Our developer donor indebted mayor and “unelected” city clerk, new CEO and in-Epp OCP Planning Director have had more than enough time since July 23rd’s last meeting to over agenda-size and proceed to ramrod their hyper-density agenda through tonight’s expected (yawn) city council 4 1/2 to 5 hour meeting. And don’t expect the 3 remaining city council meetings to show any less mercy when it comes to pushing through the mayor’s Manhattan CityShaping final and Last Testament…. all aboard.
Coming up next Monday night is one of the last chances for MASSatto and his “onboard” City Councillors to thwart even more density into city neighbourhoods before October 20th. And all you have to do is look in any city community and you will see without fail a “city development application sign,” to be APPROVED before October 20th! Some of these signs are only a block or two from each other. Our colluding City Council and their lapdog City Planners are “comin’ to getcha.” #vote4changeOct20
A City Council agenda that has absolutely no regard for residents who want to take a deep breath and “live for today” and not ALWAYS prioritizing for tomorrow. A city council basking in reckless over development, noise pollution, lane closures, street parking shortages, failing road infrastructures, businesses shutting down or moving away from our city shores. A city council hell bent in uprooting and sucking out the city’s marrow needed for the economic and social wellness of its city i.e. low income workers and millennial families. #cnvSOL
What needs to happen and what should be the right of every citizen not yet displaced from our city is: 1. Just how many residents since early 2015 forward has the Mayor, his Team Slate and our horse trading councillors have callously evicted from their homes. 2. How many of these renters found via the developer or city an equal affordable rental in “their area.” 3. How many displaced renters could not find equal affordable rent and now live elsewhere in the Lower Mainland. 4. How many have ended up living on the street, in parks, out of their cars or from: seen better days RV’s. #WeNeedToKnow #ShamelessCityCouncil
If you think we have not had ENOUGH DENSITY, CONSTRUCTION, LANE CLOSURES, NOISE POLLUTION or LIMITED STREET PARKING… then on October 20 vote for density proud Linda Buchanan. This drama queen wants you to believe the sudden unprecedented upheaval of every neighbourhood she helped deconstruct over the last 4 years, is now the NEW NORMAL for our city. Advocating we should never turn back the hand of density. #DensityProudBuchanan #handofdensity
Our gentrified unaffordability is chasing away too many young families, seniors, artists and low income residents from our shores, choosing instead to live in sustainable greener communities. Promoting a couple coach houses, offering 10/10/10 or 10/20/perpetuity rentals will entice families to stay in our city is ludicrous, naive, having missed the boat!
With less and less low income earners/families consuming & feeding our city’s economy while continuing to build MORE costly high rises and market value rentals is a recipe for “socio-economic genocide.”
If anything you have to hand it to mayor Darrell R. Mussatto, for he did it his way. His empowered “4 to 3” elected Team Slate enabled him to coerce behind closed doors his en mass fornicating CityShaping and psycho-ling path agenda into every corner and all points within our enclaved city. The lack luster turnout in our last election was all Mussatto needed to turn our city into an unaffordable, congested, irreversible Manhattan backlot heading into the next decade! #cnvSOL
And now mayor Mussatto has Councillor Linda Buchanan waiting in the wings – raring to complete his en masse CityShaping Manhattan Project. Also don’t let wannabe night-mayor Buchanan trip you up in believing she just now decided “this year” to run for mayor. She actually made it known TWO YEARS AGO as I then illustrated in a number of blogs. #hocuspocusBuchanan
*Email Update: Was just asked why I had “crowned” Linda Buchanan… sources tell me she can be quite the “drama queen.”
But what is disingenuously quite clear is the mayor did not announce he was retiring from City Hall governance until March of this year. Which is WTF: well after Buchanan’s initial announcement TWO YEARS AGO! They BOTH KNEW back in the summer of 2016 Density Darrell was not running for re-election! There is no way anyone could ever convince me Buchanan would dare run against her density idle. DRM had already made up his mind NOT TO RUN for re-election as far back as the summer of 2016! #hocuspocusMussatto
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.
Earlier this month there was an interesting Vancouver Sun online article by Kennedy Stewart: “Time to get big money out of Vancouver City Hall for good.” He is also running as an independent in their 2018 mayoral race. Stewart’s mayoral platform revolves around 4 measures in how to improve local city democracy while strengthening and enhancing public trust in their city-council decisions regarding development. https://vancouversun.com/opinion/op-ed/kennedy-stewart-time-to-get-big-money-out-of-vancouver-city-hall-for-good?video_autoplay=true
His four measures: 1. Time for cooling-off rules, 2. Tighten conflict of interest, 3. Implement lobbyist registry, 4. Daylight campaign financing – which from my POV should be mandatory in our upcoming city elections – wouldn’t you agree wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan.
Measures asserting transparent democracy back into our local politics… Which of course will never see the light of day, in any of our remaining four: good riddance 2014 convoluting city council meetings.
Perhaps & wishful thinking on my part, there is a “Team Slate free, independent, no strings attached mayoral candidate” willing to step forward, vested in open door policies & morally encompassed governance. A breath of fresh air currently being smoke screened by our 2018 team slate coalitions and precarious team-like associations.
Coincidence… just published in the NSNews: https://www.nsnews.com/news/retired-businessman-kerry-morris-running-for-city-of-north-van-mayor-1.23403312