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Candidates differ on rental licensing program; discuss views on city management, commission changes

"“I would like to see it be a complaint-based system rather than all of us in the industry paying a fee because a few of us run a shoddy business,” said Herbert, "

Perhaps the next owner of properties will not be an ethical manger therefore I believe it best to keep all rentals under the rental licensing umbrella. In general this keeps the cost down as well.
And helps the city meet budget demands.

As of February 2012 there is an estimated 20,720 rental units in Lawrence which is about 58% of residential housing. As we know more rental units have surfaced. With these numbers in mind it is likely rental units will not be inspected every year only every few years and/or as complaints roll in. There are other considerations in the ordinance. And there are plenty of vacancies.

March 28, 2015 at 11:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Candidates differ on rental licensing program; discuss views on city management, commission changes

"Soden: She said she is concerned that the $3 million price tag is causing the city to delay some other road projects that she said are likely in greater need of repair than Ninth Street. She said the project has great potential, but she would like to explore whether a project could be completed for less than $3 million."

This is a fiscal responsible approach no matter that the project may appear as worth while. Needs more time and assurances in writing for existing property owners.

Ninth street is in reasonable condition however widening sidewalks would be a consideration as well as an off street bike path or perhaps combine the walks and bike path.

Connecting north/south and east/west bike paths city wide would be much safer, evermore desirable and excellent use of tax dollars. Some dedicated tax $$$$$ is essential.

March 28, 2015 at 11:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses

How many small business people does anyone want to put out of business?

It seems to me that consumers have no problem getting their alcohols of choice
as it stands.

March 28, 2015 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Contribution issues

Of voter interest perhaps:

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec...

Bill Moyers:
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27...

Where did moderate republican representation go?

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/jan...

March 28, 2015 at 4:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Garden Variety: Organic fertilizer options

Thank you ....

March 28, 2015 at 4:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Computer concern

Excellent letter .....

March 28, 2015 at 4:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Contribution issues

The best result of voting in low spending candidates is this might open doors for other very talented and knowledgeable people in the future if they know large sums of money are NOT necessary to participate and win

Contrary to popular belief The Kansas Chamber of Commerce is pretty much a political action committee that supports extremely right wing causes such as the Brownback administration and very likely is influenced with a few Koch $$$$.

As is the US Chamber of Commerce. These organizations are not what they were at one time and haven't been probably for the past 35 years.

The amount of campaign $$$$$$ we know of at this moment will only grow with gusto which I am not sure we can know about until the end of the campaign. Don't be surprised if the big spenders receive $25,000,$30,000 or more $$$$$ should history repeat itself.

Why do well know incumbents need so much money? We have been watching them and reading about them for awhile.

Again the best result of voting in low spending candidates is this might open doors for other very talented and knowledgeable people in the future if they know large sums of money are NOT necessary to participate and win.

I've enjoyed the idea of a cap of no more than $5000 for campaign expenses. Let's keep the playing field almost level.

March 28, 2015 at 3:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Contribution issues

Koch/ALEC are wanting their thinkers to be sitting on local government positions such as City Commissions,Boards of Education etc etc etc.

Meet Aegis Strategic, the latest affiliate of the Koch brothers’ political empire.

The consulting firm plans to handpick local, state, and federal candidates who share the Kochs' free-market, limited-government agenda, and groom them to win elections. "We seek out electable advocates of the freedom and opportunity agenda who will be forceful at both the policy and political levels," the company notes on its website.

Aegis says it can manage every aspect of a campaign, including advertising, direct mail, social media, and fundraising.

The group's lead strategist is Karl Crow, a former project coordinator for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, where he focused "on how political advocates for economic freedom are identified, trained, and promoted," according to his bio on Aegis' website.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2...

March 28, 2015 at 3:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Your Turn: Longtime resident concerned for Kansas

I'd say the letter writers concerns are legitimate.

March 28, 2015 at 3:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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