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
Last Monday night on cue: mayor Mussatto and his empowering autocratic Team Slate Hijackers once again by a 4 to 3 shoot-out win; defended and supported one of their IOU campaign investors er donors aka Pezzente Holdings. Once again these 4 despicables IGNORING, turning their backs on the strong neighbourhood opposition to this project in its current state. Championing the unnecessary closure of 26 St. west at Lonsdale Ave, loss of green park area and applauding Pezzente’s erroneous traffic survey backed by our subpar City Planner’s insidious endorsement of this burgeoning apartment complex beyond the footprint of the existing legal property lines. #Collusion #Betrayal
“Where and How” mayor you have been failing is: every time one of “your” campaign investor’s comes to the plate at city hall, they get to hit a seamless grand slam. In conjunct with city planners enabling ability to amend and hit rezoning bylaws out of our city’s OCP ballpark while REPUDIATING Regional Growth Strategy Targets! #Shame!
Thus the impetus behind today’s cartoon… I have had enough! On October 20th say NO to wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan, we need not a devoted Mussatto Team Slate player continuing his psycho-ling path, density agenda! #Enough!
*The source of the underlining street art wishes to remain anonymous.
First up on tonight’s fight card is City Council’s third and final bylaws reading at 2601 Lonsdale by Pezzente Holdings a Mussatto campaign donor and will likely IGNORE most of last Monday night’s public hearing neighbourhood concerns over lane infringement, shrinking setbacks, street closing, taking away a neighbourhood park. But will reduce the height of the building to OCP guidelines and maybe turn it into an all rental building that certainly our low income families will never be able to afford. When it is completed late in 2020 who will want to live in this mortgage rate based rental building without ample parking. #collusion
Then at 7 pm we have the first Public Hearing for 230-232 East 8th Street (Cascadia Green Dev.) Rezoning Application from March 7th moved by “Councillor Keating and of course seconded by Councillor Buchanan.”… to permit the development of a six 3-storey townhouse units including 4 accessory lock-off units – imagine that. #maximumOCPpollution
Then after a short recess the 2nd Public Hearing will address the multi-rise development at 151 East Keith in Victoria Park. Proposing to permit the development of 3 infill residential buildings, consisting of 40 residential rental units, in addition to the “existing tower” and decreasing setbacks from 25 ft. to an UNPRECEDENTED 5 ft.! And further requesting/reducing parking from 0.75. down to 0.70!… Where I’m thinking a community name change is in order, something more apropos like: Manhattan Park-N-Lot #DensityPollution
Oh what a night it was, no surprises when it came to frivolously tossing taxpayers money on this and that but at least council did not include money for a new kitchen sink… maybe next week. #cnvSOL
Councillor Clark’s motion to write to the Metro Vancouver Board expressing strong opposition repealing any salary increase and pension bonus was of course and certainly not to my surprise intercepted by one of Mussatto’s perilous team hijacker’s councillor Keating. Deliberately wanting to divide his motion into two parcels. One repealing the one time, pension retro gift and the other the 15% salary – fed tax offset that will not begin until next year’s lower mainland mayors and councillors are elected. Thus offering Mussatto a much needed saving grace after giving himself an under wraps mayors’ council raise and one time retirement bonus under the guise of a DELIBERATE UNRECORDED VOTE.
Noteworthy: there was a prior Metro Van Board itemized agenda made available to the public and media. A point councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan resonated in supporting the mayor’s account of its council’s procedural protocol regarding agenda items. Of course Buchanan did not mention the mayors unwillingness not to record “his vote.” Perhaps a precursor in just how “opaque and underhanded” Linda Buchanan will be if elected mayor in 7 months time. #disingenuous
Then with one foot out the door a new agenda item materialized from CEO Tollstom bringing forward a lover’s letter from outgoing confederate District of Vancouver mayor Walton wanting to reopen amalgamation er reunification conversations! Profoundly mystifying EVERY COUNCILLOR whom each had serious concerns, listing the many negative impacts it would have on their city! It was reiterated over and over by a number of councillors that City Council has already thoroughly DEFEATED a DNVC carbon copy motion in 2016. Having said all that a “mayor Mussatto” 4 to 3 split decision on two fronts will carry it – cha-ching back to city staff and council – UNBELIEVABLE! More on this in Friday’s “Get Stuffed Video”.. first things first.