Ready, set… we are about to elect (hopefully) a new CNV Council. The only real measuring stick we have had in electing a new mayor and 6 city councillors is really from only two public forum debates. Though there have been a number of sparse podcasts, lots of polluting lawn signs and local newspaper ads featuring tomorrow’s candidate’s promises.
As far as the OMG 24 candidates running for city council it may unfortunately come down to: “A candidate” comes before “Z candidate” luck of the draw... #democracyLeftOvers
My point of contention is first and foremost every voter should be made aware wannabe night-mayor Linda Buchanan has five covert candidates in her hip pocket – hoping to manipulate and CONTROL city council’s agenda & priorities i.e. yet another damn Team Slate!
And so thusly I will not be voting for any of Buchanan’s TEAM COVERT five whipped candidates for city council:
Angela Girard 2. Tina Hu 3 . Mack McCorkindale 4. Jessica McIIory 5. Bret Thorurn #BuchananTeamCovert
And when it comes down to who is best tailored to be mayor moving forward i.e. head-on into Mussatto’s fornicating CityShaping and commuter gridlock… In one corner you have Guy Heywood and Kerry Morris probably splitting the common sense vote. While Linda Buchanan and Rod Clark will be splitting the “new norm” vote. Two scenarios that could lead to millennial Michael Willcock being handed the keys to the mayor’s office… We will know in less than 48 hours.
UPDATE 8:30 am: Despicable wannabe mayor Rod Clark, an employee of “Apex West Homes,” is ENGAGED in the business of selling North Vancouver homes OFFSHORE using a RENT-TO-OWN scheme designed to avoid the 15% Foreign Home Ownership Tax. Kerry Morris also running for mayor says: “These sales are a part of the pressure driving up housing prices on the North Shore and making it difficult for residents and their children to buy into this market and remain a part of the community.”
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And here is my last kick at the cat aimed at our four city council convoluting despicables running in tomorrow’s city elections.
Earlier this month there was an interesting Vancouver Sun online article by Kennedy Stewart: “Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good.” He is also running as an independent in their 2018 mayoral race. Stewart’s mayoral platform revolves around 4 measures in how to improve local city democracy while strengthening and enhancing public trust in their city-council decisions regarding development. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/kennedy-stewart-time-to-get-big-money-out-of-vancouver-city-hall-for-good?video_autoplay=true
His four measures: 1. Time for cooling-off rules, 2. Tighten conflict of interest, 3. Implement lobbyist registry, 4. Daylight campaign financing – which from my POV should be mandatory in our upcoming city elections – wouldn’t you agree wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan.
Measures asserting transparent democracy back into our local politics… Which of course will never see the light of day, in any of our remaining four: good riddance 2014 convoluting city council meetings.
Perhaps & wishful thinking on my part, there is a “Team Slate free, independent, no strings attached mayoral candidate” willing to step forward, vested in open door policies & morally encompassed governance. A breath of fresh air currently being smoke screened by our 2018 team slate coalitions and precarious team-like associations.
Coincidence… just published in the NSNews: https://www.nsnews.com/news/retired-businessman-kerry-morris-running-for-city-of-north-van-mayor-1.23403312
With city council away on an undeserving 8 week summer break after having had the bare minimum city council meetings since January. I realized it won’t be long before my prized caricatures of our seven city council despicables will be only but a memory echoing my talents.
Surfing my 500+ blogs I noticed about 98.6% of my blog themes revolved around our new city council’s “4 to 3” empowered Mussatto rule trumpeting density fornication. I eventually came across my 2014 pre-election ol west themed poster: “Wanted Out of Office These Bandits.” Ironically this poster featured now running for mayor and leftover from 2009 city council OMG Guy Heywood… nothing has changed as it is still my belief we need a new untainted city council and mayor – enough is enough!
This poster would later become the foundation for my first Jan. 9 2015 blog. As you can see my foresight unfortunately was right on the money illustrating what to expect from our inept mayor and his empowered Team Slate. Hijackers whom over the last four years have willingly and relentlessly bent over backwards (kiss, kiss) appeasing their campaign developers. City politics no longer transparent – not an option under Mussatto’s developer sellout leadership conveniently held behind closed doors. And there lies your failing legacy mayor, forever and ever amen.
