It was quite the roller coaster ride on many agenda fronts during Monday Night’s fight card. The believed sign bylaw “6363” having constitutional infractions went unchecked. And of course of course Mussatto’s developer pal Pezzente got their way with Mussatto’s infamous Team Councillors voting 4 to 3 in favour of all Pezzente could ever hope for by way of rezoning amendments to rescinding zoning bylaws that got in the way of their project like closing off 26 street access to Lonsdale Avenue and much larger building footprint.
In attendance sitting in the press box seat was the “pro amalgamation” NSNews reporter. One can only hope after he listened to the many cons, comparing apples to apples when it came to mill rates and property taxes to comparing our city’s many “compact condos” verses the District’s mostly single spread out home property values and their higher infrastructure costs including maintaining 5 fire halls to our “one”. It should be interesting in reading how the NSNews “spins” their heavy-handed one-sided District Bolshevik uprising or comes clean and concedes their “amalgamation revolution failed” – don’t hold your breath.
City Council voted “5 to 1″ (Bell opted #1)” x-naying any further amalgamation study talks – period! More on this in Friday’s video amalgamation multi composite. #shouldBefun
City Council also voted down any further casino and lottery terminal discussions which also prevented Mr. Epp’s pin the casino tail NIMBY site location options by a majority rule “5 to 2”, with mayor Mussatto and councillor Keating looking from the outside in.
And now to my Wednesday’s blog main event whereby mayor “G.” Mussatto put on his little Napoleon hat and proceeded to inform us all he has every right to bring back Starlight’s Victoria Park defeated development for reconsideration. Nothing had changed outside of moving from our 10/10/10 policy to 20 units at 10% under 2021 market value rates and in perpetuity. Further WTF: Councillors Bookham and Clark pointed out that only the mayor and councillor aka NDP President Keating had advance notice of this better late than never change in heart i.e. they were unaware of this “lobbying change” – invalidating five city councillors! Our mayor’s backroom despicable antics is showing no signs in letting up forever contravening city council decorum. #despicable
But thank you Councillors Bookham, Clark, Bell and yes councillor Holly Back for standing your ground not backing down from this seemingly underhanded, slight-of-hand horse trading. Yet still councillor Buchanan was on-side with the mayor and Keating with logic I am sorry, just cannot comprehend – maybe you can. #crazyTalk
Last Monday night on cue: mayor Mussatto and his empowering autocratic Team Slate Hijackers once again by a 4 to 3 shoot-out win; defended and supported one of their IOU campaign investors er donors aka Pezzente Holdings. Once again these 4 despicables IGNORING, turning their backs on the strong neighbourhood opposition to this project in its current state. Championing the unnecessary closure of 26 St. west at Lonsdale Ave, loss of green park area and applauding Pezzente’s erroneous traffic survey backed by our subpar City Planner’s insidious endorsement of this burgeoning apartment complex beyond the footprint of the existing legal property lines. #Collusion #Betrayal
“Where and How” mayor you have been failing is: every time one of “your” campaign investor’s comes to the plate at city hall, they get to hit a seamless grand slam. In conjunct with city planners enabling ability to amend and hit rezoning bylaws out of our city’s OCP ballpark while REPUDIATING Regional Growth Strategy Targets! #Shame!
Thus the impetus behind today’s cartoon… I have had enough! On October 20th say NO to wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan, we need not a devoted Mussatto Team Slate player continuing his psycho-ling path, density agenda! #Enough!
*The source of the underlining street art wishes to remain anonymous.
The first public hearing meeting and from both sides of city chambers became an unexpected, gut wrenching emotionally moving representing cannabis users from across the lower mainland ALL dependent on our city’s “illegally run medicinal cannabis dispensaries.” The public hearing was to be only about “defining and prohibiting the sale and production of non-medical retail cannabis in all (city) zones.” But it turned into anything but, with so many expressing how cannabis is a necessity – part of their daily lives. And WHY does the camera coverage NEVER show the distress in their faces in the advent of these cannabis outlets being shut down – SHAME on you mayor for this obstinate and faceless omission! #420
Here is a sampling in the overwhelming support of these dispensaries remaining open, having chosen cannabis as “their medicine”… #cannabisOurMedicine
The second public hearing dealt with the ongoing farce at 2601 Lonsdale Ave, aka Mussatto City Planners/Pezzente Holdings vs. the neighbourhood residents that did not get underway until past 9:30 pm. With 35 signed up to speak it indeed lived up to its “12:30 am” disposition with the developer and his GBL Architects submitting minor tweaks i.e. basically the SAME DRAWINGS declaring them as REVISIONS while their fellow developer friends and a realtor supported this egregious overtake favouring 26 Ave. road closure, insufficient parking, eliminating the existing greenspace and FALSELY providing erroneous traffic flow numbers at that intersect contrary to ICBC records. And with Councillor Keating who resides in the neighbourhood, culpable and unwilling to excuse himself from “his neighbourhood project” i.e. A standard Mussatto Team Slate practice – anybody surprised so far! #shamefull
Another contention in all this is how slanted and flagrant the camera coverage was during this portion. It seemed deliberate as in quite clear under mayor Mussatto’s camera direction, Pezzente and City Planners did not have to worry about “the home audience and shut-ins” being able to SEE ALL the damning elevation/plan imagery from the public hearing resident speakers on the overhead camera! #collusion
I could go on and on in how the overall “public hearing” was apposed to the proposal in its existing convolute state. Though everyone was on side that the existing burned down apartment building needs to be in earnest replaced. But the developer, (mayor), CAO and city planners don’t want to just build within the constraints of the existing lot. Choosing to skewer legal property lines under the cover of keeping the public in the dark by not offering any “prior” media/newspaper notice! Thereby overlooking OCP height restrictions, hindering emergency vehicle accessibility, offering limited parking spaces, shutting down 26 Ave. and eliminating the neighbourhood green space! #underhanded
An astute NIMBY speaker addresses these disingenuous omissions and more regarding the farcical Pezzente Proposal. #appalling #bogus