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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.