New SMSD school board member Jessica Hembree featured in New York Times. New SMSD Board of Education member Jessica Hembree is among the politicians featured in a story published by the New York Times on Saturday. The article contemplated the career paths and experiences of female politicians in their late 30s, especially when compared with Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic presidential candidate. “I most frequently heard you can’t possibly be old enough to run, which I learned only happens when I have my hair in a ponytail,” Hembree said. “But older women voters in our community would say I’m so happy for you, I could have never even dreamed of doing what you’re doing when I was younger, and I love hearing that.” [Would a 37-year-old woman be where Pete Buttigieg is? — The New York Times]
Mother of son shot by Overland Park police pushes legislation for more transparency in officer-involved deaths. Sheila Albers, the mother of a teen who was shot by Overland Park police, is pushing a new bill this legislative session that calls for more objectivity and transparency in investigation of officer-involved deaths. Outside of some information released by Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, the city has cited open-records exemptions in declining to release the investigatory material in the shooting. “We are balancing the public’s need to know with people’s right to privacy,” Albers said of the legislation. “Right now, the balance is the public knows nothing, and that is not appropriate.” [Push to shine more light on officer-involved deaths comes to Kansas — Flatland KC]
Prairie Village hosting third workshop for skate park in Harmon Park. Prairie Village is hosting its third and final community design workshop for the skate park at Harmon Park on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Clubhouse (Somerset Drive and Nall Ave). The purpose of the meeting is to present the layout for the new skate park and get comments to help finalize the plan.