The intent of my editorial cartoon blog is to bring awareness i.e. getting citizens more engaged in local city politics. Of course not everyone will agree with my POV in just how convoluting, disconnected and polarized our city politics has sorely succumbed under our mayor’s “4 to 3” Team Slate and by our other remaining city Councillor’s horse trading practices. City Hall is no longer “the voice of the people, rather the compliant bought and paid voice of our mayor’s donor pals.”
Our city has now surpassed 2041 Regional Growth Strategy Targets, leaving us choking in traffic/transit congestion and shrinking street parking. The welfare of CNV is under siege by “vulture developers and undermined by poor city planning.” Making it impossible for many seniors, artists, low and fixed income earners and Millennial families to afford our gentrifying housing agenda. A city “short changing” our local businesses who can’t find/keep quantitative part-time workers because of our high cost of rental housing. But we do have $22+ million Black Chain bike lanes connecting our four Green Necklace Parks used by less than 2% willing to cycle daily to work!
NOTE: All editorial cartoons, illustrations, poems and video adaptations are the copyright property of Stache Editorial Cartoons 2018.
Welcome to North Van City: where reality is not always what is deemed.
Bruce “Stache” Sinski
With city council away on an undeserving 8 week summer break after having had the bare minimum city council meetings since January. I realized it won’t be long before my prized caricatures of our seven city council despicables will be only but a memory echoing my talents.
Surfing my 500+ blogs I noticed about 98.6% of my blog themes revolved around our new city council’s “4 to 3” empowered Mussatto rule trumpeting density fornication. I eventually came across my 2014 pre-election ol west themed poster: “Wanted Out of Office These Bandits.” Ironically this poster featured now running for mayor and leftover from 2009 city council OMG Guy Heywood… nothing has changed as it is still my belief we need a new untainted city council and mayor – enough is enough!
This poster would later become the foundation for my first Jan. 9 2015 blog. As you can see my foresight unfortunately was right on the money illustrating what to expect from our inept mayor and his empowered Team Slate. Hijackers whom over the last four years have willingly and relentlessly bent over backwards (kiss, kiss) appeasing their campaign developers. City politics no longer transparent – not an option under Mussatto’s developer sellout leadership conveniently held behind closed doors. And there lies your failing legacy mayor, forever and ever amen.
With Mussatto’s Team Slate closing in on its last couple months of rule… they are certainly going out in one hell of a last minute pro Hollyburn density rush. Is there any city in the lower mainland that has been so deliberately turned upside down by a city council, willingly ignoring and opposing city residents concerns over their unprecedented high rise charge to their fatal finish line. #NIMBYdisconnect
Their intent has been quite clear: “screw NIMBY neighbourhood concerns,” “ignore Regional Growth Targets,” “making damn sure our OCP is developer compliant,” “build black necklace bike paths for the less than 2% who cycle to work year round,” “believe TransLink will eventually resolve most of our commuter congested problems over the next decade. – If you believe that, I have a bridge I can sell you dirt cheap.” And of course “making it extra difficult for businesses to find & maintain employees who can’t afford our gentrified city,” and “limit commercial and residential street parking.” Signed, sealed and delivered by Mussatto’s engineered 2014 CityShaping City Council. #Vote4ChangeOct20
And of course how could I not…
Guy Heywood is running for city mayor believing he has a chance since our NDP Gov has drastically limited developer, union and private interest groups ability to manipulate local city councils. No argument there but… thanks to our previous Liberal Government allowing developers and the like to throw endless amounts of buying power into city elections have left in their wake – city’s like North Van helplessly choking in du jour infused density gridlock. #NorthShoreSOL
During the last 4 years alone under Mussatto’s 4 to 3 empowered CityShaping Team Slate rule our city has been under siege by an unprecedented unaffordable OCP bonus gentrified density jungle with no chance of full recovery – ever. What our existing City Council has fornicated along with the mayor’s compliant city planners will be profusely felt well into the next decade! #CityHallDespicables
And now we have first out of the North Van “TeamSlateGate” is Guy Heywood and his precarious NVCAA five maybe more: “like minded
independent Bolshie candidates.” Which of course is nothing more than a surreptitious oxymoron for “Team Slate by Association.” I, like so many other city residents WON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN. Enough Team Slate intervention into our city politics under any given pseudo coalition.
