First I want to thank all those who wanted to support my run for city councillor. This was by no means an easy decision, triggered by June 18’s underhanded Harry Jerome Lands Rezoning Public Hearing and then the unconscionable audacity of Darwin/Collier Realty to release “in print’ the knowledge that Harry Jerome Lands behind Harry Jerome Neighbourhood resident’s back is a foregone conclusion!
The 8 to 9 years needed to construct these premeditated faulty towers and annihilation of the existing Harry Jerome Lands is the straw that broke my camel’s back. I will not spend a decade in a convoluting “destroy and build” city council SELLOUT CONSTRUCTION ZONE!
Moving on… We are only “101 days or 14 weeks + 3 days” away from electing a new mayor & hopefully six “new” neighbourly city councillors. Currently we have two insiders and 1 1/2 outsiders, Guy Heywood having served previously on the 2009 city council running for mayor… Curious, does anyone know what happened to Heywood’s drummed-up NVCAA regime? Their website is MIA.
With 4 candidates running for mayor maybe we’ll begin to read and hear a little “pre-season” mayoral race trash talk along with fireworks turfing and boasting on who is best suited to be our new leader. Wouldn’t it be nice if these four familiar contenders inspired others to run for mayor. Mayoral candidates bringing a breath of fresh air in social & economic perspectives. Especially after being held hostage for 4 long years by a city council that is developer compliant and anti NIMBY! But running for mayor ain’t cheap, same goes running for city councillor!
I left out pro-amalgamation George Pringle who has not officially thrown-in his hat into the mayor’s ring. In the last election he received around 300 votes. But it would be interesting in having two amalgamation candidates running and see who would get the majority of the CNV “307” who voted in favour i.e. twinning of our North Shore cities from the recent farcical District/NRG reunification survey.
In our upcoming election with limited mayoral spending limits and donor restrictions, don’t be surprised if at least one of our contender’s legitimacy is impaired by their campaign disingenuous endeavours. Much like Guy Heywood noted & presented at a March 2015 city council meeting… https://nvcityvoices.wordpress.com/2015/page/14/
Let the mayoral war games begin!
How in the hell mayor and city councillor despicables can Darwin Construction via Colliers International Realty have had the audacity to send out to local business/retail establishments earlier this week a mail-out brochure prior any final decision making on their “leased” commercial spaces. Retail floor plans they are currently advertising as office spaces you can now “own!” i.e. after complying with the requirements of the BC Real Estate Dev. Marketing Act and filing a disclosure statement. #unlawfulAct
Two weeks ago city council only approved the rezoning of the Harry Jerome Lands to new unprecedented fornicating heights. “NOTHING IS YET ETCHED IN STONE REGARDING THE FINAL USE OF THESE LANDS – TO BE DECIDED “IN COMBINE” WITH CITY COUNCIL AND NOT BEFORE THE NEW HJ REC CENTRE HAS BEEN APPROVED!” #FoulPlay
Back in the nineties I was for 3 years the Art Director for the largest architect firm at the time in Alberta (TCEP). I know how much design time and print turnaround it takes to produce one of these “sophisticated” candy coated colour brochures. I designed umpteen of these type brochures, AO Boards and their annual calendar during my years at this architect firm. Whom in 2010 merged with other architect and engineer firms across Canada and are now collectively known as DIALOG.
