Welcome to Monday Night City Council Replay. First up “A couple of strange bedfellows”

First kudos to our Canadian Paralympic Team in South Korea – capturing 28 medals!  Only one less than our Canadian Olympic Team  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/paralympics-closing-wrap-1.4581555

Compositing these videos has been a challenge as with the new audio/video format the video streaming colour temperature is tinting facial skin tones purple.  And the audio especially off the top never sounds ready and cuts out during (ironically) Public Input Period.

But not last Monday as out of the 15 or so who signed up for public input WTF 4 were conveniently developers or pro Mussatto supporters/donors who were selling their project wares for city council approval.  It should be noted that NDP Moneybags Craig Keating who seems to only attend council meetings when the mayor needs “a majority” to enforce his “4 to 3” Team Hijackers empowerment “kiboshed” having more than 5 speakers at the 6:39 mark!  And of course there was NO wide shot or 3 group shot of Councillor Keating voting against! (despicable camera work)

IF elected to city council I would really like to see Public Input Period changed to “Neighbourhood Input Period”.  And of course stop having city council meetings on is it a holiday or not this Monday.  This would give everyone one more day to examine and digest the contents of any agenda posted the prior Friday.

So without further adieu here is my first of 3 or 4 video replay excerpts from the March 12 Monday night city council fight card.


Mussatto Campaign Double Dipping Darwin Properties overtake of the proposed Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands is like every previous highrise developer that helped finance Mussatto’s 2014 campaign i.e. fornicating OCP’s TOOTHLESS Guidelines!

 Perhaps we should begin renaming the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands “The Darwin I.O.U. Neighbourhood Lands”  The AUDACITY of Darwin proposing such a MAXIMUM SIZED development that could (will) include a 32 high storey condo PROVES just how deep they are into the mayor’s IOU pockets; with his city planners falling over backwards desperately seeking their nefarious commandant’s approval on this project!

Read’em and Weep: HARRY JEROME NEIGHBOURHOOD LANDS PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND POTENTIAL AMENITIES:  THAT my staff proceed with processing a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment for the Harry Jerome Lands substantially as outlined in the report of the Director, Planning dated March 7, 2018, including:
– density of up to 2.5 FSR, including additional density to secure on-site amenities; (OMG)
– tower heights of up to 32 storey;
– creation of transferable density on the future Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre site – WTF!

Is this the beginning of city management showering final tributes to their leader who will be first and foremost remembered for his “4 to 3” OCP anarchism, city parking shortages, never taking advantage of provincial or federal affordable rental housing monies.  While a growing number of local businesses are unable to maintain or afford part-time help – driving business off our shore.  Topped off by his campaign donor developer lane closures, paralyzing traffic flows i.e. slow motioning getting anywhere on time which has also had an untimely adverse effect on our ambulance, police and fire departments emergency vehicles performance.

Under mayor MASSassto’s regime there has been absolutely NO REGARD to the fact we are already well over 2041 Regional Strategy (density/population) Levels… much like our OCP Guidelines a FARCICAL SHAM!  #replaceOCP2019

Now we’ll have to wait and see which corner office position Grinch has accepted.  Could it be at Onni/RPMG or Translink… I mean really, who else would be willing to use his convolute talents?  Wait a minute, oh yeah, Polygon, Anthem, Concert, Hollyburn, BCLC casinos or will he eventually end up in an executive suite on the 24th or is it 32nd floor at the Darwin Neighbourhood Lands?  #WeHaveHadEnoughOfMayorMussatto

Lots of au contraire and pro developer empathy at last Monday Night’s City Council Meeting… News Flash: Mayor Mussatto will not be seeking re-election!

Actually found myself attending the pre-Easter showdown with enough on the fight card to fill at least two jam packed ‘no holds barred’ city council meetings.  But then again this is why we did not have a scheduled then unscheduled city council meeting back on February 19th.

There were a few surprised jabs and expected abject counter punching taking place during the long-winded meeting.  As I said to councillor Clark at the end of the meeting. “I have enough blog content that will keep me busy for the next 3 weeks during Easter shutdown.”  I’ll be featuring video Stache outtakes, misplays by the now retiring mayor and city councillors, to caricaturing the many twists and turns, including an unrealized Harry Jerome showstopper to a Lions Gate “tax”idermy new bedfellows finale.

