The Mayor’s office was kind enough to allow me some up close access at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center on Friday evening. R&B/Soul performer Janelle Monáe and Mayor of Kansas City Sly James were on stage and also mingling with the crowd before and after the lighting. Friday 11/25/11.

A new memorial to the Korean War has been installed in Washington Square Park downtown. The dedication and unveiling was Wednesday afternoon. These shots are from right after the unveiling, with the final one being a picture of Mayor of KCMO Sly James who was in attendance.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James visited the Country Club Plaza Saturday evening in an effort to address the problem of underage loitering and flash mobs that have started to take place in the past year on the Plaza. I followed Mayor Sly around for the evening and snapped some photos of him talking with people, including many of the underage kids who are being dropped off by their parents for hours at a time on the Plaza and left to their own devices.

In a terrible twist of timing, three young people were shot and wounded on the Plaza very near the Mayor after I had departed and gone home. Word has it that the Mayor was taken to the ground by his security contingent for his own protection as the shots rang out. Click here for the article at the Kansas City Star. All nine of the following photos were taken before the night turned ugly.

The Mayor addressing the media near Nichols Fountain prior to walking through the Plaza.

Former Councilman and activist Alvin Brooks at left with Mayor Sly James at right.

Mayor Sly and a KCPD Mounted Patrol horse.

A couple of pictures from the inauguration picnic of Kansas City MO Mayor Sly James at Starlight Theater this past Saturday.