LS Council losing a calm & measured voice as Faith announces he won't seek reelection

Craig Faith made a vote heard ‘round Lee’s Summit back in April when the council and community were battling over whether or not to approve a TIF and development plan for CityScape to build a multi-family complex at Second and Douglas streets in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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First two in the council swimming pool

Randy Rhoads taught us long ago that jumping into the city race early can’t hurt your chances. When the then-District 2 Lee’s Summit Councilman fired the first shot in August of 2009 for the 2010 mayoral race against longtime Mayor Karen Messerli, it marked perhaps the earliest we received such an announcement for a city race.

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Does Lion’s Den demolition portend progress on outdoor space?

From residents to council members to business owners in downtown, there are a lot of people in the dark about just what exactly is happening with the $600,000 Downtown Lee’s Summit Performance Space project that was placed on the April 2013 ballot and passed overwhelmingly by the voters.

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Keeping the faith council will make the right decision

Now isn't the time to go backward on development. And now certainly isn't the time to tell Metro and regional developers that we may not be open for business. Interestingly — and unfairly, probably — this decision could land on just one City Council member. We'll get to that.

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Confusing Mayoral statements deserve a second look

Leaders and leadership take many different forms in Lee’s Summit. Really, in any city of any size. For better or worse, the 80/20 or the 90/10 rules often apply when it comes to community engagement driving financial or political forces, as well as with overall involvement. That is, 80-90 percent of your work is done by 10-20 percent of the people.

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At the confluence of Leadership & Language

Leadership. That’s a big word. Being a leader is hard work and carries with it a number of responsibilities. We are lucky enough in Lee’s Summit to have no shortage of leaders who contribute to the growth and evolution of our community through countless civic, charitable and not-for-profit organizations.

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If some City Council members don't see the Downtown ROI, they aren't looking very hard

COMMENTARY — At the June 7 City Council meeting, Johnson decided to use his valuable microphone time to question the relatively small amount that the City agrees to fund Downtown Lee's Summit Main Street — $60,000 (less than a t percent of its overall budget) due to the fact that the Community Improvement District board collects a penny tax on retail sales, which goes back to specific purposes for upkeep or marketing of our wildly popular downtown.

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Council priorities, right off the bat

A last-ditch effort to squeeze through a compensation increase by some members of the outgoing Lee's Summit City Council was unsuccessful, conventional wisdom may dictate that topic being of utmost importance to our new mayor and Council as they officially begin the new term.

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Silly season's over, time for the new Council to get to work

Silly season, as it is so lovingly called, is a real thing in Lee’s Summit. Some, it appears from some time around the candidate filing deadline through that first Tuesday (after the first Monday) in April, just lose their absolute minds and all sense of reasoning. Sometimes it’s candidates. Other times, it’s voters. And social media has only helped enhance the crazy.

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Lee's Summit Police Officers Association: Supporting candidates who work for our community & support our employees

The Lee’s Summit Police Officers Association Political Action Committee supports candidates who work for our community, support our employees, focus on our citizens, and understand the importance of providing quality public safety to our residents.

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Foundations for our Future: Building a foundation for a better future in Lee’s Summit

Who are we? Why are we backing certain candidates? And what are the motivations of our committee These are all questions that have come the way of Foundations for our Future since the announcement of our committee endorsements a few months back.

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Firefighters for Progress: Endorsements focus on commitments to public safety

The Lee’s Summit Firefighter’s Associations believes in our community.  From public education to fundraising for needy families, we have invested ourselves in Lee’s Summit. We ask that you vote on April 3 for City Council candidates that share our priorities of fixing public safety and providing the services our community desires.

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Meet your candidates for City Council district 3

Continuing its mission to keep local issues at the forefront of public conversation and to provide a means for voters to hear from candidates for local office, Link 2 Lee's Summit posed the following questions to each of the candidates for City Council in the April 2018 municipal election.

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