News from Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser:
Funk's Front Porch
7 November 2008
This Week’s City News
The biggest and most powerful news this week is that our country made history on November 4th. We have a new president-elect that is full of hope and promise and, more importantly, he seems to be riding the wave of new politics that appears to have taken a solid hold in America today.
President-elect Obama’s acceptance speech on Tuesday night was heartfelt, yet subdued, as he knows the shape of the country that we just entrusted him with. He knows that he cannot turn the ship around overnight, and he also knows that he will need a few years, if not an entire term, for Americans to begin to see the changes that he promised he would bring. Please believe him on this and try to keep it in mind when it seems to be taking him longer than you think it should take him to turn the ship our way.
When we start running out of patience, please don’t get mad and give up on him. Instead, please try to reach down into your own being and love, support and lift up this man that we now call our president-elect. He’s going to need all of our help to carry us over the hump. Please help him to help us. And please pray for his and his family’s strength, safety, health and well-being.
On a More Personal Note
We were disappointed that the starter light rail line did not pass. Disappointed, but not any less hopeful that regional light rail will come to Kansas City, and soon. It has to. It is one of the major assets that will help make Kansas City the progressive city that outsiders will want to move to and it will raise up our residents who desperately need a boost upward.
The next Town Hall Meeting
The Southern Communities Coalition
Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at 6 p.m.
The location has yet to be determined
Gloria & Mark
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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