Thursday, January 10, 2008

Talk Back w/ Steve Rose

The Mayors had "Thee Interview" with Steve Rose last night and this has been critiqued/re-hashed by Tony's KC and Prime Buzz among others. Steve Rose has tempered with age, absolutely no hard questions or attitude that one usually gets from him. It's reassuring to know that Independence and Olathe are such big fan bases for the Mayors - they can't vote and don't pay property taxes and probably little in sales tax in KC so their voice is critical to KC's business. All we can say is - it's mortifying.
Moving beyond the bare feet, they continue to downplay the fact that Gloria is Theee Gatekeeper, many consider her the de-factor Chief of Staff - in which case, looking at our budget short fall we could do salary savings and elimnate Ed Wolf; it isn't just that she sits in on meetings - we hear that she has sat on the arm of his chair with her arm wrapped around him, she's patting his knee. Don't you think that is disconcerting for people trying to discuss their business with this adolescent behavior? What kind of an impression does this leave? How many people decide to forego talking to the Mayor because they don't want to deal with Gloria or can't get pass Gloria? It's not only where does Mark end and she begin, it's also where does Ed begin and end versus Gloria? And if the lap dance thing is not true - it's become part of the story and is perceived to be true, perception is reality.
This is very serious. We think it is time to call Dr. Phil. - Dr. Phil come home, leave Brittany and come home to help us with our developmentally delayed, tweeny Mayors with exhibitionist tendancies. You can bring your wife to talk to Gloria too.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Butt Musings

It seems the international readers of the Washington Post are now up to speed on KCMO proctologists with 'sausage like fingers' and can rest easy that our Mayor has the prostate of a 30 year old. This surely will be a positive check mark on the assets column to those industries and businesses contemplating moving to the City of Fountains. And we can face the mortification of being the butt of jokes in international syndication or on national late night tv. However, how seriously are we going to be taken when the Mayor heads to Jefferson City to advocate for dollars or legislation. Will the Mayor be able to discern whether or not the smile on the politicians face is because they've struck a favorable deal for KC or is the smile because the politician is envisioning the Mayor's arse in the air. After 20-25 years of marriage Funk is inurred to his wife's social gaffs and lack of couth; it's unfortunate that the he's subjecting the rest of us. It's all just so mortifying.

Actions & Consequences

Here is another example of a municipality's swift action to inappropriate behavior. What is wrong with punishing people who steal (items or time) - it's morally and ethically wrong - so why are the ne'er do wells not punished? Perhaps if we show enough examples those who should act will find the guts to do so.

More Queries To Ponder

From Anonymous 1/8/2008 10:13pm

Regaring the KSHB story, I wonder if HR even bothered getting around to pulling a background check on the alleged molester?
Has anyone asked GOB what his department's response time is on checking salary, employement, and criminal backgrounds?
After someone starts working, is that an industry best practice?
Didn't only the HR and the HRD departments (paper pushing departments) receive salary adjustments to keep up with the market when we can't seem to get the right planning, finance, accountant, or engineering professionals who control the majority of the City's budget?
How many people have been fired for inappropriate sexual materials on their computers in the past 5 years?
There was at least one.
Who gets free parking and who doesn't?
Why do some employees pay to subsidize the parking of others since the City owns the garage and it's full on a daily basis?

Punishment Befitting The Crime - But not in KC

A fan of the Garden Party Skunks forwarded this news article about Jefferson City Parks & Recreations swift and substantive punishment of their Director for misuse of City property. Our leadership should take heed. We thought you might like to know that it is possible to have a municipal government that doesn't cover up employee misdeeds.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Following up on the LT Porn Melodrama

Who on the Council is following up with The City Manager on the results of the investigation? Apparently somebody has to ask for the report and nobody has bothered to ask and The City Manager is not forthcoming. We understand that it is quite an interesting read who sent the violating emails, and to whom these offensive emails were sent. (And, this of course begs the question - why didn't more receivers report this and to whom did they forward the inappropriate emails. This is causing a back log, particularly in HRD (with the suspended boss) where others' fates rest upon the The City Manager's decision on policy on this issue. The Manager is NOT moving to make a decision; will he be granting the other violators with the same largesse he bestowed upon LT? And if he does let them off the hook then does that leave the City vulnerable to yet another lawsuit because others were fired and escorted out the door for less?
Mayor Pro-Tem - you asked for the investigtion, now ask for the report - Or Councilman Ford - Wayne's your boy - get him to cough up the report and make a decision on policy. Maybe we need to help provide deadlines, so let's say - by next council meeting, Thursday, January 17 - let's have the report and a policy decision. I think this would be appropriate Ed, since you like grandstanding at full Council meetings.

Monday, January 7, 2008

LT - In Charge

Today, Cauthen is in the fine Texas capitol city of Austin, interviewing for the City Manager’s position and I know many, many, many, many who wish him well. The interview is Tuesday and Wednesday we understand that he’s staying a week? Curious, don’t you think? Maybe it’s a vacation. Or, maybe he’s holding court with other head hunters or ‘talent scouts’ from other cities. He is a sly and devious being.
However, the ‘thumbing the nose’ at ya’ – is the fact that LT has been left in charge in his absence. We find this appallingly disrespectful to City Council – this includes you, Ed The Cheerleader. It is incredibly disrespectful to the employees of City Hall and to the citizens of this community. It is absurd. The only person he could think of to leave in charge is someone who is a lame duck employee of questionable character, moral and ethics. Wayne sure does think highly of us all doesn’t he?