Below is the June 27th edition of Funk’s Front Porch from the embattled mayor of Kansas City, MO. I know some in Clay County don’t live in KC, I would consider you lucky and smarter than I, but I figure what goes on in KC affects all of us in one way or another.

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

The US Conference of Mayors in Providence, Rhode Island was a grand success. The Mayor is getting to know the other Mayors and is learning a lot from them. The main lesson that he walked away with this time is that he needs to be much more involved with this organization. Together, they are a lobby group in Washington, D.C. – a force to contend with as far as bringing dollars and programs to their cities. Also, they help shape policy for local governments. Our Mayor has been invited into the inner circle and he is going to go full steam ahead with that.

While the Mayor was at the conference in Rhode Island the council advanced and passed a resolution allocating more money, this time to the tune of $500,000 to study the thousand-room conference hotel idea again. The Mayor has grave reservations about spending hundreds of millions of citizen tax dollars and being able to get any kind of monetary gain to show for it. Further, it concerned him that the money for the study was found so quickly and easily, yet the three million dollars needed to properly fund our police force still cannot be found. This bothers him, as he knows full well that the citizen’s highest budgetary priority this year is police funding.

Many of the Mayor’s boards and commission seats are coming open due to their terms expiring and he would like to fill them with supporters who will help him look after the city’s best interests. Some of the most pressing openings are on the Health Commission, the Ethics Commission, the MAST board, the Housing Technical Committee, PIEA, and the TIF Commission. If you would like to consider serving on one of these boards or on any of his other boards, please call the Mayor’s Boards and Commissions staff member, Brandon Dial, at 513-3500. Brandon can explain the board requirements and will quickly walk you through the application process.

Both of the Mayor’s education initiatives have moved to the top of the Mayor’s priority list, as the only true way of making Kansas City into a world-class city is by having a world-class education system. Taking into consideration all of the city’s other amenities, if our schools are top quality, then we will have no problem getting people to move back into and remain living in our city. And once we do that, we will have much greater tax pool to draw from to address the needs of our other basic services that have been long-neglected due to a shortage in tax revenue.

On a More Personal Note

Funk and I took three days on the back end of the conference to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. It wasn’t quite the celebration we were hoping for, as we couldn’t turn off work-mode to fully enjoy ourselves. We’ve never had that problem before, but we do now. But I guess when we’re both in rocking chairs we’ll have that much more to talk about. Hey, you’ve got to think positive.

The Next Town Hall Meetings When: July 1, 6:30 p.m. Where: TBD Who: TBD When: July 29, 6:30 p.m. Where: Wexford Place, 6500 N Cosby Ave. Who: Wexford Place

The Mayor’s Public Appearances This Week Sunday June 28th 5:15 p.m. Night Kicks Kick-Off – Community America Ball Park 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS Monday June 29th 5:00 p.m. Shanin and Parks Show KMBZ Studios, 7000 Squibb Road Mission, Kansas 66202 Wednesday July 1st 6:30 p.m. Town Hall Meeting – Northland Neighborhoods Inc. 3015 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO Friday July 3rd 7:40 a.m. Fridays with Funk 710 KCMO

In faith,
Gloria & Mark

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If you’d like daily news updates, please check the Mayor’s blog site at

The Mayor’s top ten priorities:

1. Establishing a good working relationship with the Council
2. Getting the City’s finances in order
3. Making downtown work
4. Tending to our neighborhoods
5. Implementing the Housing Policy task force recommendations
6. Improving the perception and the reality of public education in Kansas City
7. Reducing Crime
8. Repairing our sewer systems
9. Establishing an excellent regional transit system, which includes light rail
10. Improving citizen satisfaction with City services


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