Déjà vu all over again

Posted August 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Northeast News
August 13, 2014

“You ain’t seen the last of Ernest T. Bass” harkened the infamous character from the classic Andy Griffith television series from the 1960′s. But like both Ernest T and Clay Chastain, this Mayor and his tax and spend accomplices from the city council just won’t give up. They want your tax money to implement an antiquated form of transportation down secondary arteries in Kansas City’s urban core.

The Mayor says it’s ridiculous to think that the rail issue will go away. No Mr. Mayor, what’s ridiculous is that you continue to turn your back on basic infrastructure needs in the city’s urban core. You and your cronies robbed PIAC of over $200,000 to fund your pet toy train project. The city council, led by Mensa boy Russ Johnson appropriated (some would say stole), over $8

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    Because basic infrastructure is boring and oh so passe’

    Northeast News
    August 6, 2014

    The debate rages on. Streetcar v. infrastructure. Some would say the two are synonymous. This smart lil’ pooch disagrees strongly.

    The streetcar proponents are all agog with a glitzy, new form of trendy, hipster transportation that promises all sorts of ec-devo all along its two plus mile route on Independence Avenue. Basic city infrastructure proponents point to an Avenue in dire need of repair complete with crumbling sidewalks and a driving surface that resembles more of a moonscape than it does a city street.

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    Shall not be infringed…

    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

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    Word parsing and endorsement games

    Northeast News
    July 23, 2014

    Step right this way folks, catch the magical mystery snake oil salesman at his very best. Yessiree, you too can be the proud owner of a ballot initiative you just really didn’t understand and will pay for dearly for years to come. This carefully crafted news-pooch urges some very careful analysis of the ballot initiatives being decided in the Aug. 5th primary election.

    First and foremost, the Toy Train Streetcar initiative (Question A), if approved, promises the same kind of traffic snarling steel plates and

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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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