Welcome to Monday Night City Council Replay. First up “A couple of strange bedfellows”

First kudos to our Canadian Paralympic Team in South Korea – capturing 28 medals!  Only one less than our Canadian Olympic Team  http://www.cbc.ca/sports/paralympics/paralympics-closing-wrap-1.4581555

Compositing these videos has been a challenge as with the new audio/video format the video streaming colour temperature is tinting facial skin tones purple.  And the audio especially off the top never sounds ready and cuts out during (ironically) Public Input Period.

But not last Monday as out of the 15 or so who signed up for public input WTF 4 were conveniently developers or pro Mussatto supporters/donors who were selling their project wares for city council approval.  It should be noted that NDP Moneybags Craig Keating who seems to only attend council meetings when the mayor needs “a majority” to enforce his “4 to 3” Team Hijackers empowerment “kiboshed” having more than 5 speakers at the 6:39 mark!  And of course there was NO wide shot or 3 group shot of Councillor Keating voting against! (despicable camera work)

IF elected to city council I would really like to see Public Input Period changed to “Neighbourhood Input Period”.  And of course stop having city council meetings on is it a holiday or not this Monday.  This would give everyone one more day to examine and digest the contents of any agenda posted the prior Friday.

So without further adieu here is my first of 3 or 4 video replay excerpts from the March 12 Monday night city council fight card.


Mussatto Campaign Double Dipping Darwin Properties overtake of the proposed Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands is like every previous highrise developer that helped finance Mussatto’s 2014 campaign i.e. fornicating OCP’s TOOTHLESS Guidelines!

 Perhaps we should begin renaming the Harry Jerome Neighbourhood Lands “The Darwin I.O.U. Neighbourhood Lands”  The AUDACITY of Darwin proposing such a MAXIMUM SIZED development that could (will) include a 32 high storey condo PROVES just how deep they are into the mayor’s IOU pockets; with his city planners falling over backwards desperately seeking their nefarious commandant’s approval on this project!

Read’em and Weep: HARRY JEROME NEIGHBOURHOOD LANDS PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND POTENTIAL AMENITIES:  THAT my staff proceed with processing a rezoning and Official Community Plan amendment for the Harry Jerome Lands substantially as outlined in the report of the Director, Planning dated March 7, 2018, including:
– density of up to 2.5 FSR, including additional density to secure on-site amenities; (OMG)
– tower heights of up to 32 storey;
– creation of transferable density on the future Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre site – WTF!

Is this the beginning of city management showering final tributes to their leader who will be first and foremost remembered for his “4 to 3” OCP anarchism, city parking shortages, never taking advantage of provincial or federal affordable rental housing monies.  While a growing number of local businesses are unable to maintain or afford part-time help – driving business off our shore.  Topped off by his campaign donor developer lane closures, paralyzing traffic flows i.e. slow motioning getting anywhere on time which has also had an untimely adverse effect on our ambulance, police and fire departments emergency vehicles performance.

Under mayor MASSassto’s regime there has been absolutely NO REGARD to the fact we are already well over 2041 Regional Strategy (density/population) Levels… much like our OCP Guidelines a FARCICAL SHAM!  #replaceOCP2019

Now we’ll have to wait and see which corner office position Grinch has accepted.  Could it be at Onni/RPMG or Translink… I mean really, who else would be willing to use his convolute talents?  Wait a minute, oh yeah, Polygon, Anthem, Concert, Hollyburn, BCLC casinos or will he eventually end up in an executive suite on the 24th or is it 32nd floor at the Darwin Neighbourhood Lands?  #WeHaveHadEnoughOfMayorMussatto

Lots of au contraire and pro developer empathy at last Monday Night’s City Council Meeting… News Flash: Mayor Mussatto will not be seeking re-election!

Actually found myself attending the pre-Easter showdown with enough on the fight card to fill at least two jam packed ‘no holds barred’ city council meetings.  But then again this is why we did not have a scheduled then unscheduled city council meeting back on February 19th.

There were a few surprised jabs and expected abject counter punching taking place during the long-winded meeting.  As I said to councillor Clark at the end of the meeting. “I have enough blog content that will keep me busy for the next 3 weeks during Easter shutdown.”  I’ll be featuring video Stache outtakes, misplays by the now retiring mayor and city councillors, to caricaturing the many twists and turns, including an unrealized Harry Jerome showstopper to a Lions Gate “tax”idermy new bedfellows finale.

But I am going to start off slow, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath from either attending or watching the streaming 4 1/2 hour video of Monday Night’s Fight Card…

In my opening mini-bout: wannabe night-mayor Buchanan wants the proposed and WTF: re-budgeted $210+ million mega HJCRC to integrate the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certified Gold Standard which even she acknowledged is ALREADY being indoctrinated into our latest new developments!  And thereby no need for Buchanan to make such a – I’m running for mayor – fuss over handicap accessibility.  Every city architect, engineer including our infamous city planners are AWARE and CHAMPION the new Rick Hansen handicap accessibility model.

