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
Guy Heywood is running for city mayor believing he has a chance since our NDP Gov has drastically limited developer, union and private interest groups ability to manipulate local city councils. No argument there but… thanks to our previous Liberal Government allowing developers and the like to throw endless amounts of buying power into city elections have left in their wake – city’s like North Van helplessly choking in du jour infused density gridlock. #NorthShoreSOL
During the last 4 years alone under Mussatto’s 4 to 3 empowered CityShaping Team Slate rule our city has been under siege by an unprecedented unaffordable OCP bonus gentrified density jungle with no chance of full recovery – ever. What our existing City Council has fornicated along with the mayor’s compliant city planners will be profusely felt well into the next decade! #CityHallDespicables
And now we have first out of the North Van “TeamSlateGate” is Guy Heywood and his precarious NVCAA five maybe more: “like minded
independent Bolshie candidates.” Which of course is nothing more than a surreptitious oxymoron for “Team Slate by Association.” I, like so many other city residents WON’T BE FOOLED AGAIN. Enough Team Slate intervention into our city politics under any given pseudo coalition.
Once again DNV mayor Walton won’t take NO for an answer, wanting CNV to join his city in a reunification dance. What Walton doesn’t realize is our city council and staff dance card is FULL. It seemingly already has more than enough on its plate with the likes of a HJ Megadome, paying off Darwin Properties in an overtake of the existing HJCRC and Silver Harbour Centre, lawn bowling greens and tennis courts and possibly sliding in an unwanted neighbourhood casino! #Enough!
But here we go again, round two or is it round 8 with the District wanting to reopen this can of worms which if you listen closely to the following video has very little to offer our city. But unfortunately councillors Bell, Keating, Buchanan and our infamous mayor feel otherwise in that we should once again at taxpayers and city staff expense re-entertain Walton’s proposition whereby NOTHING HAS CHANGED or even being vaguely offered in Walton’s latest attempt at reeling in a ‘last chance’ reunification legacy! #ShameOnMayorWalton
The following video is a snap shot though lengthy, as I want to show just how adamantly opposed the idea/threat of amalgamation/reunification is with all our city councillors though OMG four are still willing to do the Walton Amalgamation Waltz. My video has not been cosmetically tampered (mayor) or have I added any balloon comments only bridge copy between cuts to the point of not temperature colour correcting councillors 3 shot purple complexions. #WaltonAmaglamationWaltz
Walton’s love letter will only further divide our two cities. #GetStuffed
Oh what a night it was, no surprises when it came to frivolously tossing taxpayers money on this and that but at least council did not include money for a new kitchen sink… maybe next week. #cnvSOL
Councillor Clark’s motion to write to the Metro Vancouver Board expressing strong opposition repealing any salary increase and pension bonus was of course and certainly not to my surprise intercepted by one of Mussatto’s perilous team hijacker’s councillor Keating. Deliberately wanting to divide his motion into two parcels. One repealing the one time, pension retro gift and the other the 15% salary – fed tax offset that will not begin until next year’s lower mainland mayors and councillors are elected. Thus offering Mussatto a much needed saving grace after giving himself an under wraps mayors’ council raise and one time retirement bonus under the guise of a DELIBERATE UNRECORDED VOTE.
Noteworthy: there was a prior Metro Van Board itemized agenda made available to the public and media. A point councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan resonated in supporting the mayor’s account of its council’s procedural protocol regarding agenda items. Of course Buchanan did not mention the mayors unwillingness not to record “his vote.” Perhaps a precursor in just how “opaque and underhanded” Linda Buchanan will be if elected mayor in 7 months time. #disingenuous
Then with one foot out the door a new agenda item materialized from CEO Tollstom bringing forward a lover’s letter from outgoing confederate District of Vancouver mayor Walton wanting to reopen amalgamation er reunification conversations! Profoundly mystifying EVERY COUNCILLOR whom each had serious concerns, listing the many negative impacts it would have on their city! It was reiterated over and over by a number of councillors that City Council has already thoroughly DEFEATED a DNVC carbon copy motion in 2016. Having said all that a “mayor Mussatto” 4 to 3 split decision on two fronts will carry it – cha-ching back to city staff and council – UNBELIEVABLE! More on this in Friday’s “Get Stuffed Video”.. first things first.