I’m still hearing depending on which way the wind blows that there could be a possible BC court challenge to our pre-election sign bylaws referencing #6363. Surely our mayor, city councillors, City Clerk and city legals would not ordain pre-election sign bylaws that would not stand the test of time especially in a BC courtroom.
I am assuming they all think pre-election sign bylaw #6363 is in fact emphatically legal down to its very core and any challenge would be held in contempt. I mean why else would the mayor and ALL city councillors vote unanimously to uphold pre-election sign bylaw #6363?… hmm
… Unless they do not think anyone would dare spend the time or money taking the city to court. Realizing if the case did reach the courts the October 20 civic election will have come and gone – game, set, match – catch us next time around? And thereby their jurisprudence can never be questioned come re-election night. #despicables?
John Cougar Mellencamp – OMG 36 years ago!
As Councillor Rod Clark would say “w-w-e-ell…” I thought this agenda was to be about opting in or out having a city casino. Boy was I ever wrong after doing my video composite in using casino only related dialogue from our city chamber’s head table. The “Amalgamation Study – Taking The Next Steps” had very little to do if council was in favour or not in favour in having a casino. Rather it had a lot more to do with how to pay or how not to pay for the new Harry Jerome proposed MegaSportsDome verses the mammoth Darwin development’s leasing jackpot potential. #CasinoBust
Councillors Bell & Clark who are in favour of the en masse Darwin Lands Development subsidizing their $200 million MegaSportsDome and lest we forget the 2021 contingency overruns and annual operational costs uh, forgot to mention or they did not know that the Darwin Properties current “master plan” will require WTF: “8 years of density polluting construction!” #NIMBY! #howDareYou!
As it turns out, of the 26 minutes spent on Monday night’s casino study, I could only find approximately “4 minutes” of actual dedicated, identifiable casino language. Again most of the time was spent haggling over how to pay for the new $200 million Harry Jerome Rec Facility or wanting in on the Darwin development scale and services to be appropriated on “our” cha-ching city’s leased land. #electionDealBreaker
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
I’ve been asked a number of times… do your love bird seagulls have names – not yet. If anyone has any suggestions would certainly entertain them and would give due credit in an upcoming seagull themed blog.
Re: City Electoral Signs; it has been brought to my attention that last Monday night’s city election bylaws and update re: “Sign Bylaw, 1992, No. 6363” (not the 8643 Elections Assent Voting bylaw). i.e. Limits (prohibits) pre-election campaign materials has already been contested and defeated in BC court and was found to be in breach of S.2(b) of the Charter of Freedoms and Rights! It appears campaign advertising on bike signs or even at bus stop shelters prior the six week election period does not break any laws… however it appears the City has, namely our constitution! (more on Monday) #ConstitutionalSignBylawViolations
Let the free-for-all sign wars begin!
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.
First up on tonight’s fight card is City Council’s third and final bylaws reading at 2601 Lonsdale by Pezzente Holdings a Mussatto campaign donor and will likely IGNORE most of last Monday night’s public hearing neighbourhood concerns over lane infringement, shrinking setbacks, street closing, taking away a neighbourhood park. But will reduce the height of the building to OCP guidelines and maybe turn it into an all rental building that certainly our low income families will never be able to afford. When it is completed late in 2020 who will want to live in this mortgage rate based rental building without ample parking. #collusion
Then at 7 pm we have the first Public Hearing for 230-232 East 8th Street (Cascadia Green Dev.) Rezoning Application from March 7th moved by “Councillor Keating and of course seconded by Councillor Buchanan.”… to permit the development of a six 3-storey townhouse units including 4 accessory lock-off units – imagine that. #maximumOCPpollution
Then after a short recess the 2nd Public Hearing will address the multi-rise development at 151 East Keith in Victoria Park. Proposing to permit the development of 3 infill residential buildings, consisting of 40 residential rental units, in addition to the “existing tower” and decreasing setbacks from 25 ft. to an UNPRECEDENTED 5 ft.! And further requesting/reducing parking from 0.75. down to 0.70!… Where I’m thinking a community name change is in order, something more apropos like: Manhattan Park-N-Lot #DensityPollution
Tonight’s city council fight card features: Property Tax Rate Increases, Drinking Water Conservation Plan Bylaw and two Public Hearings. First up addressing bylaws prohibiting Mary Jane non-medicinal Cannabis Production via BCLDB city sales then forwarded to a Public Hearing.
The second Public Hearing entertains the density onslaught at 2601 where the developer Pezzente Holdings and GBL Architects present their case for wanting to ROB a long withstanding green space, expand their development over a lane thus hindering all emergency vehicle accessibility. While in the same breath tooting i.e. farting: REDUCED MID RENTAL RATES BASED ON 2016 NUMBERS against when finished in late 2019 early 2020 the guaranteed much higher rental rate being closer to OVER 2K A MONTH! #cnvSOL
Meanwhile just up the street DNVC Council will be proposing to induct a very “one-sided” city council reunification survey between our two cities. The logistics make since from their perspective with little left in their financial reserve tank, and having green stamped large areas from potential development. So who do you bust for future density growth and financial stability – why of course North Vancouver City! #UpYours!
I am amused by the likes of District councillor Bassam in the NS Rag preaching the advantages in the reunification between the two cities. Does this mean he and his District are willing to pay for half of the proposed new $160+ million Harry Jerome Centre – think not. Instead they would prefer to deflect such issues and prop city service duplication’s as why we should be merging kin. Which of course has little bearing on some of the real reasons like: little density left at the District Inn, suspect financial reserves and a seemingly lack of identity without a business and social waterfront gathering centre OR a $140 million grab-bag their city council would dearly love to gorge. #GetStuffed