(My Team Slate Hijackers) “We’ve done a tremendous amount for affordable housing” i.e. having “displaced – evicted 100’s and 100’s” from our city who can no longer afford my “lyin’ eyes” gentrified housing! While “turning his back” on our unhealthy 0.3% vacancy rate keeping housing costs out of reach for far too many. Then in the same NSN March 16th interview has the audacity to assert: “Maybe we can look at housing people as a priority as opposed to housing our cars.” #MussattoDisconnect
This coming from a seemingly proverbial chronic hypocrite who IF EVER: “walks'” or “peddles” his bike to work. Choosing instead to WTF: drive the “few blocks to work” behind the wheel of his Lexus SUV on the taxpayers’ dollar – holding down one of the “highest car allowances” in the lower mainland! #DMWlegacy
And lest we forget under mayor Mussatto’s legacy reign of density terror how the livability of our city has DROPPED to #72 – “Best Places to Live in Canada 2017.” Noteworthy: Our fellow North Shore cities are significantly ranked higher, DNVC ranked 20th and West Vancouver in 25th place! #cnvSOL http://www.moneysense.ca/canadas-best-places-to-live-create-your-own-ranking/
I first and foremost want to wish Councillor Bell a speedy recovery and hope he will be able to attend next week’s city council meeting before their scheduled 3 week Spring Break Snooze. But also missing in action without any explanation to taxpayers was once again of course “NDP Moneybags Councillor Keating.”
At times I sensed there might be a little cannabis floating in the air as the mayor was determined to keep under wraps agenda item 2: Smoking Prohibition Expansion and “Enforcement”. While agenda item 6: Proposed Cannabis Dispensary “Enforcement” was openly discussed during the city council ‘public’ meeting. Beckoning the question why the hypocritical double standard? Could it be because of the television interview planned by the mayor on this matter.
The shocker of the night for moi was hearing OMG, Councillor Back unwilling to support the Development Application at 125 and 145 East 13th Street: a 23 storey high tower – until extra OCP Bonus floors kick in! Her feedback from the community and local businesses being: they are “fed-up” with all the new development going on in their neighbourhood. Wanting to see new development in their area slow down for the next couple of years. Opposing was councillor and wannabe mayor Buchanan who was adamantly in favour – wanting MORE development i.e. construction turmoil for this community.
But the highlight of the night was when councillor Bookham asked CNV Engineer/Parks/Envro Douglas Pope why he was so keen on WASTING taxpayer’s money on a temporary
Green Black Necklace while knowing dam well it would have to be RE-CONFIGURED i.e. conforming to the proposed redevelopment by “double dipping” Mussatto campaign donor Darwin Properties. #cnvSOL
Silver Harbour Seniors’ Activity Centre accessibility is on a collusion course with cyclists according to many seniors who use the SHSAC on a regular basis. And what is so asinine about this is WHY the city wants to proceed with this BLACK TOP BIKE PATH when city council is proposing REDEVELOPMENT of these lands along with the HJCRC by campaign double dipper donor Darwin Properties. Is it not conceivable this pathway may need to be altered, re-worked into the developer’s final pedestrian/traffic flow schematics. Or is the mayor that convinced these lands will not be handed over to Darwin Properties. i.e. The mayor and his Team Slate Collusion have already decided 4 to 3 in not having a new HJCRCentre at this location? In the meantime our infamous mayor’s Black Necklace final link will not be deterred or denied… all hail Commandant Mussatto’s dam bike legacy!
A consequence that should bare validity after October 20th city elections re: our city’s daily less than “2% cyclists.”
January was a heavier than normal traffic viewed month. My public domain city council edited graphic videos seemed to have upped my blog’s viewership. Therefore plan on creating more as warranted or until the mayor decides to fade to black video streaming like he did back on Jan. 29th city council meeting.
It was a carryover month from December when it came to CNV bylaw 8500 enforcement; becoming seemingly at times redundant since May 11, 2015. Unforced errors by mayor Mussatto, councillor Keating and the whispering Chatty Cathy councilors Buchanan and Back. Two contemptibles whom to this day have not stood up against the mayor’s camel toe inference. Steadfastly, remaining silent, “apathetic towards their own gender.” #MeToo #VoteChangeOct20
Over our Family Day Losses weekend my wife and I had the pleasure in socializing with a number of good friends at a local restaurant. Though our conversation’s did not dwell very long on elephant crosswalk markings no one at our table of four except myself knew what these city elephant crosswalk markings looked like. Though my wife thought they must be those squirrely whirly pedestrian crosswalk designs at the foot of Lonsdale Quay/Seabus area.
We have to Twilight Zone back to the infamous December 2017 city council meeting agenda when this issue was debated, ending with the mayor’s inappropriate ignominious wisecrack . Both city councillors Bookham and Bell raised issues over these elephant markings, one being not readily identified as pedestrian/cyclists crosswalks by tourists… as well as by most non-cycling motorists. After all they look like solid rectangular blocks and nothing more. So my good interpretive graphic deed of the week is to assist in the unraveling of what city elephant feet markings look like… you’re welcome mayor.
*pachyderm: a very large mammal with thick skin, especially an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
The mayor and his HUBies with the aid of our city engineers will continue to coerce cycling-psychosis down our throats, realizing they are running out of time. As in just a little over 35 weeks we will be electing hopefully an untainted new mayor & city council. At which time hopefully giving serious consideration to the registration and licensing of cyclists to help pay for these daunting crosswalks and to be correctly renamed “Black Necklace bike lanes” meant for cyclists ONLY. i.e. not for vehicles or pedestrians who are paying city taxes for cyclists to have the exclusive right to these $20K+ bike lanes. Unlike these same resident cyclists being able to WTF: cycle on any and all city streets… and at times riding precariously on our “pedestrian only sidewalks.”
And hopefully our city’s diminishing cycling community (having lost many due to the unaffordability of our city) won’t feel radically inclined like this recently caught violent NYC bicycle mob smashing and terrorizing drivers in one of our mayor’s fav city’s Manhattan NY NY…
The only real winners this year until October 20 will be the mayor, his infamous city slate councillors ramming and jamming their density and cycling agenda down our throats… and supporters of a casino to be located in a community’s front yard near you.
We may not have a winter storm bomb overhead but we will be experiencing many bombastic interventions not only from developers getting their last density projects across the finish line further exceeding our already over capacity transportation modes before our next civic election. But also from minimalist special interest groups whom have a chokehold on our complacent city council like HUB.
A cycling organization who are seemingly defiant and determined to give cyclists reign over our motoring congested traffic flows. Unwilling to compromise, unwilling to accept the overwhelming stats from other cities across our country and in Europe witnessing a reduction in cycling or the negative impact of bike lanes in front of businesses, declaring them falsehoods – fake news like: The Province’s columnist Lawrence Solomon http://theprovince.com/opinion/op-ed/lawrence-solomon-rip-out-the-bike-lanes-before-more-people-get-hurt
I am for cycling but not ever at the $20+ million expense of our dire gridlocked roadways. And with ONLY 2.5% of city residents willing to cycle to work further reinforces the argument that yes, in our city cycling is simply and ONLY a great summery recreation sport weather permitting – period! And even through the rumour mill I am hearing NSMBA membership is on the decline… cyclists confronted with an inconvenient (gentrified) reality as more and more young families can no longer afford our North Shore.