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
Tonight is all about proposing once again changes to our toothless OCP bylaws and of course “amending zoning bylaws” to accommodate the inane density madness proposed for the HJ Neighbourhood Lands.
The amount of density pollution, traffic & parking chaos this community will have to endure for at least eight long years should be criminal at best. But try telling that to Mussatto’s Team backers “indebted” to their 2014 campaign investor Darwin Construction… or try telling that to city councillors who want to devastate a community in the name of Olympic swimmers and curlers MOST whom do not live in our city! #UpperLonsdaleSOL
Should we not expect as in like always, Harry Jerome resident voices to be heard then overruled by the end of tonight’s Public Hearing.
If there was ever a double dealing reason, need to bring down our city council on October 20th – this is it… Unless common sense prevails and a majority of Councillors decide to put these ‘can’t have one without the other’ projects on a back burner to be served up later by the yet to be elected new city council. #Vote4ChangeOct20
Unfortunately there’s too much horse trading willingness on both sides not to expect a fatal devastating blow to the HJ community… If there was ever a time to believe in 5 act play.
A contentious night it will surely be… giddy up!
Carpetbagger Witchy Back is back in Mussatto’s Team Fold – turning a deaf ear, “overriding” yet another neighbourhood’s protests/concerns at a Public Hearing over the wrong kind of density on their street by yet another Mussatto empowered hijacking “4 to 3” scorecard.
Seriously, why do we even bother having Public Hearings when the “majority” of the concerns on any given recorded development is ignored. Which by the way was the exact sentiments of those against this twining housing project i.e. left helpless and in disgust with “Mussatto’s Team Knows Best Slate”. A neighbourhood like so many in our city losing its character for the almighty sake of densification, deconstructing and alienating neighbours from each other.
Wannabe night-mayor Buchanan and the rest of her Team Buffoons want to tear down one neighbourhood after another and screw zoning bylaws by setting a strong message to any homeowner who wants to redevelop their property in (as Back put it) ‘tiny little houses’… ‘twining infill houses, each over 3,000 sq. ft.’ providing unsightly density for up to 4 families and with only two extended family and friends front parking spots!
Which leads me to today’s blog… with the just passed “double your money” housing project that will surely encourage other single family home owners to follow suit under the umbrella of skyrocketing home prices. Will our entire city council turn their backs on an entire neighbourhood during the upcoming Monday Night’s Harry Jerome Public Hearing dedicated to the en masse deconstruction of two Upper Lonsdale city blocks. (If ever I want to be wrong)
In one corner we have Councillors Bell, Clark & Bookham wanting to bulldoze the existing HJCRC, lawn bowling, Silver Harbour Centre, tennis courts and Norsman (skateboard) Park and titanic-size it one block north with an all encompassing enchilada
Community Sports Centre costing over $200 million hinged and dependent on ripping up existing height and masse city building bylaws: succumbing to Mussatto’s double dipping campaign “investor” Darwin Construction.
Mayor Mussatto and his anti NIMBY councillors Buchanan, Keating & Back may not like the idea of spending $200 million of city taxpayers money on a new HJ ‘Monster SportsPlex’. But in order to pay back their campaign donor Darwin they must in copious approve a new Harry Jerome Watering Hole. Without joint adjudication, there can be no unprecedented towering development on the existing Harry Jerome Lands. Welcome to CNV Politics 101… where every neighbourhood is the property of Mussatto’s city council and his notorious city planners!
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.
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