Why Save KCI?

jdpThis website was born in 2013 out of frustration with the media's failure to do its job. The KCI terminal proposals from the Aviation Department have always raised more questions than they've answered but those questions are never asked by the media. Claims made by officials are not questioned or challenged. Led by the Star, most simply parrot the talking points. As a result, “sides” form. One side is trying to spin, sell and railroad a questionable proposal while the other side simply wants to know the truth.

Government “of” the people is increasingly seen as government “to” the people.

While my primary objective has always been to have an honest and open discussion leading to the best proposal for the future of KCI, a secondary objective is to plant a seed that will hopefully grow into a better sense of partnership between elected officials and the people they represent.

Many of the original goals of this endeavor have been achieved. What was seen as a fast-tracked "done deal" was slowed down for review and discussion. The airlines, who astonishingly were excluded before, are now a central player. Passengers and taxpayers have had time to petition and have been assured a voice on KCI at the ballot box. The ballot box has also sent a new Council to City Hall - one with more questions and fewer rubber stamps.

RULES: This discussion is open to all interested parties and opinions.  Comments posted will be moderated and deleted only for uncivil language and for personal attacks. If you can’t play nice, you can’t play in the sandbox.

Thanks for caring and for being involved.

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News & Opinion

Our New Terminal Dreams Can Be Fulfilled On Wednesday

With the Powerball jackpot now projected to be over a billion dollars, we finally have a way to pay for our new terminal! If fact, if the Aviation Department buys a ticket and it wins, I pledge to be there politely applauding at the ribbon cutting. I’ll even offer to hold the ribbon. Hopefully, the jackpot will climb well past the…

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Resolve To Avoid Spaghetti And Ask More Questions in 2016

Now that we’ve made it past the media’s new year predictions about KCI, we can get back to reality. Nothing has changed. The past few weeks have featured presentations by extremely well-paid consultants. Consultants hired to tell the Aviation Department what they want to hear so they can be hired back. So what did we learn? Primarily that we still can’t rely on…

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I Pledge Allegiant To The Gate

Belated congratulations are due to the Aviation Department for “landing” Allegiant Air recently. During the ATAG’s behind the scenes tour of KCI in 2013, Director VanLoh made it a point to say that they could not get Allegiant Air to fly here because we could not accommodate their gate needs with our current terminal set-up. Thus, Allegiant was flying to Wichita, Springfield, Omaha and…

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TSA’s KCI Prediction Comes True

Today’s incident with the partial shutdown and evacuation of Terminal C due to an unruly passenger on an American Airlines flight, was noteworthy for what did not happen as much as it was for what did. And predictably, also what was reported vs what was not… According to news accounts, Terminal C was partially shut down and evacuated from around…

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The Pitch Throws A Revealing Tight Curve On Eve Of ATAG Report

I’m told that the Airport Terminal Advisory Group co-chairs and our consultants have completed or are nearing completion on the official report that will be given to the mayor. Meanwhile, Steve Vockrodt at The Pitch published an article last night that is a must-read before the ATAG report is released. If nothing else, it is a splendid example of what…

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And So Ends The Scripted ATAG Show

Today’s announcement of the ATAG vote is newsworthy as much for the misreporting as for the announcement itself. The group is officially recommending a single terminal – but subject to cost. 25% of the group felt we could not make any recommendation without these cost numbers. (If you count the members who attended a majority of the meetings and town halls,…

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Time Flies, But Ill-Conceived Terminal Proposals Do Not

(Originally published March 30, 2014) Today marks the one-year anniversary of starting this website. A year of my life that I will never get back, but one that has filled with new friends and has been rewarding, enlightening, at times frustrating and one for which I will be forever grateful. The goal then was the same as it is now:…

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A Realistic Look At KCI Retail

There’s a nicely balanced (gasp) piece in the KC Star today discussion the question of retail amenities at KCI. This has become a larger part of the conversation lately and this makes for a good opportunity to clarify some things. A lot of attention has been given lately to the fact that KCI ranks last on a list of “peer…

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City Council Passes Ordinance Requiring Vote On KCI

Check this one off the list… Finally. Did Russ Johnson really abstain after his committee recommended, “Do Pass?” Today’s press release from Citizens for Responsible Government/Friends of KCI: UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION: A check of the Council minutes shows that Councilman Johnson DID abstain on the ordinance that guarantees a vote on airport demolition or construction. He voted to pass the…

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Reality Finally Lands At Our KCI Discussion

Today was a big day. Today we finally learned from the airlines themselves that not only would a shiny new terminal not attract flights, it might cost us some of the non-stop service we now enjoy. Ron Ricks and Bob Montgomery, the two executives at Southwest Airlines in charge of airport relationships and more or less deciding where Southwest flies or…

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Correcting The Narrative About The Southwest Gate Area

I admit it. I screwed up. I assumed when Aviation Dept officials and others said or implied that there were no dining options past Southwest security, that they were telling the truth. After all, why would you say something that is so easily proven false? Moreover, of the hundreds of comments I’ve received, none have pointed out that this “fact”…

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KCI Consultant Was Right After All – We Should Look At Sacramento

Way back in early April at the Council hearing, the Aviation Department’s consultant Mark Perryman suggested that Kansas City look to Sacramento’s new billion dollar terminal project as an example of what Kansas City could expect from a “newer airport that worked well.” At the time, I pointed out that they spent all that money and still had multiple terminals and…

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