Re: Anthem’s new 225-unit faulty rental tower… are you ready, night-mayor-ish Linda Buchanan hails: “noise is a reality of living in an urban community” – BULLSHIT Buchanan! Noise brought on by YOUR DAMN DONOR DEVELOPERS coercing our communities into massive construction zones!. Distressing sounds caused by your unconscionable inability to rationalize when the sustainability and wellness of its city is at a point of no return and still all you and the rest of your fornicating city council in an unanimous decision want is to further pollute our city with more damn UNAFFORDABLE RENTAL DENSITY! #BuchananCrapola
In a wishful thinking world we could find a developer willing to build a “Driftwood Village Cohousing like Project” right next door to Buchanan’s home and instead of a little housing development next door to Mussatto’s home we could build a 25 storey 10/10/10 mixed condo/rental building and see how he (she) would like having construction chaos & noise pollution right next door for two to three years followed by years and years of neighbourly traffic congestion. Something neither one would ever allow in their “urban tempered community’s.” #MussattoBuchananHypocrisy
The good news if my coffee shop poll numbers are any kind of a pre-election indicator, we only have to put up with these shameless city councillors: Buchanan, Back, Clark and Bell? – is up to and only till the end of October. Running on a :”we need more density platform” is a self-defeating, death defying act in asinine retentiveness. #Vote4ChangeOct20
When it comes to housing affordability on the North Shore much like in Vancouver City; it is becoming more and more unattainable for our seniors/pensioners, fixed and low income earners and yes our Millennials and generations thereafter. The reality and future economic and social wellness of our city is in dire straits with not only small business leaving or considering to leave but so are our Millennials having had enough! Unwilling to pay soaring rents with no return on their investment with up to 4% rental hikes each and every year thereafter… #time4millennialsMoveOn
Any Millennial family trying to save for one of our ridiculously overpriced $1 to 1.5 plus million priced homes/condos will take them IF they are able to save 20% of their approx. $68K annual income up 20 YEARS compared to Toronto 4.6 yrs. and Edmonton’s one year!. source: Star Metro Vancouver: Aug. 1/18 & Point2Homes: https://www.point2homes.com/news/canada-real-estate/average-national-home-price-buy-bedrooms.html
It’s becoming more and more apparent why our North Shore culpable density mayors: Mussatto & Walton are unwilling to run for re-election in cities they have fornicated beyond recovery… and thus tarnishing their vainglorious legacies. What they don’t realize is their legacies have already been condemned for ever and ever amen.
A song that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago when it comes to peoples’ hopes and dreams being shattered by greed & ignorance…
My morning CoffeeBrew crowd have ordained Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham as the “Four Horsemen of the Harry Jerome Apocalypse.” The density flood gates are forever open thanks to these four despicables. And developers will make damn sure Darwin’s “city council” approved 30 tower is the new density bar, aka height standard for all new projects north of 17th Avenue. #CollusionGluttonyHypocrisySabotage
Well at least those of us north of seventeenth like me know who not to vote for on October 20th. It is also a good reason why we should also release (if we only could) our city administrators i.e. OCP City Planners and Engineers who have embraced the new towering heights demagoguery north of 17th and every other high rise project throughout our city since 2014. Anti NIMBY’s who have made a complete mockery out of our OCP and on the record City Planning Dir. Mr. Epp repudiating Regional Growth Strategy Levels now sitting somewhere beyond 2041 population growth levels. #CityHallCorruption
And lest we forget and never ever should we let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan off the hook. EVERYWHERE you turn you are sooner than later faced with a “Buchanan” detour, a lane closure, a construction site delay or left frustrated trying to find street parking in and around every damn construction site. Especially right now on Keith Rd. east and on 3rd Street between Queensbury and St. Andrews – what a bottlenecking nightmare they are during 3 to 6 pm rush hour!
EVERYONE of these developments, including the new Hollyburn apartment project which is of course thanks to our developer compliant city hall is permitted to shut down the curb lane at the intersection of Lonsdale and 13th for the next couple of years at their leisure. You can emphatically BLAME BUCHANAN and her fellow Mussatto Team Slate that includes non city resident Holly Back. Despicables who IGNORED EVERY Hollyburn neighbourhood petition, Public Hearing and emails against this colluding project… More city resident voters you can “count on” not willing to elect any Mussatto Team Slate collusion member running in our October 20 civic election. #Enough2014CityCouncil
Over the summer I have spent time patronizing our local and North Shore restaurants, coffee shops and strolling through our shopping centres… And it doesn’t take long to notice how many store front windows have signs looking for HELP i.e. now hiring apply within. Is it just me or is there not a noticeable increase in our city’s businesses struggling to find qualified and reliable help. #NorthVanBusinessSOL
Patrick Stafford-Smith, CEO of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, said back in January: “it’s time for the North Shore to get a rapid transit link to the rest of the Lower Mainland or risk facing an exodus of local employers.” A dedicated B-Line along Marine and Main should help relieve commuter congestion but does absolutely nothing for business up and down Lonsdale Avenue – absolutely nothing. And with an estimated 1,000 plus residents planned between 20th and 27th streets in Upper Lonsdale – we are headed for one hell of a Lonsdale freeze!
Rumour has it: 40% of North Vancouver business will or are considering to leave the North Shore while couriers curse North Vancouver as the “seventh circle of hell.” The future business climate in our city is looking bleak at best. There is no quick fix or even short to mid-term fix, with the damage further diecast by Mussatto’s CityShaping. We are confronted with a 3 headed monster: 1. unaffordable housing, 2. employee shortages, 3. entangled inefficient commuter accessibility to and from the lower mainland.
Our NDP MLA Ma and TransLink rep and her infamous leader Hulk Horgan are currently bolstering transportation infrastructures throughout the lower mainland. But when it came to the North Shore they decided all they really only needed was a B-Line route along our south shoreline! It is quite obvious the North Shore is not a priority to TransLink or to our culpable NDP Government. Maybe it’s already time to start rebelling for change heading into our next provincial election.
And another themed sign noticeably cropping up on front lawns for weeks on end is “House For Sale.” …hmm.