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
When you have an upstart OCP Director of Planning willing to OVERTURN and IGNORE city council decisive stay in prohibiting gaming facilities in all neighbourhoods! Proves just how underhanded our mayor and city planning department have all become. Undermining our community neighbourhoods calling them callously “site specific”. #thejigisup
We have 3 city councillors: “neighbourhood site specific” Buchanan, Back, Keating and the mayor tied to a financially strapped double dipping donor Darwin Properties project that will ultimately destroy and up-heave a neighbourhood with EIGHT YEARS of construction! And we have 3 city councillors: Bookham, Bell and Clark proposing to spend over $160 million on a MegaRecDome with insufficient monies in their HJ coffers!
There isn’t one financial institution in the world that would finance either one of these projects – otherwise they would have. This squandering of taxpayers money has to stop, but how I have no idea unless there is a mass peoples revolt which I am in no way thwarting, yet. A triple whammy right smack dab in the face of every city taxpayer! Perhaps the only way to stop this crafted density madness is by NOT RE-ELECTING any of these city councillors in October. #OustAllCityCouncillors
And then with a new hopefully untainted city council in place (and new city planning director) perhaps roadblocks can be set up making these projects nonviable or at least abbreviated as they will both be in very early financially unsecured stages of development.
First and foremost after the new city council has been elected, it should consider putting these projects in escrow, suspending our OCP – and maybe doing a little city planning house cleaning… The sale of cannabis is inevitable but the city’s tax revenue share will not be enough to finance one never mind both projects financial shortcomings.
And this is where the mayor’s largest gaming donor, Tom Nellis comes out from behind the greased curtain and embraces the mayor and his three despicable indebted team slate councillors and count me in: Councillors Bookham, Clark and Bell. “I knew I could count on you all to do whatever it would take in order to build my casino. …moo-waah” #KissOfDeath
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
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.