Tonight’s city council meeting should again not be any different from any previous city council meeting when it comes to “stacking the deck” in favour of their developer pals and appropriating large sums of taxpayers’ cash to their campaign donor buds to Mussatto’s Team Slate closing down 26 St. West at Lonsdale based on a sham Pezzente traffic study “contradicting” ICBC’s legitimate traffic study report.
The majority of 26 St. neighbourhood did not favour the oversized foot print for the new development or want to lose their green space or street access to Lonsdale. But when you are just a taxpaying resident and not a Mussatto campaign investor the odds will never ever be in your favour… But tonight’s road closure doesn’t stop here. They also want to create a bylaw to: close and remove highway dedication off 100 Block East 22nd Street. #UpperLonsdaleUnite #Vote4ChangeOct20
But there is a twilight of good news in tonight’s meeting… a Notice of Motion by wannabe mayor Rod Clark wants the city to endorse the recommendation of the BC Rental Housing Task Force: that the maximum rental increase be cut from inflation plus 2% to inflation only, and that the automatic 2% increase be eliminated.
Have been hearing from a number of disgruntled & frustrated residents re: “not again on this already over congested street corner!” A new construction project brought to you by the mayor’s Hollyburn donor pals. An eyesore highrise that will be offering rents when completed hovering around $3K to $4K+ for the higher floor units. I mean really who are these tenants willing to throw away annual net income from $36K to $48K+ and then welcome up to a 4% rental hike each and every year thereafter – certainly not me. #MortgageRateRentals
And lest we shall never forget, it was mayor Mussatto and his Team Slate councillors Keating, Back and wannabe mayor “Buchanan” who IGNORED the majority of the neighbourhood’s resident concerns over this project, their petition & emails against this OCP bonus–boinked development.
I have come to realize the current towering deconstruct state of our once unassuming enclave city is sadly well beyond repair. The social and economic wellness of our city has been flushed down the toilet in a whirlpool of perverse and deliberate over development.
It is impossible to expect our infrastructures to keep pace with the density explosion that has been fornicated upon our city especially over the last four years by our Manhattan loving density mayor and his lackey team councillors and in combine with our shameless horse trading councillors.
About a week & a half ago a fan of my blog sent me this link “The Death of a Great City” (NY NY) from Harper’s Magazine https://harpers.org/archive/2018/07/the-death-of-new-york-city-gentrification/
A definitive precursor in what to expect from our city’s deliberate CityShaping shortsightedness in 1/10th the time. The death of the city is ALREADY upon us. Our city “today” has become unsustainable and unaffordable for far too many low income families, millennial’s and even middle class. These are the very dependent’s vital in the continued economic and social wellness of our city whom have “had enough!” Unwilling to live in inflated priced cookie cutter condos or willing to give landlords $20K to $30K of their annual hard earned NET INCOME without any return on their rental investment. #MortgageRentalRates
I don’t enjoy insinuating gloom and doom for the city’s next decade, but it is INEVITABLE. From my POV there is really not much the next city council can do to slow down or reverse our unsustainable growth. Over the next decade there will be an acute en masse carryover of unfinished or new high rise startups ALREADY GREEN LIT by our current malignant city council & backed by our contemptible backroom inEpp city planners.
Our 2018 new city council will be hamstrung, having been deliberately paralyzed by our current city council’s “self defeating modus operandi: prophesying density demagoguery.” It is my opinion none of our existing city council despicables deserve to be re-elected!
Which brings me to an agonizing decision I and my wife made over this past weekend. This is no longer our Camelot and cannot consciously run for city council. The upcoming EIGHT YEAR+ deconstruct of the existing Harry Jerome Lands across the street from us is a bridge too far. We have just spent 18 months of the “destroy and build” new Sundance full market value apartment building while they displaced many low income renters from their family homes! Simply put enough is enough!
We will eventually be leaving the North Shore and moving to a town or less congested city centre that will indeed offer senior artist’s like myself, affordability and a sustainable future, it’s out there, it’s just not here.
For as long as we live here, I will continue being a critical watchdog of our out-of-touch city council and our low life city planners – caricaturing their eroding ineptness. Hopefully the new city council will not require as much satirical caricaturing… a new city council sinking in a leftover quagmire of MASSatto’s CityShaping fanaticism. #cnvSOL
NV City Hall is now entering its 4th and final year of ménage à collusion by our city council’s controlling despot mayor and his 3 whipped city councillors Buchanan, Holly, Keating and their vulturous developer campaign donors and special interest groups like HUB. And lest we never forget casino gaming tycoon Tom Nellis’ outstanding $13K campaign donor debt hounding our mayor for a little undemocratic rewrite of his already defeated casino proposal for our city.
Unfortunately it is already shaping into being a hotly contested, disconnected and contentious year with no common gravitas in sight. The mayor and his city council will continue ramrodding over 2014 capacity developer projects down our throats which will indeed include coercing a casino in one our community front yard’s. These residents will be helpless, powerless in a 4 to 3 casino reprieved vote. The question then becomes at what point does this community take recourse – standing up, taking on city hall, willing to fight for the safety and wellness of their community.
There is seemingly a growing number of city residents at odds with city hall – having “had enough” when it comes to unaffordable rentals and housing, traffic/commuter gridlock. CNVites reaching a breaking point, fed-up with Mussatto Team Slate’s ongoing corruption, collusion and widening disconnect with its city residents.
Beware: City Hall’s New Year’s Resolutions could be more divisively brazing than ever thought possible – buckle up. #Enough