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.
One of the big ticket items tonight under many agenda headings is the new Harry Jerome CRC. Personally I feel this vessel is already being moored over at the DNVC’s new Delbrook Centre and at the West Vancouver Recreational Centre and currently proposed new lower Capilano Rec Centre.. Therefore there is no need for an over-the-top planned $130 – 160 million HJCRC Megadome.
Yes, there is a CNV and District of North Vancouver agreement to cost-share the operating costs for the new Harry Jerome Recreation Centre, including a 50 metre pool, consistent with the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission’s current operating cost-sharing formula, which applies to existing recreation facilities. And what may put this agreement in jeopardy/escrow is both cities share the SAME LAW FIRM – Bull + Housser. And with a number of private gyms holding their own in our city to support a new HJCRC Megadome featuring a 50 metre pool is too rich for my blood… I’m on a less tax, less density intake diet.
Spending up to $160 million on a new HJCRC that on the flip side will also increase our population/density by around 1,500 by double dipping campaign donor Darwin Developments. Replacing the existing Harry Jerome lands will only further exhaust and stress our sewer/water/road infrastructures and further congest our commuter/traffic crisis.
Instead we should be focusing, agenda-sizing real low income affordable rentals, NOT market valued rentals or WTF: $2,000 mo. reduced rentals that our low income (part-time) work force STILL can’t afford. A critical workforce determining the survival, the wellness of so many of our local retail and restaurant businesses!… The very ones (mayor) who do “bike to work.”
And when it comes to HJCRC well… we need to go back to the drawing board and look at a less hurried cost efficient approach that may just entail the redevelopment of the existing Harry Jerome complex in modular/re-adaptable annexed parcels. #HJreboot
And in other related traffic congestion news: mayor and city council…
Over our Family Day Losses weekend my wife and I had the pleasure in socializing with a number of good friends at a local restaurant. Though our conversation’s did not dwell very long on elephant crosswalk markings no one at our table of four except myself knew what these city elephant crosswalk markings looked like. Though my wife thought they must be those squirrely whirly pedestrian crosswalk designs at the foot of Lonsdale Quay/Seabus area.
We have to Twilight Zone back to the infamous December 2017 city council meeting agenda when this issue was debated, ending with the mayor’s inappropriate ignominious wisecrack . Both city councillors Bookham and Bell raised issues over these elephant markings, one being not readily identified as pedestrian/cyclists crosswalks by tourists… as well as by most non-cycling motorists. After all they look like solid rectangular blocks and nothing more. So my good interpretive graphic deed of the week is to assist in the unraveling of what city elephant feet markings look like… you’re welcome mayor.
*pachyderm: a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
The mayor and his HUBies with the aid of our city engineers will continue to coerce cycling-psychosis down our throats, realizing they are running out of time. As in just a little over 35 weeks we will be electing hopefully an untainted new mayor & city council. At which time hopefully giving serious consideration to the registration and licensing of cyclists to help pay for these daunting crosswalks and to be correctly renamed “Black Necklace bike lanes” meant for cyclists ONLY. i.e. not for vehicles or pedestrians who are paying city taxes for cyclists to have the exclusive right to these $20K+ bike lanes. Unlike these same resident cyclists being able to WTF: cycle on any and all city streets… and at times riding precariously on our “pedestrian only sidewalks.”
And hopefully our city’s diminishing cycling community (having lost many due to the unaffordability of our city) won’t feel radically inclined like this recently caught violent NYC bicycle mob smashing and terrorizing drivers in one of our mayor’s fav city’s Manhattan NY NY…