Welcome to our mayor’s 2019 City Wake… a city he would not dare have on his resume after October 20th. As some are beginning to whisper a chickenshit unwilling to face the completion of his CityShaping Manhattan Project i.e. realizing this could only further damage his contemptible & vainglorious mayoral-ship legacy. A once unassuming city his infamy will definitively record he mayor-ily gentrified on behalf of his vulturous towering donors and spending over $22M on a Black Necklace for the sake of a few measly cyclists willing to bike to work. A legacy wannabe mayor Buchanan is ready & eager to WTH further advance in his image. (God help us all) #Vote4ChangeOct20
And before you start pointing fingers only at our four horse trading city councillors: Clark, Bell, Bookham & non city resident Back favouring and coercing a new Harry Jerome Titanic SportsPlex… Do not lose sight in what SPAWNED this $237 million sink hole. The mayor’s 2014 re-election double dipping donor Darwin Construction in consort behind closed doors with our mayor’s compliant city planners & engineers. A project that had to have been in the works for quite some time don’t you think. After all mayor Mussatto never seemed in any hurry or ever sounded like he wanted to update or renovate our existing Harry Jerome Community Recreational Centre… coincidence – you decide.
Further: The sky may not be falling but our city is untenantable far too many. Just how negative the impact of even a minor housing collapse will have on our city’s sustainability is already blurred by overhead spawning hazy skies. #cnvSOL
Last Monday Night’s jammed packed fight card featured many bouts with all OCP amendments, rezoning bylaws and new projects being the big winners. And now for the next 8 weeks we all get a break from city council’s love affair with en masse developments. Though we will have to all still put up with the never ending noise pollution from gravel and ready mix cement trucks sitting out in front of your favourite Lonsdale coffee shops. Shouting back and forth over the annoying hyper sounds of Mussatto’s CityShaping. Not to mention all the construction site street delays, traffic congestion and reduced street parking!
On the streets and in coffee shops everybody’s talking about the proposed Harry Jerome (Titanic) SportsPlex. But we must all keep an open mind, acknowledging our infamous 2014 elected city council has not written a blank cheque for the project… yet. Hopefully the new elected city council will downsize and have a little more mercy on city taxpayers as annual operating costs are projected to be in and around six million and city property taxes will be going up 2.2%!
Anyone running for city council like Councillors Clark, (Bell) & non city resident Back bantering a $237+ million Harry Jerome SportsPlex undoubtedly will be – swimming up stream – when it comes to voter support north of City Hall, where a majority are dead against this Titanic sinkhole. #vote4ChangeOct20
And just how did we get to this culpable Tsunami… here is my POV video composite from last Monday night’s main bout: Harry Jerome Financing Structure & Risk…
With 1,602 pages of in-haste density being ram-chucked through last Monday Night’s contemptible city council meeting, it is no wonder they will need 8, that’s eight weeks to recuperate. Retreating to their ivory towers, having preposterously made a complete farce out of the OCP and Regional Growth Strategy guidelines and DEVASTATING the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood! Councillors Back, Clark, Bell & Bookham “4 to 3” subservient horse traders, in unison turned their backs on HJ neighbourhood resident concerns… and yes leaving taxpayers on the hook for any (inevitable) development overruns!
Since our 2014 last elections we have witnessed the en masse deconstruct of our city and City Council; developer bought & paid for and lovin’ to horse trade with Mussatto’s vulturine campaign donors! (more in Friday’s video blog) #HadEnoughBuchananClarkBellBack!
Side Bar: What to expect during the city campaigning days of summer… “Anti-developer rhetoric shaping campaigns ahead of Vancouver election.” https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-anti-developer-rhetoric-shaping-campaigns-ahead-of-vancouver-election/?utm_source
Worth mentioning: Once again Upper Lonsdale Businesses were at the mercy of LL’s watery plunge… sales noticeably down, especially at the UL coffee shops I visited over the weekend. Thanks to our mayor and city council this city will always be a Tale of Two Cities: the Lower Haves and the Upper Have Nots. #UpperLonsdaleSOL
With our runaway development and neverending amending or superseding rezoning bylaws being approved like at last Monday night’s city council meeting… Is finally having an on the wane affect leading to more & more CNV residents saying enough is enough; revolting against their en masse unaffordable density demagoguery. Hopefully they and many more will emphatically Vote for Change on October 20th.
Everywhere I turn neighbours are fed up with all the construction lane closures, bus overloads, shrinking commercial parking and businesses unable to find affordable qualified help. #cnvSOL
And here is the kicker… it WILL and can only get WORSE with our city council’s 11th hour efforts to ram through city council as many density developments as possible on behalf of their vulturous developer pals and in the name of their vainglorious infamies. #Vote4ChangeOctober20