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.


There was a whole lot of smoke blowing in the wind at last Monday’s City Council Meeting.

I first and foremost want to wish Councillor Bell a speedy recovery and hope he will be able to attend next week’s city council meeting before their scheduled 3 week Spring Break Snooze.  But also missing in action without any explanation to taxpayers was once again of course “NDP Moneybags Councillor Keating.”

At times I sensed there might be a little cannabis floating in the air as the mayor was determined to keep under wraps agenda item 2: Smoking Prohibition Expansion and “Enforcement”.  While agenda item 6: Proposed Cannabis Dispensary “Enforcement” was openly discussed during the city council ‘public’ meeting.  Beckoning the question why the hypocritical double standard?  Could it be because of the television interview planned by the mayor on this matter.

The shocker of the night for moi was hearing OMG, Councillor Back unwilling to support the Development Application at 125 and 145 East 13th Street: a 23 storey high tower – until extra OCP Bonus floors kick in!  Her feedback from the community and local businesses being: they are “fed-up” with all the new development going on in their neighbourhood.  Wanting to see new development in their area slow down for the next couple of years.  Opposing was councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan who was adamantly in favour – wanting MORE development i.e. construction turmoil for this community.

But the highlight of the night was when councillor Bookham asked CNV Engineer/Parks/Envro Douglas Pope why he was so keen on WASTING taxpayer’s money on a temporary Green Black Necklace while knowing dam well it would have to be RE-CONFIGURED i.e. conforming to the proposed redevelopment by “double dipping” Mussatto campaign donor Darwin Properties.  #cnvSOL

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

Is Density Darrell about to bet against the odds and forever cement his infamy er legacy?

With so little new business being offered by city council since the new year, one should wonder what’s going on.”  Could it be we really have run out of real estate and all that is really left for our mayor’s “Grinch” legacy is where to put his campaign IOU Tom Nellis’ and BCLC’s casino.  But just where do you put it with so few options left available… maybe for starters one of the following options: “A” or “B”.

And lest we forget the casino has already been democratically knocked out in a 5 to 2 decision in a 2015 city council meeting.  The overturning of a defeated casino can only further seal our mayor’s Napoleonic infamy – his “I.O.U. Waterloo.”

And keep in mind wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan was one  of the city councillor’s who changed her vote, largely because the new proposal isn’t related to the Shipyards or any other public (Presentation House) lands. Buchanan: “The previous application was very specifically wanting to go on public property and we were very adamant, and I’m still very adamant, I would not support anything being on our waterfront.”  Thereby this option is not in the cards for councillor Buchanan who received a campaign donation from Pinnacle aka RPGM De Cotiis family and K&T Properties Tom Nellis and from oh so many more developers she indebted herself.  http://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/lepublished/100122857.pdf

And how could I not… move over “rap crap”

January’s Most Viewed – video comps leading the way!

January was a heavier than normal traffic viewed month.  My public domain city council edited graphic videos seemed to have upped my blog’s viewership.  Therefore plan on creating more as warranted or until the mayor decides to fade to black video streaming like he did back on Jan. 29th city council meeting.

It was a carryover month from December when it came to CNV bylaw 8500 enforcement; becoming seemingly at times redundant since May 11, 2015.  Unforced errors by mayor Mussatto, councillor Keating and the whispering Chatty Cathy councilors Buchanan and Back.  Two contemptibles whom to this day have not stood up against the mayor’s camel toe inference.  Steadfastly, remaining silent, “apathetic towards their own gender.”  #MeToo  #VoteChangeOct20

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

This is what our city crosswalk elephant feet look like as they don’t look like “elephant feet” at all… or for that matter like any other type of toe – err pachyderm animal..

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…