Sharon Fearey

A look at a David Dennis campaign finance report

A look at a David Dennis campaign finance report

It's interesting to look at campaign finance reports. Following, a few highlights on a report from the David Dennis campaign. He's a candidate for Sedgwick County Commission in the August Republican Party primary election. The report was filed July 25, 2016, covering the period from January 1, 2016 through July 21, 2016. These reports are available online at the Sedgwick County Election Office website. Keith Stevens, $200 A longtime Democrat community activist, always on the side of higher taxes and more government spending. Suzanne F. Ahlstrand, $250 Gary & Cathy Schmitt, $100 Jon E. Rosell, $100 Charlie Chandler, Maria Chandler,…
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In Wichita, corporate welfare not needed, after all

Last fall the City of Wichita awarded two forms of economic development subsidy to a proposed Save-A-Lot grocery store to be built in the Planeview neighborhood. The developer of the store was able to persuade Wichita economic development officials and city council members that the store could not be built without public assistance. But now a different developer is going ahead with the project -- without any of the subsidies Wichita approved, raising questions as to whether the city's original offer of public assistance was genuine economic development, or just another instance of corporate welfare. The subsidies approved were in…
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Wichita city council celebrates while others face cuts

It's reported that the City of Wichita is facing a $6.5 million shortfall. The city's looking at several ways to reduce costs, including closing police substations during the overnight hours ($148,000), reducing lawn mowing at parks ($100,000), and cutting back on swimming pool hours ($2,000). Here's one simple thing the city could do to save money that won't cause very many people any pain at all: cut back on celebratory luncheons. On Tuesday April 14, 2009, after the city council meeting, 37 guests lunched at the Hyatt Regency. The total cost of this event to the city, according to the…
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YMCA – Wichita conflict of interest

A local non-profit organization, held in high esteem, seeks to purchase property owned by the City of Wichita. So what's the problem? During his State of the City address for 2009, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer revealed his plan for a partnership between the city and the YMCA. So far this partnership has revealed itself in the city's plan to sell some city-owned land at First and Waco Streets to the YMCA. Council members Jeff Longwell and Sharon Fearey were appointed to represent the city in negotiations. The problem is that Longwell is a member of the advisory board for the…
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Sharon Fearey doesn’t appreciate the Wichita Eagle

At the December 16, 2008 meeting of the Wichita City Council, Sharon Fearey expressed her displeasure with reporting done by the Wichita Eagle. In this clip, she mentions the Wichita Eagle reporting of the history of Grant Gaudreau. Fearey implies that the Eagle knew that he had been removed from the Renaissance Square project over a month ago. But just two weeks ago, Allen Bell, development director for the City of Wichita, referred to Gaudreau as "principal developer." So Fearey's accounting of the facts isn't even close to Bell's. Is there a communications breakdown at city hall? It seems obvious.
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“Thank You, Wichita Eagle”

Mustering all the sarcasm she can, Sharon Fearey says "Thank you, Wichita Eagle." Speaking from the bench at the December 16, 2008 meeting of the Wichita City Council, she's referring to reporting that newspaper did that uncovered problems in the past of the person referred to as the principal developer of a project. Wichita city council member Fearey simply does not understand the concerns of the citizens of Wichita. Combined with her tasteless joke a few weeks ago (see Sharon Fearey’s Bad Joke for video), Wichitans can be thankful that term limits are bringing an end to her time on…
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No Diligence in Wichita City Hall

Rhonda Holman's Wichita Eagle editorial today (Need vetting of City Hall partners) correctly states that city staff "missed the mark in vetting negotiator Grant Gaudreau." Or is the proper title "principal developer," as stated by Wichita’s director of urban development Allen Bell? (See Wichita’s Faulty Due Diligence for video.) There's a lot of confusion over this matter, and times like this let us get a closer look at what's going on in city hall. We can also learn a lot about the attitudes of government officials and city staff. For example, a Wichita Eagle news story reported this: "Grant was…
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Sharon Fearey’s Bad Joke

At the Tuesday December 2, 2008 meeting of the Wichita City Council, a property owner was present. This man, owner of the Nifty Nut House, a popular store for nuts and treats, was in front of the council when council member Sharon Fearey asked this question: "Do we all get free nuts or anything?" (Laughter from the council and audience.) "Just kidding! You can't buy our vote!" It's troubling to me when elected officials think things like this are funny. Why was she even thinking of this? The Nifty Nut House has great products. I was thinking about them as…
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Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer’s Reformulated TIF Plan Still a Bad Idea

Today the Wichita City Council holds a special meeting to consider a reformulated plan to provide tax increment financing (TIF) for the area surrounding the downtown Wichita arena. It's still a bad idea. It appears there are two major changes in the new plan. First, the TIF district is smaller. Second, spending on the district would be 70 percent of the new property taxes -- the "increment" -- instead of 100 percent. Why is this plan a bad idea? Why, you may be asking, aren't I in favor of development and progress in downtown? To me, there's a difference between…
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