Welcome to the official blog of Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Here you will find comments from Mayor Sly James. If you would like to share a thought with the Mayor on anything written here, please click here.

  • Mayor Sly James on Sirius XM with Tim Farley
    Posted August 14, 2017

    Last week, Mayor Sly James was on POTUS radio with Tim Farley on Sirius XM. Check it out! LISTEN NOW

  • Statement from Mayor Sly James on the recent travel advisory issued by the NAACP for the State of Missouri
    Posted August 10, 2017

    Kansas City faces historic inequities that cities and states across the United States have struggled to overcome for as long as this nation has existed. We don’t run from the hard work of progress, however. Justice, equality and fairness are … Read More »

  • “Dancers & Art Students” Are A Proud Part of Kansas City’s Heritage
    Posted July 5, 2017

    The Arts are fundamental to the heritage of Kansas City. It would be hard to imagine our city any other way. We’re considered the birthplace of jazz, giving names to artists like Bennie Moten, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Charlie … Read More »

  • Digital Inclusion Awareness Day
    Posted June 28, 2017

    Join the City of Kansas City, Missouri,  Mayor Sly James, and the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion for Digital Inclusion Awareness Day on July 15. This free community event will provide citizens with the opportunity to sign-up for low … Read More »

  • No Time for Politics
    Posted May 5, 2017

    Friends, Healthy debate is how good decisions are made and how all voices are heard. However, the recent effort to stall plans for a downtown convention hotel, is more about making noise than being heard. The issue of whether to … Read More »

  • On Minimum Wage Increase – Shortcuts Lead to Dead-ends
    Posted March 6, 2017

    As a kid, growing up at 44th and Montgall, I watched my father work hard to provide for our family. He and my mother often held as many as four jobs between them in order to send my brothers and … Read More »

  • Protests and Peaceful Activism
    Posted February 1, 2017

    “This is not about who we oppose or fear. This is about who we are and who we want to be.” There is simply no getting around the fact that we are in the midst of polarizing times. Because of … Read More »

  • 5 Priorities for the GO Bond Package
    Posted December 23, 2016

    “The basic infrastructure of our city is something we inherit, and must improve, to hand down to our kids and grandkids. We make our living because of it. We explore and enjoy our city because of it. And we make … Read More »

  • 4 Things to know about the GO Bond package
    Posted December 7, 2016

    Friends, Starting this week, you will hear a lot of discussion about a G.O., or general obligation, bond package that voters will be asked to approve in April. Conversation is starting now because it’s a significant investment, but one that … Read More »

  • 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 »