A contemptible pattern was quite evident in June’s most viewed when it came to the Harry Jerome Lands Public Hearing rezoning. It was seemingly a staged performance featuring bad acting & non believable misdirection led by Mussatto and his wannabe night-mayor Linda Buchanan; while other land-grabbing city councillor imposters were lassoing horse trading – hee haw!
Surely CNV deserves a city council that has a strong neighbourly back bone, void of developer brokering and backroom corruption. Obstinate hardened traits held by our current spineless & vainglorious city council despicables. #vote4changeOctober20
Note: To be fair Councillor Clark has not made his mayoral candidacy official. Maybe he is waiting to see just how much feeler support there is before tossing his “horse trading stetson” into the mayoral ring. If Councillor Clark is running for mayor he and Buchanan would be running from a parallel kindred slate coveting more and more DENSITY continuing to turn their backs on NIMBY’s. #enoughDensty
Councillor Buchanan has voted in favour of EVERY new highrise except for her recent mayoral campaign’s ‘the fix is in’ new Harry Jerome Mega Sports Complex allowing Darwin’s takeover of the existing HJ Lands. And lest we forget IGNORING EVERY neighbourhood petition and helping to make a mockery out of every highrise public hearing. Forever voting against resident concerns like Hollyburn’s new apartment building, allowing them to buy at below market value our city hall’s hovering density air in order to increase the height of “her” Hollyburn donor’s 13th & Lonsdale Marlborough 3 Commercial Apartment highrise from 12 to 17 floors! #disingenuous
The same can be said about Councillor Clark who is on record for towering “community” horse trading with developers. Two key huge projects come to mind; Polygon’s new Promenade Lower Lonsdale tower featuring a horse trading swap for extra floors blocking more area condo views in order to get the North Van Museum & Archives “squeezed” into a confined main floor space! And if you want to epitomize horse trading we need to look no further than the about to be built 32 & 26 towering Darwin project in order to finance his damn $210+ million Titanic MegaDome Sporting Facility having “turned his back”, crapping on the majority of the Harry Jerome Community who are dead against both projects. #screwNIMBYS
Is either councillor the kind of mayor you want i.e. bound & determined to further entrap our city into further highrise development. Two infamous city councillors who don’t give a damn about NIMBY concerns having divorced themselves from Regional Growth Strategy Levels surpassing 2041 census. Promoting Bike to Work Black Necklace lanes used by less than 2% of city residents OVER our city’s dire, unable to keep pace infrastructures. While also deliberately limiting residential and commercial street parking at ALL “their” construction & noise polluting sites beholding to “their” heavy equipment vehicles closing off residential street parking & causing constant lane closures… No, then simply vote for change October 20th. #weCANdoBetter #noMoreDensity
The month of May started off led by our infamous OCP Dir. Mr. Epp telling us which neighbourhoods he would like to put his slot machines instead of where they should surely have gone… This eventually led to the defeat (being an election year) of any gaming establishment coming to town other than our already “many, many BC Lotto booths.”
Not to be outdone, our mayor referencing HJ Lands quipped: “If we can’t put the density here, where else can we put it!” And yet just last Monday Night at the HJ Lands Public Hearing he inadvertently voted against his double dipping donor Darwin Construction. Why would density Darrell vote against his density donor brethren?… see Friday’s blog #scandalous
And then I watched in dismay as all city council members in unison overturned our Canadian and BC Charter of Rights Freedoms in not allowing those wanting a head start running for city council or mayor in being able to erect lawn signs prior or bike rack signs during the “noted city election period.”… Of course back in 2014 these sign bylaws did not “apply” to mayor Massutto who placed many a “bike rack re-election sign” up and down Lonsdale Ave. during the election period! #MussattoAboveTheLaw
The unexpected highlight in May was out-of-towner Councillor Back turning against her fellow Team Hijackers in wanting to swell a too close to the sidewalk development into its Victoria Park Neighbourhood.
