate</a> committee.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:09:38 +0000 Marshall Griffin 32708 at http://kcur.org Angel Investment Tax Credit Measure Being Considered By Mo. Senate Committee A Timeline Of The Explosion http://kcur.org/post/timeline-explosion <p>The circumstances surrounding Tuesday's natural gas explosion just west of the Country Club Plaza - that killed one person, injured more than a dozen, and destroyed JJ's restaurant - were discussed in an afternoon press conference. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:20:38 +0000 Laura Spencer 32297 at http://kcur.org A Timeline Of The Explosion Mayor And Business Leader Expand Weight-Loss Effort http://kcur.org/post/mayor-business-leader-expand-weight-loss-effort <p>A very personal yet public weight loss competition between two prominent city leaders is getting bigger. About two dozen area CEOs have signed up for the challenge. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 04:36:18 +0000 Elana Gordon 31523 at http://kcur.org Mayor And Business Leader Expand Weight-Loss Effort Kansas City Murder Burst Contrasted With New Crime Fight Job http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-murder-burst-contrasted-new-crime-fight-job <p>Kansas City’s newest program to fight violent crime began today, aided by UMKC researchers, state and federal prosecutors, police and others.&nbsp; The launch coincided with a chilling set of deaths.</p><p>A fresh double-homicide in south-side Kansas City had detectives going to work, one&nbsp; hour before top crime fighters were gathering to describe the program, initially announced in May of 2012.</p><p>There had been 6 murders in the preceding 48 hours.</p><p>Into the mix comes the Kansas City No Violence Alliance or KC NoVA.</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 23:34:07 +0000 Dan Verbeck 31204 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Murder Burst Contrasted With New Crime Fight Job Mayor's Task Force For The Arts Kicks Off Conversation http://kcur.org/post/mayors-task-force-arts-kicks-conversation <p>This week marked the launch of a series of public meetings – at community centers, libraries, churches, a museum, an art gallery, even a police station - to discuss the future of the arts in Kansas City. Wed, 30 Jan 2013 04:37:58 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 31095 at http://kcur.org Mayor's Task Force For The Arts Kicks Off Conversation Topic Of Mayors' Letter: Gun Violence http://kcur.org/post/topic-mayors-letter-gun-violence <p>Kansas City Mayor <a href="http://www.kcmayor.org/">Sly James</a> is among the latest to sign a letter being sent the President and Congress. The subject: gun and ammunition control. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:45:51 +0000 Dan Verbeck 29319 at http://kcur.org Topic Of Mayors' Letter: Gun Violence Chiefs Linebacker Kills Girlfriend, Self http://kcur.org/post/chiefs-linebacker-kills-girlfriend-self <p>Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times around 8 a.m. Saturday, drove to the team's training facility, thanked coaches for supporting him, walked away and shot himself in the head, police said.</p><p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 21:30:09 +0000 Laura Ziegler 28401 at http://kcur.org Chiefs Linebacker Kills Girlfriend, Self All-Star Game Brought $58 Million To Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/all-star-game-brought-58-million-kansas-city <p>A report from the city manager's office says the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game pumped more than $58 million into Kansas City's economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:07:02 +0000 Steve Bell 26961 at http://kcur.org All-Star Game Brought $58 Million To Kansas City Mayor Challenges Friend And City To Lose Weight http://kcur.org/post/mayor-challenges-friend-and-city-lose-weight-0 <p>A <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NotSoBigKCChallenge">rather public</a> weight loss competition among two prominent city leaders came to a close today, but organizers say broader efforts are just beginning. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 23:20:42 +0000 Elana Gordon 26940 at http://kcur.org Mayor Challenges Friend And City To Lose Weight Kansas City Mayor Tears Down Walls In Urban Core http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-mayor-tears-down-walls-urban-core <p>Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other city officials gathered Wednesday afternoon on the city’s east side to tackle a new program for the backlog of dangerous buildings.</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:59:15 +0000 Laura Spencer 24769 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Mayor Tears Down Walls In Urban Core Mayor Says Thank You Kansas City; Street Repairs To Begin This Fall http://kcur.org/post/mayor-says-thank-you-kansas-city-street-repairs-begin-fall <p>Kansas City M0. Mayor Sly James said Tuesday afternoon that resurfacing roads around the city could begin as early as next month thanks to the overwhelming passage of Question 1 in the August election.</p><p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:22:51 +0000 Laura Ziegler 24325 at http://kcur.org Mayor Says Thank You Kansas City; Street Repairs To Begin This Fall Kansas City Touted As 'The Place' For Startups http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-touted-place-startups <p>Kansas City’s civic and business leaders are mounting a push to spawn high-tech companies here. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:50:46 +0000 Frank Morris 24303 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Touted As 'The Place' For Startups Voters Approve Kansas City Sales Tax And Sewer Bonds http://kcur.org/post/voters-approve-kansas-city-sales-tax-and-sewer-bonds <p>Parks, streets and sewers projects in Kansas City just got a major funding boost, as voters approved both city ballot measures yesterday. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 05:21:25 +0000 Elana Gordon 22385 at http://kcur.org Voters Approve Kansas City Sales Tax And Sewer Bonds Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight http://kcur.org/post/mayor-sly-james-kansas-city-spotlight <p>One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation. While residents have been riding the feel-good wave, Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James has been wrestling with the future of a downtown hotel and what should happen with Kemper Arena.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:18:50 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 21517 at http://kcur.org Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight All-Star Game Festivities Kick Off In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/all-star-game-festivities-kick-kansas-city <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Kansas City&#39;s All-Star festivities officially kicked off Friday morning at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. </span> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:44:46 +0000 Greg Echlin 20696 at http://kcur.org All-Star Game Festivities Kick Off In Kansas City All-Star Ill-Weather Hovers Over Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/all-star-ill-weather-hovers-over-kansas-city <p>Mayor Sly James went to the Kansas City Emergency Operations Center for a briefing on readiness for the All-Star Game and most immediate interest shifted to the heat wave. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:45:34 +0000 Dan Verbeck 20564 at http://kcur.org All-Star Ill-Weather Hovers Over Kansas City