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Grand Opening Set For Streetcar May 6 And 7

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The City of Kansas City, Mo. and the Kansas City Streetcar Authority invite the public to celebrate the start of KC Street- car operations next week-end.

The public celebration starts at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, out- side of Union Station with a grand opening ceremony fea- turing Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Federal Transit Ad- ministration members, Kansas City Streetcar Authority Chair- man Mike Hagedorn and other local dignitaries and elected of cials.

The ceremony will be fol- lowed by an inaugural rst ride for those dignitaries and the opening of public streetcar service and community-wide parties and activities.

Mayor Sly James said the grand opening of the KC Streetcar is more than a cele- bration of a new transit option for Kansas Citians.

“This is the rst step of what I believe will be a truly historic transformation of

the entire city,” James said. “Building owners and devel- opers have completed, started or announced more than $1.7 billion in construction in the downtown KC Streetcar dis- trict since the route was an- nounced. I’m con dent the entire city will nd new mo- mentum as the KC Streetcar energizes the heart of our com- munity.”

$27 Million Plans For 18th And Vine Unveiled

City Manager Troy Schulte, 3rd District Councilman Jer- maine Reed and members of the City Council presented a phased improvements plan for Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine district. The improve- ments plan highlights district revitalization projects that will be funded through potential bond proceeds, philanthropic and private donations, grant funding and various tax incen- tives.

“This proposal focuses on developing public-private part- nerships that are needed to sustain growth and develop- ment at 18th & Vine,” said City

Manager Troy Schulte. “I ap- preciate the detailed analysis by City Planning staff to help guide this innovative propos- al.”

The plan proposes a City bond-funding commitment of $27,637,162, which leverages a minimum private investment at $12,150,000 or 43.9%. Private investment will increase or- ganically as commercial proj- ects are solidi ed and through the attraction of private devel- opers. Additionally, all avail- able federal, state and local in- centives will be made available to maximize the return on the city’s investment.

Report: Chicago Police Have ‘No Regard’ For Minority Lives

CHICAGO (AP) — Police in Chicago have “no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color” and have alienated blacks and His- panics for decades by using excessive force and honoring a code of silence, a task force de- clared Wednesday in a report that seeks sweeping changes to the nation’s third-largest po- lice force.

The panel, established by Mayor Rahm Emanuel late last year in response to an outcry over police shootings, found that the department does little to weed out problem of cers and routine encounters unnec- essarily turn deadly.

The group concluded that fear and lack of trust in law en-

forcement among minorities is justi ed, citing data that show 74 percent of the hundreds of people shot by of cers in recent years were African- Americans, even though blacks account for 33 percent of the city’s population.

“Reform is possible if there is a will and a commitment,” the report said. But change must start with an acknowl- edgement of Chicago policing’s “sad history.”

The task force pointed to examples that spanned genera- tions, including the 1969 killing of Black Panther Fred Hamp- ton, allegations of torture from the 1970s to the 1990s under former commander Jon Burge and controversial stop-and-

frisk practices in the early 2000s.

The report “raises con- sciousness,” activist Greg Liv- ingston said. “It shines a light into the darkness.”

The city’s new police chief said the department welcomed “a fresh set of eyes” but was not waiting for recommenda- tions from the task force or from a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Justice Department before making changes. Eddie Johnson, an African-American with 27 years on the force, was Emanuel’s hand-picked choice to take the top job. The City Council con rmed the appoint- ment Wednesday in a 50-0 vote.

“We have racism in America. We have racism in Chicago. So

it stands to reason we would have some racism within our agency. My goal is to root that out,” Johnson told reporters af- ter he was sworn in.

In a summary of the report, the Task Force on Police Ac- countability recommended replacing the “badly broken” independent review authority that currently investigates mis- conduct with a “new and fully transparent and accountable Civilian Police Investigative Agency.” It also suggested cre- ating the post of deputy chief of diversity and inclusion.