And with so much unwanted density being thwarted into our neighbourhoods; I could not help but do a little karaoke rewrite blog to the beat of: “I Did It My Way” dedicating it to our “you can never have enough density” mayor. #Vote4ChangeOctober20 #WeCanDoBetter
This coming Monday Night’s City Council HJ Public Hearing Fight Card will be like no other. In one corner you have the ENTIRE city council wanting massive density dropped on the existing Harry Jerome Lands on different density high-rise levels while demanding of course (it is an election year) some kind of $90K salaried unaffordable low income housing to the type of commercial offices & medical research/services they will want incorporated into our city owned leased lands.
And this can only happen IF Mussatto’s Team Bandits a-line themselves with Independent Team Councillors Bell, Clark and Bookham – “double teaming” – brawling for a monster pool and curling rinks SportsPlex. And in the later rounds asphyxiating traffic gridlock and putting a chokehold on if you can find it parking in a one-sided demolition massacre of the Harry Jerome Lands and Neighbourhood!
Add to that ALL the outside interference from on-lookers who do not live in this community and the many Olympic pool sized lovers and curling enthusiasts from the District and West Van City… Does this sound like a fair fight to you?
The only ace Harry Jerome residents have up their sleeve is “reminding city councillors” how they plan to mark their Election Night’s Fight Card if these projects move forward… Reminding them: “other North Shore city residents favouring a new Titanic HJ SportsPlex don’t get to vote, re-elect any city councillor or get to elect a wannabe running for mayor.”
Will this be the final feather in their albatross caps, having disenfranchised so many neighbourhoods since being elected in late 2014… we’ll know in just 127 days. #Vote4ChangeOct20
First and foremost my heart, prayers and condolences to those directly and indirectly effected by the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident that took the dreams away from so many young players, coaches, statistician, radio broadcaster and team bus driver. An unimaginable, devastation loss of lives, left asking why? #HumboldtStrong
Meanwhile… Tonight’s agenda card is really a half deck full of funding appropriations and carelessly looking into a murky crystal ball that is able to miraculously concoct a Financial Plan for the Years 2018 to 2027 Bylaw. And this to me is what is wrong with our city governance when it comes to city business and property taxes and operating expenditures including dead in the water without a plebiscite appropriation funding for the Harry Jerome Neighourhood Lands Development Plan.
We need to after Oct. 20th overturn this bylaw and make it into an over-site guideline subject to many “unforeseen” economic topsy-turvy conditions. Especially when you consider the growing unaffordability of our city for far too many, businesses unable to find dependable staff and gridlock traffic negatively impacting commuter destinations. Our city’s ranking is down to #72 ‘Best Place to Live in Canada’ for good reason. We shouldn’t be financially scheduling our eggs 5 to 10 years from now as we do not know how many will actually hatch. #cnvSOL
For me the obvious highlight of the night will be how in a public surround will mayor Mussatto vote regarding Councillor Clark’s #21 agenda motion: to write to the Metro Vancouver Board to express strong opposition to these changes and request repeal. Don’t be surprised if the mayor recuses himself and runs to the safety of his non threatening mayor’s office. But what will be more interesting is how will his Team Slate Hijackers councillors wannabe mayor Buchanan, non city resident Back looking for re-election and councillor usually MIA and not seeking re-election Keating vote on this motion, again if he shows up.
Worst case scenario city councillors surrender to a draw, a damning stalemate without the mayor’s vote… And will the camera pull to a wide shot so we can see how EACH COUNCILLOR VOTED… Imperative to many residents in how they will be casting their vote for or against any councillors running for re-election on October 20th. #Vote4Change
A new twist on a ol’ classic put down… and since Sunday is Easter I did not think it would be appropriate to run a satirical cartoon. As I remember being once an alter boy so long, long, long ago – inhaling too much incense to the point of almost passing out during Easter Sunday’s High Mass. These days it’s the underhanded city hall politics that is apt to make one vomit. #Vote4Change #Enough!