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
Our Metro Vancouver mayors (especially our density demagoguery mayor) must be so damn proud being the “runaway leaders in Unaffordable Housing in the entire North American Continent!” – congratulations uppity Grinch-like city council stooges! A banner that will FOREVER DEFINE & ENTOMB your infamies after having deliberately put the cart: too much unaffordable housing ahead of the horse: sustainable affordable housing!
Further substantiated weeks ago in the credible Star Metro Vancouver front page headliner: “Owning A House Now Costs 120% Of An Average Household Income”… ‘It’s hard to deny there is a crisis situation in Vancouver’ (Robert Hogue) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/starmetro-vancouver/20180704/281917363829562
Our housing unaffordability crisis will not be overcome or resolved by the eminent upcoming October 20th fresh out of the box elected city councils. It will take more than 4 years – perhaps up to a decade before Metro Vancouver’s social and housing wellness will inherit any kind of genuine housing semblance… unless there is as some housing experts are forecasting – an impending cataclysmic unaffordablility housing collapse! #HousingBubbleBurst
… Meanwhile our infamous city council will in September continue affording projects like NV Museum & Archives more money after they shoehorned themselves into a horsetrading Polygon Esplanade towering location i.e. being in desperate panic mode to find a new home, recklessly misappropriating their move-in setup/display costs. Consequentially leaving them with a $550k shortfall egg on their archival faces…
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
Ready, get set…tonight city council is about to approve a GENTRIFIED strata co-housing project. A project with good intentions but let’s not kid ourselves. When these eight 25% below market housing units are completed in two plus years and if housing prices keep soaring above and beyond 1.5 to 2+ million on the North Shore and with Canada Interests Rates just going up – you will need at least $150K to qualify along with one hell of a hefty down payment. Never mind how much it will be to qualify for any of the remaining fully priced family units… my guess is at least $200K! #CNVgentrification #UnaffordableCoHousing
At least the mayor and most city councillors did put a temporary hold on this project at last week’s city council meeting. Requesting our scam artist city engineers and planning departments to see how the existing 20 ft. wide lane and its location which is WTF: not part of the planned development can be best saved. A 30+ year city lane that must be narrowed behind project to 10 ft and partially fenced (Wagg Park) butting up to lane in order to facilitate the co-housing project’s traffic flow entering and existing from their underground strata parking stalls! #WrongHousing #WrongNeighbourhoodDensity
The solution is something Driftwood Co-housing and of course our infamous City Engineers are not in favour of which is: implementing “geotextile” around the riparian tree root zone which helps in the strengthening of the soil. This would of course cause considerable delays and costs to this application i.e. accepting a neighbourly solution! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotextile #neighbourlessDevelopment
First up setting the scene is a cameo performance by Councillor Bell and debuting is Driftwood Village Co-Housing’s Odete Pinho…
And with a looming mayoral race only months away, I thought I would pull the POV’s on this projects affordability from wannabe mayor Buchanan and from: is Clark running for city council or mayor…