Am still receiving feedback buzz over last Monday night’s Victoria Park breakdown (breakup?) among the mayor’s Team Slate city councillors. An actual Mussatto Team Slate councillor (Holly Back) finally went against the conventions of Team Slate empowerment and LISTENED to the Victoria Park residents outcry that these encroaching townhouses is not the kind of development “they want” in their neighbourhood. #takingBackOurCity
The argument by the mayor and councillors Buchanan and (BC NDP President) Keating is this project represents the new sociology paradigm shift having 5 ft setbacks from the sidewalk and everyone must ante up more money for an inconvenient self-storage locker! What was also grossly undermined was the fact these “4” low income family and senior homes were still a good FULL TWO YEARS away from completion. Leaving councillor Buchanan in some kind of a suspended Twilight Zone Warp – avoiding the obvious – not admitting these low income housing are needed TODAY never mind two years from now. #disingenuous
I realize I am beginning to sound a lot like a broken record. But the unaffordability of our city for far too many low income and millennial type families is also impeding local small businesses survival in finding dependable staff – in retrospect began back in 2015 and 2016. This is when Mussatto’s gang of four and his inept city planners callously put the cart (fast-tracking new higher market rentals) ahead of the horse (displacing low income renters with no short term affordable rental relief). #SHAME! #10/10/10-BS!
And lest we forget the previous provincial Liberal government did offer substantial ($500 million) subsidized low income housing which OMG the cities of Vancouver and even the District embraced! But our city remorselessly turned its back on this much needed low income relief. #Vote4Change #Vote4Stache #Enough!
One of my all-time favourite artist’s… campaign theme song?
JJ Cale (enough is enough) Bring Down the Curtain (close the door)
I see DNVC mayor Walton like our infamous CNV mayor is heading for cover – fast tracking to the exit! Realizing like mayor Grinch: traffic, unaffordablility and density levels are so out of control that even he can’t or just doesn’t want to resolve i.e. unwilling to further tarnish his vainglorious legacy much like DMW Mussatto. #EnoughBS
Two inept mayors having led the charge in highrise over-densification, commuter gridlock, parking shortages or local small businesses unable to sustain or maintain full & part-time help. And lest we forget Mussatto demovicting and eliminating hundreds and hundreds of renters and young families from affording our city. Two controlling city council bloc’s covertly and deeply indebted to special interest groups like HUB and to their developer campaign “investors”… More on this Monday – stay tuned.
In the meantime I wish everyone a safe, amicable and uplifting long weekend. #Vote4ChangeOct20
I realize my blog at times can be quite cynical in the caricaturing of the mayor, his team slate councillors and managerial city staff. But I have discovered over the 3 years I have posted my blog that other related and more politically correct blogs and other handle-me-with-care media outlets has not advanced or had any effect on the mayor and his 4 to 3 autocratic rule of thumb. His vainglorious CityShaping vision consists of paving 20 million of tax payers dollars on failing bike lanes and surrendering our skyline to his OCP over densified developer investors from his 2014 re-election campaign. The mayor’s SHORTsightedness “putting the cart ahead of the horse” has left our daily transportation infrastructures in dire gridlock while local small businesses are unable to keep or find local part time help whom in turn can no longer afford to live in our city.
For me the most disturbing aspect during Mussatto’s dictatorship reign is the loss of so many hardworking people who have landscaped, forged our city’s heritage. Households from our once thriving lower class, people on fixed incomes, single parent families, seniors, artists and young families. Many having been displaced, evicted from our city’s shores without a thank you or ever offering temporary housing assistance – Arrivederci, good riddance eh Grinch.
But I am beginning to read and hear more voices standing up against our mayor and his team slate councillors stranglehold on our city. Like discerning voices on pages 3 & 4 “Change We Want” in the recently published The Global Canadian Newspaper. Also checkout their facebook page featuring other related stories: http://www.facebook.com/theglobalcanadian/.
Finally CNVites are standing up, fed up with all the density and failing related infrastructures, drawing a line in the sand… “enough is enough!” Change in municipal governance is on its way come October 20th – Arrivederci Mussatto Team Slate councillors!
Note the logo/badge on Mussatto’s Napoleonic hat is the iconic ‘Anarchy symbol’. Representing the mayor and his 3 Team Slate city councillors autocratic “4 to 3” empowering decision making on ALL OCP DENSITY BONUS High Rises and bylaw amendments and higher density re-zoning on behalf of many campaign donor developers.