Kansas City council

2:32 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Kansas City Councilman Resigns Amid Violence Accusations

Mayor Sly James says the Kansas City, Mo., City Council could have a new person in resigning Councilman Michael Brooks' seat by the end of January 2015.
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

Updated, 5 p.m. Wednesday:

In the wake of Kansas City, Mo., Councilman Michael Brooks' resignation, Mayor Sly James says his focus is on filling the empty 5th district seat. 

"We're not looking for someone who can warm a chair. We're going to look for someone who can do the job," James said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

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Up to Date
5:13 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

KC Council Considers Anti-Harassment Legislation To Protect Pedestrians, Bicyclists

Kansas City is considering a law against street harassment of pedestrians, bicyclists and others.
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Honking, cat-calls, projectiles and more get hurled at pedestrians and cyclists in Kansas City. The city council now is considering a law to crack down on that type of conduct.

Calling these actions “threatening and dangerous behavior,” the proposed ordinance seeks to protect “vulnerable road users.”

Councilman John Sharp is expected to recommend the ordinance at this week's council meeting. He and Kansas City Star reporter Mike Hendricks joined Steve Kraske on Up to Date Monday to discuss the details.

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KC Currents
12:05 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Your Guide To The Kansas City Charter Review

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.

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5:25 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

KC Streetcar 2 Is Planned As First Phase Lumbers Along

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It’s not clear by how much expanded Kansas City streetcar lines would  boost property values. A team of city planners and private analysts expects to know by late October. 

The panel is trying to narrow potential streetcar corridors from 7 to 3.

A committee of the City Council heard how blighted areas of Seattle sprung up new growth when a streetcar went in. 

The second phase of Kansas City’s planned streetcar system is being generated, even as phase one is in infancy.  

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5:26 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Charter Change Commission Considers KC Government Options

Kansas City Charter Review Commission members Andrea Bough and Quinton Lucas begin work.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

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  recommendations that spread from finance to setup of Council Districts.

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  charter needs change, he'll ask for proof when recommendations are written.

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5:26 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Including Power Utilities In Command Center Boosted Snowstorm Fight-ability

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Some of the first aftermath data from two major and back-to-back winter snow storms is filtering out of Kansas City city hall.  Adding two agencies to the Emergency Operations Center was counted as a positive to the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee of the Council.

Those private or quasi-private operations served public transit and distribution of electrical power.

The Ops nerve center stayed open 24 hours in the storm of February 21, another 30 hours during  last week’s heavy, wet snow.  

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6:06 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Cash For Liquor Consent Sent Packing In Kansas City

Councilwoman Melba Curls said Kansas City need more groceries, less liquor stores.

Acting on complaints that the operator of a center-city convenience store was paying residents for permission to get a liquor license, the Kansas City Council has banned the practice.

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9:41 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City Council

An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores  which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday.

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8:49 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Kansas City Council Questions Community Improvement Districts

Councilman Ed Ford.
Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

The Kansas City Council has been talking about tightening up on community improvement districts since this summer, but the talk goes on with no decision on what the policy will be.

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KC Currents
3:08 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Mayor Sly James’ New Tax Proposal For Infrastructure

Kansas City Mayor Sly James

What will it take for Kansas City, Mo. to finally fix its streets and sewer system?  Earlier this year, Mayor Sly James announced a bold plan for improving Kansas City's infrastructure that would involve spending $1 billion over the next 10 years.

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8:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, March 4, 2012

A new bridge is unveiled on Troost.  The Kansas City Council passes truancy ordinance.  Two Kansas City notables—Alvin Brooks and Walt Bodine—receive an honor from the city council.  It’s a daily digest of news from KCUR.

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KC Currents
12:50 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

City Councilman Jermaine Reed Reflects On First Year

Kansas City’s Third District faces multiple challenges — a 14 percent unemployment rate, crime and the highest poverty rate in the city.

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Up to Date
3:03 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Delivers "State Of The City" Address

Mayor delivers the first State of the City address of his term.
Bill Anderson KCUR

In office for just about a year, Kansas City Mayor Sly James delivered his first State of the City address on Monday.

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2:24 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Human, Civil Rights Forces Decry Occupy Bigotry

Human rights activist Leonard Zeskind in front of Occupy KC members.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

About a dozen members of Occupy Kansas City and representatives of three human rights organizations say they are outraged at a broadside published and online that they call racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic.

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Kansas City
7:18 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Kansas City Mayor Calls For $1 Billion For Infrastructure

Kansas City City Council Chambers in Kansas City, Mo.
Library of Congress

Kansas City Mayor Sly James presented his vision for next year's city budget and a lot more.

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