As Councillor Rod Clark would say “w-w-e-ell…” I thought this agenda was to be about opting in or out having a city casino. Boy was I ever wrong after doing my video composite in using casino only related dialogue from our city chamber’s head table. The “Amalgamation Study – Taking The Next Steps” had very little to do if council was in favour or not in favour in having a casino. Rather it had a lot more to do with how to pay or how not to pay for the new Harry Jerome proposed MegaSportsDome verses the mammoth Darwin development’s leasing jackpot potential. #CasinoBust
Councillors Bell & Clark who are in favour of the en masse Darwin Lands Development subsidizing their $200 million MegaSportsDome and lest we forget the 2021 contingency overruns and annual operational costs uh, forgot to mention or they did not know that the Darwin Properties current “master plan” will require WTF: “8 years of density polluting construction!” #NIMBY! #howDareYou!
As it turns out, of the 26 minutes spent on Monday night’s casino study, I could only find approximately “4 minutes” of actual dedicated, identifiable casino language. Again most of the time was spent haggling over how to pay for the new $200 million Harry Jerome Rec Facility or wanting in on the Darwin development scale and services to be appropriated on “our” cha-ching city’s leased land. #electionDealBreaker
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!
It was quite the roller coaster ride on many agenda fronts during Monday Night’s fight card. The believed sign bylaw “6363” having constitutional infractions went unchecked. And of course of course Mussatto’s developer pal Pezzente got their way with Mussatto’s infamous Team Councillors voting 4 to 3 in favour of all Pezzente could ever hope for by way of rezoning amendments to rescinding zoning bylaws that got in the way of their project like closing off 26 street access to Lonsdale Avenue and much larger building footprint.
In attendance sitting in the press box seat was the “pro amalgamation” NSNews reporter. One can only hope after he listened to the many cons, comparing apples to apples when it came to mill rates and property taxes to comparing our city’s many “compact condos” verses the District’s mostly single spread out home property values and their higher infrastructure costs including maintaining 5 fire halls to our “one”. It should be interesting in reading how the NSNews “spins” their heavy-handed one-sided District Bolshevik uprising or comes clean and concedes their “amalgamation revolution failed” – don’t hold your breath.
City Council voted “5 to 1″ (Bell opted #1)” x-naying any further amalgamation study talks – period! More on this in Friday’s video amalgamation multi composite. #shouldBefun
City Council also voted down any further casino and lottery terminal discussions which also prevented Mr. Epp’s pin the casino tail NIMBY site location options by a majority rule “5 to 2”, with mayor Mussatto and councillor Keating looking from the outside in.
And now to my Wednesday’s blog main event whereby mayor “G.” Mussatto put on his little Napoleon hat and proceeded to inform us all he has every right to bring back Starlight’s Victoria Park defeated development for reconsideration. Nothing had changed outside of moving from our 10/10/10 policy to 20 units at 10% under 2021 market value rates and in perpetuity. Further WTF: Councillors Bookham and Clark pointed out that only the mayor and councillor aka NDP President Keating had advance notice of this better late than never change in heart i.e. they were unaware of this “lobbying change” – invalidating five city councillors! Our mayor’s backroom despicable antics is showing no signs in letting up forever contravening city council decorum. #despicable
But thank you Councillors Bookham, Clark, Bell and yes councillor Holly Back for standing your ground not backing down from this seemingly underhanded, slight-of-hand horse trading. Yet still councillor Buchanan was on-side with the mayor and Keating with logic I am sorry, just cannot comprehend – maybe you can. #crazyTalk
I’ve been asked a number of times… do your love bird seagulls have names – not yet. If anyone has any suggestions would certainly entertain them and would give due credit in an upcoming seagull themed blog.
Re: City Electoral Signs; it has been brought to my attention that last Monday night’s city election bylaws and update re: “Sign Bylaw, 1992, No. 6363” (not the 8643 Elections Assent Voting bylaw). i.e. Limits (prohibits) pre-election campaign materials has already been contested and defeated in BC court and was found to be in breach of S.2(b) of the Charter of Freedoms and Rights! It appears campaign advertising on bike signs or even at bus stop shelters prior the six week election period does not break any laws… however it appears the City has, namely our constitution! (more on Monday) #ConstitutionalSignBylawViolations
Let the free-for-all sign wars begin!
When you have an upstart OCP Director of Planning willing to OVERTURN and IGNORE city council decisive stay in prohibiting gaming facilities in all neighbourhoods! Proves just how underhanded our mayor and city planning department have all become. Undermining our community neighbourhoods calling them callously “site specific”. #thejigisup
We have 3 city councillors: “neighbourhood site specific” Buchanan, Back, Keating and the mayor tied to a financially strapped double dipping donor Darwin Properties project that will ultimately destroy and up-heave a neighbourhood with EIGHT YEARS of construction! And we have 3 city councillors: Bookham, Bell and Clark proposing to spend over $160 million on a MegaRecDome with insufficient monies in their HJ coffers!
There isn’t one financial institution in the world that would finance either one of these projects – otherwise they would have. This squandering of taxpayers money has to stop, but how I have no idea unless there is a mass peoples revolt which I am in no way thwarting, yet. A triple whammy right smack dab in the face of every city taxpayer! Perhaps the only way to stop this crafted density madness is by NOT RE-ELECTING any of these city councillors in October. #OustAllCityCouncillors
And then with a new hopefully untainted city council in place (and new city planning director) perhaps roadblocks can be set up making these projects nonviable or at least abbreviated as they will both be in very early financially unsecured stages of development.
First and foremost after the new city council has been elected, it should consider putting these projects in escrow, suspending our OCP – and maybe doing a little city planning house cleaning… The sale of cannabis is inevitable but the city’s tax revenue share will not be enough to finance one never mind both projects financial shortcomings.
And this is where the mayor’s largest gaming donor, Tom Nellis comes out from behind the greased curtain and embraces the mayor and his three despicable indebted team slate councillors and count me in: Councillors Bookham, Clark and Bell. “I knew I could count on you all to do whatever it would take in order to build my casino. …moo-waah” #KissOfDeath
Mayor Mussatto, his fellow team slate councillors, seemingly inept city planners and engineers demagoguery in the vulturous overtures contained within the “always on the bylaw mend” OCP and its ability to OVERRULE NIMBY CONCERNS! #TearDownThisOCPwall
Whatever its “Promised Land” intent may have been, it has FALLEN PREY to mayor Mussatto’s campaign invested developers; collapsing within itself, fast tracking the deconstruction of neighbourhoods, foreclosing community and heritage while shrinking green spaces!” #shamlessOCP
And what is troubling – our rookie OCP Director Epp, and his city planning depot could care less, in effect repudiating any quantified Regional Strategy Targets (RST). Renegades fornicating in solidarity en mass densification – behind closed doors! #RepudiatingRST
But wait a minute… just maybe councillor Back (running for re-election) continues to listen to the citizen populace adamantly protesting against any further towering development i.e. infusing more traffic congestion and the inevitable shrinking or loss of green spaces and further deconstructing our city’s livability. #RepealReplaceOCP #Citizens4to3
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)