flyingember wrote:Chastain’s efforts led the city to put the 2009 ballot item up with the KCATA. Their plan was better but he did show people wanted rail, it was the funding that was the issue.
This is a clear precursor to the TDD efforts. This effort took the lessons learned and came up with a winning method of financing with the TDD model and did it in a smart way. The free ballot signing events are the genius of the process and this selfless giving up of time is worthy of respect.
Chastains efforts really became crazy bad only after the city threw out his plan that passed. He did that 1990s recall attempt but it looks like the city refused to put petitions on the ballot then so he’s someone validated there. His name wasn’t so bad in 2008 that a majority was against it. That wasn’t true 5 years later.
It’s only about the time he left KC that his efforts went off the rails completely.
Actually, Clay started off pretty badly right out of the gates. He opposed the bistate plan for Union Station offering another plan that did not get on the ballot and then tried to overturn bistate vote at a later date. At this point, most people in area had already had enough of Chastain.