Jeff Longwell

Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell

Wichita Smoking Ban Starts. Sharon Fearey is Excited.

Today, September 4, 2008, marks the first day of the ban on smoking in Wichita. It's not quite a total ban, and that has some smoking ban supporters upset. In a letter to the Wichita Eagle, anti-smoking activist Cindy Claycomb writes "If you are a supporter of clean indoor air, please do not spend your money in businesses that allow smoking indoors, including smoking rooms. If we continue to spend our money at places that allow smoking indoors, that tells the business owners that we do not care -- that we will tolerate secondhand smoke even though we all know…
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Do Wichita TIF Districts Create Value?

A recent Wichita Eagle article City tax districts aren't breaking even reports on some of the problems with tax increment financing, or TIF, districts in Wichita: One promise of TIFs was that revitalizing certain areas -- such as Old Town and the East Bank -- would boost property values throughout downtown. In the past four years, assessed valuation has risen 14.9 percent a year within the downtown TIF areas where millions of dollars of public money have been invested. But take away those TIF districts and valuations have grown at 4.1 percent a year for the rest of the downtown…
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Kansas Blog Roundup for July 3, 2008

Even with a holiday-shortened week, there was quite a bit of activity in Kansas blogs. At the Kansas Republican Assembly blog, the post Sebelius: Slattery needs help raises questions about U.S. Senate candidate Jim Slattery's acquisition of certain email addresses, and the etiquette of using them. In Democratic delegate shunned for endorsing McCain over Obama, the anonymous writer of this blog wonders whether the Democratic Party is really the big tent party. The Kansas Trunkline reports that U.S. House of Representatives candidate Nancy Boyda is not shy with her support for increasing motor fuel taxes in Nancy Boyda: Yes, new…
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Wichita Council Member Jeff Longwell: We Can, and Do, Read

Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell, in the news article Little time to review Warren loan terms (July 1, 2008 Wichita Eagle), was reported as remarking "It's unlikely many residents would read the full contract even if it had been made public earlier." Mr. Longwell, many people in Wichita do read documents such as these. I think a better question is whether city council members read and understand these documents. This is from before Mr. Longwell's time on the council, but in the article The Real Scandal at City Hall, I report how city council members are sometimes not aware…
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Warren Old Town Wichita Theater: Good Money After Bad?

This letter is from my friend Darrell Leffew. Not everyone seems to understand the folly of throwing good money after bad. "Taxpayers are already on the hook" is Wichita city council member Jeff Longwell's opinion as expressed in a Wichita Eagle article. Mr. Longwell, I realize you weren't a member of the council when we taxpayers were placed on the hook, but don't help us on another, please. Let us not throw more good money after bad. The Wichita City Council has approved a business loan to the Limited Liability Company that owns the Old Town Warren Theater. That same…
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