This is Kansas City Mayor Funkhouser’s e-newsletter from January 17th. In it the mayor addresses a few things: Haiti, his attendance of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and his new education initiative. ClayCoMOPolitics is intrigued by the education initiative and is curious to see where this leads. I am not sure that I will be on board, but will leave this open at this point in time.

Notes From Funk’s Front Porch
17 January 2010

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

The Mayor is meeting with the Haitian community in Kansas City today to lend moral support and to update them on what the City is doing to help with the disaster in Haiti.  He met with the First Haitian Baptist Church this morning and will meet with another group at the Gregg Klice Community Center this afternoon.

This morning, he told the parishioners that Kansas City has a history of helping our neighbors, be they close to Kansas City or not.  He said that we regularly send emergency personnel to surrounding cities when they experience emergencies.  He also said that some members of our fire department are part of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team. Through that program, Kansas City had fire personnel in New York after 911, they went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and they may well be sent to Haiti. But for the moment, the City is being asked to be patient, something that is very hard to do.  We are being asked to wait for direction from FEMA as to the timing and deployment of our crews.

The Mayor will be in Washington, D.C. this coming week to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and he has been asked to stay afterward to present at the Mayor’s Innovation Project.  At the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Mayor will be talking with other Mayors about the major challenges that his and their cities have regarding storm water and sewerage.  They will be working together to secure changes in federal legislation and in securing additional funding for cities regarding water issues. After this, the Mayor will give a presentation to the Mayor’s Innovation Project on Kansas City’s unique green approach to all water issues, particularly our combined sewers.

The week after the Mayor returns from Washington, D.C., he will be giving a speech at All Souls Unitarian Church.  The speech will give an update on the progress of the Mayor’s current initiatives, and will conclude with the Mayor rolling out his next initiative, which focuses on education. During the campaign, the Mayor heard over and over again that residents want a world-class education system in Kansas City, and this continues to be one of their top concerns.  The Mayor is well aware that our education system needs to be addressed in order to repopulate the city.  It is important to repopulate the city because as it is only through taxes that the City has adequate amounts of money for basic services such as snow removal.  The Mayor’s newest initiative focuses on what the city can do to help with education in all of the city’s schools, be they public, private, faith-based, charter or home schools.  If you would like to be present when he rolls out this initiative, plan on attending the speech on Sunday, January 31st at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 4501 Walnut Street, in Kansas City, Missouri.

On A More Personal Note

We are looking forward to the snow melting for many reasons, but on a personal level, it will be a relief to be able to exercise outside again.  We have an ancient elliptical machine in our basement, but it can’t compare to being out in the fresh air.  Nevertheless, I’m proud to say that we didn’t use the snow as an excuse to stop exercising.

The Next Town Hall Meetings

February 25, 2010 – 7 p.m.
Hickman Mills School District
9000 Old Sante Fe Road

March 10, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
Cristo Rey School
211 West Linwood Boulevard

March 18, 2010 – 7 p.m.
Park Hill School District PTA Council
7703 NW Barry Road

In faith,

Gloria & Mark

You can respond by email to this newsletter at funksfrontporch@gmail.com.

If you’d like daily new updates, please check the Mayor’s blog site at www.funksfrontporch.com.

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