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  • Let’s talk about raises
    Posted October 25, 2016

    As mayor, the safety and protection of our city is a top priority for me. This isn’t platitude – this is my commitment, and it requires cooperation among not only the city and my office but the cooperation of law … Read More »

  • Doubling Down on Stupid: Overriding the veto of Senate Bill 656
    Posted September 13, 2016

    Earlier today I stood inside the Rose Brooks Center, a tremendous facility in Kansas City. The Rose Brooks Center provides emergency shelter to women and children escaping life-threatening abuse. I cannot adequately express the gratitude that I have for the … Read More »

  • Safety in Innovation
    Posted July 18, 2016

    Kansas City’s reputation as an innovative, interesting city to live, work and play is catching fire.   I’m a big fan of innovation and I love having so many interesting options on everything from entertainment to restaurants to transportation. That’s … Read More »

  • Recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day
    Posted June 2, 2016

    When did we get away from common sense in this country? Perhaps it was in 2004 when the United States Congress failed to renew the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. Or perhaps, it was following the Sandy Hook shooting when gun … Read More »

  • Airport Delay
    Posted May 3, 2016

    Last week when the airlines presented their recommendation to Council, I said we need a new airport terminal because we need to continue to grow. I still think that’s true. We need a comprehensive change in our transportation system – … Read More »

  • Tough Choices
    Posted March 24, 2016

    Kansas Citians make tough budget choices every day. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to be able to fund all of our wants and needs. We have to pay our bills and take care of our families, all while trying … Read More »

  • Truth
    Posted February 22, 2016

    When false information is repeated enough times, it becomes the truth for some people. That has been the case for the misconception that the city isn’t doing anything to help neighborhoods east of Troost. I grew up at 44th and … Read More »

  • Honoring The Legacy of Dr. King: Change in Our Community & Beyond
    Posted January 18, 2016

    Each year, we remember and celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the conversation primarily focuses on his famous, “I Have a Dream” speech, as it rightly should. That speech, that moment in history, was a defining … Read More »

  • The Season of Giving
    Posted November 25, 2015

    The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund is a staple tradition in Kansas City that dates back to the 19th century when Mayor George Shelley bought a Christmas Tree and prepared baskets and meals for the poor with his own money. Since … Read More »

  • Déjà Blue: An Open Letter to America from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James
    Posted October 27, 2015

    Dear America, It’s so nice to be here again – our Royals are in the World Series and our City is in the spotlight. I could get used to this. But one thing I’ve learned along the way is that … Read More »