Mayor Sly James On Kansas City Spotlight
One down and one go to: baseball’s 2012 All-Star Game brought national attention to Kansas City, and this Thursday, Google Fiber will tell us how much it will cost to speed up our reputation.
While residents have been riding the feel-good wave, Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James has been wrestling with the future of a downtown hotel and what should happen with Kemper Arena.
Tuesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske asks Mayor James if the All-Star Game was the boon to the community it was hyped to be and whether the city has figured out what to do with Google Fiber.
Plus, we’ll ask why the City Council remains committed to streetcars after failing to win federal funding for the project and how city services are dealing with the effects of the current heat wave and drought.
Questions or comments for Mayor James? Join the conversation: call 816 235 2888 during the show, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Tweet us @KCURUptoDate, or join KCUR's Facebook discussion.
Sylvester "Sly" James was sworn in as Kansas City's mayor on May 1, 2011. James was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1975 and earned his law degree in 1983. He joined Blackwell, Sanders, Matheny, Weary & Lombardi and became the firm's first African-American partner. He started his own practice, the Sly James Firm, in 2003. He has led or served on the boards of multiple legal organizations as well as the United Way, Committee for County Progress, Partnership for Children, Bishop Hogan High School, Notre Dame de Sion schools, Operation Breakthrough, Genesis School, the Kansas City Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, Enhanced Enterprise Zones of Kansas City and the Jackson County Ethics Commission. Learn more about the mayor on his website.