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Sly James

Sylvester "Sly" James, Jr. (born December 9, 1951), is the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. James lives in Kansas City's Hyde Park neighborhood. He ... More »Sylvester "Sly" James, Jr. (born December 9, 1951), is the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri. James lives in Kansas City's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was inaugurated as Mayor on May 2, 2011. James grew up on the East side of Kansas City, at 44th Street and Montgall Avenue. He graduated from Bishop Hogan High School in 1969. There, he was the lead singer of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Flying Band (later renamed Manchester Trafficway) from 1965 to 1970. The band was the opening act for Jefferson Airplane when it performed in Kansas City. In 1971, James joined the Marines and served as a military policeman in California, Japan and the Philippines; he was honorably discharged in 1975. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rockhurst College in 1980, graduating cum laude. In college, he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Thereafter, he attended law school at the Syracuse University College of Law from 1980 to 1981, but then transferred to the University of Minnesota Law... [ Wikipedia ]

Police cite son of Kansas City mayor for careless driving after he refused breath test

Kansas City police on Thursday cited Kyle James, son of Mayor Sly James, for careless driving in connection with a December incident in which he was arrested for suspected drunken driving. It marks the second time James has been arrested for DUI but not charged with it, according ...

KC Mayor Sly James focuses on crime and education in ‘State of the City’

Kevin Burns attended Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ informal State of the City speech Sunday hoping to hear the latest about crime and education. Burns, 37, of Kansas City, wasn’t disappointed. James detailed a list of the city’s accomplishments, including the expansions of Cerner and ...

Smackdown at City Hall for Mayor Sly James

Kansas City Mayor Sly James made passionate and feisty arguments to the City Council on Thursday. He verbally got in the faces of some council members, at one point saying they were “afraid” of a potential city charter change. 2011 file photo | JILL TOYOSHIBA/Kansas City Star Mayor ...

Hotels count more than politics as GOP weighs sites for 2016 convention

Kansas City Mayor Sly James said after the city made its presentation that officials were focused on the nuts and bolts of fundraising, hotels, transportation and security _ not the political leanings of a host city or whether it was located in a swing state. “When you look at major ...

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Two groups battle over the future of Kemper Arena

Right now, Mayor Sly James is firmly in the American Royal’s camp, which means Kemper Arena’s demolition is increasingly likely. James says he’s not convinced the Foutch Brothers’ approach works financially, although he concedes the American Royal financing needs more work as ...

Mayor Sly James: Get the murder numbers down

Kansas City Mayor Sly James seems to be losing patience. FRED BLOCHER | The Kansas City Star Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte with Mayor Sly James in the background. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners, he grilled Police Chief Darryl Forté about the ...

How Mayor Sly James weathered the big snowstorm

Sly James understands this completely. See him now, on the 5 o’clock news, live, ball-capped, at a “command center,” telling residents to get ready as the storm approaches. Move your cars to one side of the street. Stay home tomorrow. Stagger your business opening times. Follow him on ...

Yael T. Abouhalkah: Mayor James will coast to re-election in KC, unless ...

About this time next year, Sly James will be cruising to re-election as mayor of Kansas City. ROY INMAN Mayor Sly James gave his unofficial State of the City address at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Jan. 26, 2014. He covered a wide range of topics in the half-hour ...

Finally, Mayor James leans toward local control of police

In some welcome comments Monday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James indicated he favors more city control of the Police Department. This is positive news because it shows the mayor — who’s on the current police board — recognizes the limitations of state control of the police. Appearing before ...

James wants KC mayor to have more authority over city manager

Mayor Sly James is trying to accomplish an issue his predecessors had as well — to give Kansas City's mayor more control over hiring and firing the city manager, The Kansas City Star reports. Currently, James has one of 13 votes on the City Council that serves as the city's ...

Unruly black youth + The Plaza = More trouble

Make no mistake: This is an image problem that Mayor Sly James and Police Chief Darryl Forte, in particular, are acutely aware of. They often have talked before of how the majority of black youth who gather on the Plaza are well-behaved. But on too many occasions, including last Saturday ...

Youths causing problems on the Plaza ‘will no longer be tolerated,’ KC police chief says

File photo by Fred Blocher | The Kansas City Star Chief Darryl Forté (shown in this file photo with Mayor Sly James) says Kansas City police will beef up their presence on the Country Club Plaza on Saturday night after a large group of youths disrupted traffic and incited fights there ...

James wants advisory group to study streetcar along old trolley route

Kansas City Mayor Sly James is forming a neighborhood advisory committee to help head off opposition to the idea of expanding streetcar service along the old Country Club trolley line. James announced on Wednesday that he will appoint people who live in the area near the ...

Kansas City area braces for winter wallop as 8 or more inches of snow is forecast

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and City Manager Troy Schulte urged people to stay home from work Tuesday if possible — but not city employees. James and Schulte said city employees have important work to do and are expected to report as usual, although they may be allowed to go home ...

All eyes are on Sly James as big KC issues loom in 2014

David Pulliam | The Kansas City Star Mayor Sly James greeted recording artist Tech N9ne (left) as George Brett looked on Tuesday during a press conference at city hall where the mayor announced that he had declared September as "Attendance Awareness Month" last Thursday during the City ...

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You’re on: KC Mayor Sly James bets Indy counterpart on Chiefs-Colts

Say this about Kansas City Mayor Sly James: The man is a fierce competitor when it comes to defending the honor of his hometown sports teams. On Friday, James threw down the gauntlet to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard: a bet on Saturday’s AFC wild-card playoff game at Indy...

Mayor James learns a lesson: Corporate tax breaks can hurt the poor

Like most politicians, Kansas City Mayor Sly James has been willing to support corporate tax breaks that lower the tax rates for powerful companies but essentially increase the tax burden on others who can’t sweet-talk City Hall. Jim Barcus | The Kansas City Star Here are Kansas City ...

Sly James schools Missouri lawmakers

Kansas City Mayor Sly James was in a button-pushing mood Tuesday night when he addressed a Missouri legislative committee that is touring the state listening to people’s ideas about education. “I know first hand the transformational nature of education,” James told the committee...

Kansas City schools remain unaccredited

Kanas City Mayor Sly James said the district's lack of accreditation highlights the need for other community initiatives, such as summer learning. "Decades of talk about district boundary lines, political scorekeeping and other tertiary adult-focused issues haven't gotten us far down the ...

James names 31 to streetcar advisory group

Mayor Sly James has named his committee of 31 community residents, employees and transit activists who will advise the city on how best to manage the potential southbound expansion of the city’s streetcar project. Late Friday, the Mayor’s office issued a release naming the 31 members of ...

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