But I am going to start off slow, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath from either attending or watching the streaming 4 1/2 hour video of Monday Night’s Fight Card…

In my opening mini-bout: wannabe night-mayor Buchanan wants the proposed and WTF: re-budgeted $210+ million mega HJCRC to integrate the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified Gold Standard which even she acknowledged is ALREADY being indoctrinated into our latest new developments!  And thereby no need for Buchanan to make such a – I’m running for mayor – fuss over handicap accessibility.  Every city architect, engineer including our infamous city planners are AWARE and CHAMPION the new Rick Hansen handicap accessibility model.

If Buchanan is so adamant about disability accessibility why has she NEVER insisted on handicap accessibility on ANY PRIOR high rise development since her re-election.  And WHY THEN did she last December 3rd on International Disability Day celebrate the day riding a ne-ferris wheel and NOT riding an immobility scooter or wheel chair or even recognizing International Disability Day?  It should also be noted that Buchanan had been asked last fall to show her support for those in our city with disabilities to experience riding an immobility scooter courteous of Davies Pharmacy & Medical Equipment over our central Lonsdale crevice sidewalks which of course she turned down.

Based on Buchanan’s prior anti-handicap posture dealings with mobility issues just how ingenuous is Buchanan or is this simply a spin-o-rama mayoral campaign tactic…  Does she wonder why I caricature her wearing “spinning” crazed glasses.  #Spin-o-ramaHypocrisy  #WTF

News Bulletin 5 pm 03/13:  Mayor Darrell Roger Mussatto will not be seeking a fifth term on October 20th, 2018.  I wish the mayor all the best piloting his new adventures. Thanks for being so tolerant of my satirical caricaturing of your mayorship.

Sundance Apartment Rentals “For Sale” uh, no longer.

Like our mayor loves to toot: “Welcome to North Van,” proudly building affordable rental housing while penny pinching low income rental housing.  Though this Sundance Airbnb bad behaviour is somewhat last week’s news, I am getting no shortage of people crying foul, up in arms in just how UNAFFORDABLE our city is for far too many and how it is negatively impacting small business when it comes to maintaining staff and the overall social wellness of our city.  And it is only going to get much worse!  And lest we forget the hundreds of displaced Mussatto Team Slate city renters for the sake of so few willing to pay mortgage rate rentals.

Our infamous Mussatto Team controlled/bloc city council has created over the last three years going on four a zealot, no turning back policy against common sense development while shrinking the wellness of our green spaces.  But we do have over $20 million worth of unwarranted BLACK NECKLACE bike lanes that less than 2% of our population will ever use.   #UnaffordableHousing #CNVSOL  #MortgageRateRentals

We do not need more density mayor, and we can do WITHOUT a new mega spendthrift HJCRC! There must be a more cost effective alternative that could rescue our existing HJCRC lands from the jaws of developers.

With density having reached unprecedented 2041+ levels many are now realizing the adverse impact and negative wellness it is having on our neighbourhoods.  We do not need up to 1,500 more residents taking over the existing HJCRC lands as it only further injects unabated commuter congestion and gridlock and neighbourhood stress.

Re: HJCRC, I realize there are according to the MODUS survey a mere 900 across the entire North Shore of over 180K in support of the proposed HJCR Centre and only 241 whose postal code actually live in this neighbourhood.  Yes, our existing HJCRC is at the end of its run.  But I am completely opposed to spending $130 to $160 MILLION on an enchilada sporting mega-dome.  The interest so far does not warrant such an all inclusive sporting facility.  And our current HJCRC is NOT operating anywhere near full capacity, partly due to the onslaught of private fitness centres and just a few blocks north of HJCRC is the “brand new” Delbrook Community Recreation Centre that has a six lane, 25 metre pool.  And what is blatantly missing is an attached PARKADE, or inclusive ground level parking to accommodate the traffic for those attending say an aquatic competition.  A spendthrift mega-dome dependent on drawing people from across the North Shore and from the lower mainland… oh  yeah I forgot everyone will be bicycling or taking transit and being dropped off and picked up at the ONE NORTH/SOUTH BUS STOP.

