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Funk’s Front Porch
15 November 2009

Dear Folks,

This Week’s City Business

In his quest to find every method available to communicate with his constituents, the Mayor is hosting his first-ever telephone town hall meeting this coming Wednesday evening, November 17th, at 7 p.m. On Monday, a phone call will go out to over 30,000 randomly selected Kansas Citians to inform them that the Mayor will be calling them on Wednesday evening to ask them if they would like to participate in a tele-town hall meeting. And on Wednesday evening, another phone call will go out to the same group of people, asking them to stay on the line if they want to participate in the tele-town hall meeting. Once the call is connected, the Mayor will speak to his initiatives for the first 15 minutes, and then he will answer questions from the group for the next 45 minutes. If you don’t want to take a chance on not being one of the randomly selected callers, you can place the call yourself to participate: 888-356-3090, and when prompted, you can dial in the code: 13548#. We hope you will join the Mayor on Wednesday.

The Mayor paid homage to veterans this past week at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. He had just finished reading his father’s autobiography the week before, and it was at that time that he learned that his dad was only 17 years old when he went into World War II. Before this, he always thought of veterans as being old, but soldiers are young. Our soldiers still face difficult times today, with some of them being mentally and emotionally strained beyond their capacity. When they arrive home, too many of them find themselves homeless. The Mayor feels this is wrong, and he feels the best way to pay homage to today’s veteran’s is by fixing this problem. To this end, he has worked with Cathy Jolly and the rest of the City Council to create a Homelessness task force. The mission of the task force is to create a plan to end homelessness in Kansas City.

The Mayor is gearing up for the 131st Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Crown Center on Friday, November 27th. The theme of this year’s event is: a toy or a coat, a book or a buck, and it speaks to the many ways that you can help make the holiday season special for those in need. The Master of Ceremony is Kansas City’s number one talk radio host, Chris Stigall of KCMO Talk Radio 710. And Eric Stonestreet, a Kansas City native, better known as Cameron from ABC’s Modern Family, will be helping the Mayor to flip the switch for the Tree Lighting. In addition to the Kansas City Symphony, the Mayor has a lot of other wonderful entertainment planned for the evening. To end the evening, the winner of a two-year lease on a Smart car will be announced. For more information, or to donate to the fund or to buy a raffle ticket for the Smart Car, please visit,

On A More Personal Note

The Mayor and his Chief of Staff were in Harlem this week when the Native American Symposium took place. So, on behalf of the Mayor, I welcomed the group to Kansas City, and Mayoral staff member, Christina Jim, presented them with the Mayor’s proclamation. The opening of the conference was quite beautiful, complete with a color guard and four powerful drumming songs.

The Mayor’s Public Appearances This Week


8:30 a.m. The Graduate School’s Executive Potential Program
Westin Crown Center
1 Pershing Road

5:00 p.m. HEDC Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Celebration
Boulevard Brewery
2501 Southwest Blvd


10:30 a.m. Council Committee Chairs Meeting
Mayor’s Office
414 E. 12th St. 29th Floor

11:30 a.m. Municipal Administration Class, University of Central Missouri
Mayor’s Office
414 E. 12th St. 29th Floor

1:30 p.m. Press Conference: Homelessness Taskforce
Restart Inc.
918 E. 9th Street

3:30 p.m. A City that Works Weekly Public Meeting: Business Licensing
414 E. 12th St. 10th Floor

5:00 p.m. The Shanin and Parks Show
980 KMBZ


9:30 a.m. AGA Fall Seminar: International Auditing and Performance Measures
Johnson County Community College

7:00 p.m. Tele-Town Hall Meeting


1:30 p.m. Council Business Session
414 E. 12th St. 10th Floor

3:00 p.m. Council Legislative Session
414 E. 12th St. 26th Floor

5:15 p.m. Labor Management of Great Kansas City’s Public Official Reception
Muehlbach Lobby, Downtown Marriot

6:00 p.m. City Lights Ceremony and Salvation Army Christmas Campaign Kick-Off
Barney Allis Plaza


7:40 a.m. Friday’s with Funk

11:30 a.m. Mayor and City Council’s Annual Legislative Luncheon
Lydia’s Loft, 101 W. 22nd Street


2:00 p.m. Make a Wish Foundation’s Wish for Julie Brock
Guardian Angel’s Food Pantry, 1310 Westport Road

The Next Town Hall Meetings

December 4, 2009 – 6:30 PM
Host: Clay County Economic Development Council

December 9, 2009 – 6:30 p.m.
Host: Riverstone Adult Lifestlye Community
9000 N. Congress Avenue

In faith,
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
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