Monday, October 8, 2007

Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage

You're right, I am a coward! I haven't any courage at all. I even scare myself.
Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage - Quotes from the Lion in The Wizard of Oz

The one thing that is coming through loud and clear from City Hallians is that few of our City Council members are instilling support among the proletariat. They are not considered leaders. They have failed to garner the confidence and trust of the people who are the foundation of City Hall, particularly those that are worth keeping. Rumors are circulating already about recalling Beth Gottstein; concerns are voiced about Jan's need to be liked by absolutely everyone versus having the courage to make hard decisions. A boss once told this skunk that if everyone likes you, you can't possibly be doing the job I'm paying you to do. Melba seems disoriented which could be due to the loss of her helpmate/husband, Sharon Saunders Brooks - well what can we say here, Plus the two ladies from Jefferson City seem to think they should have the same sort of set up they had in Jefferson City - sorry ladies this is municipal politics there are no research assistants etc. no posse of aides Did you really need your own personal stationery at this time? It's less about appearances, than it is performance, delivery and accomplishments. Councilmembers, the comments you are reading are pleas for you to find your courage, make it less about politics and more about leading in the here and now. We can't do the job that needs to be done for Kansas City with Wayne Cauthen as the City Manager or LT Underhill as his faithful minion.

13 comments:

Want A Place on the Gravy Train said...

Another appalling demonstration of lacking leadership unless it's the kind of leadership where you use your position to benefit yourself.............

Does anybody have the scoop on the Sharon Sanders-Brooks housing court decision? What was behind the lesser fine? Did she have to pay court costs? What was the name of the judge/prosecutor/attorney? I sure want to know so that if I ever have to show up in housing court I can get the same sort of deal that she got. Oh yeah, I take care of my property so I guess I won't need the information after all.

Anonymous said...

Gottstein will not be recalled. She may be unstable, prone to irrational outbursts and delusions (she believes she was at the Ward Parkway shooting, she's been protested by Minutemen, etc) but it takes more than that for a recall. Besides, her vindictiveness is legendary so I doubt anyone will have the courage to sign a petition.

As far as Marcason. You're on the mark. Not smart. Not a leader. Why else would she or one of her apologists stalk the blogs to defend her at every turn?

And begin rabid Marcason defense in 3... 2... 1... --->

Anonymous said...

Why stop at the females? Russ Johnson doesn't understand the job he fought to attain. A large % of the new members act as if they never heard of the council. How it works, procedures and most importantly, what went on before they came on board. Did they not pay attention before getting elected? I have no use for dilettantes.

Anonymous said...

what are you talking about 3:41???

RJ is the only one on there that doesn't need this job for the pay. all the others got a pay raise when they got this job. melba and sharon didn't have anything to do. that is the only thing that stinks about term limits is that it takes these free-loading pols and gives them a job in KCMO rather than frittering away state money.

D2 had a choice of a developer attorney who lobbied for the homebuilders or a retread from clay county government (which is worse than JACO). D2 made the right choice and got someone who was the only vote for the handout to the JACO sports authority.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 341 must be some CIMO lackey who is mad that Johnson's resolution makes CIMO list their "fees" (ie, friday cocktail party lunches, ribbon cuttings, we're on it mailings, awards application staff, stainless steel appliances, over priced furniture, etc) and show how absolutley ridiculous it costs us taxpayers to build things using this brainchild of his royal Wayneness.

Olathe has the same sales tax budget as KCMO but administers it with only 30 or so people. CIMO has over 100.

Anonymous said...

Be patient. They have the votes. Councilman Johnson has pulled all sorts of documents because he's asked the right people who he worked with when he was on PIAC. The oy disappointment is the Mayor because WC has been buttering Gloria. If the Funk can't get 7 yes votes on the contract, it' going to be on on long 3 years. BUT THEY HAVE THE VOTES!!! Wayne, do you know the way to San Jose???

Anonymous said...

All of you are sour grapes! CIMO doesn't do anything for its employees compared to other departments. There was one Christmas party where wine was served; most likely paid for by the consultants. In a round about way by the taxpayer, maybe. City employees in general, including Councilmembers, don't get paid extravagantly for their hard work, and don't get too many perks, compared to the private industry. And, they put up with everyone's bs because they are in a glass house. I don't know why anyone wants to be a public servant anymore. You don't know what you're talking about!

Anonymous said...

comments must be approved by the blog author???

Anonymous said...

Word is that Johnson is holding back with his documents until after the sales tax election. He knows that City Hall is a mess but doesn't want to risk the vote.

Anonymous said...

This blog is for all the dead wood that couldn't leave city hall when Collins offered the golden parachute.
Sad to see there's stil so much dead wood.

Anonymous said...

Here's a question: if city hall is such a bad place to work, if pay is so much better in the corporate world and if all the skunkettes really feel being a public servant is such a horrible position...why don't you get another job? Why don't you go out and try to find a private industry job? Probably because most skunkettes couldn't get a job on the outside.

This blog is a sad, sorry, stain on Kansas City.

Anonymous said...

To 10/11 10:06 AM:
There are many employees of this city that CARE about this city and want to SERVE the public. This blog is NOT a sad, sorry, stain on KC-- it is an effort to right some serious wrongs in city government. Yhis blog is a cry to the public and media for help in this endeavor. Most of us have lived through the years that our public leaders were found to be crooked and we are still dealing with the bad reputation that it gave our city. If we were all to simply abandon ship and keep mum about criminal actions, citizens would later accuse us of not having the guts to do the right thing-- and we would be as guilty as the wrong doers. Being a public servant is NOT a horrible thing. Working for public leaders who are evil and trying to cheat our citizens is the horrible thing!

oicurmt said...

To that person who wanted to know what happened to David Seamon. Tragically, he died I believe of kidney failure. To that blogger who believes that some African American City Hall employees are lazy, you are right, as you would be to see the lazy white, hispanic, asian and all other human beings who work there. The lack of motivation at the higher levels is the reason. You are witnessing the lack of leadership and accountability at all levels. Don't just say it is because of race. Garden Party, love your spunk!!!