Paradigm Shift

Posted June 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

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.”

You heard me. Too dangerous for even the popo to be here.

With community policing effectively killed at this patrol zone, enter new Commander Major Rick Smith. Can you say jam up? This community canine is happy to report that Smith

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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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    It’s all about Infrastructure

    Northeast News
    May 14, 2014

    With crumbling sidewalks, potholes galore, streets that resemble a moonscape rather than smooth asphalt, deteriorating neighborhoods and a murder rate that looks to outpace last year’s total, we’re led to believe the biggest priority in this Cow-town is a new airport and a streetcar down Independence Avenue.


    Last week the city council, under the guise of “recognizing an emergency” authorized over $600,000 to the consulting engineering firm of Burns and McDonnell for work supposedly to be done with

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    Cue the Crickets

    Northeast News
    May 7, 2014

    Another violent weekend in the Cowtown and this ‘lil newsdog is wondering where Aim4Peace has been in the aftermath of all the violence. One shooting in the Northeast area over the weekend that resulted in a homicide as well as a homicide at Independence and Topping Avenues last week and this crafty canine wonders where the taxpayer funded, anti-violence goons from Aim4Peace are.


    This ‘lil doggie gets around this neighborhood and I’ve seen absolutely nothing. No free hot

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    Chain Link Fence is Historic. No, Seriously.

    Northeast News
    April 30, 2014

    When is a Historic District not really a Historic District? When it’s in Kansas City, of course.

    This Historic Newshound is more than outraged by the actions last Friday of the city’s Landmarks Commission. The commission, a group of mayoral appointees – that should tell you something right off the bat – allegedly have the city’s best interest at heart when it comes to the preservation of the city’s historic buildings and neighborhoods.

    Last week, the holier-than-though Landmarks Commission

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    Show me the money!

    Northeast News
    April 23, 2014

    Campaign season is upon us folks, so let the mudslinging begin! Most of the ballyhoo though is on municipal elections, not the upcoming August primary election.

    This cash savvy canine reviewed, with great interest, Tony’s Kansas City blog last week when local politicos had their campaign war-chest numbers published. It’s not surprising that our gun-grabbing Mayor totaled up more than $300,000 for his re-election bid. This pooch isn’t a fan of his executive rule by fiat nature, jamming a new airport and a streetcar to

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