With city council away on an undeserving 8 week summer break after having had the bare minimum city council meetings since January. I realized it won’t be long before my prized caricatures of our seven city council despicables will be only but a memory echoing my talents.
Surfing my 500+ blogs I noticed about 98.6% of my blog themes revolved around our new city council’s “4 to 3” empowered Mussatto rule trumpeting density fornication. I eventually came across my 2014 pre-election ol west themed poster: “Wanted Out of Office These Bandits.” Ironically this poster featured now running for mayor and leftover from 2009 city council OMG Guy Heywood… nothing has changed as it is still my belief we need a new untainted city council and mayor – enough is enough!
This poster would later become the foundation for my first Jan. 9 2015 blog. As you can see my foresight unfortunately was right on the money illustrating what to expect from our inept mayor and his empowered Team Slate. Hijackers whom over the last four years have willingly and relentlessly bent over backwards (kiss, kiss) appeasing their campaign developers. City politics no longer transparent – not an option under Mussatto’s developer sellout leadership conveniently held behind closed doors. And there lies your failing legacy mayor, forever and ever amen.
A new twist on a ol’ classic put down… and since Sunday is Easter I did not think it would be appropriate to run a satirical cartoon. As I remember being once an alter boy so long, long, long ago – inhaling too much incense to the point of almost passing out during Easter Sunday’s High Mass. These days it’s the underhanded city hall politics that is apt to make one vomit. #Vote4Change #Enough!
(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/
Looking back – seems such a long time ago – doesn’t it? Here are according to WordPress my top five most viewed. Though I could have easily made it a top ten. My videos seem quite popular, getting lots of air time. Many as in most are enjoying my gulp, choke caricature of the mayor – edging me to do more which are well in hand aka in the works or storyboarded for this month.
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.
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
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