Usually August is one of my slower viewed months with North Van Shorians on vacation – but not this year. Add to that my coffee shop visits to being stopped up and down Lonsdale; I am hearing more times than not their frustration being inundated by so much (noise) construction, lane closures, not enough parking for shop owners who in turn are unable to find and sustain qualified help.
But there is now one noticeable theme rising in these one on one conversations… everybody’s talking about the upcoming election and how they want a voice in who’s in and who’s out around City Council Chambers head table. “Most” seem to want a fresh “developer resistant” city council that will actually LISTEN and are first and foremost ACCOUNTABLE to city residents – placing their concerns/issues ahead of developer interests!
And in my Upper Lonsdale community there is an overwhelming 1,000 resident movement to swath the entire existing city council from office and if they could would also love to eradicate most of our City Planners. This is how volatile and angered a growing number of city residents have become i.e. have had their fill – have had enough of mayor Mussatto and his city councillors love fest with developers…
Perhaps Guy Heywood or Kerry Morris deserve a closer look in becoming our next mayor. I mean what have you got to lose after 4 years of unprecedented demo-victions, gentrified housing and so much damn traffic chaos… ALL which wannabe night-mayor Buchanan concurs: makes our city one of the MOST LIVABLE city’s anywhere. #FakeNewsBuchanan #vote4changeOct20
This weekend is your last chance to catch your breath before the onslaught of density projects by our non compos mentis density-struct mayor MASSatto. While our anti NIMBY City Planners and newbie via Edmonton CEO Ms. McCarthy are all aboard for this city council’s final push for: more density, to hell with road infrastructures – foutre de congestion traffic and let’s keep evicting MORE RENTERS for our mayor’s Manhattan CityShaping legacy.
The 10/10/10 or is it 10/maybe20/perpetuity renter bullshit is not going to attract many new or entice previous renters to: come back y’all to one of our upcoming 2019-21 market value rental projects. The below market value rentals within will still rob young families, seniors $2K+ a month of their monthly hard earned income or pension. And now further jacked-up by our NDP’s (MLA Ma) 2019 landlord fee increase from 4 to 4.5%!
And lest we shall never forget this entire City Council under Mayor Grinch’s cunning said NO to the previous Clark government’s $500 million Low Cost Housing Program that the City of Vancouver and the District mayor’s “welcomed.” Now these same reprobates are saying in an election year: “low income affordable housing can truly only come from provincial or federal intervention” which they ALL LAST YEAR DECLINED! #CityCouncilHypocrites #despicalbles #disingenuous
Coming up next Monday night is one of the last chances for MASSatto and his “onboard” City Councillors to thwart even more density into city neighbourhoods before October 20th. And all you have to do is look in any city community and you will see without fail a “city development application sign,” to be APPROVED before October 20th! Some of these signs are only a block or two from each other. Our colluding City Council and their lapdog City Planners are “comin’ to getcha.” #vote4changeOct20
A City Council agenda that has absolutely no regard for residents who want to take a deep breath and “live for today” and not ALWAYS prioritizing for tomorrow. A city council basking in reckless over development, noise pollution, lane closures, street parking shortages, failing road infrastructures, businesses shutting down or moving away from our city shores. A city council hell bent in uprooting and sucking out the city’s marrow needed for the economic and social wellness of its city i.e. low income workers and millennial families. #cnvSOL
What needs to happen and what should be the right of every citizen not yet displaced from our city is: 1. Just how many residents since early 2015 forward has the Mayor, his Team Slate and our horse trading councillors have callously evicted from their homes. 2. How many of these renters found via the developer or city an equal affordable rental in “their area.” 3. How many displaced renters could not find equal affordable rent and now live elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. 4. How many have ended up living on the street, in parks, out of their cars or from: seen better days RV’s. #WeNeedToKnow #ShamelessCityCouncil
Our infamous mayor and his colluding City Councillors love affair with wall to wall density like: “it’s a good fit for the neighbourhood” mantra over mobility and infrastructure deficiencies are the head to head key issues I am hearing in coffee shops in both Upper and Lower Lonsdale. A close second is our city’s UNAFFORDABILITY and SHRINKING commercial and residential street parking.
Citizens have had ENOUGH of this city council’s NIMBY disconnect. Some going as far as to say to me if only we could vote these scoundrels out of office today! I would go one step further insisting if only we could also OVERHAUL our City Planners and Black Necklace and “no right hand turn on red lights” Engineers today! #Vote4ChangeOct20
All mayor support systems on deck… if Councillor Clark is ever going to see the light of day as CNV Mayor; he is going to need the support of horse trader developer pal Darwin Construction in order to keep pace with Councillor Buchanan’s donor bank i.e. Onni, Polygon and Hollyburn like-backers. #ElectionDonorTransparency #DaylightCampaignFinancing
And it should come to no surprise that Buchanan & Back have (sob) parted ways. Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan can’t have someone like Holly on her team who voted in favour of the $240M HJ Sportsplex and Darwin’s takeover of the Harry Jerome Lands with an 8 year en masse dual towers build – all which Linda opposed. Projects that would surely lessen her slim chances in becoming mayor. Developments that HJ neighbourhood overwhelmingly did not support and on election night will have the last word by not voting for any city councillor who supported these unprecedented monstrosities… I wonder if horse trader Councillor Bell will join Clark’s Team or will Don walk away from the political arena.
FTR: non city resident Councillor Back has the exclusive honour in being the ONLY councillor who voted in favour of EVERY hair raising towering development in our city over the last four years!
There was a lot more traffic to my blog site this July compared to any previous July numbers. Videos still stealing the top spots with NVMA (500+views) and HJ Titanic (300+views). For that matter all top 5 had over 250 views each – muchas gracias. And lest we forget: #Vote4ChangeOct20
If you think we have not had ENOUGH DENSITY, CONSTRUCTION, LANE CLOSURES, NOISE POLLUTION or LIMITED STREET PARKING… then on October 20 vote for density proud Linda Buchanan. This drama queen wants you to believe the sudden unprecedented upheaval of every neighbourhood she helped deconstruct over the last 4 years, is now the NEW NORMAL for our city. Advocating we should never turn back the hand of density. #DensityProudBuchanan #handofdensity
Our gentrified unaffordability is chasing away too many young families, seniors, artists and low income residents from our shores, choosing instead to live in sustainable greener communities. Promoting a couple coach houses, offering 10/10/10 or 10/20/perpetuity rentals will entice families to stay in our city is ludicrous, naive, having missed the boat!
With less and less low income earners/families consuming & feeding our city’s economy while continuing to build MORE costly high rises and market value rentals is a recipe for “socio-economic genocide.”