Floyd Mayweather KO's City Hall
The Kansas City Star
Who looks good at City Hall in the case of the boxer Floyd Mayweather?
- Certainly not City Council member Michael Brooks, who thought it was a good idea to plow ahead and use city tax funds to bring in a man convicted of domestic abuse to talk to young people about how to be successful in life. No, it wasn’t a good idea - at least not without vetting the pros and cons in a public session, with the rest of the City Council.
Brooks seems to have acknowledged that failing, albeit it a little late.
Not City Manager Troy Schulte, who didn’t do his due diligence in checking out the $15,000 requested to bring Mayweather to Kansas City. Just Google Mayweather and the bad news about him pops up frequently.
Not Mayor Sly James or the rest of the City Council, who should by now have set up hard and fast rules on how to use funds from the neighborhood tourism fund, which has been around for a couple of decades.
Properly so, James through a spokesman criticized the Mayweather saga.
Critics of Kansas City already are hopping on this incident and saying it shows yet another time that local officials can’t run the government properly.
I agree that mistakes were made. I’d also point out that this kind of story has been missing from City Hall for many months, with James as mayor. In other words, the council has largely avoided these kinds of public missteps.
Then again, the Mayweather saga just rekindles that kind of skepticism about how tax dollars are used at City Hall.