Shall not be infringed…

Posted July 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Northeast News
July, 30, 2014

Once again the Mayor of our fair city, followed blindly by the City Council is attempting a high handed gun grab and this CCW carryin’ pooch is none too pleased.

Last week, the Mayor lobbied heavily at the city’s Public Safety Committee meeting that he’d like to see open carry banned in Kansas City, Mo. The city is not a battleground he said. Using fear mongering, inflammatory language like this little gem: “How much would you shop at the Plaza if you walk down there and every third person has a rifle on their back?” Really Mr. Mayor? Such language does three things; 1: It curries favor with the East Side Pastoral community, 2: it infers that anyone with a differing opinion is a gun-toting whacko and 3: it’s just flat insane to mutter such

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    Where’s the outrage?

    Northeast News
    July 16, 2014

    When Cabin Rock Investments began to work with the Kansas City Planning and Zoning Department about two years ago with the intent to turn a vine choked, overgrown vacant lot at Sixth and Chestnut in to a thriving, national auto parts retailer, the “walk friendly international marketplace” crowd squalled like a stuck pig!

    So much was the uproar that they cost the developer, as well as the retailer a good chunk of change in attorney’s fees, as well as lost revenue from not being open.

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    This is not the chain link you’re looking for

    Northeast News
    July 9, 2014

    Well this newshound knows when we get it wrong and we got it wrong!

    Last week we ran a news story about the city’s Landmarks Commission decision to not hear the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood appeal on a case involving the new Scuola Vita Nuova project’s use of chain link fence in a historic district. If you’ve been following in your programs you’ll know that the Landmarks Commission found that chain link fence was in fact appropriate for use in a historic district.

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    Due Process – Denied!

    Northeast News
    July 2, 2014

    Kansas City’s Landmarks Commission was hard at it again last Friday when the Pendleton Heights Neighborhood Association petitioned them for a rehearing on its ridiculous decision that a chain link fence is indeed proper and fitting for use in a Historic District.

    For those of you keeping track, this news-canine called for the resignation of some of those preservation commissioners for the decision over the Scuola Vita Nuova project at the old Don Bosco High School. Last Friday, the commission charged with enforcement of the

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    Paradigm Shift

    Northeast News
    June 25, 2014

    It is all about the pin map. Back when Barry Mayer commanded the Police Department’s East Patrol Division, pin maps and crime trends were the rule of the day. Crimes were tracked so trends could be observed and policed proactively by officers. Following Mayer’s retirement, however, the EPD, and moreover the community, were subjected to commanders who were, as this newsdog would say, less than stellar. One Major in particular even stated at a community meeting that it was “too dangerous on Independence Avenue to put bicycle officers.”

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    And the rains came…

    Northeast News
    June 18, 2014

    Once again, this feisty news canine is here to beat the infrastructure drum that City Hall so often ignores.

    This time, however, we’re going to talk about the lack of ample drainage from city streets that result in intersections and low-lying areas flooding on a regular basis. Belmont Boulevard at Chouteau Trafficway is regularly closed due to high water, as is the underpass at Wilson Road and Bennington Avenue.

    Perry and Belmont Avenues are another area where run-off regularly

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    Like draggin’ a $5 bill through a trailer park

    Northeast News
    June 11, 2014

    Last week the Daily Rag (Kansas City Star) penned a wonderful shill piece, er, editorial, extolling the virtues of the city’s free hot dog and t-shirt give-away program also known as Aim4Peace. The editorial noted that the group’s “violence interrupters,” – that’s a job title believe it or not – do great work bringing the murder rate down. The Star piece also notes that the city’s homicide rate is actually trending downward and then advocates that another influx of federal money, $1.2 million to be exact, should help the group do

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    The streetcar will fix that

    Northeast News
    June 4, 2014

    This feisty news-dog recently got wind of some recent city contracted repairs to a water line in the 100 block of N. Van Brunt. Seems the contractor, one J.M. Fahey Company, replaced a curb valve at 104 N. Van Brunt. Two weeks later, the city sent a crew out and the diggin’ commenced again.

    Your tax dollars at work.

    Seems that the contractor didn’t do the job correctly. So, instead of just digging up the curb at the problem

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    Stop the Burns & Mac Cash Dump

    Northeast News
    May 28, 2014

    Well ladies and gentlemen, if you thought you were going to get a deciding vote for or against the Phase II Independence Avenue toy train streetcar, think again.

    Councilman Russ “I’m smarter than you are” Johnson decided you didn’t need a say in how public monies are spent and offered up two ordinances totaling over $8 million for design services on Phase II of the train-wreck streetcar. Additionally, interest on that $8 million is going to be paid by robbing Public Improvement Advisory Council [PIAC]

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    Gerrymandered district promises more taxes on urban neighborhoods

    Northeast News
    May 21, 2014

    Streetcar is comin’. You can almost hear it rollin’ down the Avenue now. What does it sound like?

    Like a vacuum, that’s what. This newshound is none too pleased about the prospect, either. Before one inch of track is laid, millions will have already been paid to consultants, engineers, architects and anyone else associated with this train wreck of an idea, pardon the pun.

    Take a good look at the boundaries of the newly formed Transportation Development District and

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