We should be seriously looking at alternative low-cost prefabricated modular options allowing for a much faster and cost effective turnaround in the reconstruct of our existing HJCRC.  Rebuilding from the ground up in SECTIONS – independent state of the art building materials – allowing the rest of the existing rec centre to remain active.  This would allow new second floor areas to be portable, interchangeable, easily updated meeting the unforeseen demands placed on the new rec centre for decades to come… and there lies the challenge, the needed resilience to reinvent our 52 year old HJCRC working drawings.

Tonight’s agenda once again does not address our many SHORTcomings like: offering city rent-controlled housing for people who work full or part-time in our local business whom cannot AFFORD our escalating rental/housing costs.  And like so many asking: “Why does the Mayor hide our Statement of Financial Information – is it that incriminating?”

Meanwhile way, way back during our last NVCH meeting…

A must read:  Rebellion in the Neighbourhood by Corrie Kost via https://www.theglobalcanadian.com/2138-2/#.WoXSXnx9u6o.wordpress
The proof is in the pudding thanks to: North Van City Voices: https://nvcityvoices.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/cnv_housing-units-january-2018.xls

Mayor Grinch wins the 2018 NSN Readers Choice Awards for WTF: North Shore favourite mayor! Surely proving Grinch has a larger city staff voter base to draw on than our other two North Shore Cities!

“The people have spoken”… well actually NSN publisher Kvarnstrom only a few people weighed in on your Readers Choice Awards.  And when it came to choosing a favourite North Shore mayor I and others would like to see the beef, “the ballots,” a breakdown in how many out of 5,500 actually did vote for a mayor. i.e. How many of the supposed 5,5oo cast ballots were there for each NS mayor and keep in mind DNVC has a much larger population.  I guess DNVCites dislike their mayor more than I thought, or did they like myself and others frankly could not elect a favourite mayor from your NSN Readers Choice Awards…  And why did you choose a very outdated waterfront/skyline at the bottom of your pg. 4 The People Have Spoken babble – did it have to meet mayor Mussatto’s approval?

StatCan data shows overall North Shore Tri-City population in 2016 at 181,506!  And for conservative argument sake let’s bring down that number to anyone aged 18 and over to 100,00-ish potential voters.  And ignoring the fact that both the larger papa bear DNVC and mama bear CNV populations are going through since the end of 2017 exponential and unprecedented growth!  http://www.nsnews.com/news/statcan-data-shows-north-shore-population-slightly-up-1.9771546 

The real winners in the Readers Choice Awards was of course NSNews MILKING WINNERS in placing quarter, half to full page ads in the their paper: “CHA-CHING!”

WARNING: Anti high density/commuter burdened voter’s beware come October 20th!  For the votes the mayor received in this dubiously bias readers poll highlights just how aggressive and determined local city staffers, HUB cyclists and socialites are in their support in wanting wannabe councillor Buchanan to be their next psycho-ling, pro density mayor, currently hiding under the mayor’s inglorious coattail.

The good news in all this is the NSN Willy Wanka Choice Awards did not offer the obvious 4th choice in the favourite mayoral category: “none of the above” which would have been an overwhelming first choice for most on the North Shore.  #NoneOfTheAbove  #WillyWankaAwards

Perhaps our mayor should be officially renaming this day “FAMILY DAY LOSSES”

So should we be renaming our BC Family Day to something a little closer to reality like: “Family Day Losses” or as a senior couple bluntly put it to me “Family Separation Day.”  Having agonized over their son’s family move off our shores just before Christmas, no longer willing to fork out a rent increase to $2,200 a month and offering only: “if-you-can-find-close-by” street parking!  As our mayor loves to toot: “Welcome to North Van”

Our city under the Mussatto regime has absolutely no conjoining developer working with the city to help alleviate our low income housing crisis – unlike in DNVC and Vancouver City.  Leaving it completely up to the Federal and Provincial governments to deal with “a problem aided and abetted by our mayor and his Team Buchanan, Keating, Back Councillors.”  Zealots who with their”4 to 3″ CONTROL over city council have been gleefully increasing city density beyond 2041 Regional Strategy Targets !  While developers in a glutton free housing market have been able to price our city out of new low income housing market!  #CNVSOL  #WelcomeToNorthVan