KC Fights State Challenge on Same Sex Ruling
December 8, 2014

(AP) – Kansas City leaders are fighting back against a Missouri legislative effort to stop the city from recognizing legal same-sex marriages performed in other states.

A Jackson County judge in October ordered the state to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states, but Republican legislative leaders are seeking to appeal that ruling. Kansas City filed a motion Friday opposing the Legislature’s efforts to intervene, The Kansas City Star reported . The city also is expected to revise its pension plan to include benefits for same-sex couples.

“The city’s position is we’re in support of gay marriage,” City Councilman Ed Ford said. “We believe both the city and state should give full faith and credit to gay marriages that take place outside of the state.

American Royals Breaks Off Kemper Arena Talks With City
November 24, 2014

The American Royals says it will no longer participate in City Hall talks over the future of Kemper Arena and other city-owner buildings in the West Bottoms.
“We don’t think our further participation in a public debate regarding these facilities is healthy for our organization,
Lawyers for the group sent a letter to City Councilman Ed Ford. He is leading a joint committee trying to figure out the future of the 40 year old structure.
Earlier this month, the Royal’s call for $30 in city money for demolition, and a $1 million/year of city money for utilities ran into opposition.
The Royla says it’s an would save the city $100 million over the remaining 30 years of the lease between City Hall and the Royal.
The Royal
Proposal is the only one on the table now.
An alternative offered by the Foutch Brothers development firm to convert the old arena into a youth sports complex was withdrawn, supposedly under pressure from the Royal.
The American Royal also thinks the dispute over Kemper Arena is translating into a debate over the future of the American Royal.
“The current debate and negative dialogue have become a detriment to the American Royal brand and its core mission.
Fird says a hearing planned for early next month on Kemper’s future is now pointless.

9PM City-Wide Kid Curfew No Longer a “Distinct Possibility”–Alternative Emerges
August 16, 2011

Just 24 hours after Kansas City Mayor Sly James writes city leaders about “a distinct possibility” of a 9pm city-wide curfew for people 17 and under, the plan may be on the shelf.

City Council Members John Sharp says he and Councilman Ed Ford ar working on an alternative.

It would call for a curfew later than 9 pm, and one restricted to the city’s entertainment districts. Sharp says “they’re the ones hanging out late at night, unsupervised”.

Sharp says the Plaza, the Power & Light District, Westport and  Zona Roza are likely locations for the curfew. He added there may be a couple of locations, but he did not mentioned them by name. It appears that’s a detail they are still working out. 

Today Sharp called the city-wide curfew idea a “non starter” with him.

“It’s just too broad, and we don’t have the manpower to enforce it”, he told KMBC 9 News..

Sharp also indicates the entertainment zone alternative may also come with a new, higher fines for the first offense against the parents of  a violator.

He again called the $1 fine for a first offense “a joke”.

He says the city needs a a set of  graduated fines for the parents, adding” it has to be more than the cost of a babysitter for the evening”.

When the problem first appeared years ago, the City curfew law called for regular reports to the city on its effectivness.

“I’ve never seen that”, said Sharp referring to the curfew reports. He says that’s another example of how the existing curfew law is not being enforced.

Sharp’s Public Safety Committee will probably talk to the Kansas City Police commanders about  their perspective at the Wednesday morning committee meeting.

At this point, it appears the City Council will try to implement a curfew ordinance at its Thursaday afternoon meeting. It appears the Sharp/Ford entertainment zone curfew proposal will be the starting point for  the discussion. To pass the ordinance and imeidately put it into place, the measure would need  a supermajority, nine  city council votes.

Heavies Endorse Rowland for Mayor
February 4, 2011

The Heavy Constructors Association of Kansas City,  and their affiliates (Minority Contractors Association of Greater Kansas City, Kansas City Hispanic Association Contractors and Women Construction Owners and Executives), are endorsing Jackson County Sports Authority Director Jim Rowland for Mayor.

Rowland made that announcement at a Mayor’s Forum hosted by the Kansas City Bar Association this afternoon.

The Heavies endorsement could help Rowland’s campaign with money and support down the final two-and-a-half-weeks of the primary campaign. The election is February 22.

The Heavies also made endorsements in some City Council races.

Scott Wagner – 1st District-at-Large

Ed Ford – 2nd District-at-Large

Michael Fletcher – 3rd District

Melba Curls – 3rd District-at-Large

Jan Marcason – 4th District

Jim Glover and Annie Presley – 4th District-at-Large: (HCA-only Endorsements)

John Crawford, 4th At Large (Minority and Women’s Coalition endorsement only).

Michael Brooks – 5th District

Michael Brown and Scott Taylor – 6th District at large

John Sharp, 6th District