If Buchanan is so adamant about disability accessibility why has she NEVER insisted on handicap accessibility on ANY PRIOR high rise development since her re-election.  And WHY THEN did she last December 3rd on International Disability Day celebrate the day riding a ne-ferris wheel and NOT riding an immobility scooter or wheel chair or even recognizing International Disability Day?  It should also be noted that Buchanan had been asked last fall to show her support for those in our city with disabilities to experience riding an immobility scooter courteous of Davies Pharmacy & Medical Equipment over our central Lonsdale crevice sidewalks which of course she turned down.

Based on Buchanan’s prior anti-handicap posture dealings with mobility issues just how ingenuous is Buchanan or is this simply a spin-o-rama mayoral campaign tactic…  Does she wonder why I caricature her wearing “spinning” crazed glasses.  #Spin-o-ramaHypocrisy  #WTF

News Bulletin 5 pm 03/13:  Mayor Darrell Roger Mussatto will not be seeking a fifth term on October 20th, 2018.  I wish the mayor all the best piloting his new adventures. Thanks for being so tolerant of my satirical caricaturing of your mayorship.

Is Density Remorse on the Horizon… What Goes Up…

Back in the middle of last November the NSN did what I thought was a poignant “Menu” article on our housing crisis and the effects it is having on our overall social wellness and unaffordability.  http://www.nsnews.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-what-goes-up-1.23101123

And after watching last Monday Night’s city council meeting lasting only 2 1/2 hrs.   I could not help but sense how the aforementioned NSN article since its posting nothing as in ABSOLUTELY NOTHING has changed.  The mindset at city hall continues to remain oblivious, unyielding, thirsting for more and more development superseding 2041 density levels.  And lest we forget their hyperbolic contention – blaming our provincial and federal governments for not being able to kept pace with their neverending apocalyptic push beyond 2041-plus density/population levels!

A city hall turning a blind eye on its city’s social and sustainable wellness; like to date unwilling to offer REAL AFFORDABLE low income housing – 10/10/10 is a Heartless Joke  when current market rental rates are already over $2,000 for a two bedroom!

And of course in our city it is not hard to trip over our inept city engineers who have turned a blind’s eye on our sidewalk’s “walkability”.  Had this been a bike path…

Such is the undermining ineptness and disconnect that is consuming, eroding and diminishing our skilled work force and loss buying power generated by our seniors, low income and young families.  A city unaware its future is today on life-support with no mythical saviour in sight… unless you believe in mystical screensavers or this inglorious city slicker.  #CNVSOL

“There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches” – Will Rogers

Upcoming 21 Street “Black Top” should be a testy KUMBAYAH interlude between cyclists and seniors SHARING the same pathway!

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.”

Sundance Apartment Rentals “For Sale” uh, no longer.

Like our mayor loves to toot: “Welcome to North Van,” proudly building affordable rental housing while penny pinching low income rental housing.  Though this Sundance Airbnb bad behaviour is somewhat last week’s news, I am getting no shortage of people crying foul, up in arms in just how UNAFFORDABLE our city is for far too many and how it is negatively impacting small business when it comes to maintaining staff and the overall social wellness of our city.  And it is only going to get much worse!  And lest we forget the hundreds of displaced Mussatto Team Slate city renters for the sake of so few willing to pay mortgage rate rentals.

Our infamous Mussatto Team controlled/bloc city council has created over the last three years going on four a zealot, no turning back policy against common sense development while shrinking the wellness of our green spaces.  But we do have over $20 million worth of unwarranted BLACK NECKLACE bike lanes that less than 2% of our population will ever use.   #UnaffordableHousing #CNVSOL  #MortgageRateRentals

Is Density Darrell about to bet against the odds and forever cement his infamy er legacy?

With so little new business being offered by city council since the new year, one should wonder what’s going on.”  Could it be we really have run out of real estate and all that is really left for our mayor’s “Grinch” legacy is where to put his campaign IOU Tom Nellis’ and BCLC’s casino.  But just where do you put it with so few options left available… maybe for starters one of the following options: “A” or “B”.

And lest we forget the casino has already been democratically knocked out in a 5 to 2 decision in a 2015 city council meeting.  The overturning of a defeated casino can only further seal our mayor’s Napoleonic infamy – his “I.O.U. Waterloo.”

And keep in mind wannabe mayor Linda Buchanan was one  of the city councillor’s who changed her vote, largely because the new proposal isn’t related to the Shipyards or any other public (Presentation House) lands. Buchanan: “The previous application was very specifically wanting to go on public property and we were very adamant, and I’m still very adamant, I would not support anything being on our waterfront.”  Thereby this option is not in the cards for councillor Buchanan who received a campaign donation from Pinnacle aka RPGM De Cotiis family and K&T Properties Tom Nellis and from oh so many more developers she indebted herself.  http://contributions.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/pcs/lepublished/100122857.pdf

And how could I not… move over “rap crap”