In his first month of campaigning for mayor of Kansas City, Albert Riederer relied a lot on general ideas and statements -- he would provide "leadership," for instance. Now he is providing more specific solutions.
Today, he released a set of positions on what he sees as the 5 most important issues facing Kansas City: its financial health, neighborhoods, public safety, education and diversity.
- Look for ways to consolidate some services with other governments, such as building a regional jail.
- Establish a mayoral "Conference on Neighborhoods" before each budget season.
- Issue annual progress reports on certain neighborhood performance measures.
- Beef up "deferred maintenance" infrastructure spending to $80 million a year within four years. (Mayor Kay Barnes just proposed $54 million.)
- Have police crack down on "quality-of-life violations," such as speeding, loud parties, prostitution and panhandling.
To see it all, go to Riederer's issues page on his Web site.
Posted by Jeffrey Spivak