The point I am making is my credentials tell me this was not an overnight rush job! Darwin under wraps may have been GREEN LIT months ago – prior the rezoning HJ Lands Public Hearing from only two weeks ago! #collusion #InsideJob
Darwin “is” a double-dipping donor to Mussatto’s 2014 campaign and is about to be richly rewarded 8 YEAR FOLD. No commercial realtor would EVER RISK being LIABLE in selling retail space in a building(s) that has not yet been APPROVED by the respective CITY COUNCIL! Nor would they ever be willing to waste money on a brochure on behalf of their “client” (Darwin) if they knew CNV City Council/City Planners and “mayor” were completely onside for this en mass mammoth fornicating development! #InsideTrading
I have iterated over and over again about the backroom corrupt governance of our existing city council, city planners and our SELLOUT MAYOR. I have truly had enough! #Vote4ChangeOctober20
Note: To be fair Councillor Clark has not made his mayoral candidacy official. Maybe he is waiting to see just how much feeler support there is before tossing his “horse trading stetson” into the mayoral ring. If Councillor Clark is running for mayor he and Buchanan would be running from a parallel kindred slate coveting more and more DENSITY continuing to turn their backs on NIMBY’s. #enoughDensty
Councillor Buchanan has voted in favour of EVERY new highrise except for her recent mayoral campaign’s ‘the fix is in’ new Harry Jerome Mega Sports Complex allowing Darwin’s takeover of the existing HJ Lands. And lest we forget IGNORING EVERY neighbourhood petition and helping to make a mockery out of every highrise public hearing. Forever voting against resident concerns like Hollyburn’s new apartment building, allowing them to buy at below market value our city hall’s hovering density air in order to increase the height of “her” Hollyburn donor’s 13th & Lonsdale Marlborough 3 Commercial Apartment highrise from 12 to 17 floors! #disingenuous
The same can be said about Councillor Clark who is on record for towering “community” horse trading with developers. Two key huge projects come to mind; Polygon’s new Promenade Lower Lonsdale tower featuring a horse trading swap for extra floors blocking more area condo views in order to get the North Van Museum & Archives “squeezed” into a confined main floor space! And if you want to epitomize horse trading we need to look no further than the about to be built 32 & 26 towering Darwin project in order to finance his damn $210+ million Titanic MegaDome Sporting Facility having “turned his back”, crapping on the majority of the Harry Jerome Community who are dead against both projects. #screwNIMBYS
Is either councillor the kind of mayor you want i.e. bound & determined to further entrap our city into further highrise development. Two infamous city councillors who don’t give a damn about NIMBY concerns having divorced themselves from Regional Growth Strategy Levels surpassing 2041 census. Promoting Bike to Work Black Necklace lanes used by less than 2% of city residents OVER our city’s dire, unable to keep pace infrastructures. While also deliberately limiting residential and commercial street parking at ALL “their” construction & noise polluting sites beholding to “their” heavy equipment vehicles closing off residential street parking & causing constant lane closures… No, then simply vote for change October 20th. #weCANdoBetter #noMoreDensity
Today’s cartoon is actually a carbon update from one I did two years ago in “June 2015”. When our mayor was chirping the “new norm” for a 2 bedroom apartment then was an outrageous $1,500 at his campaign donor FDG mixed property lane gobbling new highrise. And to no one’s surprise FDG also received 12 bonus floors at their 161 E. Keith Rd. location. At the time a typical 2 bedroom unit was renting for $1,100 a month. Jettisoning to June 2018 a new market value 2 bedroom is around $2,500+! Since 2015 the costs of rentals has jumped at least $1,000 a month, showing no signs of supply & demand leveling off!
With property values and accelerating construction costs also showing no signs in leveling off. You can surely expect a “mid market value” two bedroom rental from last Monday Night’s 127/129 E. 12 St. Public Hearing that was approved 6 to 1 (Bell) will be $3,500 when completed in two years! Their low income rentals marked down 10% for only 10 years will cost low income families a whopping unaffordable $3,150! And this is ONLY for the first one year lease! Then in perpetuity the landlord at today’s allowable rent increase of 4% – rent in year 2 will be $3,250, in year 3: $3,415, in 5 years a whopping $3.500 and in 10 years OMG: $4,000 plus!! #RentalMortgageRates #unaffordableRentalHousing
So when wannabe mayor Buchanan and now I hear maybe wannabe mayor Clark “home owners” and the rest of city council are in favour of 10/10/10 affordable rental housing. Just keep in mind these new low income rentals are still at least one year away from offering 10% below market value. At which point a 2 bedroom “low income rental” will be $3,000 a month! These are NOT LOW INCOME AFFORDABLE RENTALS!
Our city council wants you to believe they are seriously dealing with our low income rental crisis when in fact all they are promoting in this an election year is equivocating and pleading for low income electoral support! Their vulturine developer buds WILL NEVER OFFER “real low income rental housing” at 50% below rental retail!
Low income housing can only largely come from Provincial and or Federal Government Assisted Programs. Provincial (Liberal) programs Vancouver City and the District have previously and readily welcomed… We under Mussatto’s CityShaping developer siege did not. #Vote4Change
The month of May started off led by our infamous OCP Dir. Mr. Epp telling us which neighbourhoods he would like to put his slot machines instead of where they should surely have gone… This eventually led to the defeat (being an election year) of any gaming establishment coming to town other than our already “many, many BC Lotto booths.”
Not to be outdone, our mayor referencing HJ Lands quipped: “If we can’t put the density here, where else can we put it!” And yet just last Monday Night at the HJ Lands Public Hearing he inadvertently voted against his double dipping donor Darwin Construction. Why would density Darrell vote against his density donor brethren?… see Friday’s blog #scandalous
And then I watched in dismay as all city council members in unison overturned our Canadian and BC Charter of Rights Freedoms in not allowing those wanting a head start running for city council or mayor in being able to erect lawn signs prior or bike rack signs during the “noted city election period.”… Of course back in 2014 these sign bylaws did not “apply” to mayor Massutto who placed many a “bike rack re-election sign” up and down Lonsdale Ave. during the election period! #MussattoAboveTheLaw
The unexpected highlight in May was out-of-towner Councillor Back turning against her fellow Team Hijackers in wanting to swell a too close to the sidewalk development into its Victoria Park Neighbourhood.
And with so much unwanted density being thwarted into our neighbourhoods; I could not help but do a little karaoke rewrite blog to the beat of: “I Did It My Way” dedicating it to our “you can never have enough density” mayor. #Vote4ChangeOctober20 #WeCanDoBetter
Mayor Mussatto has stated: “Where else can we put the density”. Have we not lost enough green space and horizon views because of your over development. And now city planners want to amend height and land use zoning bylaws in an area of our city deemed off limits to towering high rises. Allowing a 28 storey residential tower north of 17th will be a “developer’s welcoming precedent” and once set will lead to even MORE towering high rises north of 17th!
All because of a too big for its britches swimming hole; a new Harry Jerome Centre that can only be realized by way of a looming EIGHT YEAR high rise development by Mussatto’s double dipping donor Darwin Properties. That’s EIGHT YEARS of ongoing intrusive density, air & noise pollution’s! Any city councillor casting a yea vote to construct these joined at the hip cash-strapped projects may find a hovering albatross overhead, a Herculean deconstruct in not getting re-elected in 145 days.
In other sly news, Friday’s NSN aka “District ★ Trojan Crier” reported on a city council agenda item “cannabis report update” they had to have received last Wednesday or Thursday. Well before our City Clerk decides to let “it’s residents” have any insight into Monday’s city council agenda. An agenda never posted until late Friday morning with the full agenda package not showing up if we’re lucky just before or after TGIF lunch. An agenda on the sly for two weeks as last Monday was a stat holiday.
April much like March and every month before displayed the same Team Slate 4 to 3 compliant autocracy favouring our mayor’s developer pals at the expense of more density and traffic gridlock. When our infamous mayor says “we live in a very compact city” due in part to his inoculated city planners he could not be more dense! Much like the “District ★ Trojan Crier” aka NSN maybe we are in need of a name change like: “Sardinia”.
And on Friday WTH… wannabe night-mayor Buchanan announced rather re-announced she wants to continue densifying our city on behalf of her revered Mussatto, building more costly and unnecessary bike lanes/trails for the 1% who bike daily. Wannabe quips “Without the right leader we will be taking a big leap backwards” – so where do you fit in.
The underlying theme for my city councillor campaign is: “prioritizing” NIMBY concerns ahead of fornicating developer interests. i.e. “taking a giant step forward persevering & respecting neighbourhood interests.” Wannabe’s continued disregard for neighbourhood development concerns will be her wearing
green albatross necklace come October 20th.
I don’t believe Buchanan is the solution leading us out of the city’s log jammed density she “helped create” alongside her fellow ‘4 to 3’ Team Slate!
Without further adieu here is my blog’s top April most viewed… whew!